Meet SEWN member…
Professional Property Management
Wild child, teen-aged business owner, caterer, world traveller, wife, mother, property manager. Andrea Kerr’s journeys around the sun are numerous and varied. And after all that, she is adamant that Gibsons is her last stop.
“I love living on the coast, I’ve moved MANY times in my life. Originally an Ontario girl I moved to BC at age 18. I’ve lived on Saltspring Island, Gabriola Island, Pender Island, Nanaimo, Vancouver and more…. I can truly say that we plan to make Gibsons our forever home.”
Andrea has been self-employed most of her life, working and travelling the world. She started out in catering.
“When I was 19 I borrowed $30K to buy my employer’s catering business in Vancouver at 14% interest. That was very scary but I paid off the loan in 3 years, expanded the business and bought a house, all on my own. At the age of 27 I sold the business and house with plans to move to Australia, marry and sail around the world. That didn’t happen, but better things did.”
In fact, Andrea’s life did unfold almost as planned. She married Bruce, had two daughters, and sails regularly on the family’s Isla IV out of Gibsons harbour. Her current business, property management, came about when the girls were in school full time and she was looking for something else to take care of. She enrolled in the Property Management course at UBC and began to build a client base of properties on the coast.
“I like taking care of things! That’s what this business is about, helping people out with something they cannot or don’t want to do themselves. I primarily rent out residential properties for people on the coast. I do tenant placement and also full management. My ideal clients are homeowners who are looking for great tenants for 6 months or longer. I also do regular checks on vacant properties to meet insurance requirements.”
Andrea’s greatest differentiator is that she always answers her phone and gets back to people quickly, regardless of regular working hours or days.
Andrea was an early adopter of SEWN and joined the organization because she was a self-employed woman looking for moral support from other, like-minded women. She also knew she would make some friends in the process and she has.
“Self-employed women are a breed of their own; I get that. I’m always here for moral support for anyone wanting to talk. I also have payroll experience and can advise on that, or share some of my experiences which might help someone see their own situation differently.”
Many locals know Andrea and Bruce through the Gibsons Sailing Club, the non-profit summer sailing school for kids and from their family business which operates the Stormaway running to Keats and Gambier islands.
Published: March 2017