I am excited about assisting you in selling your house or finding your new dream home. Are you ready to start today?
I am certainly not a typical real estate agent. I was born in the Czech Republic and was raised in Canada. Upon completing my PhD in Biology at the University of Waterloo, I moved to Maryland to pursue a career in biomedical research at the National Cancer Institute. After 24 rewarding years studying cancer progression and raising two amazing sons, I moved to Louisiana with my husband where I have decided to reinvent myself as a real estate agent, something I have been interested in for years. I chose GARDNER REALTORS because their local boutique style fits well with my belief that people are unique individuals, each with their own set of needs and concerns especially when it comes to their property or home.
During my career as a scientist, I acquired the necessary negotiating skills, perseverance, patience and resourcefulness to make me a top quality real estate agent. Today, I am actively working with clients selling their properties or guiding them to find new homes and loving every minute of it. I find great joy in meeting new people and helping them pursue their dreams!
I have always been a strong advocate of community service and I’m especially passionate about the future of our children. In Maryland, I promoted young people in sports, scouting, education and faith as team administrator for football and lacrosse, den leader, chartered organization representative, high school PTSA vice president, committee chair for student recognition programs, religious education teacher and youth ministry chair. In Baton Rouge, I continue to find ways to serve those in my community. I joined the Newcomers group that supports cancer patients at Mary Bird Perkins and local children in foster care. With Gardner REALTORS I have had the opportunity to help flood victims in 2016 and to contribute to a backpack drive and through my church I assist with lunches for local children at summer camp. Most recently, I have had the privilege to feed the women and children at the St. Agnes shelter each month with my Baton Rouge Gardner Realtors family!
I am proud to be a REALTOR with GARDNER REALTORS, the largest and most successful local (non-franchised) real estate company in Louisiana and Mississippi. For over 70 years GARDNER has been home grown, locally owned and internationally known. This means that our clients receive the personal attention of a small company while at the same time having access to world-class marketing and resources through our worldwide invitation only network, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.
I am a REALTOR, a member of the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS. A REALTOR is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS, which subscribes to a strict Code of Ethics. These codes include: Loyalty to clients; Fiduciary (legal) duty to clients; Cooperation with competitors; Truthfulness in statements and advertising; and non-interference in exclusive relationships that other REALTORS® have with their clients.
"We recently relocated to the Baton Rouge area, and our relocation company sent us to Yvona. We were so fortunate to be given such a great realtor. Yvona worked with us to help us find exactly what we needed. She helped us find the perfect home and went to bat for us during negotiations. She is such a joy to work with, and we are very thankful she is our realtor and friend. We will use Yvona if we sell our home, and we will recommend her to all of our friends. "
Louis and Karla Lawrence
"It was a joy to work with Yvona! She helped us find our new home and sell our old one. We got a quick sale in a slow moving area. Her experience was invaluable and her dedication and thorough market research was amazing. Definitely hard working and with lots of smiles and hugs!"
"I was extremely impressed with Yvona Ward. This was my second experience buying a home. I grew up in a home with a mother who sold real estate, and I had high expectations. Mrs Ward was very professional, she worked a lot for us as we had a particular idea of a house in our mind. She was also very tech savvy which was convenient for me as I am on the road for work a lot and my husband was out of town alot during our home search process. She was extremely knowledgeable about the process, contracts, and general things of home and re-sale values. She genuinely cares for her clients and it shows. She really searched for our home, worked the hours that were convenient for us. She is a very positive and kind person to be around. She also knew exactly how to negotiate our contract to get us in the home we wanted. She also sold the home we were in, in less than a week and got us the amount we wanted. She was such a joy to work with and the experience was so positive that I almost want to move again just to work with her. However when the time comes we will definitely be using her again. "
"Yvona is the best! She made buying a new home fun and easy. She answered all of our questions and worked very hard for my family to find our dream home. We were always well informed and always knew what needed to be done for a smooth transition. I recommend her to all of my friends and will always use her for any real estate needs."
Harold and Constance Young
"Yvona Ward is the best realtor we have ever worked with. We have bought and sold many properties and Yvona Ward tops all realtors we have worked with. She was so very interested in helping us with our sale. We had other realtors list the property with no results. When Yvona Ward was given the contract she sold it immediately. She is a person who wants to help the seller and the buyer accomplish the sale. She is enthusiastic, warm and caring.
We would recommend Yvona Ward to everyone. The couple who bought our property felt the same way.
And she gave us a lovely gift as a thank you!
Dr. and Mrs. Harold Young "
"Yvona is honestly one of the best realtors to work with. She was a God-send through our first-time house buying experience. She always came prepared (literally with print outs of everything, cold water/drinks in a cooler, snacks etc) for every house hunting outing. We genuinely felt she had our best interest at heart as she never pushed us to buy anything, listened to all our concerns and did her best to be steps ahead in finding properties for us to look at. She is well informed, responds back to emails quickly and had very detailed answers to all our (very many) questions. Not sure how else to say this, but she's literally the best. Her personality is also outstanding, as she is very easy going and a pleasure to work with."
"Fabulous! That's what I think of Yvona's expertise as a Realtor. I relocated and she
was assigned to be my Realtor. I must say, since I'm an attorney, I can be demanding.
Yvona, displayed a great deal of patience plus she demonstrated a great deal of
knowledge. I never second-guessed her judgement and ended up with an incredible
home at a great price. I recommend her highly, whether you're buying or selling!
"Not only did Yvona help us to find the perfect condo in the heart of the city, she also helped us to sell it too once the time came to move into a house. We wouldn’t have found or home with lakeside views without her help! Hopefully we’ll be there for many years to come, but if we ever decided to relocate, our first call would be to Yvona!
Maria Juan Guevara
"Mrs. Yvona Ward is the best realtor in the area of Baton Rouge. In our first home buyer experience, she made it so easy. Mrs. Yvona has experience and knowledge of what she is doing. She guides us well trough the our first buy. I was very confused during these process at the begging. However. I had the pleasure to meet Mrs. Yvona and she explain many thing that I couldn’t understand and made thus experience the best and the easy one.
We recommend Mrs. Yvona and guarantee that you experience will be the best. "
"If you're ready to purchase a home, then do yourself a favor and contact Yvona Ward. She has made my first home buying experience absolutely amazing and easy. From her patiently answering the hundreds of questions I asked, to her continuous attentiveness throughout the entire process, I couldn't have asked for a better realtor. I felt that Yvona genuinely had my best interest in mind, she made sure that I was well informed about everything and when I needed her, she was usually already two steps ahead and working things out. She is a joy to work with and I 100% recommend her."