The energy to accomplish almost anything. Never takes herself too seriously. “Comfort zone” isn’t in her vocabulary.
Helping people see the possibility in change.
Cabbagetown. The Victorian architecture is eye candy for someone from Europe and everything is within walking distance, including a beautiful park, playground, farmers’ market, book bank and urban farm.
Anything ordinary seen in a new light.
Daycare drop-off on a day she isn’t working and a trip to a local décor store.
GETS HER UP IN THE MORNING:
Wondering what the day will bring.
When they give you lined paper, write the other way – Ray Bradbury
THE BACK STORY:
Victoria Braude likes Mondays. And rain.
Ask her why, and she’ll say Mondays are a new beginning, and rain keeps her focused on work. Her answers are proof of her gift for seeing situations from a different perspective—an open-minded, optimistic, flexible approach that benefits her clients, too. “We don’t have to wait for that one perfect day, that one perfect house or that one perfect buyer,” she says. “We can keep working towards the goal, even when the conditions aren’t the best or the plan needs to change.”
Victoria was born in the Czech Republic and lived most of her life in Moscow, learning the ins and outs of real estate from her father, who would take her to property evaluations because she took great notes and put his clients at ease. She earned a degree in property management, then spent two years working as a property appraiser. In 2013, she moved to Canada and got her real estate license. “Appraising is mostly computer work,” she says. “I’m a people person. I even love knocking on doors. It combines two of my favourite things—talking to people and looking nice!”
Cabbagetown, which has the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in North America, is the only place in Canada that Victoria has lived, and she can’t imagine being the Trust neighbourhood specialist for any other part of the city. “It’s diverse, family-friendly and queer-friendly, which is so important,” she says. “People move here because it feels like a small village, but it’s steps from downtown.”