Derek Canova Team, REALTOR, ABR, CRS, GRI

Derek Canova, Dona O'Hara and Donna Smith have joined up to provide you with the very best real estate service!

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Photo of Derek CanovaDerek Canova
Cell: 814-571-7849 | derek1kbb@msn.com

Who am I? That is a good question and one that is always growing and changing!  I grew up in Centre County, running through streams and across fields in a rural community.  My father was a professor at Penn State so I had the benefit of exposure to worlds outside of our community, traveling throughout the U.S. and also in Europe.  After college, I moved to Colorado and enjoyed my Rocky Mountain experience for several years.

Ultimately, Happy Valley drew me back, and I am glad that it did.  I enjoy the balance of quality living in an active community, the close proximity of farmland, mountains and outdoor activities, and the ability to reach several large cities in a matter of a few hours or less.  It is a fabulous place to grow and live. And now I am enjoying sharing the experience with my son as well. 


 

Photo of Dona O'haraDona O'Hara
Cell: 814-280-0078 | donaohara@gmail.com

Whether you're planning to list and sell your current home, or searching for a new home - your dream home, retirement home or condo,  or something in between, I want to help you put it all together.  That's what I do!  A home in the country on acreage, a 2 story home with 3 bedrooms and a 2 car garage in a neighborhood setting, a condo for retirement or a second home.  We'll search until we find the right one for you. 

I look forward to hearing from you.  I want to help you realize your real estate goals and your American Dream. Call me at 814-234-4000 x3301  or cell # 814-280-0078.  

Professional Background

I am a full-time real estate professional with over 25 years of real estate experience.  My employment background also includes banking and land survey.  Originally licensed in New Hampshire, I returned to PA in the mid 90's  -where I was born and raised,  and obtained my PA Associate Brokers License.  Let me put that experience of negotiating and contracting skills to work for you.

My business is largely repeat business.  I'm so thankful for buyers, sellers and friends coming back years later when they're ready to downsize or buy a larger more elaborate home.  I also enjoy working with first time homeowners.    It's such a joy to see buyers receiving the keys to a new home with so much anticipation and the happiness it brings.  

 As a long-time resident of Central PA, I know the area, the incredible people and the wonderful benefits of owning real estate and living in Centre County.

Community Involvement

Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics and World Day of Sharing have been my favorite volunteer projects.

Personal Interests

I love living in this area and taking advantage of all it has to offer.  With the small town community feeling and knowing we live in a "safe place", we have so much available to us:

  • Penn State University and of course football and other sports activities
  • The Arts and Theatre entertainment
  • The incredible 4th of July Fireworks display
  • The fantastic annual Arts Festival in July with its artisans and vendors coming from all over the USA, 
  • The Boalsburg Craft Festival
  • Grange Fair's Annual tent/camper Encampment in Centre Hall
  • Penn's Cave
  • State College First Night downtown celebration
  • Local summer festivals, horse riding shows and competition, local farmstands with fresh homegrown veggies
  • Free State College summer concerts and so much more...

          It's a great place to live!

Personal Background

I'm a mom of four grown children, all college grads, and grandmother to 10 grandkids. My favorite relaxation activity is spending time with family. I enjoy watching grandkids participate in school sports activities and of course love traveling and vacationing.  My travels began when my husband served in the US Air Force moving us to Orlando, Florida and Cheyenne, Wyoming, then settling in New Hampshire after our service days were over.  


Donna Smith

Donna Smith
Cell: 814-404-3010 | donnakbb@comcast.net

It has been my pleasure to assist buyers and sellers since 1983.  My real estate business continues with their referrals.  They know I care about people first and will do my absolute best to assist their family members, friends and associates with their housing needs.

Personal Background

State College is my home town although I lived in Pittsburgh, PA; Canton, Ohio and Holidaysburg, PA for short periods of time. 

It is easy for me to assist buyers settle in or sellers market their homes since this area's pride of ownership, safety and many attractions can't be beat.

I'm sold on Centre County.  It's a great place to live!

Professional Background

An administrative background in advertising and marketing for research and development, retail, hospital and real estate prepared me to handle all the details of real estate transactions.   Whether marketing your home or showing houses to assist you in finding that dream home, the best part for me is meeting and getting to know people from all over the world.

Personal Interests

Growing up in State College and having my son grow up here has kept me in touch with the area's changes and growth to enjoy so much that this area has to offer.

My most recent personal interest is spending time with my son, his  wife and my first granddaughter.

Professional Interests

  • Served several terms on the Advisory Council to Centre County Office of Aging
  • Real Estate continuing education
  • Member National, State and Local Associations of REALTORS
  • Varied volunteer efforts including Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics and Alzheimer's Association Walks