We’re proud to offer you the ultimate in high-end, personalized service. Our team, led by Kurt Schneider, is dedicated to you and to our community. Because of that we don’t stop working for you until your house sells or we find the right home for you, if you’re looking to buy. Our agency has cultivated a close-knit atmosphere and our clients often become our friends. Our affiliation with D.D. Cook Builders is at the root of an established reputation for excellence. We have a deep history in the Seacoast community and that allows us to do our very best for you. Please contact one of our agents today.
MEET OUR TEAM
DON COOK, OWNER
Don began building custom homes in 1988; since then he, and his team, have established a reputation as one of the finest builders on the Seacoast. Don formed D. D. Cook Real Estate, Inc. with his wife Kathy for the main purpose of selling property within their own real estate developments. Both companies maintain the same high standards that Don envisioned when he founded D. D. Cook Builders, Inc. 23 years ago. As business continues to grow, D.D. Cook has expanded our real estate services in the seacoast area with Kurt Schneider heading up our Real Estate division.
KATHY COOK, OWNER
Kathy is a native of the Seacoast. In 1984, she acquired her real estate license and began her career with D.D.Cook Builders and D.D.Cook Real Estate, all while raising 3 children. Now with more than 23 years’ experience, Kathy continues to put the customer’s needs first and maintains the high standards for which the D.D.Cook name has become known. Outside of work, an avid golfer, skier and grandmother to four beautiful children, Kathy is enthusiastic about helping people make the seacoast a place they will call home, too.
KURT SCHNEIDER, MANAGING REALTOR/BROKER
Raised in Connecticut, Kurt spent his summers on the Seacoast from Rye to Kennebunkport. Having established a successful career with a computer brokerage firm in New York, he decided to move to the Seacoast and enjoy its unique quality of life. Kurt started his career in real estate through private investing and soon realized his passion. He obtained his real estate license in 2004 and soon after afterward met Don & Kathy Cook as D.D.Cook Builders was building his Portsmouth condominium. Kurt and Don discovered they shared mutual ideas and goals with regard to real estate. Kurt joined D.D.Cook Real Estate in 2005 and has successfully expanded the real estate services offered by D.D.Cook Real Estate. In 2009, Kurt received his NH Brokers License, and serves the managing broker for D.D.Cook Real Estate, Inc. Representing buyers, sellers, investors, and other builders and developers, Kurt is always interested in discussing your real estate needs and goals.
JANE COLE, REALTOR
Jane Cole first started her real estate career in 1978. After taking time off to raise her 2 children, she became active in real estate again in the early 90’s, as a real estate appraiser. She opened Certified Appraisal Services in 2000 with her daughter, Kendra. In 2006, she joined the D.D. Cook Real Estate firm as a real estate sales agent. As a native of Portsmouth, Jane has a thorough knowledge of the area, market trends, and local municipalities. Always anxious to discuss the Seacoast area, please call Jane with any questions you may have.
ANNE MARIE VARNEY, REALTOR
Anne Marie has been an active member of the Seacoast community for the past 18 years, and is the proud mother of 3 sons, Ben, Matt, and Tim. Having raised her children on the Seacoast, she understands the value of community, and the importance of living in a place that you are proud to call home. Anne received her real estate license in 2005 and joined D.D. Cook Real Estate in 2009. Anne recognizes the importance of building and maintaining relationships and brings true knowledge of the area to her clients. Anne Marie put her talent for decorating and design to work renovating a local Bed and Breakfast. With her discriminating eye, Anne knows the value of first impressions when you’re trying to sell your home. Ask her how she can help by offering the specialized service of staging your home for the best possible impression. Anne is always happy to meet with you to discuss any of your real estate needs.
PAUL VARNEY, REALTOR
Paul grew up on the North Shore of Boston, and relocated to the New Hampshire Seacoast in 1991. Paul and his wife, Anne, chose the New Hampshire Seacoast because they felt it was the perfect place to raise their three sons. In 2003, Paul decided to get his real estate license. In addition to his career as an airline pilot, Paul always had an interest in real estate. Combined with his interest in construction, Paul felt that getting involved with a real estate career was the perfect move. Paul joined D.D.Cook Real Estate in the spring of 2009 after acquiring six years of experience. Paul applies the same professionalism that he demonstrates in his airline career to all his real estate clients. With attention to detail, and a thorough knowledge of real estate practices, Paul will provide you with all the information you need to seamlessly guide you through the buying and selling process.
Lisa also works in our office assisting with all the bookkeeping responsibilities including payroll, insurance and scheduling. As part of the project planning, she works with our customers in choosing and coordinating the purchase of allowance items associated with each building project.
Hi Don, Kathy, and Kurt,
It is with both great pleasure and complete confidence that I recommend D.D.Cook Builders, Inc. and D.D.Cook Real Estate, Inc. I have known Don and Kathy Cook since shortly after relocating to the Seacoast from New Orleans in 1986. Shortly thereafter, Don, in collaboration with architect Walter Rous, undertook a major revision and addition to our Greenland residence overlooking the southern end of Great Bay.The quality of construction and finish work met and exceeded my every expectation, and its durability after a quarter century of rugged New England weather outside and raising four children inside is surely proof of quality. No general contractor is perfect, but whenever rare problems surfaced, Don and his crew were immediately responsive and dedicated to a permanent remedy. D.D. Cook is a true American enterprise built on great pride and responsibility in its work product indefinitely.
When we were starting to think about life post-childrearing and heading into eventual retirement, Kathy was on the lookout for attractive options. One day she made us aware of a beautiful Tidewatch Condominium built by D.D.Cook Builders during the final phase of that complex which had come up for sale. We looked at it with Kurt Schneider of D.D.Cook Real Estate, Inc. and found that it was perfect for our immediate and future needs and quickly made a purchase offer, steeling ourselves for the likelihood that our existing home might take considerable time to sell in the current depressed real-estate market. To our amazement and delight, within twelve hours of Kurt Schneider listing our home, we had an firm offer at full asking price. Meanwhile, Don and his energetic crew set about making some alterations to the second floor family room of our new condominium so that it would be ready to accommodate my concert grand piano by the time of our moving date. Due to seamless choreography coupled with a lot of industrious supervision and work, all was finished in time: a virtual miracle attesting to the highly efficient organization of the D.D.Cook Team, as well as the inestimable value of “one stop shopping” offered by a multi-service organization.
In short, D.D.Cook Builders, Inc and D.D.Cook Real Estate, Inc. made what is ordinarily a major, life-altering event into a hassle-free and dream-like transaction. The result: two very happy campers