Real Estate Broker
CENTURY 21 Queenswood Realty Ltd.
- Unit B, 1845 Fort Street
Victoria, BC V8R 1J6
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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 neighborhood 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!
Helping clients with the biggest purchaseof their lives is the most rewarding job ever.I have spent the past 30 years renovating and restoring character homes in Victoria which has led me to become a realtor. I am a very experienced high end painter and assistmy clients in knowing which fixer upper is a great deal or a money pit. I use the same skills whenpreparingyour home to sell. Some buyers want it all done and ready to move in while others want to do the work themselves and give it their personal touch. A little paint can change the entire look and feeling of a home, when you choosethe right colors and know the professional's secrets. A small investment can increase your home's value immensely. Nobody wants anentirely pink house.
I am continualy educating myself on real estate investing, knowing more about land developement deals, syndicated mortgages,options to lease/buy from the seller. As a professional realtor this is one aspect that my clients can find extremely valuable to their real estate investment portfolio. Where can you get the best Rate of Return on your investments, how to secure lender financing and how to get good tenants are just a few areas of importance when looking to become a landlord and making a profit. I am a member of Keyspire and attend summits, webinars and monthly coaching sessions to keep as ccurrent as possible on any changes in the market of real estate and investing. Since this is my professional interests page I should include my support of Restore, Habitat for Humanity , the SPCA and Rescue Me animal rescue organizations. I volunteer my time teaching Stained Glass classes at an activity centre. I have a degree of Dr. of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.
Victoria is a small world. Everyone knows everyone once you start talking. This is why a good reputation is so very important. Having lived in Victoria my entire life I have an intimate relationship with the city and it's many areas.This extensive knowledge of the many districts of Greater Victoria is valuable information to buyers and especially out of town clients. Each area is unique and has it's own character which defines the value and style of what buyers are looking for. Fairfield is close to the ocean and has a blend of character homes with converted condos surrounding Beacon Hill Park, Gordon Head is near the University, Rockland is full of old mansions. I can save buyer's valuable time and focus on exactly what their wants and needs are in finding their perfect home in a perfect location.
Finding a pet friendly home with a safe fence, room to run and a walk-able neighborhood is my favorite home to search for. I love walking my dogs. I know where the hidden parks and trails are, lakes and mountain hikes, safe fenced dog parks and open off leash zones. Victoria is a very pet friendly place which means we have good people living here. I love helping renters fulfill their dream of finding their forever homes for themselves and their furbabies. Shopping for Fido is equally important as getting a great kitchen or a big garage. I am a proud supporter of the SPCA, Rescue Me and the North West Chow Chow Rescue, having adopted 9 Chow Chows so far and for me I truly feel A House is not a Home without a DOG.
I love working with buyers and especially first time buyers. The real estate process can be scary and emotional. I have the patience and calm attitude needed to answer the many questions and challenges that come up through the buying process. I refer clients to lenders, inspectors, lawyers etc. to assist in the completion of all aspects of buying a home. I also have a long history as a professional painter and home renovator. I know all the best trades people and some of the bad ones too. I can help get your new home fixed up or prepare your home ready to sell for top dollar. I love getting people into the real estate market. It's so exciting to see renters realize their dream of becoming owners. My last client said she finally felt like a real grown up even though she has a child and runs her own business. Owning your home is the ultimate dream for many and a good investment in yourself and your financial future. Helping others get what they want makes me love my job.
My Special Talents
When I was 11 years old I saw my first McLure home and I knew I wanted to renovate heritage homes. I have lived that dream. As a home renovator I restore the character and beauty of old houses. I have been a professional painter for over 30 years which led me to become a realtor. I was painting homes to sell or painting homes that buyers were fixing up so naturally I wanted to help my clients with the entire process. I have many contractors I work with and refer with confidence so if your home is not showing at it's best for selling, I can get you the people to make it shine. As well I can help get your fixer upper into top shape. I assist my buyers with color choices and somehow I always get involved in the painting process. My gift to my clients. I love making homes look great. Making your dreams come true is a dream come true for me as well.
I love gardening and growing my own food. I know the value in doing that nutritionally, financially and physically. It's good exercise and organic is just so much safer. I moved from my last home- which I loved- simply because the huge oak trees caused so much shade that it was impossible to grow food. A lesson I pass onto my clients who are buying in the winter. Once those trees fill in with leaves it changes the use of the yard and how much light shines into the home. The outside of the homes is just as important as the inside.