Bryon Howard - REALTOR®
From a very young age, I had determined that I wanted to be in the eco-tourism / adventure business. I would take small groups of people into communities in interesting parts of the world. I would assist in creating ‘memories for a lifetime’. My wife and I started an outdoor adventure / eco tourism business in 1993. We led small groups of people on sea kayaking, biking and walking tours in Eastern Canada and Mexico. My plan was to offer adventures all over the world. In the fall of 2002 CBC Radio hosted a program on Schools in Eastern Canada, and living in Eastern Canada. I kept hearing the best decision to a better education for your children was to move to Alberta. Move to Albeta for better schools, and the Alberta Advantage. I moved to Alberta for a better life for my family. I came for the schools, the economy, and the opportunities to explore. Creating a life in Real Estate was a natural choice. Real Estate isn’t about a house. It’s about helping (even guiding) people in making choices that move them forward. That’s what a great agent does. We’re equal parts salesperson and therapist. I began selling and investing in real estate in Calgary before, and during the 2006 and 2007 boom. The Alberta bust happened at the end of 2008 and by 2009 we were all either laughing or crying at ourselves. That bumper sticker that last appeared in the 1980’s appeared again. “Please God, give us another oil boom, we promise not to piss it away this time.” ( Bee had another boom in 2013 and 2014, which busted in 2015 … and the bumper sticker appeared again!) It is during the rough times in Alberta that I learned a system to sell real estate at a high level. I had no choice. Like many Albetans, I had overextended myself. I lived too high on our boom cycles, and like many Albertan families, my family paid for this in the bust cycles. Before our next boom in 2013, I learned the importance of a real estate team. After going it alone for 10 years, I came to realize the most effective way to do “it all” was with a team. My team helps make the process and journey for our clients seamless and brings them full circle. In the meantime, my children thrived in school and their chosen extracurricular activities. Our oldest, graduated from University of Victoria - thriving within her community. The youngest excelled at cycling. Their schools were Altadore, Calgary Science, Calgary Academy & The National Sports Academy. And that’s why helping Calgary families is personal for me.