I think I was being prepared for a career in real estate from an early age, without realizing it.
My grandfather helped build the first prototype modular home in Canada. My father owned a company that renovated and restored houses and commercial properties. So I got a taste for the industry early in my life, but I took a rather unusual path to get there...
A little background on me: I grew up in Saskatchewan, in a town of 500 called Lashburn. When I was in Grade 1, my parents moved my two siblings and me to the “big city” of Lloydminster - it had a whopping 10,000 people! Talk about culture shock! I always wanted to live in Toronto, though, and I was thrilled to finally move here in 1994.
One thing my parents always stressed to us was the “pioneer work ethic.” If you wake up early, work hard, and your handshake means something, you will prosper. It’s something I still live by today.
As an entrepreneur, my dad definitely practised what he preached. He started and ran a variety of different businesses. He considered opening a real estate franchise when I was 14 or 15 and I remember thinking “That would be so awesome!” You know, just what the typical teenaged boy would say.
His entrepreneurial spirit definitely rubbed off on me. I started a janitorial company with my brother and brother-in-law when I was still in high school. After I graduated, I went to work for my dad and older brother, selling commercial-grade disinfectants to school districts and hospitals. Eventually, I went on to sell self-adhesive felt pads (the ones that you put under your furniture to keep it from scratching the floors) to retailers all over Canada and the U.S. I also created a training company that helps commercial real estate developers across North America improve the customer experience in their retail stores.
Yet, real estate never left my mind, and right before 9/11, I got my license. Of course, the tragedy changed everything. The market wasn’t really doing anything at that point and I had other business interests, so I kept doing those with the hope that one day my circumstances would change. Thankfully, they did, and in 2012, I was able to free myself up to begin practising real estate full time. I joined Royal LePage Estate Realty, and the rest is history.
One of the things I love most about my job is the opportunity to form personal relationships with my clients during such significant times in their lives. Seeing a young couple buy their first home is so rewarding. I also find it really satisfying to help my older clients who are downsizing. If my grandparents were still alive, I would hope someone like me would have helped them. I’ve never had to advertise myself. When you do a great job for your clients, the business follows, and it’s always been that way for me.
When I’m not working, I’m spending time with my wife, Jennifer, who is a food blogger. We have two Cornish Rex cats named Phineas and Zelda who are somewhat famous on Instagram (they have more followers than I do!). I also enjoy cycling, playing squash, and checking out new local restaurants.
I’d love to find out more about you and how we can work together. Contact me soon and let’s set up a time to talk.