As a child growing up in the Mount Dennis community of Toronto - a neighbourhood recognized by the local governments as "at risk"- Aaron Charles was deeply troubled by the rare sight of home ownership in his family and in his broader community. At a young age, he was driven to find a way to support families in rising out of poverty and into building generational wealth. This drove his interest to learning the ins-and-outs of the real estate industry as his instrument for success. Referring to his own lifestyle changes, Aaron Charles has been quoted saying “real estate has saved my life”, and would like to “use real estate to save the lives of others as well”.
As Aaron gained a better understanding of the financial situation of people close to him, he started to recognize the amount of money that was wasted by paying rent their entire lives. Since 2009, Aaron has paired with a number of partners in dedicating time and efforts to helping families get on the path to home ownership. The Real Estate Assistance Program (REAP) was founded in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton in 2013 as a comprehensive support system to assist a wider population of prospective home-buyers in accessing the knowledge, finances and options available needed to make the leap to home ownership. REAP is a unique initiative that facilitates the recycling of community wealth back into the community. Through R.E.A.P.'s work, first-time home-buyers have been given the hope of home ownership by finding strategies to make housing affordable to individuals in a range of living conditions.
Building Partnerships: REAP and Dream Maker Realty
After two decades of real estate experience, Dream Maker Realty noticed the substantial gap in home ownership among racialized minorities within Hamilton and the GTA. In an effort to address this persisting issue, Dream Maker Realty and the Real Estate Assistance Program have bonded to form a resilient partnership devoted to bringing about education and awareness to the community. Dream Maker Realty has made an immense commitment by providing Financial Wealth Building Services, Investments,Education, Finance, Property Management and Development to the community through the REAP Program. REAP and Dream Maker Realty are committed to bringing about positive change in our communities and building generational wealth for years to come.