I’m living the dream! I have travelled to and lived in some very cool places abroad, but Vancouver truly is the best place in the world to live! My husband Ray and I regularly take in the fabulous art and music scenes in the city, and we love to be outside- biking the Seawall, paddle boarding at Kits Beach and watching sunsets from English Bay.
I have a Masters of Arts in English Literature, and I am a former high school English teacher. I say former only because, while I am not at a high school anymore, I still teach. Check out the Real Estate Classroom tab on my website. I am a life-long learner, always seeking to improve myself and my skills in order to better serve my clients. I am a Certified Negotiations Expert with CNE, I hold a certificate as a Seniors Real Estate Expert (SRES) and I am trained as a success coach with Coaches Training Institute (CTI).
I am fortunate to have had two stimulating and rewarding careers, first as a teacher and now as a realtor. Even when I was teaching, real estate interested me. You might say it was a bit of a hobby. I often kid that I got into real estate to help other people buy and sell properties because my husband was tired of my selling and buying our homes! But the real reason I love my job is that I get to help people at a significant time in their lives.
Moving is ranked alongside job change, divorce and death as one of the most stressful life experiences, so I have immense respect for people who decide to move. Their courage inspires me to support them through the process. Buying or selling a home can be a very emotional and stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be. It is my job to minimize the stress my clients experience by making sure I anticipate their needs and by giving them the information they need to make decisions that align with their goals.
My real estate business is called ‘StellingtheCity’, a play on my last name, Stellingwerff. And, it combines selling and telling. I sell the city and tell its stories. It will also help you find me. I can’t tell you how often my last name is misspelled!