by Andrew Slater
on Monday, December 7th, 2020 at 11:26am.
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Andrew spent 30 years travelling the world with food & beverage industry. Now, though, he works hard each and every day helping Saskatchewan families find their dream home as a trusted, knowledgeable Saskatoon REALTOR®. Though you'll usually find him busy helping his clients and staying up to date with the latest real estate market trends, he took a few minutes to share a bit about himself with us:
What’s your favourite part about being a REALTOR®?
It’s something new every day, it’s a challenge and I learn so much. It’s never the same thing and as technology has moved up, there’s something else to learn in the real estate market.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Saskatoon. I have lived in Montreal, Delaware, The Caribbean, Vancouver, and Kelowna. I even worked and lived on a cruise ship for six months. A lot of people think, “Wow! The Caribbean must have been a great place!” but Delaware was more fun. The Caribbean was kind of like Groundhog Day; sunny and hot, sunny and hot, sunny and hot. The sun rises and sets pretty much the same time every day.
I was in the food and beverage industry for thirty years and I decided that if I was going to work that hard, I wanted to work at something that would pay more money and give me more flexibility—real estate seemed like a good fit!
What is something you think every buyer should know before getting into real estate?
Pick a good agent. Interview them and find someone that you can connect with. Are they listening to you? Do they have a plan? They’re going to save you money in the long-run and make the process a whole lot simpler.
If you could give a seller one piece of advice, what would it be?
The same thing as a buyer—interview an agent, find a good agent and also plan ahead. Talk to that agent months before you’re ready to list your house so they can share ideas on how to get your house prepared and the most out of your sale. You can make an extra $5,000 - $20,000 depending on how much planning you put into it.
What do you think is the most important change coming for real estate?
Technology. COVID has taught us that technology has had a huge boost. I think that there will be a lot more virtual tours and people can sign online now.
What inspires you?
Guiding people in their real estate decisions. I really like when I’ve matched people up with a home and I’m able to help them move on. I also volunteer quite a bit in kid’s minor sports. I coach kids not just how to be better at the sport but how to have a better understanding of life lessons—showing up on time, the commitment to a team, teaching them that if you work hard at something you can become better. Not just better at the sport but a life lesson that they can take with them and use in all aspects of life whether it’s in their relationships, business or education.
Why do you love Saskatoon?
Well, having lived in quite a few places and being away for twenty-five years, I realized that it’s a great place to be and to raise a family. You can be anywhere in twenty minutes in Saskatoon, we have one of everything, there isn’t anything that we really desire or need… except for Ikea but, really, you could drive to Edmonton if you need that. You don’t need to go to Ikea every day! I get a kick out of people that say “Oh, it’s downtown… that’s ten minutes away!" In Vancouver it could take you ten minutes to get out of your driveway!
Is there anything else you think people should know about you when considering whether or not to work with you?
I will keep you informed along the way. As a buyer, even if nothing new came on the market, I’ll call you up and say, “Hey, there's nothing new on the market today.” As a seller, even if there are no new showings, I'll give you a weekly report of what happened with your house. I think people like to be kept informed. When they don’t hear from you, they get nervous and wonder what’s going on.
If you could choose three words to describe yourself, which would you choose?