Buying or selling a home is not only a huge financial undertaking; it is a monumental life-changing event – One that I take very seriously! My main objective as your REALTOR® is to take out as much of the stress as possible and give you all the knowledge and direction you need to make the real estate choices that are right for you. Getting to know my clients and taking their business personnally is the foundation of the way I conduct my real estate business.
Call me today for the results you want! Karen Girard-Smith (SRES ®) 204 232 7248
Winnipeg, One Great City!
Understanding life’s happy times and difficult challenges and knowing the effects they may have on your finances, emotions and home life, I know I can understand your circumstances and effectively assist you when making those exciting and/or difficult real estate decisions.
Some charities that are close to my heart and that I currently support are: Cancer Care Mb, Shelters and Century 21 Kids to camp
“Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.”
I've worked with both Buyers and Sellers in and around Winnipeg, as well as people relocating in and out of Winnipeg. Click here to read what some of my past clients have said when working with me...
Moving has been my thing, subconsciously I must love packing, unpacking, painting and decorating. Why else would I have moved 19 times in the past 19 years? My early years were spent growing up on a grain farm west of Elie, Manitoba. Once I graduated from high school, I made the big venture to Winnipeg and started my retail management career, living in several great communities: St James, West End and Downtown. Through a promotion at work, I left Winnipeg for approximately three years, living in both Ontario and Alberta. When the chance came up for me to move back to Winnipeg, I took it! Winnipeg is definitely one great city to live in and I knew that I would eventually get back home. Returning to Winnipeg has given me the chance to experience even more of this city's great communities: Wolseley, West Kildonan, River Heights and presently, Waverley Heights.
Married to an incredible man named Jeff, I have a wonderful daughter named Chloe, and we have a Lab mix dog named Lily. My family is of great importance to me. I love being involved with my daughter's school and all of her activities...kids definitely need their familiy's involvement to help them grow into strong positive young adults. Family favourites include: cycling, spending time at Brereton Lake cottage, water skiing, concerts, and musicals...the list goes on!
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One of the best investments available to everyone is Real Estate! There is no more land being made and there are no two properties alike. Determining what your Real Estate investment goals are is your first step. Are you looking at real estate as a rental property, maybe a single detached home or a multi unit property? Can you professionally refurbish an unliveable property to a liveable property? Your next step to ask yourself is, who’s on your team to help you achieve these goals? The professionals that I would recommend when forming your team are as follows: Realtor, Mortgage Specialist, Handyman, Accountant/Tax Specialist and Lawyer. I recommend thinking through your goals and following these steps: be specific with your goals, goals must be measurable, put you goals in writing, your goals must be realistic and with a time frame.
Some books I recommend on this topic are as follows:
The ABC's of Real Estate Investing by Ken McElroy
Flipping Confidential by Kirsten Kemp
Prophecy by Robert Kiyosaki & Sharon Lechter
Here are a few website links if you are a rental property owner or thinking about becoming one...
The Residential Tenancies Act
Renting in Manitoba
Info for Landlords
If you are in the process or thinking of developing your basement here is a great link to review before you start. One of the most common mistakes people make when finishing their basement is installing in-correct sized windows for a legal bedroom. Click the link to learn more... http://www.winnipeg.ca/ppd/pdf_files/bsmtdev.pdf
Century 21 Video
Manitoba Real Estate Board
Winnipeg Real Estate Board
After graduating from high school in 1990, I immediately got into retail sales and management. I absolutely loved it! The customers, the teams, coaching, training, analysis of financials and sales patterns, marketing, event planning… I started out working in clothing, then cosmetics, and lastly at a big box store, with a wide range of sales volumes. I stayed in the retail management field up until the end of 2008, when I decided to make the move into real estate. With my extensive retail management background and my passion to provide superior customer service, I am able to easily adapt to the fast paced business of real estate.
“The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.”
Accepting 2010 Master Silver Award
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