TOP REAL ESTATE AGENT IN CANADA DAWN MASHINTER
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Top Agent Dawn Mashinter – of Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited in North Muskoka, Ontario – is that rare agent who is just as personable as she is knowledgeable about the industry in which she works. When speaking with Dawn, one can’t help but notice the sincerity she radiates. When she begins talking shop, however, it is plainly obvious that she knows what she’s talking about. With a focus on providing her many buyers and sellers with the very best customer service available, Dawn has forged a reputation for herself as an agent who consistently goes the extra mile for her clients in every situation.
Prior to entering the world of real estate in 2011, Dawn was a highly sought after senior sales & marketing executive in the Greater Toronto Area and she was in the publishing business. “Print was really suffering, because so much of the future is digital,” she says. “I had a friend in the real estate business who encouraged me to go back to school and get my license. It was a little scary making such a major career change, because I was in my late forties at the time, but it turned out to be a great move for me. I’m so grateful that I get to do what I do every day.” Her clients are plenty grateful, too, as is made evident by the fact that 90% of Dawn’s considerable business is based on repeat and referred clients, perhaps the surest indicator that an agent is providing exceptional customer service. Dawn’s achievements also include the 2017 President’s Award and she is now the proud recipient of the 2018 Vice Chairman’s Award.
When asked to account for the impressive level of loyalty she inspires, Dawn grows pensive for a moment before replying. “It’s all about working hard for my clients,” she says. “I make sure that no stone is left unturned in making sure that they have all the information, and that they’re proceeding toward the right property for them.” The appreciation her clients feel for her is perhaps best illustrated by the impressive number of glowing testimonials she has received. Among the many raves is this one: “Dawn is very well respected with a wide network of contacts and friends in Muskoka, and the surrounding area. She is a very knowledgeable, patient and thorough individual who works very hard on behalf of her clients. She provides great advice on the potential of properties and service providers in the area and we have no difficulty recommending her to house hunters or sellers. I would recommend her to anyone.”
Dawn, who specializes in waterfront properties, also works hard to stay abreast of the constant changes in the real estate industry, and has also earned both the Sellers Representative Specialist Designation (SRS) and the Accredited Buyer’s Representative Designation (ABR). “I think it’s important to always be upgrading your education and keeping your finger on the pulse of the ever-changing market conditions and trends. I think this absolutely works to my client’s advantage.”
Another factor in Dawn’s success story is her conscientious, thorough, cutting-edge and highly-professional approach to the marketing of her listings. While she employs a wide-range of methods and networking to ensure that her properties are seen by as many potential buyers as possible, she fully understands the key to selling a home in the digital age: professional photography. “Everything is online now,” she explains. “The photos have to be realistic, and they’ve got to be well done.” Staging prior to photographing is done when necessary, and every listing has a virtual tour and its own website.
When she’s not working, Dawn enjoys spending time with family and friends, and gardening is a particular passion of hers, as is kayaking and canoeing. She is also involved with her community, and is a member of the Almaguin Highlands Chamber of Commerce.
Dawn’s plans for the future are fairly simple: to continue to grow her business, but never at the expense of the amazing service that has become nearly synonymous with her name.