Real estate agents looking for greener pastures may want to lend an ear to a veteran and a newcomer to one B.C. market.
“The Baby Boomer demographic is looking to settle in to a climate that they can retire or semi-retire into and the Okanagan Valley tends to check all the boxes,” says Brent Pay, a top producer in the Century 21 Kelowna office, an agent who has surpassed the Double Centurion status for several years. “I am fortunate to have one of the largest number of visits to my website in the industry and I've never down loaded my own listings - I just go out and list them!”
Pay got his start in the business about eight years ago, and he did it being new to the business and new to the community.
“The primary reason I joined Century 21 was the technology and support that was provided to us – and it has only improved since I joined in late 2007,” Pay told REP. “Our internal team provides us with in house professional photography and a quality listing arrangement which is second to none in our industry.”
For Sale signs are ordered and placed for the agents at each property, and custom listing brochures are initiated and produced as part of the overall service provided, says Pay. All listings are posted for the agents on the Century 21 websites and then content is fed, by the team, into a multitude of other Internet sites that are real estate-based and driven.
Brody Mader, who joined the office earlier this year, came from the Vancouver market where he worked for three years – and is a big fan of the training program and atmosphere of the Kelowna office.
“Century 21 has been awesome in my starting my business anew. They have weekly training for both new and experienced agents. But most importantly everyone has been open and supportive,” he says. “I have never worked in an office before with people that were so willing to help, and that genuinely cared.”
When asked if he would recommend coming to Kelowna to others, Mader had a tongue-in-cheek reply.
“Absolutely not, this is my bit of paradise and I won't share; just kidding!” he laughs. “This is the best business decision I have made. This is the happiest my family has been in years. We just don't have the stress and grind we used to have in a larger city. And even though starting new is hard, I wish I had made this move years ago.”
And Mader hasn’t looked back since.
“The people are nicer here,” says Mader. “The clients are so much more appreciative of our efforts and with the support of the Century 21 office, it is just easier to do business.”
For Myrna Park, of Century 21 Assurance, the lure of Kelowna is a mix of lifestyle and business opportunities.
“Kelowna has a robust arts community, and visual and performing arts thrive here,” she says. “We have amazing wineries, great restaurants, and an active population with a number of recreational facilities at their disposal from golf to skiing to hiking and boating.”
These empty nesters and young professionals are drawn to the Kelowna market not just for the lifestyle, but because it still provides high-end homes within a reasonable price, says Park.
And for those that do relocate, they do so without regret.
“People choose to live here so they generally are happier with their life and lifestyle choices,” she says. “And although our office is small, it is mighty – being 20th in production among the almost 500 Century 21 offices.”
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Located downtown Kelowna, on Highway 97, CENTURY 21 Assurance Realty Ltd. occupies a newly renovated space that has been called the most innovative in the industry. It is a vibrant real estate brokerage, boasting a team of high performing agents. Based on production, this relatively small office of about 50 agents is currently ranked #20 among the almost 500 Century 21 offices in Canada.
Want to know more about making CENTURY 21 Assurance your new home? Take a look at our video at www.whyc21.com
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) at 250-869-0101.