Mariann, Jud & Cameron Rich
"Hi Kevin, This is a short note to say thank you for your exceptional services with the purchase of a condo in Calgary. Buying property when living afar can be both stressful and challenging: your assistance helped alleviate both and make it very easy. It was a smooth process and we feel our best interests were always at the forefront and we were always informed of matters in a timely and professional manner. We highly recommend you as a realtor and are very pleased with the service you provided!"
Jeff Christie and Arianne Jones – 2006, 2010, and 2014 Olympians
"Kevin helped us buy our first house together and it could not have gone smoother. From the beginning we felt very comfortable with Kevin and had the feeling that he would not “push us” to buy a property quickly and instead work with us long term to find the right place for us."
Jeff Christie, 2006 and 2010 Olympian (Luge)
"I had bought real estate before, however had never sold. Kevin made the process very easy and I felt like I was in the drivers seat the entire time. He provided me with the information that I needed to help set a list price and develop a strategy to sell the place as quick as possible for the best price. Kevin let me make all the decisions, although I could tell that if I was going down the “wrong” path based on his expertise he would have spoken up! Next time I buy or sell I will be giving Kevin a call for sure!"
Joe + Tracey
"Hi Kevin We just wanted to take a minute and send a note to you, thanking you for your Professionalism, and sincere caring attitude. Our move from Ontario to Calgary was made much easier once I met you. With only 72 hrs. or less to get a deal done, your knowledge of Calgary real estate and the fact that you care about people was a huge help to Tracey and I. You showed me only exactly what I was looking for and even after I said I would buy a place you took the time to show me more (cheaper then what I was committing to) that to me demonstrates a Real estate agent who cares about the client(s). Even when I returned to Ontario you got the paperwork to the Bank on time and answered all their questions for me. Tracey and I are extremely happy with where we ended up living, my peers at work are jealous when they hear where I purchased. Even when things got difficult you were always there for us, never avoided calls, texts or my many questions. You answered promptly, professionally and if you didn't know you always got back to us with the answer in a timely manner. Thank you Kevin for going beyond the sale!We feel as though at this point we have made a friend and you wont just be the agent who sold us a place."
Jordan + Amy
" We were moving from Red Deer to Calgary and had a temporary place to live for 3 months before that house was being torn down. Therefore our house search felt a bit rushed given that many homes were selling in less than a week when we started looking. Kevin put us at ease right from the start, with an initial phone call then a meeting prior to looking at any houses. Although we were in a rush he made it clear he was ready to work with us whether it took a few weeks or a year. Kevin helped us hone our criteria for where we wanted to look and was patient as we moved from the northwest of Calgary to the southeast, before ending up in the southwest. At each house, Kevin had insightful opinions on both the location advantages/disadvantages and the physical shape of each house we looked at. He could give us a sense of what upgrades/fixes might be needed and a ballpark cost for doing them. When he went on vacation, he made sure we were in great hands with his backup realtor who took over seamlessly. When we did finally find our house the details and transaction were smooth and easy. We definitely recommend Kevin and will be using him if/when we move again."
"Kevin Blackwell knew for about a year that we were considering selling our place. He was available throughout the year and when we decided to sell he was there to help. We discussed price, based on recent market experience, along with Kevins extensive experience, and came up with a number that day. Throughout the showing process, Kevin was respectful of our time, and always let us know prior to any showing. Kevin's professionalism was more than I could have expected. Our place was priced right, we had a lot of traffic in the first three days and sold it on the fourth. Kevin just made it easy and took control of the process, and I appreciated that because it was my first time selling a property. I will be dealing with Kevin again."
"Hi Kevin, It’s hard to believe that nearly 3 weeks have passed since I took possession of my townhouse. After lots of hard work, I think I’m almost settled in. It’s starting to look like home finally. I just want to say a huge thank you for everything you did to help me get here. I appreciate all the effort and time you put in, especially considering the very short window of time I had to find the right place. I should be planning to retire in the next few years but instead I bought my first property. Needless to say, I had constant concerns and questions for you and I really appreciate all your patience, understanding and guidance. I feel so lucky to have had you as my agent and I will certainly recommend you to anybody I know. I don’t plan on selling or buying again any time soon but I will absolutely call on you when the time comes!! Thank you so very much."
Richard + Dawn L
"Richard and I can’t thank you enough for the incredible expertise, professionalism and genuine care and concern you demonstrated as you guided us through the sale of our existing home and purchase of our new dream home!
This was such an exciting journey for us; a big change in our life as we moved from a three-bedroom home in the suburbs to a condo in the downtown core – and we couldn’t have achieved any part of it without you. You understood our goals and helped us gracefully navigate the negotiations process. You opened our eyes to properties we may not have considered. You took time to educate us about the ins-and-outs of condo buildings (and their intricacies), and your in-depth knowledge about the Calgary marketplace was invaluable.
What really stands out is every phone call you made, every moment you took to keep us in the loop, and your regular updates to us every step of the way. The selling and buying process can be stressful at times however you were always by our side or just a phone call away and in the end we achieved the exact results we were looking for. We couldn’t be more thrilled with our new home in the downtown skyline!
You’re extremely talented and have become a dear friend to us – anyone looking for a true professional need look no further. All we can say is thank you! "
" I recently purchased my first home with the help of Kevin. My search started while I was living out of town which made the process a long and cumbersome one. My absence plus the fact I didn’t know what I was looking for meant Kevin had his work cut out for him. Despite me being away Kevin was there to help whether I was in the city for a weekend or needed to ask questions over the phone or email. Despite the challenges Kevin was patient and provided a lot of suggestions and ideas without adding any pressure. Kevin’s knowledge of all aspects of reality was extremely valuable and led me to finding a home that was structurally sound in an area I wanted for the right price. Once the offer was made Kevin was great with the negotiations and assisted me with everything that needed to be done on my end. Kevin made the entire process of searching and buying a home as quick and painless as possible and I will be recommending his services to everybody. "
Sarah + Mike
"Kevin did an awesome job selling our home. His extensive knowledge and experience in real estate is second to none. The bungalow we sold was very unique and not for everyone. Kevin was able to sell it in less than a month and at a great price. We would definitely recommend Kevin to anyone looking to sell or buy a property and will work with him in the future."
Kayleigh + Ben
“I want to tell you about an excellent realtor. His name is Kevin Blackwell and he should be your top pick for the next property you want to buy or sell and here is why: Kevin is extremely well versed in the field of realty and is able to not only find multiple listings within a set criteria (budget, area of the city, features, etc), but to also make recommendations for criteria or neighbourhoods that perhaps were overlooked by the buyer. While viewing a property Kevin has an eye for problem areas, and, perhaps even better, an eye for ways to make small improvements that will instantly boost the value and livability of a property without spending a fortune. Kevin's dedication is obvious. He is determined to find you a home that you will be happy with and he patiently walks you through each step of the process to make it all go as smoothly as possible. He also holds his clients' time as very valuable and will do his upmost to make sure that things are organized to cause the least amount of effort on their part (in other words, you get to show up and sign papers because he's taken care of everything else!) Not only is he dedicated, he shares your excitement. My husband and I were first time home buyers, and although he's gone through buying and selling houses a million times and we knew we could trust his expertise in that regard we didn't feel like it was all ho-hum for him. He seemed just as eager as we were to find our first home and that made the whole process just that much more enjoyable for us. Because of Kevin's long career in the city he also has some excellent contacts in the form of inspectors, lawyers, and even appliance sellers. His network is far-reaching and you can trust that the people he recommends have as much integrity as Kevin himself. We personally had great success with a house inspector and lawyer that he recommended, which meant that there were two more pieces of the process that brought smiles to our faces. He was also able to get us some competitive mortgage rates to take to our bank to ensure we got the best rates we possibly could. In short, there is not a single part of buying a new home that Kevin will not be able to give you some sort of assistance with - and with so many things to think about that is a considerable load off your mind. The last thing, and probably one of the most valuable assets, is the fact that Kevin doesn't view his client relationship to be done once the sale goes through. He is there days, weeks, months, and I assume, even years later if you have a question, a concern, or are simply considering some new properties. He puts in extra effort every step of the way, and then continues to do so once you've moved and unpacked and that, I think, speaks volumes to the type of person he is, and the way he conducts his business. In our case we ended up with a stove in our kitchen that didn't function too well. Well, the sale had gone through and there wasn't much we could do. Still Kevin was diligent in making sure that the stove in the kitchen was indeed the one pictured in the listings (it was) and from there, knowing that we were first time home buyers and don't have a lot of extra cash, he went on a hunt to find us some excellent prices on new stoves. In this day and age where most service industries seem to do the bare minimum it was refreshing to find someone who was there from beginning to end and in every way he could think to be. He put the finishing touch on the process by welcoming us to our new home with a card, a bottle of champagne (to celebrate) and a gift to help us with a few home improvements. It really made moving day feel like the celebration it should be and we felt like we really mattered.”
Alida + Nathan H.
“Working with Kevin was a terrific experience. My fiancé and I recently purchased our first home, and decided to use Kevin as our agent as he was referred to us by family who had used his services previously. We were not disappointed. He made the experience far less stressful than we expected. He was there to provide support and information throughout the process (even after we took possession). He is knowledgeable about the industry, and provided valuable insight on everything from how to approach the negotiation to providing several home inspector referrals and advice on the expected cost of repairs to be incurred. I would recommend Kevin’s services to friends and family without hesitation—thanks for all the help. We could not be happier! Thanks!”
“This letter is to say “Thank You” for all your help. Firstly in the purchase of my new house, secondly for your recommendation of an exceptional contractor to do the renovations. I am now comfortably settled and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate everything you have done. Your patience in the whole search process and ultimate find of the perfect house to suit my new lifestyle was remarkable. I met you several years ago when I purchased not one condo from you but when I sold that one you helped in the purchase of my second condo in Radium. You are easy to talk to and have answered all my questions with total honestly. You were always upfront with your opinions, which sometimes surprised me when you would discourage me from a house purchase. You knew what I was looking for and were not going to let me settle. Most realtors would just go for the sale but you always put my best interests first and made sure that I found the home that would suit me the most and we found it. When I needed to do renovations on my newly purchased home, you found me an excellent contractor, and the results turned out beautifully. I would highly recommend you to anyone who wants the best realtor in the city. I value you as a friend. Thank you again. Roxann”
David + Michelle
“Michelle and I have bought and sold many many properties over the last 25 years. In many cases we are left disappointed at the effort shown by the realtors involved. In fact i can only think of 3 realtors that we have dealt with that were true professionals. In most of the other cases I was either left begrudging the commission that I paid or in the case of a buy felt that the seller got less than they should have expected in terms of service.The work that you did, the accommodation that you made, relating to my demands and challenges tells me that you are on of these rare people. I know that I must have driven you crazy, but instead of telling me that I was unreasonable (even thought you might have thought it) you always worked on performing to meet my requirements. While we did not get all that we were looking for, it certainly was not due to your lack of effort or creativity.You are indeed one of the rare professionals in the real estate business and certainly hope that we do business again. sincerely; David and Michelle Axford”
Amy + Matt
"My husband and I made a quick decision and purchased a new build home and had 90 days to sell our current home in NW Calgary. We were first time home sellers and pretty intimidated by the relatively short amount of time we had to sell. Kevin made sure that we understood the process every step of the way. From the first meeting it was clear that Kevin was not only very professional, but also very down to earth and eager to help us sell our home. Kevin was always available to answer any questions we had and to ease any fears that arose. We were successful in selling our home long before our deadline, and we credit Kevin with getting things done for us! We would recommend him to our friends and family and to all home sellers/buyers out there seeking assistance. Kevin was great to work with, had a friendly and approachable demeanor and we would certainly work with him again." Amy and Matt Krill
Bill + Lois
“My wife and I decided that it was time to move from our current home in Cougar Ridge to a smaller older home closer to the centre of Calgary so we could not only have shorter drive times to our places of work but also to all areas of the city.We decided on a couple of areas in the SW with Lakeview as our number one choice if possible. The process took about a year to complete with lots of showings and lots of patience on Kevin’s part. There were lots of houses we walked through but none that were just right for us. We wanted to make sure we got exactly what we wanted in a home and not rush into just anything that came along. Kevin called me one day and said that he may just have the home for Lois and I but it will need some serious renovations if we were up to it. I said how serious? He suggested we go out and take a look because it won’t last long on the market at the price it was listed for. I went and looked at it right away and he wasn’t kidding when he said it needed a lot of work. It however had the layout we wanted and the price was right to have it fully renovated over a 3 month period while we tried to sell our other property. Kevin provided excellent market advice and information on what to sell our current home for given the area, the houses on the market, time of year, and what he felt given the features of the house. There were times when my wife and I were getting a little worried due to having two houses but Kevin reassured us on a couple of occasions “not to worry” that he would sell the house and get what we wanted for it. He didn’t give us the sense he would get it sold for a price lower than what we wanted just to sell the house. At the end of the day we ended up with the house we wanted in Lakeview and a sold house in Cougar Ridge with the price we wanted. I would highly recommend Kevin to any person buying, selling, or both as he knows the Calgary housing market very well and has a lot of patience to ensure you get the right house for the dollars you want to spend. Bill and Lois”
Ryan + Michelle
“ Kevin recently helped us sell our house in Calgary. Our situation was unique in that my wife was scheduled to start maternity leave and I was starting a new job...In Toronto. There was already a lot of stress to organize the move to Toronto, let alone timing the sale of our house properly. Kevin's experience paid dividends. He let us know when the best time to put our house on the market would be in order for it to coincide with our move. We followed his advice and ended up selling the house at the ideal time to accommodate our predertermined move date. Throughout the process Kevin was very knowledgeable, informative and professional. We never felt like we were in the dark and waiting for answers. Kevin was skilled throughout the negotiation process and secured a selling price that was within our set parameters. Having an agent that can foresee challenges and provide solutions is invaluable to closing the transsaction and Kevin proved he was capable. My wife and I are extremely satisfied with the level of service that Kevin demonstrated as well as the overall outcome. We would not hesitate to recommend him to any of our friends. Ryan P”
Mark + Kandra
“ Kevin, We want to thank you so much for your hard work and support in helping us by our new home and sell our other home. We appreciated your patience, knowledge, expertise and we enjoyed working with you! Best wishes for 2012 Mark + Kandra”
Dan + Charmayne
“Finding the perfect home for our growing family seemed like a daunting task, especially having to do it from abroad and only had a few days to actually view homes in person. Kevin was able to work with us for months before our house hunting trip to Calgary sending us daily listings. He was always quick to respond to any questions we may have had and always made time to check in via email to make sure we were happy with the selections. Once in Calgary we had two full days of viewing homes, in which Kevin was able to get us in to see all of our choices. His patience, exceptional organizational skills and knowledge in construction and inspections led us to purchasing the ideal home for our family. He was able to negotiate the best possible price for us looking out for nothing but our best interest. We would have no problems using Kevin again for future transactions and highly recommend him for anyone looking to buy or sell property. Dan and Charmayne”
Heather & Tyler
“Kevin did an excellent job when helping us purchase our new townhouse. His experience in new condo developments was very important in helping us understand the full picture when buying into a new townhome complex. Kevin handled himself in a very professional manner and was always willing to answer the many questions we would throw his way. His negotiation skills were excellent as he was able get to the seller to the price point we were willing to pay. We would definitely recommend Kevin to anyone. Thanks again Kevin.”
Josh + Britt
“As first time home buyers Kevin's extensive knowledge and experience in real estate was a huge asset! He was extremely patient with us and a lot of fun to work with; it was like looking at properties with your closest friend. Kevin always acted very professionally, spoke the truth and offered genuine advice. He has excellent negotiating skills and tactics and always had our best interest in mind when dealing with the selling agent. We would definitely recommend Kevin to anyone looking to buy a property and will work with him again in the future. Thanks Kevin!”
“Kevin was a pleasure to work with, he was very professional and courteous. I could tell that Kevin was definitely working for my best interest and his knowledge and advise was second to none. My condo sold quick and for a very fair price, never once did I have any doubts or feel any pressure.
Joan + Osman P
“We were introduced to Kevin by a good friend and we were so very glad he did. Kevin from the moment he met us until we got our key was just there for us!!!! He made what can be somewhat of a stressful situation a seem less one and we ended up with the perfect house for us at a good price. We always felt we could ask for advice no matter what time of day - Kevin was just available to us. We highly recommend Kevin to be your real estate professional.”
“Kevin represented me in both the sale of my condo and the purchase of my new townhouse. At all times, Kevin was professional, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful during the process. Kevin is a fountain of information and has numerous contacts if you’re looking for mortgage brokers, legal services, movers, appliance suppliers, and construction contractors. During the purchase of my new townhouse, Kevin was especially helpful when I was experiencing some frustration caused by the vendor. Kevin helped to resolve the issue quickly and painlessly (on my part)! You can be assured that Kevin will provide you with a no-pressure experience and outstanding service. I will be recommending Kevin to any and all who will listen!”
Gary + Therese W
“Gary and I, would like to let you know how happy we are with you and your service. We are so glad you are working for us and compliment you on your thoroughness and dedication to your work. Gary and Therese”
Trevor and Michelle M
“I have known Kevin for 20 years and he has always been the consummate professional. It was because of this that we chose him to both sell my house and purchase our new home. He is extremely knowledgeable in every aspect of the Real Estate market and was able to get the maximum selling price for my house when I sold as well as negotiating a great price for the new house. Kevin provided outstanding no pressure service and did not hesitate to show and give us his expert opinion on any property we were interested in. We would not hesitate to use Kevin again and we would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a laid back, knowledgeable and ethical realtor to buy or sell their home.”
Omeed + Amanda
“Kevin did a great job for us as we were selling our condo and buying a townhouse at the same time. His no-pressure style along with great negotiating abilities helped result in two seamless transactions for us. We would recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell.”
Kim + Troy
“We started thinking that it would be nice to move from our condo into a house. Since we knew that it would be about a year before we were ready to take that plunge, we were reluctant to sign up with a real estate agent. We went to open houses to learn more about the market in the areas that we were interested in but we always approached open houses with trepidation. We found that open houses are often accompanied by overbearing real estate agents. We met Kevin at an open house and he was refreshingly laid back. Because he did not make us feel uncomfortable, we took him up on his offer to set us up with the mls updates for the areas that we were interested in. Never once did we feel pressured to buy. Even though Kevin understood and respected the fact that we weren't ready to start looking seriously, he was more than happy to show us any homes that we wanted to view. When we did find the perfect house for us, earlier than we expected, he walked us through all the steps and even brought in cleaners for us to take some of the stress off of moving. In summary, we appreciated Kevin because he was always helpful and prompt while still maintaining a laid back and non-pressuring manner. Thank you Kevin!"
Gareth + Kim M
“We have used Kevin for several real estate transactions over the last 5 years. He has negotiated us the best price when selling and has used admirable sales strategies in obtaining us the fairest price when buying. Kevin is personable and he understands what good service means, proving it each time we deal with him. Most importantly, Kevin is a good person and he makes buying and selling real estate an enjoyable and rewarding experience. We are happy to support him and refer him to any of our friends and family as we know he will market any property professionally, ethically, and whole heartedly.”
Darrell Cohen - Lawyer - D Cohen Law Office www.dcohenlaw.com “ It has been a pleasure working with Kevin in the past as both a realtor and a salesperson. He has always ensured that that his clients were provided with prompt service in a most courteous manner. Kevin is professional and is able to provide insightful advice due to his extensive experience with real estate."