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Why I Chose Real Estate! Peter Pfann's journey in Real Estate.

Why I Chose Real Estate, Peter Pfann's journey in Real Estate.

Why Peter Pfann Chose Victoria Real EstateIn 5 words, the reason why I am passionate about Real Estate in Victoria for the past 25 years and for many years to come is........Real Estate Offers Pfanntastic Opportunities.

One could say  (and in our family they did) that I was born into the Book Business..... seriously,
Why Peter Pfann Chose Victoria Real Estatenot kidding.
As the story goes; I came into the world "at home" during what was the busiest time in our families book business season and that my mom was surrounded by books on her bed....
You will just have to trust me on this one as there are no pictures, at that time "that was not done"........
However there is a picture here of our business logo at the time, The business was called (translated)  "The Bookworm" .

Did I mention that I was born in Hilversum Holland (the Netherlands officially).Peter and Mother Pfann
Being the youngest of 7 kids, assisting and helping out in the business was the norm, with 10 stores in the bookworm chain, and a good number of properties to look after, it was all hands on deck for everybody in the family business. 


The memories from my Dad are few but fond ones as a stern, yet fair man that was really busy, who loved music, good food, life and the art of making deals...Even today I use two of  his common sayings, which you may enjoy....

  • If my Dad really liked you, he would say........ I wish you a lot of "Taxes"....
  • If my Dad really did Not like you, he would say........ I wish you a lot of "Employees."

My best memory of my Dad is, the day that he took me for lunch at his favourite French Cheese restaurant near one of his stores in Amsterdam ........ I ate the weirdest looking and nastiest smelling cheeses ever, but we had a great time..
My Mother,  the best Grandmother I have ever come across, was a very smart and caring Mom
who always wanted to make everybody happy, in our family and in the business.
The best memory I have from my Mom, at the time married to ex 1st. wife. is my Mom holding my son Stephen as a baby, not long before she passed.

Groest 17b way back whenMy Mom ran the business together with my oldest brother, I  bought the store in my original home from the family, and subsequently bought the building, renovated and converted it to 3 suites & 2 businesses.
We sold the business in preparations for the big move to Vancouver, BC Canada, in 1986, and continued to own the building for a number of years after the move.....


The plan was to start a mail order business with ... You guessed it)  selling books, and to participate with EXPO 1986 in Vancouver, however a taxing issue delayed our plans at the time and one night I watched a TV Infomercial ..........

You will remember these.......One of the many No Money Down Real Estate Quick Rich Seminars...... well, not knowing any better, I went, signed up for the full seminar, bought all the books and tapes and Tom Vu , yes him,..... is thanking me still....
Okay,  thinking that I knew everything there was to know about getting rich in Real Estate, I went to do a bunch of no money down deals ....... wrong.
Tried and tried and tried some more, but their scheme was exactly that, a scheme and a scam (and they got me)..... However and here the story becomes a Real Estate roller coaster....

Even though the quick rich scheme was really a scam, it did bring me the passion for Real Estate and the opportunity I was looking for.. the Rest is history so to speak.
I became so passionate about real estate, serving the people, the industry and how it offers amazing1500 Prendrell Vancouver opportunities for so many in so many ways that,
Even before registered for the Real Estate licensing course, I met 2 Japanese gentlemen who introduced us to a large Japanese investment corporation and they  bought  2 "big " apartment buildings with our services as their consultants.
So my 1 st. two Sales in Real Estate totaled at a whopping  $ 12,000,000 in 1987 Dollars.......the lessons I learned during the process of selling these 2 buildings are still being used today.

In reflection, my experiences in Holland and since have guided and supported my now 25+ year passion for Real Estate as follows :

  • Growing up in and eventually operating a successful book business. 
  • The incredible deal making by my Dad during his life.
  • Buying, renovating and converting a large building and selling it.
  • Moving to Canada, with all the steps and challenges involved.
  • Preparing, creating marketing models and run a number of businesses.
  • Recruited, trained, managed and coached 100's of  Realtors and employees.
  • Having to restart life and finances after a very expensive divorce.
  • (now 25+ year ) involvement in Real Estate, Buying, Selling Investing, Renovating  and most importantly  assisting hundreds of clients and friends successfully over the years.

peter and linda at weddingMeeting people and resolving their real estate challenges and concerns, is still a very exciting, rewarding and invigorating world that has so many different aspects to it that it inspires me each and every day to, read more, study more, explore more, and find solutions and resolutions for our clients in a way that they benefit from and we are proud of ...

Linda and I married in 2007 and we have worked together in Real Estate from the word go, and she is the most Pfanntastic Partner to work and live with.

In conclusion and as I started out stating;
The main reason why I am in Real Estate, is:

The Pfanntastic Opportunities Real Estate Offers People.

 

 

 

Peter Pfann,

CPCA, ABR, SRES, E-Pro, IMSD, Master ASA, C-CREC, Associate Broker.

Text or Talk To Peter @: (1) 250 - 213 - 9490  

peterpfann@gmail.com  www.pfanntastic.com

Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, BC, Canada, @ Fair  Realty Since 1986.

Regional office: 1540 Fort St Victoria, BC V8S 5J2

 

Comments

I love this post Peter.  If I were living in Victoria, I would want to work with you.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Great post...nice journey, too.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) about 9 years ago

Hi Chris,

Thank you for kind words we appreciate your support and are looking forward to assist you when you do find your way to paradise on our Island, which we call Victoria....

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 9 years ago

Hi Li,

Thank you so much, yes been around the block a bit before deciding on our part of the world we so proundly share The Canadian West Coast and our Islands are an amazing place to call home.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 9 years ago

Hi Peter and Linda. You guys are Phanntastic. Thanks for sharing your great story and passion for getting into real estate.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) about 9 years ago

Peter, Enjoyed reading your journey into the Real Estate World ~ Wow $12,000,000 in Real Estate sales in '87...sounds like you are Phanntastic!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) about 9 years ago

HI Jerry,

Thank you so much for your kind words, we love real estate and are even more excited about it now than ever before.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 9 years ago

So nice to read your post. Your life story and ...especially your words of wisdom, " Meeting people and resolving their real estate challenges and concerns, is still a very exciting, rewarding and invigorating world that has so many different aspects to it that it inspires me each and every day to, read more, study more, explore more, and find solutions and resolutions for our clients in a way that they benefit from and we are proud of ..." make me smile.

 

P.S. Victoria BC is one of my favorite places on Earth...(I lived in Friday Harbor for many years!)

 

 

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 9 years ago

Hi Larry and Sheila,

Thank you very much for your feedback, to be honest although it was the biggest 2 deals, the most rewarding was the sale of a very in-expensive townhome that offered the sellers the ability to buy a motorhome and travel North America one more time, it was a very emotional sale for all of us at the time.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 9 years ago

Hi janeAnne,

Thank you for your feed back it is greatly appreciated.

Real Estate transactions are rarely about "real estate" but about allowing people to move to their next place and circumstance in life, if we offer solutions and make that transition possible in a smooth and positive manner, we can be proud of our assitance and service.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 9 years ago

What a great story!   You learned well what your parents taught :0)  Successful businesses come from hard work and perseverance! 

PS  I love that last photo!!

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Hi Susan,

Linda Always is the good looking one..... yes, our never give up and drive to seek solutions was part of breakfast, lunch and dinner....Thanks for you kind words

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 9 years ago

Peter ~ Pfanntastic post!  I have enjoyed reading these and getting to know fellow Rainers!  Thanks for the challenge!

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) about 9 years ago

Hi Dawn,

Thank you for reading a post we very much enjoyed creating, hopefulle we will be reading your very soon as well.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 9 years ago

Hi Peter, What a great post and tribute to your parents. I loved reading about your intro to real estate..man, I'm glad I didn't order "Buy with no money down" thing from the infomercial. Sounds like you took away the positive from that and put it to work for you! Excellent post!

Posted by Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate (Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon) about 9 years ago

Hi Cindy,

Thank you, you are to kind, yes the no money down thing had some nasty methods attached to it that felt really not very ethical to discuss, once I figured that out, I stopped immediately.

My Parents tried hard and we did not have the typical family, more than a little odd with pretty big age differences, but that is a story for a different time....

 

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 9 years ago

Amazing story and success story to boot! 

Funny about the seminar!  I went to a M*KE F*ERRY seminar in 2005 and I am still getting thanked.  I tell them over and over to stop calling and stop emailing but they never listen.

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) about 9 years ago

Hi Renee,

When I started managing and teaching, we used both M*ke F*rry and Fl*yd W*ckm*n all the time and yes you are right, they never stop sending you stuff, but I guess at least they do what they preach..... T*m Vu the other hand ended up in Jail for tax evasion just like a few other scammers, who's names you in Vegas may be somewhat familiar with ;0).

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 9 years ago

Wow, Peter, what a "pfanntastic" story about your life and your family. I really enjoyed reading the blog. The pictures are amazing.

Posted by Fred Strickroot, Tampa Bay Area Homes For Sale (Fred Strickroot - HomeNet - Tampa Bay Area - 727-478-8997) about 9 years ago

Hi Fred,

Thank you for your kind words,  business and real estate are very much part of everthing we do for our clients and I am grateful for the lessons I learned from my family

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 9 years ago

What a great story Peter!  Your passion for real esate really does shine through!! 

Posted by Karen Bernetti about 9 years ago

Hi Karen,

Thank you so much for your kind words., Real Estate offers so much in so many different way that I really feel blessed to be part of the industry and bein able to assis so many with their real estate plans and dreams

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 9 years ago

Peter...you really started with a BANG! Sorry about the divorce but you sure found a winner of a wifey this time! Appreciate and hold on to the good things, and people in this life. I loved your post. Thank you,

Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 9 years ago

Hi Deb,

You are too kind, yes Linda is a keeper ....0) Real Estate has been very good to us and to our clients, and we continue (almost in an evangelical manner) to spread the virtues and qualities of real estate as the vehicle for financial independence and as a career.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) almost 9 years ago

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