Know Your REALTOR®: Ed Machart

Posted by Ed Machart on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at 11:15am.

Ed Machart is a local, award-winning Saskatoon real estate agent, and has been selling real estate with CENTURY 21 Fusion for 15 years. One busy guy, Ed is always working hard for his clients, but was happy to take a moment to share what he loves about being a REALTOR® and why he would love to work with you and your family in finding the home of your dreams.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up on a farm just outside of Harris, Saskatchewan. My dad taught me how to work hard and my mom taught me how to treat people, and sports was a big thing for me. As I've grown older, I now have two sons that are very athletic, and so they have been the highlight of my life. We travel, we watch the games, we support the best that we can. And then outside of that, I try to teach them about giving back to the community. One of the programs I support is Easter Seals, and we try to teach them that life is about giving back, not about taking. And that's my life in a nutshell!

Why did you choose to become a REALTOR®?

That's an interesting question because there's a number of reasons why I did. The number one reason was that I had two bad experiences in purchasing real estate. And, to be perfectly honest, they were with fairly well-to-do REALTORS®. I thought the experience was very poor and I thought if they're doing it with this level of service, if I did it with the service I wanted, I could do a fantastic job! 

I was also introduced to real estate by a friend of mine many years ago, and she tried to encourage me to become a REALTOR®. It took a long time, but then it got to the point where I went, "Yeah, let's do this." So, combine those two experiences and that's why I became a REALTOR®.

Why CENTURY 21? 

Fifteen years ago when I decided I had to pick a brokerage, I walked in the doors of CENTURY 21 Fusion and, from the moment I walked in, I knew that I had found where I wanted to work. I just find it like family. And the education doesn't stop! I'm fifteen years in this business, and have had good success, but they never stop teaching me and helping me get to the next level. And I think, for me, that's important. Then nationally, I love the brand. I love the forward-thinking, I love that we're never behind, we're always ahead of the game as far as technology and I think that's important.

What's your favourite part about being a REALTOR®?

People. The best thing about being a REALTOR® is I meet some of the most amazing people. And it doesn't matter whether they're purchasing a $100,000 condo or over a million dollar home, the people are awesome. The people that I work with...and I can't explain why I get all the good ones, but I feel that I do. I just love it! I am inspired by them, excited to help them. The toughest part is when the deal is done and they move into their new home. It’s like you spend all this time with people and then all of a sudden, now you go back to seeing each other once in a while. 

What's something that you think every buyer should know before getting into real estate?

Don't do it on your own. It doesn't cost anything to use a REALTOR® in the buying process, and we do bring a ton of value. We can protect you and there are things that we know to look for. Anyone can see the pretty in a home, but not everyone can see the flaws, and that's really what I do. Especially as someone that's experienced, has been in new construction, and has been around and done some volume, I've been through many home inspections and I can point out areas of concern.

And if you could give any seller one piece of advice, what would it be?

Aside from hiring me? [chuckles] I think “trust your agent.” Or, in this case, hopefully, trust me. I'm going to do my due diligence to protect you. It's not just about selling your home, it's about selling your home and protecting you at the same time. So there are certain things that we do to do that. The seller's always in charge, but take the advice of the REALTOR®. 

What do you think is the most important change coming for real estate?

I think technology. You know, we used to do REALTOR® open houses, we used to put our listings into the newspaper and into a magazine, and all of that's gone. It's all changed. Everything is on technology, and so I think that's the biggest change is just everybody's adjusting to looking for properties online. But you cannot replace the face-to-face transaction. You still want—no, need someone to facilitate that purchase or sale. You can never replace that with technology.

What inspires you?

There's quite a few things that inspire me; most of all, my boys. I have two sons, Tyler and Adam. Tyler played hockey and then moved into football, and excelled at it. He was an MVP in high school, and went on to play junior football in Calgary. My youngest son, Adam, played three years with the Hilltops and then went on to play with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. He's got three Canadian championships and a Harty Cup championship. So, for my wife and I, that's our life—we follow our boys around. And anyone of great success says you have to have a "why". For me, my boys are my “why”. 

Other things that inspire me are, to be honest, my clients. Everybody that I work with is amazing. The stories, the challenges that they've had to go through, the failures, the successes—and for them to share that with me, it's really special. I admire them and it's another part of my “why”. It's very encouraging to work with people like that. 

Why do you love Saskatoon?

Saskatoon's home. I find it interesting that when you travel around Canada how even other people notice it, too. I was recently in British Columbia having a conversation with someone and they said to me, "You must be from Saskatchewan." So there's something about this place, right? We are a community. We are family. We are hard-working. And then Saskatoon, in particular, I find it very forward-thinking. The people are great and it's beautiful—look at our parks, you look at our river! I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. 

Is there anything else you think people should know about you when considering whether or not to work with you?

Well, I think the number one thing that people should know is when I say, "I care," I really do. I really care about them and I care about their situation. And I don't stop caring. To me, it's not a sale, it's not a transaction. I grow quite fond of my clients and I want the best for them. I essentially treat them like family, and that's the most important aspect of the transaction for me. 

If you could choose three words to describe yourself, which would you choose?

Funny. Hard-working. Caring.


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