CENTURY 21 Executives Realty Ltd.
- 2907 32 Street
Vernon, BC V1T 5M2
Welcome to my Website
As a CENTURY 21® REALTOR®, I am dedicated to providing the highest quality service possible. My personal knowledge of the local Real Estate market is combined with the power of the CENTURY 21 brand - the most recognized name in Real Estate today.
Please come back to this website often as it is very much a work in progress. The aim of this website is to help you get to know me and perhaps decide to work with me.
Let me help you in finding your right home, neighbourhood and price range.
And if you're interested in selling a property, I have the expertise and resources to expose your property to a wide range of buyers through my aggressive marketing plan.
I look forward to the opportunity of working for you!
My best possible advertising is through word of mouth. I am grateful to my friends and clients for all their referrals and pledge to ensure your confidence in me is not misplaced. I will also be sure to show you how much I appreciate your support. Please contact me if you know of anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate.
Click on this link to connect to the public MLS web site. If you find a listing that interests you, please contact me for more information or to view. MLS Listings
Born and raised in Vancouver's North Shore, I came to Vernon in 1987 to work for Tolko Industries Ltd..
My ideal life in the sunny Okanagan became oh so much better 7 years ago when I first met my singer-songwriter wife and mother of my 2 sons at one of her concerts.
I look forward to the coming years, watching my boys grow up in this wonderful town where you can still meet a stranger and within 10 minutes of talking, come up with at least 3 people you both know.
A resident of Vernon since 1987, I am familiar not only with the various neighbourhoods in this area, but also with the people who call this city home and their places of work.
My background in lumber marketing and sales involved negotiating multi-million dollar deals on a regular basis.
My experience has taught me price and quality alone may be sufficient for a single sale, but it's customer service that creates a continuing business relationship.
- Music - all kinds (there is no bad music, just music played badly, like I do)
- Downhill skiing
- Fighting dragons with laser swords and ice breath alongside my 4 year-old
- Watching Treehouse at 5:00 AM with my 4 year-old
- Sleeping with my eyes open (see Treehouse watching above)
- Red wine, red meat and all the other trimmings that are bad for you.
My Specialty is people - buyers and sellers.
My strategy is simple. Learn a person's wants and needs and work with them to develop a plan. I work with a relatively small number of listings and buyers to ensure the best possible service levels.
- Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of British Columbia
- Real Estate Trading Services Diploma, UBC Sauder School of Business
As with most licensed professionals, education is an ongoing process in the real estate industry. I am grateful for the opportunity to regularly update my knowledge on a variety of facets within the industry with the aid of our Real Estate Board.
Finding Your Home
Royal Bank has a really great website dedicated to helping you determine and find your own dream home.
Of particular interest is the section "Rent or Buy?" where you can input your present monthly rent, current mortgage rates (Royal Bank provides them if you want) and when you want to pay off a mortgage (select 25-35 years for first time buyers). Here's a direct link to that page:https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/RBC:TBFv4I71JscADpCsQMY/cgi-bin/mortgage/tools/rentvsbuy/calc.pl
Here's the link to the main page of "Finding Your Home". Please check it out. There's a lot of really useful information. http://www.rbcroyalbank.com/findingyourhome/index.html
Love Letters form Ken
June 25, 2010
I’m really starting to like Father’s Day!
The day started off better than I had hoped.
First, I was allowed to sleep in ‘til 7:00 AM. Then James my 4 year-old, made breakfast for me (note to self – when he announces, “Breakfast is ready,” that means the milk is already on the Cheerios). Topping off the morning, an invitation to my in-laws’ in Salmon Arm for an early dinner meant a possible afternoon nap in front of their TV while Grandpa played with James.
Preparation for these trips often take more time and effort than the trip itself. Feed breakfast to the kids, clean, brush and clothe them, make snacks for the road then plead, nag and cajole them out the door and into the car. After overcoming the obligatory fidgeting and loitering of 4 year-old James and the ‘contrary-because-I’m-teething’ nature of Charlie, our 11 month-old, we headed out on the road with Mom behind the wheel, leaving me free to read the owner’s manual of our new van (new to us anyway), take in the scenery and relax. Yes, this is a GOOD day.
The peace and quiet lasted all of 13 minutes – something of a record for our family.
Little Charlie’s world fell apart and he sounded the alarm as only babies can when his squeeze toy and Sippy-cup both dropped to the floor.
Quickly, we pulled off Alexis Park Drive and parked to soothe his ruffled feathers and reunite him with his comfort objets.
With all hands back on deck, hatches battened and a fair wind at our backs, we were ready to resume our journey.
Fate intervened however, imposing one more delay when we spotted an older woman on her sidewalk scooter in a bit of a predicament.
It seems the basket had slipped off the front of her scooter and the coffee carafe in the basket had fallen to the sidewalk.
I jumped out of the van and picked up the carafe which was leaking coffee from both ends.
The carafe, the lady explained, belonged to the church – which one, I don’t know as there’s nothing but churches on that lower stretch of Alexis Park.
“Not anymore, it doesn’t,” I suggested, broken glass rattling in the carafe as I poured out what remained of the coffee.
Next I looked to see why the basket had fallen off the scooter. The retaining bracket on her scooter had bent somehow, so the basket wouldn’t clip in firmly enough.
“Easy enough to fix,” I said and bent the bracket back by hand, clipped in the basket and told her she was good to go.
“Hey, one more thing,” I said, “We’ve got a garbage bag in the van. Why don’t you let us take that carafe and throw it away for you rather than have coffee drip on you?”
Now, that last gesture probably wasn’t necessary, and a coffee stain on our van carpet was my reward for the effort, but when I start on a Good Samaritan kick, I like to see it all the way through.
The largesse of my offer wasn’t lost on the lady either. I could see she realized I was going above and beyond, and struggling to understand why.
“Why, thank you so very much,” she exclaimed, “Are you a Minister?”
“No ma’am,” I replied, smiling my biggest toothy grin, “I’m a REALTOR®.”
And can you believe it? I didn’t have a business card!
I’ve got to get myself a super hero cape, with a big C21 on it!
REAL ESTATE NEWS
97 Vernon homes sold in May, which is down from 133 homes in April.
I’ve plotted the monthly sales statistics on a chart and graph and attached it above, for those who like Excel spreadsheets.
Overall, 414 homes have sold from January to May 2010 compared to 342 homes sold in the same period in 2009.
June 2010 sales to date are at 54 homes, but I’m hopeful the HST commencement July 1 will bring about some more late-June home sales.
This is my plea to all of you. Please help stimulate the economy.
The more homes that sell, the stronger our economy becomes, not just locally but provincially and federally as well.
If any of you are looking to buy or sell a home, recreational property or building lot, please let me know.
And if you know of anyone looking to buy or sell, pass their name on to me. Not only will I reward you personally, but you’ll also know you’ve helped Canada.
(Cue national anthem)
Don’t just do it for me. Do it for your country!
Home and Family First is my motto. With my 2 boys aged 4.5 years and 1 year old, there is precious little time outside of the real estate business to dedicate to the community.
However, our office has a very easy way of helping out Century 21 Executives' favourite charity, Easter Seals' Kids to Camp, where we send special needs children to camp in Winfield. Any time you gas up at a Husky Station, you can swipe a Community Rebate card at the pump, and Husky contributes a percentage of your gas purchase to the charity.
Please contact me for further information and to receive your Husky Community Card.