After 40 years, I still find it a thrill to help folks find homes-allow me to help YOU Born & raised in Nanaimo, my initial career was as a British Leyland mechanic-(MGB Jaguar etc) and I completed 3 years of the apprenticeship program. In my spare time, I began buying cheap houses and renting them out, my first property was $6,300.00 in 1975. When you make $ 2.50 per hour-I NEVER thought I'd pay for the place. The Realtor I worked with suggested that I take the real estate course, to get the knowledge of how the business works-so I did-never thinking that it would be my life's work. I wanted to build and race cars. One November day I was lying on my back - under an MGB, with water dripping down on my face & my hands frozen almost solid & I said to myself -NO- I will do something else in life!!! Real Estate. There were two out twelve people who passed the pre-licensing course that term, and suddenly I had a real estate license and a "bull pen" cubical at Block Bros Realty. I had a red 1966 GMC pickup truck (good for the rentals) - and NO MONEY for neither advertising nor marketing, and off I went. I did well-- very well, and worked 16 hours a day, to get money for clothes & a 4 door car. In 1980 I was asked to join a group forming a new real estate company, with brand new offices & with a personal assistant. That was "Bowen Realty", which we built from 6 partners to over 30 salespeople in 3 years. Remember -- this was 1980 thru 1984 - when interest rates went from 10% to over 20% and the average price of housing went DOWN 52% over a 5 year period. We grew into 40 plus salespeople, moved to Woodgrove mall & bought the Re/Max franchise. I sold out and went independent for 12 years, and as we grow & learn in life I saw that the major worldwide brokerages -C21 --Re/Max --Homes & Gardens are gaining more market share- because they can advertise more & small brokerages cannot compete in the internet age. As much as people may grumble about multiple national companies-- in real estate brokerage, it is the ONLY way to go, IF as an agent, you want to have the best marketing tools. Over the 40 years, I've been involved in over 3,000 residential transactions in Nanaimo, and still find it a thrill to help people buy their family home. I've also had the privilege of having the support of many people & associates, who I've worked (is this work??) over the years- especially my assistant Diane Burton, who has put up with me for 15 years. She knows more about computers than anyone I know. She organizes co-ordinates & keeps our group focused. She deserves a medal. Sometimes people say "Why don't you retire?" "And do what??" I ask. There is nothing in my life more fun than working (playing) in real estate. Still love cars, but I'm not going back to lying under an MGB. I would be HAPPY to help you with your needs/ wants/ desires.