Growing up in a family full of academics, with his parents and both grandfathers all having PhDs, it was assumed that Tamer Kamar would continue on to post-secondary education. Instead, making his own path has allowed him to build a successful career in real estate that he loves.
Born in England, he and his family moved to Peterborough when he was four years old. He attended Westmount Public School before moving on to PCVS and then Crestwood to compete on the storied Mustangs football team.
Tamer pictured with his wife NIcole and sons, Cai and Rocco
After graduating high school, Tamer was at a bit of a crossroads. While he wasn’t particularly fond of books and studying, he enjoyed socializing and was great at networking, so with that in mind he worked various jobs in downtown Peterborough to hone his skills rather than continue his education right away. A chance encounter with a friend’s father—a real estate agent with Century 21—would change his future career path completely.
A follow-up call from Carl Oake (then-owner of Century 21 United Realty in Peterborough) further emphasized that a career in the industry was viable. Carl was persistent, and Tamer realized that if the owner of the company had faith in his abilities, he probably should too. He had always wanted to be a businessman, and this was an incredible opportunity to make a career for himself.
Century 21 United Christmas Party 2016. (Left to right: Carl Oake, Doug Lytle, Tamer, Vanessa Oake-Hogan)
As a 25-year-old (in 2003), Tamer acquired his real estate license and set off to make a name for himself in the industry. The hustle and networking skills he had developed working downtown kicked in and he completed his first deal soon after.
As a young agent, in the beginning he admittedly was a little distracted, and not as far-sighted as he should have been. While much of the office was supportive and encouraging in the early years, he wondered if this sector was really for him on many occasions when business slowed down.
However, in 2007 his focus changed. For what seemed like the first time, he began seeing the business as a long-term investment for both himself and his clients. No longer was he thinking about making a single sale, but rather, ensuring that each client was truly satisfied with the purchase or sale of their home.
He saw fellow agents who found success thinking long-term and wanted to emulate that. He worked on carrying himself more professionally, making real connections and building lifelong clients who knew he had their best interests at heart. As he began to evolve as an agent, certain colleagues and mentors helped instill confidence in him that has remained part of his positive outlook to this day.
Tamer has a passion for real estate and working with his clients
As a young veteran with nearly 15 years of experience in the industry, Tamer absolutely loves the business and people he deals with daily. When starting out, he focused on Residential Real Estate, but as both he and Peterborough have grown he’s begun focusing on Commercial Real Estate as well.
Entering the company under the leadership of a proven commodity like Carl Oake was a priceless experience, and Tamer knows that the transition to Vanessa Oake-Hogan (Carl's daughter) was a no-brainer. While Carl was an early trailblazer and icon in the industry, Vanessa is helping take the company into the future with fresh new ideas, and isn’t afraid to continue investing in it.
Century 21 United Realty is a mix of both youth and experience, with colleagues consistently setting the bar higher and higher. It’s this motivating factor that has led Tamer to be a top producer in the brokerage for several years, even garnering multiple National awards, including the prestigious Centurion Producer award.
Century 21 Gold Gala receiving National Centurion Producer Award
Tamer is a great negotiator, values the relationships he builds with his clients and works hard to make their property dreams come true. Now a married father of two young boys, his focus has shifted to include his growing family as he has set up roots in the community.
His faith is also an important part of his life, and he is honoured to serve much of the Muslim and Arabic-speaking community in the area. He truly loves Peterborough, and sees a bright future in a city he knows is on the cusp of even more greatness and which he plans to be part of for years to come.
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