Yoki was born and lived in Holland until she moved to Toronto in 1954. She attended York University, and then furthered her education by taking countless upgrading courses. The proud mother of two, she enjoys hiking, skiing, reading, gardening, and traveling. Yoki's background includes Administration and Retail Sales, and treatment for special needs children - working within the school systems with learning disabled children and at a Treatment Centre for emotionally challenged children.
Challenges and results drive Yoki. If it is considered impossible she will pull the deal together when few others can, often burning the midnight oil. A contributing factor to her success is over thirty five years of sales experience in various industries, acquiring the techniques needed to reach the top and to satisfy her clientele. Yoki is adamant about dedication and commitment to her client's needs and provides both with utmost honesty and integrity. She is a high energy, enthusiastic Realtor who is committed to long lasting relationships and dedicates herself to many generations of past and present clients. Specializing in residential, condo properties and acreages, Yoki serves the SE, SW, and NW quadrants of Calgary. Since entering this industry in 1980, she has come to understand that her professional ethics and her down-to-earth personable approach are the foundation to her long standing career in real estate.
Awards and Achievements:
- Top 1% Nationally since 1983
- Yoki is the only person in Western Canada to receive this most prestigious award
- Life Long Chairman's Club
- Royal LePage Chairman's Club (Top 1% in Canada)
- #1 Realtor in Calgary 6 out of 14 years, remaining years with the Top 5
- MLS Award of Merit, Million Dollar Club, Award of Excellence, Lifetime Member since 1983
- Toronto REALTOR® (1980-1981)
- Canada's Most Referred Realtor's, Relocation Specialist, having handled many major corporate moves
"Looking back on the family dynamic, it was the big events that got us through the day to day busy times," says Jeff. "We went on ski trips and cottage vacations as a family. We kind of condensed our time together and made it matter."
While Jeff officially started working in real estate as Yoki's assistant about seven years ago, he has been indirectly involved for more than two decades. At 10, he and his brother, aged 12, delivered flyers for Yoki as she introduced herself to the Calgary market.
With high school, college, university, hockey, football, rugby and rodeo behind him, Jeff made a decision to enter the real estate field. After one year assisting Yoki and learning the business from a personal perspective, Jeff launched his own real estate career. While different in style, both Jeff and Yoki share the same principles that keep them at the top of their game. For Yoki, it comes from instinct blended with experience. For Jeff, it comes from having grown up seeing that having integrity, paying attention to and listening to what people want and doing the right thing for them leads to success.
"Jeff understands the commitment that a career in real estate demands," Yoki explains. "He grew up in a family where flexibility was necessary but it was also necessary to ensure that family time was given appropriate consideration."
Awards and Achievements:
- MLS Million Dollar Club since 2001
- Canada's Most referred realtors
- Relocations specialist