020: Advice for First-Time Home Buyers from the Top 1% Agency in Canada

January 19, 2017

About your host

​I have been a mortgage broker for 10 years and have held several different positions within the industry to get me to where I am today. Over the years I have helped many families achieve the goal of home ownership as well as save thousands in finding the right mortgage for their needs.

Becky Lapierre is a realtor with Mark Jontz and Associates, located in Kelowna, BC.

As one of the top 1% real estate agencies in Canada with Royal LePage and the top team with Royal LePage Kelowna since 2009, Mark Jontz and Associates have developed a business model which most effectively helps clients earn top dollar and save thousands on their home purchases. Their approach to long-term financial stability and high-quality service have solidified their spot as one of the best agencies in the country.

Becky has been with the team for more than 4 years. She gives insights for first-time home buyers on what steps to take and what mistakes to avoid.

Okanagan Lake near Summerland British Columbia Canada with orchard and vineyard in the Foreground

Key Points

  • [0:37] Tell us a bit about yourself and what kinds of clients you serve.
  • [1:00] Any areas of specialization?
  • [1:18] How did you get into the real estate business?
  • [2:01] What about your family history? Any connection to real estate?
  • [2:38] When did you know this was the right line of work for you?
  • [3:24] How did you get connected with Mark Jontz?
  • [4:55] What has been the most satisfying experience of your career so far?
  • [5:46] What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
  • [6:20] There isn’t one specific thing; it’s about the camaraderie.
  • [7:14] What makes Mark Jontz and Associates stand out from other agencies in the business?
  • [7:23] Since 2009 we have been part of the top 1% of real estate agents in Canada.
  • [8:45] Part of our success has come from focusing on the “average” household.
  • [9:54] How many people make up your team?
  • [10:12] What are the first steps to take for someone looking to buy a home?
  • [11:05] Ensure you’re pre-approved.
  • [11:40] What common mistakes do you see buyers make?
  • [11:51] Buying out of their comfort zone.
  • [12:30] Can you share some examples of what these mistakes are, aside from not being pre-approved?
  • [14:23] What can clients expect during the offer process?
  • [15:42] Work with your agent, and find someone you can trust.
  • [16:47] What are your thoughts on home inspections?
  • [18:21] On possession day, what if the home is in a different condition than expected?
  • [20:12] What three things should people look for in an agent?
  • [21:14] How can people contact you?

View of Okanagan Lake Peachland British Columbia Canada near Kelowna

Contact Becky Lapierre

About your host



​I have been a mortgage broker for 10 years and have held several different positions within the industry to get me to where I am today. Over the years I have helped many families achieve the goal of home ownership as well as save thousands in finding the right mortgage for their needs.







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