NOVEMBER 29, 2020

100 years of TRREB Member REALTORS® turning houses into homes,
offices into businesses, and streets into neighbourhoods

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I joined the the Toronto Real Estate Board upon getting my license in 1989. The first and most difficult assigned was to decide which Company to join to ply my trade as a Realtor. With an Accounting background and having worked with a Real Estate Development Company for a number of years, I was keen on pursuing a career in Commercial Real Estate so I joined a Commercial Broker. After spending several years in that arena I decided to join a Realtor Office that would give me the opportunity to work on both fields, Commercial & Residential. I joined the Century 21 chain and this proved to me to be a good decision as I managed to follow both fields of opportunity which also became quite rewarding. I participated in as many courses, programs and seminars as possible to help broaden the scope of my endeavours and to acquire as much knowledge as possible in order to be more proficient. During my 25+ year career I found some of the most rewarding results by Volunteering at TREB on The Commercial Executive Council and numerous Committees over several years which also provided extensive opportunities to meet and interact with many Colleagues and Members of TREB for enlightenment as well as helping to further the forward progress of the organization and to enhance its professional Status. Now in retirement I can honestly say that I miss all the interactions with Clients, Colleagues and other Professionals as well as the Business itself which is so rewarding when you feel that you have provided such an exemplary and fulfilling service in helping others. Congratulations TRREB & good luck going forward Joe Panchyshyn
2020-09-09
Joe panchyshyn
Retired / Formerly Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd.
It was merely a dream to become Real Estate Sales Person for me. But in 2010 one of my friend forced me to be a Real Estate Sales Person. I was feeling something different once I received my License in my hand. I was feeling a different personality and thinking I have different inner power to guide the people who really want to achieve in Canada by migrating from their home country. I guided my first Real Estate deal in getting one family their dream Beauty Parlour. From the day my confidence level went to the peak and was feeling I am in Real Estate only to guide and assist people of different community. This is the right profession if your inner conscious works with you. To be Realtor is great achievement in my life and it changes my living style and personality. You feel yourself different in crowd. Now I feel more happy by getting my Broker license. I love this profession and more happy to be TREB member.
2020-09-09
Mukul Desai
Real Estate Broker / HomeLife Miracle Realty Ltd.
It is my pleasure to remember back in the 1950's of my Father's Real Estate Corporation .H.W.Bleasdell Ltd. I gave many articles/pictures to the TREB library after his passing in 1996 at age 82 yrs. young- still selling. Harry Bleasdell FRI. was Director of TREB 1956 to 1959, 2nd highest exam mark in Canada,Can.Institute of Realtors 1960, Chairman of Toronto Chapter CIR 1966, Member of the National Institute of RE.Brokers 1969 ,served on Arbitration 1982. Back in 1951 it was not unusual to see in TREB news a picture of an agent who caught a big fish over the weekend .That was Harry and his proud catch. Homes at that time were listed for $11,000 to $24,000 Leaside & North York .The ph.# was Hudson or Mayfair. During Hurricane Hazel 1954, Harry rented boats to help homeowners swamped in Hogs Hollow (Yonge/York Mills) Harry having 3 young daughters and a wife paralized with polio believed in giving woman a fair chance in the RE. field. He gave that start of success to Sadie Moranis and hired her in 1963 It was the biggest challenge to find a Broker who would hire a woman back then .In later yrs Sadie was the first Female President of TREB in 1981 Being in RE. as a follower to my Father I started in 1972 and a Broker in 1980- I so well remember the 6 carbon copies or handwritten offers on the truck of a car outside the offered home - sign backs were easy because all the parties there in person .The ritual of morning listings sorting in area binders was a dreadful chore. Sadly I retired his Corporation H.W.Bleasdell Ltd. in 2011, always to remember his business card quoting "Personal Conscientious Service" P.S .sent my memories in today but forgot Harry Bleasdell ( my father) also active in TREB/PAC 1993 . (not sure what that was then) thanks
2020-09-08
Joanne Bleasdell
Broker / Future Group Realty
I got my RE licence in 1989, right before the recession started to take off. I joke that my getting into real estate caused the market to flop. In hindsight, it was the best thing to happen to create the level of real experience that I received to be the type of agent I dreamed of becoming. To this day, I use the skills I developed as a young Realtor at the age of 24. As hard and frustrating as it was (for at least 5 years) I wouldn't trade those formative years. With the tools TRREB has provided over the years, I was able to consistently reach my goals I set out for myself year after year while still having control over my time and my life. In fact, I have to thank my two fantastic Broker/Owners: Richard and Alex Pilarski who have supported me in countless ways over the years. I will never forget early advice I got from Richard when I was started to make a name for myself at Re/Max. He said, "Make sure, no matter what, that you are always home for dinner with your family, every night". To this day, I rarely miss a family dinner. Best. Advice. Ever. Thanks Richard! Here's to many more fun and exciting years in this crazy business call Real Estate!
2020-08-22
Wayne Kahn
Sales Representative / Re/Max Realtron Realty Inc.
My father, Joseph Kreiner started with the Toronto Real Estate Board and Mann and Martel in the late 1950's. In 1961 he started his own firm Joseph Kreiner Real Estate Limited. From a young age, I answered the phones and took messages for my father. When I was young, my father guided me well in business and financial matters and 44 years ago I obtained my Real Estate License as a Sales Representative. Studying and obtaining my Broker's License I have continued on as the Broker of Record for Joseph Kreiner Real Estate Limited for the past 15-20 years. Sadly my father passed away last year. My daughter Vanessa Ley has now joined me as the third generation Real Estate Professional in our family. Being located in Richmond Hill/York Region I have watched our community grow from 16,000 to 230,000+ residents. Being a member of the Toronto Real Estate Board and a Real Estate Broker has been an amazing ride and honour. I look forward to decades yet to come assisting my loyal families/clients, who I have guided in real estate for generations. This profession is to be taken seriously and with great integrity. We are assisting people with the largest purchase that many will ever make in their lives. Our actions in the real estate profession have a great impact on the future of many families in our Communities. Congratulations to the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board on it's 100th anniversary. We, at Joseph Kreiner Real Estate Limited wish our Board and it's members many more successful and fruitful years to come. Heidi Kreiner-Ley and Family
2020-08-22
Heidi Kreiner-Ley
Broker of Record/President / Joseph Kreiner Real Estate Limited
Both my grandparents and parents were active in Real Estate. There is an amusing photo of my paternal grandfather taken during or just after World War I standing on the worn wooden entrance to his office on Queen Street. Signs in the window proclaim: GRANER & COMPANY: BANKERS, Travel Office, Money Transfers, We Sell War Bonds, and on the entrance window, Justice of the Peace, and Real Estate Broker. Both my father and uncle shared the office and worked for the company. Grandfather Joseph was an immigrant from Odessa, then controlled by Russia. According to my father, he could barely read and write. My mother's father, bought a property at Gerrard and Bay, that had suffered a fire in 1948 for $814 (Eight Hundred and Fourteen Dollars). He gave it as a dowry for my mother. By the time I entered university, she was landlord to 6 income properties. Rent from the Gerrard St. property sustained my mother until she died at age 97. Until I too became a realtor in the1990's, I was a full-time opera singer, cantor, and concert-producer. I used my fine-arts experience to sell real estate.
2020-07-31
RON GRANER
Sales Representative / HIGH POINT REALTY LIMITED

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) is celebrating 100 years of service this year. Please post any reminisces and observations you have on how the real estate industry in the Greater Toronto Area has grown and changed over the decades, or the role that TRREB REALTOR® members have played building communities by turning houses into homes, offices into businesses, and streets into neighbourhoods.

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