What Sets Our REALTORS® Apart: An Interview with Dave C. Bonk
Published by URBAN Real Estate Services Ltd.
With over 5000 REALTORS® in Calgary alone, clients will want a REALTOR® that represents their needs and values in their daily life and business. Urban Realty is proud of our REALTOR® team and all the unique individuals a part of it. By offering our agents a no monthly fee-structure, continuous support and training, we believe our brokerage is the right fit for any REALTOR® looking to stand apart from the crowd.
We’ve taken the time to interview one of our own, Dave C Bonk, REALTOR® entrepreneur, to discuss what sets him apart from the thousands of agents in our city and why he values Urban Realty as his brokerage. Getting to know your REALTOR® is important to ensure you find the perfect match for your real estate needs.
About Dave C Bonk
Dave C Bonk is a Calgary REALTOR® and property investor with nearly 20 years of experience in real estate and renovation. As part of the Urban Realty team, he handles sales, acquisitions and more. He is also the founder of Hearts & Hammers Society which is a non-profit charity organization which specializes in renovation and restoration of housing for those individuals with mobility challenges in economic need. Dave is an extremely passionate and hard-working agent who believes in removing obstacles so that individuals can live their best lives.
- What got you interested in real estate investing?
We played a lot of Monopoly in my family growing up. I understood that at almost any cost, it was worth the discomfort and risk to build up to as many of those hotels as possible. By the time I was 18 years old, I had the desire to own my first property and I made that happen. It was a long road getting my real estate company up and running.
For years I would be living in the houses I was renovating, sleeping on a mattress in the construction zone and down to my last $1000 dollars – shuffling that from credit card to credit card for the appearance of paying the bill. The sacrifice and hard work eventually paid off.
I believe that real estate can add freedom and abundance to our lives, if done correctly. I’ve had some great mentors along the way and believe having that experienced team is an absolute must have key to success in real estate investing.
- Do you believe the right brokerage factors into your success?
Truthfully, no. I believe that having a belief and persistence in yourself is the most important thing. You want to be at a solid brokerage that gives you the support you need but the results I’ve created have been of my own doing with the support of my mentors. In my younger days as a realtor, I drank the kool-aid and believed that if I was at the big, national firm with the flashy recognizable logo that that would correlate to success.
Looking back, it did not. It really was my own gifts, talents, experience and integrity that kept clients coming to me. I now believe that there is a new model of real estate brokerage going to emerge – ones like Urban Realty that keep the hard earned commissions in their realtors’ pockets and have all the great service agents need. Urban-Realty not only offers all the service and support compared to other brand named brokerages but still lets the REALTORS® keep their hard earned to re-invest in their business and grow further.
- We understand you have founded a successful charity organization called Hearts and Hammers, how did that get started and how does it correlate with you as a REALTOR®?
Founding the Hearts and Hammers Society has been one of the most fulfilling endeavors of my life. It all started in the downturn of 2008, at that time my investment company was purchasing foreclosed properties. The living conditions that I witnessed homeowners living in were unimaginable. I started to ask the question of what was going on in the lives of these people that they let their houses fall into such dis-repair, get behind on bills and eventually lose the home. This lead me to the commitment to contribute one renovation per year for someone deserving. As you can imagine the requests for a free renovation were plentiful; the cases where it was due to a mobility challenge really stood out to me.
Hearts and Hammers became a Registered Canadian Charity and we now renovate up to 5 homes per year for homeowners with mobility challenges in economic need. The impact that H&H makes is that we keep families living together, in their homes and communities; out of the social system and off the streets.
Being the Founder and volunteer board chairman of H&H is a very fulfilling job, however, it has taken a great toll on the time I have available to remain to perform as a top producing realtor. This has caused me to have a more balanced life – really look at the areas of my real estate business that light me up and that I can make the greatest impact in. The real estate industry in Calgary has really embraced this initiative and I also see many realtors finding their own unique way to give back and contribute to the community.
- What advice can you give to new REALTORS® entering the industry during this economy?
The hardest part about being a realtor is getting new clients. It’s not the negotiating, the showing the house, or writing the paperwork. My advice to a new realtor is to think about what your unique reason or ‘Why’ is that separates you from the other 5000 agents in town. I guarantee that you have a unique approach or niche that if cultivated properly, it will provide you with an abundant and fulfilling career. Approaching the market and slugging it out in the competitive digital media space or trying to get the most bus benches is simply not enough to set yourself apart.
Myself for example, given my experience in property investment, branded myself as ‘The Flip a House Realtor®’. I attracted like-minded clients who really valued my experience and expertise. You too will have something that will set yourself apart. If you are having a hard time identifying it, I would encourage you to look within an area of your life that lights you up, who do you want to contribute too? Start building off of that, from that place of inspiration.
Here’s a quote that I really like that might encourage you in the right direction;
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
You can contact Dave C Bonk at 403-862-0314 for any real estate inquiries if you’re looking to buy, sell, invest, flip, or find tenant placement. Interested in helping out Hearts and Hammers Society? You can find all the information on his non-profit organization at http://www.heartsandhammers.ca/
Want to be part of our amazing REALTOR® team? Find out how you can join Urban Realty by calling our office 403-590-2233, shoot us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or see how at https://urban-realty.ca/join-our-team/