August 22, 2011 - Moncton, NB:
Home sellers in British Columbia's second-largest city will soon have a new face enforcing the new age of more choices and more control in the 21st century real estate. Ken LeBlanc, president ofPropertyGuys.com Inc., announced today Canada's leading private sale franchise network has reached an agreement with an experienced entrepreneur and highly regarded former detective to lead a new franchise in a city that is quasi-famous for hosting the world's 2nd largest rodeo.
"Rod Gehl is the proud new operator of our Surrey franchise and he can't wait to become part of the success we are now experiencing in Western Canada", said LeBlanc. "We have a number of franchises in BC and Alberta making serious dents in the market with our unique combination of local expertise and online tools and technology, giving today's home sellers a proven alternative to the traditional model of high agent commissions. Rod is chomping at the bit to use his knowledge of the Vancouver-area market to carry that momentum further and make things happen in Surrey".
Gehl enjoyed a three-decade career in law enforcement, primarily with the Abbotsford City Police as a lead investigator. During that time, Rod and his wife Janette gained entrepreneurial experience as they launched, operated and sold a successful ski lodge business; one that continues to flourish to this day. From where he sits, Gehl sees PropertyGuys.com as a most timely model given the current market, saying, "I wish a company like this had been had been available when we were selling houses. Janette is also a mortgage broker and together we have seen a lot of the changes happening in the real estate industry from the inside out. We just think this is a great opportunity for consumers who want to sell on their own and pocket the savings".
The Gehl's are also avid skiers and hikers who enjoy spending time with their two grown children and four grandchildren. They will be attending training next week with other new franchise owners atPropertyGuys.com University (PGU) and plan to launch full time operations in Surrey in September.
PropertyGuys.com is reconstructing how real estate is bought and sold. We're NOT real estate agents or brokers. We're something very different - something much better. We are a network of people on the ground in communities all across the country that provide a safe and practical way for buyers and sellers to connect and avoid the high cost of commission. Selling privately is the future of real estate. PropertyGuys.com is Canada's only full-service, private sale franchisor. Our ever expanding circle of franchises now includes over 600 communities from coast to coast.