As a CENTURY 21® Real Estate professional since 1991, I am dedicated to providing you with the highest quality service possible. My personal knowledge of the local Real Estate market combined with the power of the CENTURY 21 brand - is the most recognized name in Real Estate today. As one of the few Accredited Buyer's Representatives in Alberta - you owe it to yourself to work with someone who will work only for you! And 99% of the time the Seller of the property will be paying my fees. Generally my services are at no additional cost to you - the Buyer. Please take the time to visit my personal website at www.YourMoveToAlberta.com for more information. It will be worth the trip!
I will assist you in finding your dream home, in a neighbourhood that is right for you, and in a price range where you are comfortable. I have developed a team of professionals who can assist you with all facets of your relocation. These include Mortgage Brokers, Home Inspectors, Insurance Agents, Lawyers, Recruiters and Immigration Consultants; all are experts in their field.
I look forward to the opportunity of working with you and for you! Call me today and lets' get started on your next adventure.
I am a native Albertan, who has lived and loved this area all my life, consequently my contacts and area knowledge are extensive. Many of my clients think I know everyone:) which of course is an exaggeration. I think what they mean is that I always know where to locate something or someone and how to find the resources they are looking for.
Naturally, I obtained my education in Alberta schools. In later years I went on to Mount Royal College for a Diploma in Applied Social Sciences, completed a Degree in Social Work at the University of Calgary, and took several interest courses at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. I worked for Alberta Social Services as a Child Welfare Worker from 1984 until 1991. I am still involved with the children of the province.
In 1991 I obtained my Real Estate license initially starting as a traditional 'Sellers' agent with a focus on listings. In 2003 I changed my practice to a 'Buyer's Agent' focus and started attending Immigration information shows in the United Kingdom several times per year giving out factual information on Alberta real estate practises and lifestyle information on the local Calgary, Cochrane, Canmore, Airdrie and Okotoks areas.
I am a member of the:
- Calgary Real Estate Board
- Alberta Real Estate Association
- Canadian Real Estate Association
- Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council
- UK-Canada Chamber of Commerce
- Calgary Chamber of Commerce
- Bearspaw Chamber of Commerce
- Cochrane Chamber of Commerce
- Calgary & the Alberta Foster Parents Association
- Alberta College of Social Workers
- Founding member of an Alberta Crime Watch Association
I own and operate a 160 acre hay farm situated between Calgary and Cochrane. Currently we grow timothy hay for the export market. We are in the process of having this land redesignated so we can develop an 18 hole golf course, 20 room boutique country inn and 450 seat banquet hall www.ChinookRidge.ca. My spouse, Ray, and I are foster parents to 5 children. Over the years we have had approximately 150 children stay with us for varying lengths of time. My own 2 sons are now adults and on their own, I have one grandson. They all live close by.
Many of my clients from the UK stay with us at the farm or in temporary short term furnished accommodations we own while they tour the area, become familiar with communities and/or house shop. This allows for intensive property searches and discussions late into the evening. Perfect for home search trips where we only have a short period of time to cover a lot of ground and share information. Our off-farm furnished client accommodations are in Cochrane. These can be viewed at www.YourMoveToAlberta.com under the Blog titled 'Temporary Accommodations' I love the work I do and the clients I work with, often they become part of our extended family.
You can view more information on my services at www.YourMoveToAlberta.com including a video on my services, mls 'live' data and the ability to sign-up for my newsletter or to obtain free tickets to immigration shows in the United Kingdom.
My real estate practice and home life keep me pretty occupied but I do host several large 'client appreciation' events annually. Generally these are around Valentine's Day, Stampede Week, Back to School week (in August), Thanksgiving day and Guy Falkes day. I also have a booth and cook-pot at the annual Cochrane Christmas Light-up event. I am a volunteer participant on the Board of Directors for Rockyview County Family & Community Support Services a founding and active member an Alberta Crime Watch Association in my community. I am a corporate sponsor of our local Bow Valley Rugby Association.
As a hobby I am in the process of having my land redesignated to accommodate an 18 hole golf course and 20 room country inn. You can view this at www.ChinookRidge.ca
- Currently taking courses leading to a Certificate in Community Economic Development via Simon Fraser University
- Mount Royal College - Applied Social Sciences Diploma
- University of Calgary - Batchelor of Social Work Degree
-Southern Alberta Institute of Technology variety of Business courses
- Alberta Real Estate Association - variety of courses required for licensing in Residential, Farm, Ranch & Acreage, and Commercial real estate transactions.
- National Association of Realtor's - Accredited Buyer's Representative
As mentioned earlier I specialize as an 'Accredited Buyer's Representative'. I also have training in Farm, Ranch & Acreage sales and Commercial transactions. These are in addition to the 1st level residential homes marketing which is the foundation of all real estate courses and practice.
If you are searching this site for information and you are not familiar with real estate laws and practices here in Alberta I encourage you to view my site at www.YourMoveToAlberta.com Here you will find a host of information suitable to your needs. Real Estate Laws are provincially mandated and if you are from another area or country you will find our methods of searching for and purchasing or selling real estate are vastly different from your area of origin. You own it to yourself to become familiar with the local practices, this will help you avoid making mistakes that could be very costly.
As a service to my clients I can assist you with temporary furnished accommodations while you search for your home or await your possession date. I also have loaner cell phones, access to inexpensive rental vehicles and other helpful tools to assist in your relocation.
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