Pat Love started a community website to help seniors and it turned out, surprisingly, to be good for business too. Pat shares the challenges she had doing business and raising children with autism and how the community supported her through that time.
Highlights From This Episode:
- How building a community website helped seniors and was good for business too
- The changes in promotion from blog style interviews to selfies
- Giving people what they want, real community and not professional advertising type things
- The need to embrace shopping locally and supporting the businesses around us
- The struggles of raising children with autism while building a business and the importance of a community to support you
Links & Resources From This Episode:
Learn more: Pat Love Realtor
Resources: Park Bench Community
More About Pat Love
As a lifelong resident of North Vancouver, I’ve been in the residential real estate business for over 25 years. I’ve lived in Upper Lonsdale area for 20 years and love its diversity and convenience. Having raised my children here I appreciate the neighbourly feel of the community. They enjoyed attending Larson Elementary, Balmoral and Carson Graham (two of those, I also attended).
Prior to becoming a realtor, I worked as a hairstylist who always had a passion for law. Realizing early, that the hairdressing business would wear out my body, I decided to combine my love of connecting with people with my passion for law. Residential real estate services fit the bill. I’m also a bit of a serial entrepreneur (handed down from my Dad, an Engineer who owned his own firm). I worked for him and learned all about small business, followed by owning a North Vancouver restaurant for 3 years, also quite an education.
I took a short break from real estate when my children were diagnosed with autism and went back to hairdressing to regroup. It was a business where there is a lot of support from your clients and co-workers too. I needed it then and it got me through a difficult time.
Once my boys graduated from high school, I decided that I needed to get back to supporting my real estate career again. One part of that is my community website. It is my passion project and the enhancement it brought to my life was very unexpected. I found a gift for connecting businesses and supporting my community which I love.
I strive to deliver exceptional guidance to clients with their real estate buying or selling, while understanding that this exciting, but stressful experience, requires insightful support. My experience and background has given me the foresight to identify and proactively address any potential issues.
I’m particularly fond of working with seniors, am well versed in their needs, and very involved in that community. I work with a trusted group of individuals to ensure that all aspects of selling, buying, and moving are addressed, including staging, downsizing, oil tank remove, repairs and cleaning, and can recommend connections in retirement community services.
Because both of my children have autism, I’m active in the special needs community. I understand the unique needs of families dealing with the challenges that come with their special gifts. Families often feel excluded from the general population because they feel that people don’t understand and often pass judgement on circumstances that present themselves. I’m very aware of how upsetting change can be for these individuals and families and will do all I can do to avoid unnecessary discomfort.
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