Contributor Kim Kerr meets The Weiland Team, a husband and wife real estate duo helping buyers and sellers with their real estate needs in Muskoka and Central Ontario
Mark and Dee Dee Weiland certainly know a thing or two about team work.
Based in the heart of Ontario’s beautiful cottage country, this husband / wife duo are not only living the Muskoka dream, they’re also working it, too. Known as ‘The Weiland Team’, Mark and Dee Dee are realtors with The Property Gallery Realty Inc.
Though based in Huntsville, this dynamic team cover not just their home town, but surrounding lakes and across Muskoka including Lake of Bays, the ‘Big Three’ Muskoka Lakes (Lake Joseph, Lake Muskoka, and Lake Rosseau), and the Georgian Bay area. They also provide real estate coverage of the towns of Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Orillia and Parry Sound, among others.
While that might sound like a lot of ground to cover, for a well-connected business couple like the Weiland’s, large geographic areas are nothing to be shy about. As long-time cottagers in Muskoka before moving here as full-time residents, the couple ran a car dealership in Kitchener Ontario with a large and dispersed client base.
“It’s pretty much business as usual,” says Mark. “We had clients from across Ontario and the US, selling cars to high end clients as far away as LA. We made it our job to provide excellent customer service. So it’s only natural we extend that same high level of service to our real estate business.”
Adds Dee Dee: “We’ve also been actively involved in the real estate markets in places like Palm Desert California, Palm Beach and Naples in Florida. We’ve also owned second homes in Collingwood, Kitchener Waterloo, and Cambridge, So we’re no stranger to buying and selling luxury homes and cottages.”
“Getting involved in Muskoka real estate, which had been a cottage destination for us and our families our whole lives, seemed quite natural.”
The Weiland Team and Home Staging
And they certainly know what they’re selling. Now full-time residents with a history of owning lakefront homes on Lake of Bays, their vast network of friends and associates – many of them now clients – means they’ve got their finger on the pulse of the luxury waterfront cottage market and the lifestyle Muskoka provides.
“We believe very much in giving it our all when it comes to our clients’ needs,” says Dee Dee. “If we have to hop on a boat to get great shots of a cottage for sale, or to show a prospective buyer the view from the lake, we’re going to do it. Showing waterfront properties from the lake ensures prospective purchasers get a chance to fully appreciate what they’re buying.”
This same attention to detail is something Dee Dee has applied to home staging. A dab hand at design and décor – she has a design background and has designed her own homes and the dealership – Dee Dee now offers the important service of staging to home sellers.
“A beautifully staged home or cottage can make all the difference, ensuring that marketing tools like photos and 3D virtual tours present your asset at its very best,” she says. “It can also impact a listing’s price as well.”
“So we strongly urge our clients to let us spend the time to make their property ‘show home’ perfect. It’s so important, and is what we do as marketing specialists specializing in helping people maximize their equity return on their real estate property. ”
Muskoka’s Real Estate Team
Working together as a husband and wife team has so many advantages. With the support from The Property Gallery’s team of professionals and Lucky Element Media, they’re able to provide clients with everything needed to buy or sell a home.
“The team’s list of ‘tools’ was complete once Dee Dee added her home staging expertise,” says Mark. “Whether they’re buying or selling, we can handle the whole process, making a sometimes daunting task seem so much easier.”
And, Dee Dee adds, the process is certainly helped by the fact the couple live, work, and play in Muskoka.
“Living in the area, living the cottage lifestyle, has certainly made us truly grateful for all Muskoka has to offer,” she says. “Whether it’s swimming in 30 degree weather or snowshoeing when it’s -30, it’s wonderful to be able to sample all the many things to do in Muskoka.”
As well as their local expertise, the Weiland Team, through their affiliation with the Property Gallery, can access luxury homes for sale pretty much anywhere in the world.
“Elite status with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World gives us the opportunity to sell real estate globally in over 70 countries,” says Mark. “We’re also partnered with Broker Bay and almost 600 other real estate professionals, who can also view our listings and share them with their clients, facilitating our sales and marketing efforts.”
The Weiland Team – Working Together for Their Clients
After working together for so many years, Mark’s gained a deep respect for Dee Dee’s abilities.
“Dee Dee certainly understands just how important real estate transactions are for each and every one of our clients,” he says. “She’s not only a hardworking professional, she values her clients and is really very passionate about nurturing every relationship.”
That, along with his wife’s problem solving skills, her tenacity, and her constant striving to provide the best outcome in all situations – not to mention her expertise in home staging – has proven a real asset for The Weiland Team.
As Dee Dee says, it’s certainly a two-way street.
“I’ve learned from the very best in the business, and am so excited to introduce people to the cottage lifestyle” she says. “I never imagined having this much fun and loving what I do. Mark and I work together every day and provide good client care as we take the time to know exactly what they’re looking for, whether it’s home staging, professional photos, guided tours, or even aerial views of specific lakes and cottages. Above all, it really is a lot of fun working together as a team.”
The Weiland Team’s Luxury Muskoka Real Estate Strategy
While working together as husband and wife has certainly helped set The Weiland Team apart in the Muskoka real estate market, the fact that both Mark and Dee Dee bring their individual talents and strengths to the job is a big factor in their success.
Mark prides himself with not just a deep knowledge of Muskoka, but also uses his keen awareness and experience in listing cottages for sale in Muskoka and across Central Ontario to ensure the needs of his clients are met (and then some).
“Whether they’re looking for a luxury waterfront cottage or a home in town, we want to be sure that our expertise can be used to benefit both buyers and sellers,” says Mark. “And it’s not just the technical aspects of buying and selling. There’s also making sure our clients benefit from our in-depth knowledge of the Muskoka lakes and neighborhoods to help them find the perfect fit.”
“Dee Dee certainly brings a freshness to the business,” he adds. “We’re a lot alike in so many ways, especially when it comes to real estate. She has a real sense of professionalism, enthusiasm, and integrity. She’s intensely honest. She knows how to treat people. And in our line of business, that’s so very important.”
Together, this husband / wife team have certainly raised the bar in the Muskoka real estate market not just when it comes to service… but attitude, too.
"We know Muskoka," says Dee Dee. "And we love helping people make our beautiful Muskoka their beautiful Muskoka!
Kim Kerr is a Muskoka-based writer and a lover of the good life in cottage country.