CENTURY 21 Grande Prairie Realty Inc.
- 10828 100 Street
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2M8
D'Arcy Donald.........Real Estate In Grande Prairie
There has been a paradigm shift in the way that buyers and sellers approach a real estate transaction. The Internet is playing a pivotal roll and both buyers and sellers have access to a tremendous amount of property detail online. They can view tours of properties, conduct title searches and view the location and street view of a property all from the comfort of their home and computer screen or mobile phone or tablet! It is exciting and empowering! In fact in today's real estate world the relationship between the realtor and the buyer or seller has evolved to be more akin to the parties being "business partners" with each party bringing their own unique skill sets to the process.
But even with all of this technology at our disposal there remain fundamental challenges to today's buyers and sellers.
Buyers can do a lot of background work using the Internet, Google maps and Street View etc. to check out the areas in which they may want to live. But in the end buyers realize that you can't beat a "feet on street" approach to get a true feel for what a neighborhood is all about. This is even more important when it comes to the home itself. Pictures online don't tell the whole story. In fact they can be very misleading. The bottom line is buyers soon come to realize that they have got to physically walk through a property to get a true sense of a home and what it would feel like to live in. That's where we come in. We are experienced at helping our buyers find the right home and identifying the location that best suits their needs. We dedicate whatever time it takes to educate our buyers as to current market value trends therefore when the time comes, and they are ready to write an offer, they can make an informed decision and have confidence that they are not "over paying" for a property.
Buyers relocating to our City face a huge challenge in getting up to speed with local pricing, knowledge of resale potential, market conditions, schools and being educated on the location and property options available to them. Helping buyers with their relocation to Grande Prairie is one of our specialties. Our programs are designed to help get an out of town buyer prepared and up to speed as much as possible before they arrive for their house hunting trip and then, when they do arrive, we commit what ever time that it takes to help them find the right home in the location that they identify as best suiting their needs.
Today's sellers are still faced with the challenge of meeting their goal of getting the most money for their property as possible, in the shortest amount of time and with the fewest problems. In today's market, how long properties are taking to sell, current competitive property inventory levels, the ability of buyers to obtain financing, market trends and the right price to ask is just some of the information sellers need to have to successfully position their property to sell. Our "seller success" program is designed to give our sellers every possible marketing advantage.
My skills as a professional Realtor® with over 32 years experience in the Grande Prairie real estate market are dedicated to the success of the buyers and sellers I work with. My business relationships are based on trust........there can be no surprises.
I began my real estate career in 1979 as an agent with Spot Realty in Grande Prairie, an independent brokerage that was owned and operated by one of Grande Prairie's most respected and experienced brokers of the time Paulette Patterson. Over the years I have worked in the industry as an agent, broker and now as an associate broker with Century 21 Grande Prairie Realty Inc.
My professional involvement includes:
- director and president of the Grande Prairie MLS Board
- director of the Alberta Real Estate Association
- continuing education instructor for the Alberta Real Estate Association
- member of the Contaminated Sites Task Force for Alberta Environment
My community involvement includes:
- past president of the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce
- past member of the economic development committee for the City of Grande Prairie
One of the most cherished awards that I have received over the years was to be recognized on two occasions as the "Realtor of the Year" by the Grande Prairie MLS Board.
Some other sales awards:
- Century 21 "Masters Hall of Fame"
- Coldwell Banker "Elite"
- Top 50 in Canada for HomeLife
- Re/Max 100% Club