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Traditional Relationships…
Modern Approach

Your Local Real Estate Guys formed when Paul Makarenko and Adam Clermont joined their businesses to better serve their clients. The idea was to ensure that each one of their clients was always serviced as they deserved. In a market that was continuously getting busier, people needed to act faster with their decisions and realtors shouldn’t be the ones getting in the way of them buying their dream properties. As such, Paul and Adam made a pact to be able to help each others’ clients whenever possible. This way, if a client needed to see a property quickly (so that it didn’t sell from under them) either one of the guys could get them through the property.

The unique business relationship with Paul and Rick Nishizaki began back in 2010. With a matching ethos to what is now ‘Your Local Real Estate Guys’, it was the joining of traditional relationships with a modern approach to real estate that led to the growth in this partnership that has excelled over the years.

Fast forward another few years and YLREG continuously grew (and keeps growing). In 2020, Shenelle, the team’s Client Care Manager and the Chief-of-Awesome, joined the team as their full-time administrator.


What Drives Us:

A team on the move.

Your Local Real Estate Guys are driven by exceeding our clients needs. Our philosophy is that a knowledgeable consumer is our best client. We provide as much information as possible to attract serious buyers to our sellers listings to create the shortest path from Listed to Sold.

Your Local Real Estate Guys have a combined 50+ years of Hamilton Real Estate experience. Being part of Hamilton’s largest Real Estate Brokerage, Re/Max Escarpment Realty, has continuously allowed us to open new doors.

Your Local Real Estate Guys have committed to donate a portion of their commission on every transaction to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Paul Makarenko


Paul moved to Hamilton in 2005 after moving across the country in his younger years. Once planted in the Hamilton/Burlington area, Paul knew that he’d be in the area for a long time! Inheriting his entrepreneurial skills from his paternal grandparents, jumping into real estate feet first following the economic downturn of 2008 didn’t need a second thought. In over a decade, Paul hasn’t looked back.
Priding himself on truly helping his clients, Paul frequently works with everyone from first time home buyers to downsizing seniors – and everybody in between. From leasing to purchasing, residential to commercial, Paul covers it all. Together with his strong team behind him, Paul and the ‘Your Local Real Estate Guys’ team can tackle any real estate project big or small. In 2017, Paul was inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.

Paul’s love of the area stems from its proximity to, in his eyes, everything! Quick access to most major highways taking you anywhere you need to go in Golden Horseshoe area, the US border and beyond, close to the lake for recreational activities (and pleasant walks along the water), close to Pearson International airport and, most importantly, given the size of the city it seems that it doesn’t take longer than 20 minutes to go wherever you need to go.

Adam Clermont


Adam is a 5th generation Hamiltonian. After completing a Marketing program at Mohawk College, Adam started with RE/MAX in 2008 at the early age of 21. Adam used his deep Hamilton roots to quickly build a successful real estate career.

Being a true believer in real estate investment Adam has owned property across the city from both freehold and condo, single and multi-family residential property, to commercial mixed-used and even a restaurant. Being a hands-on personality Adam has experience with all types of construction both residential and commercial. In 2017 Adam was inducted into the Re/max Hall of Fame.

As a husband and father of two young children Adam is used to multi-tasking and you can expect him to almost always answer a phone call. He can always be counted on for an honest, no-nonsense approach and know that you will always have your best interest made the top priority, at all times.

Rick Nishizaki


Rick followed in the footsteps of his 2 brothers and graduated from the University of British Columbia in Metallurgical Engineering. He then relocated from British Columbia to Hamilton to work in the Steel Industry. After a number of years working as a Professional Engineer, Rick left the industry to pursue his interests in real estate sales.

With over 20 years of experience, Rick has worked in both Residential and Commercial Real Estate serving Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville and surrounding areas. Rick deals in all aspects of real estate, which includes: selling, buying, and leasing of residential, investment, commercial, industrial, farm and vacant land properties.

Rick has been a top producing salesperson since 1992 with the Realtors’ Association of Hamilton Burlington and was inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame in 2001.

Sherman Barrington

Born in Toronto and raised in Mississauga, Sherman moved to Hamilton in 2018. With over 15 years of experience in the Insurance, Telecommunications and Finance industries, Sherman’s business knowledge is well rounded. His client-focused approach and detail-oriented nature have created a smooth transition into Real Estate, and his craft for building relationships is stronger than ever. Being a homeowner and investment property owner has provided Sherman with an understanding of both the buyer and seller client experience and provides a unique skill set to support his clients interested in expanding into passive incomes. His goal is to make trading in Real Estate a transparent, comfortable and successful experience.

With the best interest of the earth at heart, Sherman finds value in Renewable energy. His passion for the environment also translates into unique properties and financial savings through a variety of renewable energies.

A competitor at heart, Sherman has played hockey since the young age of 6, which expanded into a love for most sports. In the fall and winter, you can find him on the ice protecting the blue line until the final buzzer sounds. You can be sure that he will protect your needs when buying or selling your largest asset.

Shenelle Vola

Client Care Manager

Shenelle started with Your Local Real Estate Guys in February of 2020. Shenelle has an extensive background in administration, client care, graphic design and social media marketing. She has always loved creating new systems to stay organized and be on top of the day to day tasks. 

In 2016, Shenelle started a creative business called DIY Workshops which allows her to get creative but also use her social skills to connect with her clients. 

In her free time, she loves to find old things to repurpose, be around friends and family and check out new restaurants.

As a business owner herself, she prides herself on working hard and producing the best results possible. Shenelle loves being apart of Your Local Real Estate Guys team.