We are pleased to introduce one of our Chamber members, Bo Kauffman of Remax Performance Realty, 942 St. Mary's Rd.
Q: What do you do?
I am a real
estate agent with Remax Performance Realty,. I enjoy working with both home and condo
buyers and sellers.
inspires you most?
Richardson Family, the Asper Family, Mark Chipman …
to being ultra-successful, these folks are doing a lot to help local charities
and the image of the City of Winnipeg. I believe that fortunate and successful
people actually have an obligation to help their local communities, and these
people are an inspiration to us all.
did you get the idea for this career?
I had been
serving as a city police officer for 24 years, and came to a cross-roads in my
career. The decision was: Do 10-15 more years, possibly on night-shifts, or
start something completely different. It was an easy decision, one I have never
are you innovating in your business?
I see real
estate in general undergoing huge and exciting advancements and
transformations. In the ’90s, the Internet ‘threatened’ to change the industry,
and about 10 years ago, the latest trend was ‘Virtual tours.’ … then came social
media, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
I was one of
the first agents, back in 2005, to offer free virtual tours with my listings. I
had purchased my own equipment at that time, which allowed me to complete the
virtual tour at minimal expense. That was then … these days it’s about blogging
and making sure my clients’ homes are advertised in as many media as possible.
I believe I am at the forefront of this. My blog, Winnipeg’s Real Estate Blog,
gets about 12,000 page-views per month, which, for a small market, is fairly
I was one of
the first REALTORS® to have a podcast on I-Tunes. One of the first to get their
A.B.R. designation. I am always looking for new and exciting ways to market
myself and my clients’ properties.
What’s the most difficult part of your job?
personally, it can be the work schedule. When I got into real estate, I had
visions of working for four days and then taking three off, just like a police
officer. Foolish me … lol. I pride myself in being available for my clients
every day during the busy seasons. But
that’s just me. When I take on a project, I want to be able to do the best I
Q: What is the most important issue facing
your business today?
we are very fortunate to have two fairly unique things: first, all real estate
agents are full-time, and I’m a very strong proponent of that. Home buyers and
sellers should be able to expect their agent to be available for them when the
need arises, and not be concerned that he/she is busy bagging groceries at the
local market (as is the case in most other jurisdictions).
can be proud of our MLS® system. It’s a co-operative system, which guarantees
excellent exposure of your property to all other real estate agents in the city
and in fact, south-eastern Manitoba. This is not always the case in other
areas. In many larger U.S. cities, for example, if you list your home on the
‘Transcona MLS” (as an example), buyers in St. James will not receive the
protecting a strong MLS® is in the consumer’s best interest.
did you join The Winnipeg Chamber
joined for three reasons:
Winnipeg is a much maligned and often publicly criticized city (especially by
the national media). I see the Chamber and Tourism Winnipeg working hard and
valiantly to do something positive. I respect that, and want to be a small part
transactions involve many businesses, beyond the real estate agent. With each purchase or sale of property, there
is an opportunity to involve a moving company, lawyer, home insurance, mortgage
specialists, furniture and appliance sales, flooring, painters, roofers,
renovators, landscapers … the list goes on. In order to best serve my clients,
I love the ability to offer them referrals to trusted services in all those
“giving back.” I consider myself very luck, living in a great city, in the best
country on earth. So I like to help other businesses with referrals, and
support great causes, such as my adopted charity, D’arcy’s Animal Rescue
I hope to
meet many other Chamber members at some of the local chamber meetings and
events. In the meantime, I’d invite you to connect with me on LinkedIn. Here is my profile: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/bokauffmann
is my referral network profile. Our
group includes some well known Chamber members, such as Art Alexander (Instant
Imprints) and Doug McGuffin (Eastside Collision). Come connect with us here … https://ca.linkedin.com/in/bniaccelerators