Let me share a bit of my story with you. I was born and raised in Toronto, the son of a lawyer and interior decorator. I am proud to say that after 52 years, those two are still married. Lots of lessons that I have learned came from them- attitude, detail, commitment, and treating people fairly.
Starting in grade four, I attended a private boys school until grade thirteen. The last time I saw a girl in a classroom was in grade three, by university, boy did they look different.
After four years at St. FX university, I returned to Toronto for the summer. The fall came around and I was undecided as to what to do. Some friends from University living in Vancouver encouraged me to come out for a visit. They showed me around, took me down to kits beach and drove me to whistler. I tore up my return ticket and decided to set up shop in Vancouver.
Prior to getting into real estate I was an excavation contractor for five years. I learned a lot about developments from below the ground up. I got to really learn how homes were built and learned to appreciate the difference between good and bad craftsmanship.
After five years as a contractor, my knowledge had evolved and I became a licensed real estate agent for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV). In the tail end of 2000, I received my license and 2001 was my first full year in the business. My results were nothing short of remarkable. I ended up selling thirty-eight homes in my first year and was awarded the REBGV “Rookie of the Year” award- an award given to the agent who sells more real estate than the other 800 licensed agents that started in real estate that year. I can honestly say my life has never been the same since.