TAKE 10 Series: Question 16

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


James Angus, Brittany Byrd,
Nick Polegato, Luka Maric,
Mike Labreche, Krista Weatherall,
Julie Milne, Severine Neba,
Michele Rowe, Cindy McCaig


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


Ottawa, Ontario


January 10, 2023 8:00am EDT


Engel & Völkers Ottawa South, Royal Lepage Team Realty, EXP Realty, The Agency Ottawa, REMAX Affiliates Realty, Innovation Realty Ltd., Details Realty Inc., Keller Williams Integrity

Do you work as part of a Team or Individually? Why did you choose to go that route?

Agent #1 – Krista Weatherall – eXp Realty

“I love to work with people buying or selling their home especially with first time home buyers, and investors!”

“When I started my Real Estate career, I started as a solo agent. I did that for 5 months before I decided to join a team. When I was alone I always felt like I didn’t know what to do or say next, and to be honest, had high anxiety from it. Then luckily, my team lead found me and asked me to join his team, and I haven’t looked back since. I feel like I have a little work family now that I can depend on. They are always there for me when I have questions, got me access to the right training, and built my confidence. I can honestly say a big part of how I am the confident agent I am today, is because of them. And I’m forever grateful to them, and how they help me and my clients to this day.”

Agent #2 – Mike Labreche – REMAX Affiliates Realty

“Michael has always put others first and will do anything to help someone when in need; it is something that defines who he is.”

“I work with a team and I would not have it any other way as I am a firm believer in a team environment. It is nice to have the support when needed and be surrounded by an experienced team when you need a second opinion.”

Agent #3 – Julie Milne – Innovation Realty Ltd.

“A keen sense for all things Real Estate related, my knowledge and attention to detail ensures complete satisfaction. A full-service agent, I go the extra mile all of the time.”

“Another interesting question in my case. Individual -> Team -> Individual has been my Real Estate journey thus far. I started out on my own, attended training sessions at my brokerage but felt I had more to give and wanted to be busier! I joined a more experienced (busier) agent who took me under his wing. During four years with him, I learned and grew confident in the business.

Every single transaction is unique and working through them together was extremely beneficial and rewarding. This spring I went back to being an independent agent. All of the pieces have fallen into place wonderfully for a successful career. I’ve developed some incredible relationships with agents in the business (including my previous team partner and am grateful for my current collaborative working environment. I go into the office for social connections and am now helping other new agents as they begin their own journey into this business.”

Agent #4 – Luka Maric – The Agency Ottawa

“Luka’s clients appreciate his honesty, dedication, and outside of the box thinking. Luka’s attention to detail comes to light when he is negotiating on behalf of his clients.”

“I work individually, and the reason why I got into real estate was to be my own boss. However, I work quite closely with a few other agents within my brokerage and we do often operate as a team. Definitely helpful to have colleagues that can take care of your clients when away on vacation”

Agent #5 – Brittany Byrd – Royal Lepage

“Brittany’s past experiences attest to her dedication to hard work and without question striving for the absolute best for her clients.”

“I am an individual Realtor. I chose to go this route as I was previously self-employed for 16 years. I am grateful that many of my clients from my previous business have reached out for my assistance in buying and/or selling.”

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Agent #6 – Michele Rowe – Details Realty Inc.

“I love the real estate business and have 19 years experience to help you make the best possible decisions. I view representation and guidance of my clients through this process as a true privilege.”

“I work as an individual.  I chose this route because I wanted the freedom to make my own business decisions.  It’s important to me that my clients consistently get my personal touch and not different realtors.

Agent #7 – James Angus – Engel & Völkers Ottawa South

“James has developed strong negotiating skills and attention to detail which provides his clients with a professional and personal real estate experience.”

“Currently, I work as an individual agent which works best for me as I want to continue to help as many people as possible with a personal touch. I would like to hire some buyer agents when the time comes.”

Agent #8 – Cindy McCaig – Keller Williams Integrity Realty

“I am passionate about helping others. My entrepreneurial spirit, combined with my intuitive ability to empathize with my clients, enables me to adapt easily to any kind of situation.”

“I work with a team and it was the best decision I could have made as a new agent. I wanted to be surrounded by like-minded individuals that would help me become the best agent I could be. I was looking for support and mentorship and this is exactly what I found with The West Team.”

Agent #9 – Nick Polegato – EXP Realty

“Nick uses technology to empower Sellers and Buyers by providing more value, selling over $20 Million in homes over the last two years.”

“I work individually. After spending 12 months working with a team to help learn the industry, I knew I could provide much more value in the market on my own. My goal is to build a team that provides more value to our clients than any other agent in the market.”

Agent #10 – Severine Neba – eXp Realty Brokerage

“I am very passionate about helping my clients in realizing that their needs and dreams can be met. Working with me is all about feeling protected and confident about the entire process.”

“I work as a solo agent. This fits my needs and I am better able to serve my clients. I like to give clients all my attention and ensure we are on the same page. Communicating with one agent enables proper communication and understanding of what the client wants.”

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