Reprinted from The Rider August 2017 Issue It seems that at least once a week

I am asked about how to become a real estate salesperson and why did I get into the real estate business. So I decided to write a column about my reasons and why real estate and homes have always been my passion. Simple family never

owned a home. We lived in the big city of Toronto in rental accommoda- tion and my parents separated after four children when my youngest sister was nine months old. My mom be- came a single mom. A tough life and

Real Estate Salesperson In 1976

with little time or money for some of the niceties that most of my class- mates had. My fathers family were dairy

farmers and still owned their big farm in Whitevale near Pickering, Ontario where we spent most Sundays and a lot of the summers while I was very young. It must have set country living in my soul because it's the lifestyle I have always been drawn to and where I live now having accomplished my dream of owning my own farm. While living with my mother in

Toronto we walked to school through lovely neighbourhoods where we saw

beautiful lawns, well kept homes and I often imagined what it would be like to love in such places with a dad at home and a regular family. As I grew older I would spend

evenings driving around with my first boyfriend looking into the windows of these same homes and seeing the people living there enjoying family time and we would ooh and ah about their fine furniture and decorating. ( a little bizarre for teenagers .. I know.) I did very well in school always

got good grades and the teachers who nurtured me and supported me in my class work asked me what I wanted to

48 Ninth Concession

HGTV has a new show featuring this home!! Designer owners were given their own new show “Farmhouse Facelift” as a result of the fabulous workmanship, insight and restoring of this homes originality and character combined with new mechanics and kitchen and baths! Four big bedrooms, huge country kitchen with reclaimed brick wall (original) ,wide pine floors everywhere! plaster mouldings all original and gor- geous! three fabulous baths. A separate board and batten outbuilding offers five box stalls and inter- locking brick aisle. All on three acres just outside Brantford Ont. $1,274,500.

do once I finished school. They noticed my interest in homes and two of them sug- gested I consider the real estate business as a career. I left home at sixteen, moved to Brant-

ford Ontario , took a night time job and en- rolled in the real estate courses at Mohawk College. I LOVED it! When I joined the Brantford Regional

Real Estate Association I was the youngest real estate agent in our city and when I completed the Brokers courses several years later I was the youngest Broker. I soon became successful because I was en- thralled with the homes, the people and the quick and exciting work environment. As a young woman I was a bit of a unique fixture as most of my peers were older men who frowned on me , as one put it, not being home with my kids and husband. In those first years I had neither. And soon was out selling most of my competitors and peers. Life carried on and soon I was married

to a local Brantford boy and he along with 0ur three children grew to adapt to my busy lifestyle and long hours. But my roots and my beginnings

stayed with me and I had two focuses. One , to own my own piece of heaven in the country and have horses and dogs, the other to make sure my children always had a home of their own. A sanctuary. A place to take refuse from the world. I helped my oldest daughter at eight-

een to buy her first home. A duplex where the income from the one apartment was enough to carry the mortgage and the other income used to pay down the principle on the mortgage. She suck with that plan for several years and now at 34 yrs old has a nice home that is fully paid for. She will never have to worry , as I did, about not having a safe place or a roof over her head. My two other children both bought

homes three years ago and rented them while they were in school. Now that my son has graduated he has sold his first home and just recently accepted a job here in Brant- ford ( yay!) and is in the midst of closing on his second home which is just around the corner from his work in a pleasant friendly neighbourhood. He too has a roof over his head.

My youngest has also just started the

process of selling her first home and buying a second property. She will be attending university again next year to do a second Masters program but once she is done she will also have a place to call home, a sanc- tuary and roots. No Matter what happens to them in

3624 Governors Rd. This type of property is seldom available!. Vacant 42 acres of good arable soil with mostly workable acres. Allows for one home to be built and outbuilding if new owner desires. Set your home way back in , any size you like. would make a wonderful horse farm with cute board and batten home and barn with paddocks or build a big executive home with barn for your horses! you choose. Ancaster loca- tion , near Lynden, Ontario. $949,900.

life , job loss, sickness or health they will be able to feel secure in knowing they have their homes. Nothing fancy, but no one can ever take that away from them. I have achieved for them what I lacked and was so wanting when I was a young girl. Their families will live in homes and I hope their lives will be good ones. For myself I feel I have come full cir-

63 Hammond Road. This 60 acre Estate is a perfect combination for the family the still wants an Upscale 4000 sq ft home with fabulous decor and design , open con- cept, 10' ceilings, huge kitchen with gran- ite counters, pot lights, 10 foot island and gorgeous bathrooms. Four bedrooms, main floor office. rec room , fireplace and beau- tiful laundry room . Magnificent landscap- ing and brick paver patios surround the house. All this combined with a 14 stall horse barn, Paddocks and track for exercising the horses. Barn and house are 10 years old. All in fabulous condition. Income generating property. 45 acres workable brings in $3500 yearly. Solar brings in $10-12,000 and stalls rented to tenants who do all their own horse care and feeding at $200. per stall per month. A fabulous property lo- cated between Brantford and Ancaster priced at $1,825,000. Could never be replaced at this price!

Farm on Governors. This 44 acre horse hobby farm located in Ancaster is waiting for a new owner to renovate the big four bedroom home to their own taste! Main house offers lots of charming features and pine floors, kitchen is a big empty room waiting for the new buyer to design for themselves what they would like. back ad- dition features a main floor family room with cathedral ceiling soaring up to the sec- ond level where its overlooked by an open railing and separates the master bedroom and ensuite fro the main house. Full basement. good solid structure. Old timber frame barn has box stalls and good head room, upper hay mow, run out to three fenced pastures. Separate three car garage. Hay fields surround the farm and there's a long lane way back to a pond and open area. Great to ride on and safe enough to bring the dogs. Serenity now! $1,599,900.

cle now because I live on my home farm, with my horses, my German Shepherd dogs, fruit trees and a big old barn. At the end of a long day when I've found the per- fect home for some young family or sold a home for a couple who are moving forward with their lives, and I stand out in the corn field as dusk gathers and hear the Canadian geese honk as they fly overhead , I remem- ber my roots and my dreams and feel ful- filled.

Teri Davidson is Broker Owner of Associ- ate realty Brantford Inc. Teri Davidson is a licensed Real estate

Broker with C21 Professional Group, Brantford Ont. Teri has enjoyed a success- ful career in the real estate business span- ning 42 years including 18 years running her own brokerage which amalgamated at the beginning of 2019 with C21. Teri is a Centurian award winner and continues to help her clients buy and sell residential, rural and farm properties. She can be reached at and by phone at 519-738-7307.

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