Meet The Team

Courtney Farquhar was born and raised in Toronto, a city she adores for its world-class amenities, its vibrant arts scene, and its rich, cultural diversity. After achieving success in both the city’s music scene and the hospitality industry – where she honed her innate people skills and discovered a natural affinity for client-service – Courtney decided to channel her passion for people and for her hometown into a career in real estate. She joined her family’s brokerage and quickly became an integral member of the Farquhar Advantage team. Since then, Courtney has helped countless clients navigate the ins and outs of the fast-paced Toronto market.

Courtney’s unwavering commitment to her clients is fuelled by her sincere interest in their lives and the role she feels privileged to play within them. She does not think of herself as being in the business of buying and selling properties, but, rather, in facilitating important transitions in people’s lives. It is this kind of forward-thinking perspective and supremely personal attention that has led not only to numerous successful outcomes, but to ongoing connections with many clients who have ultimately become lifelong friends.

Meet Courtney

On top of her profound connections, Courtney’s people skills also lend themselves to her being an impeccable communicator and a keenly sharp negotiator.

She currently lives in the city’s west and spends her free time travelling, skiing, golfing, indulging in the city’s music scene and – most importantly – cooking for, and spending time with, cherished family and friends.

In addition to being a skilled and savvy realtor, Ruairi O’Brien also serves as the Farquhar team’s Resource Analyst – an invaluable role, and just one of the many ways that the Farquhar Advantage provides clients with a highly competitive edge when overseeing their real estate needs.

Prior to joining the brokerage, Ruairi’s 15-year career in the construction industry, starting off as a licensed tradesperson through to his last role as a project supervisor and estimator, rendered him an expert at crunching numbers, forecasting market conditions, and extrapolating insightful meaning from metrics. Ruari provides the analytical yin to his partner’s creative yang as he expertly guides clients to make educated, informed, and sound financial decisions under any set of market conditions. In that respect, once again, the Farquhar team is not merely focussed on the process of buying and selling, but on clients’ long-term goals – both personal and financial – as well as their big-picture wealth management.

Getting to know his clients helps Ruairi to identify their unique needs and then work tirelessly to meet and exceed their goals.  He takes particular pride in empowering clients to make decisions today that will ensure an even richer and more fulfilling tomorrow.

Meet Ruairi

In keeping with his exceedingly organized nature, business acumen and unflappable drive, Ruairi is steadfastly intent on streamlining the real estate experience for his clients and eliminating stress from what can sometimes feel like an overwhelming period. He achieves this by remaining accessible, relatable and completely transparent, creating a secure and positive environment for clients throughout every step of their real estate journey.

When he is not busy poring over industry news or helping clients find their dream homes, Ruairi enjoys attending his son’s sporting events, travelling, squeezing 18 holes of golf when he can, and organizing events for friends and family, in keeping with his passion for management and planning.

I am the founder and leader of The Julie Kinnear Team. My role is to oversee all the Team’s actions and am a real estate consultant specializing in working primarily with sellers. Since 1993, I have energetically and carefully built a real estate consulting business dedicated to providing you with world-class service. Selling your home for the most gain in the least
amount of time with the least amount of hassle, is my personal specialty. My confident, passionate team of real estate professionals renews its commitment to you everyday through constant upgrading of technology, market expertise and client care, to make selling and buying your home a smooth and enjoyable process. Our focus on working with great referred clients wishing to sell or buy in safe, well established Toronto neighbourhoods, means that we have developed great expertise in these areas which will benefit you when working with us.

Meet Julie

• Born in Vancouver, B.C. Grew up in Toronto in Lawrence Park.
• Cancer survivor since October 2000.
• Sales representative for Royal LePage from 1993-2013 before joining Keller Williams.
   Working full time as residential resale specialist working all over the core of the city of Toronto. Focused in Bloor West Village/High Park/Junction, Roncesvalles, North Toronto, and Riverdale/Beaches.
• Recipient of the National Chairman’s Club Award - awarded to the top 1% of Royal LePage.
  Recipient of the Lifetime Award of Excellence.
• Mother, Brenda Kinnear and Stepfather, Jay Banks sold real estate in Vancouver and now in Toronto. Julie grew up     around real estate, as Brenda was a highly successful real estate director, sales representative and manager in Toronto. Grandfather was on the Board of Directors for Royal LePage 1976-1984. (It’s in the blood!)
• Julie and her partner Mary Palacios (they were happily married on September 15, 2007!) own their home in Roncesvalles Village. Julie has owned several houses and condos in the west end. As a homeowner she can relate closely to the decision making involved in real estate transactions.

Interests: Julie loves her puppies Murphy & Georgie. Julie enjoys cycling, skiing, working out, and their cottage in the Haliburton Highlands

Who is Jay Banks?
Jay works to make a difference in those lives he touches. He is committed to his clients and loves his work. Listening carefully and understanding his clients’ needs over the course of his real estate career has been a winning formula to Jay’s many clients.
All Jay’s professional relationships are characterized by integrity, professionalism, reliability and high standards of conduct and service. The belief to treat others as he would want to be treated is paramount to Jay. He listens to the needs of his clients so they may best achieve their real estate and life goals.
Jay loves working with the Julie Kinnear Team at Keller Williams. It’s a perfect fit for his values, his skill set, expertise and enthusiasm. He is busy making a difference in those lives he touches. Jay was an award winning realtor with Re/Max in the Vancouver area before moving back to Toronto with his wife Brenda to be near children, his elderly mother, close friends and to participate in the vibrant, diverse real estate market here. Brenda & Jay live between Grenadier Pond & the Humber River in Swansea.

Meet Jay

Jay is tons of fun! He’s a mimic with an offbeat sense of humour who can identify a piece of music from the first notes played. Avoid challenging him in a trivia game, especially if it has questions about baseball. Jay has been a fan of the Blue Jays since their first season, attending the Opening Day at Exhibition Stadium. He played baseball and later transferred his enthusiasm to Scoresheet (fantasy) statistical baseball where he manages the league and his own team.
Jay's interests include jazz, the Civil War (US) plus WWI & WWII. He knows all the events, has visited battlegrounds and seen the movies more than once. Jay also appreciates a round of golf.  He loves dogs, donates to animal charities and those that support recovery in the community plus all that The JKT holds dear.

Reach Jay directly at (647) 212-4663 or email him at

Holly Chandler has been a licensed Sales Representative since 2004, member of the JKT since 2008, and is passionate about real estate. Holly understands firsthand both the excitement and anxiety of buying and selling a home, the challenges of doing renovations, being a landlord, and  the joys and benefits of home ownership. She believes that where you live can change your life, and that everyone deserves to have a home in which they feel comfortable and can thrive.
A longtime resident of High Park/Bloor West Village/The Junction, Holly has also lived in Midtown and Downtown and has also spent a lot of time getting to know Toronto’s east end. She loves helping her clients explore and discover all the city has to offer. Her favourite way to get around town is by foot - the best way to stay current with the vibe of a neighbourhood and its changes.
Holly has an Honours B.A. in Spanish Literature and French from Western University, and a Master’s Degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Toronto - which she pursued while working full-time. She lived for a year in Aix-en-Provence, France, and a year in Salamanca, Spain. With Toronto being the world’s most multi-cultural city with over 140 languages spoken, Holly easily finds opportunities to practice her French and Spanish.

Meet Holly

Holly strives to learn as much about as many things as possible. That curiosity has led her to travel, learn languages, study improv, cook in a restaurant kitchen, ride horses, fence, do triathlons and eventually complete the Lake Placid Ironman. Among her many interests is music - Holly is a keen singer and songwriter. She also loves to paint and visit Toronto’s many art galleries to check out new artists.
According to Holly, one of the most rewarding aspects of her career in real estate has been the opportunity to meet so many different people. She appreciates being inspired by, learning from and about her clients.

Reach Holly directly at (416) 898-0128 or email her at