Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Best quote from his story:That is the power of human connections and building relationships and community: having the chance to discover and celebrate the hidden gems and gifts hiding in plain sight in your neighbourhood.”

About home ownership: “What makes a great neighbourhood? Great neighbours make a great neighbourhood. To have a good neighbour you have to be a good neighbour. Neighborhoods grow because of relationships. Relationships matter. People care about their neighbours and their community and most people want to experience real human connections. The client-REALTOR relationship becomes very intense very quickly, often with many telephone calls a day and hours spent together buying or selling a home. Clients tell you their most intimate personal and financial details. You realize these are not just houses they are buying or selling. These are people’s lives full of rich memories. Each one has a story, and it is not what you find written in the 463 characters in the MLS real estate listing. Buying or selling a home is an emotional experience.”

Community Involvement: 

  • Chip hosts a relationship marketing business helping other REALTORs and businesspeople recognize the value of relationship building.
  • Donates Bicycles-Toronto Firefighters Toy Drive
  • Mentors  fellow real estate agents.
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More About Chip

Chip Barkel is a REALTOR in Toronto, Ontario Canada. He holds several real estate designations that help him serve his clients: Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS), Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and Real Estate Digital Marketer (REDM). Chip also runs a relationship marketing business helping other REALTORs and businesspeople recognize the value of relationship building. He is the author of a series of three real estate books — The Elephant in the Room designed for buyers, sellers, and seniors.

Chip donates bicycles from each home sale to the Toronto Firefighters Toy Drive each Christmas as a way of paying homage to his firefighter father and grandfather and giving back to his community. 

Chip mentors other real estate agents and is the regional director of the United Federation of Doll Clubs for all countries outside of the United States. Other interests include antiques, cooking, travel, genealogy, cycling, and writing. His first novel, a murder mystery, will be published soon. Chip enjoys living and working in the Willowdale neighbourhood in Toronto.

How to Contact Chip


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“I’ve sold four houses over the years, but my latest with Chip Barkel as my REALTOR was the smoothest transaction yet. This was the first time I had sold in Toronto, and it was a different playing field than the rest. Chip’s experience with the GTA housing market helped enormously when I had concerns or questions. He guided me through the entire process, and successfully helped close the best deal for me.” 

~Jan M.

“Chip is a fantastic real estate agent who has helped us through the ins and outs of buying and selling a home. He was able to assist us with a house purchase on our first offer! I would thoroughly recommend Chip as a trusted advisor in the real estate industry.” 

~Brendan F.

“Professional, strategic, tactical, responsive, resourceful, collaborative, trustworthy and assuring are the adjectives we would use to describe Chip. Selling our home was a more emotionally charged process than what we had anticipated. However, we were fortunate to have chosen a talented professional who confidently led the way forward and we achieved our goal in a period of one month from start to finish. Thank you, Chip.” 

~Lorraine H.

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