The PSR Digital Handshake: Meet Mary Zontanos

Name: Mary Zontanos

Known Nicknames: Mari Gold (inspired by ‘Ari Gold’ from the TV show Entourage).

I am:  A community loving book nerd who likes fresh air, parks, and animals. Oh, and a Toronto real estate agent.

Neighbourhood of Residence: Roncesvalles.

Previous Professional Life: I used to work as a large scale event producer.

Getting to know Mary Zontanos in 10 questions:

  1. What made you decide to get into real estate?
    I love having a meaningful connection with people and working through deals with them.
  1. Where would we find you on a Friday night in Toronto?
    Probably making a very long to-do list while preparing for bed!
  1. Most embarrassing real-estate moment:
    I was showing a place to a young family with one child and somehow, the child made it outside and managed to not only change the code on the lockbox (that contained the key to the property I was showing), but also lock it. Of course, the kid couldn’t remember what they had changed the code on the lockbox to after they’d done it, so I had to halt all of my showings while I went out to buy a new lockbox for the listing agent. Needless to say, it was a little embarrassing but we had a good laugh about it after.
  1. Who stands out to you / do you most admire in the business world right now?
    Mohammad Yunus – the pioneer of using micro-finance and micro-credit to alleviate poverty and help people become self-sustaining via their own business.
  1. What is the career philosophy / mantra /inspirational quote that gets you through tougher days?
    Everyone had to learn everything that they know.
  1. What is your theme song?
    Stand By Me.
  1. Describe your dream home in 3 words.
    Garden, windows, open.
  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    Still living in the now.
  1. When you’re not wheeling + dealing real estate, what can we find you doing?
    Hanging with my senior dog Pepito, volunteering somewhere, stopping to have random chats with my neighbours, or, during wintertime, snowboarding.
  1. Highlight of 2016 so far:
    It hasn’t happened yet, but I am sure it will be meeting my brother’s babies! Twins! 🙂