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By: Kelly Gray Photography by: Michael Roberts
Independent real estate broker Connie Levesque is working hard to make a difference in Manitoba’s vibrant property market. Levesque is President of The Property Exchange Group, a boutique brokerage that is all about taking the rough edges off real estate transactions.
She reports that with a group of ten professional REALTORS® in the company and an array of support services, The Property Exchange Group has earned both the trust of the buying public as well as the respect of the sales community.
“We don’t specialize in any one area. Our group of REALTORS® has the breadth of experience to handle multi-million dollar listings as well as less expensive homes in urban areas and also country settings. Looking for a property that can accommodate horses? Our team is knowledgeable and can advise on challenges and solutions. Relocating the family from Vancouver to Winnipeg? We have the experience to deliver the right property in the best neighbourhoods. Our team takes out the guess work.”
The Property Exchange Group opened in 2013. The idea was to network with the best and bring in a slate of the province’s most professional REALTORS®. They have a selection of agents with property specialties to match all clients. Today, the Springfield, Manitoba – based firm has a group of ten sales pros in the office as well as support staff and has signed with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a top tier global network that is giving her company a truly world-wide reach. “With Leading Real Estate Companies of the World we have the ability to market your home to over 55 countries and some of the top agents in the world. When we sell your home in Manitoba, we can advise on the right person to assist in your new home purchase whether it’s within Canada, Italy or Costa Rica.”
Connie reports that to make her company a success she realized that she had to arm the sales team with the best information and business services such as advertising and marketing packages. “We regularly bring in speakers to educate our team on a variety of aspects of real estate. This might include new home engineering, changes to building codes, taxes and financing, or customer service techniques to make the sales experience more enjoyable for customers,” she says, adding that they offer all the in-house business tools from secretarial services such as conveyance, to web services to creative marketing and advice. They even kick in dollars for ad campaigns, something REALTORS® often find lacking with other brokers. “When our REALTORS® succeed we succeed.”
The Property Exchange Group works with some of Manitoba’s leading homebuilders such as Schulz Construction and Dowalt Custom Homes, as well as suppliers of state of the art education materials and services. In fact, more recently Levesque had an App developed to make networking with the best as simple as pushing a touch icon on your smart phone. “We vet suppliers and if they meet our standards for excellence we include them in the App,” she says.
According to Levesque, Independent Real Estate Brokers typically do more transactions per agent than chain brokerages. “With us just having a real-estate license is not good enough. We expect our agents to grow as professionals. This is why we place such an effort on in-house education. We also look for agents that want to push the sales envelope rather than be content with ten or twelve transactions a year. Our people are always asking themselves how they can take their business to the next level. So far our customers are telling us that we are on the right track,” she says, inviting people interested in discovering a fresh approach to real estate to visit www.thepropertyexchangegroup.com