About Frances Guthrie
Hello and welcome to my web site. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself and my connection to Cortes Island. Cortes has always been my home, and real estate is a great way to share my love of Cortes! Many of you will have worked with Vicki deBoer, my real estate mentor. Vicki provided REALTOR® services on Cortes for many years and I am delighted to follow in her footsteps and promise you great services as your island real estate agent!
I am licensed with Discovery Islands Realty Ltd. Discovery Islands Realty Ltd is a small company specializing in real estate on the Discovery Islands; I specialize in Cortes Island real estate and work from my new home office in the Manson’s area. I bring lots of energy, enthusiasm and island knowledge to my work – and I love details too – a great skill for a REALTOR® to have! My listings are always featured on my website which is also a great place to learn about the island, and the market. The other members of the Discovery Islands Realty Ltd team are Nancy Allwarden (Agent/Broker Quadra office) and Vibeke Pedersen (assistant).
Cortes has always been my home – my grandmother was born to early settlers in 1920, she always told us great stories about her parents, the home her father built and the orchards and gardens he planted in Seaford where three generations of us were raised. My father’s family arrived by Union Steamship to the Seaford government dock in 1940 when my father was 4 years old. His dad, my grandfather - drove the very first school bus on Cortes, a 1928 chev truck, with benches for the kids to sit on.
Living on Cortes has provided me with opportunities for unlimited skill development: I have worked in the seafood industry, cooked in restaurants, managed retail businesses, driven freight trucks, and worked in finance, accounting and office positions. When I was a little girl I pushed my wheel barrow around behind my dad, and with my very own hammer and saw I cut and nailed. From those early days as a carpenter in training I have progressed to fencing, roofing my barn and home, and even renovated my kitchen: Of course, I still rely on advice from my dad!
My island home is a simple little cabin on 11 acres of Cortes paradise – with orchard, garden and my small herd of gorgeous horses! I no longer gallop along the Gunflint Lake roadside by moonlight, nor trot thru the paths in the dark of night – but I do ride my horses, bareback on the forest trails and sometimes the beaches, at every opportunity.
My passion for horses has led me to build saddles, shoe horses, and become certified in natural hoof care – for seven years I travelled all of Vancouver Island, providing trimming and lameness rehabilitation to clients. In 2003 with my handsome and strong willed fjord horse ‘Sid’ I became one of the first five Canadians to achieve level 3 in the Parelli Natural Horsemanship program. For many years I have shared my love of horses with students, mostly young children teaching them about partnership, harmony and loving leadership. The lovely mare ‘Caramel’s Star’ and her brother ‘Star’n Slow Brandy’ both foals from Vicki’s beautiful buckskin mare ‘Blaze’ are two of the beautiful horses in my herd!
At this time property prices and interest rates are both low – if you are looking for an investment, a first home, or it’s time to purchase a larger home or property – there are many listings to choose from, and I’d be delighted to book an appointment to show you the homes or properties that you are interested in. As a seller it is important to price your property to reflect current market values – ensuring your listing is competitive and appealing to buyers. A free comparative market analysis provides you with important information and helps determine the list price when you place your property on the market.
Whether you are buying or selling on Cortes Island. I will provide you with confidential, exceptional service. If real estate is new to you, please don’t hesitate to ask questions! I remember buying our first home – it was exciting – but there was a lot to learn too!
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