Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Affordable Housing in the Crowsnest Pass

Excerpt: Crowsnest Pass Promoter - Joni MacFarlane, Reporter

Due to the shortage of housing availability in the Pass, there is concern that a growing demand for Pass real estate is inflating housing and rental prices.

The newly formed Affordable Housing Committee has recently completed a Draft Needs Assessment document in this regard. With the completion of this document, the group has taken an important step closer to helping the Pass work towards providing strategies and solutions for resolving a possible affordable housing problem. The goals of this document were:

- To analyze population data and population trends in the Pass;
- To analyze currently available housing and projected future
availability;
- To analyze and identify housing needs, both present and future,
in the Pass;
- To project current and five to 10 year supply and demand housing
trends;
- To provide strategies for resolving a possible affordable housing
problem.

Once the Needs Assessment document becomes official, it can be used for community discussion to identify what the issues are and what solutions might be available, and to help secure government funding for any initiatives that are taken as a result.

“It serves as a real snapshot of where our community is right now,” says Adele McKernan, co-chair for the committee. “It really is a valuable document to have about our community.”


John Prince, Alberta licensed real estate agent, MaxWell City Central – Crowsnest Pass. Serving the Crowsnest Pass and area. Call me directly at 403-564-4518 or by email at: johnprince@shaw.ca

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Southern Alberta summer games coming to the Pass

Excerpt: Crowsnest Pass Promoter - Joni MacFarlane, Reporter

Community Services Director Cam Mertz, sees the 2009 40th anniversary of the Southern Alberta Summer Games as a huge opportunity for the Crowsnest Pass. He goes on to say, he wants to give visitors and participants a reason to stay in the Pass and to experience what the area has to offer.

“We can showcase our area by exhibiting all the opportunities outside the games that hold people here: historic driving and walking tours, tourist destinations, quad and hiking tours, guided fishing tours, endless opportunities.”

“The real economic driver of these events is to showcase the community, to show people this is where they can live and raise their families,” said Mertz.


John Prince, Alberta licensed real estate agent, MaxWell City Central – Crowsnest Pass. Serving the Crowsnest Pass and area. Call me directly at 403-564-4518 or by email at: johnprince@shaw.ca

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What a buyer's agent can do for you...

Many shoppers (buyers) in today's real estate market shop around by calling the agent on the sign out front. They want to see the property. They have questions. Blah blah blah.

But they fail to stick with one agent. Why?

I believe it is because they do not understand how real estate agents work, especially how they get paid. I will explain this here.

First of all, the agent who is named on the sign in front of a house works for the seller - not the buyer. Sure, they will answer your questions and show you the house. They will even help you buy it. But they still represent the seller. They are paid by the seller.

The truth of the matter is the buyer's agent is paid by the seller too. But the buyer's agent represents the buyer. So as a buyer why not find youself a local real estate expert to be your representative. It will not cost you a thing and they can:
  • Show you any house listed in the MLS system

  • Contact any FSBO seller who has a property you may
    be interested in

  • Educate you on the process

  • Represent you and present the offer

  • Advise through the inspections process

  • Hold your hand to the closing!

And... it does not cost you a thing!

If you are interested in buying a home in the Crowsnest Pass area of southwestern Alberta, give me a call. I would welcome a chance to be your representative.


John Prince, Alberta licensed real estate agent, MaxWell City Central – Crowsnest Pass. Serving the Crowsnest Pass and area. Call me directly at 403-564-4518 or by email at: johnprince@shaw.ca

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I'm Back!

Well after a hectic summer, I have decided to give my real estate blog another go. I have come to realize 'blogging' is probably one of the best ways to reach people, while also keeping them informed and up-to-date on matters that may have an impact on their decision making, especially as it pertains to real estate.

As things stand now, I am back blogging on this, my real estate blog. I plan on putting new energy into this site and to provide a 'focal point' for those interested in knowing about some of the good things that are going on around here, in the Crowsnest Pass.

Unfortunately, when I decided to stop blogging over the summer (see my last post) instead of disabling this blog, I inadvertantly deleted it instead. :-o When I tried to restore it, I was able to recover all my previous posts (but one) but was not able to recover the comments that went with those posts. :-( It is with a deep regret and sadness, I've lost those comments, because they were from municipal councillors, business people, fellow realtors, residents, friends and neighbours, whose opinions, advice, and words of encouragement and support, I appreciated and valued. Regretably, they are all lost... like tears in the rain.

As a result of the above, and rather than starting over, I have now adjusted my settings to not allow comments anymore. Please just call or email me instead.

In the meantime, I look forward to being your one-stop shop for information on the the Crowsnest Pass.

If you are considering buying or selling a home in the Crowsnest Pass area of southwestern Alberta, please give me a call if I can assist you in any way.


John Prince, Alberta licensed real estate agent, MaxWell City Central – Crowsnest Pass. Serving the Crowsnest Pass and area. Call me directly at 403-564-4518 or by email at: johnprince@shaw.ca

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