Dalton Realty: Years of Experience helping our Friends and Neighbors buy and sell on Whidbey Island

by Carolyn Tamler 14th November 2022


Some thoughts about the changing market from Mike Dalton



Difficult Decisions Ahead?


Questions that buyers and sellers face, particularly in these unsettling times are; “When should I make the move? Where is the market headed?” The answer: Who knows? Almost everyone in the industry, and ancillary industries, has an opinion. Mike Dalton’s opinion: is  “Change is here”


Mike notes: “However, this may not be much help to anyone currently wanting or needing to sell or buy a home. The one thing I know is that the market is currently changing.  I have been in the real estate industry for over 47 years, and the market used to require a decade to significantly change; now it takes only months.”


He adds: “Interest rates are up, prices have leveled out; and in many cases are being reduced.”


If a buyer waits for the prices to go down, by the time it is obvious it may be too late. Sellers can be faced with the same challenge and having to sell a home before you can buy also compounds the difficult choices.

Some sellers are now willing to accept offers which require the buyer to sell their home first.”


The solution is to trust yourself and then make the move. First list your wants and needs.. Do they make sense? If so, take a deep breath, let go of the fear and take the step. PS, if you would like some help in better understanding the market here or where you are going, call Dalton Realty for help. Mike Dalton says, “Our goal is to help give you a clearer picture, so you make the choice that is right for you.”




Dalton Realty has been a fixture on Whidbey Island for over 50 years, and Mike Dalton, son of the founder, has lived much of his life on Whidbey.


The Dalton family has been on the island since 1935, and Mike visited the island frequently when he was young.  He was born in Palo Alto, but his family moved to live on the island in 1955. After graduating from Langley High School in 1961 (“Go Falcons”), he joined the Navy, became an aviation electronic technician and flew for four years in Southeast Asia.


After returning to the states, he became a commercial pilot and much of his time was spent in south Florida where he was a charter pilot. Following a suggestion of the Attorney General for the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, an island nation in the Caribbean, Mike started a flying service in the islands. Mike sold his car, made the down payment for an airplane, and began a charter flying service between St. Kitts and other islands in the Caribbean.


He lived on St. Kitts for seven years but decided to sell his business and move back to Whidbey in 1976 when his father offered him the opportunity to join Dalton Realty. He moved back to the island because it’s “A great place to live and raise a family.”


Being a working member of Dalton Realty has been Mike’s business choice for the last 44 years. After working with his dad for three years, he bought the business and incorporated it.




The work suits Mike’s gregarious personality: “I love the independence of being my own boss and being able to help people achieve their dreams on Whidbey.” He enjoys interacting with everyone he meets, and it gives him a great sense of satisfaction to help buyers find what they want and need and is within their budget.


He likes to point out that realtors at Dalton Realty are not just salespeople, but people who enjoy helping buyers find their new Whidbey Island home. When working with sellers, their goal is to help them get the best return possible on their real estate investment.


Dalton Realty has established a great reputation on Whidbey Island. Mike has no plans to retire. He comments, “Being a realtor gives me a purpose in life. I love helping people, working with our clients to make the buying and selling process easy, comfortable and as stress free as possible.”


If you know someone who is looking to purchase a home or property on Whidbey, or is looking to sell, give Mike Dalton a call at Dalton Realty, 360-341-1666 or email Mike at


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14th November 2022 9:28 am.
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