It all Happened Naturally
I have been active in real estate since my graduation from the University of Victoria with an honours BA degree in Political Science and Economics.
Being from a real estate family I have always had a keen interest in the real estate profession which over the past 42 years has led to my involvement at all levels of Organized Real Estate – the Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB), the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).
I joined my parents, Eric & Lorraine Ziegler, in the late 70’s right after university at the age of 22 and worked with both of them for the better part of 25 years. As a side note I am just a few years older then she was when she started – she was 60 when she started her real estate career – retired when she was 85.
So after 41 years, I am very proud to say that the THIRD generation of our family is now in the business as my son, Tristan Ziegler, has now joined our real estate family tradition at Newport Realty ltd here in Victoria BC.
After serving in the local (VREB) and Provincial (BCREA) ranks, I was elected President of the Canadian Real Estate Association – the largest single trade profession in Canada with over 100,000 members from coast to coast. At the conclusion of my Presidency and in recognition of my service to the profession, I was awarded an Honourary Life Membership. It is interesting to note that the current CREA president is 6 years older than me – and I was President 19 years ago!After serving in the local (VREB) and Provincial (BCREA) ranks, I was elected President of the Canadian Real Estate Association – the largest single trade profession in Canada with over 100,000 members from coast to coast. At the conclusion of my Presidency and in recognition of my service to the profession, I was awarded an Honourary Life Membership. But, that was 25 years ago….so we need to move on!
I currently sit as a Member of the Errors & Omissions Corporation of British Columbia, and a past Chair fo the Real Estate Council of British Columbia – the Real Estate Regulator.
Apart from selling full time I am also the Managing Broker of Newport Realty in Victoria, British Columbia – a wonderfully unique independent real estate company. I have been a Newport Realty associate for 31 years.
Very active in the ARTS community in particular with The Belfry Theatre where I have been on the Board of Directors as Vice President for the better part of 28 years, and currently sit as an Honourary Life Member.
I love to sail around my favorite island in the Pacific and have been a member of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club since 1979 and currently own an Ericson 29.
I have to admit an addiction to TRAVEL – most of which these days takes place on two wheels. The list of countries and adventures is long and varied -and it would be wrong not to thank my parents, for providing me with wanderlust; and to acknowledge my many clients and friends for allowing me to combine my business with my pleasure.
Victoria is my home and I love it dearly.