Tanja van de Kamp and Ariette van Pelt ~
Tanja has a legal background and studied both business law and criminal law in the Netherlands. After graduating from university in 1996, she became a corporate lawyer and later became a Crown Prosecutor. Altogether, Tanja practised law for about 10 years. Ariette has a marketing and sales background and mainly worked in the family business.
Ariette and Tanja were both born and raised in the Netherlands and immigrated to Canada. Holland is a small country and one of the most crowded. The space and beauty of Canada, the sincerity of its people and the opportunity that Canada offers to everyone made the decision to leave everything behind and move to Canada an easy one.
Why did they choose Calgary? It has never been a question. Ariette had already experienced two years in Calgary on a work visa. She visited Canada every year for holidays since 1995. Calgary offers opportunity and has a solid economy. Besides all that, Calgary offers the best of both worlds; the prairies in the front yard and the mountains in the backyard! The biggest ‘mountain’ in Holland is comparable to Nose Hill Park, so in their free time they can be often found hiking in the mountains. More of a challenge!
After immigrating to Canada they basically had to start all over again. Tanja’s legal education is not recognized in Canada; besides they both wanted something totally different and foremost, to be self-employed. They started a small import business with several products from the Netherlands combined with a small cleaning company in Calgary.
After a few years of “life-experience” in Calgary, learning the city, getting to know its people and overseeing its opportunities, it was time to make a bigger and more serious step in which they both could give their legal and marketing expertise and dedication; Real Estate.
It is their strong belief that their combined legal and marketing backgrounds are excellent tools for providing clients with services of the highest standard. They both take continuous training so their knowledge is always up-to-date. Tanja is a Certified Condominium Specialist©, Accredited Buyers Representative© and has a NAR Green Designation©. Ariette is also a Seniors Real Estate Specialist©.
We define providing our real estate services as giving education to potential buyers and sellers on the home buying and selling process, being dedicated and trusted advisors for our clients during the process and also anytime afterwards.
On a personal note:
Going into Real Estate was a great decision. We are able to help people find their dream homes or put all our systems in place and help them sell their homes. We are able to work how we want to work; precise, with dedication and foremost with the highest level of integrity. A lot of dedication goes to the large group of immigrants here in Calgary. Like no other, we know the feeling of moving to a place where you don’t know anybody and where you don’t know how things work. With lots of dedication and hard work, we were able to get ourselves established as Realtors with a large base of happy clients, both locals and immigrants.