And the winners are...

After much debate and reflection, our expert panel of judges – which included Don Campbell, president of the Real Estate Investment Network; Peter Kinch, author of the Canadian Real Estate Action Plan; and Hali Strandlund, president of Fisgard Capital, one of Canada’s largest mortgage investment companies – narrowed down their decision to just one lucky person for each of the five categories in Canadian Real Estate's first-ever Top Investor Awards. The seminal event was sponsored by Pare Realty Ltd.

Those winners' names were announced Nov. 12 at a glitz-filled ceremony in Vancouver, the highlight of a weekend real estate trade show packed with powerful seminars delivered by industry heavy hitters.

With 300 event delegates sitting on the edge of their seats, five investors heard their name called, before taking to the stage and claiming the honour of their peers. Those winners are:

1.    Robert Dreskai, a regional business manager with Clevest Solutions, Inc., Top Newcomer of the Year;
2.    Brock Rogerson, a Brock Rogerson, of HABO Inc., Inspirational Investor of the Year;
3.    Michael Ponte, with Prosperity Real Estate Investments Ltd., Top Interprovincial Investor of the Year;
4.    Maribel Pelka, president of Avant-Garde Properties Ltd, Top Investor of the Year;
5.    Nik Fast, founder of 2nd Story Real Estate Investments, Best Deal of the Year.

 The accomplishments of those winners resonated with their peers and the head of the company sponsoring the awards.

"All I can say is WOW!" said Roy Figueiredo, president and CEO of Pare Realty. "Not only were we honoured to be a sponsor, a presenter and speaker, the exposure from the InvestorForum that we experienced was paramount for the launch of a stellar up and coming year for PARE Realty 2012.  I owe it all to you guys at Canadian Real Estate."

PARE Realty has forged that missing link for all residential real estate investors as a full turn-key company. Figueiredo and his team offer immediate cash-flowing opportunities to investors through a database of pre-screened and pre-qualified lease-to-own buyers, ready to go now with above-average down payments.

Don’t forget to pick up our March issue in which we will have full, in-depth features on each of our winners.

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