Max Pagani has had the good fortune of winding up two 20-year career chapters and is looking forward to what the future brings.
His early career as a restaurateur began in 1983 as executive chef at Destiny Bay Resort in Boswell, BC. For the next 20 years, Max operated several restaurants, cafés and catering companies around BC, including in the qathet region.
Switching gears in May 2001, he received licensure as a Realtor and joined the team at Royal Lepage, formerly known as Vogl Agencies. Fast forward 20 years and Max has joined forces with four other agents to bring a new real estate option to the community.
“460 Realty is a BC-owned company and boasts a team of experienced real estate agents providing expert advice and guidance for residents of the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island,” says Max. “The new Powell River location opened its doors January 1, 2021, at the Crossroads Village on Alberni Street.”
A child of Italian immigrants, Max grew up in Wildwood, where many other Italian families settled following World War II, and shares his memories of living the “organic” life before it became the movement it is today.
“My parents gardened and preserved almost everything the family ate,” he says.
Max’s father survived seven years as a prisoner of war, working on farms in Libya between 1939 to 1946. He believes his father’s experience created a lifelong desire to live sustainably and take care of the land that created food for his family.
“To this day, at the right time each autumn, a stroll down Sutherland Avenue can end with a bite from a juicy pear, picked from the same tree pruned and nourished by my parents all those years ago,” he adds.
Max says the real estate industry has changed tremendously since he started in 2001. All transactions at 460 Realty are completed following the highest of professional industry standards with streamlined and efficient practices that eliminate challenges and barriers for clients, whether buying or selling properties, he adds.
“I used to keep a three-ringed binder with all of the local listings.” recalls Max. “I even kept my client contact list in a Rolodex.”
How people search for homes has also changed. Max says he understands the “virtual” front door is as important as the physical one, if not more so.
“At 460 Realty, professional quality photography, videography and 3D tours are invested into each listing, giving both sellers and buyers the best opportunity to view all new listings,” he adds, while acknowledging the high quality of support available at his new office, including marketing, administrative and in-house lending brokerage services.
“My colleagues and I strive to provide excellent service to every client, with integrity and respect,” explains Max. “I know our market well. I have helped clients reach their goals during the highs and the lows of our economy.”
Max says he understands getting into the real estate market can be a significant challenge for many.
“Clients can attest to my high degree of work ethic and patience while supporting them through real estate transactions,” he adds. “Every individual I have the privilege of working with comes with their own story, and their own hopes and dreams.”
Max says he is always genuine in his intention to understand his clients’ needs, and proves to be resourceful and creative when necessary.
“I live it, love it, and sell it” has been his slogan for many years, but he acknowledges his privilege to work and enjoy living on the traditional territory of Tla’amin Nation.
“I am reminded every day how beautiful this area is, and how much it has to offer. I am hopeful for others trying to establish themselves here, and committed to helping clients achieve home ownership.”
Max is kept busy by the excitement of raising teenagers with his wife Monica; the family enjoys everything outdoors. Some might also know Max as the mandolin player with local bluegrass band Scout Mountain. He can be spotted at the local farmers’ market and other venues around town.
During winter, Max still finds time to lace up skates and hit the ice with River Rats Hockey Club teammates.
“I thank everyone, from colleagues past and present, and to all of the clients I have had the privilege of working with,” he reflects. “It’s the people I have met along the way who make my job so enjoyable and interesting.”Max invites anyone interested in buying or selling a home or property to reach out by phone at 604.414.8829 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. His website is maxpagani.com.