There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional - integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills and a high-quality professional network, all of which are hallmarks of how I work.;That said, in my experience as an Ottawa real estate professional, I've also found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to your needs.;This "client first" philosophy has always been my approach and it requires me to continually improve my skills and ways of doing business. In addition, I've found that the latest technologies are enabling me to do everything I've always done, only much more quickly and efficiently. They've also helped me to extend the range of services I provide to my clients.;I grew up on a farm in Listowel Ontario. For 10 years my parents taught me work ethic, family values, and how to work the fields with a tractor at age 10. What they didn't teach me was how to crash it. I learned that on my own. I joined the Army at age 17 and went on to help people around the world including Bosnia, Croatia, Rwanda, and Afghanistan. I was an Operating Room Technician which involved assisting in surgeries, treating the sick and injured, and seeing that they recover from their injuries or illnesses. It's a rewarding experience. ;I intend to carry my values, work ethic and nursing skills to Real Estate. I think People Skills are important in this industry. Being personable, intuitive and being a good listener.;I'm not about getting your business, then forgetting about you.;I'm not about sales gimmicks.;I'm not about making false promises.;I'm "Not Your Average Joe".