I was raised on the South Slope in Burnaby & grew up going to the local schools and participated in community sport. Soon after college, I took on the challenge of making a career out of helping people. Since that time, 1996, I’ve been a full time Realtor specializing in residential real estate. I even met my beautiful wife at RE/MAX Advantage & she herself became an award winning Realtor.
In 2012, Karen & I became the proud parents of our little boy, Evan. As parents can attest to, he has introduced us to an amazing new chapter in our lives that has us laughing & loving like never before. He’s even been know to come out on select appointments with me as my career is outside of a normal 9-5 so you might find us popping in to show a house on the way to soccer practice or putting up a sold sign on the way to swimming lessons.
Becoming a Realtor
Early on, I committed to RE/MAX and became a member of the #1 Real Estate Company locally and globally. On average, RE/MAX agents are in real estate for 12 years before stepping up to the challenge of joining this elite group. The average RE/MAX agent in western Canada is 46. I took the challenge and joined RE/MAX after being licensed for less than 2 years and at almost half the age of the average ‘RE/MAXer’.
Since then, I’ve earned an RRS (Residential Relocation Specialist) designation through RE/MAX and in 1998 I was the youngest person in the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board MLS Medallion Club (top 6% in the industry), a challenge that I have repeatedly met. My personal production has also repeatedly earned me Platinum Club membership with RE/MAX for personal production in a given calendar year.
RE/MAX Hall of Fame
In 2006 I was awarded the RE/MAX Hall of Fame award for a consistent high level of production during ones career. An award very rarely achieved by agents 30 years old or younger. For several years, my name can be found in the list of top 5 Realtors in my office for the year, including several times ending out the year as the #2 highest producing individual Realtor. In 2015, I was acknowledged by RE/MAX International with a Lifetime Achievement Award for consistently being in the upper echelon of RE/MAX Realtors.
Gary Morris presenting annual RE/MAX Awards
My Goals in Real Estate
Most important to me is that the people I’m helping are satisfied they have received the best help possible when buying, selling or finding a Realtor to work with in an area unfamiliar to them. Everyone wants to know they have received the best deal possible in their transaction both in money and terms. I’m a strong negotiator and I always work with my clients’ interests in mind both for the process and the end result.
My Life Outside of Real Estate
Outside of Real Estate, I’m very active in traditional and sport Karate. I’ve trained continuously for over 25 years in Greater Vancouver. I travel to train throughout the province and in different areas of Alberta and as far away as Nova Scotia. In the Summer of 2001, I made my 1st trip of several trips to Japan. Karate has been an excellent path to true vitality & has lead me to some of the most important relationships I’ve had in my life.
Summer Karate Training
In 2011, I received an invitation to train at a Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu club & have since then added it as staple of my training. This school has introduced me to another family that I’ve grown to love & world class instructors. I continue to explore the beauty of these art forms and have been fortunate to make lasting friendships locally and internationally.
Receiving instruction from Martial Arts Legend, Royce Gracie
While Martial Arts is a way of life for me, scuba diving has become my hobby. Karen & I often plan our vacation time around diving & encourage anyone that has a love of adventure to get underwater. There is a world of beauty under the surface just waiting for you to explore. It has even further influenced our sense of responsibility to preserve the environment as what we do on land effects our precious underwater too. Our son at 4 years old is already telling us he wants to go diving even though he’s years away, we love to see his interest.
60′ underwater in Mexico
My Community Involvement
My office RE/MAX Advantage Realty has been in business in New Westminster since 1922 and has a strong reputation of being the best Real Estate Company in town. The affiliation with RE/MAX began in 1985. Many of our customers represent repeat or referral business from satisfied customer.RE/MAX Advantage commands over 89% market share of listings sold in its area. According to the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board,
RE/MAX accounts for 26.2% of completed transactions with while totaling only 12.3% of the sales force. That’s twice as many homes sold per agent as its next closest competitor.RE/MAX Advantage is very involved in community and fund raising events for charity. Each year, we host a skating party for our clients and members of the community as well as an event in the spring and summer months. We organize and participate in the Labatt’s Light 24-Hour Relay and our team has raised the most money in the history of the event. We have raised in excess of $400,000 in the past ten years for the B.C. Society for children with Disabilities. Personally, I am a proud sponsor of the SPCA, & a portion of each of my transactions is donated to the Children’s Miracle Network. Since RE/MAX became the exclusive real estate sponsor of Children’s Miracle Network in 1992, RE/MAX Associates have raised nearly $85 million for the cause.
As a past competitor in provincial tournaments, I’ve also sponsored local kids karate tournaments to help out with the sport that hooked me at 15 years old.
Following the earthquake & tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, I was compelled to try to help. For the first time in my career, I put the Real Estate on hold with the blessing of everyone that I was helping at the time to focus on creating an event to raise money for the Canadian Red Cross to benefit Japan’s disaster relief. My wife & assistant also worked tirelessly to pull off this amazing event. I organized a night of demonstrations of Japanese culture from Taiko drummers, Judo, Kyudo, Iaido, a musician, to Karate that I demonstrated with Karate family. In addition to a silent auction supported with donations from everyone I asked. We raised over $21,000 that evening.