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First Choice Realty opens in Fernie


Blog by First Choice Realty | December 14th, 2015


Welcome to our website and our new branch office in Fernie, BC!

A little company history: First Choice Realty opened in Invermere, BC in 2009. I know what you're thinking; wasn't Canada in a recession in 2009? Yes it was and some would say that it was the worst time imaginable to open a new business let alone a Real Estate brokerage whose success is directly linked to the rise and fall of the economy. However, owners Eric and Yvonne saw a need in the market and chose to fill it. The company vision was to provide a boutique experience for clients who placed a high value on excellent communication, honesty and local knowledge and industry experience. Owner, Eric Redeker moved away from sales and into Property Management. All star realtor Dave McGrath joined the team and became a vibrant and dynamic new face to the local real estate industry. Barry and Pat Brown-John joined the team next, adding priceless local knowledge and expertise in the resort property market and land/ development market. Jan Klimek is the newest addition to the team and offers a diverse skill set of real estate and office administration experience. Last but certainly not least, Yvonne Redeker's office management, bookkeeping and administration skills keep the First Choice Realty engine running smoothly for over six years.

Enter, Fernie.

I have been proud to call Fernie home since 2014. I am Jolanda, daughter of Yvonne and Eric and will be the author of these blog posts. Ah, it's finally coming together! First Choice Realty opened in Fernie in October 2015 and offers Property Management and real estate services. Local businesses have welcomed us with open arms and we are so happy to be a part of the Fernie business community. Like Invermere, the Fernie office opened in an economic downturn. Oil prices have dropped by over half in the past 15 months, coal prices are at an all time low and to top it off, El Nino is causing a warm front in our snow-dependant community. However, the Real Estate and rental markets are stable and we saw a local need that had to be filled. Our goal in Fernie is to provide excellent customer service. This means reliable and honest communication, innovative business practices and a local knowledge. Liah Gagne is a sales representative that recently joined the team. She understands and harnesses the power of digital marketing and networking. Her goal is to strengthen her business in Fernie and focus on growth in Sparwood and Elkford. I am a licensed property management only weeks away from also having a real estate license. I couldn't be happier to have finally found my passion and I look forward to 2016 and realizing my goals of growth and success!

Thank you for vising our website and blog. Our team in Invermere and Fernie look forward to serving your Real Estate or Property Management needs!