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The lives of TJ & STEPH Real Estate Group are so intertwined that sometimes Steph jokes that she has two husbands -- her work husband and her real husband.
In all seriousness though, when asked about their professional partnership, the duo says they’ve hit the jackpot. “We met when we were both working at the same small boutique brokerage,” explains TJ.
“As high volume agents it was a challenge to give our all to our clients and still have time for ourselves so we started to lean on each other. I would watch Steph’s business when she was away and she would cover for me when I needed time off, and organically, a partnership started to form.”
Adds Steph: “We were constantly having each other’s clients tell us how similar we are and how they can see why we are partners so we thought: Hey, maybe it’s time to make this partnership official. So, in October 2020 we branched out on our own with the creation of TJ & Steph Real Estate Group, within the Royal LePage Kelowna Brokerage, and haven’t looked back since.”
What makes these two amigos different, among many things, is their ability to interchangeably act as one person. Clients get the benefit of always having a highly skilled agent they know and trust, available and in their corner.
“Yup, the whole experience has been better than we ever could have imagined,” boasts TJ. “Although we’re very similar, we also have different strengths. I’m more of the big picture guy, focusing on the finish line and Steph is highly detail oriented making sure we stay on track and no details are missed.”
On top of that, TJ & Steph have a firm ‘client first’ mentality, as they use a systematic approach to help buyers and sellers have great success, in any type of market. There’s a reason TJ & Steph are two of the top rated Agents in all of Kelowna and even snuck into the top 10 in Canada for 2020. (Source: Rate-My-Agent.com)
“Although we love all things real estate, if we had to say what our speciality is, it would definitely be working with investors and helping people build and grow passive income and financial freedom,” says TJ.
With that being said, they practice what they preach, and are both avid real estate investors with robust portfolios of their own. Born and raised in Kelowna, with a father who was always buying, renovating, and selling, TJ developed an interest in real estate at a young age, but didn’t come full circle as a real estate agent until 2019.
Steph actually started selling real estate at age 19 in Calgary, but she missed the sunny Okanagan and soon returned to Kelowna to rebuild her career here. TJ & Steph both come from highly competitive team sport backgrounds. Steph played Team BC soccer in high school and TJ played Junior A hockey for the Vernon Vipers before accepting a scholarship and carrying on to play NCAA at Bentley University in Boston.
“I think this is one of the many reasons we work so well together,” says TJ. “We both love to be part of a winning team and understand that in order to achieve success, everyone has to do their part.”
Steph laughs and adds: “Yeah, not gonna lie, it’s not uncommon to find us at the office fist pumping to our favourite slogan, ‘Teamwork makes the dream work’.” That intensity sees them each up at 4:30 A.M. so they can get to the gym for a ‘miracle morning’ before arriving at work, raring to go. When the work pair is taking a break from business for a little fun together they still keep the adrenaline pumping with activities such as downhill mountain biking.
The next bucket list item they plan to do together is solo skydiving. “Life is for living,” says TJ as he throws Steph a high five.