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Meet Diogo, Our Online Sales Rep

If you’ve visited any of our communities on Minto.com, then you may have already met Diogo, our Online Sales Representative! Diogo is often the first person that our prospective purchasers connect with before moving on to meet with our on-site Sales Reps.  Diogo helps our home buyers narrow down the community and home-type they are looking for and then connects them with an on-site Sales Rep so they can better assist with all the project details. You can find him by clicking the Chat Live button on the bottom right corner of all our active, for-sale, communities in the GTA.

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We sat down with Diogo to learn more about him and his role at Minto. He has great insight on the all of our developments and shared some personal details about what makes him the perfect fit for this exciting role!

 

Hi Diogo! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Well, I’ve been working for the past 7 years as a manager for various retail stores – I love interacting with people and helping them pick out the perfect item. During that time, I’ve managed to continue studying on a part-time basis, obtaining both a Marketing and Management diploma, and my Real Estate License. All of these certifications have helped me understand and work in my current role from a different perspective. When I’m not studying or working, I enjoy travelling to new destinations, eating at new restaurants, and playing all types of sports.

Minto Online Sales Rep

What motivates you?

Challenges motivate me. The more challenging the project, the more I want to be successful in getting it finished.

What made you want to get into sales?

When I was 5, I would often tell my mom that I was going to sell her home-made bread because all of the kids in the neighbourhood loved it. One day, I set up a table outside our home, but before my mom could hand me the bread I would panic and say, “I’m nervous… I’m nervous…”. Needless to say, I didn’t close many deals back then. As I got older I thought back to that story many times and have worked hard to overcome my nerves and focus on becoming successful at sales. I fostered my talents in the retail market and am now ecstatic about my transition into real estate.  I’ve always been interested in real estate and working at Minto has allowed me to continue pursuing my passion.

Minto Online Sales Rep

What are some of the most common questions you get?

Most often the first questions I get from prospective buyers are “Can I get a Price List?” and “What is the occupancy date?”. I’m the first point of contact for our customers and they’re often looking for some information prior to entering our sales office. They need to be sure if the community being sold fits their budget and time frame.

Do you have a favorite project right now?

My favourite project is definitely Minto Westside. Situated within walking distance from the best the city has to offer, yet close to major highways and public transit  is what attracts me. The incredible amenities included in the building are just an added bonus.

Minto Westside

What is your advice to people who are just beginning the search for a new home online?

The potential purchasers that I speak to are typically in the early stages of buying a home; especially when they are browsing online. My advice to them is to make sure you are qualified first and that you are aware of the true cost of home ownership. Next, I would suggest having a sales rep assist in the buying process. Sales reps will offer their services free of charge to the buyer, and they are able to provide invaluable guidance to help with your decision.

 

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us Diogo! If you want to get expert advice from Diogo, you can find him online on our Minto Westside, Minto Yorkville Park, and Kingmeadow websites. 

Meet Tiago and Pedro, Minto’s Managers of Land Development

Meet Tiago and Pedro, two of our fearless leaders behind our Land Development team. They are responsible for everything from advising on land acquisitions at the very beginning of a project to putting in roads, sidewalks, and parks at the completion of a project. Everything that goes along with building a community is looked after by these guys!

Minto Communities Team

Tiago is the Land Development Manager for Low Rise Construction, and Pedro is the Manager for High Rise Construction. For both Low Rise and High Rise, the Land Development team helps the Acquisitions team to advise them on sites in terms of zoning by-laws, planning, and legislation around a certain site. Once the land is acquired, the Land Development team works getting approvals in place from the municipalities, servicing, landscaping, and designing the community. They consider the growth in population, activity and demand on the community infrastructure that the new development brings and works with the municipalities to agree on the necessary requirements to build or revise.

In Low Rise projects, all utility design and approval is coordinated by the Land Development team. They coordinate the trades for servicing the development which then allows the construction team to come in and start building the project.

In High-Rise projects, hydro, gas lines, and sewers are the responsibility of the construction team, and the Land Development team is responsible for coordinating the consultant’s team, obtaining Official Plan and Zoning changes and coordinate the beginnings of construction with approvals and permits.

In Mid-Rise projects like Minto Longbranch and Minto Southshore, Tiago and Pedro work together finding the middle ground in developing a site that had elements of High and Low rise.

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Mid-rise development Minto Southshore

After all of the home building is complete, the Land Development team is back in the community for another 2-3 years finishing the community with roads, asphalt, sidewalks, parks, and anything else needed to complete the neighbourhood. “It’s a long process that has us in a project right at the very beginning and right at the very end” says Tiago.

Another big part of Tiago and Pedro’s job is coordinating with local elected officials and creating a relationship with the community. They present our building plans to the community to ensure everyone is on-board and happy with the plan, listening to the neighbourhood’s concerns and taking them into consideration when developing the project. “It’s important to us to reach out to the community to initiate a good relationship right from the start of a project so that a good tone is set moving forward” explains Pedro.

The Land Development team is also responsible for protecting any heritage homes on a site that a city requires be protected in order to build. They coordinated the careful and meticulous move of the Cox House at Minto WaterGarden to another location on the site to make room for the condo building, and now the Cox House being refurbished for future use.

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The Cox House at Minto WaterGarden

Pedro and Tiago say that the biggest challenge of their job is maintaining the vision throughout the whole planning process. “You need to understand the end goal of a project and what it can be in the future, and then help it come to fruition” explains Pedro.

While there is a lot of planning and coordinating to do before the project gets off the ground, Tiago and Pedro both agree that the best part of the job is once the project gets to construction. “That’s when all the fun happens” says Tiago. “You finally get to see all the process and planning you’ve been working on come to life.” We’re glad we have two fantastic Land Development Managers making all of Minto’s projects come to life so well!