Welcome to my Website
As a CENTURY 21® Real Estate professional, I am dedicated to providing you with the highest quality service possible. My personal knowledge of the local Real Estate market is combined with the power of the CENTURY 21 brand – the most recognized name in Real Estate today.
Let me assist you in finding your dream home, in a neighbourhood that is right for you, and in the price range you want. Or if you are interested in selling a property, I also have the expertise to help you get the fastest sale possible and at the best price.
I look forward to the opportunity of working for you!
I was born and raised a country boy in a small town located 20 minutes east of Winnipeg in Anola, Manitoba . While growing up I worked for Reimer Construction, which my father started over 30 years ago and ran until his retirement in 1995. These years in the construction business helped to give me valuable insights into the technical aspects of home construction and design. Today I can use this knowledge to help find a home or advise you on selling the one you already own.
After becoming a resident of Winnipeg in 1991, I attended Red River College and received my sales and marketing certificate in 1992. I immediately went out into the corporate world and after several years of working in sales related fields, I became a Realtor and a member of WREB, MREA and CREA in 1998. This change has allowed me to homogenize my diverse work and life experiences into a rewarding career in the real estate business.
I enjoy what I do… and I believe that it shows through RESULTS.
Step by Step Guide to Buying a Home
Buying a home can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. However, it can also be confusing and frustrating, so having the right people working with you can make the difference between a pleasant or discouraging experience.
By following the next 4 steps, you will ensure that your buying experience is a positive one!
Step 1: Determine what you can afford
Fill in your information to in our mortgage calculator to find out what monthly payment you can afford. (Please be as accurate and honest as possible!)
Then use the amortization table to find out how much you can spend.
Step 2: What are your housing needs?
Some questions you want to ask yourself to help in the process are:
Where to you want to live,
What kind of services/amenities are important (Schools, Recreation, -Distance to work, Transportation, Shopping, etc.)
Style of Home
What type of house to you want or need (bungalow, 2 story, 1 ½ story, bi-level, split level, condominium, etc.)
What features are important (number of bedrooms, garage, central air, size of lot, total square footage, fence, number of bathrooms, etc.)
Do you want to buy a new home or existing resale home.
To help you in your search use the personalized Home Buyer’s Form.
Step 3: Build your team.
When purchasing a home you will require a team of professionals to assist you in the process.
Real Estate Agent
Choosing the right agent is up to you but . Choose one you feel most comfortable with.
Step 4: Start looking.
Have your real estate agent set up appointments to view houses that meet your needs and requirements.
Once you have found the one you like, its time to write an offer to purchase.
When writing the Offer to Purchase your real estate agent will walk you through the entire process and explain how the process works.
A Helpful Guide to Selling Your Home.
Step 1: Find the right agent.
When you have decided to sell a home, the services of a qualified real estate professional are of utmost importance. The right agent for you should:
– Have a good working knowledge of local real estate market conditions.
– Be prepared to deliver a high standard of service to customers.
– Have the support of a large real estate company.
– Know real estate values in your neighbourhood and will help set an agreeable and competitive price on your home.
– Establish a marketing strategy for your home ensuring that your property is exposed to scores of potential buyers.
– Take care of the many tasks involved in selling a house (from placing your listing to putting up the for sale sign). This ensures that the transaction is simple and low-stress for you.
– Be an expert in the home selling process and as such will advise you of your rights, options and obligations.
– Be an experienced negotiator and will work to get you the best possible selling price.
save you time and money. This is the most important benefit of a good agent.
Step 2: Use a marketing plan.
Your property is not something you sell everyday. In fact, for many people it is their largest asset. A house is very complex to market and the process needs to be well organized. To do the job properly a plan is needed. As your Century 21 Real Estate Professional I can prepare a personalized plan for you containing all activities intended to market your property.
As your listing agent I will:
– Aggressively promote your property through my website, Century 21 property advertising publications and website, and with other Century 21 offices and Real Estate Professionals.
– List your property with the MLS information library (unless it’s an exclusive listing)
– Market your home with mailings to potential buyers in your area.
Step 3: Prepare for a home inspection.
One step which is inevitable in the home selling process is a visit from a professional house inspector.The following are steps which should be taken to ensure your inspection is a success. It is a good idea to be aware ahead of time of any serious problems which may be present in your home so you will be prepared to deal with them.
Ensure that past home renovations have not damaged the structure of the home. Other structural damages to look for are whether termites have caused extensive damage, if settling of the home over time has caused damage to the foundation, and/or whether support beams and joists are strong and sturdy or cracked or otherwise damaged.
Electrical and wiring systems must be safe and properly maintained. Loose wires or incorrectly installed or wired receptacles, switches or electrical box problems are all hazardous and should be corrected. All homes should have a minimum of 100 amp service.
Correct any water leakage problems. Water can run and leak into odd and unexpected places, causing extensive damage over time. If there are signs of water leakage, they can quite be often spotted by examining the underside of sinks and dishwashers, along ceilings, on floors or along basement walls. Plumbing fixtures, water-using appliances, drain pipes, water supply inlets and outlets and basements and roofs can all be causes and sources of water damage.
Resolve any safety issues in your home. Trim foliage which may impair a safe view of the area around the home, ensure that windows open easily and close and lock securely and that entrances/exits to the home are able to be securely locked. Hazards such as hidden curbs, loose railings and/or stairs, unused wells which are not capped, etc., should be corrected.
With respect to plumbing, ensure that all fixtures are in good working and free from large cracks. Faucets should run easily and shut off completely, proper grouting and caulking should be present around bathtubs, toilets and other fixtures should be bolted down securely and drains should be clog free. The home’s water heater should be in good working condition also.
All heating and cooling systems may have to be checked to ensure they are relatively up to date, clean, in good working condition and have clean filters. Refrigerant should be checked in any air conditioning units and may require proper servicing.
Also, a general, unbiased overview of your home by a neighbour or friend may reveal matters which need to be dealt with that you may overlooked.
Step 4: Use this helpful checklist as a reminder of the things you need to do before you move.
Book the movers. You can choose to have the movers pack everything, or just the breakables, or you can pack yourself. It’s a good idea to obtain estimates from several different companies.
If you own your present home:
Arrange to have your gas, water, and electric meters read on the day you leave and have the bills forwarded to your new address.
If the water heater or furnace is rented, arrange for a transfer of the rental agreement to the purchaser.
Disconnect your telephone and cable TV.
If you rent your present home:
Give necessary written notice to your landlord and make arrangements for the return of any monies you have on deposit.
At your new home:
Make arrangements for the gas and electric utilities, water softener, telephone and cable TV to be connected on the day the sale closes.
– Get “Change of Address” cards from the post office and send out well before moving day.
– Have the post office forward your mail to your new address.
– Cancel any contracted services and pre-authorized cheques.
– Inform gardening, dry cleaning, garbage pick-up, newspapers, magazines, diaper and other home services. – Arrange for service at your new address.
– Obtain a letter of introduction from your current branch to help establish new accounts.
– Transfer trust or bank accounts and securities.
– Cancel or transfer social, athletic, civic, religious or business affiliations and memberships.
– Arrange for transfer of medical, dental, prescription and optical records.
– Change the address on your driver’s license(s) effective the day of the move.
– Collect all items out for cleaning, repair or storage. e.g. fur coats, dry cleaning.
– Make special arrangements for the moving of perishables, such as plants.
– Make special arrangements for the moving of your pets.
– Dispose safely of all flammable liquids as it is illegal for movers to carry them.
CENTURY 21® Awards
2015 – 10 – Year CENTURION® Producer
2015 – CENTURION® Producer
2014 – CENTURION® Producer
2013 – CENTURION® Producer
2012 – CENTURION® Producer
2012 – Masters Hall of Fame
2011 – CENTURION® Producer
2010 – CENTURION® Honor Society
2010 – CENTURION® Producer
2009 – CENTURION® Producer
2008 – CENTURION® Producer
2007 – CENTURION® Producer
2006 – Masters Diamond
2005 – CENTURION® Producer
2004 – Masters Diamond
2003 – Masters Emerald
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