Our goal is to make the process of buying, selling, or owning a home efficient, enjoyable and rewarding for you. Here are what some of Jane's clients have said about her real estate services. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us a little better and we look forward to doing the same. ~ Briar Hill Group
“We’d like to express our thanks and appreciation to Jane Johnston. Besides keeping us laughing and calm, Jane was a pillar of patience as we dragged her all over the Saanich Peninsula. Having renovated so much for herself, she is able to see problems and fixes that the rest of us don’t notice. Her sage advice kept us from making mistakes and in the end, we got a beautiful home in the perfect neighbourhood.
Thank you Jane. It was more than a pleasure working with you! I hope we do it again!”
Cynthia and Diran ~ Fairfield
“Jane was recommended to us through a mutual friend when we were looking to move. She helped us purchase a beautiful home in our preferred neighbourhood in a highly competitive market. And then brilliantly managed the sale of our existing home in one day!
Jane was candid, provided great feedback, and helped explain clearly all of the details. In addition, she was extremely responsive to every one of our questions, no matter how small. Jane’s positive and vibrant personality made the process extremely enjoyable. We would highly recommend Jane when buying or selling your next property."
Tim and Holly ~ Colwood
“Jane has been a trusted realtor for my family for a few years now, and she continues to live up to expectations every time we work with her. This time around Jane helped me sell my property for above asking within the projected timelines, and to navigate the nuances related to selling a tenant-occupied unit. I have complete confidence in Jane's understanding of the market, her ability to achieve the goals she sets, and her reliability in providing expert advice on all aspects of real estate. Jane Johnston will always be my go to realtor for the Victoria real estate market. Thank you again Jane.”
Angela ~ Victoria
“Coming from North Vancouver, so glad I got referred to you! It took a couple years and a few property search changes to nail down the right property!
Working with you from a distance was so easy, your expertise and incredible knowledge of real estate and Victoria properties is limitless! All the zoom showings during a heat wave, so appreciated! Meeting you in person today was a
Yes, over the moon excited we got in and made a great deal when we did! Thank you”
Sue ~Downtown Victoria
"When my husband's new job moved us from Toronto to Victoria we were fortunate to have a family friend recommend we contact Jane for our real estate needs. Jane was fabulous and a joy to work with, first over the phone and then email, finally culminating in an in-person whirlwind house hunting trip over Canada Day. Jane is very thorough and professional, and has deep insights into neighbourhoods, schools and communities that is invaluable to newer Victorians. We found our dream home and she helped us negotiate and walked us through the home-buying process from across the country. I wouldn't hesitate to refer Jane to anyone looking to make a move either to, or within, the Island."
January and Michael ~ Langford
“Working with Jane Johnston was an incredible experience! My cousin passed away in August of 2019 and my family asked me if I would be the estate administrator as I was the only family member in B.C. I was somewhat overwhelmed as he had been ill for a bit before he passed away and his house was a mess as he couldn't look after it. Jane Johnston was highly recommended by a Rotary friend of my wife.
I contacted Jane and she met me at the house and knew what I had to do to get it cleaned up and ready to sell and gave me a number of contacts who could help me. Unfortunately Covid-19 hit and suddenly I was in limbo as the courts shut down and the probate could not proceed. All through the lockdown Jane kept in touch to see what I needed and offered moral support at the expense of her own time and I will always be grateful for her encouragement and caring. Once the courts opened up again and I received the admin status I was able to get after the house and Jane gave me constant suggestions and support. Ultimately with Janes help I was able to sell the house for much more than I thought possible due to her knowledge of the markets and what buyers wanted. I can not thank Jane enough for the professionalism, patience and caring she exhibited during the 1.5 years it took to get the house ready and sold!!”
Mark Bell ~ View Royal
“It was a pleasure to work with Jane Johnston. We became aware of her work through her informative and engaging youtube videos. As new Victoria transplants from Toronto, we were delighted to know that she used to live where we're arriving from. She's warm, easy to communicate with and patiently matched our sense of urgency. We were lucky and able to secure our new home just a few days after starting our work together. We're so happy to start our new life on the island. Thank you, Jane and your awesome team, for such a pleasant time and successful deal!”
“We found Jane Johnston to be a superb realtor, all we could ask for, really. She is friendly and knowledgeable, answered all our questions, was always available to show us houses and answer our e-mails, is a hard worker, was extremely patient with us, and was extremely frank and forthright on what each house had to offer—or didn’t. Any prospective buyer or seller would be very fortunate to have her as their agent.”
Craig and Linda ~ Esquimalt
“Jane Johnston is a superior real estate agent and a pleasure to work with. Recently she listed my house and nurtured a very anxious person through the whole process. She also found me the perfect condo situated exactly where I longed to be. She had come to me highly recommended, and I could not have been happier with her attention to detail, her reminders of the myriad things necessary in selling and buying homes, her flexibility and her humour. Now if only she would help me in my sorting and packing, I would recommend her for sainthood!”
Ronnie ~ Victoria
“Jane Johnston is a delightful person to know. My husband and I are especially grateful for the calm, thoughtful, and patient guidance, which she brought to bear throughout the process of selling our house. Jane is insightful, kind; and a very experienced Real Estate Agent, Educator, and Sportswoman. Her sense of humour and gentle manner was a mighty helpful “de-stressor" especially to this anxious seller! Thank you, Jane!”
Olof and Elizabeth ~ Oak Bay
“Jane is an exceptional realtor who works with her clients proactively and professionally. She has been always there for us and ready to help all our needs when selling or buying a home. Her expertise in the real estate market combined with her listening abilities make her an extraordinary realtor. She has provided us with so much pertinent and important information, yet she has always been there to listen and patiently wait for us to make our own decisions. If anyone is looking for a dedicated, honest, and competent realtor, I would highly recommend Jane.”
Yoomi Kim ~ Langford
“Working with Jane was awesome. She is knowledgeable, professional, friendly and above all gives honest feedback on properties. When it came time to compete, she was a calming presence to help me navigate the path forward and secure the condo I really wanted. I will 100% use Jane again when it comes time and will be referring friends and family who are buying in the greater Victoria Area. Thank you Jane!”
Anthony McLachlan ~ Langford
“I want to thank Jane for all her help in getting us the right place in a very crazy market, during a very crazy time, and with a different set of “requirements”. She understood our needs and limitations and kept us on track over several weeks. Her patience is deeply appreciated.”
Haley and Cass ~ Langford
"My fiancé and I were so grateful for Jane’s mad negotiating skills and all of her hustling and work behind the scenes to get our home sold! While I was somewhat of an anxious seller, Jane was always there to talk me down and to answer my questions as we moved through the showing and selling process. She was professional, hard working and we were extremely pleased with the outcome. No hesitation in recommending Jane Johnston for your next home purchase or sale!”
Lori and Scott ~ Colwood
“Jane Johnston is one of the most personable and professional realtors I have ever worked with. She treats all her clients with the same patience and respect for individual needs whether the property is a small condo or an expensive house. Jane is all about what is best for you and always places people over profits. She goes the extra mile to make sure you get the home you are looking for and will patiently follow through with however many different viewings are needed to find it. When it is time for purchase, she is an excellent negotiator making sure you are paying what is reasonable for the home you have found. This woman is 5 star and I just can't say enough good things about her!”
Kathleen ~ Victoria
"Loved working with Jane and her team. She is highly knowledgeable of the local market and simply fun to work with. Very responsive and always had my best interest at heart. Would work with her again in a heartbeat. Thanks Jane!"
Nikola ~ Sooke
"How crazy that I list, sell and buy in less than a week!! Could not have gone more smoothly!! Except I could learn to breathe!! Lol!! Sleep would be nice too... but that’s for another day!! Thanks again Jane!! Appreciate you."
Heather ~ Victoria
“Jane was a treat! She made every showing informative and relaxed, answering questions easily and honestly, whether about this particular apartment or real estate in general.
Jane either answered whenever we called or called back immediately; she never kept us waiting and was willing to show us apartments at times that fit our schedule.
As first-time buyers we were well served by Jane's depth of experience as she guided us transparently through the process, making sure we understood everything that was happening. Jane also helped us find very competent professionals to serve on our side through it all. “
Dorina ~ Victoria
"In moving from Toronto to Victoria we left behind an established realtor- friendship of some fifteen years, and therefore a hard act to follow! Nevertheless, Jane rose to the challenge and exceeded our expectations. She quickly established herself as a 'trusted advisor' and eased us into the market with local insights and sage advice. She is patient and solicitous - and although she is clearly in-demand and busy - we always felt like her #1 priority. Carol and I would happily recommend Jane to anyone. Importantly, she's a genuine person and fun and easy to do business with."
Gavin and Carol
"We have really liked having Jane as our realtor. She is professional, and knowledgeable in what she does. Jane’s experience and calmness was so helpful and reassuring during the huge and stressful process of selling and buying a home. Jane was quick to respond to our inquiries, and she was very truthful in all her responses. We would definitely recommend Jane as a realtor to anyone looking to buy or sell their home.”
Simone and Michael ~ Saanich
"Jane was a huge help to Austin and I while looking for a condo. She made us feel like a priority. Any time we had a question, she would get back to us immediately. Being a first time home buyer can be a little intimidating, but Jane made the process very easy and stress free!"
Brandon and Austin ~ Langford
"I recommend Jane to anyone who wants a realtor who is knowledgeable, helpful, and dedicated to getting you exactly what you want. She is very professional, but also very friendly and personable. I’ve worked with quite a few realtors in my 20+ moves over my lifetime, and Jane is absolutely the best."
"All in all everything went well, a very quick job well done. Thanks for your help in my mom’s next step in life."
Brent ~ Langford
“Jane Johnston was amazing! She is very knowledgeable of Victoria and the real estate market. She is friendly, easy to deal with, and has your back when buying property. She makes sure your interests are protected. She took time to FaceTime me to show me the property when I couldn’t make the viewing. Jane is with you every step of the way. I enjoyed working with her and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an agent in the Victoria area.”
Laurel ~ Esquimalt
“Jane was referred to me be a friend and she was just amazing! When we were looking at different places, she was able to point out the pros and cons that I was missing because she paid attention to what I was looking for. Great experience, great realtor!”
Kyrle Symons ~ Esquimalt
“Jane was amazing to work with. Her advice and guidance directed us to excellent prospective properties in our neighbourhoods and price range. Her strong network supported us through the complexities of the sale process, from offer to inspection to closing. We were in good hands every step of the way.”
Julia and Jamaal ~ Victoria
“We can’t thank you enough Jane for helping us find the perfect home that checked all the boxes. Especially when we weren’t sure ourselves where we wanted to live. You are so efficient and enthusiastic and you guided us through all the steps. It was a total pleasure having you yet again as our real estate agent.”
Deb & Bill
“Working with Jane has been a real pleasure. She’s very prompt with her responses, encouraging when the chips were down, and open and honest in working through decisions with us. And her knowledge of the Victoria area is second to none! We’ve already recommended her to friends and colleagues.”
Jake & Adam ~ Langford
"We have known Jane for a number of years and know she acts with honesty and integrity in all aspects of her life. As our children’s coach we saw her outside of her professional role but when we sold our house and has her patiently help us buy our next house (nothing like the criteria we told her), we grew to appreciate Jane as a professional. I trust Jane and would recommend her to anyone who might need a little extra guidance. patience and trust from their realtor."
Jody and Joel
“Jane helped us sell our Oak Bay Home, and then again to buy our new Mill Bay home. Such an energetic professional, we will recommend Jane anytime.”
"My recent condo purchase was the 4th transaction I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jane on. The professionalism she and her team bring to every sale and purchase, especially during these challenging COVID times were well appreciated. I really feel like Jane takes the time to know her clients so she can not only help them find a home they’ll be happy in, but she helps build community around you. I hope to not move again for a long time but I know if I do, Jane will make sure I’m in good hands. Thanks for all you do!"
"We feel so lucky to have called Jane for help when we decided to move from our house into independent living. Jane listed and managed the sale of our home while we were in isolation because of Covid 19. She did this in two days for more than the asking price. We have advised all our friends of how much we appreciate her good sense, hard work and friendliness."
Bud and Faith
"Jane's approach is methodical, planned, and informational. She guides you through the steps in a measured way. We appreciated her useful suggestions and connections within our community to make the process smooth. We are happy to recommend Jane as anyone's realtor, especially first time home buyers such as ourselves."
Melody and Jason ~ Saanich East
"Jane worked with us to sell our condo in Victoria and also to purchase a lovely house in Oak Bay. She was a pleasure to work with and she made sure that all the details were handled to perfection."
Dan and Giselle ~ Victoria
“Jane has been absolutely wonderful with us. She came highly recommended by another Winnipeg expat and exceeded our friend’s glowing recommendation. We met Jane a year ago when, well aware we were scouting but not yet ready to buy, she took us to see numerous properties so that we could understand the neighbourhoods in which we were interested.
Jane was always available over the next 10 months to advise us immediately on any MLS listing that caught our attention.
We returned this January intending to buy, and Jane was very helpful in taking us to a range of condos; once we fell in love with a property, Jane and her team steered us through the bargaining and paperwork skillfully.
Jane knows the city —- easy enough to say, but she knows the history of buildings and properties so thoroughly, that in minutes of stepping through the door we understood why a price was so low or why a unit had gone unsold . Jane instantly spotted flaws or age or imminent need for repairs, she told us when a unit would get sunlight and just how bright or dark it would be.
We saw right away through Jane’s eyes what life would be like in each unit we visited.
She is personable, cheerful, thorough, and knowledgeable, and seemingly so tireless —- we now consider Jane a friend, and recommend her unreservedly.”
Nick & Lyn ~ Saanich West
“I have bought and sold across the province including Vancouver Island and my experiences with real estate agents have always been good. That said I can say Jane and her group have been in another league, where most agents are solid CFL players Jane has been all pro NFL! We found the exact home we wanted for my mom and had it signed, sealed and delivered within 24 hrs.”
Eric and Renee
"Big huge shout out to our friend and our realtor Jane Johnston who lead /carried us through a multiple offer and we won - to purchasing our new home this week!! And another amazing rock star in this deal was mortgage broker Jen Lowe who got us the best deal going. These ladies not only know their stuff- they go the extra mile for their clients. Thank you. Michelle & John
We started demoing the inside the minute we got the keys.. dusted off my ole tool belt - to frame this weekend!!!"
Michelle and John ~ Saanich East
"Thanks to Jane and her team for their ability to combine hard work & professionalism with a positive attitude. I will recommend the Briar Hill Group to anyone needing a realtor."
Rick ~ Victoria
"Working with Jane was a pleasure! As a newcomer to the city, she helped me navigate the market and identify the best home for me. She is professional, extremely responsive and knowledgeable. I would absolutely work with Jane again and highly recommend her!"
Christina ~ Colwood
“Jane Johnston has been incredible to work with! She has taught me so much about to complexities of real estate while still making it feel calm and simple. Jane has an incredible ability to understand what you need and provides that in a professional yet incredibly personal way. I truly felt like Jane knew what I was after and would do everything in her power to get that for me, and if you've met Jane you will know there isn't much that fall out of that scope. I am humbled by Janes work ethic, knowledge, and success and it was a privilege to work with and learn from her. Thank you Jane!”
Evan ~ Langford
"Thank you very much for being such a great real estate agent for us!
You pointed out all the things we needed to know, were very tuned in to what we were looking for. You helped us ensure that the seller fixed a few things that needed fixing and helped us negotiate a really good price for the property. I am both impressed and very pleased, re: your looking after us and your advice.
Frances and Easton ~ Sidney
"What can I say about working with Jane ... As a single father of a teenage daughter, I found that Jane really understood my housing needs - from location for ease of bus access, to a focus on safety and security, to a requirement for two bathrooms, to space enough to both share space and retain privacy. I found Jane very thorough, very flexible with my work schedule, and very discrete. With respect to discretion, Jane and I have a number of mutual friends and I was especially pleased to find that they heard about my housing journey from me and not from Jane. I would recommend Jane to anyone and I personally intend to utilize Jane's services should I ever be property searching again."
Reg ~ James Bay
"Such an exciting chapter in my life. I’m grateful that Jane was so detail orientated, and truly a motivated realtor who WORKS for me. She hustled and sent me videos, made for me, of places I was interested in to save me time. She kept me informed and communicated every step of the way. She is an outstanding professional, that I won’t hesitate to refer, or hire again! The entire process was seamless and stress free! I am so pleased with her services- she’s truly a champion in her field!"
Kris ~ Oak Bay
"Janes communication, expert advice and negotiating skills were a huge help in completing our land purchase! I would highly recommend Jane to anyone that is needing an expert realtor in the Greater Victoria area—in-fact I DO recommend Jane to everyone I know looking for a realtor! Thank you Jane for your help in purchasing our land to build our new home!"
The Lowe Family ~ Langford
"Jane was referred to us by close friends and immediately sprang to help us with our home buying project. Her customer service is beyond reproach, and she will respond quickly to anything asked of her - even while she's away on international business! On top of her optimistic approach and excellent knowledge of the market, Jane has cultivated a great network of professionals that really show her care and forethought in all the aspects of buying a home. We would not hesitate to recommend Jane Johnston to our closest friends and family."
Rhys & Heidi ~ Esquimalt
“These two were great about using technology to help me find my dream home from Ontario. By the time I met them in person they felt like longtime friends! I was supported every step of the way, and knew I was in good hands with their advice. The whole real estate process can be very emotional, but with Jane and Brock by my side, I must say, I have never felt so calm about a home-buying decision. These two will be my realtors for life ... as long as they will have me! :)”
Angela ~ Victoria
"I was really happy to be working with Jane because she’s so full of fun, she’s humorous but she’s professional at the same time. She was very attentive, helpful and responsive and considered my needs very well. It was really a joy and a pleasure to be working with Jane and I hope that our paths cross again sometime."
Tuula ~ Saanich West
"Jane is phenomenal! Not only did she help us find a home to meet our needs in our short time frame; she took on so many of the details that come with purchasing an older home. We would like to thank her for everything; above all else, our peace of mind."
Shelley & Paul ~ Colwood
“Newly arrived in Canada, we chose Jane Johnston based on an excellent recommendation – which is thoroughly deserved! Professionally, Jane is dedicated, knowledgeable and persistent, and guided us through the home purchase process with patience, grace and good humour! Proactive and generous with her time, her engaging personality, extensive network of like –minded contacts and positive energy is infectious. Helping us achieve a seamless transition and welcome to Canada was more than we could have expected, and covered much more than buying a house. I wouldn’t consider anyone else!”
The Bowies ~ Langford
"Jane, thank you so much for your help in finding my perfect condo. You made the whole process seem so easy.
Ashley ~ Victoria
"Jane is a master at what she does. We had full confidence in her and trusted her to guide us while making such amazing life decisions. Jane, is not just a realtor, she reassured us at every pass, answered all of our many questions with speed and honesty and became invested in our journey as much as we were. I was able to connect with her whenever I needed and always felt that she had our interest on the forefrontt. Her professialism is only matched by her humor and understanding nature."
The Merkens Family ~ Colwood
"Jane wasn't our first realtor. She took us on, damaged and carrying bitter baggage. We were nurtured and re-educated properly with current statistics, home values and the local market. Then, with her expert knowledge and keen navigation skills of our desired areas of Fairfield & Oak Bay, plus her innate sense of nailing a home's value and using every skill and resource at her fingertips, we found & bought our dream home in no time flat. But there's more. She also has a list of kind, trustworthy contacts that she knows personally in every field you could imagine, from floor sanders, inspectors, roofers and wood workers to full on demolition & rebuild to a great baker & florist. Hire Jane & get moving!”
The Rice's ~ Fairfield
"Jane was detail oriented, patient and eager to see all house options. She gives earnest advice but just enough. We have used Jane for purchasing our first house and now our first income property. We have recommended her to friends and we are glad to call her our realtor."
Beth & Jason ~ Vic West
"The focus with which Jane devotes herself to you is astounding and undoubtedly the reason why the offer for the hotly contested condo I had my eyes on beat out all others. Her network is broad and this made my life considerably easier when dealing with all that is involved in buying a property. Jane is personable and dedicated to ensure that I got what I wanted."
Arno ~ Langford
"Jane is direct, quick to respond & honest.I appreciated her friendliness, frankness and west coast casual manner. I would be happy to recommend her to anyone looking for someone to guide them through the process of selling or buying"
Jill ~ Victoria
"Moving to Canada and finding a new home was a big step and Jane was the perfect ally. She helped seal the deal on the perfect home. She is a pro!"
The Roper Family ~ Oak Bay
"I was extremely pleased with Jane's friendlieness, expert guidance, gret customer care and awesome marketing for the recent sale of our mothers' home. From the intial meeting everything was made clear and great advice was given in relation to all aspects of the sale, such as contracts, pricing, when to put it on the market, staging and more!"
The Riley Family ~ Esquimalt
"This was my fifth purchase and sale with Jane. She is a lovely person to work with!"
Murdoch Scott ~ Langford
"After having recommended Jane to others, we recently found ourselves hiring Jane to sell our home. She was professional, her advice indispensable, and our property sold in days for well over asking price - our first stress free sale ever!"
Shirley & Brent ~ Broadmead
"Working with the Briar Hill Group was an absolute pleasure! They helped us find our first home in a tough, sellers' market while meeting our needs and budget!"
Amber, Drew and Simon ~ Fairfield West
"Jane helped us buy and sell properties, suggesting adjustments as needed and kep us informed along the way. There's a reason she is top in her field - she's that good!"
Sadie and Karen
~ Langford and Central Saanich ~
"We feel very lucky that we got to work with Jane Johnston. It was such a pleasure! She is professional, outgoing and competent. Jane listened carefully to our needs and never rushed us into making decisions. We are very grateful for all the time she invested in us!"
Oksana and Alex ~ Fernwood
"As a first time buyer, you made it very easy to learn about buying a property. I came in knowing nearly nothing besides a bit of terminology from HGTV haha. You were super patient and willing to go see a property at a moments notice and I would recommend you to anyone in a heart beat!"
Natalie ~ Victoria