(Photo submitted) Chad Jensen (left) with father Norm.

Red Deer’s Royal LePage Network Realty wins national award

Father-son team Norm and Chad Jensen beat out more than 600 brokerages to take top award

A father-son Red Deer real estate team were chosen National A.E. LePage brokerage of the year out of more than 600 firms across Canada.

“It was an absolute shock,” said Norm Jensen, who with son Chad, owns Royal LePage Network Realty Corp.

The Jensens’ brokerage had been nominated for top brokerage for the Prairies, which they won at the Royal LePage Leadership Conference in Phoenix last month.

But to walk away with the national award never crossed the mind of the realtor with 31 years of experience.

“It’s unheard of,” he said on Wednesday, sounding like he was still processing what had happened. “Out of 600 offices, we’re number one, even over Ontario brokerages.

“We were pretty excited when we got that.”

The award is not about sales numbers but, in the company’s words, recognizes “brokerages that have demonstrated exceptional leadership, engagement, growth and performance.”

Norm, 69, bought the Red Deer Royal LePage office in 2000 with partner Les Anderson, and started with five agents. There are now 95 agents working out of four offices in Central Alberta.

In 2006, Anderson sold his share of the company to Chad and a two-generation partnership was born.

Son Chad brought a technical savvy to the company, which is a leader in providing the kind of information support agents can use to succeed.

Besides its success in weathering Alberta’s economic downturn, the brokerage’s community contributions were a big factor when it came to picking a top brokerage, he said.

In the past four years, the Jensens have raised more than $250,000 for the Central Alberta Women’s Shelter.

Another cause that they have embraced is providing support for seniors who have been abused, usually by their own families.

Norm said too often seniors are supported by their families until the senior’s money runs out. Then the elderly person is kicked out of the family home and left to fend for themselves.

Royal LePage stepped in by renovating to lease out a former caretaker suite at Barrett Kiwanis Place at 4809 34th St. It is being turned into a two-bedroom unit to house seniors who have no place to stay.


Just Posted

WATCH: Christmas Wish Breakfast toy donations almost double

All toys donated Sunday will be given to the Red Deer Christmas Bureau and Red Deer Salvation Army

VIDEO: ‘Party bus’ goes up in flames in Vancouver

Fire crews responded to the late night blaze

Mothers Against Drunk Driving hold candlelight vigil

Four-and-a-half years ago Marilyn Rinas’ husband was killed in a collision with… Continue reading

Thousands expected at memorial for fallen police officer in Abbotsford, B.C.

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — The streets of Abbotsford, B.C., will be lined with… Continue reading

One person dead, five others injured in early-morning crash in Kingston, Ont.

KINGSTON, Ont. — A man who was checking the damage on his… Continue reading

VIDEO: Replay Red Deer: Nov. 19

Watch news highlights from the week of Nov. 13

CP Holiday train to stop in Ponoka for another year

The popular train will feature entertainment from Colin James and Emma-Lee

Kittens rescued after allegedly being tossed from vehicle

Couple finds abandoned kittens new home through Facebook

VIDEO: ‘Party bus’ goes up in flames in Vancouver

Fire crews responded to the late night blaze

Chicken crosses B.C. road, stops traffic

Rooster makes early morning commuters wait in Maple Ridge

Red Deerian honours her brother who died in a motorcycle collision

Houaida Haddad is encouraging Red Deer residents to donate blood

Red Deer County firefighters to be recognized for Waterton help

RCMP brass will give formal recognition Monday

Ron James tries to lighten humanity’s load through humour

The comedian returns to Red Deer for shows Dec. 1 and 2

100+ Women Red Deer donate to Christmas Bureau

About $14,000 will help with Christmas hampers and toys

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month