I am a real estate specialist, tech entrepreneur, software developer, writer, and martial artist. Avid traveller, minimalist, and student of stoic philosophy. Canadian born Lebanese/Singaporean, currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
I studied Urban Land Economics and the Bachelor of Business in Real Estate at the University of British Columbia, and subsequently worked in residential real estate appraisal covering an aggregate of over $1.6 billion throughout the Lower Mainland. Prior to that, I was involved in fix ‘n flips, land acquisition, and construction finishing. I’m currently a licensed REALTOR® with eXp Realty—one of the fastest growing residential real estate brokerages in the world.
I am happiest when pursuing Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAGs) with smart, driven people that share a common vision. The genesis of my life’s work was a concept I prototyped and built at the Vancouver accelerator Launch Academy, where I formed the team and company. Resider Inc. was federally incorporated in February 2013—the name originating from the desire to put the power of information into the homebuyer’s hands. It was a modern real estate search engine designed to remedy information asymmetry and provide transparency to the Canadian market.
After reading the Millionaire Fastlane, my curiosity led me to learning everything about web business. If you are in real estate long enough, you typically find your way into tech, as there is a slew of pain points across all facets. It was the right entry point to begin a journey of using technology to solve real-world problems. Building consumer facing websites is one of the greatest joys—to make an impact by providing value at scale.
Self-taught in programming starting with humble roots in PHP, to finding programmer happiness with Rails, modern front-ends with React, spatially enabled databases like Postgres, and Python for machine learning. There is a lot of uncertainty in business, but the knowledge and relationships that persist, and what you become in the process, are what I consider most important.
I keep a repository of my notes in a handbook on Github.
Writing has been a constant throughout all of my endeavours. I have worked with writers through outsourcing, wrote copy for digital marketing, and guest posted on urbanism and proptech publications. I write on this blog to document breakthroughs, learnings, experiments, and travels, that would benefit others through evergreen content—as a way to pay it forward. An outlet to showcase and promote urbanism, real estate, proptech, photography, and open-source software.
I began my martial arts journey in the traditional forms of Tae Kwon Do and Karate during my childhood. While not considered the most effective forms of combat, it instilled discipline, respect, confidence, and integrity. I went on to earn a black belt in Jeet Kune Do street self-defense in Bermuda, when my love for the arts really took hold—combining the different styles of wing-chun kung fu, western boxing, and grappling. After I moved back to BC, I trained in pankration, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and kickboxing—competing in grappling and no-holds-barred tournaments in the bantamweight division.
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