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Name: Tanya Grant
Personal website: tanyagrant.ca
Social media:Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram
Years of agent experience: 5+
Areas of focus: Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland
Where did you grow up?
What neighbourhood do you live in now?
The Ponds, Upper Mission, Kelowna.
What made you want to become a real estate agent?
I grew up interested in houses, design, and architecture. I’m interested in helping people navigate the market successfully and making it a pleasant experience.
What’s the biggest challenge you see facing the market today?
Consumer uncertainty, interest rates, and fear of recession.
What’s the single best advice you have for sellers?
Do not overprice your home just to ‘try it’. You will sit on the market longer than necessary and you will end up with less in your pocket at the end of the day.
What’s the single best advice you have for buyers?
Get pre-approved and shop within your budget.
What’s the best thing a realtor can invest in for their brand (a bus bench ad, a solid Instagram strategy, etc.)?
Your people, whether they be referral partners or part of your database, investing in them is crucial.
Who do you look up to in the industry and why?
Long-time fellow Realtors who are willing to share and mentor newer agents. The spirit of collaboration helps everyone grow.
Is there anything you wish people knew or understood about realtors that you think they’re constantly getting wrong?
We are NOT all the same. We work very hard to serve our customers and put many unpaid hours in.
Tell us about your favourite (or most memorable) sale.
I sold a lakefront home whose seller initially believed that “every Realtor does the same thing”. I brought multiple offers and got them above list price (before that was common). They were blown away and said they’d never had such a great real estate experience in over 40 years.
What are the three words you hope your clients use to describe you?
Amazing. Trustworthy. Friend.
What’s your favourite thing to do outside of selling houses?
Golf, hike, travel, and spend time out on Okanagan lake.
This interview may have been edited for both length and clarity. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of STOREYS.