Style Profile: Kate Craig

Name: Kate Craig

Occupation: Local Realtor – Partner, DeClute Real Estate

Age: Age doesn’t matter unless you are cheese or wine

Lifestyle: Always on the go… Career mom of a 4 & 5-year-old who enjoys workouts (when I am able to squeeze them in). Member of the Balmy Beach Club for over 10 years. Love downhill skiing, golf and my paddle board (which is pink, of course!)

 

Liberty Pant in Floral Print by I love Tyler Madison; Chloe Top in Pink (also available in Black) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

Coffee first, then I spend the first hour reviewing the new product and recent sales for clients. Then I spend an hour getting my two girls ready for their day, which involves being patient with two little human beings changing their minds by the minute about what to eat, what to wear and how to wear it!

 

Luckily I do not do this on my own, kudos to you mamas out there that do!

 

Lakeview Wrap Dress in Light Denim (also available in Dark Denim) by Toronto label FunkD

 

I head to the office most days. We have a few team meetings per week; when there is no meeting I sign up for a morning workout. The day isn’t always a scheduled day as such.

 

People want to see houses when they first become available or they want to sell and wish to talk about their Real Estate plan in the most immediate fashion, so some days I feel like I am an on-call doctor running door to door, acquiring new patients and bandaging deals together – keeps me on my toes!

 

Most nights I am out showing properties or trying to secure a negotiation for a buyer or seller. On the nights I am off I love to cuddle in with my family or try out new restaurants in our lovely city.

 

Lovely Dress in White (also available in Black) by Montreal designer Cameleon; Jungle Print Lucy Bomber Jacket by Montreal label Lola Jeans

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Spending time with family + friends and the health of those surrounding me. Oh, and wine.

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

Good times. Always.

 

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What role does fashion play in your life?

 

I love it! I love to shop for clothes and shoes. When a good outfit comes together and a random person walks up to you and asks “where did you get that?” or “that outfit is amazing on you,” you just feel like you could do anything you set yourself up to!

 

Jennifer Tee in Black (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Purple Band Charcoal) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Jupe Charrie pas by Montreal label Creations Encore; The Beaches Tote Bag by Montreal label Main and Local; Toronto Trucker Hat by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd

 

When I was in high school I worked in a clothing store. I didn’t make any money but I had the best closet! I even missed a trip to Mexico with some girl friends – I bought boots instead!

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

I like that most of the items are tailor-made and for a petite woman who is five one and three quarters that is a nice find!

 

Julia Tunic in Owls Pattern (also available in many other patterns!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

Well, ultimately I would love to selfishly self-promote myself as a kick-ass and experienced realtor that spends time nurturing and knowing what her clients needs are.

 

Today I will focus more on an event: I am proud to sit on the board of directors for coming up on September 7, 2017 at the Toronto Hunt Club in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada: Lucky Lucy Casino Night.

 

Liberty Pant in Floral Print by I love Tyler Madison; Chloe Top in Pink (also available in Black) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Handcrafted necklace by Dundas label Curious Oddities

 

It is our 5th year running the event with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Cystic Fibrosis is a fatal genetic disease for which there is no cure. We are always looking for local sponsorship or donations for our silent auction so feel free to connect with me anytime at kate@declute.com. For more information, head to luckylucyscasinonight.com

 

I’d love to see you at the event.

 

Lakeview Wrap Dress in Light Denim (also available in Dark Denim) by Toronto label FunkD

 

As a realtor, what do you love most about the work you do?

 

I adore the friends and families I get to guide in one of the most important aspects of their lives. I studied Real Estate at the university level and feel that I worked hard for my education and career.

 

Finding the perfect home for a client is the most amazing collaboration. I do a lot of hand-holding in real estate everyday by being at the head of negotiating transactions between many different parties.

 

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I believe in honesty, integrity and most of all keeping clients for life! This spring I worked with past clients of mine from 13 years ago – they moved up in the market, as their needs had changed.

 

Lovely Dress in White (also available in Black) by Montreal designer Cameleon; Jungle Print Lucy Bomber Jacket by Montreal label Lola Jeans

 

The fact that I sold them their very first home long before their children arrived and got to be involved in getting them their forever home is the best compliment I could ever have received! There’s no better feeling besides snuggles with my girls and amazing husband (married as long as I have been selling real estate – happy 13th anniversary Jesse if you read this). 💓

 

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Do you have any advice for prospective first-time home owners or existing home owners in Toronto who are looking to buy/sell their home yet don’t feel ready to take the plunge?

 

If you are thinking of buying or selling, now is the best time. What are you waiting for? Perfect to get your feet wet in the market and it is the ideal time to make an upgrade or a downsize if you currently own.

 

Jennifer Tee in Black (made from organic cotton and bamboo and also available in Purple Band Charcoal) designed by Fresh Collective’s very own Palette by Laura-Jean; Jupe Charrie pas by Montreal label Creations Encore; The Beaches Tote Bag by Montreal label Main and Local; Toronto Trucker Hat by Toronto designer Nadia Lloyd

All around, it is a strong market and we are fortunate to live in an amazing city where there is so much to do. My Brokerage Union,  Realty Inc., has many resources, tools and most of all expertise to help guide you in making the right decision for you.

 

Most importantly, I couldn’t stress this enough: please USE a Real Estate Agent, and choose one that really knows their stuff. The market is 24/7, it’s fast-paced and ever-evolving, so find a realtor that is engaged in the business full-time.

 

Julia Tunic in Owls Pattern (also available in many other patterns!) by Toronto label Desserts and Skirts; Zenna 2-IN-1 Scarf/Cardigan in Rose by Canadian designers Soia and Kyo

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I am a Capricorn: Capricorns have a keen intellect. They see the inner-workings of things and deftly maneuver elements to strategically obtain goals. And in doing so, they employ admirable determination and discipline. What’s more, Capricorn has an innate understanding of personal responsibility.

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

E-mail: kate@declute.com
Instagram: @k8_craig_beachrealestate
Website: www.declute.com
LinkedIn: Kate Craig

#k8sellsbeautifulhouses

 

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