About Alan

The Agent

Hi, I’m Alan. I live in Edmonton, Alberta, and have been working in real estate since 2008. I love real estate. And, if I’m doing my job well, so should you. Every buyer, seller, agent and property is different. Dealing with that is not always easy. A skilled and experienced real estate agent can make all the difference in navigating what can be a stressful experience. I’d like to be that agent. I’m patient, I’m honest and I care deeply about my clients (check out what they say about me below!). If you’re looking to buy, sell or just learn more about real estate in Edmonton, please contact me.

The Philosophy

This site is designed, first and foremost, as an educational resource. Professionals seem to like keeping their knowledge to themselves, but I think this is wrong. I believe that if you can teach people something, it’s better for everyone. As a real estate agent, one of the things I enjoy most about my job is helping people understand why things happen a certain way when it comes to buying and selling property. Whether you hire me or not, I want to give you the confidence to better understand what, for many people, is the largest purchase you’ll ever make. And, if we do work together, I’m creating content to help make your real estate purchase as smooth and painless as possible.

The Website

I started gimme-shelter.com in 2012 because of the lack of information about Edmonton real estate online. There are plenty of sites with properties for sale, generic info and so-called “free reports,” but few that explain real estate concepts and transactions in detail. My goal is to show buyers, sellers, owners and investors what’s really going on in real estate – all of it in plain language, and broken down into its simplest components. My hope is that this website will not only help you see the benefit to owning real estate, but make it easier for you to understand the real estate market as well.

Real Estate Articles

As a real estate agent in the Greater Edmonton Area, I get asked a lot about how things work. I find myself spending a lot of time explaining situations and procedures. Why not explain them for everyone to read? Whether or not you live in the Edmonton Area, a lot of the information on gimme-shelter.com should be helpful if you are buying, selling, investing in or maintaining real estate.

Real Estate Terms

Since talking about anything requires some knowledge of terminology, the Real Estate Dictionary  section of gimme-shelter.com was made to help you understand what’s what. And since there is a reason for distinguishing between all these terms, I have added extra information to let you know why that term is so important.

The Real Estate Market and Edmonton Neighbourhoods

People often ask me about “the market.” There is no shortage of real estate market information, but information needs interpretation. After all, what does a chart of statistics really mean for you and your home? And what can broad averages really tell you about the neighbourhoods where you’ll be buying or selling a home? This site is designed to provide resources and content to help you understand the market better. It also includes a profile page for each and every neighbourhood in Edmonton, helping you learn more about the city and what the market looks like in your area.

What My Clients Have To Say

Alan is a fantastic realtor. He helped my wife and I buy our home, which we love! He took time to show us all the houses we wanted to see, was sure to point out all considerations when viewing houses, and made sure we found exactly what we wanted. If we were to buy another house, we would not hesitate to do so with Alan again. He is very professional, knowledgeable and made it a fun and positive experience for us. Thank you Alan for helping us find our home.
Robert Wasyliw
Robert Wasyliw
2024-03-30
Alan helped us with the purchase of our first home in the very busy housing market of 2021. He provided great insight for first-time home buyers. He made sure to highlight many details and considerations we may have missed without his expertise. He was patient and very responsive. We would absolutely recommend him to anyone!
Ethan
Ethan
2024-02-16
So far I have bought 2 homes and he also sold one for me as well. Alan is honest and trustworthy, which was super important to me when finding a realtor. 10/10 would use him again and recommend him to all my friends and family!
laura dimmer
laura dimmer
2024-01-11
Outstanding realtor. I would recommend him to anyone looking to purchase a home. Was extremely detail oriented and patient, ensuring the house we purchased was the right fit for us. Very personable and professional, Alan is a great human.
Chris Borger
Chris Borger
2024-01-09
I was a new home buyer and Alan walked me through the process from start to finish. He answered any and all questions I had and I never felt pressured. We viewed many different condos and Alan had great insights about each and about condos in general which was very helpful as I was new to condos as well. I’m very happy in my new home and I would highly recommend Alan to anyone.
Heather Woolley
Heather Woolley
2023-11-20
Alan was super helpful and knowledgeable throughout the entire process and made buying my place very easy. I am going to recommend Alan to all my friends as I felt extremely well take care off by him and the service he provided. Top star rating and I could not be happier.
Marcus Gluecks
Marcus Gluecks
2023-10-27
Alan brought years of experience, professionalism, diligence, and integrity to our search for our dream home. Alan took the time to get to know us and was personable. I greatly appreciated his insights as we viewed homes. He pointed out potential concerns, provided solutions, and we never felt pressured. We would work with him again and would gladly recommend him to anyone.
Irina D.
Irina D.
2023-07-27
Alan was the Realtor that helped me sell my Condominium in Edmonton. He was recommended to me by a friend who he had helped with a sale, and I was told he was excellent. I completely agree. Alan was very professional, thorough, and then gave me very accurate advice about what to expect, and what was happening in the market at that time. With Alan's advice, I was actually able to sell my place at a higher amount than I was expecting. I highly recommend Alan as a Realtor.
Dan Gray
Dan Gray
2022-12-03
Alan was patient, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. We had a great experience working with him!
Carson Fong
Carson Fong
2022-12-03
This would be a 6 star review but that option isn't available. We cannot recommend Alan highly enough. We worked with him for over a year, and saw many properties during that time. The pandemic housing market went through many ups and downs during that period. Alan was our trusted advisor throughout - offering thoughtful, practical and informed advice drawing from his wealth of experience. His counsel was invaluable. We eventually found our perfect home with Alan's help. We hope to be in our home for many years, but if we are ever looking again we would only want to work with Alan. We have recommended him to our closest friends and family.
Paul Osbaldeston
Paul Osbaldeston
2022-10-23
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Frequently Asked Questions

This is a very common question. Not at all! I work for Maxwell Challenge Realty in Edmonton, but I can sell any house for sale in Alberta. It doesn’t matter which brokerage it is listed with or even if it is a for sale by owner property. Please contact me to find out more about Edmonton real estate.

Of course! If you are interested in buying or selling in the Edmonton Area it is part of my service to provide listings to you so that you will know what to expect when it’s time to sell or buy a home. I can certainly help you with a custom search where the listings are sent to your email as they arrive. This is the best way to keep on top of prices in your area if you are thinking of selling or researching an area that you want to buy a house in. You can reach me through email or the phone number listed on the contact page.

I can, and I would be happy to find one who could answer questions for you about your area. Since I primarily sell listings in Edmonton and the surrounding area, I can’t comment on the market in other cities or provinces, but a real estate agent who works in your area certainly could.