DIY Home Décor: When to Leave Upgrades to Professionals

By SIRC
30 Gibson Ave., Toronto, ON

Does your property need a new look? If the interiors aren’t as fresh and current as they once were, you may be considering a home improvement project. But how much do you take on yourself when it comes to DIY home décor, and what absolutely requires hiring a professional? Here’s what you need to know before you get started.

How Handy Are You?

224 King St W #4701, Toronto, ON

Before tackling any DIY home décor project, honestly assess your level of technical skill when it comes to …read more

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My Real Estate Story | Brad Henderson

By SIRC

“Having worked with the people at Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, I feel very much like I’m a part of a family. It is an incredible opportunity, an incredible job and I’ve said this to our people many many times, this is the best job I’ve ever had.”

My father was in real estate, and all the time when I was at home, I was probably one of the only kids in the neighbourhood that really understood what a residential or a commercial real estate agent did.

I ended up getting a summer job in a commercial real …read more

Source: My Real Estate Story | Brad Henderson

My Real Estate Story | Cheryl Dorricott

By SIRC

“I don’t think of myself as a real estate sales person, I really do believe it’s more than that. It’s about connecting with people.”

For a lot of people, buying a large property and then developing it is quite a challenge. For me it’s very exciting, because I’ve been through it. It’s having the insight or the foresight to see what can be done with that property.

Working with country properties for me was a very natural transition, because I grew up in a rural community, I owned and ran a horse farm. Building an equestrian …read more

Source: My Real Estate Story | Cheryl Dorricott

My Real Estate Story | Nigel Denham

By SIRC

“Service, it’s marketing, it’s professionalism, it’s execution, it’s all those things that come together along with global reach that Sotheby’s International Realty Canada has, that is just unmatched in the real estate business. “

My dad left a successful career in the corporate world to start his own business. Watching my parents grow that business literally out of our garage, was really instrumental in sort of forging my future in real estate.

When I was 25 I hadn’t bought or sold a property yet but I was still aware of the negative stigma that came with …read more

Source: My Real Estate Story | Nigel Denham

My Real Estate Story | Petrus Engelbrecht

By SIRC

“Obviously there’s lots of facets to being an agent. You have to be a good organizer, you have to be a brilliant negotiator, I enjoy the process just as much as being able to successfully sell a property.”

Something that people don’t do enough, that I don’t do enough sometimes, is to think. Just slow it down for a few seconds, think what you want to do, and then execute. I try and take a quick walk every day, look out over lake ontario, you see Toronto across the lake, and you can just think things …read more

Source: My Real Estate Story | Petrus Engelbrecht

My Real Estate Story | Lindy Goodman

By SIRC

“I’d like to help my clients understand their needs and what is possible. With my understanding of urban planning, I can help them gain an understanding of what the potential is for the property.”

You need to know your area, you need to know your neighbourhoods, you have to have an understanding of what clicks in that community. I’ve lived in Toronto my entire life, my family’s been in Toronto since the turn of the last century. I guess there’s something nice about the stability of being in that same area all of the time. To …read more

Source: My Real Estate Story | Lindy Goodman

My Real Estate Story | Judith Hanley

By SIRC

“Every time I’m meet with a new client, it’s the start of a whole new project. You’re starting a new show every time. For me that’s a big part of why I love my job so much.”

Having been adopted it is important to me to have a safe and secure environment, not only for myself but also for my family.

As a young child, my parents were looking for a home for 5 years, they decided to make a move to Oakville and I was involved going through every open house, meeting every agent, some of …read more

Source: My Real Estate Story | Judith Hanley

My Real Estate Story | Andrew Kadwell

By SIRC

“The most joy I get it is when I get to tell our sellers or our buyers that we were successful. We love to celebrate that with our clients. Putting up that sold sign or calling them to tell them that they have a home is the best part of my business.”

I’ve always had an interest in homes, whether it was architecture, design or interior. So with my passion for renovating and designing my own home, it allows me to visualize what a home might look like in the future.

1843 West River Road, …read more

Source: My Real Estate Story | Andrew Kadwell

My Real Estate Story | Maryann Kenfelja

By SIRC

“As I get to know my clientele, I love when they open up to me. It gives me an opportunity to create a portrait of where they are headed, in my mind I write a story of them.”

My parents immigrated to Canada from Croatia many moons ago. Their story stuck with me, it was a of struggle, adjustment and bravery. It humbles you and you tend to wear other people’s stories if you listen enough.

Luxury is not now about what it once was for me, luxury now is about a feeling, whereas before it was …read more

Source: My Real Estate Story | Maryann Kenfelja