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THRIVE OKANAGAN REAL ESTATE TEAM
When Real Estate, Family, and the Okanagan Lifestyle come together, it makes a perfect storm for a great Real Estate Team. Thrive Okanagan Real Estate Team is imbedded with values. These values make it possible to THRIVE in our business as top producers in our Industry. As Recipients of many Career & Annual Awards; including the RE/MAX Diamond Team Award, Chairman’s Team Award, & Platinum Club. Including long term Career Awards such as “The Hall of Fame & Lifetime Achievement”, our team continues to maintain an outstanding level of excellence in our Industry. We achieve all this by holding a high standard for every member of our team. Whether buying or selling; Integrity, honesty, and ethics are the very fiber to providing an outstanding real estate experience with our team. We want YOU to be completely satisfied, happy, & excited to tell your friends and family about us! Our business is built on your referrals, in fact, it makes up over 78% of our annual sales!
We are proud to have acquired over 40 years of combined Team experience in the Real Estate Business, and to all of us on the Thrive Okanagan Real Estate Team, it has become apparent that being happy and healthy in our family lives brings an abundance of success to our professional lives. Steve & Jen Wikkerink operate along-side a great team of agents & administrative staff to deliver an unparalleled real estate experience to our clients.
1. Steve Wikkerink, Team Leader/LICENSED REALTOR®
From a young age of 14 years old, Steve knew that Real Estate was the pathway of his future career. With a natural keen eye for homes & Real Estate, and with the invaluable advice and encouragement from his Pake (Grandfather), Steve’s dream of achieving his career goal became a reality at the young age of 23. The big world of Real Estate was at his doorstep and Steve quickly became a success. Within his second year, Steve placed in the top 15 of his Edmonton office of 87 Agents. Within 4 years, Steve was running a successful team in Leduc Alberta AND placed several times in the top 5 teams annually in the Greater Edmonton Area. Part of Steve’s success comes from his deep compassion and interest in other people and their needs. A great listener and extremely enthusiastic about getting to know others.
In 2015, Steve was able to follow his second dream, which was to raise his family in the beautiful Okanagan! Many summer holidays with his family in the Okanagan made him realize it was the lifestyle he wanted! Heidi Lussi, RE/MAX Vernon, gave him the incredible opportunity to work on her team. Heidi’s team had planted their roots in Vernon for over 27 years and with the ultimate goal of retirement and seeing that Steve had the same values as herself, they worked closely together so that Steve could take over the reins. After 30 years in Real Estate, in 2020, Heidi passed the lead to a confident and “ready” Steve Wikkerink!
2. Jen Wikkerink, LICENSED REALTOR®
Jen comes from a background of business and customer care. Her enthusiasm, truth, intelligence, and warm heart make her always placing other’s needs first. Jen opens her arms to all those around her, making it easy to establish a close bond as “client /realtor” or just as your “new” friend! It has been said by many “Your Realtor for Life” but as Realtor and/or Friend – this is truly Jen’s goal!
Jen and Steve raise 4 children together on an acreage in the beautiful North BX at the foot of Silver Star Mountain in Vernon. When not working, they enjoy endless amounts of time camping, hiking, fishing, boating, and skiing in the winter. Jen & Steve know that to succeed in their personal and work life, it is imperative to have a balance between both. Juggling is an art form and they both have mastered it.
3. Beate Schmidt, LICENSED REALTOR®
Beate has been the backbone to the team for over 20 years and brings extensive knowledge about the Vernon & North Okanagan areas. Speaking German fluently, Beate is helpful with many of our large European Clientele. Beate tackles challenges heads on, never one to ever give up. Beate is the one you want in your corner!4. Ryan Baturin,LICENSED REALTOR®
Ryan is fresh into the business, but comes with a long history of education, university degrees, and a bright fresh enthusiasm. Ryan has excelled since joining the Thrive Okanagan Real Estate Team and has proven his ability to provide outstanding experiences to all his clients. When Ryan sets his mind to something, he achieves!!!!5. Trish Bois, Administration
Trish is the glue that keeps it all together. With her background in accounting and law offices, she has a high ability to organize and prioritize. Trish appreciates being in the shadows and enjoys keeping everyone on the Team in line and making sure all Thrive Okanagan’s clients are taken care of to the best of her ability! Favorite Quote: “The strength of a team is each individual member. The strength of each individual member is the team”
The Thrive Okanagan Real Estate Team is here to help with all your Real Estate needs! Whether buying a first home or buying your retirement home; downsizing or upsizing – We love what we do and we would love to help you!
We are never too busy for ANY of your Referrals!