About Us

About Us


Our Vision

We believe that our business partners which include support staff, sales consultants, clients and customers, deserve to be empowered.  Through an innovative and supportive culture, we seek win-win outcomes in all that we do.

Our Mission

By inspiring and enabling our business partners we will become the destination brokerage in Central Ontario.

You deserve the best technology package in the industry. A technology package that can be accessed by your finger tips everywhere you go. CENTURY 21 Online Office, the all-in-one technology platform, like no other.

Our Story

Our parent company, Century 21, was established in 1972 in California. Today, it is the largest real estate organization in the world with offices located world-wide. The Canadian rights to Century 21 are owned by U. Gary Charlwood. Century 21’s Canadian headquarters is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Carl Oake established Century 21 Carl Oake Realty Ltd in Peterborough in 1978. At that time, there were three other local Century 21 offices with an average of 12 Sales Representatives (or Brokers) per office (which was the normal size). In 1981, Century 21 Carl Oake Realty Ltd. purchased the assets of Century 21 Cooper Crowley Realty Ltd. and became the largest Century 21 office in the area at that time, with about 20 Sales Representatives (or Brokers). Century 21 Paine Real Estate closed at about this time.

In 1999, Century 21 Carl Oake Realty Ltd. and Century 21 Gray-Munro Realty Inc. merged to form Century 21 United Realty Inc. Our biggest goal through all these buy-outs and mergers was to maintain a team atmosphere, and we did!

Since 1978, we have improved on a steady and consistent basis. We have been a member of Century 21 Canada’s prestigious Chairman’s Circle since 1983. No other Century 21 office in Canada can boast this fact.

In 2000, we purchased and renovated the location that we had been renting since 1981. We now have one of the most modern real estate offices in the Peterborough Real Estate Board, with parking for more than 40 cars and a main floor entrance location.

Our Philosophy

Century 21 United Realty Inc.’s philosophy is to be the best in the business, not the largest. To be the best, we must be selective in our recruiting.

We want our market share to increase annually by 10% minimum, through increased individual production rather than just increased individuals. We will do this through team effort, superior training and accountability by management.

Meet the Management Team

Vanessa Oake Hogan, Owner

I was born and raised in Peterborough and grew up in the fascinating world of real estate as my father, Carl Oake, has been in the business for over forty five years.

My husband Ainslie and I were married in 2000 and are the parents of three children, two boys and a girl.

After completing high school at St. Peter’s, I attended McMaster University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.  Following university, I travelled for several months through South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  Once I returned home I settled into a job with Loblaw Companies in Toronto where I worked for several years.

I have been back in my hometown since 2008 and am very happy to be here.  Peterborough is a hidden gem, with its historical roots, strong sense of community, proximity to cottage country, continually growing business sector and post-secondary school offerings of Fleming College and Trent University.  This combination makes Peterborough an excellent place to invest and a beautiful city to live in.

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Carl Oake, Founder

Carl Oake is a Broker with Century 21 United Realty Inc. Brokerage*. He began his real estate career in 1968.  After five successful years in sales, he and Bernie Wannamaker opened their first real estate brokerage on Water Street North in Peterborough.

In 1978, Carl established Century 21 Carl Oake Realty Ltd and, in 1981, purchased Century 21 Cooper Crowley Realty Ltd.  In 1999, Century 21 Carl Oake Realty Ltd. and Century 21 Gray-Munro Realty Inc. merged to form Century 21 United Realty Inc. Brokerage*.

Carl has been President of the Peterborough Real Estate Board and the Men’s Sales and Advertising Club, Director of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA and the Peterborough Golf and Country Club and is on the Strategic Planning Committee for the Peterborough Regional Health Care Centre.  He is a Paul Harris fellow and a member of the Rotary Club of Peterborough.

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Constantine Isslamow, Broker of Record

I’m no stranger to marketing, sales and training. I enjoyed a career in retail where I was an Owner Operator of my own Grocery store, Constantine’s Independent Grocer with a staff of 150 employees. I was also a Store Manager with Loblaw’s Companies of stores, a Store Director with Loeb and a company trainer with the School of Merchandising.

My enduring purpose is to create a culture that by its nature stimulates the very best of integrity, honor and trust.  To assist each individual in developing their business through education, planning, coaching and accountability.  This is all back by training and accountability.

Community Leadership

Make a Wish Foundation of Canada

  • Granted 3 wishes to children with serious medical conditions

Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board (PVNC)

  • Member of the Freedom of Information & Privacy Committee (3 Years)
  • Peterborough South Family of Schools Rep (5 Years)
  • Past Chair District Catholic School Council (2 Years)
  • Past Chair Holy Cross Secondary School Council Chair (4 Years)
  • Past Chair St. Alphonsus Catholic Elementary School  (3 Years)

Easter Seal Society of Ontario

  • Past Chair Durham District Council (4 Years)
  • Received “The Helping Hand Award, Two awarded annually in Ontario
  • Past Chair Peterborough and the Kawarthas District Council   (2 Years)
  • Past Chair Peterborough Telethon

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Doug Lytle, Business Development Manager

Doug Lytle has been in the real estate business since 1996. During that time, he has received awards for both sales production and volunteer work. Recipient of numerous production awards including the Multi-Million Dollar Award at Century 21® United Realty Inc., the Past President’s Award from the Peterborough and the Kawartha’s Association of REALTOR®s (PKAR), a Special Recognition Award for work in developing the Commercial Council at PKAR are among these awards. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors with PKAR and served as 2nd Vice President.

In the mid 2000’s Doug was invited to sit on the Ontario Commercial Council, a committee of OREA, and participated in the development and formation of a provincial Commercial Federation Model to better represent commercial practitioners. He was an OREA educator and teaches courses on technology use and Webforms.

Doug has extensive training and experience in management through the Entrepreneurship Program at Sir Sandford Fleming College and has been managing real estate offices since 2010.

Doug lives near Hastings, Ontario, with his wife, Tricia, and two teenage children.

Community Leadership

  • Past member of the Leadership Team for Business Retention and Expansion with the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation
  • Past member of the Policy Committee with the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce
  • Communications Task Force, PKAR
  • Director and Treasurer, Compass ELC (formerly Kawartha Child Care Services)

Favourite Part of the Job

Coaching. By far, this is the highlight of my day. Working closely with reps to help them build their businesses is why I get up every day! Problem solving, business planning, motivation, and accountability help drive peak performance – and I get such a charge from the one on one interaction! Love it!”

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Want to learn more about us…

Want to learn more? Give us a call or email us at: 705-743-4444 – vanessa.oakehogan@century21.ca or doug.lytle@century21.ca