Meet Wendy Hadley, SkeenaWild Ambassador

Wendy  takes pride in our community and has recently partnered with her Dad, Vance Hadley to join the ReMax Coast Mountains Real Estate Agency in Terrace, BC.  Both father and daughter are committed to the health and wellbeing of our region and feel it’s important to give back to community.  A special thanks to the Hadleys as they have chosen SkeenaWild to be the recipient of 1% of their sales commissions.

Wendy gives us insight into her life, the Real Estate market in Terrace, explains some of her concerns and what matters most to her.  Read on.

SW:  What was your life like growing up in Terrace and the Skeena?

WH:  In hindsight, it was wonderful!  To this day, some of my very favorite people I’ve ever met grew up in Terrace.  There was tons to do all year round; endless hiking, lots of lakes to cool down in, skiing, tobogganing…  Of course at the time I took it all for granted (as teenagers do) and thought, “it’s only ok here”.
One of the simple pleasures about growing up in Terrace was walking to school and taking as many short cuts as possible on the trails that passed through the untouched treed properties in and around town.

SW:  You have traveled many exotic destinations in the world, what is your favorite place to visit and why?

WH:  Can I only pick one favorite?!?  Haha, ok this is a tough one…  I’m going to say Laos.  It might be partly because I went there after spending a month in the hustle and bustle of Vietnam but regardless Laos was amazing.  It was simple, beautiful, quiet, exciting and delicious!  I would go back in a heartbeat.

SW:  What drew you to the Real Estate industry and why did you decide to focus on this geographic region?

WH:  Two words: My Dad. 
I spent the last 12 years of my life in the field of Veterinary medicine which was a career I absolutely loved.  Moving back to Terrace in August 2012 with my partner was a move that would not facilitate the career I had built for myself therefore I made the difficult choice of change.  My Dad, an established Realtor here in Terrace, stayed true to the 100% supportive best Dad ever reputation he has earned over the years with me and gave me the experience and insight to being a Realtor in Terrace and here I am.

SW:  What major changes have you witnessed in this region over the past decade and what influence do you think these changes have had on the housing market?

WH:  My dad is much better at speaking first-hand about the changes the community faced over the past decade.  After a major career change from the Forestry Industry to Real Estate in 2001, he, like so many people in Terrace at that time, experienced some pretty big changes around here. 

Looking back at the Market Stats since 2005 to now we’ve seen an upward trend.   This is common for Real Estate in general.  The average price for a house in Terrace was around $135,000 in 2005.  As of December 2014 our average price is at $276,000… I may have lost some readers with those last couple sentences but for those who are like me and like stats it’s actually pretty interesting.

It’s also interesting to see how the market works in a town like ours.   It’s amazing how simply speculation and talk bring our market up. Then we tend to see it mellow out after it sinks in that speculation is just speculation.  After that slow period we see some action and up we go again.   This has been happening for years here, we’ve seen it starting with the speculation of Rio Tinto, the Northwest Transmission line and currently with LNG.  Right now we’ve started into a lull after all our speculating with LNG is still just speculation.   And round and round we go.

Stats and industry aside, very few people can argue that no matter what, people are still moving to our beautiful little Northwest corner of BC and happily calling it their home.  That’s the thing about Terrace, because people are so proud to call it their own, industry is not our be all end all.  It has come and gone and come again and Terrace just rolls with the punches, continuing to offer us a wonderful place to call home.             

SW:  What would you say to someone who is curious about moving to this area but hesitant about it?

WH:  I would give them some comparative inspiration on the change they would be experience by moving from their current home to Terrace.  I’d want them to know what they’d be missing by not moving here and what Terrace and the Northwest can offer them that they won’t find elsewhere.  The energy from our diverse community, mountains, waters, forest and clean air is an amazing thing for a persons’ well-being and not only that, this environment offers us endless adventure and activity to keep mind and body happy and healthy!  

SW:  When you think about the future of this region, what concerns you most?

WH:  Easy one. The detrimental effect industry could have on the health of our environment and ourselves.  Having said that, I think as long as decisions are being made prioritizing health and sustainability then industry could do great things for the area.   

SW:  And what excites you most?

WH:  The power of change for the better!  It is an incredibly powerful feeling to be involved in a community that is able and willing to create change based on education and smart decisions that benefit the community both economically and enviornmentally.

SW:  Where do you see yourself and your business in ten years?

WH:  Are clichés allowed?  I want to be outstanding at my job.  I want to do the hard part so my clients can spend their time looking forward at the good things to come and feel confident that their best interests are my top priority!  Buying or selling a home is huge undertaking and I am a firm believer that it should be an exciting and enjoyable experience.    

SW:  Where do you find inspiration?

WH:  So many places!  Probably the first and foremost are the people I chose to surround myself with.  It is astonishing how much inspiration comes from a persons personal community, be it loved ones, colleagues or acquaintances.

SW:  What is your philosophy or mantra to which you strive to follow?

WH:  Keep it simple and enjoy! 
Life does not have to be a make-work project, when you keep it simple you have far more time and energy to prioritize the important things in life and enjoy it.

A special thanks to Wendy for taking the time to talk to us and for supporting our work.  The Hadleys’ ongoing donation will fund on-the-ground projects that help to conserve and enhance wild salmon and steelhead populations.  Contributions made by local and regional businesses play a crucial role in the continued operations of our organization.  Learn more about how your business can give back to the Skeena Watershed.  Get in touch today for details.

Get in touch with Wendy:
Cell: 250-615-2122 /