House1
40 years of selling homes
            and building communities
40 years of selling homes
            and building communities
House2
40 years of selling homes
            and building communities
40 years of selling homes
            and building communities
House4
40 years of selling homes
            and building communities
40 years of selling homes
            and building communities
House3
40 years of selling homes
            and building communities
40 years of selling homes
            and building communities
House5
40 years of selling homes
            and building communities
40 years of selling homes
            and building communities

Our Story

Newport Realty is truly a local creation. The original idea started in 1979 by 12 of the most successful agents in Victoria, all with different companies, who imagined a firm to be proud of, where home sellers would also be proud to have a Newport sign and a Newport professional representing them.

The name ‘Newport’ was inspired by desirable places: Newport, California and Newport, Rhode Island. Newport Realty’s distinctive blue is evocative of the sail covers in those seaside locales.

The company grew steadily as it attracted sellers and buyers as well as REALTORS® who wanted to be part of something special. Newport consistently became the number one office in MLS® sales volume.

In 1986, ownership changed as John Hayes became principal owner and president. John is a ‘Renaissance Man’ of sorts — a former city councillor, businessman, and classical guitar instructor. He was also a successful commercial broker in numerous high-profile transactions, including negotiating the sale of the Laurel Point Inn.

After purchasing the company he invited the office manager, Jack Petrie, to become a shareholder and partner. Jack is the Managing Partner of the firm and he’s assembled an outstanding team to work with.

One of his first decisions was to bring Michael Ziegler on board. Michael has been a leader in organized real estate and a known expert in all things legal and proper. He is Newport’s ‘Compliance Officer’ looking out for everyone, especially those relying on the company for always ‘doing the right thing’.

In 2017 the company stepped boldly into its next half century, moving out of its Fairfield office with the purchase of Newport Place, a flagship three-storey downtown office on historic Upper Fort Street where Associates are proud to welcome and serve their clients.

More recently, in 2020, they welcomed another member to the Management Team, a younger version of themselves, so to speak. Dirk VanderWal is a talented Millennial with expertise in all modern systems of research, analysis, and forward thinking. He has also been instrumental in the recruitment of several new and qualified Associates.

We are a company of generations. Not only our REALTORS®  but also the generations of our many valued clients. We have helped them and years later, their children. It’s an honour to be part of the families we get to know so well.

After setting sail over 40 years ago we have charted and safely navigated many seas. We continue to do so with skill and expertise, on behalf of those who rely on us.

Our President, John Hayes,
discussing Newport's past, present, and future

Our Story

Newport Realty is truly a local creation. The original idea started in 1979 by a handful of the best agents in Victoria, who wanted a firm to be proud of, where home sellers would also be proud to have a Newport sign and a Newport professional representing them. 

The company grew steadily as it attracted sellers and buyers and REALTORS® who wanted to be part of something special. Newport consistently became the number one office in MLS® sales volume. 

John Hayes

John Hayes

In 1986, ownership changed as John Hayes became principal owner and president. John is a ‘Renaissance Man’ of sorts — a former city counsellor, businessman, and classical guitar instructor. He was also a successful commercial broker in numerous high-profile transactions, including negotiating the sale of the Laurel Point Inn. 

Jack Petrie

Jack Petrie

After purchasing the company he invited the office manager, Jack Petrie, to become a shareholder and partner. Jack is the Managing Partner of the firm and he’s assembled an outstanding team to work with.

One of his first decisions was to bring Michael Ziegler on board. Michael has been a leader in organized real estate and a known expert in all things legal and proper. He is Newport’s ‘Compliance Officer’ looking out for everyone, especially those relying on the company for always ‘doing the right thing’.

Jack & Michael

Jack & Michael

In 2017 the company stepped boldly into its next half century, moving out of its Fairfield office with the purchase of Newport Place, a flagship three-storey downtown office on historic Upper Fort Street where Associates are proud to welcome and serve their clients. 

Newport Place

Newport Place

More recently, in 2020, they welcomed another member to the Management Team, a younger version of themselves, so to speak. Dirk VanderWal is a talented Millennial with expertise in all modern systems of research, analysis, and forward thinking. He has also been instrumental in the recruitment of several new and qualified Associates.

We are truly a company of generations.

Our Management Team Today

Michael Ziegler
Michael Ziegler
Managing Broker
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Jack Petrie
Managing Partner
Dirk VanderWal
Dirk VanderWal
Creative and Research Manager
John Hayes
John Hayes
President