Chris P. Richie, Broker of Record
Out of the dust of the defunct market of 1989 came this unknown person that started sending flyers out in your area. You saw more signs of his, both listed and sold, and before you knew it, “he is everywhere”. That may be your best recollection of where you first heard of Chris P. Richie, but believe it or not, there was a Chris Richie before that!
As the youngest child of 6, Chris was raised in a family business north of Sault Ste. Marie, at the foot of Lake Superior. He graduated from cutting grass, cleaning cabins and pumping gas to waiting on customers in the store and restaurant, of course all family run. From the earliest days his parents instilled in him the basics of customer service and the time tested rule that the customer was always right.
From the family business, Chris moved on to the retail world with Peoples Jewellers. He went on record as the youngest man to run one of their Mappins Jewellers stores. Bigger stores awaited in Southern Ontario with Brampton, Square One and eventually Burlington, the company’s flagship store…being run by this kid from Northern Ontario!
At the age of 30, Chris made the decision to shift gears, despite his Dad’s concern, and enter the Real Estate Market, thus giving up the security of 14 years with Peoples Jewellers.
The early years in the business saw him selling homes in Brampton which quickly got mundane and repetitive. His country roots brought him to loving the complexity and diversity of working in Caledon and surrounding area and it quickly became his passion. After working in a couple of smaller firms, Chris Joined a large RE/MAX organization in Brampton and quickly made Caledon his focus.
After several years there he took over a store front location in Caledon East and put it on the map. Building it to 11 Realtors plus administrative staff the office was quickly recognized as being a dominant force in the area.
By 2006, Chris was looking for the next growth spurt for his personal sales and could not see managing so many people plus focusing on higher things. As a result, he sold that location to a RE/MAX office in Mississauga in order that the Realtors in the office saw little change or upset. With every expectation of opening a private name office, RE/MAX Ontario Atlantic stepped in and offered to allow him to stay with RE/MAX. RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic did not want to lose Chris and the business that he brought to the table, let alone have him as competition!
Chris, and then assistant Sean Anderson, opened an office on the 2nd floor of the same building and kept the, now well known, name RE/MAX In The Hills. This is unheard of and is the only situation in Canada that has two independently owned RE/MAX offices in the same building and only the second in Canada in the same area.
Well the growth strategy worked and before long Chris and Sean teamed up with two others to become the strongest foursome in the Caledon market. With three support staff, who are always kept hopping, ‘THE RICHIE GROUP’ was formed and has become the force in Rural Caledon Real Estate.
So, the next time you think you are calling the “big wig Realtor” in your area, to help sell your property or buy a new one, remember you are also getting the “Small Town Batchawana Bay Boy”. One thing Chris states he learned long ago is how to put the needs of his clients first, and still stand by what Mom and Dad taught him as a child. The good principles, work ethic and customer know how have made him the successful Broker he is today.
*PLEASE SEE CHRIS' AWARDS over the years on OUR AWARDS tab!
Executive Club – 2006, 2007, 2009
100% Club – 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Sean Anderson, Broker
From Coast to Coast
Born amidst the fishing boats and mountain vistas of Nanaimo B.C. But like many, my parents migrated east to Toronto in search of work and to re-connect with family that was originally centred in the Windsor/Leamington area of Ontario. School years were spent in North York, until a job transfer moved the Anderson's: mom, dad, myself, and my 14 yrs younger twin sisters to the ‘D’ section of Bramalea.
But my fondest memories growing up were of summers with grandma and grandpa at their bungalow on the shore of Lake Erie. Every summer into the late teens was spent there, canoeing, hiking thru Point Pelee, or cruising with grandpa through the vast cornfields on the dirt roads in his convertible MG! Life felt so much more enjoyable, time went just a little slower, and people were much friendlier than what I was accustomed to in Toronto. The Dot.com craze led me to a company I believed had a great future.
They were doing moving panoramic pictures of homes to assist in the sale of real estate. I thought it was an idea that would be a great value and I became one of the original photographers to shoot virtual tours in Canada. My territory ran from Mississauga/Brampton/Caledon/Erin/Mono/Shelburne and as far as Dundalk! That was when I fell in love with Caledon!
Driving through the hills and valleys of the escarpment, or winding through the Forks of the Credit Rd., brought back my memories of summers in the country with family and I knew I had found where I was supposed to be!
At the time RE/MAX being the forward thinking company and leader that it continues to be, ordered 25,000 virtual tours for their agents to use in promotion of listings. As one can imagine I met hundreds of agents! At the same time I began working part-time for a friend at his new home sales office in the south hill of Bolton. I was enjoying the excitement people had when purchasing their home! And also enjoyed seeing the diverse homes and property that only the Caledon area had to offer! And so it seemed clear, I needed to combine those two areas of enjoyment.
After some thought a new career seemed to be the answer, and I obtained my Real Estate License. But now what? How to start? One thing I truly believe is that when you want to learn anything or to achieve a goal, the best model or mentor is someone that has already done it, but done it with integrity, hard work, and a solid reputation. Out of the hundreds of Realtors, Chris Richie turned out to be everything a mentor could have been and more. It’s been 10 years and during that time Re/Max In The Hills and ‘The Richie Group’ has evolved into something even greater than I think Chris had envisioned! It’s funny to think that I've known Chris longer than my wife Corina! As a primary school teacher she keeps me in check by giving me plenty of Honeydo lists! But recently she gave me the most precious of gifts, and I am now a Daddy to Lillian Rose Anderson!!! We are so excited and lucky to be so blessed!
That same appreciation is felt for the community and people of Caledon and RE/MAX In The Hills! Without you, I would not be where I am today! Doing a job I love that introduces others to the joys of this place that I love called Caledon!!!!
With the passion that we have for what we do and where we do it, ‘The Richie Group’ continues to be a leader in Caledon and the surrounding area. When it’s your time to make one of the most important decisions of buying or selling your home...call us, it’s what we do and what we have done with integrity, honesty, and passion for years.
Executive Club – 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016
100% Club – 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013
Dale Poremba, Sales Representative
Dale is a local girl, born and raised in the hills of Caledon, and currently resides in Caledon East with her husband and three children. Her boundless energy, charm and unparalleled knowledge of Caledon and the surrounding area make her a very welcomed addition.
Dale’s business background includes creating and managing a graphics design company together with her husband, Ed, and many years of sales experience.
Her extracurricular activities include spending time with her family and friends at her Muskoka cottage, puttering around her home and garden, and the occasional solitary horse ride.
Since people are her passion, she decided to focus on a real estate career which enables her to interact constantly with her new “friends”.
Dale is a firm believer in getting to know her clients, listening to their wants, needs and desires and then helping them find that perfect property. With her perseverance, knowledge of the industry and area, and unwavering ethics, Dale has helped countless people with what could possibly be the biggest purchase of their lives…a new home!
Dale is a breath of fresh air in what can be a very intimidating world; she’d love the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your future plans.
Philip Albin, Broker
Phil has been a successful Realtor in the Mono and Caledon areas since 2002 and was pleased to be invited to join ‘The Richie Group’ in 2011. Phil’s professionalism and area expertise has brought a wonderful compliment to the team. Phil is dedicated to old fashioned customer service along with combining cutting edge technology and also brings a unique sense of humour to the team! Phil is pleased to work with this dynamic group of professionals who are dedicated to customer satisfaction and who are known for their integrity throughout the industry.
Phil and his wife, Meghan, have lived in Mono for over twenty years and enjoy the natural setting and unique geological features the area has to offer. Phil and Meg are both avid naturalists and spend their ‘down time’ enjoying their rural property or exploring wilderness areas by canoe and backpack.
Executive Club – 2013
100% Club – 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
Jennifer (Jen) Unger, Sales Representative
Born and raised on a horse farm in Caledon East, Jennifer (Jen) has been in the midst of local change as Peel Region has evolved to more urban communities. Once a landscape of cattle, crops and horses, and many more dirt roads, she has seen the demand for homes and properties become more limited in availability and more specific in requirements.
Jen attended high school at Humberview in Bolton, while at the same time racing a stable of Standardbred horses. This led to a role with an industry group introducing selected kids to caring for, and driving, a retired racehorse in an exhibition race. So successful was this, that an adult version was also created and implemented.
Her background eventually led to becoming a racing steward (judge) at Ontario racetracks, but significant changes in the industry changed her career direction.
During this time, she could not ignore the changes in the real estate market, having bought and sold several times herself. She has also seen local developments encroach on her family’s farm, and the impact and limitations of environmental groups such as Oak Ridges Moraine, NEC, OMB, municipal and regional official plans.
Always loving to view country property, especially farms, she is excited about getting out, walking the land and talking horses!
Jen is thrilled to be working for The Richie Group—RE/MAX In The Hills Inc., where she stays current on ‘the buzz’, and is surrounded by people who are experts in the area. She is especially thrilled to be working in the area she has always called home!
In her free time, Jen loves to ride her retired Standardbreds in the back fields of her family farm, cycle along the Caledon Trail, and finish off the day with a good book!
Executive Club 2016
Diane Doyle, Reception/Deal Secretary
Diane always answers your calls in a friendly and professional manner, she brings with her more than 20 years of Real Estate experience, having worked in a busy Mississauga office. Her organization and multi-tasking skills make her an asset to the Team.
Diane was born and raised in Georgetown and has lived in Caledon East for 20 years with her husband and children.
In her ‘off time’ she enjoys visiting her grandchildren in Saskatchewan, when she can, and visiting & riding her horse ‘Sammy’.