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eric akines


Properties of Distinction




Prior to his career in real estate, Eric’s business expertise was honed over the course of 25+ years as a global product and branding executive with iconic brands including adidas, Starbucks and Nordstrom. His approach to real estate is based in authentic storytelling, world-class marketing and strong customer service.  Eric combines his business experience with a passion for design and architecture. He works tirelessly for his clients, so they have peace of mind knowing that every detail will be looked after, and their best interests will always come first.


Eric is a Pacific Northwest native and a proud husband and father. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound after spending a year attending the Albert Ludwigs Universitaet in Freiburg, Germany. Eric’s love for travel, design, and culture is reflected in the architecture of the homes he loves to sell. Outside of work, Eric and his family enjoy spending time in Sun Valley, Idaho recreating in the outdoors, attending his daughter’s sporting events and giving back to the community through their involvement with the Hamlin Robinson School, the Frye Art Museum and the Auction of Washington Wines.


"Is six stars a thing? I can't say enough about my positive experience working with Eric to buy my home in Seattle. He is very knowledgeable about the local market, extremely responsive, always available for showings that worked with my schedule, provided thoughtful insight, and was a joy to work with! Eric is authentic and genuine, which you don't always find in an agent. I really appreciated that he never pressured me and wanted to make sure I found the right home for me. He expertly guided me through a stressful situation with another offer and I ended up getting the first house I put an offer on! Everyone should be so lucky as to work with Eric."

​​ -Lindsey R

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407 2nd Street - Anacortes


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2315 N. 192nd Street - Echo Lake




NWG Team

REAL Residential TEAM

THE REAL Residential TEAM

Comprised of 28 industry professionals that include an unprecedented 8 of the region’s top-producing brokers, the REAL Residential Team continues to set records in sales price and sales volume.  The team is consistently ranked as the #1 Team in Washington and King County in addition to ranking as the #2 Team Nationally.  REAL Residential was founded on the basis of values....Honesty, Transparency, Authenticity and Service.  At REAL, we believe there is no such thing as a "one size fits all" approach to client experience.  We constantly obsess about creating tailored, custom approaches to each and every client we work with regardless of price point or level of complexity.

Formerly NWG/Compass Real Estate, Shawn Filer, Nick Glant, Brad Cahill and the rest of the team were chosen as the inaugural launch partners for Compass as they entered the West Coast market in Spring of 2018.

"The industry deserves better....we want to break that notion that we are sales people and one of the best ways to do that is to be really honest with people! We firmly believe that our commitment to collaboration, customer service, and market specialization is what sets us apart from our competition.”  - Shawn Filer




Honesty is a at the core of REAL and is demonstrated every day with every client through what we say and do.


We believe Transparency strengthens relationships with our clients and helps nurture an environment of collaboration.


We believe Authenticity is about upholding our promise to take the utmost care for every client in a genuine and REAL way.


At REAL we constantly obsess about tailoring customized client experiences that foster trust and confidence.

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