great homes + happy people = done deals
Here are the stories of some of the wonderful people I’ve helped buy and sell homes.
Every situation is a complex puzzle of people + homes matchmaking. For buyers, I dig deep to help them evaluate their lifestyle needs and then guide them to the best homes and communities for their lives. For sellers, I identify and market the unique value of their property in effective ways that attract potential buyers who truly value what their home has to offer.
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This one is a beauty! The home and the deal.
Working with repeat clients who are very experienced real estate investors, I had spent the better part of 2023 helping them them purchase multiple homes in the increasingly competitive Calgary market. Their investment strategy was to buy three homes, each priced in the affordable under $600,000 price range, to serve both as great inner-city investments and as toe-holds into the market for their three university-aged children. As a result, each home had to meet the needs and desires of one of their children (as a potential first home to live in and to gradually purchase from their parents), as well as an attractive and profitable rental property until the child was ready to take it on.
Once again, I was working with some established homeowners who wanted to find a property for their adult children to gain a toe-hold into the competitive Calgary market. In this case, my buyers wanted a home that would allow one daughter and her partner to live upstairs while the other daughter and partner could also have a comfortable and similar quality home downstairs. In other words, a run-of-the-mill basement suite was not going to cut it.
Their initial budget was up to $550,000 but after viewing many sub-par illegal suite properties in their chosen communities, they raised this to $600,000. On the August long weekend, while others were out of town, we viewed a nearby home with a horrendously “renovated” and very unappealing basement suite. Thinking this would likely be another bust outing, we went to 84 Hidden Vale Close and were thrilled to have a very different experience!
My clients and I were hunting for a solid investment property in their preferred SW Calgary communities – the Glendale, Glenbrook, Glamorgan, Killarney, Westgate, and Rosscarrock area. They wanted a solid, three-bedroom bungalow with either a good-quality, in-place basement suite or the potential for the addition of a legal suite.
3312 – 49 Street SW fit the bill and was unusual in that it was listed on a weekday with offers to be reviewed on Friday – hence, no weekend showings. This would likely reduce the number of bidders competing on offer review day as fewer people would see it before then.
My buyers and I knew that good properties move fast and we went to view this pretty bungalow immediately.
A word-of-mouth referral led to my marketing of this charming Inglewood townhome. Its owner had already purchased a new house and was keen to sell her former home, quickly, but at a good price.
When I first saw it, I was taken by the stunning nature views of the Bow River and city pathways meandering below the kitchen window and raised deck. I decided to make this a key selling feature for this listing…
A kitchen fit for a queen!
She may have a tear in her eye when the last of her offspring head out the door later this year, but the new owner of this home will also have something to cheer when she moves into her new jewel box of a home. Fully decked out, this Mount Pleasant beauty is the real estate lover’s equivalent of a sports car – in the much better real estate format! The kitchen includes Thermador appliances throughout including a built-in, cabinet-front fridge, double wall ovens, drawer microwave, and waterfall countertop. And that’s just the kitchen!
Finding the perfect home for this first time buyer was so gratifying! They had very particular requirements such as needing to be near running paths, in Parkdale, within a specific budget, and in a home that they would feel comfortable, safe and secure – and I was determined to fill the entire order!