Ihave to tell you up front…I suck at golf because I hardly ever play. I love the game but between my work & my family I haven’t played golf in 2 or 3 years. You already know plenty of mediocre golfers, anyway, right?
Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy my down time, its just that I really do love doing what I do! And besides, in these market conditions, do you want a golfer & a socializer or do you want to work with a committed professional?
I carry my smart phone with me so I know IMMEDIATELY when I get requests for information. Essentially, any text messages, facebook updates, phone calls and web alerts are dealt with promptly, not after 9 holes.
Here’s my background:
My father was Summerland’s first full-time Fire Chief, in the 1970’s. So, as a young person, I was blessed to grow up in small town Okanagan. Like many Summerland Secondary grads, I was keen to get out and see the world.
Eventually, as a young married man, I entered the Real Estate field, joining the Toronto Real Estate Board after completing the educational requirements for Ontario. Being a virtual unknown in a large market, I quickly learned that I needed to work very hard in order to compete.
I became one of the top producing Agents in my first year by focussing on customer service and results. As I had more and more sales interactions with Realtors bringing different attitudes (good AND bad), I quickly discerned that work habits, sloppy ethics, sales skills and ability make a REAL difference in results for clients.
I determined that
TO BE SUCCESSFUL, YOU LEARN FROM THE SUCCESSFUL.
That brought me to be invited to work at a first class RE/MAX office. This was unheard of in the 1980’s that a relative newcomer to the business, in an unfamiliar area, producing solid results competing with so many Realtors, would come to work alongside the city’s top producers at such a young age.
I already knew that you have to get out and make things happen…I was doing just that! But, working with these top Agents taught me a lot about marketing, negotiating and communicating. I gained valuable experience and built a solid reputation for hard work and savvy real estate dealings while working with RE/MAX in Ontario.
Not many Realtors have ever had the experience of working in more than one place, and very rarely outside their home town.
Certainly, with my background in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver, the most important lessons I saw in action over those years was this:
1) Experience MATTERS: Just putting in time alone does not create experience that will benefit a client.
2) Work Ethic MATTERS: If a Realtor is not willing to work HARD, it shows in results for the client.
3) Ability MATTERS: Simply put, not everyone with a license has the ability to actually SELL real estate. That is one reason why there is so much turnover in this business…Everyone THINKS they can sell real estate. It’s the strangest thing…everyone thinks they can sell real estate, everyone thinks it’s easy, and everyone thinks you just gotta play some golf, that’s all!
I have seen however, that when a Realtor is not focussed on Real Estate…everyone loses. In “stronger” markets, it might be ok to work only part time, but, to really get results for clients, the Realtor MUST be committed, focussed…and NOT part time.
I founded Re/Max Orchard Country in 2002 based on my extensive real estate experience, having been licenced in 3 provinces and built successful Realtor clientele in 3 major centers.
My knowledge of Real Estate combined with my local upbringing here has enabled me to do what I love, where I love to live! And this has rounded out my vision for a positive lifestyle combination of family, faith and small town living in Summerland.
Having learned my craft well over the years, I am a progressive internet marketing expert and social network marketing guy with very strong negotiating skills. In short, a well rounded Realtor with extensive experience and education to back it up!
So, combined with my years as Realtor/Investor in some of Canada’s biggest centers, I am now a small town, helpful, friendly local Realtor, too! Repeat business and long-term client friendships over the years mean everything to me.
I combine this unique experience and a fun, edgy but caring personality (check me out on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/SummerlandOkanagan?ref=name that attracts clients of all ages and backgrounds. These clients come from all over BC, Alberta and Canada.
Now, that small RE/MAX office at the corner of Main & Victoria is a leader in branding and exciting promotional efforts for the community. Full of ideas, well-liked, focused, connected locally, and with an excellent grasp of the business, I do have a knack for connecting with people.
I very much appreciate you taking the time to read this to get to know a bit about me.
Thank for giving this a look, I hope the information and answers above are as helpful to you as they have been to many others over the years. Obviously, if you are taking this time to read through, you are seriously considering. I understand it really is a tough one if you know “a friend” in the business, especially in a small town like ours. Many people know more than one friend in the business, so it can be tough. My advice is to remember that this is a SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLAR service contract. You need to be sure you hire the best possible Agent, not the friendliest, not the one whose Mom sits near your Uncle in church…You owe me nothing. You owe yourself the opportunity to choose who you want. This is probably the most expensive money asset you will ever own, and it is very important you understand your options clearly, professionally.
I am very pleased to make this sincere offer: I will meet with you privately in total discretion to help you make a non pressured decision. If you still choose to hire “your friend in the business”, I promise to not have hard feelings, and all I ask is that you pay me $75.00, a portion of which I will donate to the Children’s Miracle Network. Sound fair?
Always remember you are welcome to check me out on facebook, and I am a text message or phone call away at my direct line cel 250 486 2529, and you could take just a minute to email me with any input, suggestions, or a real estate question.
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10124 Main Street Summerland