Administrative assistant Shelly Lu, realtor Daniel Hsu and realtor Russell Xu of Destined Home aim for an international market. The trio will be working out of their new Pemberton Holmes office in University Heights shopping centre.                                 Wolf Depner/News Staff

Administrative assistant Shelly Lu, realtor Daniel Hsu and realtor Russell Xu of Destined Home aim for an international market. The trio will be working out of their new Pemberton Holmes office in University Heights shopping centre. Wolf Depner/News Staff

Saanich realtors ready to invite the world

Destined Home will officially open in University Heights Dec. 1

Step into the office of Destined Home located in University Heights shopping centre, and you might think that you have stepped into the offices of an Internet start-up.

Bright but pleasant light bounces off a hardwood floor and rollable glass tables decked by computers and cameras, as staff prepare for a grand opening of the new Pemberton Holmes office Dec. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.

A large mural featuring the company name and logo – a black ox striding across a silhouetted, stylized skyline of Victoria’s Inner Harbour – draws attention without distracting. Listings flash silently across a flat-screen and gentle beats hum in the background. With the exception of a sitting area, the space is wide open, suggesting the absence of obvious hierarchies and the desire to create synergies beyond boundaries.

Consider the biography of lead realtor Daniel Hsu, who has lived and worked in Victoria for 28 years. Dealing in both residential and commercial real estate, Hsu has been working out of his home, an environment filled with distractions. “One of the reasons I wanted to be in an office location was because it is more structured for myself,” he said.

He said he chose University Heights because of his personal and professional familiarity with it.

“I grew up around this neighbourhood. I went to Mount Douglas High, my kids are all going to daycare schools around here, so I wanted to focus on somewhere close by,” Hsu said. “Also a good portion of my clientele are here as well.”

But if Hsu has deep roots in the region, he is also able to reach out beyond its geographic, cultural and linguistic borders.

Born in Taipai, Taiwan, Hsu also speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese. He has also lived in Los Angeles and Shanghai over the course of his life. In short, Hsu is familiar with the Pacific Rim region, and he recently travelled to China as part of a local delegation of business and educational leaders led by Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, promoting business opportunities in Greater Victoria.

“I deal quite a bit with international clients, anywhere from Russia, from Mexico, from Asia-Pacific, Korea,” said Hsu.

This international orientation will continue, he said.

“My idea is to be more international,” he said. “My colleagues and I are hoping to have [real estate service] in multiple languages to help people who are new to the city.”

Hsu’s partners also bring them with international backgrounds. Shelly Lu, Hsu’s assistant since March 2017, arrived from Taiwan seven years ago. Russell Xu, the other main realtor, comes from Mainland China.

Hsu also hopes to complement his and their linguistic skills with a Spanish speaker to help serve the growing market of clients from Latin America.

“For now, it is me and Russell,” said Hsu. “A couple more agents will come along. We are kind of going through the process of interviewing [potential realtors] to make sure it is the right fit.”

Hsu has known Lu and Xu for years, and the trio will count on their personal familiarity to draw a competitive advantage.

“We are very open-minded,” said Hsu. “We keep the communication continuous. We definitely do our individual-type of projects. But at the same time, we give support when we can.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Shore RCMP is asking for the public’s help in locating Mackenzie Courchene, a Langford teenager.
MISSING: Mackenzie Courchene last seen in Langford on March 2

West Shore RCMP is asking for the public’s help in locating the Langford teenager

Rendering of the proposed Esquimalt public safety building. (Courtesy Township of Esquimalt)
Esquimalt blazes new trail toward modern public safety building

Township using alternative approval process for first time to gauge public support for proposal

Landmarks such as Howard the giant gnome at Galey's Farm in Saanich make a stunning backdrop for celebratory dance in the Greater Victoria Festival Society trailer for its coming Dance Victoria campaign. (Screeshot/Greater Victoria Festival Society)
Residents’ videos help campaign Dance Across Victoria

Celebratory dance clips to be compiled into Greater Victoria Festival Society video

Reynolds Secondary School’s spring musical Freaky Friday features Grace Fouracre as teen Ellie Blake (left) who swaps bodies with her overworked mother, Katherine, played by Nadia Lurie. (Photo courtesy Reynolds Secondary School)
Saanich high school goes virtual with Freaky Friday musical

Reynolds Secondary theatre program to livestream performances March 9-12

Saanich Fire Department. Black Press Media File Photo
Fire displaces three Saanich families from two homes

Saanich firefighters found the fire had spread to a neighbouring home upon arriving

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Const. Allan Young. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Manslaughter charge laid in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Allan Young died after an incident in downtown Nelson last summer

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

The Port Alice pulp mill has been dormant since 2015. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Parts recycled, life returning to inlet as as old Port Alice mill decommissioned

Bankruptcy company oversees de-risking the site, water treatment and environmental monitoring

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Ex-B.C. teacher who was CFL kicker charged with assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

(Black Press Media files)
Medicine gardens help Victoria’s Indigenous kids in care stay culturally connected

Traditional plants brought to the homes of Indigenous kids amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Most Read