About Me


ï‚· Expertise.

Experience leads to Expertise. Though I leave inspections to the inspectors, I can help you spot trouble before you've invested too much time in a property. And, I stick to market areas I know. 


ï‚· Specific market knowledge. 

Whether you need a great Mortgage Broker, a careful Roofer, or simply a Starbucks, I will help you get oriented with the neighbourhood, and put you in touch with proven professionals. 


ï‚· Good listener.

You know it yourself. People can listen well when they're professional and "in the game", but not when they're too busy. Choose a REALTOR that works full time but is not too busy for you. 


ï‚· Good negotiator. 

A great REALTOR will save you time and money by using market information (called "comparables") to determine what is the right price to list at, or the right price to offer and pay, and when. 


ï‚· Patience.

The right Agent will be on your timeline, not their's. I ask You to set the pace. 


ï‚· Thoroughness.

What's that saying..."the devil is in the details"? A real estate transaction is simple in essence, but requires careful attention to detail when offers are in play. This is essential and there is no room for error. 


ï‚· Flexibility. 

You want to buy what you want to buy, when you want to buy it. Sometimes plans change. I understand this and will not question or challenge your wishes. 


ï‚· Attentive.

Prompt response whether by phone or email. Period. 


ï‚· Hardworking.

To be successful, a great real estate Agent must work hard in the Victoria real estate market. And from my experience, a customer will pay for someone who proves their worth or value. I do not discount or negotiate my fees, nor do I discount my efforts to find or sell your home in a timely manner. 


ï‚· Networked. 

And, I have REALTOR  contacts in many centres across Canada. 


ï‚· Trustworthy.

Buying or Selling, I will be consistent with my comments about other homes on the Victoria market, regardless of the commission structure in place. 


ï‚· Diligence. 

I will treat each transaction equally. I know from experience that at times it can take as long to buy or sell a one bedroom condo as it does to buy or sell an acreage. 


ï‚· Helpful.

I will use technology not just for the sake of it (or the image) to communicate with you in the manner which you prefer to communicate. I also do my best to read personality types so that I communicate with you in the way which YOU like to communicate. 


ï‚· Hungry.

When you decide to work with Derek, you will work with Derek. Remember, this is all I do. I have a young family to support and though I have real estate investments, 100% of my household income comes from my real estate success. Simply put, I only succeed when you succeed.