Our Journey!

Pam & Marc’s First Home! 

 

I learned about Pam and Marc thinking of buying the first home when we were all sitting down for a friend's birthday dinner earlier in the year. They were just starting to get the wheels turning and I was so excited to be able to help them when they were ready to hit the ground running. 

 

A couple months later, as everything was starting to calm down in Manitoba from COVID-19 I got the message, they were confident that it was the right time to start looking. They quickly arranged for their mortgage pre approval and we were off. They had a very clear idea of what they were looking for which really helped narrow down our search. After a few weeks of minimal homes coming onto the market we slowly saw an increase of listings. With a few homes that showed potential we decided to take a look. 

 

It didn't take long before we found a home that had a lot of the qualities they were looking for. With our pre inspection done we were ready to submit our offer on the offer date. We were up against 7 other offers and knowing what homes on that street and in the area were selling for, Pam and Marc were confident with what they were going to offer, knowing the importance of not over paying. Unfortunately this wasn’t the one. 

 

The next day, a home they had previously favorited in their portal had a price drop so we decided to take a look. The home was meticulously maintained and it was clear that the previous owner was incredibly organized. This home had everything they were looking for. The previous owners had updated the home beautifully and after sleeping on it for a couple of nights, they decided to go for it! I was able to submit their offer and we were able to reach an agreement shortly after. We were the second offer accepted on the house, with the first being conditional on a 48 Hour Clause (meaning the first people to put in an offer needed to sell before they would be approved financially.) 

We moved as quickly as we could to satisfy our conditions, the faster we were, the less of a chance the other home would sell in time. Everything came together and we satisfied our conditions. Now it was a waiting game. The 48 Hour Clause had been invoked and we would know at the latest Friday evening if all their hard work was going to pay off. 

 

Luckily, after a few short hours, the listing agent was able to give us the good news. The other offer was not going to be able to sell their home in time, so they decided to drop out. I was so thrilled, this home is a perfect place for Pam and Marc to set their roots, I can't wait to see how they make it their own! 

 

Welcome Home Pam & Marc!

Glenn & Aiko

My journey with Glenn & Aiko began when we were introduced just about a year ago. Upon our initial meeting together, it was going to be a pleasure getting to work with this family.  Finding a perfect family home was top priority and settling was not an option! Once we honed in what they were looking for, we were off. We viewed homes consistently for a while but over late spring and early summer slowed the pace down and took a small break from house hunting.

            Once we were able to get together for a showing after some time off, I was informed that the time spent not looking was not for lack of interest but because with baby #2 on the way, they were a little more slow moving to avoid any complications! What exciting news! Now it was time to get looking again. With little to show throughout the holidays we picked back up in the New Year. We looked at a few more homes when we came across one that really stood out to Glenn and his family. Open concept kitchen/ living area, 3 bedrooms and the beautiful yard they were waiting for. They took the night to sleep on it and the next day we were getting ready to write our offer! After some back and forth, we heard later that day that we had come to a deal! Now time to arrange for our home inspection and financing.

            With the home inspection set for the next day, we were ready and excited. When we found a potential deficiency we were not expecting with the home, they were a little discouraged. After all but walking away from the deal, we were able to find a compromise that everyone was confident in. Just like that Glenn & Aiko were able to satisfy their conditions and know that they would be able to move into their beautiful new home just before their new baby was set to make their grand entrance.

Welcome Home Glenn & Aiko! 

Welcome Home Brendan & Morgan

My journey with Brendan and Morgan started many years ago when they first started dating back in 2011. After spending the majority of weekends together since, I was so excited for them when they mentioned they were going to be starting to look for their first home. We started the house hunting process in the summer of 2019. Originally they were curious about the price range for a long time family home. It had been a home they were interested in for a while. After spending some time thinking it over and deciding to see what else was available and we started looking at some of the other homes on the market.
 

They decided what was important to them and I was able to dial in their portal settings to fit what they were looking for. When we narrowed it down to a couple of homes they wanted to check out, we received the unfortunate news that one home was a pending sale but continued to view the second because it looked like it had a ton of potential. Like many people experience when looking at homes, the photos can often appear better than the actual home itself. The home was nice but just wasn't for them. Later in the week I received an email from the listing agent of the second home we wanted to view, they had a hunch the financing condition was not going to be satisfied and they wanted to know if we were interested in taking a look.
 

We were able to get in the day after the house was back on the market. After spending some time in the house, it was decided. This was the one they wanted to put an offer on. The location was right, the home was in good condition and it was perfect for them. We went back to my office and drafted the offer and the listing agent received it that evening. With it being later on a Friday evening, we didn't expect to hear back until the next day. They were off to a comedy show, which helped keep their minds off of it and by the time they were in the car ride home I was able to give them the news they had been waiting for, the sellers had accepted our offer!

With lots of time to arrange to have our conditions satisfied we spent the next week making sure the home checked out to be as solid as we initially expected. With a thorough home inspection done and our mortgage broker working away, we were able to satisfy our conditions later that week. It is always an honour to help friends find their perfect home and I can not wait to help them celebrate many important milestones throughout the years to come. 

Welcome Home Brendan & Morgan!

Tasha & Darren

            Well my journey with Darren & Tasha started at the beginning of the summer in 2018. We were introduced by a co-worker who had too much on the go at the time to properly take care of them, so she asked if I would be interested in helping out. Of course I was and upon first meeting Tasha & Darren we got started looking for the perfect home for their family of 4. 
            With a limited selection of homes coming up in their portal, we spent a lot of the summer and into the fall looking at different possibilities, but none checked all of the boxes. The family was hoping not to have to move during the winter, so we put our search on hold when the snow started to fly. We kept their portal open to keep an eye on things just in case ‘the one’ popped up and sure enough a home that had everything they were looking for came on the market. We went to check it out that week, but the timing just was not right and even though it was a very cute home, it just was not the one that was meant to be.
            It wasn’t until school was almost out for the girls when we started really looking again this year. There were a few homes that were popping up that seemed to be very promising but we consistently found a deal breaker in each. Doing everything we could to uncover every home, we kept searching.
            I received a message asking about a home that has the for-sale sign put up for across from Tasha’s mom’s house. It was unfortunately out of our budget so we kept looking. Within a couple of days the home dropped down $20,000 and we made an appointment to view it that day. We knew we had to act fast because this home at that price was not lasting long and we were right. We had our offer in within a couple of hours, and unfortunately 2 other groups joined us. We tried our hardest but lost out to another family.
            This loss felt extra heavy as the home was perfect for them. I assured them that if we didn’t have the best offer this house was just not meant to be and we would find an even better one. That week we looked at another few homes and started talking about what options we had moving forward.
A week after we had lost out on the offer we had made, I received a call from the listing agent. He had a gut feeling the buyers were not going to be able to satisfy their financing condition and if we were still interested the home would likely be hitting the market that evening.
            I called Tasha and told her the great news and she was elated. I met with her and Darren that evening to re submit our offer and shortly after we got the best news, THEY ACCEPTED OUR OFFER. We went the next day for our home inspection. They were a little apprehensive on a couple of things we had noticed but by the end of the home inspection their minds were 100% put at ease and all that was left to do was to wait on our mortgage professional to give us the good word on our financing.
            After being extra diligent in making sure everything was in order, we received the news that we had all been waiting for. Tasha and Darren had officially bought their first home. A huge weight was lifted and a short 11 days later they will be moving in to their perfect family home. I am beyond excited for them, this truly is the home we had been waiting for. It really was meant to be!
Welcome Home Tasha & Darren!   

3131 Ness SOLD!

Theresa & Marcel

     I was first introduced to Theresa in November 2018. I received a call from a relative who was going to be installing new windows on her home in the spring and was curious as to why, after the home was on the market for months at an extremely competitive price for the area, the home was not selling. I hoped on my computer and went to work. All of the comparable homes in the area were priced WAY higher and after spending some time, I had nothing, no clue why it was sitting. I was able to meet with Theresa later that day to get to the bottom of this and see if there was something I was missing or had overlooked. Still nothing. The home was on a busier corner and the yard was modest, but to be listed that far under the assessed value for that long was not making sense.
    We decided the best thing for her and Marcel was to wait for the spring, so when we were able to sell their home, they would be able to make the move out to their cabin like they had been dreaming of. When spring arrived and the windows were in and looking amazing, it was time to get to business. Within the week we had the photos taken and we hit the market. We had a ton of showings and after being on the market for 3 weeks we had received our first offer! After a series of unfortunate events resulted in the people who wrote the offer to decide to walk away.
    Making sure to keep Theresa and Marcel 100% informed on everything that was happening, all of the feedback from the showings and any new interest, we kept moving forward, kept up our strong team mentality and stayed positive. After many more showings, the couple that had originally made us an offer came back and decided that this home was exactly what their family was looking for. They re-wrote their offer with the only condition being financing. Theresa and Marcel were rightfully skeptical when I brought them the new offer, but after being able to talk it through we decided it was exactly what we needed to help them make the move out to the lake. Their financing condition was satisfied and Theresa and Marcel can finally pack up and enjoy the good life at the lake! 
Welcome home Theresa & Marcel!

The Dolinski Family

            My journey with the Dolinski family started in April when I got the email and I was thrilled to be able to help them with their move once again. A couple years back, work brought them into a new subdivision, where they were able to live right across the street from their new job. While the new area was beautiful, it just didn’t feel like ‘home’, so it was clear that it was time for them to head back to the Charleswood area where they had previously lived.
            We were able to get started looking for their next home while they got their condo ready to go on the market. A few homes that had potential came and went but nothing that really stood out or wowed them. Then things became a little quiet, as they finished getting everything ready, photos done and their condo into the market. They decided to list their home privately, as they had success with it before and had a pretty good idea of what they were doing. A few weeks after their condo was listed they received a great offer and once everything was in place for the sale, we hit the ground running.
            Another couple days of seeing various homes, they decided to open up their search area. A ton of great homes popped up and after a few more days of showings, we found ‘the one’. Tucked away, a short distance from the area they were originally interested in, they found a great home that had been loved and cared for by the previous family for many years. After the second visit to the home, it was clear that this was going to be a great fit for their family.
            We arranged for the conditions of our offer to be satisfied after the 7-Day Cooling Off Period was finished on their condo and it worked out perfectly. As the cooling off period was ending I received an email from their mortgage specialist, they were good to go and their financing was approved. Now all that is left is to finish packing and enjoy their moving day. Welcome home! 

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James & Kaitlin's FIrst Home!

 I am so, incredibly happy for Kaitlin and James in buying their first home! Our journey together started many years ago, when the 3 of us worked together at our first job at the Old Spaghetti Factory. After working together for a couple of years, our friendship really grew and to this day they are still some of my very favorite people ever.
            When I heard they were thinking of buying a home, I was so excited for them. We booked our buyers appointment for later that week and everything seemed to be going perfect! Once they were able to meet with an amazing Mortgage Broker, it was decided that they would need to wait for one more piece of paperwork from James’ work before they could start looking. They were so patient in waiting, watching the new listings come and go, keeping an eye on everything that was going on. Three months passed and we finally got the last piece of the puzzle and the second the mortgage was pre-approved we hit the ground running.
            They were so diligent in organizing the listings they were sent, until James decided to take a look at one that had been filed in the “garbage”. After asking Kaitlin what was wrong with the home and why it had been discarded, they decided it actually looked like a very cute home and wanted to take a look. We went out that weekend and check out a few homes, James with the idea they were just starting the journey and Kaitlin ready to write the offer and move in! By the end of the day, they were both on board and LOVED the home that was dug out of the garbage just a couple days before. Any other they saw failed in comparison and they decided it was time to write an offer. Not many people get away with falling in love and buying the third home they see, but that is exactly the case for them. Their offer was accepted the next day and conditions all satisfied shortly after. Now the countdown is on until they get to move in. I am so honoured and thrilled that I was able to help them through their journey. I cannot wait until we celebrate when they have moved in. Welcome home James and Kaitlin!