Tom Haughton is the Vice President of My Place Realty (MPR), a real estate company that provides quality multi-family homes for tenants in the Winnipeg area. Tom earned a Bachelors of Commerce in 1996 from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, where he graduated with honors. Thomas Haughton’s mission with MPR is to provide quality residences that people are proud to call home.
Q: What initially sparked your interest in real estate and property management?
A: I have always been interested in real estate from an early age. With my Dad being in the Air Force, we moved homes every 4 years. It was always exciting looking for the perfect home in the perfect location. Of course, swimming in the hotel pool also helped.
Q: How has technology changed your business over the last 10 years?
A: Technology has really helped allow us to have better contact with our tenants. Tenants are able to reach us on our website, by email, through messenger or texts. All of this is available 24 hours a day. This enables us to provide better and timelier service.
Q: How do you see the real estate industry further shifting to adapt to new changes in technology?
A: In time, more buildings are going to be “smart buildings” with new age technology. Currently, we are using door entry systems, cameras systems, alarm systems, and smart card laundry systems.
Q: What is a new innovation that you would like to see?
A: With apartment buildings, maintenance is always a challenge. I look forward to an interactive maintenance system available for tenants to use and to help speed up the entire process. Also a system that is able to monitor building mechanicals system and advise the office of any irregularities before there is a problem. This will improve customer service and reduce costs.
Q: How do you think that My Place Realty has been able to change the real estate sector and impact people’s lives?
A: My Place Realty is always trying to be at the forefront of change and our team is constantly looking for ways to improve our buildings. Our goal is to deliver excellent customer service and provide homes our tenants are proud to call their own.
Q: Throughout your years at My Place Realty and other business management roles, which of your accomplishments are you most proud of?
A: The companies I have run over the past 15 years have always been top notch employers offering job stability and careers to our team. We have always focused on our social responsibility and given back to many different charities to help improve the lives of others.