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A Day in the Life of a Franchisee

Meet Shannon Gavin Bucking the Traditional Real Estate Model

by Patty Horansky
September 6, 2022

A Day in the Life of a Franchisee

Shannon Gavin and her husband, Mark, bought and sold several homes while living in Ontario, Canada. Their favourite transaction was a home they purchased directly from a seller. “It was a very smooth and seamless process,’’ Shannon said. Soon, the Gavins were wondering why there was no business helping owners do real estate differently.
A few years later, during a business conference, Mark learned about, the largest private home sale franchise network in North America. charges a flat fee, reducing costs for the buyer and seller because no commissions are paid. The Gavins were drawn to the concept especially because they aligned with CEO Ken LeBlanc’s belief that the traditional real estate model is “broken.” In 2006, the couple moved to Nova Scotia to start their first franchise, purchasing a second in 2014.

Shannon became a licensed agent in 2020 to offer additional services to her customers, but franchisees don’t need to be licensed agents. “We can do all the things traditional agents do, but our way is always very consumer-focused, delivering more options and rewards,’’ she said. “If you are the type of person who has an interest in real estate, marketing, families, people, sales – then this is for you.”

Here’s a glimpse into a day in the life of franchisee:

7 a.m. Shannon grabs a coffee, reads the news and practices a quick meditation. After checking social media accounts she fit in a workout.

9 a.m. Shannon reviews deals, outstanding documents, the market, and potential opportunities. She also revisits her day’s game plan.

9:30 a.m. After checking her email, Shannon researches and confirms her appointments. She checks for new leads as well.

10:30 a.m. Shannon is out the door to meet people and complete her to-dos.

5:30 p.m. It’s back to the office to answer emails and call new leads.

6:30 p.m. Shannon prepares and shares dinner with her family, enjoying her work-life balance.

9 p.m. She plans her next day, checks emails and settles in for the evening.
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Since 1998, and their franchise network have taken a bold approach to real
estate over the past 23 years. As the world’s Largest Private Sale Franchise Network, the
company has helped more than 100,000 home sellers discover a smarter way to buy and sell.
building a unique hub to oversee all aspects of the real estate transaction.

Earlier this year, earned the Franchisees’ Choice designation at the 2022 Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) National Convention, held in Ottawa. has earned this remarkable distinction in each of the 12 years since the Franchisees’ Choice Designation Program was launched, a feat that has been matched by just six other brands. was also named a 2022 Top Franchise for Women by Franchise Business Review. The company is one of only 50 franchises that qualified for the prestigious designation.

This past August, expanded its catalogue of offerings once again, entering the Canadian rental space via a strategic partnership with rhenti with the goal of helping improve the landlord-tenant relationship.

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