Episode 10: Building Teams

In our tenth episode, our hosts discuss Real Estate Teams;  the benefits, challenges, and the lessons they’ve learned over the years on building a successful team.


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Episode 8: War Stories

This episode starts with a fun discussion on “Favourite Spots in Vancouver” & Humble Beginnings. The hosts go on to discuss this week’s topic of “War Stories”

Our hosts open up about some of the big mistakes they’ve made over their careers and the hard lessons learned from those hard experiences.


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Episode 7: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

This episode opens with group reflection, the three ask each other the question, “What were you like as a child?”.

This transitions into this episode’s topic, which is a book discussion on one of Oakwyn’s favourite books, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. Michael & Morgan describe what the 7 habits are & how they apply them to their life & practice during COVID-19.


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Episode 6: Building a Prospecting Calendar

Michael and Morgan discuss how you can use your down-time to stay productive and put together a game plan for routinely reaching out to the various categories of potential clients.


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#OakwynAtHome

In this time of unprecendented change, people across the world are learning to connect remotely. For Oakwyn, the last few weeks have reinforced the power of community. Now more than ever, it’s important that we support each other (from a safe distance). From online fitness classes, to exciting webinars, and home delivery services that keep you healthy, we’ve compiled a list of the best this city has to offer while we all #StayHome.

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Webinars and Education

With all of this extra time at home, why not learn a new skill or develop one you already have. Here are a few great ways to keep your mind fit at home:

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Health and Fitness

Navigating this crisis is all about innovation! Luckily, some of our favourite studios have moved their classes online. Keep your motivation up with these awesome at-home workouts.

Delivery Services

Etiquette is important! Help keep your community safe by using cards instead of cash, ask the driver to leave your delivery outside of your door, and wash your hands before and after you pick up your groceries from the doorstep.

  • Dogwood Brewing is blowing out their current supply stock so that they can repurpose their brewery to make hand sanitizer to aid the global crisis. You can order their product through Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes, and Foodora. Oakwynites are eligible to receive 3 mixed flats of Organic beer (that’s 72 cans of beer) at 50% off! Email andre@dogwoodbrew.com to get on the list.
  • Body Energy Club is doing home deliveries of vitamins and supplements in Vancouver and Burnaby, plus live workouts via Instagram Live.
  • SPUD, Save-On Foods, and Instacart are all delivering groceries during this time (see websites for availability).
  • Joseph Richards Group is offering delivery and pickup, promising all of the proceeds to their staff who have been laid off during this time.
  • Fresh St Market is offering personal shopping, pickup services, and delivery to locals during COVID-19. Please see their website for availability.
  • The Real Canadian Superstore is also offering grocery delivery during this time. Please order well in advance as wait times may be longer than usual due to the high volume of requests.

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Keeping Busy

Life isn’t all about work! Make sure you take some time to do things you enjoy during this time. Relax, take it easy.

  • Find a new series to watch on your favourite streaming platform.
  • Download the House Party app to connect and play games with friends and family.
  • At home with your kids? This blog will teach you “easy, fun, and interesting ideas for adults and children to explore together.”
  • Scholastic is offering “Learning Journeys” for kids from preschool to grade nine. Your kids can do these activities alone or with the whole family.
  • NASA is offering virtual space station tours along with other fun, family-friendly activities that you can do with your kids at home.
  • Using this time for learning? Check out the Business in Vancouver podcast for regular news updates and education.
  • The Busy Toddler website offers a diverse range of activities that you can use to entertain your toddler while you practice social distancing.

Curated Playlists to Keep You Moving

Nothing brings us together quite like music. We’ve created these great playlists for you to relax and work to.

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Some Good News

  • Join Oakwynite of the Year Celine Bacani, owner of Lee’s Donuts, in supporting the morale of Metro Vancouver’s frontline workers! Starting April 1st, Lee’s Donuts will be accepting minimum $5 contributions which will go towards bringing donuts (and joy!) to frontline workers throughout the city. To donate click here.
  • Every day at 7pm Vancouverites can be heard cheering from their balconies in support of medical workers. The cheer has become a city-wide show of support for our front-line workers.
  • Your fellow Oakwynite Shauna and her husband Rick Ocean are using their Body Energy Club location in Gastown to help keep our First Responders healthy & nourished! If you’d like to buy a smoothie to a First Responder (Fire Dept, Paramedic, Nurses, Doctors, VPD) for $3.00, please contribute by going on the Body Energy Club Canada mobile app.
  • Oakwynite Vivian Yu has started a GoFundMe page to source quality personal protective equipment for front-line workers and health professionals. All funds raise go directly to the cause so please donate if you can!
  • Vessi Footwear‘s choose what you pay initiative is using its proceeds to donate facemasks and footwear for health care workers. Find out more about how you can contribute (and get some cool sneakers) here.
  • Animal shelters across Canada have seen increased adoption rates as humans seek companionship during isolation. We may be socially distanced, but our furry friends are feeling the love!

#OakwynAtHome

Over the last month we asked our agents to come together and show us their #OakwynAtHome lives. We are proud to work alongside such strong parents, business owners, entrepreneurs, and comunity-minded individuals who have stayed dedicated during these difficult times.

Our Oakwyn family continues to amaze us with their resilience and motivation. Thank you for being such great role models!

We're all in this together. Stay safe, stay humble.

We’ll be updating this blog with more information in the coming weeks. If you would like to contribute, please send links to alehmanchoi@oakwyn.com.

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Episode 5: Oakwyn At Home: Reflecting and Planning

Michael & Morgan are discussing “Mindset” – they share their journeys on mindset & the research they’ve done over the years to influence positive change.
The two discuss tips & tricks for maintaining a mindset routine for presentations & running your business with confidence.


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Episode 4: Oakwyn University & Seller Systems

Now is a time to pursue growth & learning! On our fourth episode, Michael & Morgan explain Oakwyn University; how it works, the content & the philosophy behind it. The two also follow up last week’s conversation on Buyer’s Systems by discussing Seller Systems. Stay home & learn while they offer tips & tricks to optimize your efficiencies for listing a property.


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Episode 3: Buyer Systems

In our third episode of the Oakwyn Podcast, Michael and Morgan discuss Buyer Systems & the story of how they met. Sit back and listen to them discuss their Buyer Systems and the 3 steps of working with a buyer; the initial meeting, the search, and the closing of the purchase.


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Episode 2: Getting to Know Michael Uy & Goal Setting

In this episode, get to know Oakwyn’s co-founder and CEO; how he started in the biz and his main motivators throughout his career.

Oakwyn Realty also discusses goal setting techniques that they use in their careers & personal lives.


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Leaders Are Readers

Oakwyn is an agency that is known for its success. Our agents perform at high-levels across the Lower Mainland and we’re always happy to see them shine. As we prepare for another year of record-breaking sales, it’s important that we take time to appreciate the hard work that went into 2019.

Every year, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver awards the area’s top-performing agents with Medallion Member and President’s Club titles. As always, Oakwyn agents stood out in our industry.

Making Medallion

Medallion agents represent the top 10% of agents, based on MLS deals. 1 out of 5 Oakwyn agents is a Medallion Member. This year, we have 76 agents that made Medallion, and 7 agents who made President’s Club (top 1%).

On top of that, Oakwyn Realty was voted the #1 office in gross dollar volume of sales and our Yaletown office was voted #1 in the downtown area. What a year we’ve had!

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We Celebrate Success By Giving Back

We always like to congratulate our Medallion Members with a group photoshoot. This year, we decided to use this media moment to highlight a cause that we care deeply about: Literacy in BC.

We teamed up with our agents and Decoda Literacy Solutions to raise awareness about literacy in our area. We asked each agent to bring a book to the photoshoot that had impacted their life or career in a positive way. Those books were then donated to our Oakwyn community libraries both at our HQ office and the downtown location. Each library is fit with a donation box where all of the proceeds will go to Decoda.

Oakwyn believes in accessible knowlege for all and we aim to inspire our communities to be passionate about learning. Promoting literacy in BC is one way that we can uphold these values and continue to nurture our deep roots.

Why Is Literacy Important?

Literacy is important for health. Studies show that those who have stronger literacy skills are healthier because they can find, understand, and implement health strategies. Being literate can also help you manage your finances, undestand your legal rights, and find and hold employment. These are all necessary skills that all people have the right to and that’s why Oakwyn is dedicated to helping improve literacy in our province and beyond.

According to Decoda:

  • More than 700,000 British Columbians have significant challenges with literacy. (16% of British Columbians were at Level 1 literacy or below in 2012.)
  • 45% of British Columbians aged 16 to 65 may have difficulty understanding newspapers, following instruction manuals, reading health information and other daily living tasks.
  • 52% of British Columbians aged 16 to 65 may have difficulty calculating interest on a car loan, using information on a graph, calculating medicine dosage and other daily living tasks.

Options for supporting Decoda’s work can be found here.

The Medallion Shoot

To stay on our literary theme, we held this year’s Medallion photoshoot on the steps of the Vancouver Public Library.

Our agents came prepared with their favourite books and with the help of the AntiSocial Solutions team, we were able to capture some really great moments.

We are proud to be held up by the strength of our diverse agents. Year after year, you all impress us with your dedication, knowledge, and perserverance. Seeing this successful crew give back to the community reminds us to keep pushing for progress in every way we can.

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Staying Focused With Kit Matkaluk

“The Medallion Club to me is a sense of direction and reassurance that we are heading in the right direction.  It’s the start of a journey to becoming a President’s Club member. 

[The book I brought] I use a lot, especially when I coach. Mindset is a way of looking at failure as an opportunity and a way to retrain your brain to not think you are a failure if you don’t succeed.  It’s about framing these experiences as an opportunity to ask questions and thrive. Setbacks are temporary and far too many mindsets are focused on the yes, or winning without learning from losing.”

Check out Kit’s book, “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” here.

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Tips from Jessica Chen

“Don’t give up and keep trying new things. Look for a flow that connects you to your goals. It may not be in a book or coaching system and that’s okay, but set your sights on what feels right and allow your true self to shine as often as you can.”

Check out Jessica’s book, “Getting to Yes: How To Negotiate Agreement Without Giving In” here.


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Episode 1: Welcome to the Inaugural Episode of the Oakwyn Podcast

We are excited to announce the first episode of the Oakwyn Podcast, hosted by Michael Uy and Morgan Browne, is officially LIVE!

Join us to discuss everything Oakwyn, Vancouver real estate, and get the inside scoop on what’s happening with us.


Welcome to 2020, the Year of The Experience

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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2020: The Year of The Experience

Life is a collection of lived experiences. Often, it is the smallest details that make the biggest impact. Think of your most treasured memory. You might remember the weather, the sounds, the day of the week. You will certainly remember the people that you shared that moment with and the way they made you feel.

For our 2020 theme of the year, Oakwyn chose to focus on The Experience— not just of our agents, but of our clients, our communities, and our world.

Why Experiences Matter

Creating lasting impressions with our clients is what makes Oakwyn stand out from other agencies. As a growing company of over 400 entrepreneurs, it is important to us to choose a theme of the year that will unite our internal and external values.

We want Oakwyn to be a company that is remembered. The Experience is about being present and creating personal moments for those around us. Be live, be active. As Morgan Browne said:

“The Experience is something that is multisensory, something that is alive. It is all of the little things that make our agents stand out. Real estate isn’t just about transactions, it’s about creating long-lasting memories that people will hold dear. #ExperienceOakwyn is about creating a really incredible standard for our businesses and our culture.”

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Oakwyn's 2020 Sales Kickoff

This year’s Sales Kickoff was held at the exquisite JW Marriot Parq in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Agents from all over the lower mainland gathered to begin their year of #ExperienceOakwyn alongside their colleagues, friends, and mentors.

2019 was a huge year for Oakwyn. Apart from our ever-expanding group of realtors, we had one of our best sales years yet– even in the midst of a down-market.

Dozens of Oakwyn agents recieved awards for their hard work and dedication in 2019. We spoke with some of the winners to see how they thrived against the odds and what tips they have for upcoming agents.

2020 Rookie of the Year, Kim Lee

What contributed to 2019 being a successful first year of real estate for you?

It began with setting ambitious goals that would keep my eye on the prize and ensure I was always heading in a clear direction. Next, I learned to overcome my resistance toward asking for help. I consider myself a pretty independent person, so asking questions was definitely outside of my comfort zone. But through this process, I adopted new ideas and was able to explore different options that expanded my opportunities. Naturally, the fear of failure when trying out new things came along with it, but I would try to see things that didn’t work out as lessons on how I can become a better agent. Lastly, staying up to date with the market and informed on its trends created a foundation of trust for my clients. I had to stay consistent in my practices even when it felt like it wasn’t doing anything, because when I look back, my discipline was key to my steady growth.

Breakout Agent of the Year, Dan Wurtele

What goals have you set for 2020 and how do you plan to achieve them?

2020 is about team building and helping those around me. I’m officially partnering with Ryan Dash this year and in Spring we will launch our new business. We’re working with AntiSocial Solutions on the brand development and launch video and having a great time working with them and their team.

From here we’re going to be building a team, taking on new and experienced agents and providing them a platform to radically increase their business by utilizing our lead generation systems, marketing materials and immense database of potential and active clients.

I plan to be healthier and more active than I’ve ever been. I love running and have set a goal to run 100 km every month. This year is about continuing to push myself even harder, working smarter, to get uncomfortable and learn and improve daily. I’ve honestly never been more fired up about life and business and I want to share his passion and energy with everyone I meet and speak to.

2020 Rookie of the Year, Mark Landrigan

What does being connected to the Oakwyn community mean to you and your business?

The Oakwyn community meant everything to my business its first year. I made a commitment early on to really lean into the experience in these hallways. Oakwyn’s head real estate nerd, MIchael Uy, told me in our first meeting that there is an implied  expectation of less experienced agents to ask questions and a similar expectation for more experienced agents to answer them. That kind of thing is said in passing often, but the Oakwyn Community exceeded expectations. We’ve got the most hilarious, smart, dedicated, extra, passionate & ridiculously upstanding group of agents, many of which will be my friends for life.

How do you plan to implement Oakwyn’s Experience theme in your work? Why do you think this is important?

I found it important to remember when considering the experience of your clients that while we do this regularly and certain things are routine, it is not likely the case for them.  We may have many clients, but they likely only have one realtor.  The best way to implement Oakwyns theme of experience in my work is to constantly ensure I am considering the experience itself from my clients perspective and not my own. Use this to inform how to best curate their experience to feel confident, informed and prepared to succeed.

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Oakwynite of the Year, Celine Bacani

What does it mean to be an Oakwynite?

Being an Oakwynite means championing a brand that exemplifies professionalism, expertise, and sales and marketing that stands alone among other real estate brokerages

Oakwyn provides such a wonderful space for agents at any stage in their career to poise themselves for growth. Being connected to the Oakwyn community means that I will always have something to strive towards and I’ll never have to look far for inspiration.

What advice do you have for agents who are hoping to make it onto the awards stage next year?

Stay focused:  take care of yourself, take care of your work, and always take care of your clients.

Welcome to The Experience

We send our heartfelt congratulations to this year’s award-winners. Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed!

Here is an exciting video we put together introducing our annual theme. Thank you to the team at AntiSocial Solutions for putting this piece together. Let’s make 2020 our best experience yet!