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 before becoming the first female car sales person in BC,   She sold mobile homes set up in mobile home parks and became a Realtor(R) in the Fraser Valley, in 1976 making her a 39 year veteran of the business.

Katheran was raised in Powell River and moved away with her family to Langley when she was 13.  In 1991 Katheran opened her first real estate company Redwood Realty Ltd and sold it shortly later to her sales people. Then in 1992 she came home to Powell River to open Pinetree Realty, a discount real estate company.  To be closer to family and friends who were terminally ill, she left again in 2002.  Katheran coninued to sell real estate for six years in the Lower Mainland. 

She returned to Powell River in 2008.  "Powell River is a great place to live," Katheran explains.  "We live a sustainable lifestyle and it's a safe and beautiful place.  Powell River is the home my heart always comes back to."

Pinetree Realty is a brand that Powell River residents came to know 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 and completion, the house photographs, all secretarial work, advertising, website construction, conveyancing instructions and beyond. 

Complementing her real esate abilities, Katheran's skill 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.

"The secret to being successful in real estate is acquiring listings and taking care of your clients with efficient and highly personalized service," Katheran says.  "I bring more experience to real estate through my various certifications and years in the business than anyone else in Powell River."

Another component of her home based business is Outer Spaces for Urban Places, landscape consulting, garden art, statuary and wind chimes sales centre.

In the beginning Katheran didn't know anything about gardening.  "I wanted to do something to prepare for my old age and gardening is something that people do as they get older," she explains.  "I came to just love it and it complements selling real estate."

Katheran operates her real estate business and other enterprises from her property on Kelly Creek Road.  She and her husband Jim rented in Powell River for three years before they bought.  "I find that it generally takes an outside Buyer about a year of looking before finding the right property for them."

Since purchasing the property, in addition to totally renovating their house, they have transformed the 1.5 acres with a creek, pond containing koi, rock walls, 13 raise vegetable beds, fruit trees, blueberries, rose arbours, statues, benches, bird baths (all made in Victoria from concrete with marble chips) and wind chimes, all available for sale.  The electronically tuned wind chimes are hand made in Virginia.  "Our 72 inch model sounds just like Westminster Abbey." Katheran says.

A passionate cat lover with four Siamese of her own, Katheran also owns Kelly Creek Cat Retreat, which she opened in 2012 after renovating a 750 square foot workshop to accommodate her office and cat retreat.  "The cats wander free in the building sitting by the wood stove and hanging out.  The cats never fight," says Kathern, adding that the retreat had six cats over Christmas.  "They all find their own place and with my office here, they get lots of love and attention."

For real estate needs including free real estate market evaluations, garden statuaries, cat retreats or lanscape consulting just call Katheran at 604-487-0737.