KAREN LEWIS -“The Sunshine Lady”
In the Town of Oliver Karen Lewis is well known for her philosophy, “Good Honest Work is Absolutely the Best Policy. “ It is the way Karen runs her business practice as well as her everyday life. Karen has also been behind the scenes with her helping hand to the local community charities, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the local Food Bank, Vancouver Children’s Hospital and a School (Irma Fennell Foundation) in rural Mexico and don’t forget about the annual yard sale outside the RE/MAX office is one not to miss. “Yard Sale for the Cure”, raises money for cancer research. It is held annually on the last Saturday in May.
Over the past twenty years Karen has been involved with the South Okanagan Real Estate Market, she has extensive knowledge in the Real Estate field. Karen established RE/MAX Wine Capital Realty in July 1st, 2006; it is tactile and diversified to fulfill the needs and demands of her community. Karen makes sure that she and the agents at RE/MAX Wine Capital Realty keep their education and skills up to date in a timely manner. Karen and her team of agents give the customer a complete service package.
Karen takes immense pride in helping her clients fulfill their dreams in finding their “special new homes”. She also is a ”Regional Specialist” for selling their properties when the time arises. Her clients are number one in her books! That’s how long lasting relationships are formed. She is a great listener and will also give the positives and negatives of all the properties she lists or shows. This may cancel an offer or two but until the right home is found for her people, so be it.
This practice established a foundation of trust; empathy and resourcefulness which make the entire real estate process run smoothly and seals the bond for a relationship that lasts generations!
A large percentage of Karen’s business is based on referrals from clients, friends and their families because of her beliefs and seen in her action to accommodate her clients, this is her passion. Referrals and recommendations are especially important in a small Community such as Oliver where everyone knows everyone. Your name and reputation are “who you are”. Karen is, to most of her clients, their “family realtor” and being the family realtor is an exceptional privilege that Karen takes very seriously. Karen enjoys talking to the all the members of the families, young and old. She has seen many children grow up and start their own new lives in Oliver.
The Regional District and Community of Oliver is where Karen calls Home. Oliver is a Great Little town with a big heart; “Warm & Cozy” would fill the bill. With its vibrant blended economy of residential, agricultural farming Orchards, Grapes and Tourism. There is now over twenty wineries and over 4,500 acres of grapes reaffirming its reputation for world-renowned wines and establishing Oliver as the Wine Capital of Canada. Oliver is a beautiful place to be with its breathtaking landscapes, a combination of lakes and green spaces housing Canada’s only pocket desert ecosystem.
Scenic and Challenging Golf courses can be found in this little town. Fairview Mountain Golf Club and NK’MIP Canyon Desert Golf Course will put you to the test. As well there are numerous other golf courses in the surrounding communities. An outdoor enthusiast will enjoy the bike & hiking trails along the Okanagan River. For the sportsman there is tennis, world Bacci tournaments, swimming, camping, boating, fishing and hunting abound. For the winter sports there is skiing, skating, snowshoeing and curling; all close at hand at Mount Baldy or Apex Mountain.
Karen’s expertise extends throughout this magnificent area and encompasses Okanagan Falls, Osoyoos, Keremeos, Kaleden, Penticton and Summerland. With Oliver the total population is barely over 7,000 and with a fierce amount of competition for the Real Estate Market, RE/MAX Wine Capital Realty is able to capture a generous percentage of the market share, with Karen and her RE/MAX WCR Team leading the way with their creativity, versatility, insight and knowledge in all areas of real estate. She is a very capable realtor, and always eager to assist her clients whether it is buying or selling, leasing, farming, vineyards, orchards or determining an investment portfolio, always applying her trademark: “Courtesy and Respect to all”. Karen is there for her clients.
You may have seen Karen’s little sunshine drawing on all the documents she is working with. She is known as, ”The Okanagan Sunshine Lady” and has been for as long as she has been in the Okanagan. A good reason for this is Karen’s shining smile and her warm, generous spirit, comforting to all she meets. Her unique sense of timing, humour and skilful competence at her craft is why she is the recipient of many honours and awards including the President’s Award, Sales Master Award, multiple recipients of the Award of Excellence, Diamond Award, 100% Award and Platinum Awards.
Karen’s success is a bi-product of her back ground and colorful past in the food and beverage hospitality industry. She obtained her Real Estate license in 1991 and began working with the Realty World franchise. In 1994 Karen, with a partner, bought the Company. Her strong management skills were recognized in that first year when she received an award for “Rookie Office” of the year in Canada within the Realty World franchise. In the following year Karen acquired her Broker’s license. In 1997 Royal LePage Canada bought Realty World. Her phenomenal energy and hard work was the basis of her opening and operating two Royal LePage offices simultaneously in Okanagan Falls and Oliver.
She owns and operates the RE/MAX franchise in the heart of wine country with her partner and son, Mathew (Matt) Lewis. Karen looks forward to any email, calls or visits from any folks interested in buying or selling real estate as well as anyone interested in a career in Real Estate.
Karen’s home is a busy place with all of her sons, Jason, Mathew, and Dustin coming and going along with Jodie, Mathew’s wife. There is always something going on in the Lewis household. It maybe a family gathering, BBQ or planning a feast of some kind, a fundraiser, or just because! Karen‘s time with her family and extended family is treasured along with her precious pet, Lilly (her Dog).
Karen is proud of her three sons and their achievements. Mathew is a licenced Realtor with broker status and a B.A. in Urban Geography & Planning. Mathew works alongside Karen in the RE/MAX office. Dustin is a mining engineer for Imery's Talc in Montana, USA. Jason Lewis, the youngest of the three sons is a Journeyman Autobody technician specializing in Heavy Equipment in the busy work fields of Fort. St John, British Columbia. The Lewis family love the outdoors and spend a lot of their free time fishing and camping when they are not down south in Costa Rica, Mexico or Hawaii enjoying the heat and the surf.
So if you are in the need of any Real Estate assistance for you or a friend, please call Karen. She would be very happy to help and make your acquaintance.
"Karen is one of the Most Honest People I know. She has great integrity. She Kn..."
Arlen & Kathy Jensen
"You helped me make an informed decision and you did an awesome job. Thanks..."
"Dear Karen & Mathew, Just wanted to say a great big huge THANKS for all yo..."
Brian & Jessica Higginbots