Licensed Kelowna Realtor
Rom Houtstra is a licensed Realtor for Century 21® with over 15 years of real estate experience. As a specialist in relocating Canadians to the Kelowna area and helping International buyers relocating to Canada, Rom offers local sellers the unique advantage of marketing their property to the wider Canadian and International markets.
With a background in corporate law and more than 20 years of skill development in sales, negotiation and customer service in Western Europe and North America, Rom has the experience and personality to bring buyer and seller together whether it be across town or across continents.
Rom was born into an entrepreneurial family in The Hague, Netherlands. After graduating from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, with a degree in Corporate Law, Rom expanded his entrepreneurial knowledge and expertise by working as a legal spokesperson on environmental and marketing issues for over 400 businesses, including Crown Packaging, Unilever, Basf, Philips and Heineken. In 1991, he accepted a position as substitute Director of CMHR, representing the window and doorframe manufacturing industries of Holland, where he supervised and monitored bidding procedures for various construction projects.
After researching the North American market and lifestyle, Rom immigrated to Canada in 1993 to establish his own manufacturing company in Kelowna. As an independent entrepreneur, Rom developed, patented, and marketed a unique retractable canopy for pick-up trucks that was sold to dealerships and distributors in both Canada and the United States. Then in 2002, after more than 20 years in sales, negotiation, and customer service in Western Europe and North America, Rom consolidated his talents and make the ultimate career change to real estate.
The following year, Rom added his experience as an entrepreneurial immigrant to the mix and launched ReloCan Holdings Inc., a one-stop relocation centre catering to international clientele relocating to Canada. By combining foreign property sales with access to fast-track immigration services, and a network of relocation mortgage and financing partners, Rom eased and accelerated transitions for his international clients. Rom’s work at ReloCan also brought amazing results to local home sellers whose properties benefited from the European market.
In 2004, Rom partnered with Century 21® to give his clients the widest possible market exposure. “Century 21’s global referral network provides maximum exposure to buyers, and better, faster results.” says Rom, “I chose Century 21 because it is the largest real estate company in the world, with over 8000 offices in 45 countries. Century 21 also has a robust online presence, attracting 3x more online visitors than its nearest competitor. It is, in fact, the largest referral network in the world.” After more than a decade, it is a decision Rom does not regret. Rom’s legal, marketing, and sales background, his knowledge of European and North American markets, and his genuine interest in people continue to bring success to both his business and personal life.
Rom is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Past President of the Kelowna Business Development Network (KBDN), the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, and the Okanagan Entrepreneurial Society. He and his partner, Tina, are active volunteers in the Kelowna community and have been world vision child sponsors since 2014. Rom is fluent in Dutch and English and has a basic knowledge of French and German.
When Rom is not busy serving real estate clients, he enjoys spending time with his three teenage children and his partner Tina, playing tennis, golf, biking, hiking, skiing, and playing the piano.
Rom looks forward to working with you, and your friends and relatives, for any of your real estate needs or questions.
Tina Van Steen works closely with the professional marketing team at Century21 to implement Century 21’s Vision 21 marketing plan for each new listing, including photo shoots, preparing custom property brochures, installing signs, registering a unique domain name and website for each new listing, social media marketing, internet advertising of your listing, and on-line listings.
Tina was born in Canada to Dutch parents and spent part of her childhood growing up in the Netherlands, before settling back on Vancouver Island for her high school years. Tina spent the first twenty years of her professional life in an Engineering and Architectural environment, training as an accounting technologist and working as a Controller and Office Manager.
Seeking new challenges, Tina moved from Squamish, BC to the beautiful Okanagan Valley where completed her massage therapy training at the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy (OVCMT) in Vernon in January 2012. She has since established a successful massage therapy practice in Kelowna.
Her background allows her to provide accounting and administration support to Rom's busy real estate practice.
She is a mother of three and grandmother of two. Enjoys time with Rom their family, walks, travelling and practicing yoga.
Trish Balaberde has been fortunate to call the beautiful Okanagan home for the past 28 years, 18 of which she has spent working as an Independent Mortgage Broker.
Trish has a sound understanding of the Kelowna area and real estate market which complements her years of experience in mortgage lending.
Her ability to understand the needs of people from all walks of life and her efficiency with quick analysis of credit applications allows Trish to customize and provide the perfect mortgage for her clients. She has a high level of commitment and thoroughly enjoys helping each and every client achieve their dream of home-ownership.