How a Paralympian sold their home from the podium

Selling a home can be a very busy time. Now, imagine you're training and competing in the Winter Paralympic Games! Para-alpine skier Chris Williamson, one of the most decorated in the world, was training for Sochi when he needed to sell his home.

Williamson is a father, an athlete, and is sight impaired, which leads to unique considerations when moving.

"My old and new home both have fireplaces but the placement is important because I have to sit very close to the TV. So, having it over the fireplace does not work," said Williamson. "Placing the TV beside the fireplace also does not work, as I would be almost sitting in the fireplace to watch TV!"

Williamson doesn't allow his disability to stand in the way of everyday life, so a major feature of a home is its location.

"For me, that means being close to a good transit system so I have mobility. It also has to be walking distance to my kids' school and daycare so I can help with parental responsibilities."

A home's storage space is an important consideration for athletes, especially for an equipment-based sport like alpine skiing.

"However, probably the most important home features for all athletes are proximity to training centres, airports, and trails for running or riding your bike. And, we need the space to do training at home," said Williamson.

While in Sochi, Williamson could have faced major hurdles when selling his home, like the difficulty of getting a signature or input with time differences, or that he could be out on the ski hill and unavailable for eight or more hours. His REALTOR®Mark Phipps of CENTURY 21 Millennium Inc., found unique ways to allow Williamson to focus on the slopes and his Paralympic mission.

"Chris, his wife Jen, and I were able to discuss strategies before Chris left for Sochi. With the time difference and heavy training schedule, communication back and forth would have been very difficult," said Phipps. "Fortunately, Chris was able to give all signing authority over Jen via POA. This helped make the process a lot easier."

"Mark [Phipps] was continually available through text, email, and Facebook while I was away and on the road, so communication was never an issue," said Williamson.

"I also gave them a big homework list of things that they could do to help maximize the price," said Phipps. "They were absolute troopers and they conquered everything on the list ─ even the kids pitched in!"

Williamson not only made Canada incredibly proud ─ bringing home a Sochi Paralympic bronze medal in Men's Slalom, Visually Impaired ─ but he sold his home in the process!

"As a result of their efforts, we sold their home very quickly and for the highest price ever paid for a town home on that street," said Phipps.

"In essence, we won the gold medal!"

Visit Chris Williamson’s website to learn more about his Paralympic success.

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