How do you stand out in an industry where everyone can essentially sell the same product? By doing something completely unique, like Judy Ross.
After graduating from BCIT and working in the food and wine industry for a few years, Judy made her foray into real estate on the suggestion of a friend way back in 1976. It was a move she would never regret, and one that after 44 years is still filled with new challenges, exciting projects and meeting some great people.
“I’ve always loved the variety,” she says. “Every day is different and while the ups and downs of the market over the years made for some interesting times, I’ve always been drawn to the idea that what you earn is directly tied to how hard you’re willing to work.”
One of only three Realtors who specialize in float homes in Metro Vancouver, her involvement in this part of the industry didn’t happen overnight. A colleague at her office in the late 90s introduced her to a friend who was trying to sell a float home, and after putting in a lot of effort and learning the ins and outs of the business she made her first sale. Before long other sales started to pile up, owners took note, and new listings began to accumulate. Judy had a fresh start.
With prices ranging from under $200,000 to upwards of $1.4M, float home communities are now dotted throughout the Lower Mainland in Langley, Richmond, New Westminster, Vancouver and North Vancouver. Buyers consist of everyone from young singles to downsizing empty nesters as they offer an affordable alternative to waterfront living – and 99% of float homes are single detached residences, with many not operating under the rules of a strata.
“These communities are quiet, close to nature, friendly and extremely safe," Judy continues. “I’ve sold condos, acreages, revenue properties and worked in commercial real estate – but nothing compares to float homes.”
Now twenty plus years into her float home career, she’s been involved in the design and development of Spirit Trail Ocean Homes in North Vancouver and holds the title of selling the first million-dollar float home at Mosquito Creek Marina. Other new projects are on the horizon, and she has no plans to slow down anytime soon.
“I’ve worked hard to get where I’m at - if you Google float homes you’ll see my name at the top of the page – and I’m having too much fun to stop now.”
JUDY ROSS ROYAL LEPAGE WESTSIDE Vancouver, BC