Having personally bought, renovated and sold over a dozen homes in Victoria, I understand the process: from creating a strategy, choosing a Realtor, staging a property, and understanding contracts through to negotiating a successful Purchase or Sale. It can be quite daunting!
As a MLS Award Winning Realtor, I work with people who are "Rightsizing": making decisions that affect both lifestyle changes and long-term economic security.
I hold my SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) and CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert) Designations as well as an Interior Design Diploma. See below for more information about what an SRES does and why you may need one.
On a personal note, I was born on Saltspring Island, in the same room as my father and grandfather before me. Raised in Victoria, I first attended Norfolk House School then became one of the first 35 girls to attend SMU (St. Michael's University School) for grades 11-12. My University years took me to Vancouver, Los Angeles and finally Halifax, where I majored in Political Science and Economics.
I was licensed as a Realtor in 2001, Royal Lepage. After 3 years I decided to take a leave of absence while my two children were middle teenagers, happy to be fully involved in their busy schedules. I was not far from real estate however, taking my AutoCad courses at Camosun College by night while renovating and selling my own real estate projects by day.
I have been happily re-licensed since 2011.
I am the very proud Mother to Kel (32) and Mika (28) and recently became a grandmother to Freya (18 months). When I am not working I can be found on the squash or tennis court, golf course, cycling, or navigating along our magnificent west coast.
What is an SRES?
An Seniors Real Estate Specialist is a Realtor who has done advanced and extensive training on the topic of assisting those who are aged 50+ and their families. While every purchase and sale of a home is unique, when it comes to person(s) over the age of 50 there may be extra considerations during a transaction; this includes second home taxes, estate planning, emotional ties, and more.
Why Should I Use an SRES?
An SRES puts the unique needs, concerns and goals of the 50+ client first as they have the knowledge and compassion to offer support through legal and financial transactions as well as lifestyle transitions, including relocation, refinancing, selling, or buying property. An SRES aims to serve the needs of multiple generations, taking every opportunity to advize and listen to the whole family including adult children, grandchildren and caregivers. By taking the time to ensure a client is comfortable and confident in the final decisions, this no-pressure approach will allow for tailored buying, selling, and marketing for the needs of an older client. An SRES has knowledge in provincial laws regarding senior care housing, reverse mortgages, pensions, TFSA's, and more. If you require someone with a network of local senior housing options, support services, or any senior-focused professional, look no further.