Meet SusanA passion for real estate, a love of Golden Retrievers, & an appreciation of fine wines, meet Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum's #1 top selling agent, Susan Forrest.
"My days living on Vancouver Island started back in 1975, when I was a young teenager. My family moved from the big city of Vancouver to the streets of Errington where there was a General Store and one gas pump ... what a culture shock! For us kids, the farthest we could travel was as far as we could pedal our bicycles. In the summertime, we often went to Englishman River Falls and other spots that soon became favorites in our explorations."
After graduating from Parksville's Ballenas Secondary School, Susan studied Hotel Restaurant Management at Nanaimo's Malaspina University College and worked in the hospitality industry for 22 years, learning the importance of customer service and good management in building a successful business. From there, it seemed like a natural progression to study real estate sales when the opportunity arose.
"It made sense to work with and negotiate for people in the utterly important process of selling or buying their homes. Furthermore, to do this in an area that I know well and love ... PERFECT!"
In her first years of Real Estate (2002-2003), Susan achieved Presidents Gold Status representing the top 10% in sales for Royal LePage Canada. The next years 2004-2009 saw Susan earn Directors Platinum and Diamond Awards each year representing the top 5% and then the top 3% in sales. Since 2010, she has been awarded membership in Royal LePage’s elite National Chairman’s Club. This Club is for the top 1% of Royal LePage agents across Canada. On Vancouver Island she has been the # 1 top producing agent each year since 2013, and out of 16,000 Royal LePage Agents across Canada, Susan has been in the top 20 most years since 2014. She was honoured to be named BC's A.E. LePage Realtor of the Year Award for 2017, representing the best of the best at Royal LePage for sales, leadership and community involvement!
"My goal has always been, through patience, understanding and hard work, to build long term relationships with clients. I want people to know that I am honest, dedicated and trustworthy, and I will always put their best interests first."
Susan's passion for helping people and extraordinary marketing skills are a good part of the reason for her success in Real Estate sales. She's also a strong supporter of community events and charities, and enjoys hosting relatives when they visit from Germany.