Derek and his wife, Laurie, married in 1985, and very soon after, started investing in real estate right away. During the first few years, they bought and sold multiple properties. In 1988, they decided it was time to make this a full-time career.
Working alongside some of the top agents in the area at the time, Derek learned the ropes and quickly became a top producer. In 1993, Derek and Laurie opened the first MinCom franchise in Durham Region. “If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me” was the attitude that led Derek to take multiple courses, attend builder conventions and read every book on real estate and financing he could get his hands on. He also believes in and considers himself fortunate, to have had some great mentors and business partners along the way.
Early in his career, Derek started doing business with a number of land developers and builders. Working through the whole process of residential land development from start to finish is an incredibly rewarding experience. Derek has become an expert in land development, new home construction, residential resale real estate, investment real estate and financing. Over the years, Derek himself has become a mentor to many on how to make money in the real estate market. He truly loves what he does and is eager to share his knowledge.
“I pride myself on understanding how to take a plot of land and turn it into a community.” ~ Derek Baird
Derek is a self-motivated individual that adheres to the belief that building and maintaining relationships are the keys to success. He believes that by consistently giving a little extra, you can deliver the best possible result for your client. Derek’s understanding of how to market properties and negotiate deals puts his clients at an advantage for success. His knowledge of current market conditions and past market trends, allows Derek to educate his team and clients on what to expect.This knowledge and experience is an invaluable asset to anyone working with Derek and his team.
“I learned very early in my real estate career that you never do a deal for a dollar. You always put your client’s needs first and foremost. I have instilled this philosophy in my team members.” ~ Derek Baird
Over the years, Derek has worked with some of the most successful builders in the area including Andelwood Homes, Jeffery Homes, Cleary Homes, HL Gay Family Homes, Tatra Valley Homes, Stonefield Homes, Halminen Homes, Kiya Developments, Holland Homes and many other smaller builders throughout the Durham Region. Derek and his team are experts in new home sales and construction.
“After 30 years, it is a wonderful feeling to see whole neighbourhoods that I have had a hand in bringing from fields to full communities.” ~ Derek Baird
Derek grew up in the Beaches of Toronto and moved to Clarington in his early teens. Both of Derek’s sons, David and James, are also realtors and members of his team. Derek takes pride in seeing his boys carry on his legacy. Derek works hard and plays hard. He loves to travel, bike, fish, boat, and sled.