I’m Andrew Shackleton, Kitchener Waterloo’s best Realtor. Drew At Home is my online brand about real estate in Waterloo Region and Guelph.
Homes are my passion. They are the bedrock of my career and my life. I’m a homeowner in the business of buying and selling homes.
I’m a bit of a homebody. And there’s no place I’d rather be. I run my office from home. The flexibility is fantastic. Aside from selling homes I’m probably tinkering in the basement.
I am one of those types that can fix anything. I’ve spent some time in construction and know a ton about houses. Focusing on the structure and mechanical systems is more important than the décor.
Being rational and grounded is important. And in business reason wins over emotion every time. What role does the heart have in a property’s return on investment?
I’m a centrist politically. The world is nuanced, not black and white. My social values reflect this. But moneyed interests have too much influence these days. Political lobbying should be outlawed.
Being kind and well mannered is just as important as being assertive.
Self improvement has been a consistent thread running through my life. It was tough going to university in my 30s, but so worth it. School was life changing and made me a lifelong learner.
Speed was an addiction in the bravery of youth. I remember 30 years ago like yesterday, tearing apart bike motors in the kitchen for next weekend’s race. I did not enjoy crashing at 90 mph. We all wanted to be world champions and some of my friends even went professional. I miss my motorcycle.
I’m a bit of a geek. I’ve built two websites so far. Making real estate videos is fun. Davinci Resolve is great software. When I first started in the business I wanted a teleprompter so I made one.
Marketing homes online is something I excel at. 90% of buyers are on their phones looking at properties. Social media has a very wide reach. Print media is dying.
My daughter Miranda and I have built two computers.
But she and her sister Hillary are better at tearing apart a laptop than I am. They are better computer mechanics than me. This brings me great satisfaction.
My wife Jude is a textile artist with a strong online presence. And my son Simon is a programmer who speaks Japanese.
I’m Andrew Shackleton and I live in a house full of love. Drew at home. I am a fortunate man.