Meet Tammy Dubreuil


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Now I’d like to officially introduce you to my newest Sales Representative, Tammy Dubreuil. Tammy is a new Agent, but she’s not new to Real Estate. She has been manning the front desk at my Re/Max office for 4½ years and in the last year, completed her licensing. She had always set her sites on a career in Real Estate (in some aspect), starting in Grade 11 when she did her Co-op placement in the Marketing Department at the Re/Max Millcreek Office for a full year. It was during this time she got to understand how Real Estate Marketing works as she got involved with the execution of Flyers and Feature Sheets and so much else. Her first career thought after High School was Interior Design but she soon saw a future in the growing Real Estate industry of Staging. She became a certified Home Stager and continues to stay updated on the latest trends. (She also named Staging and Interior Design as one of her hobbies – I love that!! A hobby that will make her a better Real Estate Agent!!) Tammy jumped into Home Ownership at a young age in 2008. She and her fiancé bought their first house in Milton, which is where she is now becoming an Area Specialist. At our Re/Max office, she chose me to be her Agent for this transaction and this is when I first really got to know her. I found I had a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and determined Buyer to work with. Home ownership has been a learning curve for Tammy and she tackles as many household tasks as she can. (She comes by it honestly with a Contractor dad!!) She wields a paint brush with the best of them, she gets her fingers dirty designing her garden, she is learning electrical and plumbing and recently put in a brand new light fixture by herself!! She has made sure all of the requisite upgrades were done in her home – pot lighting, crown moulding, a new deck and some great curb appeal with extended flagstone and stone flower boxes. Of course with her Staging and Interior Design vision, she gets to make most of the decorating calls in the house!! They have recently purchased their next home in Milton – this time they decided on a new home (closing in May 2012). Tammy felt that going through the experience of building is something she wanted to do not only for her personal know-how, but to make her a better Agent. She feels she now has a better understanding of cost versus value, she knows the types of materials offered and can read blueprints with the best of them. Now she can advise Clients on upgrades and renovations with confidence. On the home front, Tammy is looking forward to a destination wedding in November 2012 (it’s going to be a big year!). She and her fiancé currently share their home with 3 dogs. She is a fierce animal lover who appreciates the responsibility, unconditional love and outdoor exercise that come with dog ownership. Her 2 Shih-poos (Meika 4 and Bailey 2) get along famously with her 1½ year old German Shepherd, Skyla!! Milton offers a great Leash-free Zone on 4th Line with an acre of field where her dogs can socialize. Tammy is extremely knowledgeable about Milton. She has gone to great lengths to educate herself on the amenities in the area as well as the neighbourhoods, the housing designs & layouts, and the home values. She calls it a great small town that is developing fast, a community with nothing but great things in its future. When Tammy was completing her Licensing, she approached me to mentor her because she felt I stood out with my work ethic and drive. Since having Tammy join my Team, I have found her to be determined and hardworking. It’s a new experience for me from a managerial standpoint to train a newly licensed Agent and so far I love it! From her standpoint, she has said “I’m really excited and very honoured to be worked with the Krisztina Team. It’s a great opportunity and the ladies I’m working with will provide me with a great foundation for a long career in Real Estate. I learn something new every single day and I don’t think there will ever be a dull moment!! I LOVE the whole industry. I love meeting new people on a regular basis and I love getting into the bones of a house. When my mind is set, I work really hard, I go for it and I get it done.” If she brings all of that self-motivation and determination to my Team, I see only great things in the future! Welcome to the team, Tammy.

Meet Jennifer Patterson


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As promised, I will be doing a series of Blogs introducing you to my Team Members. Today I would like to officially introduce you to Jennifer Patterson. Jen has been working with me since November 2010. I was looking for an experienced Sales Representative who could expand my business, specialize in the growing Toronto condo market, serve the Toronto market in general and be my #1 backup in Oakville and Mississauga. Jen had been working on her own in my RE/MAX office and I loved her energy and professionalism. She shares my sense of integrity, my work ethic and my drive and she always goes 120% for her Clients. In a way, she balances me and I would consider her the ‘softer’ one (although I have seen her in Tiger Mode!!). She knows the condo market inside and out and she has been the perfect addition to my team.

Jen graduated from York University with an Honours Degree in Fine Art. Her next step was a combined Law and MBA degree…but as she sat in a room with acceptances for this program from York in one hand and U of T in the other, she realized she should be a heck of a lot happier. This ultimately became a defining moment in Jen’s life (and my ultimate gain…hah!) as she embarked on a soul-searching trip to Europe to plot out what the rest of her life might look like. When she returned to Canada, she knew she wanted financial security and she knew she wanted to own investment properties, so she decided to educate herself in the Real Estate Market by taking her Real Estate License to better understand  how to invest. And something happened…she fell in love with the real estate game and embarked on a career as a Real Estate Agent!!

Top-notch Client Service comes naturally to Jen. While putting herself through university, she bartended at many of Toronto’s hottest night clubs and worked retail at the same time. To me, that’s the perfect foundation for understanding Client service. As well, her parents had the foresight to enroll her in French immersion starting in Kindergarten. She then parlayed her French fluency into a command of both Spanish and Italian. Her languages have served her well as she traveled extensively through the Caribbean and Europe. This is another belief that we share – it’s a big world out there, full of fresh ideas and fresh perspectives, with so much to learn from other cultures. In fact Jen even spent a month in South Africa working with Rotary. There she worked at medical clinics (playing and reading to the kids), she sorted books in warehouses and most memorably, she helped assemble makeshift wheelchairs from donations of plastic chairs, metal frames and bicycle tires. Her best takeaway from that experience: the littlest things can make the biggest difference!

Jen is not only an expert in the Condo market, she also lives in one. She is a big proponent of condo living – it’s easy and it’s safe, she says. She loves not having to do any outdoor maintenance, she appreciates having an in-house gym and enjoys being close to friends, activities and her social life. Living in the DNA Condos, she also can’t say enough about the King St. West neighbourhood! She loves having great shops, lounges and restaurants at her doorstep, but it’s also close to the lake and lots of parkland with running and bike trails at her disposal. (Being able to walk to the CNE is another great plus!) The thriving
Queen St. West art culture is also close by. She loves the urban excitement and vibe but appreciates still being surrounded by greenery. “For right now”, she says, “I’m exactly where I belong!!”

Jen says she was attracted to the opportunity of joining my Team because after 5½ years, she had hit a point where she wanted to give everything she possibly could to each and every Client but found she had very little left for herself. She had no proper vacation time and no BlackBerry-free time, so it was difficult to get recharged. She felt that Cathy and I had great systems in place, a wonderful support structure and an environment that allows you to thrive and still relax a little. She liked my drive and determination and loves that I have her back both personally and professionally. I’ve always said that buying or selling a home is incredibly stressful and emotionally trying. All the good, all the bad, all the blood sweat & tears, Jen is in it for the Client and has
always said she is honoured to be part of their process. That’s Jen in a nutshell and that’s why I’m confident she will be a great asset to my team!!
Welcome to the Team, Jennifer!!