Shelley Soles ABR®, C.C.S - Certified Condominium Specialist, SRES - Senior Real Estate Specialist, REALTOR®

Agent

Phone: 403.253.1901   Mobile:  403.830.6646   Email: ssoles@royallepage.ca
Shelley Soles

In my business, the people I ride alongside make all the difference - this includes colleagues, clients and business partners. I take these partnerships to heart. Thank you for sharing the ride with me and may 2020's roller coaster turn into 2021's walk in the park!

This past January I marked a milestone I'm very proud of - 15 years in the industry - and all of them with Royal LePage Benchmark. I've built a successful business by helping people like you buy and sell property.  

I’m proud to say that over 90% of my business comes from past clients and referrals. These satisfied clients have spread the word about the great service they’ve received from me and my brokerage, Royal LePage Benchmark.  I work primarily in Calgary, Cochrane and Airdrie.

Every one of my clients is unique, and that is exactly how I treat them. I don’t measure my success by sales, but by the relationships I build along the way. My goal is to take the complex process of buying and selling real estate and make it a simple one.
 
So whether you are thinking about buying, selling or investing, give me a call - I would be happy to meet or talk with you to determine how I can help. Absolutely NO obligation!

I send out a newsletter at the beginning of every month - providing a summary of the previous month's activity in many segments of the market - along with some fun, interesting activities in Calgary that you and your family may enjoy!  If you'd like to receive a copy, please sign up using the link provided on this page.  

To find out more details on the current Calgary, Airdrie and Cochrane markets, please check out the CREB Monthly Stats tab as it is updated the beginning of every month.  If you'd like a more detailed breakdown of any segment of the market, I can provide more data.  


Cheers!


Media Release: December 1 2021

 

Persistent sellers’ market conditions drive up prices

City of Calgary, Dec. 1, 2021 - Driven by growth in demand for all property types, there were 2,110 sales in November, just shy of the record for the month set in 2005.

“Lending rates are expected to increase next year, which has created a sense of urgency among purchasers who want to get into the housing market before rates rise,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

“At the same time, supply levels have struggled to keep pace, causing tight conditions and additional price gains.”

New listings in November totalled 1,989 units, which was fewer than the number of sales this month. With a sales-to-new-listings ratio of over 100 per cent, inventory levels dropped to 3,922 units and the months of supply dipped below two months.

It is not unusual to see new listings and inventories trend down at this time of year, but slower sales are also typical. Instead, sales have remained at roughly the same levels seen since August.

Persistent demand and slow supply reaction caused the benchmark price to trend up this month to $461,000, an increase compared with last month and nearly nine per cent higher than levels recorded last year.


For more detailed information on last month's activity in the different segments of the market (detached, semi-detached, row, apartment condominium) as well as updates in Cochrane, Airdrie and Okotoks, please check out the CREB Monthly Stats tab at the top of this page
 

COVID-19 Protocols

Update August 3 2021

I hope that you and your family are staying safe and keeping well. As more people have received their first and second doses of vaccine, Calgary has lifted many of the COVID protocols that we have lived by for the past 16 months. It sure feel good to start seeing friends and family in person again, however we can not let our guard down completely.

I want to assure you our industry is keeping an eye on the situation, and more importantly listening to our clients and ensuring that how we proceed working with our buyers and sellers is done in a way that makes them feel safe. 

What does this mean to you? Some people remain cautious and continue to abide by the strict policies of the past months. Others are content to wear their masks in some circumstances but not others and have begun to get back to our old 'normal'. In particular, when viewing properties, you may see different protocols - that is up to the sellers - and we will let you know what to expect.  

REALTORS® are receiving information and updates from our governing bodies, Real Estate Council of Alberta, Canadian Real Estate Association and the Calgary Real Estate Board with guidelines on how best to manage our business during this unprecedented global challenge. Our industry recognizes the need for substantial preventive measures.

Generally, of course we are abiding by the obvious – social distancing, washing hands frequently, having sanitizer on hand for ourselves and our clients and asking the important questions – are you or any members of your family ill? Have you travelled outside of Canada recently? Have you had close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of the virus?

Certainly SELLERS in particular have concerns about property showings and people coming into their homes. 


When a showing is requested by a REALTOR®, I am instructing them to ensure that neither they nor their clients touch anything in the home, including light switches, doors, cupboards, literally anything, and to leave lights on and the home exactly as you found it – and to leave a card so we know they were there. Hand sanitizer is in place as you enter most properties.   

Fortunately, advances in listing technology make it easier than ever to view and learn about properties online. With detailed descriptions, photos, video tours and floor plans, a buyer can learn a great deal about a property from the comfort of their own living room.

Working with BUYER clients, I e
ncourage them to scrutinize the listings’ virtual tours and floorplans or do a drive-by before we head out to view a property - they may find something about the home or street that is a no-go for them – and preclude a visit to the home. When we do visit properties, I prepare them by explaining the protocol we will be following as we view each home.

REALTORS® can show responsibly under these conditions, and I will continue to do so on behalf of buyers who believe they may have opportunity now, or sellers who cannot wait weeks or months to continue to market their home for sale.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about these protocols, the market or how I can help you with your real estate needs during these uncertain times.

Stay safe!