Norfolk native, wannabe chef, collector of fine dining menus, ridiculously early riser always looking for a stronger brew of morning mud. I’m “REALTOR® Ray”, AKA “Chef Raymond”, “Captain”, “Raymondo”, and “Ray Jr.”. When growing up, I always dreamed of being a world renowned chef, yet my high school guidance counsellor convinced my parents that a Bachelor of Commerce was best for my future. So off to McMaster University I went where I was exposed to general business principles, accounting, finance, human resources, statistics, marketing, economics, and information systems … perfect pre-requisites for a real estate broker!
As a REALTOR® for the past 25 years, I’ve been witness to rapid change in the way which real estate is bought and sold. Way back when, information about properties listed for sale was made available by way of catalogues. Yes, catalogues. Publications of listing information with ONE black and white thumbnail size photo. Wait, it gets better. The catalogues were printed and delivered to brokerages every two weeks. Yes, that’s right … you had to wait two weeks to find out about a new listing.
Fast forward to 2016, I had the honour and responsibility of serving as President of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), the province’s strongest advocate for home and property ownership, property rights, and prosperous communities. OREA represents 80,000 REALTOR® members, who help home buyers achieve the Canadian dream of home ownership.
The complexity of the modern real estate market combined with expanded legal obligations increases the need and expectations of a high standard of care and knowledge. REALTORS® are involved in transactions that have a high degree of emotion, financial risk and reward associated with them. For this reason, I continued my education, beyond registration requirements. In 2017 I was awarded the FRI (Fellow of the Real Estate Institute) which allows me to better serve our firm’s clients and to lead our team of REALTORS® after continuing rigorous education requirements beyond registration education.
When not selling real estate, I enjoy boating, fishing, and cooking. I spend summers in Long Point as a fourth generation owner of The Old Cut Boat Livery where we have a summer time real estate office. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, you’re trusting me with one of your most valuable possessions. I take this responsibility very seriously.