Get to Know Our Team

Kim Johannsen
Jitka Johannsen
Clint Hiles
Theresa Carter

Rod Macintosh
Renee Behnen
Karen Kusz

Kim Johannsen - Realtor

Kim Johannsen

Team Leader 

Kim is a first generation Danish Canadian and a native to British Columbia. Kim Johannsen was born and raised in New Westminster and has been living in the Cowichan Valley since 1985. Settling in Cowichan Bay after moving to the area from Victoria, Kim and his wife Jitka, now call this area home.

A 10 year career in the Canadian Navy brought Kim to the Island serving on HMC Ships as a Marine Engineer and Officer. Both a formal education and equally valuable life experiences were provided during service to his country which Kim says have helped him immensely with his career in Real Estate. Kim has also owned and operated a painting contracting business in the Cowichan Valley. This valuable experience now helps Kim with his clients in offering tips for market preparation and renovation ideas.

Kim was licensed in 1993 and joined RE/MAX in 1994. In Kim's first year at RE/MAX he earned the coveted RE/MAX 100% Club Award and the MLS Medallion which he's earned every year since. Kim's desire to succeed in this highly competitive field have helped to make Kim consistently place in the top 1% percent of all Realtors selling in the Cowichan Valley. Being personally involved with almost all aspects of real estate prompted Kim to pursue a career as a Real Estate Sales Professional. Kim has both built and renovated homes, personally subdivided property, rezoned property, bought and sold numerous properties and is a landlord to several rental properties. Real estate is one of Kim's favorite topics.

Other interests Kim has include sailing, hiking, camping, drawing, skiing, canoeing, tubing, scuba, mountain biking and most outdoor activities he can find any time for. Kim and his wife Jitka are also proud parents of twin boys, Erik and Kyle.

Kim's approach to real estate is the way he approaches life. Do the best you can all the time and enjoy what you're doing. Life's too short to do less.

Jitka Johannsen

Jitka Johannsen

Office Coordinator 

Jitka is not only Kimís wife but is an instrumental team player in the teamís success. As the Office Coordinator, Jitka has a key role in keeping the enormous flow of information and business activities on track. Organization and particular attention to detail give our customers and clients the level of service they expect from the top agents in the Cowichan Valley. 

Jitka was born in the area now know as the Czech Republic and came to Canada with her parents in 1968 settling in New Westminster where she grew up. Some of Jitkaís past experiences include teaching music, living in Australia for a year and helping her husband renovate houses. A solid background in the hospitality industry has given Jitka excellent customer service skills.

Working in the Forestry Industry in the Cowichan Valley for several years has provided Jitka with valuable insight into the people of this beautiful area as well as provided her with corporate organizational and business skills that help our team out perform the competition. When Jitka is dealing with your business whether itís processing your contract or arranging for an appointment, you know itís being done right. Jitka looks forward to answering your call when youíre ready to talk to real estate experts in the Cowichan Valley.

Clint Hiles

Associate Realtor 

Clint was first licensed in 1991 & joined the Johannsen Group in 2007, bringing with him over 35 years of combined real estate, banking & financial experience. Born in Victoria & residing in Cowichan Valley for the last 35 years, Clint knows the Valley & enjoys assisting his clients in finding just the right place for them to call home. He works tirelessly, assisting his clients in navigating the process of buying & selling a home from beginning to end & negotiating to get them the best deal possible! When you are ready to make a move in Real Estate, Clint is knowledgeable, experienced & ready to assist!

Theresa Eastland - Administrator

Theresa Carter

Associate Realtor 

Theresa Carter joined the Johannsen Group in 2007 as an administrative assistant and developed an enjoyment for real estate. In 2012 she put all the knowledge and skills she had learned while working with one of the top teams in the valley to work and became a licensed agent.

She is people oriented and has almost 20 years experience in the service industry, including owning her own catering business. Her excellent communication skills allow her to comfortably build relationships with both clients and other professionals. 

Theresa has a drive to accomplish excellence in everything she does and utilizes her strong problem solving skills and assertive nature to get things done. She is a good listener, extremely organized and is not afraid to be creative and innovative to help her clients achieve their goals.

Rod Macintosh

Associate Realtor 

Rod joined the team in 2011 and brings with him 20 years of local knowledge of the Cowichan Valley. Along with his wife, Heatherann, Rod has raised his family here and has a thorough understanding of why this is a wonderful place to live.

Rod was an Infantry Officer in the Canadian military for fifteen years serving mostly in western Canada and internationally in Europe, Cyprus and as a Military Observer in Rwanda.

As an experienced small business owner, Rod firmly believes that responsible growth is the future of one of the fastest growing communities on Vancouver Island. He is a member on the Advisory Planning Commission for his local area within the CVRD and is familiar with local planning and development issues.

Rod looks forward to developing a solid relationship with you and guiding buyers and sellers through the intricacies of the real estate market.

 Renee Eastland - Administrator

Renee Behnen 

Office Administrator 

Renee was born and raised on Quadra Island, a 15 minute ferry ride from Campbell River. She relocated to the area in 1994 and while not having any serious plans to stay, she fell in love with the Valley and has remained here ever since. 

Renee joined the Johannsen Group team in 2003 after graduating from Sprott Shaw Community College's Administration Program. Her role is to ensure that all the paperwork involved with your listing or offer is in order & assist the licensed staff in keeping you informed of important dates & information such as showings, feedback, inspections & closing dates.

 Karen Kusz - Administrative Assistant

Karen Kusz 

Administrative Assistant 

Karen has been with the Johannsen Group since 2013, working as a listing administrator & keeping on top of all the activities related to processing and maintenance our listings as well as ensuring everything is completed in a timely and efficient manner. Karen and her husband Gerry and their two children reside in Duncan.

 

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