THIS WEEK — MARY DEMPSTER from The Dempster’s Real Estate Team
Welcome to our series on Toronto Mom-Entrepreneurs! Over the next few weeks we’ll feature Toronto moms juggling growing businesses as well as motherhood and learn a little about what they’re up to.
Name: Mary Dempster
Company: The Dempster’s Real Estate Team
The Pitch: People only move for major life reasons: Marriage, children, jobs, downsizing, etc. I help people walk through the process of moving and help them achieve their goals when it comes to their homes. One of my clients says it best: “Mary stuck with us through a changing budget and some personal ups and downs, always believing that she would find us a home we would love, even when we were ready to give up. Even in a very competitive market, Mary was patient and persistent, and ultimately helped us achieve our goal of owning a great home in a vibrant Toronto neighbourhood on a conservative budget. Through out the process, I always trusted that Mary wanted to find us a home we would enjoy, and not just to find us something to make a quick sale. Her knowledge, good humour and enthusiasm made a tough process enjoyable and very rewarding in the end. I would strongly recommend Mary to anyone looking for a smart real estate agent with a lot of integrity.”
Why she got started: I was in need of a change from the corporate world. I have a passion for negotiating – finding ways to bring two sides together – it was a perfect fit. I get to meet some fantastic people and help them find the place they will enjoy going home to every night.
Why it’s better than what’s out there: The Dempster’s are pretty a unique team. I work with my mother Barb and my brother Jamie. We also have an amazing assistant – she’s been with us for 20 years and she’s like family. What sets us apart is that our clients get the benefit of all of us – increased service and not having to worry about missing something in Toronto’s crazy real estate market. We are about quality, and long-term relationships with our clients, not just about one transaction.
On where she wants to be in 5 years: I’ll still be in real estate, in a strong team environment, continuing to learn more about this fabulous city of Toronto. From the underground rivers that run through it, to the amazing cultural enclaves, there is always something to learn. I strive to consistently obtain the Chairman’s Club award with Remax, aim for the Diamond Club award, and hope to become one of the top agents in the city.
Kids: 2 girls, ages 5 and 6.
Most taxing time of the week: Weekends, balancing work with kids programs and the kids’ social activities. We are a one car family.
Thing she thought that she’d never do as a mother — that she does all the time: On Sunday mornings I often turn on a kids’ Netflix show when they wake up and come into our room (remotely from bed upstairs to the TV downstairs, using my iPhone) so I can grab another half hour of sleep. It’s so lazy but oh so good.
Does she let her kids jump on the couch? Yes, life is too short to worry about couches.
Most impressive dinner (in terms of health and ease of concoction) that her kids will actually eat: Steamed ginger fish with rice and broccoli. They love it, and I love the invention of the rice cooker.
Best Time of the Day: Mornings, walking my kids to school. It feels precious.
Messy House or Neat House: Neither, I consider it a lived-in home. Never perfect, just always a little bit messy.
Favourite Book at the Moment: The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo, a Norwegian novelist. It’s part of a series about a cop named Harry Hole, but this one is the best.
Favourite Sayings: Sharing is caring.
Biggest Mom-vs-Career Challenge: Time management. It’s tough balancing the desire to be at home, to be part of their milestones and watching them grow, while at the same time being an active realtor in the Toronto market with all of the multiple offers, quick timelines and the need to be constantly on top of things. One of the most frustrating things is trying to make a business phone call at home with children. It’s not always successful; I’m still working on that one.
Your Best Career Time-Saver: New tech. When my mother started in the business she had a cell phone the size of a brick. Now it’s smart phones and tablets. Apps like PDF Expert and Cam Scanner allow me to review, revise documents, scan and resend while on the go. It’s the most productive combination ever.
ON HER NEIGHBOURHOOD
Neighbourhood: Wanless Park (Yonge and Lawrence)
Favourite Park: Favourite park: Wanless Park – my grandfather help establish the current tennis club there. I feel a connection every time I’m there.
Restaurant that you dare take your kids to: The Abbot, a local pub on Yonge street. But that doesn’t happen often.
Local Special Treat: Sebastian’s chocolate croissant, and cappuccino from Bobbette and Belle
Best Kept Secret: Inspira Athletica. A small local gym, classes are small and the environment is fun.
OFFER FROM MARY DEMPSTER
A free, no-obligation and completely confidential consultation to review the value of your home and to give you the knowledge you need to help you make the best decisions for you and your family.
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