Who is Mira?
I am not going to say that I live and breath real estate. I am not someone who visits open houses in my spare time or wants to know how neighbours’ homes look inside.
For me real estate is simply the product I need to know the ins and outs of. But for me, it is the people I am helping – they are EVERYTHING to me. People own real estate for many different reasons; to create memories, to start and raise family, to have a safe place to call home – a place to celebrate their lives with loved ones or as a strategy to invest into their future.
Can you imagine that I am that lucky person who gets to witness the “moving” stage of this beautiful process? This is what I am deeply passionate about!!!!
I call myself a real estate psychologistJ. I see people in all possible emotional states during this crazy process called buying or selling a home. Hope, fear, love, frustration, pure joy, anger, excitement, disappointment… doubt turned into a trust…I witness it allJ I am here to guide my clients through this rollercoaster of emotions.
My calling is to smooth out the edges:) and I absolutely love this process!
I listen, I watch and my head is spinning trying to find the best recipe to achieve my clients’ goals. I am there for my clients with my knowledge, experience, patience… Market, stats, news, trends, mortgage, procedure, obligations, needs vs wants, deal breakers vs “would be nice” haves… I am there for them to make sense of all the (often contradicting) information that is out there in this 21st century. I am there to provide honest guidance, so that at the end my clients have this amazing feeling of accomplishment and of having done the right thing in the right order with the right tools. Right?
I continually explore new ideas and new technology, and raise my professional standards to make the selling and buying of real estate easier and more enjoyable. I want to make a difference in those lives I touch and which touch mine. Many of my clients have become my friends – you don’t even know how much I value this!!! I love my job, I absolutely love that look in my clients’ eyes when they achieve their dream. And I love that sense of accomplishment I get when I convert “realtor non-believers” into loyal clients who see value in my services and trust the advice I provide.
So when I am asked what I do for living… I answer : I help people get where they want to live – efficiently and with passion.
I love helping immigrants buying their first home. I discovered all the emotions, pitfalls and challenges when buying my first home and somehow I am attracted to people who are hoping to buy their first home in Canada. I feel what they feel, I understand their trials and I simply appreciate being their lighthouse.
I also enjoy helping our most experienced population in downsizing and simplifying their lives. And if - on the side - I can learn (from) their life story… I am in heaven!
I don’t specialize in properties, I specialize in people. And somehow the universe always sends amazing human beings my way. I usually cross path with sound, honest humans who I am very excited about sharing a chapter in their/our lives. I believe that there is a lid for every potJ
Once I was asked…
If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
My dad. I would love to find out if he is proud of me up in heaven.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
- Pay off my debts
- Invest for retirement/buy real estate
- Help my kids and family
- Work 7 months a year and leave Edmonton to travel EVERY winter.
- Set up an online business
- Ballroom dance and learn to paint
- Truly LIV, Laugh, Create and Help
What did you get into trouble for the most as a child?
In midst of communistic era; telling my teacher that secretly at nights my family listens to Free Europe Radio (anti -communistic channel), while my dad was the head of our school parent council.
If you could personally witness one event in history, what would it be?
Well I already witnessed one and nothing could ever top that: the Velvet revolution in Czechoslovakia in November 1989. Participating in it, being part of the demonstrations against Communistic Party…I could have never, ever believed that in my lifetime I would be able to witness the collapse of communism. The memory of seeing Dubcek and Havel appearing on a balcony overlooking Wenceslas Square still gives me goose bumps.
If you could shop for free forever at any store, what store would it be?
The Pinterest/DIY category being opened on my mac has given me the temptation to say Michaels, walking through those aisles with endless opportunities to be creative make me drool (but then again… my practical motherly voice says… choose Costco or Superstore Mamma Mira)
What’s the most unusual job you ever had?
My gosh! I hate meat, I used to almost faint when I walked by meat shops or saw my mom cutting meat (blood and bones – yikes). When I was 14 my dad got me this summer job as a summer camp cook helper. Once a week during the meat delivery time they forced us to put half cut up pigs on our shoulders and take them to the cooler… I still have nightmares!
If you only had 24 hours to live, what would you do?
First I would be practical: I would make sure that my family knows all the passwords :) Then I would just sit with my husband and two kids and give them as much wisdom as possible to LIV their best life. Why am I crying?!!
Oh, and could I get life insurance on such short notice? Or would that be illegal?
If you could trade places with any famous person, living or dead, who would it be, and what would you do differently?
There are two parts to my story and thus two totally different angles to answering this question.
My previous life in Europe – I would love to have the brains and the determination of my grandfather. He was the founder of the ecological and environmental studies in former Czechoslovakia. He spoke 7 languages and became a world known authority in his field. His knowledge and cooperation with several Universities around the world made him an enemy and perceived danger to the communistic regime at that time. Many universities invited him and the whole family to live abroad but he chose not to escape the communism and his home country. I was too young (but old enough to carry half cut up pigs on my shoulders) when he passed away, so I don’t understand fully his reasoning behind the decision, but based on my limited knowledge and seeing and living the consequences of his choice, for the sake of my family and even professional development, I probably would have accepted that offer. But who am I to judge?!
My current life in Canada- I would love to have Oprah’s courage. I appreciate her going after what she believes in – against all odds. I value her way of opening our eyes to not such popular/money making topics, but instead topics that take much more understanding. Lately, she is a broadcast risk taker and innovator. It is so hard for me to say what I would do differently without having the background info. It seems like she chose to take on a too big of a task, but I know she will be able to tackle this challenge. It is easy for me to be critical of her OWN network programming choices and her radio constantly just repeating the old Oprah shows. I cant wait when her friend Gail King comes back (please bring her back!- I need some good laughs in mornings) and when again we hear more of those thought provoking, spiritual topics.
It all started in the mid ’70s. Strongly influenced by my parents, I would sit in my elementary school classroom pretending to listen to the teacher emphasizing our fortune of being born in communism “the most developed system in the world,” while day dreaming about living anywhere but there… After finishing high school I left Czechoslovakia and got my University degree in Budapest, Hungary, which was known for a softer version of the communistic system. While studying Hungarian for one year (it is always beneficial to understand the language spoken at school you are planning to attend, isn’t it?), I met the most important person in my life! He is my love and my best friend, and truly I am the luckiest girl in the world to have him witness and support my life for more than 35 years. Since he did not have a communistic background, it took us literally 10 years – till the velvet revolution in 1989, to finally be allowed to get married.
With a Horticultural Engineering degree in hand, we moved back to Slovakia, where our 2 children were born. We enthusiastically started our own business while continuously dreaming about living somewhere else. Two crazy and stressful years later, we finally got our landed immigrant visa to Canada-the nicest piece of paper one can hold in their hand. Proudly landing in Vancouver with a husband, 2 kids, and 4 suitcases, we knew no one, didn’t understand the language, and only had planned accommodation for 2 nights. Canada became our home very quickly and we never looked back. Shortly after settling down in our new city, I became a real estate agent.
After five years in Vancouver we moved to Edmonton. Every year in February/March I seriously think I must have lost my mind when chose to move to this city, but with the snow melting and first patches of green grass, my heart jumps from joy and I, yet again, love everything this city has to offer. The people are what makes this place amazing, and I am so proud to call many of them my friends. God, if only winter was shorter !!! After five years in Vancouver we moved to Edmonton. Every year in February/March I seriously think I must have lost my mind when we chose to move to this city, but with the snow melting and first patches of green grass, my heart jumps from joy and I, yet again, love everything this city has to offer. The people are what makes this place amazing, and I am so proud to call many of them my friends. God, if only winters were shorter!!!
I love garage sales. I refinish, reupholster any piece of furniture and turn the ugliest garage sale finds into cute accessories. I love ballroom dancing. I love sipping coffee and just talking with my husband and I love having one on one, deep talks with my children. They make my life purposeful. For them, I wake up every morning and want to become a better person, just to show them that everything is possible when you put your mind to it. And I absolutely dislike exercising. I obviously never put my mind to it… I must have lost and found more than 500 lbs in my lifetime.
My favorite things to do: I am very creative, so anything requiring creativity excites me. I have been involved in interior design and staging for many years. It brings me so much joy to see my client’s property transforming to a sale-able product, leaving them with more money in their pocket, and making their move to the next chapter in their life much easier.
I am an introvert, so I don’t really enjoy small talks but I loooove meaningful conversations about life. I don’t like parties but one on one talks truly excite me.
My favorite music: ABBA, love songs.
My favorite movie: The bridges of Madison County
My favorite books: too many to count – anything inspirational, educational, that helps improve our lives or service to my clients
My favorite sport: watching figure skating on TV :)
My favorite food: chocolate – I am on official chocolate vegetarian!!!!
PS: I speak “accented” English, Slovak, Czech and “accented” Hungarian.