Barbara Todaro is a Class Act -- and She Knows What She's Doing

Real Estate Sales Representative with RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. E8107

Picture of Barbara TodaroBarbara Todaro is a class act, and on top of that, she knows what she's doing.

My broker, JJ Jacobs, was contacted by a vendor who had about 65 acres of land that he wanted to sell.  JJ explained that she didn't normally sell land, but that she had a Montreal West Island real estate agent Tanya Nouwens who might be interested in taking this on.  (My broker is very generous that way.) Would I be interested?  Um, yeah!

We met with the vendors, toured the gorgeous waterfront lots, -- which are located in Les Cèdres, on the outskirts of Montreal -- and decided we all felt good with each other and about the project.  The vendors asked me to prepare a proposal so that they could weigh their options.

And so, as part of my homework, I contacted Barbara Todaro, the queen of selling land and working with developers.  Barbara spent the better part of a Friday afternoon kindly and generously answering my questions, providing feedback, sharing strategy and overall just being an amazing advisor (as was my broker).

Well, I prepared the proposal, and got the deal!  And I couldn't be happier. Not just because I got the deal, but, more importantly, because I have a strategy for SELLING the property! 

Now I'm off to prepare the listings.  I'll be blogging about this project in the weeks to come.  It's a unique opportunity for an off-island development on the water, close to Montreal, on unspoiled land.  The potential here is amazing.

Thank you Barbara. You're the best.

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Comments (15)

Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Kudos to you both;). It is good to hear a positive real estate story.

Feb 23, 2010 04:00 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Tanya....thank you for your kind words....we learn from each other....just as I learned the business from others, it's only right to pass that information forward so the learning continues....I'm sure you'll do the same for others....good luck and keep in touch with'll be a land guru before you realize

Feb 23, 2010 04:11 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Tanya, What a nice acknowledgement!  It's wonderful to find people through the rain that you are already comfortable working with and referring to!

Feb 23, 2010 09:21 AM
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON


Congratulations on your success and your willingness to seek advice from good people. All the best with your new project, I am quite sure you will do  well!


Feb 23, 2010 10:51 AM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Barbara is most certainly the best.  She goes way above the call of duty to help people out as she did me with my last listing.  A well deserved tribute.

Feb 23, 2010 01:44 PM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Barbara sounded like a terrific advisor to you Tanya. Kudos to her.
Feb 24, 2010 05:25 AM
Not In Real Estate Any Longer
Autaugaville, AL

Congratulations, Tanya and well-done Barbara! And thanks for sharing that great story :)

Feb 24, 2010 09:10 AM
Andrew J. Lenza
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Holmdel, NJ

Tanya, awww ... this reminds me of the Active Rain of yore. Folks supporting others instead of the incessant droning of whiners and Code of Ethic's strap-hangers. You may renew my faith in this network yet and congratulations to Barbara for walking the walk. 

Feb 26, 2010 03:47 PM
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Thanks for the support, Janice.

You're the best, Barbara.

Carole, it was very easy to recognize Barbara as the "go-to" person for land based on her blogs.

Thank you very much, Ty.  You're my go-to guy for all things London.  And for sound real estate advice : )

Aha, Jane. So I am not the only one who has benefited from her knowledge : )

Exactly, Gary. Thanks for stopping by.

My pleasure, Pam.

Andrew, I choose to focus on the good everywhere. And it's everywhere. Thank you for being here.


Feb 27, 2010 11:13 AM
Deena Cottingham
GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography - Calgary, AB
Home Stager & Photographer

Congrats, Tanya! You're enthusiasm is apparent and I love your generosity of spirit, too! Nice to hear such praise about a fellow ARer.

Mar 10, 2010 01:49 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Tanya, You certainly know how to pay it forward.  I hope this is posted in Activerain Link Love Group, I will go and feature it if it is!

Mar 10, 2010 01:11 PM
Deb Rosa
The Maine Real Estate Network - Saco, ME
Associate Broker

What a great post Tanya!  I know Barbara personally. She was able to list and sell our family estate in Massachusetts..It was a very emotional time in my life, but Barbara was so terrific. I will never forget her kindness. Ten years later and I am in Real Estate..go figure..must have had a wonderful Real estate experience! Yep! And, just a couple weeks ago I, too had some questions for her.. Thanks Tanya for your post and well, I can never thank Barbara enough!

Mar 12, 2010 08:08 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Tanya, I love this post. Barbara has been helpful to me also. I feel lucky to have found people like you and her on AR.

Mar 16, 2010 03:46 PM
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Thanks Deena.  I find a little gratitude in my life always goes a long way.

Carole, I'm going to join.  What a great idea!

That's wonderful, Deb!  I hope Barbara comes back here to see your comment : )

I suspect we're just two of many that Barbara has helped, Tom.

Mar 17, 2010 04:50 AM
Inna Hardison
ha media group - Orlando, FL
Wordpress for Real Estate & Design, Print HaMedia Group

Tanya - mys second attempt at leaving the comment (ARGGG THE PROXY THINGIE), but anyway, what a sweet acknowledgement and how refreshing to read.  I am with Andrew - like the good ole' days of free-flawing advice... PS: You'll do fine on the project.:-)

Apr 03, 2010 07:27 AM