The Journey:

From Hockey to Homes

Founding an independent real estate brokerage and selling over 1000+ homes in one year (2019), is a truly celebrated achievement for Mark Faris and his team. With local Faris Team Realtors in Client Experience Centres located in Barrie, Innisfil, Midland, Orillia, Alliston and Collingwood, allows the team to provide exceptional and consistent service across Simcoe County and surrounding areas. Mark Faris, Founder/CEO/Broker of Faris Team has a strong vision to transform the real estate industry and provide the best real estate experience in the world.

They say when a door shuts, another opens. When newlywed Mark Faris entered his hockey changeroom to discover a garbage bag full of his gear and plane tickets back home, he was left in shock and discouragement. Although it didn’t feel like it at the time, it was one of the greatest blessings. He discovered shortly after that his true passion was not on the ice, instead, the world of real estate, investment properties and selling homes was his new arena.


Mark Faris grew up on a farm in a Christian family with eight siblings, being the oldest of the brothers. He played semi-professional hockey in Sweden and the US before pursuing a career in real estate. He attributes much of his success in hockey to going full out® and has used that same principle as a real estate professional and entrepreneur by going full out® in serving his clients.

Mark received his real estate license in 2007 at the age of 24. Together with his wife Joanna, who led the marketing, Mark focused on redefining industry standards of quality by pushing the boundaries of exceptional service. Having just experienced the home buying and selling process for themselves filled them with ideas. They knew they could provide better service to clients and began crafting a strong marketing and service package that would deliver value to clients and develop a solid brand. Soon after, Mark and Joanna found out they were expecting a baby, and money was tight. With just a few deals under his belt, there was no question that the journey into real estate would require both hard work and determination.

The Destination:

Best Real Estate Experience


Faris Team’s reputation quickly grew, becoming industry leaders and selling well over 6,500 properties to date. Faris Team Real Estate Brokerage consists of over 65 professionals who focus on their area of expertise to deliver the best results for their clients. Their portfolio of skills includes sales and negotiations, technology, client care, marketing, administration, photography, videography and home presentation such as home staging. Their highly specialized team of real estate experts and unique processes allow them to provide a superior real estate service, helping people buy and sell homes with a best experience guarantee.

Faris Team is the number one real estate team in Simcoe County out of all brokerages (2011-present) and Canada (Royal LePage 2015-2019). Faris Team also ranks 131st in the 29th annual PROFIT 500 list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by Canadian Business and Maclean’s magazines.

Faris Team’s core values (Love, On Fire, Excellence, Growth, Innovation and Wow) are foundational to the company’s culture and success. The team strongly believes in giving back and has partnered with various charities in each client experience centre location.

Mark is happily married to Joanna Faris and enjoys being a father to his three boys. He is passionate about developing the business and team and is constantly learning and reading. In business and life, they strive to honour Jesus Christ. Their greatest joy in life is simply loving people.

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