A Bashaw real estate agent has developed a clever way to promote his hometown.
Ty Wilson returned to his hometown after playing football for the Edmonton Wildcats and now works as a real estate agent. He recently started creating clever, humorous and innovative social media and YouTube videos on real estate.
Referring to selling real estate, Wilson says, “I wanted to come in and do a little twist on it.”
He says a little bit of the industry was stuck in the past and that most real estate agents just do what has been done in the past.
“I think we’re in a real transition on how we a sell homes thanks to the internet. If you can inject a little personality and use social media there is real opportunity there,” said Wilson, a real estate agent at Ramstad realty.
He says that his marketing videos have been getting a lot of attention lately and he hasn’t been a real estate agent all that long.
He also says that real estate market in rural Alberta is hot right now.
“I was born and raised on the farm that I still live at. I did leave to the city for a couple of years to play football,” said Wilson.
He says that he came back to his hometown because he loves his hometown, people and the landscape.
Growing up he always disliked that the folks he grew up around couldn’t wait to leave. He aims to change that narrative and promote the love of country life and small town living.
“It’s a case of you kinda don’t know what you got until it’s gone,” said Wilson.
He says what would help this area is someone telling the story about the town and local area.
Wilson says that Bashaw is a central location, right in between Ponoka, Camrose, Stettler and Red Deer.
When he got into real estate he wanted to approach it in a new, innovative and clever way.
“I just didn’t want to sell the homes but I wanted to (sell) the area,” said Wilson.
But then COVID-19 came along and changed everything on how we communicate with each other and conduct business.
“It might have been best thing that happened to rural real estate. It changed the world as we know it because now people realized they can do there jobs from a computer,” said Wilson.
He says that if you can do your job from anywhere, as long as you got a computer and internet, “why wouldn’t you want to come out where it’s beautiful? Low cost of living and people are nice,” said Wilson.
He said his aunt Laurie King’s husband is Robin King, who is the pastor at the United Church in Ponoka and Bashaw.
“The United Church (for example) painted their steps in rainbows to promote inclusive and welcoming communities,” said Wilson.
He say that Bashaw is building something.
“I don’t know what it is or how it happened but in the last five years has been nothing short of phenomenal,” said Wilson.
The Bashaw municipal website highlights the town art community, culture, recent expansions and new vista developments.
“New residential developments include the Schultz subdivision and Vistas subdivision.
The town is well known for it famed Majestic theatre.
“Bashaw’s Majestic Theatre was not the first of its kind to be built in Alberta but is now believed to be the last remaining theatre of its kind in Western Canada.
“Not a ‘grand theatre’ by any means, the Majestic is nonetheless of historical and architectural significance as part of the overall history of theatre development in Alberta.
“There are great nature trails and ponds across the town.
“The town has two golf courses called Bashaw Golf and Country Club and Country 9 Golf and RV Resort.”
Find Ty Wilson’s YouTube channel: Buy With Ty.