What Our Clients Are Saying...

I have worked with Darlene and Ron for many years on several home transactions. They are knowledgeable about their business, the community and their clients. I felt supported and reassured through the entire process of looking for and finding a wonderful new home. I recommend having Darlene and Ron sell your home or find a new home for you. They are great. - Barbara Stang

Ron and Darlene have raised the standard for realtors in the Kootenay area. They both are willing to go well beyond the norm to assist in the selling and buying experience. I would easily recommend these two to all those new clients who may be interested in the reality market. - Gary and Marilyn Stuart 

What did we do well? 'Arranging showings at Christmas.  BC realty is different from Alberta and your knowledge and explanations were invaluable.  Made the process for us easier.' - Michael & Ardeth 

I just wanted to take a few minutes to say a couple of things: First of all, thank you so much for understanding and helping my mom.  She thought highly of both of you.  You were always ready to help when she was.  That includes crawling into windows and not knowing what to expect.  Secondly, I want to thank you for the conversations and support you gave to me.  There were some hard decisions to make and you both helped me to get there.  Thanks for crossing my path

Hello Darlene & Ron 
It is with mixed emotions & appreciation that we are saying thank you for selling our house & goodbye because we can now move on . Thank you for taking time to see our house not just as another house to sell but as a beloved & unique family home. HAPPY NEW YEAR . J & M


To Whom It May Concern:


We just bought a house in Fruitvale, BC. with the friendly services

of Darlene Abenante.

Darlene was very professional, and very accommodating. She knew

her stuff, and was very helpful to us.

We enjoyed working with Darlene, and would most certainly recommend

her fine services to anyone we know.

Thank you, Darlene.


Dell & Lesley Harrison. 

It is with pleasure that I write to express my gratitude to Ron and Darlene who represented us in both selling and buying our homes. I couldn't have imagined working with better realtors. Ron and Darlene guided us through the entire process with the utmost professionalism, knowledge, and a genuine intent to find our family our dream home. I have never had such a pleasurable and smooth home buying experience as I have had with Ron and Darlene; they made our experience personal, they worked hard and they know the market inside and out. We never could have gotten our dream without them. With sincerity, to anyone interested in selling their home or finding their dream home, I highly recommend their expertise to everyone. 

Andrea and Wade Ross, Fruitvale BC

To whom it may concern,
We moved here to BC from Ottawa in September 2017. We were driving around the Montrose, Trail, Fruitvale area and we saw the sign for Darlene Abenante. We called her to set up a meeting. Immediately we felt a repore with her. When we talked she listened closely and when she talked she made sure we understood her clearly. We could tell she truly cared through the compassion we felt in her voice. We have heard nothing but good things about Darlene. For us, we could not be happier. She gave us the best advice we could ever hope for and we are extremely happy with the house she sold us. We won't name names, but there were a couple of agents who we contacted before Darlene. They either didn't get back to us or were very unprofessional in the way they approached us. With Darlene's caring demeanor and sympathetic views to our personal situation, we are happy to say that she is not only the best real estate agent that we've ever had, but also a good friend who made our transition to the Kootenays easier and more enjoyable.
Silla and Devo

Dear Darlene & Ron,
Larry and I want to thank you so much for selling our little house on Binns. You worked hard for us and we truly appreicated it. Your experience really does move people. We would reccommend your Home Team to anyone wanting to buy or sell their home.
Yours, Susan and Larry Khalembach

Thank you Home Team in helping us purchase our first home. Your professionalism and assistance was greatly appreciated. Everything went smoothly and you were always available for any questions. We love our new home, and we highly reccommend this Team!
D and T

I was very happy with the service Darlene provided. I have worked with her in the past and she has always been very honest, easy to talk to, and very informative on dealings with real estate. She sold my home in a timely manner, and made it a smooth transition. I would highly reccommend Darlene, she has always done well for me.
Tammy Robson

Coming from the Coast and not knowing the local real estate market, Darlene was extremely helpful. She listened to my needs and found us the perfect home. She was always available to answer any of my questions or help me sort out anything that needed attention being that I was not living in the area. Darlene was very professional, knowledgable and easy to work with. I would highly reccommend Darlene and Ron. They truly are an awesome team.
Tamara & Jay Doyle

Thank you Ron and Darlene for your hard work you did in selling my daughter's home. Great satisfaction everyone is very happy especially me! Everything you did and your professional advice was very helpful. Continued success Home Team!
B. Martin

Can't say enough about how smoothly, quickly and pain free my house sold thanks to Fair Realty. Darlene came in, went through the house, offered some staging suggestions and some advice on pricing. Ron took some great photos and it was listed and up on their website very quickly. Their advice and expertise made a big difference. By the second day there was a viewing with many more to follow and the house sold within two weeks thanks to their guidance in the negotiations. Darlene was always available to answer my questions or concerns. I definitely made the right decision to contact Fair Realty to get the best price and best result.
Guy Bertrand
Darlene Abanante was referred to me by several friends and co-workers when I arrived in the region. I am particular about the professionals I surround myself with and I expect the best from people. Thanks to Darlene, I found my permanent home after only viewing 3 houses. Darlene arranged the excellent mortgage broker, she guided me through the process of submitting the local offer and negotiated all the terms and conditions on my behalf, taking into consideration all of my concerns and needs. She represented me exceptionally well. The old home owners were left feeling well respected too. Darlene is my first choice and I can highly recommend her realtor service. She is professional, immensely respectful and exceptionally diligent. 
Dr. Maria De Campos

Thank you so much Darlene for finding me just the right house for me. Darlene showed me several houses until the right one finally came on the market, she got me in to see it immediately she knew it was exactly what I was looking for. Darlene & Ron are wonderful people and they really care about their clients. I would recommend them to anyone that is buying or selling there home in the Fruitvale, Trail area. Thanks again for letting me use your trailer to move it made it so much easier
Delanie Decembrini

Darlene and Ron found us a house via the internet and we are thrilled. Driving from Ontario to our beautiful new home in Fruitvale. They made it easy! Thank you for helping us retire! We would recommend both Darlene and Ron to anyone! Cheers!

Judy and Clayt Davis

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Darlene is absolutely amazing to have walk through your home with you! She is honest and upfront. Very lovely person to talk to. Highly recommended!!!

Nikki Kuffert

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I would highly recommend Darlene and Ron if you want your house to sell!
They are very professional and knowledgeable and work hard to get it sold. They promoted my place well, advertising it a lot. They are very respectable when showing it, they always gave us good notice and let us know how each showing went which I appreciated. I would hire them again!

Brenda and Shane Poirier

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I would highly recommend Darlene and Ron. They worked together diligently to help us buy and sell our home quickly and smoothly. They kept our listing active with showings until it sold! THANK YOU!

Janet Kucher

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I would like to thank Darlene and her husband for going all out and out of the way to always please me and for being there for me no matter what day or time. Darlene managed to somehow break her own schedule whenever I needed someone to talk to. She made time to comfort me even for a moment. It was really comforting throughout the entire process from the listing of my house to now, which lead to the successful sale of my home. I am very pleased and would recommend their services to anyone who asks me who to go to sell their home!! Darlene and Ron already established trusted years of expertise and experience in the real estate business. They were honest with me which in today's world is very hard to find because we all know, lets face it, that most are out to make whatever they can on your dime, but not this couple. They know that their reputation has not come this far for the very reason they earn and achieved so many awards for being the best real estate agents in the Kootenays. I love you and thank you for making this happen.. God bless. Trust, honesty, and dedication to both the buyer and the seller. Now I know first hand.

Catherine Manna

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We had such a wonderful experience with Darlene and Ron. Not only did they negotiate the purchase of our dream home but also sold our current home in record time. Darlene and Ron have a completely realistic view of the local market and understand thoroughly what it takes to sell a home. We are so happy we both listed and bought through the Home Team! Thank you both!

Sarah Benson

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Ron and Darlene worked with us to both sell our house and purchase a new home. I cannot say enough about the lengths they both went through to make sure we got the place of our dreams! This team is extremely hard working, kind and considerate. They have bent over backwards so many times to accommodate us in any of our needs! Being new to town we chose to work with them after noticing how many listings they have in the area.. We wanted to work with the best and they are! I cou
ldn't ask for anything more in a realtor. My parents have also worked with them to find a completely different style of home and had the same great experience as we did. I would reccomend them to anyone I know and would definitely jump at the chance to work with them again in future. However that most likely will never be the case because after all of their dedication we have our forever home! A million thank you's to Ron and Darlene for making such a significant and sometimes stressful experience so easy, straightforward and enjoyable!

Ashley Vance

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Very knowledgeable and helpful, friendly atmosphere and no pressure to buy before you've found "the one". Ron found us exactly what we were looking for, and went out of his way to make the sale work for us because we had a vacation across the ocean planned for right around when the home popped on the market. Would highly recommend to anyone.

Cole Hornseth

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We recently bought a house from Ron and sold a house though Darlene. Thank-you ever so much for making our life altering experience memorable.With your experience, many contacts and helpful advice you made our exhausting experience transaction easy.. Continued Good Luck to you both . With great respect and appreciation thank-you from Lynn & Joyce

Lynn and Joyce

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Ron and I can't say enough about the professional and personal best Ron and Darlene put into selling our Fruitvale home and finding us that perfect new place to call our own. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. It's been an absolute pleasure working with you both!

Ron and Tammi Clarke

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Rob and I want to thank you Darlene for all your work on finding us just the right home - we are so excited to move in! Thank you also for your professional advice and guidance in selling out home. We put out complete trust in you and it paid off, you sold our home before the sign even went up. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have met both you and Ron - you two are fabulous - making this experience a fun and memorable one. Thanks again and good luck in your new venture together - you two are such a great team - nothing but success in your future!!!!!

Donna Ferguson

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We recently bought a house and dealt mostly with Darlene. She was incredibly helpful and accommodating! She understood what we were looking for and found us our perfect home. I will definitely be contacting Darlene and Ron next time we move 

Katie Storvold

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Darlene and Ron and their behind the scene people worked really really hard to get us in a home. You are all great professionals. Thanks for the commitment to my family!!

Sabrina Cardinal

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"Just a small thank you for all your help in finding us our perfect new house and your hard work in helping us sell our place in Trail."

Darcy and Shelley Muir

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"Having used a realtor to buy or sell properties more than ten times during the past decade, I will say Darlene stands out in a number of ways.  Darlene was honest, knowledgeable, accommodating and I did not in any way feel pressure to buy the first house I visited.  All of this aside, my greatest frustration with realtors in the past was lack of urgency as these transactions are life changing.  With Darlene, I was never stuck, stressed awaiting a reply; she replied to all phone calls, emails and/or texts in a very timely manner.  I would, without hesitation, recommend Darlene as a realtor."

Chris Hallborg, CPA, CGA

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"Thank you for all the patience and care you gave throughout the past ten and a half months helping us sell our home, then selling Dave's place and helping us find a home for us.  Darlene, thank you for taking the time to talk to us about your grief - meant a lot to us.  Please thank your secretary for always been so cheery and helpful - faxing for us and giving us any information when needed!  Thanks for everything!"

Shari & Verne

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"Thank you for the amazing job you did in marketing and selling our Ross Spur property.  We really appreciate how you went above and beyond in dealing with all the closing details while we were in Mexico."

The March Family

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"I would absolutley recommend Darlene and Ron to help with buying and selling your home. Darlene provided fantastic service. She listened, was open, friendly and especially honest. She found me the perfect house! Exactly what I wanted! We have worked together in the past and would work with her again!" 

Tammy Robson

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"Ron and Darlene provided excellent service and advice in the selling of my home. It sold in a reasonable amount of time and everything was handled with care and professionalism. I would highly recommend this team to help you in your real estate needs." 

R. Moores

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"Darlene and company were recommended to us by a realtor in our area. And we couldn't have  been directed to a better team! Darlene quickly understood our needs and helped us find the perfect place. She helped us connect with the people and services we needed to complete our purchase quickly and efficiently. And all of that with a warm smile! She was always available to answer our many questions and help solve any concerns we had. In all our moves, I can truthfully say buying a house with her was as stress free as this transaction can be! Thank you Darlene and your team."

C and J Aitken

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"We wanted to thank you for all your help during our home purchase, we couldn't have done it without you! Your advice, compassion and availability made the process very easy for us. You will be our first choice if we ever wanted to recommend a real estate agent to anyone."

Nina & Farzad

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"We have used Ron and Darlene twice, the first time was to sell our house and they did a fantastic job!  They were quick to get the ball rolling and had everything set in place  to have it on the market and our house sold within 3 months.  We also went to them to buy a house and once again they were on the ball with finding us the right home. They met all our needs and gave their honest opinions and advice. They are truly genuine people who care and on top of being very knowledgable and organized it made our experience wonderful. I would highly reccommend them in either selling or buying a home." 


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"This was our first time using a Realtor for purchasing and selling and what a hassle-free and easy experience it was.  Darlene found us our “Dream Home” with help of their amazing video which is posted on YouTube and Facebook.  Their video’s are one-of-a-kind, well put together and great advertising.  We left on vacation the day before our house went on the market.  Darlene and Ron knew exactly who would want our house and sold it the first day.  They sent all the paperwork via email while we were out of town and was always in constant contact throughout the entire process. Having access to their moving trailer sped up the moving process.  Thank you Ron for dropping it off at our house the day before and then coming back to move it on moving day.  I can’t say enough good things about this team – Ron, Darlene and Lisa.  Thank you so much for getting us into the house of our dreams-we love it!"

Kelly and Chris Walker

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"Your dedication and hard work ethics, are to be admired.  You sold our house and helped us purchase a new one, all within 5 months.  Your Reality is one of a kind, no matter what questions or requests we gave you, you always followed through.  Your honesty and accountability was far beyod what we expected. We highly recommend your Reality, Darlene and Ron you are the best!"  

Rae and Fran Lefoley

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"Darlene found me the perfect home. The transaction was smooth with a quick possession. She did an excellent job.  I would highly recommend Darlene to my Family and Friends."

Cora Lee Adshead 

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"Working with Darlene and Ron we found them to be very knowledgeable, good communicators and loyal to both parties involved. We are very happy to say after all said and done, we have gained friends along the way and they are just a text away. We highly recommend their expertise."

Rose and Bob Whitlock 

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"Ron and Darlene, thank you both for your commitment to sell our house and with such fast results.  We really appreciate all your support, including answering many, many texts."

Gerry & Eileen MacLeod

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"Buying my house was as stress free of an experience as possible with Ron and Dar...they both answered all my questions, and made sure I had all the right people working for me (home inspector, mortgage broker). They found the perfect house for me :}"

Lisa Keech

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"Where do I start?! I can't say enough about the job that these two did for us in finding a home and selling ours! It was as stress free as could possibly be and the knowledge that they have is second to none. There wasn't a question we had that they were unable to answer. They were in constant contact with my husband and I and I felt like they never stopped working for us. They went above and beyond as far as services go by offering their moving trailer, which made our move simple and quick! 
The video and billboard were amazing and played a huge roll in selling our home quickly. Ron and Darlene are genuine, determined and knowledgeable and I would recommend them to anyone again and again!"

Kirsten Den Biesen 

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"Well you guys are not only great people, you are awesome real estate agents. No matter what, you only had our best intentions. Once we found the home we loved you still made sure it was a good fit for us and made sure we knew everything we needed to know about it before buying it. Without you guys we never would have been able to buy our first home. We came into this knowing nothing and because of you guys we gained a lot of knowledge and bought an amazing home. 
I would recommend you to everyone I know because no one can do a better job than you both. Thanks Ron and Darlene"

Shaelynn Mawson and Stephen Weinrauch

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"Our experience with Darlene and Ron was a very positive one. During the first showing of the house, Darlene presented herself as a professional. Darlene was able to answer all of our questions and concerns to the best of her ability in a very professional manner. If there was something positive about the house, Darlene was quick to point it out to us. If there was something negative about the house, Darlene was able to inform us about the issue and provided us with steps on how to resolve it. As first time home owners this was very valuable to us as we were not always keen on what to look for within the house.Furthermore, when presented with the paperwork Darlene and Ron were extremely thorough and were able to walk us through each step accurately and efficiently. Darlene and Ron also went out of their way to provide us with some helpful facts about purchasing a house; specifically what types of questions to ask our bank. We were able to set up an account that is dedicated to the payments for our house.I would highly recommend Darlene and Ron as a realtor for anyone who is interested in finding the right house.We could not be happier with our newly acquired home!Our experience with Darlene and Ron was a very positive one. During the first showing of the house, Darlene presented herself as a professional. Darlene was able to answer all of our questions and concerns to the best of her ability in a very professional manner. If there was something positive about the house, Darlene was quick to point it out to us. If there was something negative about the house, Darlene was able to inform us about the issue and provided us with steps on how to resolve it. As first time home owners this was very valuable to us as we were not always keen on what to look for within the house.  Furthermore, when presented with the paperwork Darlene and Ron were extremely thorough and were able to walk us through each step accurately and efficiently. Darlene and Ron also went out of their way to provide us with some helpful facts about purchasing a house; specifically what types of questions to ask our bank. We were able to set up an account that is dedicated to the payments for our house.I would highly recommend Darlene and Ron as a realtor for anyone who is interested in finding the right house.We could not be happier with our newly acquired home!"

Brady & Becky

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"5 star! Thank you Ron and Darlene for going that extra mile and selling our home. You guys are hard working, thoughtful, and caring.
You're the best."

Denise Deadmarsh

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"From the time we started dealing with Ron and Darlene, I felt like I'd known them for a long time. It was very easy talking to them and relating our home selling needs. They worked hard and presented our home on their sites beautifully. The girls in the office were very helpful each time we walked thru their doors. I would recommend The Home Team for anyone who wants to buy or sell a home. Thanks for everything you did for us and all the best in the future!!"

Dave and Belle Norman

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"Thank you for your all your assistance in the sale of our home. Your caring and professionalism go above and beyond. You were dependable and knowledgeable every step of the way. Can't thank you enough!"

Mr. & Mrs. N

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"What others couldn't do in years, the HomeTeam did in less than a month.  Thank you for being Frank with a "tells it as it is" approach. The HomeTeam was reputable and interested in getting the job done with a great approach for advertising our property.  Thank you."

Mr. & Mrs. B

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"I want to say thank you to you and Ron, we couldn't be happier with the services you provided.  It has been a pleasure dealing with true professionals in selling moms house.  You have made this part of our lives so much easier and we couldn't have done it without you.  We will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone we know as you are a fantastic team that is second to none."


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"Patrick and I would just like to thank Ron and Darlene for all their help in our home search. Their dedication and patience is very much appreciated! From beginning to end, they have been available and helpful to us."

Patrick and Summer

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