Who We Are and What We Do
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Who are DCI Properties?
My name is Ryan DeLaurentis and I am the founder of DCI Properties. My wife Courtenay and I entered into this journey together back in 2015. At that time we were just getting into real estate investing. We owned a couple rental properties in Cambridge ON and London ON, and had gone through the difficult process of managing renovations on those properties from a distance.
Even though this industry was proving to be both mentally and physically challenging, we were both excited about the opportunity to learn about real estate, contracting, property management, and people management. After taking on a couple more full renovation flips in 2017, we decided to leave our jobs for good to do this full-time! There have been a lot of mistakes we've made along the way, but we really enjoy providing people with an alternative option to selling their home. It's allowed us to get more involved with the community, and we now have a team to help with the day-to-day workload, along with an office in south London. It's been quite the journey, but we really love what we do 🙂
DCI Properties - your friendly neighbourhood home buyers.
What We Do
We Buy Houses! It's pretty simple but it's true! We buy houses, condos, and rental properties directly from sellers. There are no realtors involved, which means you don't need to worry about paying any commission or fees! Our offers don’t have any financing conditions, and we close on your timeline (whether that's 3 weeks or 6 months). We typically buy houses AS-IS, meaning you don't need to fix it up or do any repairs to sell it. AND, we only need one showing to make an offer. So, if you have a messy house or just want to avoid the stress and hassle of listing it, no problem!
How We Got Started
Like most small businesses, we started out slow. In our first year we only flipped a few houses and did some of the work ourselves. Fast forward to today, and our team successfully purchased over 100 houses! (Check out our Houses We've Bought Page.) Some we have kept as rentals, and others we have renovated and re-sold. But we have also built an AMAZING team of A-Players whom you can read about below!
Who makes up our AMAZING Team?
Cody is our Property Dispositions Specialist from Kitchener ON (go Rangers!). He will be the one to ensure our financial partners are on board with property purchases, and will coordinate a walk-through of the house with our contractors and business partners to ensure everything is in order. Cody has completed a few personal flip projects over the years, so he is no stranger to renovations and what’s needed to bring a property back to life. When he isn’t working, Cody is usually enjoying his downtime with his wife, 2 kids, and his wiener dog Rosie, as well as working on his family-run car detailing business.
Courtenay is our transaction coordinator & internal bookkeeper. She’s the one who takes care of all the paperwork needed to close each deal. Courtenay will be the one in contact with your lawyer after the offer is signed, and will work with your lawyer’s office to make sure they have all the documentation needed for closing. She also helps us with utility set-up on properties we buy and makes sure all of our expenses are being paid on time during each renovation. Courtenay is also in charge of paying the bills. I may be the “boss” but most people know it’s the lady who cuts the cheque who’s the true “Boss Lady”. When she’s not working, Courtenay enjoys talking Otis for walks, reading, and doing puzzles. She’s a puzzle master and can finish 1000 to 2000-piece puzzles with ease. Fun Fact - Courtenay is known for surprising people with their favourite snacks and helps us stay 'fueled up' when we need to work late!
Alexandra oversees digital marketing for the company. This comprises of website content management, online ad accounts, social media accounts, SEO ranking and more! It's definitely a challenging job but it keeps the boredom at bay. Alexandra comes from Singapore, where her dad is a real estate agent in a niche market. When Alex isn't looking at 10 different portals or internet tabs, she looks to cook, explore the different cuisines in her neighborhood, or go for bike rides with her toddler daughter. She is based in Kitchener-Waterloo which is our major market outside of London.
Jason is our Sales Director and oversees the process of the purchase, sale, and possible rental of all properties we close on. He focuses on supporting all members of the sales team while also looking on expanding DCI Properties into new markets across not only Ontario but across Canada. Jason owns a few rental properties in London and was born and raised in London. When he isn’t chatting about real estate, he is usually enjoying a round of golf, playing hockey, or hanging out with close friends around London. Jason is excited about getting DCI Properties involved in ReForest London, an organization focused on improving the cities environment. He is a go-green activist and we support him all the way!
Adelle Di Nardo
Adelle is one of our Lead Managers and the initial touch point when sellers reach out to DCI Properties. Adelle chats with homeowners about their properties to better understand if we're a good fit - she's always looking for that 'win-win' outcome! Born and raised in Toronto she still bleeds blue (GO LEAFS GO!) but has found her new home in London as well as her love for real estate. When Adelle isn't chatting up our sellers, you can find her in her garden admiring her tomatoes, playing piano or day dreaming about being back on the ice as a competitive figure skater.
Katie works alongside our other Lead Managers as the initial point of contact with our home sellers. Katie will help answer any questions you have about who we are and how it works, and will guide you through any other questions you have to see if it's a good fit for your home buying program. Katie was born in Waterloo but has enjoyed living in a number of cities across Southwestern Ontario and the world, including (check with her). After spending 7 years working at sea for a major cruise line, she decided it was time to set down roots on land. In her free time, Katie likes to explore on various walking trails, sample desserts at restaurants across town, and frequents home design websites.
Jordan is one of our Lead Managers and one of the initial points of contact for home sellers reaching out to find out more about DCI Properties. He loves to get to know our sellers, and you will feel like you have made a new friend after chatting with him. Jordan was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario, though he also spent time living in Guelph, ON and Edmonton, AB. In his down time, you can find Jordan playing goalie at the hockey rink, cheering on the Chicago Bears or New Jersey Devils, or enjoying his love for fitness at the local gym. Outside of sports and fitness, you will often see him listening to (and often singing along) with his music, and is considered the best-dressed person in the office…or Mr Fashion for short. 😉
Cassandra joins the team as the Executive Assistant to the owner Ryan DeLaurentis. With over 12 years of relevant experience in the high-pressure hospitality and cruise industries, Cassandra has refined her skills in time management, organization and prioritization; not to mention keeping a cool head and getting things done when things get crazy in Ryan's world! On top of that, Cass is passionate about helping others and really getting to know the real estate industry. She plans to become a real estate investor herself one day!
One fun fact about Cass - she loves the Tiny Homes movement and RV communities! She currently owns and lives in a beautifully designed 36-ft RV with her fiancée and 2 cats in an RV Park just outside of London, ON.
Kristen is our administrative assistant and the oil that keeps our engines running smoothly! She wears many hats including organizing travel schedules, connecting and collaborating with various partners of the business, creating marketing material for properties we decide to sell, and a number of other "team supporting" tasks . She was born in a small town in Ontario and has called London her home since the age of 13. Kristen is fun, vibrant and loves the harsh Canadian winters. When she isn't at work or coordinating tasks with the team, she keeps herself busy going stand-up paddle boarding, skiing or spending time with her fur babies Seamus (cat) and Doyle (dog).
Nil is our property analysis specialist, ie our numbers guy! He’s the one that crunches the numbers and figures out if a property will be profitable for us, either as a flip or as a rental property. Born and raised in Toronto, he moved to London for his undergraduate degree at Ivey Business School at Western University. Prior to joining DCI, Nil worked as a management consultant at a large firm in the GTA. He’s excited for the opportunity and is helping the team build out a new division of the business! Nil is a real estate enthusiast and owns a couple of rental properties himself in Windsor and Toronto. When not talking real estate, he’s most likely spending time with friends, watching the Raptors, or trying new foods!
Me – Ryan DeLaurentis
The great thing about having such an awesome team of A-Players is that it makes my job a whole lot easier. I mainly oversee the team and make sure everyone is happy and knows what they should be working on. I manage relationships with our money partners, oversee marketing content changes, and assist Birtha with sales training. But, like most over-particular, detail-oriented entrepreneurs, I tend to want things “just right”...hence where I get my nickname :). Courtenay and I own a number of rental properties, so real estate is definitely a big part of our life. When I’m not working on the business, I enjoy going to the gym, playing tug with Otis, and playing board games with friends (Settlers of Catan is my favourite). As for giving back, I've been involved with the Basket Brigade for a few years and have recently got the team involved as well. The Basket Brigade helps deliver food to families around the holidays. We collect food donations and purchase full turkey dinners that we deliver to families in need at Christmas. Fun Fact - I am very particular about my whiteboard markers 🙂 ....and also very protective of their whereabouts.
Otis is our team mascot but likes to think he’s the one in charge. As a 90lb bulldog, he will sometimes demand a butt scratch when you are in the middle of working on something important, and he likes lying on his back making noises in the middle of team meetings – it can be annoying but it’s something we’ve learned to tune out. He's not the dog from Turner and Hootch, but he does share many similar qualities. Otis like snacks, naps, and playing tug. When he isn’t working, he likes going on short walks or laying on the couch for some extra R&R. Don’t let his mopey sad face fool you though. He knows how to get what he wants and is by far the best negotiator on our team. If he had a choice, I would guess that Otis's charity would be Sleep Country or one of his favourite snack manufacturers so they could design new flavours like old-sweaty-socks or toilet paper. (lol)
"Very easy and smooth transaction. Birtha was very pleasant to work with and Ryan answered any questions we had day or night. A great way to sell your home quickly and without dealing with the hassles and cost of using a realtor. We would do it again!" - Kim and Tom
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