Dana Friesen Smith
As co-owner of StilHavn Real Estate Services Whistler and Squamish and founder of The Sea to Sky Dream Team, Dana Friesen Smith is well-known for her steadfast integrity as well as for her determination to deliver the best customer service possible. Since establishing the Sea To Sky exclusive real estate agency in 2019, Dana has led her team of top-performing agents in making the brokerage one of the most successful residential real estate agencies in the Sea to Sky area. In addition to Whistler and Squamish, StilHavn as a collective group of agencies serving Vancouver, North and West Vancouver and all surrounding areas, helping clients fall in love with the Sea to Sky and finding the perfect homes for their families. “My clients deserve nothing less than top service and results,” says Dana. “I experience great joy each time I help to make their dreams of homeownership come true.” It’s no wonder she was voted Whistler’s Favorite Realtor five out of eight years by readers of the Pique Newsmagazine.
A native of British Columbia, Dana, an eight-year real estate veteran, was drawn to Sea to Sky by the stunning mountains, endless recreation, and tight-knit community. Now, over a decade later, she continues to call Whistler her home. She feels fortunate to live in a place that inspires her to do better. “The Sea to Sky is full of people who don’t hold back and who get the absolute most out of every day, so it’s important to me to share that drive and philosophy of working hard and seizing the moments,” Dana says. She and her team members at the Dream Team strive to build lifelong relationships based upon trust and always have their clients’ best interests at heart, whether or not it results in a sale.
In fact, Dana’s hard work and dedication to clients have been the driving forces behind Stilhavn and The Dream Team’s rise to the top of the Sea to Sky real estate game. Having created one of the most successful teams in the area as well as having produced impressive overall career sales, Dana was inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame for career high sales. She also won the RE/MAX Spirit Award in recognition of her integrity, honesty, and drive to deliver customer service excellence, and consistently ranks among the Top 1% of Realtors in British Columbia, giving her President’s Medallion Club status.
Only eight years ago, in 2012, Dana was a real estate rookie working with a major international real estate brokerage, armed with a passion for helping people and the drive to succeed. Two years later, in 2014, she started to build her team, a strategy-led and results-driven real estate group now called The Dream Team. Five years later, she helped launched StilHavn Real Estate Services in the Sea to Sky so that she could better serve her clients with a more localized, specialized brokerage. With a rising trajectory culminating this year, the team continues to grow, already selling 88 properties despite the global pandemic—the highest amount sold by any team in Sea to Sky.
Dana holds a triple-major degree in psychology, sociology, and kinesiology from the University of Manitoba, which she considers the most predominant of the skillsets she uses. “Having a background in psychology and sociology especially helps my clients because I am very good at understanding them and truly getting what they need beyond just a two-bedroom or three-bedroom in a certain area,” says Dana. Her education has also equipped her to guide clients through the emotional process of buying a home, which she considers one of her greatest attributes. “I’m the center of calm for my clients even when everything feels a bit crazy,” she explains.
Dana also credits her competitive nature as a driving force for her success. “I love winning, negotiating, finding deals, and constantly improving my marketing for my clients,” she says. As a result of her efforts, the Dream Team’s client base is predominantly referrals or repeat business. “Not only do our current clients have a fantastic experience, but agents in other areas also know we are the best in the Sea to Sky. Both groups know we take really good care of our clients, and that’s why they refer their friends and families to us,” Dana explains.
Dana Friesen Smith
StilHavn Real Estate Services
The Sea to Sky Dream Team