Calgary, A.B. (June, 2022) – The newest addition to the CENTURY 21 Canada family, CENTURY 21 Argos Realty, is set to open this summer with Karen Luu as broker, who is adding real estate to the brokerage services after five successful years as Real Property Management Renfrew.
“It is remarkable to look back at when we first started in 2017 and to see what we have managed to accomplish in these five years,” says Luu. “Though I have always been involved in the real estate industry with family and friends, owning and operating Renfrew with Real Property Management afforded me to experience the real estate industry profoundly in so many ways”
Carla Browne, President of Real Property Management, knows the synergy between property management and real estate, having started in real estate herself at CENTURY 21 Dome before growing into her current role. By offering the services of both real estate and property management Karen is able to assist her clients through every step of their housing journey. Karen has a great amount of experience to draw from,” says Browne. “After having worked in the market from a different perspective, she has the local expertise and now represents two national brands to create a client experience like no other. We are very excited to see her brokerage grow with the addition of the CENTURY 21 Brand to her existing Real Property Management office.”
For Luu, working with CENTURY 21 Canada was the natural evolution of her own career. “CENTURY 21 Canada provides a lot of resources and support, and that allows for a lot of future planning and growth,” Luu says. “The technology that they provide is just what we need; all the resources are there to grow our office and our team.”
Luu has a lot of goals for CENTURY 21 Argos Realty’s growth, and in the immediate future, she plans to fully learn the programs and tech that CENTURY 21 Canada has to offer and share that knowledge with new agents. While she does have a goal of recruiting 15-20 new agents before the end of next year, her priority is quality over quantity. “We have a minimum number of agents in mind, but we also want to bring in agents who share our core values, and we’d rather go by fit than just trying to reach a certain number.”
“We’re so happy that Karen and her team have come on board, and we know that she has the perfect experience to helm her own brokerage,” says Brian Rushton, Chief Operating Officer of CENTURY 21 Canada. “She has clear goals and a clear path forward and we are committed to providing all the support she needs to succeed, alongside the best technology programs in the business.”
Planning for future growth, Luu is considering the possibilities of new offices and locations in areas that align with the C21 Argos vision and values but for the more immediate term, her focus will be on continuing to service her core client base in Calgary and the surrounding areas. “When deciding on a name, I was inspired by the story of the diligent watcher giant with 100 eyes, Argos, in Greek Mythology. We connected with that. We want to be the ever-watching, oversized guardians for our clients, our owners, our buyers and our investors. We, at C21 Argos, will be those eyes ever watching the market and ever guarding our clients’ best interests”
CENTURY 21 Argos Realty opens in Calgary on July 1, 2021.
Peterborough, O.N. (June 2022) – CENTURY 21 United Realty Inc. owner Vanessa Oake Hogan was named to the 2022 Junior Achievement Hall of Fame of Northern and Eastern Ontario Business. The 7th annual ceremony recognized Peterborough’s exceptional business leaders, and with many successful years as a Broker under her belt, Oake Hogan is the perfect addition.
“When I was attending University I would come home to Peterborough for the summer months and work at the office doing reception. I always loved coming to the office. I enjoyed learning about the business, working with dad and meeting all of the agents. It was such a fun group of people.” Oake Hogan says. Carl Oake began the brokerage (which was one of the first CENTURY 21 Canada franchises) in 1977, and in 2016 he began the process of passing the torch to his eldest daughter. Vanessa Oake Hogan acquired her real estate license in 2013, and after waiting a few years for the timing to be right for her family, she felt ready to follow in his footsteps
“Once my kids were a little more independent, the time was right and it was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up,” Oake Hogan says of her decision to take the reigns of CENTURY 21 United Realty Inc. “This was my father’s business that I grew up around, I was really attached to it. I wanted to carry on what he already started.” Oake Hogan says her father passed on his drive to succeed and she has continued a legacy of excellence, consistently placing on annual rankings within the Century 21 Global system, most recently as the #14 Office in Canada by production, and the #20 Office on the GLOBAL 21 list by the same metrics for 2021. Additionally, Carl Oake was inducted into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame in 2018, and with Oake Hogan joining him, it marks the first time a father-daughter duo has received the distinction.
But it’s not just her business’s accolades that have earned Oake Hogan a spot in the Hall of Fame, community initiatives are also a large focus. The Carl Oake Rotary Swim is an annual fixture at the Peterborough YMCA, a day when teams and individuals dress in their wildest costumes and swim laps in support of CENTURY 21 Canada’s charitable partner Easter Seals, as well as other local causes. Oake Hogan currently co-chair’s the event and brought it back to the YMCA this year, surpassing their initial fundraising goal for a grand total of $50,000.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Oake Hogan is looking to the future of her company and its agents. “Providing valuable services and support to our agents is our first priority. We are also working on growing our team with both new and experienced agents. The official awards ceremony for the Junior Achievement of Northern and Eastern Ontario Hall of Fame took place on May 26th.
If your closet is overflowing with clothing and accessories, then it’s time to arrange your space so that it is functional and organized. Whether your closet is small or a spacious walk-in, this organizational guide will help you create and maintain a coordinated closet that will save you time and help eliminate stress.
1. Declutter & Clean
The first step to getting an organized closet is to get rid of unused items. Take the time to sort through all your clothing, bags, jewelry, and other accessories and donate the items you no longer use. Depending on your closet size this may seem like an unbearable task, but if you declutter by section, it will help break up the job, making it effortless. Next, temporally remove all the items from your closet, then clean the entire closet. Starting with a blank canvas will help you better visualize your space and make organizing a breeze.
Now that your closet is decluttered and clean it’s time to start organizing! Sort all your closet pieces into categories (shirts, pants, sweaters, etc.) so that you can measure how much space each category will take. Then come up with a plan of where each category will live in your space, keep in mind the size, preferred storage method, and frequency of use when planning. Remember, successful closet organization depends on your personal style, so there is no right or wrong way to arrange.
Once your plan is set, start hanging up your pieces. To help save time on your busy mornings, colour-code your wardrobe so you can quickly scan through your items. If you are tight on space, be sure to choose space-saving hangers and try double hanging less-used items. Don’t know if a piece should be hung or folded? Here’s the best way to store all your clothes.
3. Get Functional
After you have organized and sorted all your clothing, make sure that the closet is functional. Use dividers to separate clothing categories and to help keep your folded clothing upright. Repurpose magazine holders to store purses and clutches. And add baskets to store loose or eyesore items.
You can even make your closet even more functional with task lighting. These lights will improve the visibility of your items, plus it elevates your closet with an elegant look.
4. Use All Your Space
One of the biggest problems when it comes to organizing a closet is a limited amount of space. Maximize your area by:
- Placing a dresser below your hanging items. The once wasted space now brings additional storage for folded clothing or items you want out of sight.
- Use the back of the closet door for a shoe rack.
- Don’t forget about your vertical space! Walls are often passed over but can make for great storage spaces. Add hooks to hang jackets, scarfs, hats, and more. Display wall mounts are perfect for hanging jewelry and accessories like sunglasses.
If you are still limited on space, place a clothing rack in your room to display favourite pieces, frequently used items, or upcoming outfits. Finally, don’t forget to use additional storage spaces in your home for out-of-season items.
5. Stay Organized
Now that you created an organized and functional closet, you must maintain the order. Set aside 5 minutes each day to do a quick clean of the space to preserve its form. Additionally, try reorganizing seasonally, this includes swapping out seasonal clothing and removing any unused items. To help make this quarterly process smooth, add a donation bin to your closet so when you find something that doesn’t fit, or you don’t like anymore, you can place it in the bin to readily remove when it comes time to declutter.
Finally, consider turning your hangers backwards to mark frequently worn clothing. This will help you see which clothes you rarely wear so you can donate.
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George Bamber has seen the highs and lows during his 35-year career
In 35-plus years in Calgary’s real estate industry, George Bamber has witnessed market highs, market lows … and everything in between.
With three decades of business experience and customer trust, George Bamber, the owner/broker of Century 21 Bamber Realty, is confident in the continued strength of Calgary and Alberta’s economy. “Calgary real estate has been undervalued for so long and while we may see a bit of a dip in momentum after coming off a record sales year, the strength of Alberta — especially in oil and gas and with continued diversification — is going to mean net in-migration. Alberta is going to be the place to be.”
Bamber expects his real estate company — the largest Century 21 office in Alberta and one of Canada’s largest in overall volume — to continue to grow substantially in 2022. In the first three months of this year, his office had 1,000 sales throughout the Calgary region, including Springbank, Bragg Creek, Okotoks and Airdrie, for homes from $130,000 to $8 million. In 2021, Bamber Realty had 2,800 sales with a value of $1.6 billion.
While increasing interest rates may take some potential homebuyers out of the market to save more money before buying a home or to look for a potential dip in prices, Bamber says Calgary continues to be an affordable place to buy, especially in the apartment condo realm where prices in many cases are below replacement value. He is hoping this year for a more balanced market that will be good for both buyers and sellers as opposed to 2021, where there were often multiple bids on a limited amount of inventory.
“Hopefully it will be a year when buyers don’t have to purchase the first home they see,” says Bamber. “Buyers are doing their research online and through various social media tools prior to engaging with a professional realtor,” says Bamber. “At that point, it gets down to our expert knowledge and professionalism from start to finish.” It’s important to have an experienced agent who can move as quickly as the market by using all their professional tools, from on-the-spot market evaluations to constant communication, negotiating competing offers and taking a buyer or seller to agreement completion, he adds.
In more than three decades, Bamber Realty has grown while retaining its community roots. It’s still at its original 17th Avenue S.W. location — even with the same phone number. And that community connection sees individual real estate agents supporting multiple local charities while Bamber Realty’s major initiative involves Century 21’s commitment to Easter Seals, helping Calgary children with disabilities attend Camp Horizon.
To learn more about Bamber Realty, check out bamberrealty.c21.ca.
Posted on the Calgary Herald
Hobbies are a great way to relax, hone your skills, and unwind after a long day. Having a dedicated space in your home for your hobby can keep supplies organized and give you a place to enjoy your favourite pastime. Whether it’s a whole room or just a corner, here’s how you can carve out some space for your hobbies.
Double-check the space you already have
Do you use each room in your home every day? Take a moment to consider whether a storage room can be cleared out if it’s full of junk, or if a corner is being occupied by a side table that could be a small desk instead. Maybe consider changing up one of the larger rooms if it’s not used often – do you often use your dining room, or eat in the kitchen?
Organize your tools insight
If you have a lot of tools and not a lot of space to store them, consider using a pegboard to keep them up and on the walls. You’ll be able to see where everything is, and if you have smaller odds and ends, mason jars will allow you to keep them together and even show them off as unique decorations.
Use storage carts to keep supplies together
Artists of all kinds can find themselves collecting supplies that end up all over the place, so keep things together using a wheeled storage cart. These are great if you don’t have a big desk and want to maximize the surface area to create your work. Storage carts can sit next to your work area and hold your supplies at the ready.
Make it comfortable
If you’re a reader, a crafter, a gamer, or any kind of hobbyist that sits down a lot, make sure you’re comfortable! Look for a cushion that offers good back support, or a throw blanket to curl up under. Ask yourself if your hobby would be easier if your chair has arms, or better off without.
Add some decor!
Show off your skills! Make a piece of art or create a sign for your hobby space to show off your passion. If you’re not crafty, consider a related piece of artwork or a print, or maybe an old tool you have lying around that can be displayed. These can serve as little pieces of inspiration when you want to settle into your space and unwind.
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Two CENTURY 21 Canada Owners Elected into Canadian Real Estate Association’s 2022-2023 Board of Directors
Congratulations to James Mabey and Gurcharan Garry Bhaura who were both elected to the Canadian Real Estate Association’s (CREA) Board of Directors in early April 2022. CREA is one of Canada’s largest single-industry Associations. With more than 150,000 real estate brokers, agents, and salespeople, working through 78 real estate Boards and Associations across Canada. Both elected C21-ers will help represents the interests of their CREA members to the federal government and their agencies on existing or proposed legislation that will affect those members, and/or impact homeownership and enhances member professionalism.
James Mabey, the owner of CENTURY 21 Masters, was named Vice Chair of CREA. He previously served as CREA’s Regional Director – Alberta, Chair of the CREA Marketing and Communications Committee, and Chair of the Board for the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. Mabey has been in the real estate industry since 2005 and now manages over 100 agents across four offices in the Edmonton area. He is also an avid supporter of his community, volunteering and fundraising for many local causes.
“I am feeling incredibly grateful! Yesterday I was elected as the Vice Chair of the Canadian Real Estate Association. I am so proud that once again I have been given the opportunity to volunteer on behalf of over 150,000 REALTORS® across Canada,” says Mabey. “Very thankful for the support of my husband Dylan, my mentors, and the CREA Board of Directors. I am so excited to carry on learning from my peers on this leadership journey.”
Gurcharan Garry Bhaura, the owner of CENTURY 21 President Realty Inc. Brokerage in Brampton, ON, was chosen as a Director-at-Large of CREA. Being in the industry for over 22 years and with the continued success of his #21 GLOBAL21 ranked office of almost 200 agents, Bhaura will use his skills and knowledge to help serve the 150,000 nationwide realtor community. Bhaura was the former President of the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board and has also previously sat on four different non-profit boards, including the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board, where he served as President with over 65,000 members. Bhaura has also chaired numerous committees.
“We are in very fluid times, the world is changing, technology is evolving very rapidly, and it is very important that the REALTOR® brand continues to be front and centre. I want to make a difference and leave the industry better than we found it,” said Bhaura in a news release. Bhaura adds, “It would be an honour to serve the members of CREA across the country.”
First impressions are everything and can make or break any opportunity, so what impression is the exterior of your home giving? Whether you are putting your house on the market or just want to give your home a nice and finished look, these simple upgrades will boost your home’s curb appeal and make an exceptional first impression.
1. Elevate Your Garden
There is no quicker way to upgrade your curb appeal than with a lush, vibrant garden and plants. Here are some of the many ways you can add eye-catching greenery to your front yard.
First, include potted plants on the front porch to bring colour to your home. Create your own arrangements with your favourite plants or flowers, or if you don’t have a green thumb opt for ready-made containers from your local garden center.
Second, installing window boxes is another great way to boost your home’s curb appeal. Mix and match flowers and plants to pair with your colour scheme and try this DIY window box for a fun weekend project.
Finally, adding a garden bed in the front of your home is a sure way to make a great first impression. Trees, shrubs, flowers, and more can be combined to add vibrance and dimension to your front yard. When creating your garden bed, be sure to choose plants that will frame your home rather than obscure it. Any greenery will increase your home’s welcoming feel, but you must be sure to keep up its maintenance. To keep your garden in tip-top shape, water regularly, prune overgrowth, remove weeds, and trim the lawn.
2. Upgrade Your Porch
Small upgrades to your front porch can instantly improve your curb appeal and create a warm, welcoming home. Paint your front door to add contrast and brightness. A fresh coat of paint or a brand-new bold colour will help revive the look of your front porch and attract loads of attention. Bright, loud coloured doors have been a popular trend, but you can never go wrong with a classic red door.
Next upgrade your hardware. Your door handles, house number, mailbox, and lanterns probably haven’t seen an update since before you moved in. Now is the time to replace these for a matching, modern look.
To finish off your front porch look, add a seasonal wreath and lighthearted welcome mat. This simple touch makes your home approachable and keeps the season’s dirt outside. When making your porch upgrades keep symmetry in mind as a balanced appearance will attract more viewers with its calm, reliable feel.
3. Uplift Your Home
Improving your home’s curb appeal does not require a full exterior renovation. Simple outdoor maintenance tips can do wonders in making your home look brand-new. Start at the top of your home – the roof. Rather than replacing your roof, give it a good clean. Removing dirt, stains, and discolouration will make your roof look pristine and help it last longer. While you are up cleaning your roof, take the time to thoroughly wash your gutters. Remove any clogged debris and built-up dirt to impress neighbours and guests.
Cleaning your windows is another simple way to boost your home’s curb appeal. Dirty windows can be a serious eyesore, plus they hinder beautiful views. A quick, consistent wipe-down (especially after the winter season) will help keep your exterior tidy. To really make your windows pop, try adding window shutters. Depending on the style of your home, natural wood or energetic coloured shutters bring dimension and contrast to your home’s exterior. These DIY cedar shutters are a quick and cost-effect project to up your home’s look.
An additional home maintenance tip to boost your curb appeal is painting your exterior. A fresh coat of paint or a new modern colour will immediately upgrade your home’s appearance, making it feel brand-new. Although this may be no simple or cheap task, it shows you take care of your property and gives off a memorable first impression.
4. Recover Your Driveway
Your driveway sees a lot of wear and tear over the years and growing damage can be deteriorating your home’s curb appeal. A full redo is not necessary to upgrade your home’s appearance, some minor repairs will get your driveway looking as good as new.
First wash the whole driveway to remove any stains, debris, or unwanted weed growth. If you have access to a power washer this will save you time and scrubbing effort. Then repair and fill in cracks with the proper solution for your surface. These small fixes will make a drastic improvement to your home’s curb appeal and give neighbours, visitors, and passerby an exceptional first impression.
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Vancouver, B.C. (March 23, 2022)—CENTURY 21 Canada continues to grow with the addition of a new franchise, CENTURY 21 Integrity in Sudbury, Ontario.
New owners Tasha Carriere and Julie Robert both cite the warm support and cutting-edge technology provided by CENTURY 21 as reasons for choosing the legacy brand, now going into its 46th year of operation. “When thinking about opening our own brokerage, we knew we wanted to move to a brand that was constantly innovating and that we could form a positive, long lasting relationship with. The excellent response and support we received were unmatched by any other brand in the industry,” says Carriere. “We have been surrounded by a team of professionals who are invested in our success. CENTURY 21 Canada has a long history of excellence in customer service and, as a brand, holds the same values we do. The technology offered far exceeded our expectations, and we know our agents will love having access to the training and marketing provided. The elegant and modern branding will be appreciated by agents and clients, and we are looking forward to building a strong presence in the market.”
Both owners are bringing a wealth of experience to their new brokerage, with Robert having been in the industry for eleven years and Carriere for twelve. Their immediate goals focus on building both a team of Realtors that prioritize client care, and a reputation of providing the best in technology and support for that team, which they aim to grow to over fifty agents. Carriere highlights their media tools, “We are enhancing our office with all the tools they need to make videos for both their listings and communicating with their clients. Our agents are loving the resources that C21 has offered them and they are quickly learning they have the advantage in the market!”
Robert adds, “When leaving our old brand, we wanted to choose a brand that we could grow with, one that would be invested in our agents’ success. We were impressed with the tools and the support we received in getting everything implemented, since day one.”
The new franchise will be serving Sudbury, ON, a fast-growing market as more buyers branch out from the Greater Toronto Area and the busy markets of the surrounding cities and suburbs. “We’re really excited for them,” says Gary Zalepa, VP of Brand Expansion, Eastern Canada for CENTURY 21 Canada. “Julie and Tasha bring a wealth of knowledge, they’ll have a lot of opportunity in the community and we know we’ll be seeing a lot of Century 21 growth in Sudbury.”
The opening of a new franchisee continues the trend of expansion for CENTURY 21 Canada, which saw twenty-one renewals and nine new franchisees in 2021.
Participating brokers now powered by a centralized commercial listings management system.
Vancouver, BC, March 14, 2022 – Spacelist, a leading commercial real estate listing platform, is announcing its partnership with CENTURY 21 Canada Commercial. A combination of Spacelist’s listing syndication service and listing management solutions ensures CENTURY 21’s listings at participating offices are accurate and updated across their corporate and individual office websites.
Since 2012, Spacelist has been the leading commercial real estate marketing platform in Canada and has recently expanded to the US. “Working with market leaders like CENTURY 21 Canada Commercial is helping pave the way for new levels of efficiency in marketing commercial properties,” says Steven Jaffe, CEO of Spacelist.
The integration leverages listing APIs built by Spacelist, which allow CENTURY 21’s listings to automatically update on Spacelist and CENTURY 21’s participating websites, saving time and eliminating duplicate data entry and human error in the markets where Spacelist has a relationship with the MLS. Advanced lead generation features also enable listing agents to gather more information from potential clients than ever before.
“The ability for the commercial listings to be syndicated to a number of economic development organizations is key for us,” said Todd Shyiak, Vice President, National Network Development at CENTURY 21 Canada. “We want to ensure that our sales reps listings are seen in as many places as possible and Spacelist makes it easy to do that. The feedback we’ve received from our participating offices has been very positive.”
This collaboration reinforces commitments to streamline the marketing and administration of C21 Commercial listings in Canada. Spacelist has been investing in new technologies to further improve the efficiency of the commercial real estate industry, including its latest venture Propdocs, which streamlines commercial real estate transactions end-to-end.
“With a network as large as CENTURY 21 Commercials in Canada, we’re excited to be able to help their offices and listing agents benefit from simplified listing management and streamline their back-office work,” said Jaffe. “Spending less time on admin work and listing management offers even more time to provide excellent service to their clients.”
Founded in 2012, Spacelist’s mission is to make commercial real estate more accessible and efficient. Spacelist brings all the commercial real estate listings in Canada and the US together in one place, making it easier than ever to find great space for your business. In addition to serving thousands of prospective tenants daily, Spacelist offers a wide range of listing and lead management solutions for commercial real estate firms. For more information, or to find commercial space, visit: spacelist.co
Plants are a great way to decorate your home, adding vibrancy, colour, and according to some studies, they can even lower your stress levels. Know which plants are right for each part of your home and think about adding a few today!
For your kitchen:
Spruce up the space and your cooking with fresh herbs! Small potted herb plants like parsley, mint, and chives do well if your kitchen doesn’t have windows, and if you do have some sunshine, consider basil or rosemary. Aloe vera also favours sunlight, and a pinch of the gel from the outer leaves will help soothe any cooking burns.
For your living room:
This is where you want to make a statement! Consider orchids on your coffee table, they come in a variety of colours and sizes to complement your space and can bloom for months. If you have a spare corner to fill, a larger pot of fiddle-leaf fig is great in bright, indirect light and is a popular trend on social media right now. For newbie plant owners, snake plants with their bold upright leaves are difficult to kill and take up space well.
For your bedroom:
Make your comfort space even cozier and use plants as a method to purify the air in your bedroom and help you de-stress and relax. Potted English ivy, Chinese evergreen, or spider plants are great options, and although not usually grown inside, a small pot of lavender will help you fall asleep if you tend to toss and turn all night.
For your bathroom:
Plants that thrive in humidity can be a great addition to your bathroom. Bamboo is low-maintenance and gives a spa-like atmosphere, peace lilies are from the tropics and are easy to perk up with some water, and if you have the space for a majesty palm, they love humid conditions and can handle lower light.
For your basement:
For darker rooms with no natural light like a basement, ferns are a great option. Maidenhair, button, and rabbit’s foot are all types of ferns for low-light situations or branch out into other houseplants such as philodendrons, arrowhead plants, and cast-iron plants.
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