rennie team tuesday - Elmira Mafi

Meet Elmira, a new member of our growing advisor team. Learn 12 fun things about Elmira including what led her to a passionate career in real estate, her favourite travel memory, and her favourite outdoor space in the city.

What inspired you to join rennie
I joined rennie because of the company's collaborative culture, presale opportunities, as well as it's excellent resources and support. I feel confident presenting to my clients under the rennie brand. I find the whole company humble with a solid reputation in Vancouver. I also admire rennie's support in various charitable foundations throughout the city.

What led to a career in the real estate industry
I enjoy the process of selling and buying a home and after teaching in post-secondary institutions for over ten years, I have finally decided to pursue my passion for real estate. I love meeting new people, helping others, and creating a positive environment, which is what initially drew me to teaching. I see these skills as being just as relevant and applicable in the real estate industry since education is a critical part of helping clients.

One thing most people don’t know about you
I love to dance! I participated in flamenco dance lessons at Karen Flamenco and realized how technical this style of dancing can be. It was very fun and in the end, our group performed at the Vancouver Playhouse!

A song you can sing word for word
I do not have the greatest voice, but I love to sing...I mean, it sounds beautiful when I have my headphones on! One my favourites is George Michael’s, Fast Love.

What brings you the most joy
Spending quality time with loved ones. I am very grateful for my partner, Mauricio, my family, and my friends. I am truly surrounded by such genuine and kind people. I cherish every moment with them.

Favourite thing to splurge on
I love traveling near or far and will definitely splurge on trips. I really enjoy experiencing different cultures and perspectives and I always feel more creative and inspired from travelling. I have shifted away from material things and now find endless happiness in creating memories during my travels.

Best outdoor space in the city
I love Third Beach in Stanley Park for bike riding along the seawall and having little picnics on the beach. Stanley Park is such a relaxing and happy place with great views and ambiance.

A personal mantra to live by

Learning never exhausts the mind” - Leonardo Da Vinci


A TV show you highly recommend
I don’t watch a lot of television; however, I love reading! My all-time favourite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho because its main theme is to pursue your dreams and go after what you want in life. The book is beautifully written and I have many favourite passages from the novel. 

A stand-out travel memory
I have so many it's hard to choose one!

Medellín, Colombia- Mauricio and I traveled there together 2 years ago. We met his amazing family over the Christmas holidays. The city is very vibrant, trendy, and fun. The people are extremely friendly and kind. I loved eating the empanadas and trying the exotic fruits. I am also learning Spanish, so it was a great opportunity to practice the language.

Italy (Lake Como, Rome, Florence, Milan) - We started at Lake Como for my best friend’s magical wedding and then traveled around Italy. There is so much beautiful and historic architecture in the city. Let’s not forget the delicious food, amazing wine, and friendly people too.

Edinburgh, Scotland- I actually lived in Edinburgh for one year while completing my Masters in Education. This city is like a fairy tale. I would walk to class along the cobblestone streets with an enchanted castle in the background. This is an excellent place to visit and study abroad. The weather is very similar to Vancouver so I never felt homesick and a little side-note, I love the rain!

A charity you feel passionate about
It is unbelievable to know that one-third of the world’s children do not have access to education! Room to Read is a charity that I am very passionate about. This organization focuses on children’s literacy and girls’ education across Asia and Africa. For one of my birthdays, I held a fundraiser and in lieu of gifts, my family and friends kindly contributed to this great cause. Written words are the gateway to knowledge and opportunity.


Most memorable job prior to real estate
I taught at UBC in the English Language Institute. I was teaching English to a group of Japanese University students in Vancouver for the summer. In the afternoons, as part of the curriculum, we would go explore the city and apply the language in real life. It was a wonderful experience because I learned so much about the student's culture.  In return, they learned a lot about Vancouver. I loved giving city tours and showing others all the wonderful things Vancouver has to offer!

Thank you, Elmira! Welcome to #teamrennie! 

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