Okanagan Farms

About Us

Jerry Geen's great grandfather, Charles Howard Geen, first purchased large orchard holdings in Kelowna's Ellison area in 1904. He was heavily involved in the creation of the area's first irrigation systems, as well as the construction of the dam at Geen Lakes, part of the Postill Lake chain. With a long and rich agricultural heritage in Kelowna, the Geen Family is proud to have been consistently involved in the Okanagan Valley's farming industry for more than a century.

Jerry Geen Personal Real Estate Corporation

Jerry was enjoying a life as a successful professional photographer when he decided that he was ready to embark on a new challenge. Given his analytical skills, professionalism, and ability to connect with others, real estate seemed like a perfect fit.

Born and raised into a farming family in the Okanagan, Jerry felt that he would be well-suited to a real estate career that specialized in farms, acreages, and agircultural properties. Thus, after completing his in-depth training, Jerry began his real estate career with RE/MAX Kelowna in March of 2003.

Over the past decade, Jerry's commitment to his clients and the Real Estate profession have earned him the prestigious RE/MAX Platinum Award three times; in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Due to his exceptionally high sales volume, Jerry was also inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame in February 2009.

With an expert knowledge of the Okanagan real estate market, including residential properties, farms, and acreages, Jerry has been consistently ranking among RE/MAX Kelowna's Top 5 Sales Associates for productivity – he was ranked #2 for 2012. Jerry is just the type of Realtor that you want on your side when it comes time to buy or sell property.

Jerry's experience as an award-winning professional photographer enable him to photograph and market your property, highlighting its best features both online and through traditional print marketing. This is yet another example of Jerry's diverse and skilled expertise that combine for the benefit of Jerry's clients. Jerry is committed to helping his clients and looks forward to many more successful years in the Okanagan Real Estate industry.

Jerry is a member of the following associations:
Canadian Real Estate Association
British Columbia Real Estate Board
Okangan Mainline Real Estate Board
Contact Jerry Geen about your real estate needs.

Elya Byrne Personal Real Estate Corporation

After exploring a formal education in journalism with UBC-O and Kwantlen UC and her subsequent move into business, Elya decided to try her hand at real estate. That was back in 2007 and Elya has been thriving with RE/MAX ever since. Inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame in 2015, Elya’s passion for real estate continues grow.

Elya is a third generation Lake Country resident but she actually began her career in Nanaimo BC. After taking on the position of sales administrator for a new Nanaimo development, it became clear that Elya had a real flair for real estate and a significant set of skills to transfer over from her previous endeavours. By the time the development was off to a good start, she was licensed and working as an independent Realtor® with the leading Nanaimo brokerage RE/MAX of Nanaimo, and shortly thereafter as a very busy Buyer’s agent with the Charlie Parker Team. At the end of her first year licensed, she had a wealth of knowledge & experience in all facets of the market and dozens of sales under her belt.

Considering Elya was born and raised in the Okanagan, it didn’t take long before the warm summers called her back from Vancouver Island, and she has since been working for the central Okanagan’s leading brokerage RE/MAX Kelowna. Since beginning her career with RE/MAX, her passion for the business and high standard of client care has only continued to grow. She continues to help clients referred to her by her RE/MAX associates on the Island and beyond relocate to the Okanagan.

Although independent for many years with RE/MAX Kelowna, Elya has been working closely with Jerry since 2012. ‘Geen+Byrne Real Estate Team’ became official in 2015 and Elya has never looked back! Like the Geen family, Elya shares a family history in farming and the real estate business in the Okanagan. Together Jerry and Elya continue to provide an authority on residential, acreage, and agricultural real estate in the area.

Elya takes great pride in her commitment to a higher level of service. She provides systematic, easy to understand advice that ensures her clients get the best service while they achieve their real estate goals. People driven, people first... Elya understands that the timing of real estate is driven by the needs of her clients, not by the clock. She guides clients through the process from start to finish.

"I help many clients at different life stages with a variety of transactions, from buying their first condo to purchasing their dream acreage, and I am confident that my comprehensive care gives my clients more support during this important transaction. My clients quickly feel at ease while making one of the largest financial investments of their lives." ~ Elya Byrne

Elya is a member of the following associations:
Canadian Real Estate Association
British Columbia Real Estate Board
Okangan Mainline Real Estate Board
Contact Elya Byrne about your real estate needs.

Gerald Geen

Gerald is a resident orchardist and one of Kelowna's most qualified and knowledgeable experts in agricultural property and small acreages. Though “retired” from the hectic life of a licensed Realtor, Gerald still acts as a consultant for Geen + Byrne, providing his wisdom to Geen + Byrne clients.

  • Licensed REALTOR® from 1992 to 2009; RE/MAX Hall of Fame and Platinum Club Member
  • Past-president (7 years) of the 1500-member BC Fruit Growers Association; honoured with Life Membership in 1993
  • Member of Bank of Montreal’s Western Canada Agricultural Advisory Committee
  • Member of BC Institute of Agrologists and the Agricultural Institute of Canada
  • Highly-respected Kelowna Secondary School teacher for 16 years

Geen + Byrne'#39;s history, knowledge, and experience in the Okanagan's agricultural real estate can help you to buy or sell your property. Contact us today and see what we can do for you.