Get to know Sara
I eat and breath real estate. I always tell my clients: “Do not wait to buy real estate, buy real estate and wait...” I am fascinated by how real estate changes over the years, how new communities and neighborhoods are formed from just a piece of vacant land. If we could do a time-lapse image of how real estate has transcended Vancouver into a world-class city in the past couple of decades, it would be breathtaking. I love being in a position to help my clients find their dream home or sell their property. After all, it is the biggest and most important purchase or sale of their lives.
What do you value most in your friends?
Integrity and unconditional love.
What do you most value in your colleagues?
I think there are certain characteristics that apply to all relationships, be it personal or professional. The one I value most from both colleagues, as well as friends, is integrity. We all experience challenges, as well as opportunities, throughout our lives and careers. How we perceive, process and react to these moments ultimately demonstrates the strength of our character – having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be, is a characteristic I admire and value. After all, building a reputation of integrity take years, but only takes a second to lose.
What has been the most significant change that you’ve noticed in Vancouver within the last few years, for better or worse?
Significant growth. Especially downtown, where barriers to entry are high, the city has been challenging the real estate development industry to grow in a meaningful and sustainable manner, with unique and innovative buildings and modern technologies. Floor plans have been getting smaller but more efficient, buildings have been getting taller but more interesting. With a backdrop of natural beauty and elegance, I have witnessed Vancouver blossom into one of the most enjoyable cities to live in, for the better.
Where do you go for a dose of culture in this city?
Living in such an ethnically-diverse environment, I don’t have to look beyond my work to get a dose of culture! On a daily basis, I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to interact with people of diverse ethnic backgrounds. This, of course, means learning different methods of communication and being respectful towards the traditions and needs of my clients, whether it’s being sensitive towards multi-generational living arrangements, Feng Shui principals or even specific interior finishes that are traditional in certain cultures.
What are your everyday essentials?
A pair of heels, cell phone, jug of water, business cards, laptop, lip balm. I have a routine every day, usually starts with telling myself out loud: “I’m going to have a great day!” Then a cup of coffee, a session in the gym and, afterwards, get beautified for work and daily activities. I do not know what I would do without my phone or laptop – sad to say but true. And I make it a point to call my parents every day, reminding them of how much I love them.
Why is Vancouver home to you?
Having lived in three different continents and in many different cities, I can say without a doubt that I feel most at home in Vancouver. Its natural beauty and world-class appeal consistently honor it as one of the most livable cities in the world. This is where my family now lives, where I have created most of my memories and where I have matured as a real estate professional. It’s humbling to be a part of a true community and to interact with friendly faces and kind people. This city has a distinct identity. Most people call it west coast living. I’m proud to call it “home”.
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