Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"Motorvationally Speaking": Property Guy

“And it's a ride, ride, ride, and there ain't much cover.
With no one runnin' by your side my blood brother”

Ken was looking for a way to make a few extra bucks while studying business at Atlantic Baptist University.

And one conversation with Jeremy changed everything.

"I kept seeing these orange and black 'For Sale By Owner' signs in the Greater Moncton area," Ken recalls. "I had a little bit of experience creating websites, so I thought, what if I put this website together for these people who are trying to sell their houses by themselves?"

It was the spring of 1998 when Ken LeBlanc shared his idea with Jeremy as the two sat in accounting class and decided to get things rolling. " was launched on less than a hundred dollars," explains Jeremy. That was enough to buy a domain name. “Ken and I would go door-to-door and charge homeowners $199 to list their homes on an entry level bulletin board style website. It was nothing great to look at, but it allowed our early customers to beef up traditional classified ads with photos, descriptions and elements you couldn't have without spending a boatload of money."

More than a decade later, is Canada’s largest and fastest growing franchise system, with more than 120 franchise locations across the country. The award-winning system allows homeowners to sell their homes privately, giving them the tools to perform the sale with a complete online presence. In effect, Ken and Jeremy created an environment where a real estate consumer can be their own Boss without having to pay the cost of high commissions.

Today on TSB, we profile a guy who has been there from the beginning, through thick, thin and everything in between ... Born to run as the co-founder of ... Jeremy Demont!

"Motorvationally Speaking", on CHCD TV, is a weekly, internet-based show focused on people who embrace the power of positive thinking. The guests may not always be famous, but they are always enlightening, and each one of them has an interesting story to tell. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome as we aim to inspire, educate and motivate.

"But the stars are burnin' bright like some mystery uncovered. I'll keep movin' through the dark with you in my heart. My blood brother"

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