Monday, July 26, 2010

RE/MAX iREALTY Innovations and

As regular readers will know, when Eamonn left the UK, he also left behind over 20 years of retail and corporate world experience, largely spent serving the needs of clients.  It was a great grounding for his new career here, in real estate, as a Realtor serving Calgary, Okotoks, Airdrie, Cochrane and other areas and towns surrounding Calgary.

Eamonn joined the RE/MAX "family" and spent a tremendous couple of years with a great team of professionals at RE/MAX Southern Realty in High River.  But all good things come to an end and so, a few days ago, Eamonn made the move to his new brokerage, RE/MAX iREALTY Innovations.

Why the move though?

Two reasons...Location and Technology.


RE/MAX iREALTY Innovations, are based in the Devenish building on 17th Avenue SW, Calgary (the area otherwise known as Uptown).  As Eamonn's existing clients know, Eamonn has always been a Realtor that serves all of Calgary, Okotoks (where we live of course), Airdrie, Cochrane and High River (and other nearby towns around Calgary) but having a near Downtown Calgary address, instead of a High River address, makes it easier for new clients to relate to that fact.

Technology in Real Estate

Beyond that though, RE/MAX iREALTY Innovations are THE leaders in the use of technology in real estate.  Their whole ethos is one that Eamonn is able to completely align himself with, given his use of blogs, Facebook, Expat internet discussion boards, webcams, his website and many more online oriented tools, to establish and enhance client relationships.  You can learn more about the iREALTY concept on the brokerage website at

Eamonn's New Website

Eamonn's move to RE/MAX iREALTY Innovations coincides with the official launch of Eamonn's new real estate website, , the production of which has been something of a labour of love over the past year!  So many real estate websites are just templates with standard information.  Eamonn wanted his site to be user friendly and packed with helpful content.  More and more content will be added over time.  One of the great features is that you can do all of your property searching from the site and you can sign up as a VIP and get masses of market data.  So, come and visit , bookmark it and sign up.  It'd be great to hear your views about the site and about the fetching new logo that goes with it, designed by one of Eamonn's clients (a VERY talented Graphic Designer - if anyone needs one, let Eamonn know and he will point you in the right direction!).

You will start seeing the two logos above a little more frequently.  Indeed, for those that are interested, you can help Eamonn to get his logo out there on the street in a very simple way.  Some of you will get an email in the near future explaining more about this!

Other Changes - Janet

But this is not the end of the changes!  Janet has been the Office Manager of RE/MAX Southern Realty for over two years.  However, we decided that with Eamonn's change of brokerage, it was time for Janet to take a different direction too.  Janet will be leaving her post at the brokerage in the very near future and after spending a little time helping to set up some new processes and systems, she will start to implement some plans of her own.

So What Now?...

So, whether you are buying or selling real estate in Calgary, Okotoks, Airdrie, Cochrane and nearby, or if you know someone who is, commit the  logo and website to mind and get in touch with Eamonn by email on or on 403 966 6665.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Vancouver Trip - The Holiday: Day Four

On our final day in Vancouver, we headed over the Lions Gate Brige again, for a pleasant drive up to Horseshoe Bay.
From Horseshoe Bay, you can catch ferries to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, to Bowen Island and to Langdale on the Sunshine Coast. It is also the starting point of the Sea to Sky Highway that hangs on cliffs as it winds its way along Howe Sound to Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton.

After lunch, we headed back to Vancouver where we took a look at the Steam Clock and had a stroll around Canada Place.

We got a good view of the float planes taking off and landing from Canada Place.

Overall, Vancouver is a fantastic place to visit but, for us anyway, maybe it is busy enough to remind us a little too much of life in the South East of the UK.  It helps to reinforce that Okotoks, Calgary and surrounds feel so much like home to us.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Vancouver Trip - The Holiday: Day Three

Another must see attraction in Vancouver is the Capilano Suspension Bridge. 
The current bridge is 136 metres (446 ft) long and 70 metres (230 ft) above the river. It is certainly a very wobbly walk!
In 2004, the Treetops Adventure opened. This newer attraction consists of seven footbridges, suspended between Douglas Fir trees, forming a walkway up to 30 metres (98 ft) above the forest floor.
There is a small display of birds of prey.  This is an American Kestral.
That evening, we treated ourselves to dinner at the Vancouver Tower, the views from which, were stunning.
Here's Jan's Mum & Dad enjoying the great food, wonderful view and of course, the great company!!
It was another lovely day out in Vancouver.


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Vancouver Trip - The Holiday: Day Two

On day two, we took the drive over the Lions Gate bridge to North Vancouver and towards Grouse Mountain where you can take a cable car to the top.
At the top, there are lots of huge wooden carvings, which are very impressive.
There was also a lumberjack show, which was also quite entertaining.
There was a Birds of Prey display where we saw this huge eagle.  It was amazing to be so close to it.
This is one of very few places where we see Beaver Tails for sale!!  Before you all scream with horror, they are, in fact, delicious pastries in the shape of a Beaver tail! 
The real treat though, was Grinder & Cooler.  These two bears were both orphaned as cubs, Grinder was found on June 5, 2001. He was wandering alone on a logging road, dehydrated, thin, and weak. His mother was never found, so how he came to be alone is unknown. 
Coola was found orphaned at the side of the highway on June 29, 2001. His mother had been hit and killed by a truck. Of her three cubs, Coola was the only one to survive. One cub was hit by a falling tree and the other ran away and was not seen again.  Coola, it seems, loves to play in the water.
"I've found something...I'm very excited!"...
"Oh joy, it's a fish, it's a fish!"
"I'm going to eat it!"
"Hang on, something's not right"
"Are you a fish?"
"I'll kiss it and see..."
"Damn, it's just a rock!"
It really is a lovely place to visit and the bears melt your heart.