Three years in Canada

When is it the right moment to make a decision? Somehow, there is always a reason to not do something and stay within your comfort zone. Sometimes you have to pull the trigger and just do it! As I would say in Dutch: "Vaak ben je te bang" (too often you're too afraid).

NewYears 2015

Morgan (my partner) and I went back (from the Netherlands) to Canada to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Day with family and friends. Through a mutual friend, we came in contact with an immigration lawyer and he told us on New Year’s Day that we could move back to Canada in June. We never thought that we could move so quickly to Canada, and the same night we decided to make the move. During the remaining six months in the Netherlands, we sold almost everything. I quit my job as a sales manager at Samsung Mobile and we said goodbye to my family and our friends. On June 2nd, 2015, Morgan, Jack (our cat) and I arrived at YVR without knowing what the next step would be.


Since we moved back to Canada, we have moved five times. It's nice to know that we found home eventually.

From Vancouver to Vancouver Island

We decided to live in Vancouver, a big city with a backyard that has some amazing mountains where we could go on many adventures. After a little more than a year, we had spent quite a bit of time on Vancouver Island and we thought that it would be a great idea to move to the Comox Valley. Morgan and I had met as ski instructors at Mount Washington and we both knew how great the Valley is. On October 1st, 2016, Morgan and I moved into a small cabin on the back side of a farm. With 600 square feet and lots of forests around us, we felt that we were living in a small paradise.

Howe Sound Crest Trail

This was one of the many trails that we did on the Lower Mainland. It was always so much fun to escape the big city on the weekends!

We bought our first house and I was impressed

Our little cabin was amazing, and we knew that the Valley would be the place to be! We weren't in the market to buy something, but a little rancher in Seal Bay came up for sale, and within 24 hours, we could call ourselves homeowners. It went so quickly that my parents back home didn't even know that we were looking to buy something. When I called my parents back home with the big news, they thought that we were expecting a baby instead of being the owners of the keys to a new home.

Abel O'Brennan helped us during those 24 crazy hours and he impressed me big time. During the entire process, he calmly explained everything well (especially in my case, because the Dutch rules are a little different than the Canadian ones), carefully negotiated with the sellers, and was always available for all our questions. I thought that is how service should be and I would do the exact same thing!

Our little cabin

Our little cabin in the middle of the forest. Such a needed place!

Now I have my own license

Somehow Abel could read my mind because a month after we purchased our house, he gave me a ring. At first, I thought he was just checking in to see how things were going, but he asked me if I would join him for a coffee.

During our coffee, we talked about what real estate involved, what a real estate agent does, and the pros and cons of the business. After this conversation, I realized that it was basically common sense to become a real estate agent: I'm an extroverted person who likes to work with people; I have a degree in Sport, Management and Business with a specialization in social media (marketing); I have always been passionate about sales; and I don't like to disappoint people. Shortly after this conversation, I signed up to get my license.

Part of the Engel & Völkers Vancouver Island North Brokerage

In the beginning of July I successfully passed my Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course (if you have any questions about this course, feel free to reach out), and after finishing up some paperwork, I can now proudly announce that I am a Realtor® and part of the Engel & Völkers brokerage in Courtenay.

Looking back from the day that I arrived in Vancouver to the current day, I can honestly say it has been a rollercoaster of adventures, but everything has a reason and becoming a Realtor® is a result. Whenever you have time, send me a message or stop by our brokerage and let’s go for a coffee.


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