A LITTLE BIT ABOUT JAY AGASSIZ...
Jay was born and raised in the Shuswap region. It's a beautiful area but like so many other high school graduates, he decided to travel to other areas as a young adult.
He and his wife lived in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver where Jay had a successful business career. Life was good, and each summer their holidays were spent in the Shuswap region.
Jay laughs "I still remember the day in the summer of 1999 when we ventured out on our family's annual vacation. I was simply planning on just spending a few weeks relaxing, mountain biking and boating on the lake."
"But a funny thing happened after spending a few days enjoying the scenic beauty and active outdoor pursuits of the Shuswap, I realized that I really didn't have the desire to return back to the crowded and hectic atmosphere of the Lower Mainland."
While he still enjoyed his successful business career in sporting goods sales and marketing, he had re-discovered the casual and down-to-earth "Shuswap Lifestyle". It was clear that the vibrant community of Salmon Arm with its friendly feeling was the ideal place to live and raise their four daughters, so they made a plan and in the spring of 2000 made the move back.
Even now, 3 of their 4 daughters still live in the area.
His passion for the area is just as strong today as when he was a boy growing up. He and wife have enjoyed watching their children grow up in a small town, flourish and become very strong, independent women. They have also been blessed with several grandkids so another exciting chapter in their lives is currently unfolding.
Angel and Jay both volunteer their time and resources to many great local causes and business organizations. They are big believers in giving back to the community that has been so good to them. Over the years Jay have been involved in Rotary, a Director of the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce, Salmon Arm Downtown Improvement Association (DIA), and on the Executive for the Shuswap Division of the Okanagan Mainland Real Estate Board. he truly loves doing his part to ensure the area continues to thrive and attract new residents.
Jay's family has always enjoyed outdoor activities like camping, boating, fishing, skiing and snowboarding. Now that the kids have grown up Angel and Jay are able to do more exploring on their own of the local 4x4 back roads and small rural campsites.
Fly-fishing is a passion of Jay's so when not working with clients he's known to be casting a fly line or taking the odd short getaway to their family log cabin north of Adam's Lake.
From buying and remodelling many homes over the years, Jay has developed some decent carpentry skills and a critical eye. He enjoys helping buyers envision what potential at changes to a home are possible and introduce them to reliable local tradespeople.
"We first looked through a property listed by Jay Agassiz and saw how genuine and knowledgeable he was about the area. We then continued our search for a place with Jay. We explained to him what we were looking for and not long later he found us our place. As first time home buyers we enjoyed our experience and would recommend Jay to anyone. Thanks for the help Jay!" Travis & Zan Alcock, Salmon Arm (Buyer)