We love photos. No really, as Canadians, we love photos. Images of food, of vacays, of pooches and homes—we love it all. According to Statista, one of the leading statistics companies on the Internet, more than 8.5 million Canadians used Instagram last year, or put another way, 20% of all Internet users actively use and view Instagram accounts.
While Facebook still dominates, the photo-sharing application’s popularity is growing and Instagram is considered one of the fastest-growing social media platforms on the planet. Particularly for the real estate industry.
It’s easy to see why. Rich with stunning photos and a visual glimpse into another person’s life (and career) Instagram is a great place to scan pics, especially of beautiful homes. Not surprising, then, that some real estate agents have adopted Instagram as one of their own.
To help you find the real estate agents you should follow on Instagram, we looked into the Hypetap score. As a social influencer agency, Hypetap uses a proprietary algorithm to determine influencers and it has a lot more to it than merely the number of followers on an Instagrammers account.
Based on the Hypetap score, we’ve rounded up 13 Canadian real estate agents to follow on Instagram.
We like dogs and, apparently, so does Zuzana Misik. As a real estate agent with HomeLife/Cimerman Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage, Zuzana’s Instagram feed offers super cute shots of pups (a few kitties) and loads of gorgeous homes.
But there’s a bigger reason for her cute puppy feed. Zuzana collaborates with the Etobicoke Humane Society. By posting pics she helps find homes for the area’s homeless dogs and cats.
As for Zuzana’s style, it certainly shows. Her background is in art and design and this translates into a beautiful Instagram feed, as her 8,550+ followers would agree. The homes showcased in her feed are beyond fabulous and each photo is accompanied by useful pieces of information.
The two things we love most about Zuzana’s Instagram feed are:
- When she’s not showcasing yummy homes, this multilingual real estate agent is a one-woman Toronto booster club! She just loves T.Dot!
- She belies the Harvard University study that says 80% of what we post on social media is about ourselves. Sure, you’ll get the occasional Zuzana selfie (hey, if I looked like her all the photos on my feed would be selfies!), but it’s real estate that sits front and centre on Zuzana’s feed and that impresses us.
Bonus: Check out Zuzana’s Did You Know series, where she offers market stats or interesting information about the property marketplace.
Look at Dimitrios Kalogeropoulos’ Instagram feed and you might get the impression that he’s a jet-setting, club-hopping A-lister. In reality, Ottawa’s AgentDK is an avowed family man and lives for those rare moments when he can spend time focused on his wife, children and parents.
Among Canada’s top 1% of real estate agents, blocks of free time are a luxury for this Royal LePage Team Realty agent. Self-described as “relentless,” his 1,090 Instagram followers are treated to slices of DK’s life and travels, which means his Instagram feed isn’t all about real estate and what’s currently for sale.
Want to follow a Realtor with a sense of humour, who offers stunning real estate images, great pics of her adorable pooches Bentley and Gus and looks fabulous both with and without glasses? Check out Stephanie King’s Instagram feed.
Stephanie is big into positive living and her Instagram feed is a great example of this attitude. Filled with inspirational quotes and stunning photos of nature, her dogs, her friends and family, and, of course, real estate, Stephanie is the epitome of a glass-half-full kind of person. Her more than 1,135 followers would agree.
If you’re a fan of stunning architecture then add yourself to Roland Kogan’s Instagram feed. A licensed broker with Thornhill’s Allan Newton Real Estate Brokerage, Kogan fills up his feed with awe-inspiring images that make you feel like you just stepped out of a glossy magazine.
A native of Toronto, Kogan specializes in luxury property, which his more than 1,130+ followers seem to really appreciate.
Elizabeth and Julian, the mother-son duo who make up the popular Team Compton, hail from the Royal LePage Signature brokerage located in the Don Mills neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario.
On Instagram, this mother and son team fill their 1,340 followers’ days with inspirational quotes and insights into their very busy real estate practice. If you’re looking for a Toronto home, you may want to follow Team Compton for their frequent postings of “coming soon” listings and real estate market updates and news.
Realtor Dawna Borg of Re/Max Premier Inc. serves real estate clients in Vaughan, Woodbridge, Kleinburg, Maple, Toronto and across the GTA.
As a hard-working real estate agent, Dawna fills her Instagram feed with pure real estate news and information. Whether it is photo collages of current listings, snaps of her latest awards and accolades or market news, Dawna is committed to bringing her more than 1,230 followers the latest property market updates.
Vancouver, B.C. agent Sayna Mirzadeh loves all things beautiful, and why not? A stunning woman, she is often snapping and sharing shots of her cute pooches, her lovely family and friends, along with various real estate related shots (Lower Mainland agents will even recognize the classroom shots taken inside the Vancouver Real Estate Board’s training rooms). Better still, Sayna seems to have a passion for the green thumb and offers her more than 2,000 followers snaps of beautiful cacti, landscapes and garden plots throughout West Vancouver, the Lower Mainland and across the globe.
Indisputably the leader when it comes to followers—with 13,300 and growing—Vancouver agent Tom Jahed likes real estate, all types of real estate. His Instagram feed is filled with beautiful shots of homes for sale, as well as developer models, land development updates and pre-sale and new build snapshots. Click on the photos for prices, stories and inspiration. While Tom is passionate about all types of property he occasionally breaks up his feed with pics of the delicious food he is sampling or a great quote of the day.
With 1,749 followers and rising, Team Carpenter consists of Julie Carpenter and her marketing expert and hubby, Trevor Carpenter. Serving the Vancouver area, the team’s Instagram feed is filled with new listings, gorgeous snaps of Vancouver (very Vancouver-travelogue-ish), and stunning interior decorating shots. Scroll back too far in the feed and you can see the transition between sales agent and the real estate team approach—a transition Team Carpenter followers seem to appreciate. With just over 1,750 followers, and growing, Team Carpenter is one to follow if you’re interested in real estate in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
Interested in seeing the latest homes to hit the Mississauga and Greater Toronto Area real estate market? Head over to Sam McDadi’s Instagram account. His more than 2,435 followers know that this family man will offer a great mix of personal photos—including family and friends as well as festive shots, such as community BBQs and Halloween activities—along with snippets and insight into the area’s property marketplace.
An Ottawa, Ontario based real estate agent, Ronaldo Sayah is young, full of bravado, and he loves a great, inspirational quote. He’s an agent at The REPs brokerage, in Ottawa, Ontario, where they describe themselves as a company that “is refreshingly honest and will reward your decision for using a Realtor through unmatched service and amazing results.” To get a taste of the honesty offered by REPs, go pick your favourite quote on Ronaldosay’s Instagram feed.
If being among the first to view stunning new listings in Toronto is on your wish list, add yourself to Shawn Blander’s Instagram followers. This Engel & Volkers Uptown real estate agent ensures that what’s new to the market gets posted to his Instagram feed along with the occasional shots of the oh-too-precious Benji (his pooch). Throw in the occasional shot of his beautiful partner and his friends and colleagues and Shawn’s feed is both informative and entertaining. Better still, Shawn seems to have a penchant for unusual shirts: White with splashes of vibrant colour. Check out his feed to find out!
A self-described “keeper of secrets” (we’re dying to know!), Daniella Aitken’s Instagram followers are treated to loads of real estate-related photos. New listings? Yup. Sold listings? Of course. What we like best are the heads up about open houses in the Oakville and Burlington areas, as well as the latest news from her brokerage, Century 21, Miller Real Estate in Oakville.
Recently chosen among Real Estate Magazine’s “Young Guns,” Jacqui Rostek is a partner in the Platinum Group, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. On Instagram, her followers are treated to an ample supply of yummy real estate photos, as well as more personal snaps of her sumptuous and fun vacation as well as her nights out enjoying the local sports scene. She’s also quick to self-promote (and why not!), which allows followers a chance to keep up to date with the Halifax and Bedford property markets and still feel a bit closer to this vibrant, hard-working Realtor.