PORT HAWKESBURY: Local real estate broker and owner of Cape Breton Realty, Sherry MacLeod, is expanding her reach in the growing market. The real estate company, with its head office in St. Peter’s, celebrated two grand openings already in this new year.
Inverness welcomed a new Cape Breton Realty office to their business community with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Central Avenue location, which opened its doors in January. The branch will serve an increasing market on the western side of the island, with two full-time agents and act as a central office for other agents from Inverness, Port Hood, and Cheticamp.
The community has responded well to the expansion, MacLeod says.
“People of Inverness are very welcoming to new business,” MacLeod noted. “Inverness County will be well covered to allow for the strong market on this side of Cape Breton, and all our agents are excited about it and looking forward to working closer with the community in the future.”
MacLeod’s decision to open a location in Inverness is a recognition, she says, that the market across the province is strong, and Inverness County in particular has benefitted from an increase in the tourism industry brought on by the opening of local golf courses, the popularity of Celtic music, and the low Canadian dollar.
In addition to the new branch in Inverness, a grand re-opening was also held for the existing Port Hawkesbury office, which has been extensively renovated both inside and out over the past couple of years. Taking advantage of the town’s facade program, Cape Breton Realty changed the colour of their building, built a new entrance and deck, added new signage on the building, and hired another multi-lingual agent to the Port Hawkesbury staff.
MacLeod’s outlook is optimistic after a busy 2019, and she expects the strength of the market in 2020 will continue going forward.
“January proved to be very busy, and I’m sure the spring market will be busy.”
A licensed broker since 1992, MacLeod has grown her company substantially from the single Cape Breton Realty office she bought in 1995, selling vacant land, homes, and commercial properties from Canso to Louisbourg to Meat Cove. The company operates with nine sales agents and additional administrative staff, with plans for more hiring in the near future.