I came to real estate a little later than many, but I had a lot of other things to do first! There was school, work, fun - not necessarily in that order - and some retirement time too. The good thing about that is the wide ranging experience I gained then is largely relevant now to my career in real estate sales, which began in 2004.
Victoria has been home for my wife and me since early 1990. Having lived coast to coast in Canada, I can say each province has its own beauty and attraction. They also each have snow, freezing cold winters, and some form of flying pest such as bloodthirsty mosquitoes or equally annoying little black flies. But in this little corner of the world, in Victoria at the south end of Vancouver Island, it seldom snows, the winters are mild, and mosquitoes are rarely encountered. My wife and I think we'll stay put.
Apart from twenty-five years of military service, and ten years of service with Rotary, I have been active in my community as a volunteer director of the Mount Newton Centre Society. That is a grass roots organization the main aim of which is to keep our elderly citizens in their own homes as long as possible by providing unique medical support services and equipment to them in their homes.
The lens through which I examine my clients' real estate needs is filtered by my years of experience as a lawyer, as well as my B.Sc in Civil Engineering. This training and experience enables me to listen well, think logically, and put the interests of my clients first. I see my role as that of consultant and facilitator, not that of salesperson.
Recently, I stumbled upon a 'guru' who is leading me and a handfull of other motivated people on a 'hands on' journey through the maze that is 'social media'. The journey is intense, and necessarily spread over over many weeks. We are getting the low down on, and using, cutting edge applications, as well as studying and implementing stategies to build online communities of like-minded individuals to build our businesses. It's a fantastic journey, and serves as a the 'prototype' for social comprehensive media courses to follow. If that makes you go all a'twitter, I'd llike to hear from you.
Duncan Boan, residential real estate agent in Victoria, British Columbia, with special interests in green real estate as well as in representing first time home buyers and new construction buyers.