Wendy is a born and bred Torontonian and the first in her family to be born in Canada. Her family were among the first Portuguese immigrants being welcomed into Canada in the 1950’s. Although Wendy was raised in English she eventually learned Portuguese as she grew up. Actuellement elle parle aussi le français, anche un pocatino d`Italiano e unas palabras de español.
Though Wendy’s parents divorced when she was a child, she acquired a whole new family when her Dad, Jose, moved to the US, married Fanny, and had 2 sons: Caleb lives in Florida with his wife Melissa and their two lovely children Giada and Jacob; Jose and Mary live in North Carolina with their beautiful 9 year old son, Sam, who has been presented with some challenges in life. Sam was born with Angelman’s Syndrome, a little known genetic disorder causing developmental delays. He doesn't speak but has much to say. He is a wonderful little boy, intellligent, happy, loving and very energetic.
Wendy adores being a homeowner in the Toronto neighbourhood known as Bloordale Village. She also enjoys travelling, reading, listening to music, puttering around in her garden and the loves of her life–her kitty-cats. She has Bella and Luna (get it?) and a neighbourhood kitty she calls Ginger. Over the years she has had many who have lived to ripe old ages. Wendy's love of felines has brought her to a wonderful organization called Toronto Cat Rescue to whom she gives a lot of time chauffering kitties around to Vet appointments and foster homes. She has also been a foster mum (which is how she came to have Bella & Luna - she's a proud "foster fail."
Wendy has been open to new experiences and over several years was involved in federal politics. She was a candidate in the Toronto riding of Davenport during two federal elections. She feels that we get the government we deserve when we do not stay informed and aware of what government at all levels is doing and what it means for us.
Prior to becoming a Realtor® Wendy spent “a most excellent year” learning French, travelling and partying through France... Some of her fondest memories are of people and places she got to know during that time.
Wendy feels that when your mind and heart are open to change wonderful things can happen.
So that’s why in 1995, a year after Wendy’s Mum opened a franchise of Canadian-owned Sutton Group on College Street, decided maybe she should give real estate a try. Eventually she went on to become a broker as well. And the rest is history...20 years on Wendy still enjoys helping her clients and friends make changes in their lives through home ownership.
Wendy says being self-employed rocks, even though there are ups and downs and nothing is guaranteed. Happily through the years she has established splendid contacts and clients who have become friends everywhere in Toronto. Repeat and referral clients have been the cornerstone of her business. Just as important are the new clients who come to her from her listings on the MLS® system.
Wendy believes that part of the reason she has been successful is that she treats people the way that she would like to be treated and that actions speak louder than words. She really enjoys helping people as they venture into what is likely the biggest investment they will ever make.
Although in 2000 Wendy had the opportunity to take over and manage her Mum’s brokerage when she retired; she preferred the freedom that working independently from her home and her car provided her and opted to continue working with buyers and sellers rather than managing an office. She stayed with the same broker until the summer of 2015 when it was time for another change. Since June, 2015 Wendy has been working with Real Estate Homeward also located in Toronto.