Georgian Life – February 2016 – p.21 –
Clairwood Real Estate Corporation opened its doors in April of 2006, at which time Sherry Rioux was the first REALTOR® on board. Emma Baker joined Clairwood a few years later when she was encouraged by Sherry to join this boutique brokerage.
After 25 years as a teacher, Sherry & her husband decided to move to Collingwood where they had been weekenders for many years. Sherry met Maureen Gowans, the Broker of Record for Clairwood, and her real estate career was born. Emma worked as an accountant for Glaxo-Smith Kline in London, England. After immigrating to Canada she decided to make a life changing career move and enrolled in the Real Estate program at the Ontario Real Estate Association.
Both Sherry and Emma have academic backgrounds and also the personalities needed for a future in sales. Patience, attention to detail, integrity, area expertise and a sense of humour are key components in building a successful real estate career.
As licensed REALTORS® they assist clients in buying and selling both residential and commercial properties. But the job entails much more than driving people around looking at houses or putting a sign on the lawn. Research, experience, education, regulations, lots of paper work, knowledge, patience and a love of people are required. Real estate is often the largest investment a person makes in their life and are entrusting their REALTOR® to help them make decisions. When someone chooses a REALTOR® it should be a person who knows the area and has a stellar reputation for good ethics. You need a REALTOR® who knows what they are doing and that’s where Sherry & Emma come in.
The lifestyle that this area affords is something that attracted both ladies to the area. They both have enjoyed the opportunity to get involved in the community. Emma is very involved in local area sports and Sherry volunteers with several local charities in the areas of fundraising and special events.
The Rioux-Baker Team is a vital one within the Clairwood Real Estate Corporation. They have four licensed REALTORS® (Sherry Rioux, Broker; Emma Baker, Broker; Anne S. Young & Kimberly Brine, Sales Representatives) and a full time assistant, Jacki Binnie, who is currently working on her license. Clairwood Real Estate operates in three locations: Toronto, Collingwood and the Beaver Valley.
A typical day would be spent answering emails and responding to social media posts. Some days the ladies are on the road meeting with a potential listing client and other days they are meeting buyers and showing properties.
When in the office Sherry and Emma make phone calls, answer questions about listed properties, research by-laws or land registry, prepare marketing materials, hold team meetings, complete listing paper work or offers. No two days are ever alike for this multi-tasking team.
Sherry has been described as principled and Emma as tenacious. These two traits are a wonderful combination for this successful real estate team.
Both women came from completely different work backgrounds yet together they have built very successful real estate careers in a town where they knew no one.
When asked if they have any key mentors who have deeply influenced their development, they mentioned Maureen Gowans, Broker of Record at Clairwood, who has been the biggest influence in their current path of work.
Sherry and Emma are two amazing women who have a love of real estate and a passion for connecting the right people with the right properties.
They have been instrumental in helping to build Clairwood’s business from a small independent brokerage to a thriving, respectable boutique brokerage that is well known in the area.
To contact the Rioux Baker Real Estate Team:
Sherry Rioux, Broker:
Emma Baker, Broker:
Clairwood Real Estate Corporation, Brokerage
Toll Free 1-877-445-7085