Welcome to the 2021 Christmas letter! What a crazy year it’s been, both in life and in business. The market went in a direction that very few predicted, with some amazing year over year increases in real estate values. Who knows where it’s all going, but the one thing I do know is that now more than ever it’s important to get solid, expert advice for any real estate decision you might be considering. If you, or anyone you care about, are considering a move, call me at 604-312-8920 and I can help.
EXPANDING THE TEAM
Over the last year, my son Jude and a great young guy Cindy and I Ryan Penner, have joined the team. Also, my daughter Adrianna joined at an administration level while she takes her real estate course. The environment is definitely getting younger and I have to say our marketing, branding, and social media presence are looking good with the “refresh.” My long-time associate Gary Becker and I do, from time to time, have to remind the youngsters that the old-school strategies of hustle, face to face meetings, and no-quit attitude still rule over a fancy Instagram video here and there.
Cindy has had a busy year running the staging side of the business. Her associates Susan and Kim have been a big help and I honestly can’t believe how good the stagers are in preparing my listings for market. It’s true that Buyers buy based on emotion, and Cindy and her team do well to really draw that out!
JUDE AND MORGAN are doing well. Morgan has taken a position as a youth leader at their church; a position she’s very well suited for and excited about! It took Morgan joining our family to have someone with a hobby in woodworking! Jude has been back on the track again, running some sprints and reliving his Langley Mustangs Track and Field glory years.
ADRIANNA graduated from SFU last spring and decided that instead of going back for a master’s degree, she would take some time to explore the real estate industry. So Adi is helping me as my “Listing Co-Ordinator,” as well as helping in marketing, social media, and general administration. Of all the kids, Adrianna is probably my most loyal mountain bike and dirt bike buddy!
JARED is in his 4th year at Trinity Western University, living off campus, and enjoying being a part of TWU student life. This past summer, Jared and his friend Jon accomplished a huge goal that they had of 17 hikes in 17 weeks.
MIREYA is in her 1st year at Trinity Western University. She’s living at home but is enjoying the short commute to school for class, study sessions, and social time. Mireya now works part time at the Blacksmith Bakery in Fort Langley. She had worked for 2 ½ years at Pearl Fever Bubble Tea but wanted to do something a bit different.
NICOLE is in grade 11. She enjoys school and the good friends she’s made, as well as the fact her younger brother is now at the same school. Nicole is also playing soccer again this year and is looking forward to ski season.
ANDY is in grade 8 and is involved in soccer, tae kwon do, and Friday Night Basketball. Andy, too, is looking forward to ski season and also enjoys beating me at chess, snakes and ladders, and Skip-Bo! Andy and I did well with our pickleball playing this past summer and did some dirt biking as well!
Once again, our family is looking forward to a quiet Christmas time of reflection and reverence for the true Christmas story.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!