Keller Williams Referred Urban Realty Inc., Brokerage
624 King St W, Toronto, Ontario
My path to Real Estate in Toronto via Cork in Ireland!! I was born and grew up in Ireland and was brought up by my mother who was an elementary school teacher. The heritage from my mother's side, hence the name Ward, or Baird in Gaelic, explains my huge passion for music and art. I was classically trained on the piano from an early age and at age thirteen I picked up a guitar and it wasn't long before I was playing in bands where by necessity I also became a vocalist as well.
Of course, with rock stardom on my mind, definitely not on the horizon, my mother was adamant that I never lost sight of my education. So I did my degree in Electrical and Micro-electronic Engineering at University which was a fantastic degree for so many reasons. However, whilst in university, my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and on graduating and getting my first position she passed on. I worked with an international microelectronics firm in Ireland for a few years while I attended to a modest real estate portfolio which I inherited of a few houses.
I am so lucky that I chose to learn about real estate and how to run property as a business. This is where my passion of real estate comes from, the empowerment and control which it gives to owners is far greater than any other form of investment in my opinion.
I wanted to learn more, staring through CSI forensic style equipment at silicon all day wasn't really doing it for me so through a series of events I ended up in Toronto, Canada, taking a time out and learning about real estate investing. I started learning about economics, markets and analysing economic fundamentals in the real estate market. Before long I was investing myself and really caught the bug and decided I wanted to share my passion and help those around me buy their first homes, or invest, whichever, I loved it all. I've analysed and love all types, and each suits people at different stages in their lives, be it a modest condominium, house, townhouse or a more serious investment such as multi family residential.
Today I focus on downtown west end Toronto residential, single family and multi unit, condominium apartments be they standard, hard lofts, soft lofts, preconstruction or assignment condominiums.
I enjoy working with people selling their homes, be it upgrading, moving up or downgrading such as the retirement community also. I really love working with first time buyers, these are a very exciting demographic to work with as I believe so strongly that this is one of the smartest moves they will ever make towards their future financial health, especially woman buying independently, this later demographic is the fastest growing demographic in Canada according to www.statscanada.ca
Finally, I have not forgotten about my passion with music, I spent the last 10 years learning the technical skill of production and focused on dance music production. Today I am focused on a more commercial avenue where I am combining my rock roots with the electronica and currently working on an Album to be released in 2011 / 2012 with Thoughtless Music in Toronto. See some of this material recently performed at the Arts and Letter's club and the Underground Drake in Toronto here.