Working with people has always been a passion of mine. The quick summary is that my career path started off in accounting; however I soon realized that I didn’t get to spend enough face to face time with my clients for my liking.
I moved on to a successful career in in the advertising industry as an account executive for several years, before realizing that a career as a Realtor was my true calling. But here's the expanded version if you'd like!
My Start in Real Estate
My first proper introduction to real estate came from my father-in-law and my wife's uncles - listening to their stories and learning from their years of experiences as investors in the industry. After purchasing my first investment property, I decided I would make the plunge into real estate as a full time career.
I got my start in real estate working for several years with a well known Top 1% (of the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board) Realtor, learning the trade from an exceptional mentor and getting hands on experience working with buyers, sellers and investors across the Lower Mainland in many communities.
Given that I work across a number of communities, Sutton Group West Coast Realty was the perfect fit for me as I have access to any of the 11 Lower Mainland offices.
I've been happily married for around 8 years now to a wonderfully supportive friend. She's currently an elementary school teacher in the Surrey School District and simultaneously working on the final year of her Masters in Educational Leadership. No kids yet. No 4 legged pets either, but I'm a huge animal lover! All pets of course, but dogs are my favourite - all breeds :) Currently have 14 fish for the time being. And 2 sister-in-laws.
Pre-Real Estate Background3 X summers of back-breaking construction - predominantly concrete forming. No fear of heights allowed when suspended off forms stories up in the air with just belly chains and a lanyard! Worked at the link between domestics and international at YVR, new parkade for Cascades Casino in Langley, Home Depot in South Surrey, and BCIT Aerospace Campus in Richmond.
4 X awesome summers in the Parks Department at the City of White Rock where I learned the ins and outs of the City and tremendous amount about plants, landscaping, and life in general predominantly from a wonderful supervisor there. And yes, I still pride myself on my pruning abilities.
2 X years at Canada Revenue Agency in their E.I. Department. Absolutely wonderful colleagues there.
2 X years as an Account Executive at SunMedia. Worked with businesses to develop integrated marketing campaigns - both print and online. Started off in the Surrey & Richmond territory, then moved to Burnaby, and finally Vancouver. By the time it was all said and done I averaged 60,000 km's a year driving around the Lower Mainland!
And many business ventures in between!
"My previous experiences have all helped shape me into the Realtor I am today.
From developing specific marketing strategies to ensure top dollar for the property you’re selling, or helping you find your dream home, I assure you nothing short of exceptional service every step of the way."