Deakin, Immeubles Deakin Realty

Our Team

Jay Deakin
Certified Real Estate Broker | Owner

Jay Deakin

Over the last 15 years Jay has established himself as one of the West Island’s top real estate professionals. His extensive experience is complemented by a finance degree from the John Molson School of Business and a post-grad in real estate appraisal from the Sauder School of Business at UBC. As a father of two boys (Ben & Luke), Jay understands firsthand the needs of young and growing families. Passionate about the outdoors, Jay is an avid skier, sailor, runner and golfer. Jay also volunteers on the board of the West Island Cancer Wellness Center.

Email Jay Cell. (514) 295-5855
Nancy Kemp-Deakin
Certified Real Estate Broker | Founder

Nancy Kemp-Deakin

Nancy began her real estate career in 1987 as co-owner of Deakin Realty and applied her previous business experience to real estate, building and maintaining a loyal clientele and successful independent brokerage. Nancy is continuously involved in many community and charity projects. She remains highly active in local residential and commercial markets as well as in the sale and valuation of small businesses.

Email Nancy Cell. (514) 833-2575
John Deakin
Certified Real Estate Broker | Founder

John Deakin

John entered the real estate world at the young age of 20, buying his first commercial property. John joined A.E. Lepage in 1981, and moved on to co-own one of the first Re/Max franchises in Montreal. With a growing desire to provide unparalleled personal service for his clients, John co-founded Deakin Realty in 1987. Community and family oriented, John spent over 20 years directing YMCA ski schools. He is a long-standing member and past President of both AMCAL Family Services and the Lakeshore Brokers Association.

Email John Cell. (514) 585-5446
Susan Woods
Certified Real Estate Broker

Susan Woods

Susan comes to Deakin Realty from a parallel real estate business owned and operated by her family for 46 years on the Lakeshore/West Island of Montreal. She brings to us over 40 years of experience that spans all types of real estate transactions and is a perfect fit for our "boutique" style agency. A past president of the Lakeshore Brokers Association and a well respected member of the real estate industry, Susan is well known in our community as a trusted and knowledgable realtor. Her philosophy is one of "We care about our clients''s not just about selling or buying a house".

Email Susan Cell. (514) 502-3885
Rebecca Lewis
Real Estate Broker

Rebecca Lewis

Commencing her real estate career in 2002, Rebecca quickly established herself as a top seller in south Florida. Returning to Montreal in 2008, she continued her real estate career in her “home town” West Island, drawing upon her experiences of living and working in the US. Fluent in English and French, Rebecca graduated from Bishop’s College School prior to attending Drury University. “Becky” is a regular volunteer in the West Island community and at her two young sons’ school-sponsored social clubs and charities. Her enthusiasm and energy, combined with a philosophy of excellent client care, makes Rebecca a natural for the Deakin team.

Email Rebecca Cell. (514) 518-3388
John Palumbo
Residential Real Estate Broker

John Palumbo

John brings 30+ years business experience and an entrepreneurial spirit to real estate. Owning and managing a successful transport and logistics company, he has developed a strong financial background and understands sales & marketing from the ground up. A background in real estate investment and construction also gives John a unique ability to advise clients on value, while finding win-win solutions regardless of the complexity of the deal. A true local - John is an enthusiastic member of the community and enjoys yoga, cycling and showing clients the best the Lakeshore area has to offer. John’s dynamic personality and “client first” philosophy makes him a natural fit at Deakin Realty.

Email John Cell. (514) 296-4767
Donna Bursey
Real Estate Broker

Donna Bursey

Donna has held various senior positions in the corporate world, focused on customer service, communications, customer loyalty, & sales & marketing. Given her customer focused skill set, it was only fitting that her transition into real estate 7 years ago flowed naturally. Given her solid business background, university education, fluency in French & English, and a passion for the community she serves, we are proud to welcome her aboard!

Email Donna Cell. (514) 972-7272
Don Field
Business Manager

Don Field

Don originally worked as support staff for Deakin Realty in 1990, and completed his real estate course at that time. Seventeen years later, he returned, after obtaining degrees in accounting and finance at Bishop's University and his CGA professional accounting designation. Don's business and accounting background is invaluable to the team, the sales support he provides helps uphold the level of quality service that clients have come to expect, and his technological expertise is pushing the firm into new areas of exposure and marketing.

Email Don

Jay, you truly could not have handled this tricky sale better and we will sing your praises to everyone we know.

Jen & Dave

As a first time buyer, I had a lot of questions and you took the time with me. Not all agents would have done this - I know, since I dealt with others before meeting you.


You have a way of treating your clients as they are you only client. You always responded within hours of a call. That is what I call great customer service.


Nancy, thank you for all your help and invaluable guidance!

Katy & Kevin

Thank you for your sensitivity and kindness. We also appreciated your level of professionalism and knowledge in the handling of our file.

Bruce & Lillian

You are truly awesome. Pointe-Claire is a very lucky place to have you guys at the heart of it.


Merci pour tout! Ça a été un vrai plaisir de vendre par votre intermédiaire!


Jay, the whole experience dealing with you was efficient, seamless and painless. You are a true professional and a good advisor. I felt I was the only client you were dealing with.


Thanks for finding our perfect house. We were out of town and trusted you to make an offer without actually seeing the house. Serious trust and you never let us down.


Thanks to you and the Deakin team for everything you did for us. We really appreciate working with knowledgeable and experienced business people.

Fred & Lynn

Thanks for treating us like family!

The Halls

You were understanding, professional and endlessly patient throughout this sometimes challenging process. You went out of your way to make it work out, both for us and for our "perfect" buyer.


As a non-profit agency, our survival is linked to those people in our community who have the kind of dedication & commitment shown by Deakin Realty. Keep up the good work.

Amcal Family Services

You are a true angel in disguise. We can never express our appreciation for the knowledge, service and kindness you have shown.

Jane & Larry

I would not consider making a sale or purchase in the West Island without involving Deakin Realty


We are so very appreciative of all your efforts in selling our home and finding a new one. The Deakin Realty family is truly professional.

Kathy & Brian

Thank you for everything John. You have been so dedicated and helpful throughout our journey!


Thanks again for everything you have done to help us through this difficult (more difficult than normal in this case) process, and for your patience with me.

A & M

Thank you so much for all your time, help, advice and patience in getting my house sold. I really appreciate it!


You are incredibly professional even in the throes of an emotional and stressful decision. Thanks for your patience - we are thrilled with our new purchase!

Namta & Sara

Deakin Realty achieved the best possible result: a lease that pleased both landlord and tenant. We were so impressed with Nancy and her team that we asked them to work on another project for our company.

Richard King - Owner – Elm Plaza

Encore merci pour nous avoir guidés tout au long de ce processus. Vous offrez l'équilibre parfait entre professionnalisme et humanité.


We realized that we were dealing with a real estate “advisor” - who not only knows the local market and homeowners themselves, but an individual that thinks outside the box and brings creativity and enthusiasm to a profession that he truly loves.

Mark & Kelly

Thank you for a job well done. We’re both so excited to have clinched the deal of the year in Beaconsfield.

Denise & Gary

Thanks again for all your help, advice and patience during the purchase process. You really went above and beyond the average real estate broker's duty.

Matt & Anita

You listened and went far and beyond what any other real estate organization could or would do. We are happy to say that we consider you a friend and look forward to working with you again.

The Adrian Family

You thought of every detail inside and out - a job well done to you and your team!


I was really worried about finding the "right" person to work with my Mom. Your approach, patience and sense of humour won her over right away, and your follow up has given all of us a lot of comfort through this. Jay, I could not imagine a better fit.


Deakin Realty met all of our objectives and helped make our condo project a success. They are proactive, highly professional and capable of adjusting to changing conditions.

Marc-Andre Legault - Developer - Les Cours Sherbrooke

You and Jay did everything we asked for and more, and talked me off the ledge more than once. We were so impressed, and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to others.

Pamela & Doug

Hey John, we really wanted to take the time to properly thank you. You were always there for us, and put alot of time into our home with all the advice and visits. We really appreciate it! You'll always come highly recommended by us.


Merci beaucoup Nancy pour ton dévouement et ta patience. Nous sommes très heureux d'avoir fait cette très belle acquisition!


We really enjoyed working with Ali... we never felt pressured... He listened and respected our priorities... he also looked out for our best interests... Thank you so much for all your help.

Joy & Richard

We appreciate all the efforts, dedication and patience you are putting into finding us a house. Thank you for everything that you are doing for us.

Martin, Natalie & the girls

Ali a été d’une aide précieuse pour nous trouver LA maison qui nous convenait, ainsi que pour nous aider à miser sur les atouts de notre maison pour la vendre au bon prix. Il est à l’écoute des besoins et est d’une grande intégrité.

Andre & Martine

Thanks ever so much! It was our lucky day when we met you. You can always count on us as reference for your future clients.


I couldn't have imagined this going any smoother than it did. Thanks for a well thought out plan and execution.

Marcel & Liz

This is just a quick thank-you for all of your wonderful help in finding our first home. We really appreciated your patience, honesty and attentiveness. You may all rest assured that we will recommend Team Deakin.

Sonjali & Devi

We would like to thank you again for helping us find a great home and for all of your advice over the past couple of months. We'll definitely recommend you to our friends...

Christina & Rob

The Deakin team made our relocation from Halifax a pleasurable experience. Their professionalism and knowledge of the real estate market helped us find the perfect home.

Jason & Shannon

Thank you once again for guiding us through this process. Your ability to balance professionalism and the human aspect of this process is top drawer.


Jay, I know you did a lot of hard negotiating to arrive at a mutually satisfactory solution and we need to congratulate you for that. Thanks for your very significant effort.

Mike & Anna

Thanks for everything you have done. It has truly been a pleasure selling through you.


I appreciated your expertise, competence and advice. These confirmed that my insistence on having you as the sole agent for my property was the right decision.


We just wanted to thank you so much for all you've done for us over the last year and a half. We always felt like you were sincerely putting our best interests first throughout this entire process.

James & Amanda

Your help & professionalism throughout the buying process, and your ‘words of wisdom’ during our selling process have been greatly appreciated.

Sophie & Mark

Thank you for everything you have done. It was a wonderful experience selling my house with your help.


Jay’s knowledge of the housing market was critical in helping manage the sale of our condo and the purchase of our new home. His practical and helpful recommendations made things easy on both ends.

Rob & Sonia

You are a marvel as Mom is so very comfortable with you and John. You are stars and much appreciated.

Cydney & Les

Merci d'avoir pris soin de ma mère et ce plus que votre travail ne l'exigeait.


Thank you for taking care of my mother ‘above and beyond the call of duty’


Having such a well organized group looking after us made our house hunting trip all the easier…those added touches you do really make all the difference between ‘good’ and ‘the best’.

Laura & Daniel

Thank you for your prompt advice and help. It was nice to feel welcome to call you and have your support.

Eric & Janice

Thanks again for your good work, Nancy - you were right about the price and the timing for the sale! A celebration is in order.


Thanks for everything, as you can imagine we have every reason to be grateful for your help.

George & Martha

Merci pour tout votre support et votre patience!


Thank you very much for all your help in our transactions ... it was a delight working with such a professional!

Patrick Ducharme - Banque Nationale du Canada

Thanks again for all your help... attention to detail... sanity checks... moral support... hand holding... i.e. the usual wonderful Nancy Deakin service!!

Sandra & Larry

We would like to thank you so much for all your hard work in finding our first home. Your patience, professionalism, friendship and perseverance was greatly appreciated.

Christina & Kevin

I'm not sure we can ever fully express how much we appreciate all you have helped us with. It has been a stressful time but was made much less so through the referrals you gave us.


Deakin Realty displayed great professionalism in every aspect of their work and in all cases they made sure the transaction was good for all parties.


Deakin Realty provides their clients with total professional, businesslike, and enthusiastic care. They talk to you. They get results. What more could you look for in a real estate firm?

Walter & Pamela

To the Deakin team - thank you for going above and beyond!


I just wanted to thank you for making all of this as easy and painless as possible. Your professionalism, initiative, positive attitude and willingness to take time to explain the process made the deal unfold very smoothly.


Thanks for understanding our needs and finding our family a great home! We would highly recommend Deakin Realty to anyone who is interested in buying or selling.

The Brown Family

Thanks again for all your help with everything! You were fantastic, and Stef and I are thrilled that we were able to have you as our broker.


In our business, referrals are important to both the referring party and the receiving side. Thanks so much for a job well done. I hope to refer your family more business.

Peter Blanchard, President - Terramont Real Estate Services

Nancy, thank you for all your hard work and patience, and for not giving up on us during this house hunt.

Stefano, Melissa & Zara