Hi, I'm Ray Ferguson
My story starts in Northern Ireland where I was born. My parents had visited Family in Canada and decided they should move to Canada and then again to British Columbia where our great country was really building. My Father was a Master Journeyman (RED Seal) Carpenter. I also apprenticed and became a Journeyman Carpenter, building and remodelling homes, apartments, Motels, Schools, Hospitals, Service Stations, Bridges and Community Centers. Vernon became my Family’s home base.
My Start in Real Estate
I loved construction but in order to stay closer to home I obtained my real estate sales license with BCREA and later my managing brokers. I specialized in home sales for a number years, and as I gained real estate sales experience along with my building knowledge, construction friends, developer contacts and a constant attention to detail I evolved into a real estate professional in land development, housing projects, apartments, commercial buildings, malls and luxury homes and won top spot in Canada for Royal Trust; then Canada’s largest.
Then I met a charming Kelowna girl. Anne was a certified dental assistant on leave from the Royal Canadian Air Force. We fell in love and got married in Kelowna, built our home in the country between Vernon and Silver Star Ski Resort and stayed for a number of years.
Then the real estate market crashed. In the extremely difficult 1980’s I learned the skills of making distress sales and foreclosures happen using specialized techniques, trading; specialty financing and skills that gave me outstanding success in my 4 plus decades as a Realtor.
A Wealth of BC Experience
With my go anywhere real estate sales experience and success, we spent a few years on Vancouver Island. It was fun – friendly people and an active lifestyle.
Good as it was we found that Vancouver Island is a separate country and it was hard to visit family and have family visit us. We did a lifestyle study and moved to Invermere in the Columbia Valley. The beautiful Columbia Valley is the playground and vacation home of the then oil rich Albertans.
Vacation home ownership peaked in around 2012, the typical home buyer in the Columbia Valley was changing and although we made many trips to visit the Okanagan our family was not coming to see us as much so we decided to make our last move back to the Okanagan and Kelowna was where it was happening.