Started as a Realtor in: 2010; currently #1 in Edgemont for attached home sales.
Specialization: North and West Vancouver, with particular expertise in the beautiful Edgemont Village Community (North Vancouver).
One-piece of advice for your clients: Location is key, but trust yourself! Trust your instincts.
Why RE/MAX Crest Realty? They are the #1 brokerage in North Vancouver for number of sales, year after year and part of the group of brokerages (RE/MAX Metro Vancouver), which is #1 in the world! RE/MAX is known internationally as well has #1 in North Vancouver.
“She was super professional and even helpful after the transaction during the move process. She really cared about us!” -Susanna Li, Client
Q & A
1. What differentiates you from the 11,000 licensed real estate agents in the Greater Vancouver area?
I work hard, harder than any one I know. I do whatever it takes to provide the top level of service to my clients and to meet their goals. I sincerely care about my clients and I support what I do with market knowledge and the ability to negotiate.
2. Who has been your most interesting client?
I live and work in an area that has a smaller community; we all know each other. I had a recent client who had a reputation amongst our local Realtors for being hard, abrasive and difficult to work with. My experience was nothing like that. They were lovely and even wrote a beautiful testimonial for me, noting how they never felt pressured and that they felt as if their interests were always first and foremost. It validated my professionalism and character that everyone should be treated with respect.
3. What was your favorite success story?
I had a client not willing to sell under the asking price. Four Realtors were asked to provide estimates on their property value. We were all within range from one another, but a decent amount below what the clients wanted.
The client chose me as their agent and said to me, “I believe in you and that you will get me my price.”
I gave the client a detailed list of “to dos” to prepare their house for listing and to maximize the sale price; paint, purchasing pillows, carpets, etc. The cost wouldn’t have even been $1000.00 and I helped stage the whole house.
We received offers very close to the original price estate, but they turned them down. We eventually negotiated an offer just shy of the asking price. …I made them a promise and I delivered.
4. What inspired you to be a Realtor?
I was obsessed with real estate and always knew what was going on. I knew houses, pricing, inventory. I would search for friends and families all the time and help them find their homes. I knew I had the potential for a successful real estate career. Even while I was in the midst of a successful career in project management, with my husband’s encouragement, I made the move that I always wanted to.
“I have had the pleasure of working alongside Bernadette Dunnigan in a Real Estate transaction and would highly recommend her. She is professional, thorough, diligent, and makes her clients’ best interests her number one priority. She is extremely knowledgeable about the market she works in, and her business background and strong negotiating skills make her a wonderful asset to have when buying or selling a home.” -Michelle Vaughan, Realtor
PERSONAL SNAP SHOT
About: Bernadette loves living in her Edgemont community with her husband and three kids, 6, 4, and 2. Her high energy and enthusiastic personality thrives by meeting new people and being social. She enjoys playing tennis, snowboarding, and being active with her family and friends.
Bernadette runs a busy life, but she prides herself in focusing on doing the work she is good at, creating systems for efficiencies and teaming with partners and support staff to make it all run smoothly and let her focus on servicing her client and providing top-level negotiation. She has a background in project management and banking with a finance degree. She uses her past education and experience to access higher-level reports for her day-to-day research on current economic and market conditions.
Likes (If you had more time, what would you do more of): I would do more of everything. More business development, more time with friends, more time with family. More!
Loves (can’t live without): My Starbucks in the morning at minimum. I love to tuck in my kids at night. Going out for dinner, I’m definitely a foodie. I love to snowboard. I love to be social and I love that I’m going to Maui soon!
If she wasn’t a Realtor she would be a: Architect/designer or own her own business.
Bernadette believes that clients are looking for a Realtor they can trust with their biggest investment; someone who has market knowledge with an area-specific niche and has proven success.
By virtue of her area of specialization, she tends to work with young families or those looking to downsize.
She finds her clients appreciate that she cares about them, is warm and a hard worker who knows the market well.
The process of paperwork is Bernadette’s least favorite aspect of the job. However, process and paperwork is largely trumped by how much she loves finding people their home. “I know it’s their home before they do, I’m like a home matchmaker!”