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Condo Living – Is it Right for You?

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Condo Living - Is it Right for You?

The Calgary real estate market has witnessed a major boom in condominium development and sales in the past few years. It is fueled by the influx of people wanting to move to condos – a part of an overall urbanization trend.  More and more home buyers, many of which are young, single professionals, dual-career couples or empty nesters looking to downsize, are becoming attracted to the condo lifestyle.

Although condo living represents the perfect blend of affordability and simplicity for numerous home buyers, it doesn’t always follow that it’s what everybody wants. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when deciding if a condo would be suitable for you:

Pros

In many instances, a condo purchase is simply the more affordable option than a single-family home. Reduced square footage and property means reduced expenses, which is particularly beneficial when it comes to saving for a down payment. Condos require less maintenance – a LOT less maintenance. The fact that they require little work means that many on the market are truly in move-in condition. A good number of today’s consumers are no longer attracted to the classic suburban tract home with large yards. Young and older buyers alike are looking for a more carefree lifestyle that provides plenty of time for leisure activity.

Some condo buildings and associations provide round-the-clock security for residents. This greatly contributes to a heightened sense of security for the occupants. If downtown living is what you seek, then the condo life is probably the right choice for you.

Cons

Generally, condos are more susceptible to downward fluctuations in value. In weak real estate cycles, they tend to depreciate faster and appreciate at a much slower pace than single-family homes. This is a distinct disadvantage if you are not intending to stay for more than 5 years.

Definitely, the lawn mowing, snow removal and exterior upkeep will be taken care of. However, someone still has to pay for such services. Membership in a condominium association comes with a price, and it is in the form of monthly homeowner association fees. This is actually your share in the maintenance and repairs of the building. You would need to add this to the principal and interest dues under their mortgage loan when calculating the affordability of a condo unit.

If you have children or just like to relax in a backyard, realize that in a condo, your activity will be limited to the community’s common areas. Although it is free for use, it is important to know that condo association membership comes complete with a long list of rules and regulations governing everything from pets to outdoor grills to window treatments. Some people find this reassuring and necessary, while others take offense at the very notion of being told what to do. If you are a non-conformist at heart with little patience for rules and regulations, condo living may not be for you.

Condo living is a lifestyle choice. Take a minute to carefully deliberate on all the pros and cons before deciding if it’s the perfect fit for you.

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

About Allison James

Allison James has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

It’s all About the Neighborhood

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

It’s all About the Neighborhood

When taking stock of a home’s best features, updated bathrooms, custom-built kitchen cabinets and expensive landscaping are usually the focus. Savvy real estate pros and homeowners, who have been through the cycle of buying and selling several times, very well know that location has a far greater impact than expensive amenities. Keen buyers seek to find a home in a very short list of neighbourhoods, and, understandably, will wait until the right property comes on the market.

The atmosphere, lifestyle and overall look and feel of a community make it attractive to certain groups of people. While it is largely a matter of personal preference, in any city, there are a number of coveted areas ranging from the unique architecture, to access to quality schools and water views that stand out from the rest. The concept of a nice neighbourhood and a good school district tends to go hand in hand. It should be no surprise that homes here benefit greatly. In addition, access to transportation, shopping centres and restaurants are some other factors that weigh heavily today. The continuous high demand for houses in such locations ensures a steady uptick in value for homeowners and low turnover rate for landlords.

While buyers can always dream of modernizing a dated kitchen or finishing a basement space, there is not really a lot they can do on their own to change the character of a neighbourhood. In Calgary, we are fortunate to have a multitude of thriving, sought-after and diverse localities that continue to attract consumers. There is truly something for everyone here.

On the other hand, if you are a seller in a sought-after neighbourhood, consider yourself fortunate. You made an excellent choice when you purchased your home as predilection for your particular street address will almost certainly ensure a quick and profitable sale.

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

About Allison James

Allison James has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Celebrate Change with a Home that Fits

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Celebrate Change with a Home that Fits

The dictionary defines transition as “a passage from one form, state, style or place to another.” If you think about it, you will realize that every day of our lives involves some sort of transition – whether it is physical, emotional or spiritual. Even though we are in that continuous state, most of us still fear change because it tends to jolt us out of our comfort zones. The best way to handle it is to merely stop resisting and just embrace the opportunities and challenges that come with it.

Many baby boomers today deal with housing progressions on several different levels. Simultaneously, as they wave goodbye to their children leaving the nest, many also attend to the housing essentials of elderly parents requiring nursing care or assisted living. Many active boomers and retirees are equally interested in splitting their time and spending the winter months in a warmer climate. If not properly managed, it can be very stressful. Not surprisingly, many of my clients are eager to shift to a more simple, carefree way of life.

The decision to sell the family home is a big one. Any move will merit careful consideration and planning. There are so many choices available to empty nesters – everything from apartments, smaller homes, condominiums, to age-restricted communities or assisted living for those in need of help in managing daily living. The key to making a smooth transition at each stage of your housing life cycle is to explore all options and make an informed decision as to what lifestyle works best for you. Then, instead of allowing thoughts of adjustment to overwhelm you, choose to celebrate change with a home that fits!

If your children are out on their own and you find yourself dreading weekend chores and taking care of a big house, then maybe you should already consider downsizing. Imagine yourself with reduced expenses and more spare time to experience all those things on your bucket list. Let someone else take care of the snow removal and yard maintenance. You’ve got places to go! In Calgary, there are endless downsizing alternatives available to empty nesters and others looking to simplify their lives. If you decide to downsize, pay careful attention to the neighbourhood and its amenities since you will likely be able to enjoy both.

You can spend years trying to time the real estate market and maximize profits, but that is really the job of real estate investors. When you are talking about your own home, you resolve to move when your current home no longer meets your needs and you are ready to go forward toward the next phase of your life. Whether you are upsizing, downsizing or making a lateral move, work closely with a professional Realtor who can guide you through the process and help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

About Allison James

Allison James has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Why It Makes Sense to Work with a Realtor

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Why It Makes Sense to Work with a Realtor

Are you thinking about selling your home and going the FSBO route (For Sale By Owner) in order to save the cost of a commission? Before making that decision, take the time to consider a few of the many reasons why it makes sense to work with a professional Realtor when selling your home.

Realtors are Trained Professionals

Would you ever consider rewiring the electricity in your home without consulting a trained and licensed electrician? Of course not – unless you are an electrician yourself. So why would you consider handling the sale of a valuable real estate asset without the help of a licensed professional? Real estate transactions are complex matters subject to all kinds of rules and regulations and fraught with potential pitfalls at every turn. As I write this blog, the median sale price for a home in Calgary is $420,000. That’s a lot of money to put into the hands of an inexperienced amateur.

Today’s real estate agents are more highly educated, trained and subject to rigid ethical guidelines. In addition to pricing and marketing your property for sale, they must know how to coordinate and work closely with mortgage bankers, home inspectors, appraisers, environmental consultants and government agencies. Even if you feel you are qualified, do you really have what it takes to pull everything together? Remember that in real estate transactions, time lost equates to money pulled from your pocket.

Realtors Have Full Access to the MLS

While most non-professionals can get on the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS), it is not the full access granted to licensed subscribers. You will only see a fraction of the information available to professionals. The full spectrum of reliable information and up-to-date data available in the MLS is of utmost importance in determining home value and monitoring market trends.

Buyers are Working with Realtors

We are living in a world that relies on instant access to information and demands immediate gratification. The best way to ensure a quick property sale at your asking price is to list the property in the MLS. Buyers’ agents everywhere will receive a notice of a new listing right away. Your buyer is out there somewhere and the best platform to reach them is through the MLS.

Realtors are Objective

Property owners are notoriously sentimental when it comes to their own homes. There is simply no way to remain objective when talking about something you’ve poured your heart and soul into. An experienced Realtor removes emotion from the equation and shields his or her client from the stress inherent in the daily twists and turns of real estate transactions.

Those who go the FSBO route almost always find they haven’t saved any money at all when it’s time to close the deal. Do yourself a favor, save yourself time, money and aggravation – work with a pro.

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

About Allison James

Allison James has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Five Simple Steps to Ensure Home Safety

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Five Simple Steps to Ensure Home Safety

There is no surefire way to burglarproof your home, but there are a number of actions you can take to make your home less attractive to thieves. Unfortunately, many people refuse to even think about protecting their homes from burglary until an incident occurs. At that point, they feel frightened, confused and violated and do not always make rational decisions. Why not allot a few minutes of  your time and have a closer look at your home? If you have not yet done so, do these simple steps to discourage any uninvited guests.

Find a better hiding spot for your spare key – Hiding a spare key under the doormat or flower pot, or in the mailbox is not the way to go. Sure it’s comforting to know that if you lose your keys or lock yourself out, there’s always an extra set you can rely on. This, however, also makes it very convenient for burglars. Those are the first places they will look into, if they even have to, because they have already seen you or a family member keep it there. It is better to not have a hidden key at all, but if you must, find a not-so-obvious hiding spot and move it to another location every so often.

Proper lighting is essential – The importance of a well-placed lighting cannot be stressed enough. There are inexpensive timers for indoor lights which can be set to come on at dusk, whether you are home or not. Similarly, consider investing in outdoor solar lighting or motion lights that are triggered by sensors when somebody approaches your home. Other than discouraging burglars, such lights are great for conserving energy, and help to prevent slips and falls, too.

Never let strangers know that no one is home – Take the time to stage your home to make it look like someone is always there. This involves everything – from making sure the newspaper and mail are collected daily, to arranging for yard maintenance and snow shovelling should you be gone for more than just a few days. Nothing says “come rob me” like an unshovelled walkway leading to a dark house with no cars in the driveway. Also, offer to take care of your neighbor’s home when they are away and they will most likely return the favor.

Lock all doors and gates – This may seem obvious, but it needs to be said since we all tend to forget at times. Make it a habit to lock all doors whenever you come or go, and you will eventually remember to do it every time. Since many burglars enter a home through the backyard, outfit any gates leading to the rear of your home with a good quality lock.

Invest in a Home Security System – Home security systems come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges these days. Alarm companies will install a basic system throughout your house for a very small cost. Just start simple since you can always enhance it later on. As an added bonus, most include fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. On top of that, you will also be rewarded with a significant discount on your homeowner’s insurance premium. If money is no object, think about investing in a state-of-the-art “smart” system which you can control through your mobile phone or tablet from anywhere in the world.

Upscale communities are the usual targets of professional thieves. Fact is, no neighbourhood is exempt. Home burglaries can and do happen everywhere. So, do what you can to keep your home from becoming a statistic.

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

About Allison James

Allison James has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Narrowing Down Your Search to Find the Right Home

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Roof Line

 

Looking at homes is a fun experience for most buyers, but spending excessive time looking at the wrong homes can become frustrating. Most people want to see enough properties so they can make a purchase with confidence. However, seeing too many homes can become overwhelming and make it even more difficult to make a decision.

Here are four tips to narrow down your search and find a home that works for you:

Determine your ideal neighbourhood. Are you looking for an older home in a mature neighbourhood, or do you have your sights set on something fairly new with modern finishes? In addition, think about other important factors, such as the schools within proximity, access to amenities and your travel time to work. Establishing your preferences will help you decide on the right area for you.

Consider the right type of home. How much space do you need? Buying a smaller place such as a townhome or condo might be the right decision for a limited budget, but don’t forget to think about your long-term needs. The longer a home suits your needs, the more equity you can build up over time.

Establish your budget. Speaking to a mortgage professional should be one of the first things you do as a home buyer. Find out how much money you will need to put down and determine your maximum approval range. Based on these figures, consider how much you are actually comfortable spending. Don’t just look at the purchase price, think about your monthly budget.

Consider your priorities. Make a list of your must-haves and the things you are willing to compromise. Communicate your needs with your Realtor to help you avoid homes that simply aren’t contenders in your search. Acquire knowledge on the types of homes that are available within your desired price range and keep an open mind to avoid missing out on great opportunities.

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

About Allison James

Allison James has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Planning a Day Out on Family Day in Calgary

Monday, February 9th, 2015
Photo Credit: KSI Photography

Photo Credit: KSI Photography

Isn’t it great to have a holiday at this time of the year? Even though Family Day has been around for a few years now, it still sneaks up on us as a pleasant surprise halfway through February. Looking for something fun to motivate you to get out of the house? Here are some of Calgary’s best events:

Eau Claire Market Free Family Fun Day – This winter carnival is perfect to keep your kids entertained. Organizers are anticipating a huge turnout this year. You can expect to find an ice carving demonstration, live music and games for kids of all ages. The festivities will take place on February 16th from 11am until 3pm.

Dinosaurs in Motion – This larger-than-life exhibit makes its Canadian debut at Telus Spark from now until summertime. The display includes 14 life-size sculptures created from recycled materials. Youngsters are encouraged to be creative by drawing the dinosaurs. Also, they are urged to learn more about these great creatures from the past through the interactive demonstrations.

Penguin Walks at Calgary Zoo – The penguins are on the loose! Every day at 10am, seven of the King Penguins are let out of their enclosure and escorted by their keepers for a little stroll around the zoo. This adorable routine has become one of the zoo’s best winter attractions. King Penguins, by nature, tend to be more sedentary, but this activity has proven to improve their health and given them something special to look forward to outside the confines of their home.

Free Family Day Swimming – Why not go for a dip? Six of Calgary’s public aquatic centres are open on Family Day from 1 – 2:30 and 3 – 4:30 in the afternoon. Participating locations include Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Canyon Meadows Aquatic Centre, Glenmore Aquatic Centre, Renfrew Aquatic & Recreation Centre, Shouldice Aquatic Centre, and Thornhill Aquatic & Rec Centre.

 

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

 

About Allison James

Allison James has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

2015’s First Market Update

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

2015's First Market Update

Last year was an exciting time for the Calgary real estate market.  Prices rose, demand was high and sellers enjoyed plenty of competition once their homes hit the market.  Calgary’s growth made headlines across the country and many outside investors staked their claim in our city’s steady growth.  Sales increased nearly 10% compared to 2013 and the average price rose by 5.8%.

Increasing values inspired those who were considering a move to start looking sooner than later.  The same will hold true for 2015.  Relative to the other large urban cities in Canada, Calgary’s cost of living and real estate prices are still quite low.  It’s safe to say that values have a long way to go before they reach their plateau.  Fortunately, available inventory is in a much healthier supply than it was this time last year.  Buyers have a little more to choose from, and may be less likely to find themselves in competition over and over again.

Whether you are employed in Calgary’s oil industry or not, the recent headlines of the decreasing price of fuel has captured everyone’s attention.  If prices continue to decline, economists are predicting a slowdown in the Calgary real estate market.  What will this mean for consumers?  It’s too soon to tell at this point, but it’s important to remember that Calgary’s economy is leveraged in several other major industries which continue to demonstrate positive growth.

If you are thinking of making a move this year, you are in a great position to capitalize on what might be the last of the Bank of Canada’s ultra low interest rates.  The finance minister hasn’t said anything yet, but analysts are predicting that 2015 will be the year that we see a slight uptick in mortgage lending rates.  If you plan on buying a home, speak to a mortgage professional about getting a pre-approval in place.  Your lender may be able to provide you with a rate hold for up to 120 days in case the rates go up before you buy.

 

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

About Allison James

Allison James has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Looking Forward to a Successful 2015

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Looking Forward to a Successful 2015

 

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and found plenty of time for rest and relaxation. 2014 was busy and eventful, and it always feels refreshing to turn the page on a brand new year. It’s time for a fresh start and the anticipation to accomplish goals for another twelve months. I like to reflect on what I have achieved last year and what I’d like to improve on this year.  It is another opportunity to push ourselves to a new level of success.

Surround yourself with people who inspire you. As the saying goes, “It’s hard to soar with the eagles if you’re surrounded with turkeys.” Whether your goals are personal or professional, positive people can inspire you to aim high and challenge you to grow. Look for qualities that you admire in your peers and find ways to incorporate those good habits into your routine. Better yet, find a mentor to keep you on track and hold you accountable to stick to your plan.

Attitude is everything. You’ve heard it a thousand times, but being reminded to keep your attitude in check is invaluable advice. Being positive will help you appreciate your successes, combat your personal challenges, and see the potential in the opportunities before you. Take some time every day to give yourself credit for your hard work and be thankful for all the blessings that surround you. Keeping a Gratitude journal can be a great help and inspiration.

Never stop learning. Continuous improvement is the cornerstone of personal growth. Many people leave school and education behind once they begin their careers, but don’t make that mistake. Be sure to allot time in your schedule to keep learning. There are so many ways to expand your mind and enrich your life.  Read a great book, sign up for a cooking class, or plan a vacation to a country you’ve always wanted to explore.  I love to read and travel – both have been great learning experiences for me.

Welcome to 2015! I look forward to connecting with you this year.

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

About Allison James

Allison James has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Closing the Books on Another Great Year

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Closing the Books on Another Great Year

The holidays are finally here. Hopefully you and your family are enjoying the season and taking some time to sit back and relax. It’s a wonderful time of year to unwind and cozy up by the fire with a great book. With another busy year behind us, there is no better reward than a few weeks of carefree relaxation to give us some time to reflect. Once we turn the page on the New Year, we will be recharged and ready to move forward with a renewed enthusiasm.

What do you think of when you look back on 2014? What are your happiest memories and proudest accomplishments? Did you achieve a goal, or surprise yourself with your own strength when you overcame a personal challenge? What are you most thankful for, and what are you looking forward to in the New Year?

New Year’s resolutions have become synonymous with failure, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth trying. Setting goals at any time of year is important for your own personal growth. Don’t be too hard on yourself if things don’t quite turn out the way you want them to. Falling off the wagon is better than never establishing a resolution in the first place.

None of us know what the New Year will bring, but that’s just half the fun. Who knows what kind of surprises the next twelve months have in store for us? As you close the books on 2014, and ring in the New Year on December 31st, may you experience the joy of friends and family around you. I wish you nothing but the best in the New Year. I look forward to connecting with you all in 2015.

 

Happy holidays!

 

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

 

About Allison James

has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Allison James, Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd.
1612 17 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 0E3
Tel: 403-245-0773 Toll Free: 403-708-5873 Cell: 403-708-5873 Fax: 403-592-9187
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