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75th yearbook

May 15, 2018

Imagine all the stories. As part of CREB®’s 75 anniversary celebration, we thought it’d be fun to ask 75 Calgary REALTORS® about their advice for first time buyers and to recount their own experience entering the market for the first time.

Check out some of the 75th yearbook REALTORS® below.


 

Manny Aldea

Brokerage: RE/MAX Real Estate Central

Years as a REALTOR®: 12

What you wanted to be when you grew up: Astronaut REALTOR®

One piece of advice for first-time homebuyers: When buyers are looking at potential homes to buy and not sure about commute times to work or schools, I would suggest using the google maps app on your phone. Just enter the address of the home and destination location and it will give you a live estimation of commute times. You can check times during morning and afternoon rush hours without having to actually be in traffic!

Natalie
 

Natalie Berthiaume

Brokerage: CIR Realty

Years as a REALTOR®: 7

What you wanted to be when you grew up: Teacher

Nickname in high school: Bug

One piece of advice for first-time homebuyers: Have your REALTOR® pick a “wild card” property for you when going to look at homes. They have a lot of experience and may see something in a property that you don’t. It may surprise you to see something you may not have considered, and who knows, it could be the one you end up falling in love with!

 Ron  

Ron Douglas

Brokerage: Royal LePage Integrity

Years as a REALTOR®: 2

What you wanted to be when you grew up: Engineer

Nickname in high school: Disco

One piece of advice for first-time homebuyers: Bring your mom. Then your dad. Never both for the first showing.

 Joe  

Joe Cimino

Brokerage: Maxwell Capital Realty

Years as a REALTOR®: 29

What you wanted to be when you grew up: REALTOR®

Nickname in high school: Cimi

One piece of advice for first-time homebuyers: Stay mindful of your budget. Make sure to have funds available for beer, pizza and vacations!

 Madison  

Madison Jager

Brokerage: Royal LePage Solutions

Years as a REALTOR®: 5

What you wanted to be when you grew up: A hustler (I was born to make a boom)

Nickname in high school: Jager Bomb

One piece of advice for first-time homebuyers: When searching for your perfect home, keep in mind the age demographic of the community you’re looking in. It should match closely to yours, making those block parties and neighbour drop-ins fun and enjoyable.

 Miranda  

Miranda Moser

Brokerage: century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd.

Years as a REALTOR®: 13.5

What you wanted to be when you grew up: Adventurer

Nickname in high school: Mighty Mouse (field hockey)

One piece of advice for first-time homebuyers: Location is critical. Think about what makes you happy. Is it being closer to family/friends, less of a work commute, easy escape to the mountains? Sometimes, first-time buyers get so wrapped up in the excitement of owning a place for themselves that they forget about what else is important to them. As well, don’t overthink the little stuff. Paint can be changed, location cannot!

 Jen  

Jen Rekrutiak

Brokerage: Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd.

Years as a REALTOR®: 1.5

What you wanted to be when you grew up: A mom

One piece of advice for first-time homebuyers: When you move in, start a house file. Put all your home-related receipts and warranties in there. When it comes time to sell, having a record of all you have done at the ready will put you ahead of the game.

 Tyree  

Tyree Stephens

Brokerage: CIR Realty

Years as a REALTOR®: 7

What you wanted to be when you grew up: Detective

Nickname in high school: Smiler/Ty-Tys

One piece of advice for first-time homebuyers: Did you know as a first-time buyer you can use your rrsps (up to $25,000) tax free as a deposit for your home?

 Megan  

Megan Stuart

Brokerage: Greater Calgary Real Estate

Years as a REALTOR®: 8

What you wanted to be when you grew up: Professional Equestrian

One piece of advice for first-time homebuyers: Be creative in how you look at space. Just because it’s used as a dining room or living room, doesn’t mean you can’t change things to meet your needs. Every property is unique and so is everyone’s living style. Dream of how it can work for you!

 Shirley  

Shirley Wright

Brokerage: Re/Max House of Real Estate

Years as a REALTOR®: 4

What you wanted to be when you grew up: Cellist

Nickname in high school: Dandy Long Legs

One piece of advice for first-time homebuyers: Real estate is like a bus – if you miss one opportunity there will be another coming along shortly. Don’t let yourself be too stressed!