Covering All Of Bellingham and Lynden, WA


Experience Indicates Service & Success

I am a career Realtor since 1978 living my entire life in Whatcom County. My comprehensive knowledge in the real estate industry includes familiarity with the housing markets, property values, and available inventory. My expertise with listing & purchase documents, financing knowledge, and my negotiating skills will be a huge asset to you.

I have team support to cover all aspects of every transaction. My wife, Joan, serves as my full-time licensed office coordinator, she is available in our office to handle details from the beginning to the end of your transaction. In addition, Joan has competed her ASP designation, and will assist you as an Accredited Staging Professional to professionally stage your home for sale.

I have been among the top agents in company sales performance every year for the past 40 years. Over 80% of my business comes from return clients or referrals from previous satisfied clients.

Family & Community Man

In July 2018, Joan and I celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary. We are experiencing an empty nest with the last of our 5 children recently getting married. One of our greatest pleasures right now is the role of grandparents. We have 13 beautiful grandchildren ranging in age from 16 to 1, two joining us via adoption from Ethiopia! Our family of 7 has exploded to include 4 daughter-in laws, a son-in law as well as our grandchildren. We`re delighting in watching our family multiply and seeing our kids discover God`s unique plan for their lives!

Together, we`re passionate about the outdoors and enjoy camping & hiking in the summer, cross country skiing in the winter, an annual trip to the sunny shores of Maui, and cheering our grandkids on at their sporting events! I am actively involved in the community serving on the Sonlight Community Church Council, as Secretary of Mt Baker Rotary Club and the School Board of Lynden Christian in the recent past.

Proud Veteran Supporter

Rick and his wife Joan, who works full time as his licensed assistant, have deep connections to Veterans from their childhood.

Rick’s father served in World War II in the Army. He was based in Alaska on the Pacific Front serving as a Morse code operator.

Joan is a Gold Star Sister. Her brother, Duane Likkel, serving in the Army in Viet Nam, died in action in 1968. For Joan, his death was one of the most significant events of her life, shaping their family and her value system. Rick and Joan are patriotic supporters of the United States; they fly the flag proudly and center their annual client summer party on a patriotic theme over the 4th of July honoring their parents, Joan’s brother, and always reminding their clients of their reason for their patriotism.


You`ll notice the difference when someone has a passion for what they do. I won`t waste your time, but get the job done for you. Choose YOUR Realtor as you`d choose other professionals like your physician or attorney. You could save thousands. Interview me for the job. Let me show you a smooth, hassle free transaction. I promise you, you`ll notice the difference!!


CRS – Certified Residential Specialist
REALTOR® – Member of the National Association of REALTORS®
GRI – Graduate REALTOR® Institute
e-PRO –
Internet professional certification

1 Review for Rick Vander Giessen, Realtor, CRS, GRI, E-Pro


905 Reviews

Wouldn’t consider using anyone else for any future sales or purchases!

5/ 5

This is the second time my husband and I have used Rick as our realtor. Our experience was excellent both times! Rick was extremely knowledgeable and organized. We knew he always had every detail covered and we didn’t need to worry about any of it. He made the process less overwhelming for sure! The personal touch of having his wife Joan stage the house made such a difference as well! We always recommend Rick to our family and friends! Wouldn’t consider using anyone else for any future sales or purchases! ~ homeschoolmama5 ~

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