Sold ... by Jim Ashe

Here are a few of my accomplishments since joining RE/MAX.  I feel it is important that I share this information with you so that you will know, if you choose to have me act as your agent, that you are choosing someone who is hard working and dedicated to the real state profession and the community.  I am proud of these accomplishments and grateful to all of my customers and friends without whom none of these awards would be possible!

  • RE/MAX “Hall of Fame”Member
  • RE/MAX “Presidents” Club
  • RE/MAX “Executive” Club
  • RE/MAX “100%” Club
  • RE/MAX “Platinum” Club
  • Floyd Wickman’s “Sweathog” Graduate & Alumni
  • Floyd Wickman’s Starmaker
  • Calgary MLS “Million Dollar” Club
  • RE/MAX “Lifetime Achievement Award” Member

You Should Also Know That I am:

  • Past Institutional Advertising Representative in Calgary for RE/MAX First and the Liaison to the Calgary Flames/Calgary Stampeders
  • A proud supporter of the Alberta Children’s Hospital “Children’s Miracle Network”
  • A devoted Husband and Father-Wife Wendy, Son Christian and Daughter Jessica

I Will:

• Compile a market analysis to determine the value of your home in today’s market
• Advise you on how to make your home more attractive to prospective buyers
• Describe your home in the Multiple Listing Service in ways that will attract real estate associates to show your home
• Install our distinctive RE/MAX sign
• Create innovative, attention-winning advertising and promotions that will interest buyers in your home
• Develop and carry out a marketing plan specifically designed for your home
• Show your home to prospective buyers at any time and assist other associates in selling your home
• Keep you informed of the sale and marketing progress of your home
• Qualify serious prospects and overcome objections that may block the sale of your home
• Analyze all offers and counter-offers and advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of each
• Expertly assist in negotiating the sales contract with your best interests in mind
• Coordinate all legal requirements and removal of subjects and accompany you to completion

I Will:

• Help determine the loan amount for which you can qualify
• Explain the many financing options available and assist in selecting the choice that is best for you
• Help define the location, style and size you’re looking for in a new home
• Show you the homes available that best suit your needs and desires
• Assist you in preparing the offer to purchase and negotiating the contract
• Assist you in securing suitable mortgage financing
• Assist you with inspections and the removal of subjects in the offer to purchase
• Accompany you through the pre-settlement walk-through inspection
• Keep you informed from start to completion

GOOD REASONS FOR USING A REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL
Selling your home is a full time job.  If you are at work most of the day, important leads and enquires can get lost.  Time is wasted.  You may lack the knowledge and experience of legal terminology and financing that could cost you money on the sale.  You can sell your home yourself, but do you really want to and at what cost?

As a licensed professional, I can save you money, time and many a sleepless night.

• I can help you set a fair sale price.
• I have access to the Multiple Listing Service™ (MLS™).
• I will help with advertising and devise a marketing plan for your home.
• I will make sure your home is shown regularly.
• I will present all offers to purchase.
• I will help negotiate the sale price on your behalf.
• I will coordinate appointments.
• I will ensure the sale progresses smoothly to completion.
• I have the administrative support to keep track of the real estate market on a full time basis.
• I can give you tips and hints to help market your home and impress potential buyers.
• I am a member of the Calgary Real Estate Board, The Real estate Council of Alberta, The Alberta Real Estate Association and the Canadian Real Estate Association.
• I adhere not just to provincial and federal laws, but a Code of Ethics ensuring that you will receive the highest level of service, honesty and integrity.

CHARTING YOUR WANTS AND NEEDS
I will compare your needs and wants with what you can afford and what is available on the market.

Certainly the most important factor in looking for a new home is cost.  Given your monthly income, can you afford the down-payment and monthly mortgage payments?  Will you be able to live in your new home without unnecessary financial burden?

Once you’ve decided on the price range you can afford, the following checklist will be useful when viewing potential homes:

• LOCATION: Where is the house in relation to schools, shopping centers, your place of work, parks and other leisure and recreation facilities? Is transportation to and from your home easy or difficult?
• EXTERIOR: What is the general condition of landscaping, roof, painting, siding, front and back yard, garage and fencing?
• INTERIOR: What is the general condition of ceilings and floors, stairs, walls and carpeting? How many rooms do you need? Is there enough space for general use and storage? Are there enough doors, windows and vents for sufficient air circulation? Are the electrical, heating and plumbing systems in good, working order? What appliances and options come with the sale price?
• KITCHEN: What is the general condition of the oven, fridge, cabinets and disposal unit? Is there sufficient ventilation and storage space? Is the dining area part of the kitchen or separate?
• BATHROOMS: How many bathrooms are there? What is the general condition of tiling and plumbing in each?
• BEDROOMS: Is the size and number of bedrooms adequate for your family’s needs? Is there sufficient closet space? Are any of the bedrooms connected to a bathroom with a shower or bath?
• LIVING/DINING ROOM: How much space do you need for furniture? Will this room be used often for general recreation or is it intended as a showpiece to greet visitors?
• BASEMENT: How much development has occurred in the basement? Is there a recreation/rumpus room, laundry area with washer/dryer and storage space? Check the general condition of the basement for possible leaks, condensation or mold.
• SYSTEMS: Systems include essentials like heating, plumbing and electricity and optional features like a fire or security alarm, cable TV, water softener and sprinkler system. Find out as much as possible about all of these.

Once you’ve decided on a home, it is still a good idea to hire a professional inspector to check for structural problems that may be invisible to the naked eye.  Find out as much about the community you intend to move into as possible.  The more information you can obtain about the home you have chosen, the more likely you are to enjoy your investment.