Meet a Member
Whether you have years of experience or are new to the industry, REIBC is your key to career advancement and connection with the real estate industry. Professional members have achieved the RI Designation, which provides employers and clients with instant confirmation of advanced levels of education and experience.
We would like to introduce new RI:
Originally from Slovakia, Viera immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in 2001. Moving abroad and starting over in a new country was very challenging yet adventurous experience. She studied business and finance for a couple of years, worked in sales. In 2005, she received an offer to work for Colliers in their property management division in Vancouver. Although this field of work was very new to her, she quickly realized that it was a perfect fit. She got licensed as a property manager and over the next years, she progressed through various property and asset management roles, which enabled her to gain valuable experience and extensive professional knowledge.
Since January 2019, Viera has been working as a property manager for Wesgroup Properties, Vancouver. She is managing an assortment of local office, retail and healthcare buildings that all have deep roots in the community. Prior to joining Wesgroup, she worked in Europe for three years as an asset manager for Austrian real estate investment firm—Immofinanz, overseeing their Slovak and Czech commercial portfolio.
Viera is passionate about building strong relationships with clients, tenants and service providers, and she focuses on delivering a high-quality service. What she enjoys the most about her work is that there is never a dull moment, and it allows her to be engaged both mentally and socially every day.
Viera’s educational background is in real estate management and appraisal— she has a business in real estate degree from Thompson Rivers University and post graduate certificate in property valuation from University of British Columbia. In 2015, she also obtained an MBA from International University of Monaco.
In her spare time, Viera enjoys staying active both physically and mentally. She is an avid hiker and traveler. Just before the Covid-19 crises, she explored Colombia's coffee culture and natural splendors. She also loves to read and learn new skills such as playing piano these days.
Viera has joined the REIBC because it reflects on high professional standards. She is looking forward to attending events, getting to know other real estate professionals, and building a strong real estate network in Vancouver.
On June 10, 2020 REIBC welcomed Leon Ng from LNG Studios to do a webinar for us on “The Future of Real Estate Visualization”. Leon talked about what is changing in real estate and what will change even further as we move ahead in these changed times. There was good information and some tips on what platforms can be used as well as some great visuals and videos. If you were unable to make it , it is available on our website here.
Check out a short video here!
On June 25, 2020 Steven Johnston, E.D., and Shaugn Swartz, Director, Portfolio Management and Capacity Building at Community Impact Real Estate Society (CIRES) did a webinar on “A New and Innovative Real Estate Model”. This webinar was extremely interesting.Through an innovative model CIRES supports community economic development through leveraging provincial assets to ensure that not-for-profits and social enterprises are protected from the impacts of gentrification andremain in the DTES.
(Pictured: Steven Johnston, Executive Director)
In addition, CIRES will shared how they have supported tenants and the broader community through the challenges presented by Covid-19. If you were unable to make it, it is available on our website here.
(Pictured: Shaugn Schwartz, Director, Portfolio Management and Capacity Building)
We are making some changes to our mentor-ship program here at REIBC. We are looking for participation from our experienced and connected members, if you are interested in becoming a mentor for young professionals or students looking to enter the industry please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for more information to come!
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You won't want to miss our July 16th webinar with Immigration Lawyer Richard Kurland: Head Winds for 2021: COVID, Immigration, Ownership Disclosure.
The “COVID/Immigration combo” is expected to reduce foreign student demand for rental units. Young people are pushed back into parental residences due to unemployment, and the need for cost savings during economic hard times. Secondary migration from other provinces into BC is curtailed. And at the same time, a planned supply of new rental units will come to market. And at the high end, new ownership disclosure rules will prompt some sales, and chase away others. On the other hand, a positive trend to reduce in-person "office presence” may reduce commute pressures, and unlock real estate value and opportunity further outside the greater Vancouver area.
We are excited to announce we will be hosting a webinar with BC Housing, CEO Shayne Ramsay in the near future. Date and time to be confirmed, stay up to date by following us on our social media platforms! They can be found at the top left hand side of this screen.
KTW Community Leader Awards 2020: Fresh Impact honour goes to Koot
The Fresh Impact Award criteria: “This person has been in Kamloops less than 3 years but is already making an impact in the community in a leadership position in business, volunteer work or other community involvement.”
The 2020 Fresh Impact Award, sponsored by Venture Kamloops, goes to Trevor Koot: Koot, 42, quickly landed a job as executive officer with the Kamloops and District Real Estate Association, based on his 15 years of experience in the industry and willingness to innovate.
Part of that innovative work includes development of the KADREA app, which was launched in 2019, and the Buyer Path tool, which tells realtors valuable information about where buyers are coming from.
Buyer Path isn’t just a local project — not anymore. Koot said the intellectual property was given to the Canadian Real Estate Association, which is now working to implement the tool across the country.
Koot’s role with KADREA has been to accelerate it into the 21st century. That has meant forming strategic partnerships with a number of groups in the community and turning the KADREA office into a real estate hub that includes education opportunities.
“The impact I’m able to bring is only because of the people who have given me the opportunity to do it,” he said, noting the KADREA board’s welcoming attitude toward new ideas.
Article by: Kamloops This Week
Mark your calendars for the AGM scheduled for December 11th! More information to come.
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