Trina Hodges and Megan Mohr have partnered up.
A tribute to my Grandma Pat Stayner
November 14, 2016 | Posted in Our Thoughts, Sherwood Stories
A tribute to my Grandma Pat Stayner

A special visit with my Grandma Pat Stayner chatting about her career in Real Estate. A woman who opened so many doors for so many people!...

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I Love Sherwood Park
June 21, 2016 | Posted in Our Thoughts, Sherwood Stories
I Love Sherwood Park

Love. What does this “little” word mean?

By definition, love is an intense feeling of deep affection or passion for something or someone. When I say I LOVE Sherwood Park, it really comes for a deep place in my core. Sherwood Park is my birthplace, my home and the place where my family and community thrive.

I am so proud to serve the people of Sherwood Park. There is no place I would rather be.

Thank you Sherwood Park. I love you....

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WHAT #1 MEANS FOR YOU | WHY USE A TOP REALTOR?
March 29, 2016 | Posted in Our Thoughts, Sherwood Stories

People who are at the top of their industry get there by doing something different than the rest. These people hold innate characteristics and qualities that get them to the top of their game.

Olympic athletes are considered the best in the world at what they do. One key factor that sets them apart is they put in more hours than the rest. On their journey to the top, when they fall, they learn from their mistakes and come out knowing more and doing better than before. They work and adapt their form until they find a powerful, Olympic stride of success. This success is consistent and it’s their ability to deliver winning performances every time that makes them an Olympian.

Top real estate agents get to the top in much the same way. They put in more hours, work with more clients, close more deals, connect with more...

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Winning is More than Numbers on the Scoreboard
January 30, 2016 | Posted in Our Thoughts
Winning is More than Numbers on the Scoreboard

Last week our family traveled to Airdrie for Jack’s first out-of-town hockey tournament. We were all super excited for everything the weekend had in store, but I had no idea I would walk away learning the lessons I did.

On the ice, the kids got whooped… big time – like 26 to 2, every game. In the stands, my heart was breaking for Jack and his team. I was crumbling inside thinking about how hard this is on them, how sad they must be about losing game after game. I was preparing the words of encouragement and support to lift Jack up when he got of the ice. How would they ever want to keep playing after losing so badly? How fun is it for them if they just keep losing? Oh man, I just wished they could get a win, feel a win.

When I met Jack after...

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A New Year Lead with Gratitude
January 23, 2016 | Posted in Our Thoughts

Happy New Year!
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season behind us, I am filled with gratitude for everything that was 2015 and I am looking forward to 2016!

This year felt like my best yet, especially the holidays. I really think it is all due to the age of my kids. Jack, 7, and Sophia, 5, are becoming such fun, interesting, awesome little humans. I am definitely heading into the best years of my life with my kids. The saying “every year gets better” is bang on for me.

The same goes for my work. Entering my 16th year as a REALTOR ®, I can genuinely say I am as excited about my work today, as I was my first year. My passion and joy comes 100% from you, my clients! Since I started in real estate, I have never had a year where I...

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I Received a Lifetime Achievement Award!
December 15, 2015 | Posted in This + That

I always feel so grateful and a little surprised when I get these kind of awards because they are not my motivation. The gratitude comes from a place where I feel so thankful for all the clients…their referrals and their heartwarming loyalty. I work hard to provide great service and to ensure I give my clients the attention they need to feel safe as they make the big changes in their life. Whether it is moving up…downsizing or going through a difficult move (divorce) or an exciting move because their family is growing!

Awards are a vessel which propels me to reflect on the hard work that has gotten me to where I am. sacrifices I have made; the missed evenings putting my kids to bed, the missed events and time with my family and friends, working weekends and 7 days a week in...

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The Magic of Christmas
November 18, 2015 | Posted in Our Thoughts

Anyone who knows me knows—I love Christmas. It’s just my thing. Every year, without fail, I look forward to the holidays; for me, Christmas is about taking part in my favourite traditions, spending time with my family, and reveling in the magic of the season.

This is the time of year when my kids and I step away from the busyness of everyday life and it’s totally guilt-free, because the holidays are all about us being together. I love bringing Christmas into my home. We put up—I kid you not—four Christmas trees throughout the house, each decorated with care and a lot of giggles. We drink cocoa and watch Mickey’s Christmas Carol, something I can guarantee we will do at least ten times before the end of December.

I truly believe Sherwood Park is one of the best back-drops I could ask for at Christmas time. I love taking...

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Pulling together a new-home binder
November 2, 2015 | Posted in Our Realtor Tips

Buying and moving into a new home is a wonderful and exciting life-moment. I’d like to say the process of physically getting to that new home is equally as exciting, but in all truthfulness, sometimes the process of moving can feel a bit chaotic and disorderly.

The idea of packing up all the stuff in the old house and cutting ties with that home, and then transporting boxes upon boxes to the new place, makes the best of us feel a bit tense.

As a way to reduce stress and keep things as organized as possible, I recommend to my clients, they create a ‘new-home binder’.

Building your binder

A new-home binder is an easy and inexpensive way to keep important reminders and documents in one place when you’re moving.   To start, you’ll need a binder, dividers, a three-hole punch, plastic page protectors, and a three-ring...

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How to stage your home on a budget
October 20, 2015 | Posted in Our Realtor Tips, This + That

It’s no secret that home staging is a vital step for anyone who wants to sell their house. For a lot of people, however, this can present a challenge.

Staging a home means decluttering and depersonalizing. It means transforming your space into a place that a potential buyer can see themselves living in. It also means that you will likely have to spend some time and money to get your home ready for it’s first showing.

 

Keep this in mind

I’ve heard it before…”but I don’t want to spend any more money on this place!” If you’ve found yourself thinking this, I’ll ask you to consider the following: a staged home will get more viewers (due to better pictures in your listing), fewer days on market, and you will typically see $5,000 to $8,000 more in your final sale price.

Staging your home doesn’t mean you have to...

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Fall-themed curb appeal
September 29, 2015 | Posted in Our Realtor Tips

They say it takes only seven seconds to make a first impression. In the world of real estate, this is a big deal. When a potential buyer pulls up to the curb in front of your house, you want to make sure their fist impression—their gut feeling about your home—is a good one.

Putting in some forethought, elbow grease, and (sometimes) a bit of money into improving the curb appeal of your home can mean big gains for you at the end of the day. Quicker sales and more money, now who doesn’t want that?

At first glance

When someone first pulls up into your driveway ready for their showing, what do you suppose they’ll notice first about your house? As a buyer takes their first glances around, they’ll see what your front door looks like and the condition of your eavestroughs and window frames.   They’ll look...

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