I'm in real estate because I enjoy forming new relationships and helping nice people find their perfect home! When you hire me, you get a friendly, tech-savvy, and extremely motivated agent.
I work for Engel & Völkers, with a focus on Downtown Vancouver and West Vancouver. I grew up on the North Shore and have an excellent grasp on the Vancouver real estate landscape from my many years in the community.
If you are interested in listing with me or using me as your buyer's agent, I assure you that I will give you my dedicated energy on selling/finding your home.
To ensure I get the best possible value for your home, I work in close collaboration with my team at Engel & Völkers Vancouver/West Vancouver. My team of colleagues in our West Vancouver and Vancouver offices, our in-house marketing department, and my managing brokers all work to get you the best possible deal. Engel & Völkers is an international network of offices and real estate advisors, with a distinct global marketing strategy to ensure your home sells to the highest buyer.
The real estate service fee for selling a home is 7% on the first $100,000 and 3% on the balance plus GST (this fee include compensation for the buyer's agent). This price includes all marketing and promotional materials.
There are no Realtor® fees involved when purchasing a home through me (when I'm acting as your buyer's agent). Even though my fiduciary duty is to you, as my client, my compensation always comes from the seller.
Transactional business/sales and entrepreneurship have been a passion of mine since a young age. I graduated from Simon Fraser University in Business Administration in 2011. At SFU, I took a program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, which gave me skills in innovative marketing and selling in a professional and personable manner. I finished at the top of my Entrepreneurship classes. While in university, I also learned that I have a flexible nature, which helps me find creative ways of problem-solving, marketing, and selling.
After SFU, I decided I needed some ground-floor sales experience. My early sales experience comes from my three years selling for Mazda (at OpenRoad Mazda, then Morrey Mazda). My automotive experience provided me with excellent negotiation abilities and people skills; and only furthered my interest in helping friendly, everyday people, complete their largest transactions.
From 2011 to 2016, I also worked for myself as a business consultant at Elliot Funt Business Services Inc. My company offered business plan writing and strategy to small businesses. I was able to learn a great deal about how to properly market and run a business from this role.
- Professionalism thanks to my experience in sales and business.
- Excellent knowledge of the Vancouver and West Vancouver luxury markets.
- Negotiation skills to get you the best possible deal.
- The fast, easy, and detailed communication.
- My dedicated energy to go above and beyond on selling/buying your home.
- Knowledge that I'm up to date on all the industry trends, along with in-depth knowledge of the most recent buying/selling requirements.
- Peace of mind in knowing that you have the worldwide brand of Engel & Völkers behind your listing. Engel & Völkers is a distinctive luxury brand operating in 37 countries promoting each and every listing globally. Our marketing materials are above and beyond any of our competitors worldwide.
The vast majority of Realtors® do business the way of the past, shaking hands, going to networking events, posting their face on bus-stops. While I also do many of these activities, real estate in the 21st century is far more than just handshakes and business cards. The ever changing housing market is why you need a Realtor® that uses the Internet to your advantage! I create all content on this website besides from the pictures; when you hire me you will receive my full online promotional knowledge!
The Internet plays a large part in determining the value of a given property. How it is marketed online is much more important than physical print because most other Realtors® and buyers search for properties online. Having your property valued at the right price is essential to gaining interest in your property, priced either too high or too low could lead to leaving money on the table at the end of negotiations.
I work hard to determine what price range I think a property will both sell at and the price it should be listed. To determine these values, I complete extensive online research into prices of similar properties in the area and past sales. A large part of my experience before real estate includes business plan writing and market research; market research is no less important when valuing your property for sale. When we discuss the pricing of your property, I present you with the hard facts as to what the market is doing in your area, rather than just an off-the-cuff guess.
Many Realtors® offer sites along with your listing. But unlike most Realtors® who simply pay an outside service to create a subpar Internet site, I personally put in the effort to create a top of the line website to promote your property. A beautiful site is a luxury touch that will help attract potential buyers for your home and showcases the value of your home! This luxury marketing is then in turn also backed by the global luxury brand of Engel & Völkers.
Creating an Internet presence for your property is also critical. I make sure that buyers and other Realtors see it® on social media outlets. Digital Advertising of your property is extremely effective for getting it seen and viewed.
In addition to creating a dedicated website for your property, I will write blog entries about your property during the time you list your property with me. These will all link to the site on your property. Blog postings will, of course, be quite varied; but will cover topics such as the value in the surrounding market, nearby attractions, schools, beaches, or possibly the unique design features of your house.
The blog postings are a way that I can market to social media sites without seeming like blatant marketing. I then will post the blog post to various locations to get the word out about your property.
For all listings that aren't "exclusive listings," I will post the listing on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). The MLS is one of the benefits of using all Realtors®; the MLS service allows other Realtors® to market your property and search for it. So your listing will appear on most other Realtors'® websites in their various MLS property searches.
Shop TV is a feature of the Engel & Völkers brand. When you list with us your listing will appear in all Engel & Völkers' 'Shops' worldwide. The idea behind the Shop concept is that it is bringing a friendly, luxury touch to your standard real estate office. Your listing will appear on TV screens shown in our shops worldwide on a rotational basis.
I invest in paid Google Search to make sure there is always traffic flowing to my website and my current listings. I will also use Google Adwords to direct traffic to your home's dedicated website.This, nor any of the other services I offer come at any extra cost above the commission on the sale of your home!
As part of excellent client communication, during the time your property if for sale I am happy to send you website and blog analytics (upon request). These analytics will show the amount of traffic generated to a specific site or webpage. In the analytics reports, I include any data on relevant blog posts to funt.ca (and other websites).
Howe Sound is one of my favourite places. Nearly all my free time is spent boating around Bowen, Gambier, and Anvil Islands and I strongly support the organization myseatosky.org/. I work with the My Sea to Sky volunteer team to get more signatures for the Howe Sound Declaration. The Howe Sound Declaration is an initiative to prevent "Woodfibre LNG", and other industrial projects from opening in this serene area. These project will impact the ecosystem of Howe Sound and also means LNG tankers will become common place in Howe Sound.
I organize a once a month litter cleanup (usually the third Saturday of every month). Efforts are focused on the West End, Sunset Beach, English Bay Beach, or Stanley Park. Let me know if you'd like to join!
One of my fundamental values is treating everyone fairly and equally. Treating everyone fairly certainly includes the lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and queer community of Vancouver!
I believe in improving the world through small everyday actions, equality to all, and a focus on happiness. These values dictate my life as I try to improve myself and the world - one day at a time.
The West End is known as the hot spot of Vancouver for the LGBTQ community and the annual Vancouver Pride Parade.
It is a beautiful part of Vancouver, with tree-lined streets, many local restaurants, and fantastic beaches. I live in the West End myself, and it is my personal favourite area in all of Vancouver. I help organize a once a month litter cleanup of the West End, contact me if you're interested in helping!
Affordable Housing Advocay
Affordable Housing Advocay
Within and outside of the Realtor® community, I advocate for affordable housing. If affordable housing is important to you, I encourage you to ask any other realtors® about what their views on this vital subject are; you may be quite surprised at what they say.
Unfortunately, one thing that many Realtors® simply do not understand is why we need affordable housing. Many argue that housing is not a right. Some say too bad, move to Mission instead. Vancouver is an expensive place yes, should prices be out of reach to the residents that grew up here and have family here? No.