You were away from Victoria for a time, what brought you back to this city?
I have lived in Victoria for more than two decades, but recently spent a year away working in real estate in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Although I’d always enjoyed living here, that time away really made me realize that Victoria is my home and always will be. When I was away I missed the climate, the houses, the community, the people; I missed the surrounding natural world: green spaces, parks, places to hike; and the pure ‘feeling’ of being here. I didn’t realize until I went away how energetic Victoria really is. It’s truly a vibrant city with an incredible quality of life and a friendly place that I think I took for granted. I am so happy that I am back here with my family!
What drew you to the Real Estate Industry?
I really like to help people. Real Estate can be a complicated process and it takes education and experience to be able to navigate the process step-by-step. I like to help people achieve something that is important to them. At the end of the process, knowing that I have walked people through the required steps toward a successful outcome, I really feel their gratitude. Knowing that I have helped others is also extremely gratifying to me.
Do you help both Buyers and Sellers?
So far in my career, I have helped mostly buyers, but I love working with sellers as well. When I am out touring around with buyers we have a lot of fun. Envisioning a new future within a potential new home is thrilling. When I am helping Sellers, there is usually a specific goal and time frame within which we work, and ensuring their wishes are met is also very rewarding.
For buyers, real estate can be like learning a new language, especially when it comes to purchasing condo apartments or townhouses that are a part of a strata. There are so many factors to be aware of! Every strata is managed differently and when you purchase you are entering into a new relationship with another group of people. People buying into strata need to be educated regarding depreciation reports, financials, bylaws, rules and regulations and more. Some people are not even aware, for example, that the condition of the whole building needs to be considered when purchasing, not just the unit itself. It’s a steep learning curve. It’s doable if you take it step by step, and I enjoy helping people through the process.
I am curious about your background, what other experiences and education do you have?
For twenty years I helped run Logan’s Pub on Cook Street with my brothers and sister-in-law. Logan’s was and still is a much-loved Victoria music venue and I’m very proud to have been part of it. I still run into people, who tell me how important Logan’s has been in their lives and careers, which is super-gratifying to hear. Managing Logan’s was an invaluable experience in business and in life: serving an incredibly diverse clientele, managing a staff of 30, working with suppliers. It was also a lot of fun!
Back in Halifax I was a REALTOR® with Royal LePage Atlantic. They had a great training and coaching program that really accelerated my progress in the business, but when I got the opportunity to come back to Victoria and work with Duttons I leapt at it.
I have a background as an actor and musician. I attended the National Theatre School of Canada and spent many years performing live music. Since getting my Real Estate License and becoming a member of the Victoria Real Estate Board, I’ve continued my professional education through the Sauder School of Business at UBC. Like all real estate agents in BC I’m required to maintain professional standards through Legal Updates and ongoing courses.
How do your Market yourself?
I am active on Facebook and Instagram, I have a website (victoriahomesandurbanliving.com), I send out a weekly newsletter, and my listings are featured on the Duttons website as well as the public Multiple Listings Service. We have glossy brochures that include professional photographs and floor plans; and I enjoy holding Open Houses as well. We have a wealth of administrative support, expertise and information with a culmination of decades of experience within the boutique brokerage, of Duttons.
When clients work with me, they actually have access to the support of all the staff and Managing Brokers at Duttons. It is a different experience than working with a larger brokerage; it’s much more personal. The modern tendency, especially in real estate, is to automate everything, or put everything online, but there are some things that cannot replace human interaction, face-to-face. The human service that we provide as real estate sales agents simply can’t be imitated by an algorithm.
How do you keep in touch with your active clients?
I enjoy meeting up with people in person wherever possible, I keep in touch regularly through text messaging, phone calls and emails. I believe in updating my clients regularly with all the activity whether they are buying or selling their home. I like to shoot the breeze, have a cup of coffee. I’m interested in people’s lives, their larger goals. I strive to build relationships rather than just do transactions.
What can people do if they would like to connect with you?
I enjoy helping people! I love to work with urban professionals and creative entrepreneurs in Victoria. I look forward to hearing from you, the reader, and finding out how I can assist you with buying or selling real estate in this beautiful city.
Buying a home is a big deal. You’re faced with a thousand decisions, there’s a lot of money at stake, and you will often run into situations for which you’re completely unprepared. You won’t even know what questions to ask.
When you ask me to help you purchase a home I’ll be at your side every step of the way. I will make the process easier, shorter, less expensive, and more fun than if you undertook it on your own.
Even if you’re an experienced buyer you have a life to live: real estate is what I do every day. Let me carry some of the weight for you. From viewing to closing I’ll be a phone call away.
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