The Garman Team
Victoria is our home, Real Estate is our business.
Scott Garman :
With 17 years of experience in real estate, finance, banking, accounting, legal contracts, and marketing, I seamlessly navigate my clients through the complexities and nuances of their real estate transactions.
I was born and raised in our beautiful city of Victoria. After graduating from the University of Victoria in 1995 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with distinction), I relocated to Vancouver to start my professional career. I articled for my Chartered Accounting designation with KPMG, receiving my CA in 1998 (member from '98-'13). As the Tax Manager for KPMG’s Vancouver Tax Practice, I gained invaluable experience managing and growing corporate assets and related individuals’ wealth. I subsequently joined on with a client as Controller in 2000, moving on to become the Vice President, Finance with an international franchising and real estate development company in 2005. It was with this billion-dollar enterprise that I honed my real estate, finance and marketing skills. During this time, I also received my Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University. In 2008, I obtained my Residential Real Estate License and relocated back to Victoria to be closer to family.
I enjoy being a Board Member of the Greater Victoria Housing Society, a leader in the development and provision of high quality affordable rental housing in Victoria. I also enjoy being a Member of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and the Victoria Entrepreneurial Club.
When I'm not focused on my clients or my community, I cherish spending time with my two beautiful daughters, Scotia and Siena.
Mike Garman :
I am a second generation Victoria native with a real passion and love for this city. I began exploring Victoria on my bicycle at age 11 with neighborhood friends. This kindled a passion towards cycling that resonates until today. I concluded a decade of competitive cycling living and racing in France and surrounding areas of Europe. This was an experience that I will always be grateful for.
When I decided to shift focus, I took the discipline and dedication from cycling and applied it to construction. I started my own residential/commercial painting business, and after taking that to the level of success I wanted, I transitioned into residential general contracting. The scope of work was anything from a bathroom renovation up to a complete home build. Over the years, I refined my craft to offer an exceptional finished product delivered with excellent customer care. I am very proud to say that a substantial amount of my work over those 16 years was through referrals. My extensive knowledge of design, construction and local building codes provides added value to both Buyers and Sellers.
In my spare time I enjoy hiking and the outdoors. I have enjoyed traveling to many different parts of the world including Kenya and Israel to visit family. And of course you will find me out on the open road riding my bike.
Michelle is a licensed Real Estate Advisor and the Executive Assistant for the Garman Group, as well as a 3rd generation "Vancouver Islander".
With her previous experience as a Teacher, Veterinary Nurse and Hospital Training Manager, Michelle has gained a unique understanding of what it takes to achieve the highest standard of client care & communication through each step of the real estate process. When it comes to making educated decisions about buying or selling real estate, the simplicity, clarity and ease of process are of great importance before, during and after the real estate transaction has occurred. Trust and integrity are attributes Michelle carries in life and in all real estate transactions.
Michelle has a deep rooted passion for all aspects of local real estate, reflected in the fact that she is a proud homebuilder, homeowner, landlady & advocate for Vancouver Island Heritage Home preservation, affordable housing & pet-friendly accommodations.
Michelle lives an active outdoor lifestyle with her partner Patrick & rowdy rescue dogs by her side. Michelle is a long-time volunteer with The Victoria Pet Adoption Society & is passionate about matching animals & their humans with the ideal living situation.