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eric akines


Properties of Distinction




Eric’s business expertise has been honed over the course of 20+ years as a global product and branding executive with iconic brands that include adidas, Starbucks and Nordstrom. He has an open and authentic approach to business through storytelling, world-class marketing, and strong customer service and he’s enjoyed the relationships he’s built in the luxury goods industry across the globe. Most of all, Eric has a passion for real estate and applies his decades of experience to his life as a broker. 

One of the most important lessons Eric learned throughout his career at Nordstrom is the importance of placing the customer at the center of everything he does and he’s excited to bring this philosophy to real estate.  Eric is a northwest native, graduated from the University of Puget Sound and he’s proud of his family’s years of community involvement in the greater-Seattle area. Outside of work, Eric and his family enjoy spending time at their home in Sun Valley, Idaho recreating in the outdoors, watching his equestrian daughter deepen her love for horses and playing with their two fluffy dogs.


"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



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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