As seen in... Profiles of Excellence 2017
Community matters. Being a part of a community helps a REALTOR® serve their clients – whether buyers or sellers. And for one group of Vancouver-area agents, that also means playing a leadership role in stepping up for causes that make neighbourhoods and families better.
Richard Laurendeau is the managing broker of RE/MAX Westcoast, headquartered in Richmond. Allison Cimoszko is the managing broker of RE/MAX Select Properties, focusing on Vancouver West. Cory Raven is the managing broker of RE/MAX Select Realty, dedicated to Vancouver East. All three have lifelong connections to Vancouver and are raising their families here. Together, they are also partners in the three businesses. With their team of 280 agents, they’ve got the region covered.
Thinking globally and acting locally is a RE/MAX advantage, says Laurendeau.
“We live in the community, we work in the community and we are part of an international organization,” explains Laurendeau, who has been in the industry for more than three decades. “RE/MAX is in about 100 countries. It’s global. But we are a locally owned operation. We certainly have the local knowledge. But when clients come from Montréal or New York or California or China, the RE/MAX name is not new to them. As a result, they gravitate to what they know to be a credible, reliable, professional source of information and expertise.”
RE/MAX has a 40-year record – and the combined experience between the three principals is far higher. RE/MAX REALTORS® typically have more years in the profession and help more buyers and sellers per agent than other brokerage.
The locally minded, globally connected ethos of RE/MAX extends to the systems that support agents so they can deliver outstanding service to clients. RE/MAX tells its agents “you’re in business for yourself, but not by yourself” and the Westcoast and Select offices are the embodiment of independent entrepreneurship undergirded by comprehensive back office excellence. To the client, the agent is the face of the agency, but the staff in the offices have repeatedly been recognized with awards for administration and management. The ownership team has also been repeatedly cited as leaders in their field.
“That’s what allows our agents to achieve,” says Cimoszko, who has been a Realtor® for 16 years. “Your agent is working with you one-on-one, but there is a team of top professionals backing them up so that, whether you’re buying or selling, we deliver service that gives you an extraordinary advantage.”
The three partners share a passion for the business, for serving clients and bringing results.
“We are committed to providing world-class service from outstanding agents who are skilled, driven and focused on achieving great outcomes,” says Raven, a two-decade real estate professional. “We know the importance of experience, of learning from those who are more experienced and sharing our knowledge with those we work with. We understand the value of preparation and education.”
The three partners agree that the criteria for selecting the right Realtor® is to look at their skills, their integrity and the strength of their marketing plan.
“Again and again, we can demonstrate more experience and higher productivity, resulting in better performance,” says Laurendeau. “That translates to successful purchases for the buyer or sales for the seller. We bear that out year after year in terms of statistics. It’s backed by numbers.”
While tangible outcomes like sales numbers matter, also essential to the RE/MAX team’s work is a devotion to the communities they serve. The RE/MAX Westcoast and RE/MAX Select offices and staff are uniquely devoted to supporting great causes.
RE/MAX of Western Canada offers the Quest for Excellence bursary program, which presents 16 $1,000 bursaries to Grade 12 students who demonstrate leadership and community contribution initiatives. This is one of many causes the brokerage and its agents support.
“Our Realtors® do what they can for lots of superb groups doing good works,” says Laurendeau. “A particular focus is Children’s Miracle Network, which supports B.C. Children’s Hospital. Any parent who has been through those doors knows how it feels – and has also experienced the profound reassurance that comes from seeing the professionalism and humanity of the staff there.”
“This is one way of supporting the people we serve,” adds Cimoszko. “Finding and creating homes for families is what we do as Realtors®. But every parent knows that, when you’ve got a sick kid, nothing else matters.”
RE/MAX Select Properties
RE/MAX Select Realty
RE/MAX Manager of the Year:
• Arlene Butler (Twice)
• Richard Laurendeau (RE/MAX Western Canada)
• Richard Laurendeau (RE/MAX International)
• Cory Raven (RE/MAX Western Canada)
RE/MAX Broker of the Year:
• Brian Naphtali
RE/MAX Administrator of the Year
• Sue Hunt
• Shelley Woodin