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Today I’m in my very own kitchen, and I want to talk to you about my personal passion, what drives me.

A little while ago I was having a conversation with somebody and they said, “Come on, you Toronto realtors, you’re all the same. All you care about is the cash. The quickest sale, putting your money in your pocket as quick as you can and taking off.” And I think that person couldn’t be any more wrong, and I’d like to tell you a story about what drives me.

You know, from the time I was young I had a passion for collecting and creating things. You know, some kids like baseball cards, sports cards, some kids like making hotwheels or models, but my passion was fishing lures. You know, back in the day we didn’t have the Internet, what we had were catalogs. So I would scour catalogs from department stores and distributors and I would know who had the best price, who had the best colors, which selection, and I’ll tell you what, by the time I was 10 or 11 years old I had a tackle box that was the envy of most grown men that I knew.

Now, as I got older, my passion became less about collecting lures and more about catching big fish. Today, I’ve got a ten foot striped marlin hanging on the wall in my kitchen. Now, not everybody wants a ten foot marlin on the wall in their kitchen, not everybody cares, not everybody has the same passion. You know, it wasn’t easy for me to catch that fish. It took a lot of time, money, and energy, and it’s a lot like a realtor trying to sell your listing.

Now this lure’s just plastic and steel like a listing may only be concrete and wood, but you know in the hands of twenty different fishermen, this lure’s going to be fished twenty different ways. Just like in the hands of twenty different realtors, your listing is going to be fished twenty different ways.

Now, who has the passion to catch the biggest fish? Who puts in the time, the money, and the energy to make sure that they’re catching striped marling, not perch off the dock? If you have a Toronto realtor with the same passion for your listing that he has for his fishing, you’re going to catch a bigger fish. Now in the end, the time, the money, and the effort that I spent to catch that fish makes me proud. It gives me the same feeling when I know I spent the same time, money, and effort to catch a great buyer for a listing. I see the smile on my clients’ faces, that’s the pride that I feel when I look at this fish.

Now, for me, what drives me to go out and catch big fish is the same thing that drives me to go to work in the morning selling real estate. It’s the thrill of the hunt. I want to do well at it. I’m not happy just to piddle around at it, I want to get the biggest fish, the best buyers, and I want to do the best job that I possibly can. So, if that’s the type of passion that appeals to you, call me. My name’s Chris Borkowsi. I’m a broker with Re/Max Hallmark here in the city of Toronto. I’d like to thank you for watching and wish you happy fishing.

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