About Me

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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Central Saanich

Saanich East

Saanich West





Oak Bay



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Derek is in a class unto himself. He went above and beyond the call of duty for us, and most importantly, he genuinely had our best interests at heart. Derek made the sale of our home seamless; he took our questions and concerns in stride. We sincerely appreciated his patience and reassurance, and the breadth and depth of his knowledge. Derek, you are phenomenal!

SJ and CH

Rewarding Experience

Derek, having you as our agent has been the most rewarding experience. As first time homeowners we were lost. Your dedication to our needs and all of the time that you willing spent with us to make sure we found a house to make into our home was greatly appreciated. Derek is more then a realtor, he’s your friend when it comes to finding your new home. He makes the whole process so easy and enjoyable. Going the extra mile would just be an understatement when it comes to Derek Braaten. We will be recommending Derek for years to come and can’t wait to go to him again. Thank you again for finding us a home.

Derek Oxtoby & Melissa Kennedy


Our experience on buying our house with Derek was wonderful, his patience and true concern that you are totally satisfied with your purchase is outstanding, we also shared some humourous moments. Thank you Derek.

Cheryl and Fred Hayes

Derek is Great

Derek is Great! I was new to the real estate industry and had an unfortunate experience my first time in the ring. But when I met Derek he made it simple and helped me find my perfect place. He always has your best interests in mind and understands your fears and concerns when it's time to sign those papers! I would encourage any of my family and friends to meet with Derek and see what he can do for them. They won't regret it. Once you get him he feels like part of your family. Thanks again!

Lino Lazaro

Awesome real estate agent

Derek is an awesome real estate agent. His hand was "not in our pocket". He is honest and professional. A refreshing change from the stereotypical salesperson. He went the distance, literally, to find us a great family home!! 

Cheryl and Grant Martin


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