CENTURY 21 Granite Realty Group Ltd., Brokerage*
- 705-286-2138 ext 24
- 2 Iga Road PO Box 388
Minden, ON K0M 2K0
Where Can You Find Me?
If you're out and about and looking for me, I've moved to the Minden Century 21 Granite Realty Group Ltd. office located at 2 IGA Road in Minden. Turn left at the first set of lights on Highway 35 coming into Minden from the south at the Dairy Queen and you'll find the office on the right side just after you turn. Although I try to be in the office regularly, other appointments with clients will mean that you may not find me if you happen to drop in. If you would like to make sure that I'm in the office, please call me on my cell at 705-457-5968.
Welcome to my Website
I grew up in Whitby in the late 1950s when the population of the town was similar to Minden and Haliburton. After high school I was accepted at the University of Western Ontario in London where I spent a few years unsure of what I wanted to do when I grew up. In 1975, I returned to Toronto and accepted a position with Y&R Properties Ltd., a downtown real estate development firm. Y&R was subsequently purchased by Oxford Development Group Ltd. and I was promoted to a position of Property Manager. During the next 10 years I managed many of the well-known downtown office buildings with a staff of 70 employees. I negotiated all contracts including union, elevator, cleaning, and window cleaning. My budget and responsibilities were substantial. These were exciting times in the city as new commercial development was happening downtown. After leaving Oxford I spent 5 years with Vanguard Trust as Manager of Mortgage Administration. During the late 1980s I obtained my Commercial Pilot License and Instructor Rating and taught flying at the Oshawa Flying Club while completing my B.A. at the University of Toronto and then my Masters in Environmental Studies at York University. My last decade spent working in Toronto was with Bank of Montreal as a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). In 2006 I joined the Century 21 family and am delighted to work with this team of professionals.
My extensive and broad work experience has provided me with in-depth knowledge of issues concerning identity theft and mortgage fraud, as well as the environmental assessment process and sewage systems. My work history and education have helped to further my analytical skills and supported my ability to make sound judgments, all of which are put to good use in the selling and buying process.
During the past 10 years, the growing use of the internet has changed the way real estate transactions occur. Buyers have so much more information available to them and sellers can see what is listed and inevitably compare their property to the listings. However, what neither buyer or seller can know from behind their laptop, is the local market, the local issues re pending development, proposed sewage lagoons, how close the neighbour really is and whether they have large barking dogs or noisy parties every weekend. The role of the realtor has evolved to be one of researcher and consultant to the buyer and seller. Our code of ethics requires realtors to disclose anything we know or ought to know to a buyer that would influence a decision to purchase a property.
If you're a buyer, I will take the time to research the neighbourhood for you, to look into potential developments and to talk to you about the current market conditions and any emerging market trends. If you're a seller, I will provide you with feedback after each showing. With these attributes and together with my genuine enjoyment of my work, you can feel confident that I will always be working enthusiastically in your best interests.
Outside of my real estate life, I enjoy kayaking, fishing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. I have been an avid slalom and trick water skier and spent my younger years downhill skiing. If you have any questions about the lakes in Haliburton or the outdoor activities in the area, just drop me a line and I would be happy to email you lake or topographical maps.
I am a current Board Member of the Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre in Haliburton. If you've not been into the Gallery, I encourage you to come in and enjoy this part of Haliburton's history. Volunteers and staff of the Gallery believe that art inspires and enriches us. We believe art is an essential part of a healthy and prosperous community. We believe everyone in the Haliburton Highlands should have the opportunity to experience and enjoy the creative arts. Please come in to the Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre the next time you are in town. The Rails End Gallery is located in the old station at Head Lake Park. Or, visit the website at:
I am also a past Director of the Muskoka and Haliburton Association of Realtors, our local real estate board.
Currently, I also act as an environmental consultant to the Kushog Lake Board of Directors and annually mentor a group of Fleming College students from the Lindsay campus who undertake lakewater quality testing on Kushog Lake each year.
A Few Testimonials
Thanks again for all your help. I am certain it was your professional approach and knowledge & attention to the details that turned up some of the 'shortcomings' of the listing details. We were able to get them sorted out and have found another little piece of wilderness heaven. Rick and Glenda
Thank-you for all your help in our search for a property to buy. Tom and I appreciate all the time you spent with us in this endeavor. We especially liked your professionalism in choosing properties that you thought we might consider. All of your advice concerning the many aspects of life in your "neck of the woods" was very valuable as we were coming from a more urban environment. Information about oil tanks, wells, and septic systems was most interesting and we were impressed with your knowledge of the properties you were showing us and the fact that you were always willing to answer all of our questions. Another positive factor was that you did not attempt to influence our decisions on any of the properties you showed. You acted more as an informed guide, rather than a salesperson.
We came away with a great respect for you as a very competent real estate professional and will recommend others to use your services if they are looking to buy or sell in your area.
Thank-you again for all you did for us. You made what could have been a very tiresome experience interesting and we felt that you always had our best interests in mind.
All the best,
Corliss Troy, Whitby