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Buying a home can be very challenging. A fast paced
market full of bidding wars and bully offers can feel
daunting. I’m here to guide you every step of the way.
FIND YOUR NEXT HOME
LOOKING TO BUY?
Remember, you will be in a relationship with your listing
agent for a month or two (or longer). Choose an agent that
has what it takes to do the job BUT that you also like and
can relate to. I provide a complimentary detailed home evaluation...
FREE HOME EVALUATION
SELLING YOUR HOME?
I don’t think anyone planned on being a real estate agent. My parents wanted a better life for their kids when they moved to Canada in 1984. They planned on me doing something more “important” than selling real estate I’m sure. I studied Biology at York University at first. While I was at York I worked part-time as a receptionist at Alan Newton Real Estate. This is where I fell in love with real estate and was turned off at the same time. When I finished my Biology degree I decided I needed to have an education in technology. When I finished that I decided that I needed to be an Engineer mainly to prove a point but that’s a side story. The entire time I was studying I continued to work in real estate offices. In 2001 I met an agent that changed the way I viewed the industry altogether. I started seeing that I can be an agent if I wanted to. The sales stigma started to diminish for me. I got my real estate license in 2005 and never regretted leaving my science education behind.
I finally had my real estate license and an incredible real estate mentor. I shadowed him 12 hours a day and learned so much in 6 months. I was learning and was so excited about helping people. But that was cut short when I found out I was pregnant. I knew that this would turn my plans upside down. That year my husband and I got full custody of my stepdaughter who was 9 at the time. Life was changing and I had to choose between being a full-time real estate agent and being a mom. I tried to make it work but I was having a hard time with it. In 2007 when I found out I was pregnant again I knew that it was time to stop working. I was finding that I was unable to split my time and energy between raising 3 kids and being present for my clients.
I took a few years to raise the kids. In 2010 I was ready to go back to work. At the time I felt insecure about going back and thought it was better to go back as an assistant. I interviewed with an agent and right away realized that I was not going to be happy with that role. I decided that it was time to jump in and face my fears. It was the best decision I have made for my career. I built my business without compromising my values and I would have not done it any other way.
I have learned a lot from my convoluted path to real estate and back again. My studies did not go to waste. I learned that I have a gift of understanding problems and that there are many ways to get to a particular solution. I learned that I work well under pressure and I can do what I put my mind to. But all my studies could not prepare me for what I learned when I had my own family. My “at-home” training helped me get an appreciation of family life. The understanding of family life by living it and my love for real estate have come together in what I do. I help families get from where they are to where they want to be with an awareness of their concerns at all times.
Buying a home can be very challenging. A fast paced market full of bidding wars and bully offers can feel daunting. I’m here to guide you every step of the way. I spend time inspecting lots of homes to find the perfect fit. I use the best mortgage brokers and home inspectors to make sure it’s affordable and passes a stringent assessment of all the major components of the home.
Remember, you will be in a relationship with your listing agent for a month or two (or longer). Choose an agent that has what it takes to do the job BUT that you also like and can relate to. I provide a complimentary detailed home evaluation which will help you determine the value of your home, the right time to sell, as well as the appreciation trends in your neighbourhood. Even if you’re not considering selling your home today, an annual home evaluation is important in understanding your most valuable financial asset.
It’s so nice to see everyone so happy for us – most of you know just how hard it’s been, and how sweet it is to be in the “home” stretch. To be able to say “Sold above asking” is something to be so happy about that I could squeak. We had a phenomenal number of people through for viewings and during the two long days of open houses. I’d like to thank Gina Athanasiou, Agent Extraordinaire, for helping us to get through this last hurdle. She saw what needed to be done, and did it. Her plans, actions, good counsel and good humour are what was needed to sell our beloved old house to just the right people. They’re a lovely couple who will no doubt give it what it needs and who will love their new neighbourhood. I can recommend her as an agent heartily – she made a big promise, and delivered on it. With flying colours. Thanks, Gina!