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 Realty | Your Shuswap Realtor



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.

Desmond Arens Realty | Your Shuswap Realtor


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.


“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

“Desmond did a fantastic job selling our home and he sold it quickly. We were able to get the price we wanted and everything was handled by Des in such a way that we felt well taken care of. Des was very receptive to our needs and had an excellent view of the market and its trends. Des was always available to answer our questions and was always on top of what needed to be done. He was a true professional and we would not only use Des again in the future, but have and will recommend him to others. Thanks Des!”

– J Tracey

“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. and J. Schuchter

“Making a life changing move to the Shuswap was no easy feat to accomplish. Making our way into the local area realty office we were introduced to Desmond. From our first day we had the opportunity to view a property and in this first meeting we chatted and learned much about the area from Desmond.

We had to make a few more trips back to the area before we saw the home that caught our eye. Desmond was a huge help to us acting like our eyes and ears. Without the ability to view homes Desmond went out and took virtual tours for us to view online, and set up inspections and catered to all our inquires. It was truly great having him on our team. Working together was seamless, professional and informative. We would have never been able to make this change in lifestyle without the help of Desmond.”

– Lisa and Mike Adamski