Katheran, Jenna, Bella and Sami on front porch at home, Lillooet, B.C.
Uniting Hearts with Homes for over 43 Years
Pinetree Realty owner Katheran Milne has been involved in sales since her late teens. She began in retail, including owning a tropical plant and rattan furniture store in Nanaimo in 1973 before becoming one of the first female car sales people in BC at Jack Harris Chev Olds Cadillac (now Harris Auto Group). She sold mobile homes set up in mobile home parks up and down Vancouver Island before becoming a licensed Realtor(R) in the Fraser Valley in 1976, making her now a 43 year veteran of the business. In 1980 Katheran moved to Los Angeles and sold commercial real estate for the second largest commercial real estate brokerage in the United States. After determining that Los Angeles was a less than desirable place for her to live, Katheran returned home to Langley, B.C. in 1983.
Katheran was raised in Powell River and moved away with her family to Langley when she was 13. In 1991 Katheran opened her first discount real estate company Redwood Realty Ltd in Surrey and sold it shortly later to her sales people. Then in 1992 she returned to Powell River to open Pinetree Realty and continued to be a discount real estate company.
To be closer to family and friends who were terminally ill, she left again in 2002 and moved to White Rock. Katheran continued to sell real estate for six years in the Lower Mainland before returning to Powell River in 2008. "Powell River was a great place to live," Katheran explains "you could live a relaxed, sustainable lifestyle and it's a safe and beautiful place."
Katheran moved to Lillooet full time in October of 2018 to be closer to her family who are long time residents. Katheran has spent close to half a year in Lillooet every year since 2012 so has become familiar with it's many beautiful features and rugged natural surroundings. "I just love looking at the mountains phase through the seasons all around us and seeing the clouds scud across the bright blue sky so much of the year. It's amazing to me to see such beautiful sunrises and sunsets backed by the mountains and blazing against the clouds." Lillooet is up close and personal. With all the main facilities a little city needs and yet with easy access to bigger centers. It is a very safe and friendly community. Katheran officially opened Pinetree Realty in Lillooet in January 2019.
Pinetree Realty is a brand that Buyer and Sellers alike have come to repect and trust for many years. Pinetree is an independent, locally owned, nonfranchised real estate company that offers great commission savings together will full, high-quality MLS(R) service. When you call Pinetree your get Katheran. She does everything hands on for her clients. From the first call all the way through the sale or purchase to completion and beyond. High quality house and property photographs are all taken and edited by Katheran as well as all secretarial work, advertising, website construction and conveyancing instructions. Katheran notes that "having good, clear, balanced and bright photographs on MLS (R)and my website is crucial to a successful selling process."
Complementing her real esate abilities, Katheran's skills include a background in Interior Design from Douglas College, extensive septic knowledge through BC Onsite Sewerage Association training, rainwater harvesting certification through CANARM (Canadian Association for Rainwater Management), as well as numerous awards in garden and landscape design.
She is also a CTI (Coaches Training Institute) Certified Life Coach and a certified instructor for "Personality Dimensions." Katheran says these last 2 designations give , her a great insight into human nature and personalities. "Being able to communicate with people with effectiveness and empathy is key to understanding that person's goals, wants and needs. It is a significant apect of being a good Realtor"
"The secret to being successful in real estate is acquiring listings and taking special care of your clients with efficiency, integrity and highly personalized service," Katheran says. "I bring an terrific, abundance of experience to real estate through my various certifications and 43 years in the business.
Another component of her home based business is garden and landscape consulting advice. To begin Katheran didn't know anything about gardening. "I wanted to do something to prepare for my older years and gardening is something that many retired people including my grandmother (who was a passionate, gardening enthusiast) do as they get older," she explains. "I came to just love it and it compliments selling real estate." In 1989 Katheran won Honorable mention in the top ten "New Garden" contest held in the Fraser Valley with her first real garden creation. She was awarded top "Landscape Architectural Feature" in the Townsite of Powell River in 2001.
Katheran officially opened Pinetree Realty in Lillooet in January 2019 and operates from her home in Lillooet.
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