Jason Vander Griendt is the owner and CEO of Render 3D Quickly, a company specializing in creating animations, virtual reality tours, and three-dimensional architectural renderings for all manner of professionals, including builders, contractors, architects, real estate companies, and homeowners. Mr. Vander Griendt, who is also the founder of mechanical design firm J –CAD, Inc., was inspired to create Render 3D Quickly after recognizing a valuable opportunity to provide professionals in construction and real estate with three-dimensional, virtual reality renderings of any proposed construction upgrades prior to implementation.
The highly accurate and detailed visualizations provided by Mr. Vander Griendt’s team of professionals has been a boon to architects, builders, and contractors all over the world, including in places like Australia, Canada, China, Europe, and the United States. With a team of more than 30 professionals in locations across the globe, Mr. Vander Griendt, a graduate of Fanshawe College and a widely respected mechanical engineering expert, often asserts that Render 3D Quickly’s clients benefit from access to the largest virtual reality team in the world.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Mr. Vander Griendt rarely spends much time in one place because of his passion for travel. Although his frequent travels make him unlikely to be in the same time zone as his clients, Mr. Vander Griendt has made a point to be constantly available and works tirelessly to ensure every project his company takes on consistently exceeds the expectations of the client.
In what city/state was your first house located and approximately what year did you buy it?
I bought my first house about 10 years ago in Toronto, Ontario.
What was your living situation prior to buying your first house? Where/with whom/etc?
I was sharing a living space with a few other professionals in downtown Toronto while working on a few different entrepreneurial endeavors.
What motivated you to purchase your first house?
The digital marketing boom allowed J – CAD, Inc., and Render 3D Quickly to reach clients all over the world, and the quick expansion that followed enabled me to move out of a shared apartment and into a home of my own.
How did you go about getting the money together to buy it?
I set up both of my companies so that neither one required any initial investment of capital. Since both were profitable from day one, it was easy to get the money together to buy my first house.
When you purchased, were you thinking of it as an investment or as a place to start a family. Please elaborate.
After renting an apartment and sharing a space with several other people, I was thinking of it more as a place that would be entirely my own. With that being said, I was definitely thinking more along the lines of an investment, especially with the way property values were poised to increase throughout the Toronto area.
What are 3 things you liked most about the house?
I liked that it was close enough to downtown without being located in the actual downtown area, and I liked that the property was both fairly sizable and relatively secluded considering its location.
Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
I was initially holding out for a place that had a view of Lake Ontario, but I’m happy with the decision I ultimately made.
Did you make any improvements or major renovations to the house?
Yes, I’ve made quite a few improvements and renovations since I bought the house. Before I founded Render 3D Quickly, I used my own home to test different elements of the 3D rendering services I now offer to clients, which inspired me to make several significant changes since it was so easy to see what a multitude of ideas for construction upgrades would look like and how they would function in the home.
Please share 1-2 of your fondest/funniest memories from living there.
The previous owners of my house apparently had a dog that was friendly with my neighbor’s dog, so the neighbor’s dog kept showing up at my back door while I was home working during the day. I didn’t mind it until the dog managed to open one of the side doors and got into the house — much to my surprise, of course. After that, I just offered to dog sit while my neighbors were at work or away for a couple of days.
Do you still live there or did you sell it or renting it?
Now that I travel so much, I don’t really have much need for a permanent home and have been renting it out for however many months I expect to be traveling.
What advice would you give other first time home buyers?
Homebuyers should really take full advantage of the technology that’s available to them. There’s so much information available about potential homes and it only makes sense to take a virtual reality tour of all the homes they are interested in before taking the time to see them in person.