Our Team

Windermere Valley Realtor

Ross Newhouse

Owner/Managing Broker

Top 1% Realtor® in Canada, 2006


Before we work together you would probably like to know something about me. With my two girls pursuing their respective careers in the Okanagan and California, I now pursue my three other passions in life: golf, guitar and real estate.

Yes, real estate really is a passion for me. I have been involved in all aspects of it for over 38 years now and I still love it. Since graduating with a Commerce degree from University of Alberta in 1977, I spent 5 years as a commercial REALTOR in Edmonton, followed by 10 years of commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions in Phoenix Arizona. In 1991, I returned to Invermere, my childhood summer home, where I have focused on residential real estate for the past 25 years.

Throughout my career I have invested in all aspects of real estate including developing a shopping centre, building spec homes and buying land and buildings for long term investments. I have had the opportunity to work with a wide-range of clients, matching properties to families, passionate entrepreneurs like Kicking Horse Coffee, and even some of my hockey heroes.

While in Invermere, I started the Royal LePage Rockies West Realty firm which grew from 2 people to 20 in the course of 12 years. Along the way I achieved a goal that most would say was impossible: I produced a large enough volume of sales to become listed in the top 1% for Royal LePage nationally in 2006. In 2007, I sold the company and went to work for Coldwell Banker Windermere Valley Realty in 2009 and ultimately bought that company in 2012. With it just being my sole proprietor business  I have more time to pursue my passions and provide more personalized service for my many clients. I hope that you can become one of them in the near future.

Looking forward to meeting you!


Marianne Ober

Licensed Realtor® / Assistant to Ross Newhouse



I am very happy to be part of this small but dynamic team here at Coldwell Banker Windermere Valley Realty. My previous career in tourism allowed me to live and travel around the planet, but since my first visit to the Columbia Valley in 2011 I knew that I wanted to settle here permanently. I love the outdoor opportunities here and just recently took up paragliding. Whenever I am not at work, or playing outside, I spend my time studying for a Masters of Science in Green Economy.

Since I started with Windermere Valley Realty I have been lucky to be supported by Ross with his decades of experience in the local market. I quickly learned that buying or selling real estate is more than just a simple transaction. It involves exciting and sometimes life-altering decisions that are that much easier to navigate with the guidance of an experienced expert. Whether you are looking for a new home for your family, planning new adventures or trying to find a long-desired weekend getaway – I am here to advise you in every aspect of the process and help you make it happen!

Ich spreche auch Deutsch und freue mich darauf, Sie kennenzulernen.


   Layna Lester

    Office Administrator

    250-341-7301 / 250-342-9450



In the last 13 years that my husband and I have lived here, I have gotten to know many wonderful people. In any industry, but especially real estate, success depends largely on building and maintaining strong, open and trusting relationships. My role at Coldwell Banker Windermere Valley Realty is, in part, to support and facilitate easy, seamless transactions. So, please feel free to contact me at anytime with any concerns or questions you may have.