Sunday, March 21, 2010

Buyer Real Estate Agent Services – Free!

Some folks, primarily first time buyers I have spoken with, are under the impression that they have to pay a real estate agent to assist them with the purchase of a house. This is not the case.

Buyers do not pay me for my services.

In the real estate business it is the seller who pays all real estate professional fees. As a buyer your agent is paid, at the time of closing, from the “seller’s side of the transaction.” Nothing comes from you!

If you are a buyer in the Lundbreck/Burmis, Bellevue, Hillcrest, Frank, Blairmore or Coleman area of Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, call me. I would welcome a chance to be your real estate agent.

John Prince, Alberta licensed real estate agent, Century 21 'The Professionals'. Serving the Crowsnest and area. Call me directly at 403-564-4518 or by email at:

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Property Listings for Crowsnest Pass

8.9 acres in Lundbreck (Crowsnest Pass)
This 8.9 acre parcel of land features mountain views and is located on the Burmis Lundbreck Corridor just kiddy corner and north of Hwy 22 and Hwy 3. Come and build your dream home on this exceptional acreage. Water well and approach included in price. Magestic sight for a dream acreage with 360 degrees of breathtaking views, and only minutes from Frank Slide and Crowsnest Pass. C3408577

Perfect Mountain Hideaway!!
$114,900 (reduced)
Three bedroom bungaloo has a gorgeous southward mountain view from its spacious and open living room/dining room area. The home has recently had its rear wall, bathroom walls and floor replaced. Some finishing work remains to be done. The lot has an upper level with a firepit/picnic area - and great view over the house, to the mountains. C3411877

Located on main business avenue of Hillcrest Mines in the Crowsnest Pass. Property consists of a storefront building with a 1979 ATCO mobile at rear for living quarters. Formerly a ceramic shop the building has been vacant for a few years. The 60 x 120 foot lot provides room for further expansion of the store front of the Commercial building. Please call lister at 403-564-4518 for further information. C1016591 Sold (April 7)


Step right into an established (12 years) on-going thriving equipment rental business in the 'beautiful' Crowsnest Pass. Perfect for owner-operator. Located next door to the Crowsnest Mall in a busy and high traffic area. Equipment rentals, repair and warranty work, with plenty of room for expansion on this 3000 sq. ft. rented space on 1.37 acres. Sale is for business only (No Land) and includes equipment, fixtures, consumables, THEBOSS Snowplow dealership, trade name and good will. Owner is pursuing other interests. C1016834

Crowsnest Pass Mountain Getaway
Located just off Hwy. #3 in a quiet cul-de-sac - but close to Coleman's business area- this well-built, attractive, three bedroom bi-level shows a lifetime of good maintenance and pride of ownership. The large living room's picture window frames a lovely mountain view to the east. A well designed kitchen displays many glossy, wood finished, storage cabinets and a good amount of countertop workspace. A family room on the lower level could be used for an additional bed/sitting room if needed. The window over the kitchen sink looks out on a unique, terraced, back garden - the levels of which rise to the top of the sloped, well-treed lot. The residents of this home can enjoy barbecues on the big, concrete block, rear patio or they can take a picnic lunch out to the privacy of a tree enclosed spot on the back lawn. There's a single underdrive garage that accesses the lower level of the house - and oodles of storage space in the basement. This beautiful property nestled in the Rocky Mountains won't last long !! C3404267

John Prince, Alberta licensed real estate agent, Century 21 'The Professionals'. Serving the Crowsnest and area. Call me directly at 403-564-4518 or by email at:

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Blair­more Heritage House and Tearoom: Lois Green

Lois Green: a portrait
by Jocelyn Thomas

"Wanted: rugged individual­ist, comfortable in the mountains, with people skills, business sense, and the will to begin a new life at retirement age."

If this had been an ad, Lois Green, own-proprietor of the Blair­more Heritage House and Tearoom on 2oth Avenue, would have been hired on the spot.

Lois Green left an abusive mar­riage in Victoria, BC when a rela­tively young mother of four. Ven­turing-north to High Level, AB, south of Whitehorse, Lois pro­ceeded to support her family by working around the clock: days, as dispatcher (and sole female employee) for the phone com­pany; nights, as janitor for the RCMP. Years later, she attended a daughter's wedding in Fernie, and discovered that her mom had once lived in the Pass. Heading for home, Lois suddenly, impulsively wheeled around on the highway, making a decision to explore Blair­more, instead. This was nearly 13 years ago.

With "Tia," her part-bear dog, in tow, Lois Green renovated her newly purchased Blairmore Her­itage Home. Friends and family called her dream of running a Vic­torian B & B and Tearoom alone, "crazy;" but Lo is was a strong woman.

Although she had no idea what to expect, she had never in life hesi­tated to pursue new adventure to its conclusion.

After bushwhacking through' cobwebs and dirt from the ground floor on up the stately dark wood staircase, Lois added a bathroom with "smushed" raspberry walls, industriously collected antiques, added house plants on stands, and arranged cosy displays of gift items.

Her hospitality would fetch her five guest books with comments like: "fabulous," "exquisite," and "peaceful." One client nestled here contentedly for a full month. A Cranbrook miner who bedded down and supped tea over a three­year span, became "like a son:' Lois has also pampered people from every corner of the region.

Now poised to abandon this pleasant chapter of her life, Green pleads, "No regrets," with an upbeat smile that has gotten her through rough times, (like the pre-mature death of her asthmatic daughter last year).

She typically only remembers the bright -- not the hours of scrubbing floors. "The thrill of having made so many international friends, over cups of tea (she has hundreds of cups) r over hot scones, between fruit platter samplings, and while spooning dollops of jam or lemon curd or Devon cream on muffins, has meant everything to me," she says.

Never having had to advertise, word-of-mouth alone has done the trick for Lois' special lunches and dinners in refined English tra­dition . (Amusingly, Lois herself takes daily tea breaks by visiting a neighbour's house, the home of Tia's boyfriend "Ernie:')

Now 78, Lois Green has decided to take a rest, but not without admitting she will miss it and would do it all again. Sitting with Tia for tea and shortbread, she related how a phone company col­league, after travelling down to check on her, had exclaimed, "You did OK, kid!"

note: With Lois' retirement her Heritage Bed & Breakfast and Tea House is now for sale. Here is a chance for you to be a part of Crowsnest Pass history with this historic house in the 'beautiful' Crowsnest Pass. Call me!

note2: This Heritage house SOLD during the month of March but we still have others in the 'beautiful' Crowsnest Pass. Give me a call, and I will be happy to show you what is available.

John Prince, Alberta licensed real estate agent, Century 21 'The Professionals'. Serving the Crowsnest and area. Call me directly at 403-564-4518 or by email at:

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