By: Mike Clarke

REAL TALK with Mike Clarke:
When Life Comes Full Circle

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Sometimes it takes half a lifetime or more, but your positive contribution to others will come back to you. Sounds a little Zen right? After 29 years in business, I can say that I’ve truly witnessed it. Here’s an example:

I recently sold a Danforth-Village home that  is situated in a neighbourhood that I think is one of the best kept secrets in Toronto. The architecture and the way the homes were built reminds me of the High Park area – just more affordable. Not only is it in a pretty neighbourhood with tree-lined streets, it’s also just a hop, skip and a jump to the subway and GoTrain. 

When we got the online inquiry to possibly sell this home, the sellers were discreet and made it clear they didn’t want to be hassled by a multitude of agents. As is customary, I asked ‘Why did you contact me?’ Their answer reminded me why my job is so great.

They said that a member of their family had worked with me 15 to 20 years earlier and was impressed with the way I treated people. I recall that he was a remarkably hard-working guy that helped my clients by painting and patching homes to get them ready for market. This was long before anyone had heard of home staging! I was amazed my name came up all these years later.

The truth is I’m just an easy-going guy from the East Coast who was raised by my parents to treat everyone with honour and respect – no matter what walk of life they come from. It made me feel so good that I was able to treat someone with a little kindness and it meant something.  

Long story short, the client signed with me and we closed a very successful transaction. The moral of this story? Treat people as you would like to be treated and expect nothing in return. I promise it will end well, many times over.