More Than Real Estate
By Barrie & District Association of REALTORS®
More Than Real Estate Podcast is all about bringing life and energy to real estate without always talking about real estate. Look forward to interviews with influential members and industry partners. These stories will focus on their personal growth and incorporate lighthearted, inspiring, and sometimes funny segments highlighting the fact that there’s more to REALTOR® life than being a REALTOR®. Hosted by the Barrie & District Association of REALTORS®.
Financing and First Time Home Buyers
In this episode as part of BDAR's ongoing partnership with Mortgage Wellness we are joined with Mike Moore, Mortgage Planner and Partner and Shawna Harrison, Senior Mortgage Planner and Partner. We discuss the do's and don'ts when going through the pre-approval for first time home buyers, interest rates, tips for getting your first down payment and more! This episode is great to share with clients and share within your network.
June 14, 2022
Building a Plan for Your First Home
Penny Stackhouse has been a member of BDAR since 2012 and just recently became the new Broker of Record for Engel & Volkers Barrie Brokerage. Penny has built a clientele purely on a referral basis and prides herself in helping her clients set a plan for buying their first homes. Recently she won the Outstanding Achievement award at the RE/MAX Hallmark Chay AGM recognizing the outstanding service and support she provides her clients. In this episode Penny shares her tips and tricks on how you can set yourself up for buying your first home, shares what you can find her doing when she's not working and how she manages it all with 4 teenagers!
June 01, 2022
But First, Housing - A Chat with Redwood Park Communities
In this episode we chat with Jennifer Van Gennip, Director of Communications at Redwood Park Communities. Redwood Park Communities was founded in 2009 by Tim and Rhonda Kent as a response to the need for more affordable housing in their community. Over the last decade, Redwood has grown tremendously over the years by advocating for affordable housing through several initiatives like United House for Women and children fleeing violence, the Second Suites program, and Lucy’s Place. To learn more about Redwood Park Communities visit their website. To learn more about the upcoming election and where the candidates stand on housing visit bdar.ca/electionsbulletin
May 17, 2022
Solving the Housing Crisis - Expert Panelists Discuss Recommendations to Combat The Affordability Crisis
Barrie and District Association of Realtors® are thrilled to bring together experts from around the province to discuss the affordable housing crisis. This virtual panel discussion will address the recommendations provided in the Housing Affordability Task Force Report. Panelists: Tim Hudak, CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) Steve Clarke, Mayor of Orillia Nathan Westendorp, Director of Planning/Chief Planner, County of Simcoe Mike Moffatt, Senior Director, Policy and Innovation Smart Prosperity Institute Bob Schikendanz, President, Ontario Home Builder’s Association Moderator: Penelope Graham, STOREYS Managing Editor. This was a live virtual event held over Zoom.
May 16, 2022
A Sustainable Way of Building
In this episode we are joined with Craig Handy, second generation architect from Ted Handy and Associates Inc. which is a residential, corporate, and church architectural firm in Barrie that’s been in operation since 1958. Their intention is to design with sensitivity towards our environment by creating builds with minimal impact on natural resources using environmentally sensitive products and practices where possible.
April 25, 2022
Living Green Barrie
We are joined with Andee Pelan, Executive Director for Living Green Barrie, which is a local charitable organization that’s motivated to build a well-connected and literate green community and is guided by a knowledgeable board of directors comprised of environment professionals, scholars, and practitioners. They educate and inspire the community about the environment through the use of community events and projects. Check out their upcoming Rain Barrel Sale and Earth Day Tree and Shrub Sale this April 22nd 2022. For more information on their upcoming events and learn how to volunteer visit livinggreenbarrie.com
April 11, 2022
It's not just a transaction
Jillian Lynch has been on BDAR’s board of directors for two years now and is President Elect for 2022. Despite being new to the real estate industry, Jillian runs her own real estate team called House to Home. Outside of real estate her passion for community outreach is undeniable. Jillian founded Our Village which is a community organization that highlights different services and organizations in Simcoe County bringing together families and the community. Jillian is married to Ryan and together they have 2 daughters and a son, and of course their golden retriever Grayson. Jillian opens about about her struggles with post-partum depression and how she is using her story to help inspire others.
March 29, 2022
Confidence comes from the struggle
Shannon Murree is a multi-award-winning real estate representative with RE/MAX Hallmark Chay Realty Brokerage. Her extensive experience in the real estate industry has allowed her to build her business largely “by referral only”, first starting in investing, transitioning into property management, and now is a full-time Realtor®. In addition to being a successful Realtor®, Shannon is an avid supporter of shopping local, an activist and community leader who believes in giving back. In this episode we learn of her impactful origin story and how it shaped her to be the woman she is today. Shannon talks business advice, family life, who inspires her and even her celebrity friends and exciting upcoming projects!
March 17, 2022
Melanie Just Does It
Melanie is a BDAR member and has been in the real estate industry for a while and is currently a Broker with Engel & Volker’s Toronto Uptown. Melanie is a facilitator for Humber College real estate program. Melanie and a colleague worked to develop New Agent Launch which is a course exclusive for BDAR agents who are new to the industry. Melanie is a mom of three young children under the age of 6. Her oldest son was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2019 and recently completed his final round of chemotherapy and is now in remission. Find out what she keeps on her nightstand and when to keep your eye out on a hot new book on how "Melanie Just Does It".
March 08, 2022
Orillia Economic Development Speaker Series
Laura Thompson, the City of Orillia Senior Manager of Business Development, will be speaking about Orillia business development and Downtown Tomorrow CIP (DTCIP) grant program financial incentives. After graduating from York University, Laura’s passion for community building led to an initial career in Land Use Planning before transitioning into Economic Development where she has gone on to manage the City of Orillia’s Economic Development and Corporate Real Estate portfolios. Laura is currently leading the City of Orillia’s Business Development Division and applies her enthusiasm and creativity to projects as the Downtown Tomorrow CIP Grant Program, City of Orillia Waterfront Redevelopment Project and TEDxOrillia. Recently named as one of the Economic Developer Council of Ontario’s (EDCO) Top 10 Economic Developers in Ontario, Laura is constantly on the lookout for innovative community building solutions. This episode is hosted by Luc Bouillon, 2021 BDAR President-Elect. *This episode was recorded via zoom and was apart of our webinar series on Economic Development and includes live audience questions.
December 10, 2021
Innisfil Economic Development Speaker Series
In the third episode of our mini economic development series, we are joined with Kate Nash, Economic Development Champion and Jelmer Stegink, Program Director for DMZ Innisfil. Kate is a creative economic development professional with over 6 years’ experience in sales, marketing, and business administration. Kate brings together local businesses, community organizations, and ecosystem partners to build a thriving community of entrepreneurship and innovation within Innisfil. Previously, Kate worked as a marketing manager for a tech software startup based in Toronto. Jelmer is the driving force behind DMZ Innisfil and Innisfil's growing technology startup ecosystem. Founding several startups and joining early-stage founders, Jelmer helped them find product-market fit and traction. After 5 years as founder and early startup employee, Jelmer ventured off into the public sector where he discovered his passion for building ecosystems and supporting entrepreneurs This episode is hosted by Chantal Godard, 2021 BDAR President. *This episode was recorded via zoom and was apart of our webinar series on Economic Development and includes live audience questions.
December 03, 2021
Economic Development Series - Barrie
In the second episode of our mini economic development series, we are joined with Michelle Banfield, Director of Development Services at the City of Barrie. Michelle oversees all land use planning for the municipality which is in a rapid growth phase. She is a Registered Professional Planner with over 25 years of public and private experience, and a big picture thinker and strategic leader with expertise in policy development, project management and community building. Michelle has worked for municipalities across Canada and for the Government of Bermuda, focusing on a wide range of issues such as conservation, intensification, and growth management. She has a degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Arts from Athabasca University. This episode is hosted by Luc Bouillon, 2021 BDAR President-Elect. *This episode was recorded via zoom and was apart of our webinar series on Economic Development and includes live audience questions.
November 19, 2021
Economic Development Series - Collingwood
In this first episode of our mini economic development series we're joined with Brennen Kenny, Manager of Economic Development for the Town of Collingwood. Brennen has over a decade of experience in the industry, Brennan specializes in supporting the creation of new commercial and industrial developments and connecting entrepreneurs to the provincial ecosystem of support services. Brennan has won multiple awards from the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) and Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) in his career. This episode is hosted by BDAR Realtor® Member Ian Hocking. *This episode was recorded via zoom and was apart of our webinar series on Economic Development and includes live audience questions.
November 12, 2021
15. This isn't the advice your parents gave you
In the Season One finale episode Chantal Godard chats with Bruce Joseph, Principal Broker with Anthem Mortgage Group. They discuss changing mindset, what has happened during the pandemic, the Canadian economy, inflation and their predictions on the future of real estate and mortgage rates. This episode was recorded live in BDAR's Recording Studio following all public heath measures.
July 15, 2021
14. Landlord tenant relationships
In this episode, we welcome Guest Host, BDAR Director and Chair of the Affordability Task Force, Ashley Polischuik. Ashley is joined by Roy Hwang, Partner at Epstein & Associates Law Firm, to have a candid conversation about Landlord-Tenant Relationships, issues arising from rentals in a hysteric market, and where to find accurate smart solutions throughout the process. The purpose of this episode is educational awareness and is not intended as legal advice. For more information on your rights as a landlord or tenant visit https://tribunalsontario.ca/ltb/ To contact Roy Hwang at Epstein & Associates Law Firm Visit https://www.epsteinlawyers.com/team/meet-roy/ This episode was recorded via Zoom to adhere to all Provincial Health Guidelines.
June 30, 2021
13. It's hard work but it's rewarding
This week on More than Real Estate, we are joined with a special guest host, BDAR Past President and OREA Director-at-Large, the wonderful Tania Artenosi! She chats with 2021 OREA President, David Oikle, on what inspires him, the OREA Real Heart Campaign, his experiences in organized real estate, The LifeWorks Program and his love of dogs and tequila! Visit here for more information on The LifeWorks Program Check out OREA RealHeart and share your story
May 10, 2021
12. Commercial Wonderwoman
In this episode, we are joined by Ashley Polischuik, Commercial Broker with Squarefoot Commercial Group. Ashley has an extensive education including a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Real Estate and holds the International CCIM Designation. We discuss how she continues to tackle all her goals from powerlifting, commercial real estate, and giving back to her community. Ashley also has a passion for volunteerism as Current Director on BDAR Board of Directors, Chair of Barrie Non-Profit Housing Board, Treasurer of Habitat for Humanity Huronia Board, and the upcoming Chair for the Commercial Network at OREA.
April 22, 2021
11. The Mayor Lehman Episode
In this episode, Chantal Godard talks with the City of Barrie Mayor, Jeff Lehman. Covering topics from affordable and social housing, exciting upcoming developments around the city, his love of live music, and why Barrie is such a great city to work and live in! This episode was filmed via Zoom to follow all local health regulations.
April 08, 2021
10.How a Craigslist ad became BrokerBay
In this episode, Chantal chats with Costa Ntoukas, CEO and Co-Founder of BrokerBay, one of BDAR's newest and exciting partners. Costa is a self-made entrepreneur who has continued to preserve, through many endeavours, bringing him where he is today, running a successful technology company with over 80,000 real estate professionals using the platform. Costa began his journey into real estate at just 18 years old, has owned a go-go dancing company, and has even tried to craft his own yoga mats. To stay grounded, Costa practices yoga as a means of centering himself in this chaotic industry. This episode was filmed via Zoom to follow all local health regulations.
March 25, 2021
9. Keeping it local
This episode Chantal shakes things up a bit and we are joined with Stefano Agostino, a local restaurant owner who is doing a lot more for the community than serving up pizzas. As a leader for small businesses, his team is raising awareness for keeping it local and the effect lockdowns have had on small businesses. BDAR is not affiliated with any political position, we do however love to support local. This episode was filmed via Zoom to follow all local health regulations.
March 08, 2021
8. Make connections and pick up the phone
In this episode, Chantal is joined with Ian Hocking. Ian is a Broker at Keller Williams Experience Realty and runs a successful team with his wife, Caroline. Ian began his career in finance in the UK before moving his family to Canada, where he got his real estate license. He is passionate about giving back to the community and volunteers a lot of his time with Christmas Cheer. Ian is also in the process of getting his recreational pilot license on top of running several different business ventures. To learn more about Christmas Cheer Barrie visit their website https://christmascheerbarrie.com/ This episode was recorded via Zoom to adhere to all local health regulations.
March 02, 2021
7. You sign, I'll sing
In this episode of More than Real Estate we are joined with the Singer Realtor herself, Alexia Daley. Alexia is an outgoing and bubbly Broker with Century 21 BJ Roth Brokerage. When not helping her clients navigate through real estate transactions she enjoys cooking, playing piano, getting outdoors and being a mom. She also has her own podcast called “It’s worth a conversation”.
February 11, 2021
6. Inspiring change for accessible housing
In this episode Chantal chats via ZOOM with Barrie and District Association of Realtors member Aaron Lillie. Aaron is a graduate from Western University, runs multiple businesses, loves to travel and do epic adventures all while advocating for accessibility in houses since an accident in 2007. Aaron between all of that makes time to be a big brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie and District. For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie and District visit their website https://barrie.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/ For more information on Housing Accessibility visit https://www.buysellbarrie.com/accessibility.cfm
January 28, 2021
5. Overcoming challenges, a look back at 2020
In this episode, our Guest Host Mike Montague, BDAR Director chats with BDAR Past President Robin Jones. They discuss 2020 including the real estate market, special events, and Robin's year as President during these unprecedented times. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this episode was recorded via Zoom in accordance with all health guidelines.
January 14, 2021
4. Becoming a household name
In this episode, Chantal talks with Peggy Hill, a community-focused, successful Broker of Record/CEO of RE/MAX Hallmark Peggy Hill Group Realty Brokerage here in Barrie, ON. Peggy is a wife, mother, and grandmother and does it all while being a household name in the Simcoe County real estate market.
December 22, 2020
3. Law + construction = real estate?
In this episode, we are joined by our guest host BDAR Past-President and OREA Director at Large Tania Artenosi. Tania chats over Zoom with Sean Morrison, OREA President and Broker at Coldwell Banker Momentum Realty Brokerage. Sean talks about where he came from, what drives him every single day, and of course, his love for the finer things in life... wine!
December 09, 2020
2. A modern-day superwoman
Tania Artenosi, Broker of Record, OREA Director at Large and BDAR Past President joins us in this week’s episode to discuss making a career change, how she built her business, being a mom of three and her secret to how she does it all!
November 26, 2020
1. Living in a post COVID-19 world
In this Coffee Talk special Chantal Godard, BDAR 2020 President Elect and Bruce Joseph, Principal Broker with Anthem Mortgage Group discuss giving up living in the city and heading to the suburbs, falling interest rates, sky rocket housing prices, and a looming recession. Affordable housing, land transfer tax and the Government relief programs and how these are all effecting our new world. This episode was recorded in October 2020
November 12, 2020