Lee Johnson, REALTOR ®
Born in the Kootenays. Hooked on paradise.
Lee was born and raised on Kootenay Lake and in Nelson, and has a deep appreciation for the Kootenay lifestyle. Lee knows the region in detail and in particular, the unique treasures of the Creston Valley and Kootenay Lake. Lee moved to the Creston Valley in 1982 with his wife Debby.
"Like a true artist or musician, entrepreneurs never retire. They stay engaged, perhaps in different ways. When people wonder why I work so hard at this stage of my life I know they don’t understand this way of being. I am an entrepreneur and service provider to the core. Its not work as most people know it."
- Lee Johnson
Text or Phone Lee at 250-428-6439
With 30 years experience as a general insurance broker holding national professional designations (AIIC, CIP), Lee and his wife Debby owned and operated Creston Valley Insurance Services Ltd. until 2007. They built the business from the two of them to a staff of twelve, helping thousands of people and establishing many long lasting client relationships, one person at a time.
Lee developed a client-focused business ethic that he brings to his career as a real estate professional.
Lee also understands real estate investing, having spent a decade owning, managing, and renovating his multi-family rental properties, as well as completing a subdivision and a hands-on restoration of his family’s 1910 heritage home.
For buyers and sellers, Lee is the person who is in their corner to help with the complex array of legal documents, taking care of the details that are part of their real estate transaction, and helping them negotiate their best deal.
Life experience speaks volumes. Character combined with credentials.
Much of Lee’s character and wisdom stems from the years where he consciously tended to his growing business, cared for his valued staff, clients, and his community, as well as being a devoted husband and father. Lee especially appreciates what it is like to care for aging parents and being available to support an ill child. Compassion, patience, and encouragement are resounding qualities that stand out most for Lee, while staying true to his nature of keeping things light and playful.
Speaking of play, the Kootenay lifestyle supports Lee’s passion for cars that dates back to early childhood, as well as his keen interests in outdoor recreation, including fishing, a love for birds, and photography. His wife Debby has inspired him to travel abroad, expanding his awareness and appreciation for different cultures.
Lee’s integrity and unique skills are perfectly suited to being a trusted real estate advisor. He loves to engage with people and enjoys being a partner with people in attaining their goals.
Hi Lee, I know I thanked you verbally many times for the extra special effort you put into marketing our house and property for us, but feel that I should try to put it into an email for you as well.
You are the third realtor that we had listed with, but your effort far surpassed anything that we had seen to date. I feel that we were only successful because of the volume of work that you did to get the word out, especially since it was in the off season. It was almost unheard of to sell a high end property in the off season on Kootenay Lake, but we managed to come up with two competing offers largely due to your effort.
Thanks again. I would be happy to give you a personal reference if anyone wants to talk with me directly.
Lee was always very professional in our real estate search and subsequent purchase. He promptly followed up with anything we required and provided us with additional information in order to evaluate homes for sale in our area. We found that information extremely useful.
Lee has excellent communication skills which make him very easy to work with. Lee is very personable and knowledgeable and I would highly recommend selecting him as your realtor if you are contemplating buying or selling a home in the Creston area.
During our time with the listing of our property in Canyon, Lee Johnson communicated all viewing results and made efforts to recruit new leads in a small market.
Lee was very professional and responsible, was urgent at returning calls and answered all our questions with honesty. I would highly recommend him.
Like many people do when they decide to sell their home, I thought I would give it a try on my own. I placed an ad with an online listing company with pictures of my Creston home and had some calls and viewings, but no offers came in. Several weeks past and then Lee Johnson brought one of his out of town buyers to view my home (actually he was the only realtor who brought anyone). Even though these specific buyers didn’t commit to buying my home, Lee followed up with me on a couple of occasions and gave me some tips to help me show and sell the property. A while later, when my own efforts proved unsuccessful and I felt I needed more help to get my property viewed by many more potential buyers, I knew Lee was the realtor of choice.
Lee was very attentive and an excellent communicator. He worked with me to determine an attractive listing price and outlined the plan for selling my home. Lee always kept me informed of what was being done to promote my property and the results of each of the showings we had on a regular basis. In addition to listing my home on the MLS system, Lee used other very creative means to sell my home.
I sold my home in short order (the first offer I received was signed in two weeks) for more than I ultimately expected to receive. And I certainly appreciated having Lee’s expertise in my corner in negotiating the contracts for my sale and helping me get the best price.
I would highly recommend Lee Johnson as a realtor you can trust and work hard to sell your property or help you buy a property.
We would like to thank Lee Johnson for putting a great deal of effort into finding us a house in one day. Which we are so happy with. Wishing you (Lee) all the best and thanks again.
Lee Johnson has acted for myself and my wife in the sale of our rural property and the purchase of a house in town. He negotiated both the sale of our property and the purchase of our new home within a few days and soon after both properties were placed on the market.
Lee has a cheerful and friendly manner and conducted the transactions with diligence, expedition and efficiency.
I our opinion Lee went far above and beyond the normal requirements for help and guidance for which, being octogenarians, we are particularly grateful.
We can heartily recommend Lee to anyone requiring the services of a realtor.
My husband and I were advertising our home for sale through Property Guys.com, when we were contacted by Lee, he told us he had people interested in viewing our home. All our interactions with Lee were very friendly, he kept us informed at all times, what was happening. We ended up selling our home to the first people who came to see it. Lee had an important part in this sale and we were happy with the final outcome.
Our experience with Lee Johnson of Creston Valley Realty went above and beyond what we expected, we have dealt with many Realtors in the past as we have purchased quite a few properties in Calgary and in the US.
I had made contact with Lee in Nov 2014 to help my wife and I in our search for a waterfront property on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake BC. Immediately Lee was able to find us many more MLS listings than we had been able to find on our own, Lee went above and beyond with the searching and negotiations with the seller once we found our dream home in Gray Creek. Lee helped in many other ways as he made numerous trips to the Gray Creek Log home to get technical info off our furnace, hot water etc. Even after the purchase was complete he went back to change the locks for us as we were in Calgary and unable to do this for ourselves. Lee recommended numerous local companies that we needed services provided from to help us with our dream home renovations. (i.e. tree cutting, water well services, renovation contractor, home inspection company). All these companies were reputable and did a great job at a fair price. On most occasions Lee went back to our Gray Creek Home to meet with these contractors on our behalf as we were not able to get back down to BC each time a contractor was available. Lee had to travel 45 minutes each way from Creston, and return, on most all of these occasions. Lee alway did these trips to meet ourselves or contractors with a smile on his face. Lee has a great sense of humour, as well it was a pleasure doing business with Lee. We would not hesitate to recommend Lee Johnson and Creston Valley Realty. We highly recommend Lee to anyone looking for great realtor and propriety on East Shore of Kootenay Lake, Creston and surrounding area.
On behalf of my wife Genevieve and myself, I would like to commend Mr. Lee Johnson on the excellent service he provided as our Real Estate representative. With Lee's help we recently (March/2015) purchased a property near Creston.
Our experience in dealing with Lee throughout the entire process was outstanding. He was at all times courteous, patient, and professional. At no time during the viewing of properties did we feel pressured or uncomfortable in any way. Lee took the time to really listen to what my wife and I were looking for and that was important to us.
Lee spent as much time as he could manage to take us around the community to help us familiarize ourselves with the area. He provided insightful information in regards to services, community organizations and businesses in the local area.
Were were impressed with Lee's knowledge of residential properties, both Urban and in particular the intricacies of owning Rural property.
We would highly recommend the service of Mr. Lee Johnson as a Real Estate Agent for anyone contemplating Real Estate dealings in the Creston Valley Area.
Maggie and I would like to thank you very much for selling our property so quickly in a difficult market. It had been on the market for several years with other realtors but within four months of listing with you, it was sold. You promoted our listing everywhere it seemed. We really felt that you were working for us. It was a pleasure working with you. Because we were not always around, the thing we most appreciated were your regular updates, not only on interest shown in our property but also on general movement in the local real estate market. Closing the sale took time and effort. You really earned your commission.
Thank you so much,
It was a pleasure working with Lee Johnson of Creston Valley Realty. His skill and accuracy to detail was most welcomed, as well as his availability to many questions and concerns we had during the selling and buying of our two properties. In our opinion his professionalism was unprecedented. We would highly recommend Lee. Wishing you Lee all the best and thank you again.
When my husband Gordon and I decided to sell our home, it was a very difficult decision, and we knew we needed a competent and honest realtor to make the move easier. We purposely chose Lee Johnson based on our previous experience with Lee from when he owned an insurance business in Creston. In that capacity we found Lee to be honest, sensible and accommodating.
When we hired Lee to be our realtor, we found he carried those positive qualities into his work as a realtor. As well, Lee was creative and determined in the ways he exposed our property to a wide range of clients. He used technology, as well as good old fashioned knocking on doors and staging open house sessions to present our home.
Lee's caring and sincerity made our experience a positive one, and most importantly, he sold our house.
I would recommend Lee Johnson, without reservation, to anyone who needed a realtor.