When we help match people to their ideal property, it’s like putting the last piece of a puzzle in place. What a satisfying and worthwhile feeling of accomplishment! The Shuswap is the place where all our pieces came together and we have raised our children here in a community that cares.

We would love to help you find the place you fit perfectly, too.



Desmond Arens grew up in Kamloops and spent years working on a ranch at Pritchard. After some time in Ontario getting married, starting a family and then earning his Accreditation in Recreation Leadership from Conestoga College, as well as completing the Ontario Management Development Program, he moved his growing family to the Shuswap, settling in historic Notch Hill.

Here he and his wife, Susan, raised their three children while he worked for 15 years as General Manager for his family’s business. Sensing that the time was right for a change, Desmond completed his Real Estate Trading Licensing through UBC’s Sauder School of Business and he now uses his extensive knowledge of the Thompson – Shuswap – Okanagan region to assist both buyers and sellers in achieving their Real Estate goals.


Unlicensed Assistant

Susan (Spencer) Arens hails from southern Ontario and earned her B.A. in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. She and Desmond have raised three children (each of whom she home-schooled from 3 to 6 years) and are now proud grand-parents.

Her work experience ranges from Office Manager, to Residential Counsellor, to Retail Sales, to Farmer and many places in between, while her volunteer experience includes the Royal Canadian Air Cadets 222 Shuswap Squadron, 4-H Clubs and Church Music Department Head, Singer and Musician.

She was delighted when Desmond proposed hiring her as his assistant, and has since taken training at the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board. She enjoys keeping the office organized and searching listings for the ideal properties for Desmond’s clients.


“Desmond represented us as our REALTOR® and graciously helped us step by step through the process of both purchasing and selling. He helped us to feel relaxed and was considerate of our schedules. We would highly recommend him as a REALTOR®.”

– C & S Hylands

“It was a pleasure having Desmond and Susan Arens as our REALTOR® and his assistant. They honestly cared that we got the home we really wanted and were patient in showing us a number of places until we found the right one. They answered our texts/emails quickly and were extremely flexible with meeting to show us homes, sign documents, etc. Desmond fought for us right to the last minute (literally) to get the mortgage to go through and picked up the keys so that we could take possession on the given date. We would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone looking for a home!”

– T & P Kiriaka

“Never in all our dealing with real estate and the brokers in that field, have we received the service and professionalism displayed by you and your lovely assistant. Everything went like clockwork and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. Thank you once again for your personalized service and expertise.”

– Nico & Donna van Vliet

“Desmond and Susan Arens have helped me a great deal on my path to becoming a first time homebuyer. My transition from Chilliwack to Blind Bay with them has been seamless. I felt my thoughts and feelings about what I was looking for were respected and treated with the most ideal attention. Without a doubt I was comfortable with the two of them on our various trips to houses that we both found online. I’ve now been happily living in my new house for several months and still been having excellent service while communicating back and forth from time to time. They’ve helped my parents and grandparents move up to the Shuswap as well and we are all very, very satisfied with our individual results! Because of that, Desmond and Susan have quickly become family friends to all of us! And I couldn’t imagine a better duo to help you find your new home!”

– J. Hetland

“Home sweet home!  A huge thank you to Desmond and Susan Arens of Fair Realty for all their help in getting us here. Desmond is an awesome REALTOR®; very professional in the selling of our old home and the purchase of our new home. All questions whether big or small were always answered to our satisfaction. If you have a home you want to buy or sell, call Desmond at Fair Realty in Sorrento.”

– G & P Boden

“We would like to say that Desmond Arens is committed both to his clients’ comfort and satisfaction. With his knowledge in the Shuswap and area and what his clients’ needs are, we would highly recommend Desmond Arens to anyone looking for either a recreational, seasonal, or a place to retire! Desmond helped us both in buying and selling of our home. Thank you Desmond!”

– Mihut Family

“Desmond went above and beyond in helping my husband and I find a suitable house to start our family. I was several months pregnant while we were house shopping, and my husband was at home with a broken ankle. Desmond even went so far as to pick us up and drive us all over the region, showing us houses from Enderby to Sorrento. He was patient and understanding (as my husband is a carpenter, and therefore VERY particular when it comes to buying a house) and always showed us places with no pressure. He wanted to make sure we would be completely happy with our purchase. When we finally found our home, he got us a good deal, even avoiding what could have been a very costly bidding war. Desmond has proven to be knowledgeable and trustworthy. We will definitely be using him in the future for any of our real estate needs.”

– K & B Flackman

“We had a wonderful experience with Desmond. Desmond was not agressive, very professional, and got us the property we were looking for! He was very informative, trustful and accurate. We would choose Desmond again for our REALTOR®!!”

– R & J Schuchter