Mark Lester

Senior Vice President | Unique Properties | Personal Real Estate Corporation

Greater Vancouver Area
200 Granville Street, 19th Floor
Vancouver, BC V6C 2R6
+1 604 692 1409
1 604-880-7874
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Personal Real Estate Corporation

Mark Lester is a 25 year veteran of the real estate brokerage business in Western Canada with a particular emphasis on unique real estate brokerage. Mark and his team are widely recognized as one of North America’s foremost experts in the marketing of “unique” real estate assets including:

• Private Islands and waterfront estates;

• Resorts and other commercial recreational income properties;

• Forestry, rural and corporate resource lands;

• Land and development properties;

• Ranches and agricultural lands; and

• Distressed properties and specialized assets.

Mark’s approach has always been to identify and highlight the “unique” attributes of any given property and provide a customized marketing approach based on the professional, consultative process that each property deserves. Our in-house expertise in land-use planning, financial analysis and process driven marketing results in an approach that utilizes strategic positioning to maximize competition and add value to a sale process.

Mark is the founder and group leader of the Unique Properties Group at Colliers International in Vancouver British Columbia. Mark re-joined Colliers in January 2016 after exploring alternatives to his business elsewhere. Prior to that, Mark was with Colliers International for 20 years and built a strong business focused primarily on unique real estate assets in Western Canada, but also in locations such as the South Pacific and the Caribbean.

The cornerstone of the Unique Properties business model is a consultative approach that examines the value attributes and utility of a particular property in order to best be able to tailor a strategic marketing approach designed to position a particular property for a timely sale.

Another feature of the Unique Properties Group's approach is that it works collectively, as a team, towards the success of every assignment. To this end, Mark brought together a team of professionals that offers the consistent ability to customize an innovative marketing program that is unique to each asset we represent. Strategic marketing requires an informed approach to the asset being marketed.

Finally, the Unique Properties Group excels in the execution of transparent and broadly based marketing campaigns. Whether it it a high profile asset that demands international exposure to high-net-worth prospects, a Court Ordered Sale process that demands consistent marketing and meticulous reporting, or a development site that requires a detailed pro-forma analysis, our team has the experience and skills to exceed expectations.


Mark has been involved in the sale of numerous unique properties in British Columbia and internationally. Some of Mar's more prominant sales include:

  • The Douglas Lake Ranch, Nicola Valley British Columbia
  • Mago Island, Fiji
  • Seebe Lands, Southern Alberta
  • Pope and Talbot Portfolio (Forestry and Recreational Lands) West Kootenays, British Columbia
  • Westen Forest Products forestry portfolio, Vancouver Island British Columbia
  • Over 15 private islands in British Columbia
  • Numerous Court Ordered Sales
  • Several ski resorts
  • Several marinas


Bachelor of Arts (Geography), University of British Columbia

Master's of Environmental Studies (Urban Planning and Development), York University

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Brokerage: Landlord Representation, Brokerage: Tenant Representation

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