SPECIAL REPORT: YOUNG GUNS 2017 ANDRE CHIN Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON Age: 34
Andre Chin’s love for sales and his passion for helping his clients have brought him to the top of a scorching Kitchener-Waterloo market. Chin’s Keller Williams team was recently named one of the company’s 20 best, which he credits to “hiring the right people, growing our team and focusing on our customer service. Our business has stabilized and our clients know they can trust us.” Chin sees the Kitchener market becoming more balanced in the next 12 months. He says principled agents will be the ones who excel when competition tightens up. “Always do the right thing, even if it means taking the hit. Integrity and character are all we have in this business – and customers only remember the horror stories.”
Century 21 Assurance Realty KELOWNA, BC Age: 31
Amanda Westrheim has had plenty to celebrate in 2017. June marked her sixth year as an agent, one in which she was named Century 21’s Sales Associate of the Year. But Westrheim says the success and recognition come at a price. “It’s gruelling,” she says. “If you don’t respond to that lead or inquiry in 20 minutes, it’s gone. Relationships suffer because you’re a slave to the business – but I love it!” Westrheim’s passion for the industry is rivaled only by her love for Kelowna, an emotion that plays a significant role in the service she provides her clients. Her modern, environmentally conscious approach to real estate ensures her buyers wind up in the ideal property in one of Canada’s most idyllic communities.
Sutton Group Professional Realty HALIFAX, NS Age: 31
When Jacqui Rostek first became an agent, the Halifax market was in a tailspin. Five years later, with her two-agent team dominating the Halifax suburb of Bedford, she is one of the top-producing young agents in all of Atlantic Canada. “I knew when I started that I was not as experienced or knowledgeable compared with other agents,” Rostek says, “so I felt I needed to make myself a value to each buyer and seller.” Faced with a continually sluggish market, defining that value has been critical to her ongoing success. Rostek has become known for her creativity and willingness to experiment with new approaches. “My job is not done until the deal is done,” she says.
Young Guns 2017 - Meet the rising stars of Canada’s real estate industry