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As REALTORS®, we focus a lot on listing a property – working with sellers to get properties on the market and trying to appeal to the largest possible group of buyers.
I’m not sure if it’s my background working in interior design, but I have always had a soft spot for working with buyers. I love matching buyers to the property that works best for them. The hunt is always exciting and fun!
It can be exhilarating to see a space at its full potential or to see ‘a diamond in the rough’. Lately, I’ve been working with several first-time buyers excited to dive into the world of home ownership. These include couples happily merging households, investment hunters, and even relocation clients. The one thing they all bring to the process is enthusiasm!!
I recently got to work with a new home buyer who is also a talented renovator whom I’ve had the good fortune to work with on many interior and renovation projects – Carl Delzer of Delzer Design & Renovations.
Carl has operated his own business for over six years, and prior to that he worked in construction and framing. He learned a great deal of what he does by working with a team in Montreal who specialized in character homes.
Carl’s design sensibility has been innate, from a young age. Friends who saw his work hired him to do their homes, promoted his work, and his client base rapidly expanded. He’s now in demand and plans new projects several months in advance.
What inspires you most when working with clients?
“I get excited when working with my clients when I see their existing space, and I get to help them through the process of imagining something new. For example, when I see a home that has a lot of early 90’s oak, and a client wants a phased renovation, starting with their bathrooms, I get excited about envisioning the future flow from one room to the next. I love working with the bones of a home and taking it to the next level”.
How has the economic slowdown in Alberta affected your business, and how have you continued to grow and change?
“The economic slowdown has only made me busier. Many clients are wanting a facelift and economical solutions to make the best of their space.
As you know, in situations where we work with buyers, I’m often brought in during the preliminary stages of the purchase process to see what changes can be done to the property. Often people find the perfect location but need to renovate the other ‘issues’. I can offer design and renovation ideas and budget estimates on how they can get there”.
You’ve just bought your first home. What’s the best part of new home ownership for you?
“It’s been so exciting! The best part is bringing my own vision to life. I’m used to doing it for other people, so renovating my home takes it to a new level! I always keep in mind that many of the changes I make add elements that not only appeal to me, but to other buyers if I ever decide to sell…not that I plan on doing that any time soon!
Also, because I came from the rental market, I enjoy not having to ask for permission to change anything, And of course, not worrying about rent increases is another added benefit!”
Any tips for new buyers having just gone through the process?
“Honestly, I didn’t realize all the complexities of purchasing a home. Because I’m a sole business owner, there were lots of additional financial pieces that went into getting a mortgage approved. I felt very fortunate to have a lot of resources available to me to guide me through – accountants, mortgage brokers, insurance providers, and of course, my REALTOR®. �� I asked a lot of questions, and I certainly learned a lot!”
Whatever your situation – whether you’re a new or seasoned buyer, working with a skilled REALTOR® that has experience, skill, and marketing prowess, combined with a high level of responsiveness, is imperative.
We’re here to help you successfully navigate through the process – give us a call anytime!
Until next month,