As a CENTURY 21® Real Estate professional, I am dedicated to providing you with 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.
Let me assist you in finding your dream home, in a neighbourhood that is right for you, and in the price range you want. Or if you are interested in selling a property, I also have the expertise to help you get the fastest sale possible and at the best price.
I look forward to the opportunity of working for you!
Century 21's official charity is Easter Seals. We have been a team since 1979. The company has raised over $95 million for Easter Seals making it the largest corporate sponsor for Easter Seals. Local franchisees throughout Canada and the United States contribute donations through a wide variety of community efforts in support of Easter Seals. In 1996 our office made the top 21 for donations to Easter Seals (we were number 8). Century 21 Canada's latest program is called Kids to Camp. Don Lawby, our president, personally committed $2100 to send the first child to camp when the program was announced at Canada Conference in Ottawa, September 2008. Raising $2100 will send an Easter Seals child to camp. The program asks us all to remember our favorite summer memory and then to contribute to help make summer memories for children with disabilities. Visit the Kids to Camp website to help make summer memories.
I work with both buyers and sellers of all price ranges and styles of homes. Home is home. It doesn't matter how much it costs. A fortune cookie once told me: "A small place holds just as much happiness as a large one." I like that thought.
My life in real estate began in 1994 as an assistant to my Mom, Gloria Joller. She needed "a little help." When I began I had no idea how busy she really was -- at that time she was ranked #14 in Canada for CENTURY 21! Two years later, on October 15, 1995, I officially became a full-time realtor with CENTURY 21 (I signed the paperwork on Friday the 13th for luck!). Mom and I continue to work together to this day. I didn't plan on being in real estate but now that I'm here I can't imagine doing anything else.
Surprise. Wonder. Amazement. My Mom and long-time mentor, Gloria Joller, became the 2007 Sales Associate of the Year for Century 21 on September 6, 2008. The award was announced at Canada Conference in Ottawa. It is so exciting to see all her years of hard work honored. She always has pointers and advice for me. Most of the time she gives me a hard time for not always following her advice immediately. She obviously knows what she is talking about! When I received my first Centurion at the same conference, she quickly reminded me that she has 12. We love competition. She looks after my business when I travel which is lucky for me and even luckier for my clients.
Enroute to finding myself in real estate, I studied at UBC and got my Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts specializing in Western European Cathedrals. Continued my education at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario as a member of the first photojournalism program in Canada. Graduated at the top of my class. This led to a job at The Calgary Herald for the 1988 Winter Olympics (my photo of the Olympic Plaza Celebrations appeared on the front page of the paper on the first day of the Olympics). Couldn't resist working overseas after that. For the next 3 3/4 years, I lived in Tokyo, Japan teaching English for GEOS. My apartment was just 193 sq ft. The bathroom looked like it belonged in an airplane and the kitchen in a camper but it had a view of Mt. Fuji on one side and The Tokyo Tower on the other. My two-year contract was extended twice. On the way home, I was a substitute teacher in Taipei, Taiwan thinking it would be fun to eat Chinese food everyday (I hadn't realized how Asian Richmond had become while I was away). Continued working for GEOS at their Vancouver school until Mom asked me to help her out. Now my closet is full of gold jackets.
I love exploring new places, collecting passport stamps and cruising. I am crazy about Paris. I would love to see Macchu Pichu and Antarctica one day soon. I also love most things related to houses -- especially rearranging furniture and feng shui. I am famous for my homemade raspberry ice cream. I am an avid baseball fan (during the World Series and the games leading up to it). I studied American-style ballroom dancing for 8 years. I competed in Pro-Am competitions in Miami and New Orleans (10 dance Latin and Smooth) and won a gold medal for The Viennese Waltz.
I've downsized twice in my life so far. The first time I moved overseas to Tokyo, Japan. I went with two suitcases and a carry-on bag. Everything else I owned went into storage. Aside from saying good-bye to family and friends, it was an easy move. I did question what I was doing the first time I saw my 193 sq ft studio apartment which cost over $900/month to rent compared to the $350/month I had been paying in Calgary for a really big one bedroom. I wondered where the rest of it was. There had to be more rooms. In the end, I loved being just a 30-second walk to the subway station. Location wins every time. The second time I downsized was harder. In 2008, I left my 3 bedroom house and moved into a one bedroom and den apartment. Getting rid of the extra furniture was the easy part (family and Craig's List), the extra accessories also easy (Hospital Thrift Store) but I have to admit I am still working on the emotional stuff. Luckily Mom and Dad have lots of storage space in their crawl space. Moving helps remind me what happens after the Contract of Purchase and Sale is signed, what everyone I work with goes through. My favorite part was packing the boxes!
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