I spent 18 years as a successful Licensed Real Estate Agent in central Nova Scotia, Canada before leaving that profession and starting this property management business.
I use my real estate skills and experience and knowledge of the area to focus on providing quality Rental & Property Management services to landlords, tenants and home owners in 'The Corridor'.
Growing up with an entrepreneurial father leaves a person with either an overwhelming desire to follow in the parental footsteps or a teeth chattering, sweaty-palmed fear of risk. For me it was the former. And it wasn't long into adulthood before I opened the gate and followed in Dad's footsteps and began a career in Real Estate.
I was born and raised in Enfield, Nova Scotia, a small but bustling community that is the gateway to what is known as the “East Hants Corridor”. Highway # 2 off Exit 7 on the 102 is the starting point of the “Corridor”.
Travelling that rural route will take you first through Enfield, north for approximately 12 kilometers into the communities of Elmsdale, Lantz, Milford and Shubenacadie. The villages fall almost unnoticeably one after the other with the shared beauty of the nearby Shubenacadie River meandering its way to the Bay of Fundy.
Tom Parker, my dad, was a true entrepreneur, starting and running several successful businesses in the field of grocery retail, a bowling alley, insurance, mortgages and real estate development and sales. I started in the real estate field with new construction sales and progressed into a formal real estate career and then into Broker and owner for a combined total of almost two decades in this field.
In 2014, I decided to leave the real estate profession and follow a passion of mine and created a farmers’ market. Bringing food producers, farmers, artisans, crafters and bakers to one central location in her community, one day a week was the achievement of a decades old vision. Probably prompted and inspired by the village grocery store Dad had owned and managed. It was a gathering spot for residents. It was filled with local produce, baked goods, and it had it's own butcher shop. We knew where our food was coming from back then. And we knew how it was produced.
Although the farmers market was a worthy and successful endeavor, I missed the excitement and satisfaction of real estate but did not miss the long hours and busy weekends. But helping people find homes and helping people achieve their dreams of ownership was a desire that still burned strong in my entrepreneurial heart.
So armed with two decades of experience in the business of dealing with people and their residential needs, I realized I could achieve the same level of satisfaction by taking my skills and relating them to the field of Property Management and home rentals.
The East Hants Corridor is nicely positioned for commuters to Halifax and Dartmouth and is minutes from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. So the rental market is as bustling as the real estate sales market.
Lots of investors are interested in being a part of the real estate rental market, but are intimidated by the daunting task of finding good tenants or have been stung by a bad tenant experience. A Property Manager reduces the work into a system that ensures their investment is protected.
Companies transferring employees to the area have the benefit of an individual familiar enough with the community to place their new recruit into a home that will keep them conveniently located to work and close to the best schools if needed. Tenants moving to the area have an individual who can meet them, listen to their housing needs and get to work finding them a spot to hang their hats. And also giving them an edge in a very competitive rental market. The overwhelming task of dealing with the sale of the beloved family home is whittled down into a series of steps that relieve much of the burden left family members after parents have passed on or simply want to downsize.
These are a few of the activities that are the focus of my company, Parker Places Rentals & Property Management.
I have two children; a son, a proud papa himself now, is also a busy Realtor, third generation, and my daughter is studying in the field of environmental science. I am passionate about animals and share my home with two Basset Hounds and several chickens....well the chickens have their own house, but the dogs share the roof . And we all reside in Enfield in the family home on Grand Lake.