Profiles

Profiles

The Hendrika Maria houseboat museum in Amsterdam.

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When Vincent van Loon lived on a houseboat in Amsterdam, he often encountered questions from passersby. “How do you get your water and electricity?” they would ask, or “Is it cold, damp and dark onboard?”

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Kelley Skar, the chief operating officer of Calgary-based Redline Real Estate Group, believes the term “full-service brokerage” is being used too loosely within the real estate industry.

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Stacey Peterson gets it; she’s learned that you can’t go all out, all the time, but that when you do go all out, you’ve got to work a plan and kill it. Stacey’s not alone.

Frank Cormaggi, Adele Longo, Alba DiPlacido and Laura Cormaggi.

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Whole adult lives are spent building sales careers and the real estate industry is no exception. But time marches on and then, in what seems like the blink of an eye, it’s time to retire.

The Julie Kinnear team, from left: Jennifer Palacios, Julie Kinnear, Holly Chandler, Claire Hartviksen and Tyler Delaney. (Photo by Marko Shark)

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The members of Keller Williams Neighbourhood Realty’s Julie Kinnear Team in Toronto are happy to sympathize with clients who describe – in great detail – their recent knee surgery or their dog’s challenges around house training.

Shophouses (as they are today) in Singapore’s Little India in the early morning before the bustle of the day.

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In the 1800s, Singapore had its own version, called the shophouse, typically a two or three storey building owned by one family who would operate a business on the ground floor and live on the upper levels.

Bea Smith

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“I can truly say, I have seen and done it all,” says Bea Smith, who retired in March after 48 years in the real estate industry.

Nick Lalli says his company’s business model is “much cleaner for succession planning.” (Photo by Rachael Little)

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Ever since Century 21 Heritage House was formed in 1980, its solution to succession planning challenges has been to allow top sales reps to become partners.

John-Ross Parks during his rooftop adventure.

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Sales rep John-Ross Parks spent nearly six days and nights on a downtown rooftop to raise funds for charity, while Peter Kolisnyk shined a spotlight on homelessness by sleeping in a car for seven nights.

Trudy Wilson (Photos by Jenn Schofield of CatsMac Photography)

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Last year Trudy Wilson, 46-year-old real estate broker and mother of five, swam the entire 386-km Trent-Severn Waterway. The voyage was anything but smooth sailing.