As part of our new feature business column, we are chatting with many of the businesses around town. First up is Royal LePage in Kindersley where owner Bill Larocque shares how he got started, and Colby Houle, an agent who shares why she loves what she does!

Bill obtained his real estate license in March 2002 and began working with Jackie Jackson at Royal LePage Little. Not long after, in 2004 he became a broker and bought the brokerage. The name then changed to Royal LePage Wheat Country Realty.

During those first few years, there were two other agents in the office before growing to the eight they have now, plus Bill. Royal LePage Wheat Country Realty serves areas of West Central Saskatchewan including Kindersley, Coleville, Alsask, Flaxcombe, Kerrobert, Luseland, Tramping lake, Eatonia, Eston, Leader, Burstall, Cabri and other neighboring towns. For sale signs can be found on residential homes, condominiums, mobile homes, farmland, farms, ranches and commercial properties.

Colby Houle, Royal LePage Wheat Country Realty Agent

How did you get started in your profession?

Growing up, I had an Aunt who was a top real estate agent in her community and I had always looked up to her and the way she carried herself in her profession. In 2015 I was in a job transition and I was a bit unsure if I was where I wanted to be, so it was the perfect time to take my real estate courses and start my new chapter in 2016!

Can you tell me what a typical “working” day is like at Royal Lepage?

Well, I don’t think there is a “typical” working day at Royal Lepage- we all have different things going on at different times. But for me in particular, on an office day, the first thing first would be answering emails and checking in on all my deals to make sure timelines are all on track and where they should be. Checking in with clients whether that is giving feedback from yesterday’s showings or setting up showings for the week. Paperwork is a big part of the day, as well as showings. A few house showings can take up an afternoon and more often than not, the workday does not end at five as we work a lot of evenings and weekends as that is what works best for some clients.

What is your favourite part of the job?

Definitely meeting new people every day! I’ve gotten the opportunity to meet and work with some really great people. Every day is different in real estate, which keeps things exciting and can be a challenge also.

What has been the biggest obstacle you have faced so far in your career?

Getting my name out there and proving myself as an agent was challenging in the beginning, but great clients and referrals really help that!

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