When Dana Friesen-Smith was in her twenties people would tell her she should go into Real Estate. She seemed like a natural and loved helping people, but at the time resisted the idea thinking she didn’t want to be a cheesy salesperson. Fast forward a few years and the realization hit that this was the right path to take after all, and in 2012 she made her real estate debut, winning Rookie of the Year in the process.
Since that first year it’s been a steady stream of growth and success: RE/MAX award winner at every level including RE/MAX Hall of Fame recipient in her fourth year. Voted Whistler’s Best Realtor five times. Medallion Club Member (top 10% of all Realtors in Greater Vancouver) in 6 of her 8 years in the business. And a 1% member of the Medallion Club for the past two years.
Having already created a small team of specialists operating as The Dream Team, in July 2019 Dana opened her own brokerage, StilHavn Whistler and followed that up with another office, StilHavn Squamish in June of this year. As her team grew, she became more focused on Whistler and Pemberton, while one of her agents, Kristen Dillon, took the lead as the Squamish specialist with Denielle Smith functioning as their Client Care Specialist.
“With the three of us in your court, I know you will be taken care of in the best way possible,” says Dana. “I love helping people make this place either their home or to enjoy it as a vacation area, and getting to know our clients and building a deep trust and bond with them is one of the best things about working in real estate.”
An active member of the community, Dana is a proud supporter and sponsor of the Children’s Miracle Network, the Whistler Film Festival, Jump Rope for Heart and Ironman Whistler – as well as lobbyist for other causes she is passionate about including anything to do with the arts, and more recently, encouraging people to get out and vote in the provincial election. But it’s her pride in going from managing a local restaurant to building an honest, trustworthy and successful real estate business – and the way she’s gone about doing it - that shines through the most.
“Our entire focus is our client and putting their best interests first, and unfortunately that isn’t always the case with everyone in our industry,” she continues. “Once you get to know us you’ll realize that we are going to give you the honest truth about real estate, and our hope is to show people that if we put your best intentions at the forefront – whether it results in a sale or not – it’s the right decision.”
DANA FRIESEN-SMITH | THE DREAM TEAM
StilHavn Real Estate Services Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton, BC