Month: February 2016

RENOVATIONS & love of historic charm

For anyone who has not renovated a historic house you don’t know what you are missing! For those who have and can’t wait to start the next project you understand the draw but for those who have and would never do that again I can show you some great brand new homes any time.

Renovating is not for everyone. Major historic renovating is especially not for the faint of heart. It can be an addictive extreme hobby for many who love the charm of an old house, bringing the character back, preserving history and enjoying the challenge. Once spiralling into an historic renovation it is easy to get caught up in the romantic notion of bringing it all back to the grand home it was, but realizing that sometimes the rewiring bill will eat up the budget planned for the retrofit of the original dining room built in cabinets.
The hoped for spiraling oak stairwells stripped back to old-oak charm might get vetoed in place of a more practical paint job to save dollars needed for the new furnace or water tank. Ironic is that the practical handyman side of a true do-it-yourself hands-on homeowner is often in an inner-self-battle of wills. Decisions such as picking between an overpriced antique enamel sink over a modern cooktop or a claw foot tub over a much needed space for laundry facilities can be tough choices to make when the historic draw tugs at the renovator-heart.
For anyone who has discovered old newspapers in the walls, unearthed cutlery in the garden, or in my case found an entire second floor room boarded up, stairs removed and a closet hiding where they once stood, you will know what I am talking about.
Having rescued a cast enamel glazed high-backed sink out of a garbage heap in rattle-snake country, barn stall doors out of bird nest filled falling down old grainery, kitchen cabinets hardware out of condemned properties and more I sympathize with those who take on a historic renovation. It is a labor of love that few understand the passion and budgeting of both the time and funds it takes to bring back history.historic2hall

If you are looking for a historic home project or a finished reno ready to move in and love I can help you find your new home. I look forward to hearing from you.


Michelle Greysen
Realtor® ABR®
Prudential Top 5 Real Estate

The RULES / written service agreements

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) requires industry members who establish a client relationship when trading in residential real estate, property management, or when dealing in mortgages to enter into a written service agreement with that client. Written service agreements help ensure the role of an industry professional is clear , and when clients are better informed, there is less confusion and typically, fewer disputes.


help industry professionals clearly and confidently communicate with clients about:
the relationship between the parties
the services to be provided by the brokerage
the obligations and responsibilities of the parties
consent for collection, use and distribution of personal information of the client
method of calculation of remuneration or how the industry professional will be compensated and
consent to obtain a credit report (for mortgage brokerage professionals).

Agent responsibilities …

· Undivided Loyalty The agent must act only in your best interest.
· Confidentiality must keep information confidential, even after your relationship ends.
· Full Disclosure must tell you in writing about the services provided and tell you everything they know that may influence your decision in a transaction.
· Obedience must obey all your lawful, reasonable and ordinary instructions.
· Reasonable care and skill must meet the standard of reasonable care and skill of the industry.
· Full accounting must account for all money and property they receive while acting on your behalf.

How I can help you buy or sell a home:

· I have access to most current industry news
· I offer a no obligation market analysis on your home or the home you are looking to purchase
· I am on the pulse of multi-media social marketing offering traditional and non-traditional avenues to both market the sale of your home and to search for your next
I will represent YOU first and foremost as my client

Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions a person or family will make during their lives. A REALTOR® is a trained professional who can provide consultative advice and support while helping you successfully navigate this exciting and often nerve wracking process.
I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and discuss these new changes as you consider creating a professional agent relationship.


Michelle Greysen
Realtor® ABR®
Prudential Top 5 Real Estate