TAKE 10 Series: Question 7

Welcome to the series where we ask 10 real estate agents for their take on the current market challenges and opportunities


Betty Orourke, Felix Koolen-Renaud,
Ashley Moore, Chris Steeves,
Hawraa Daher, Saha Amini,
Jorgo Hidershaj, Titi Shoremi,
Rod Maadarani, Brittany Brown


Home Buyers and Sellers, Market Strategy, Ottawa Real Estate, Investment Properties, Rentals, Advice, Preparing to Buy or Sell


Ottawa, Ontario


October 26, 2022 11:59am EDT


EXP Realty, REMAX Affiliate Boardwalk, Avenue North Realty, Keller Williams Integrity Realty, Digital Brokerage, MetroCity Property Group, The bteam Ottawa

Why did you choose to become a real estate agent?

Agent #1 – Ashley Moore – Remax Affiliate Boardwalk

“Ashley aspires to create personable and lasting connections with her clients through fun, dedicated engagement.”

“I come from a background in client-facing positions with a heavy emphasis on customer experience and marketing. I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur and not fall into the 9-5 job structure. I love interacting with people and building relationships, so naturally, I fell in love with the real estate profession.”

I love interacting with people and building relationships, so naturally, I fell in love with the real estate profession.”

Agent #2 – Chris Steeves – EXP Realty

“Chris will help you navigate through every step of your real estate purchase or sale, and ensure you’re making the best possible decisions for the best possible results.”

“In about 2007/2008, I bought and flipped my first property and realized that I liked the industry and that there was good money to be made. So I decided to take the real estate courses to learn and get more involved in the industry.  From there, I realized that I really enjoyed sharing my knowledge and helping people with their real estate goals.  And here I am today, offering my real estate services to the Ottawa area.”

Agent #3 – Hawraa Daher – Keller Williams Integrity Realty

“I work relentlessly to make buying, selling, and investing in Real Estate simple.”

“Real estate initially attracted me because it seemed like a great way to make a good living while having a flexible schedule! It feels good to help families through the process of owning their own home. It is really rewarding helping them find a home that suits their family’s needs. I am also very passionate about the aesthetic component of real estate, so the process of staging and preparing a home to present to potential buyers is really enjoyable for me!”

“It feels good to help families through the process of owning their own home.

Agent #4 – Betty Orourke – eXp Realty Canada

“My high level of customer care going above & beyond, anticipating my clients needs plus strong communication is how I have found great success in real estate!”

I have always been interested in real estate, owning 3 homes in my life. I owned a restaurant, and then the pandemic hit. My husband and I decided that we needed to shut it down and change the career game! I had been my own boss for over 7 years and loved running my own business. Real estate was attractive as I did not need to hire/manage 20+ staff members, create schedules, hold $1000 in inventory and work day and night most weeks of the year.

I decided being an independent agent would give me the freedom to run my business using my experience and ability to connect with people from the 20+ years I spent in the hospitality industry. I had also made many connections in Ottawa and already had a community of people around me.”

Agent #5 – Jorgo Hidershaj – Keller Williams Integrity Realty

“I always strive for my client’s absolute satisfaction!”

“I’ve always enjoyed working with people, whether it be in sales or customer service. The feeling of having a client satisfied with your services is like no other. Working for my family’s construction company as a sales/project manager for over 8 years, I got to work with several clients and guide them accordingly while ensuring their projects were completed and up to their standards. Client services and real estate share a common goal, customer satisfaction. So, whether you are in real estate or working in construction, your goal will remain the same when providing your services.

Having the experience in residential construction, and obtaining an educational background in finance, made the decision to become a real estate agent very easy for me and has provided me with certain advantages that provide additional value to all my clients.”

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Agent #6 – Titi Shoremi – EXP Realty

“I can assure you good ethics, communication, transparency, fairness and good value for your money.”

“I became a real estate agent because I am very interested in investing and creating generational wealth, not only for my children, but for others as well. My goal is to help other families create wealth through investing in real estate. I also just really deeply enjoy serving people, and real estate became a great way for me to be able to serve my community and give them some guidance in real estate and the financial markets. I would love to support the next generation on their journey toward securing financial freedom.”

Real estate became a great way for me to be able to serve my community and give them some guidance in real estate and the financial markets.”

Agent #7 – Felix Koolen-Renaud – Digi Brokerage

“He is always there to help answer any questions any time of day and considers his clients to be like family.”

“I chose to become a real estate agent because I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I love investing, and most of all, I wanted to help others; especially if it meant I could help them secure a better future. I find myself continually looking to expand my knowledge in regards to real estate and investing, so that I can provide the best possible service to all of my clients.”

Agent #8 – Saha Amini – MetroCity Property Group

“Clients will find peace in her patience and willingness to walk with them from the start to closing and after transactions.”

“One of the most significant advantages of becoming a real estate agent is that you get the opportunity to make new connections and learn about people from all walks of life. I have a passion for people and it’s an amazing feeling when I know I am able to help people overcome obstacles to achieve their real estate goals. The lifelong relationships that I build are the absolute best benefit of my career!”

“The lifelong relationships that I build are the absolute best benefit of my career!

Agent #9 – Rod Maadarani – Avenue North Realty

“I have been in real estate going on 17 years now. I have worked for a few different IT companies in the past and have also worked doing some advertising. Needless to say, I was laid off from each job because of cuts and downsizing. The advertising company shut down in Ottawa. I became increasingly interested in working for myself. I chose real estate because I had worked part-time with my friend’s construction company and was fascinated by home renovations and construction.  I was also very interested in real estate investment at that time, and so I felt that this career choice was a good fit for me.”

Agent #10 – Brittany Brown – The bteam Ottawa

“Brittany is passionate about running an extremely successful team of driven women and she loves every minute of it!”

“I became a realtor because -honestly it was ALL I knew growing up. My father was a contractor and my mother was a realtor. They flipped many homes themselves, along with helping clients flip, build and sell homes. To me, stepping into real estate was a very natural choice as I grew up surrounded by it, I loved it and felt a strong passion for it.”

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