Kathy is the broker and owner of Schmidt Realty Group. With over 25 years of experience in the Edmonton real estate market, Kathy pours her time and energy into helping her team provide a truly exceptional real estate experience for every one of their buyers and sellers.
Larry Schmidt is an invaluable resource at the brokerage as he brings his strategic thinking and results-oriented focus to special projects for our team and our clients in his capacity as a licensed REALTOR®
Long-term Edmonton residents, Kathy and her husband Larry love their city and know it like the back of their hands. Happily married since 1979, they are best friends and love to spend time off together travelling. Italy, New York, and Canada’s west coast are some of their favorite destinations. Kathy’s “souvenir” from Italy was a desire to learn Italian while Larry brought back some awesome cooking skills! And running the show at their house are their beloved toy fox terriers, Timi and Rosie. It’s a busy life, and a good one!
People often ask, “What’s different about SCHMIDT?” While our systems are rock solid and our results are stellar – what clients tell us is, what’s truly different is the experience. Because our team at Schmidt operates collaboratively instead of competitively, clients always have a REALTOR® to help them, and ideas are shared to generate creative “outside the box” concepts for both buyers and sellers. It’s different for sure. And so are the results! Sellers typically enjoy selling almost twice as fast, and buyers feel supported, never pressured! It’s all about living and working with Authenticity, Respect, and Trust. Those are our core values and together they form The ART of Real Estate, and it’s what we practice every day!
P.S. — If you’re looking for a recommendation for a great book on business, leadership or marketing, Kathy will gladly give you a long list and no doubt some stories about how she’s put into practice what she’s read.
Kathy: Our first trip to Europe in 2009 for a special anniversary. We spent a month in Tuscany in a restored barn, driving the twisty roads, eating amazing food, and sipping wine… though not all at the same time!
Larry: Our first trip to Europe for our 2009 wedding anniversary. We spent four weeks in Tuscany, primarily in the countryside and in small towns, enjoying beauty at every level. The scenery, the architecture, the people, the food and of course uninterrupted time with my sweetie Kathy.
FAVE SWEET TREAT:
Kathy: Purdy’s Himalayan Sea-Salt Chocolate Caramels. Actually almost anything with salted caramel… Mmmmmm… almonds… coconut… chocolate… and SALTED CARAMEL! Sounds Purdylicious… And pastry! I looooove pastry!
Larry: Pumpkin dessert…anything! Pie, tarts…pumpkin!!!
Kathy: I love my morning coffee – that first sip is heaven! And I do love my Pepsi! I’ve never met a Prosecco I didn’t enjoy, and a gin and tonic over ice on a hot day is summertime perfection!
Larry: A rich, not too sweet hot chocolate.
Kathy: I’m totally a dog person. I’ve had cats and I can appreciate them, but I can’t imagine life without a dog or two in it. Our two little ones are a lot of work, but they are so worth it! They bring us so much joy!
Larry: Dogs. Preferably big to medium-sized ones that love to cuddle or just hang out with you. The little ones, though, travel well in your lap.
Kathy: Blue. In particular a soft denimy blue.
Larry: It depends on where the color is. To wear, I love blue. On walls I like light brown. In the sky, that pale wintery blue you get when it is 20 below or more.
Kathy: I love my Mini Cooper! We drove one just like it all over Tuscany and every time I get in there’s a part of me that feels like I’m back in Italy!
Larry: A car I have never driven. I love the idea of it but I don’t think I will fit in it. The Porsche Boxster Spyder. It reminds me of what the car my mom used to own, an MGB, should have been. Convertible, fantastic handling, rear wheel drive for fun in the snow and great road feel. I also love the idea of being in a two-seater car because it is just Kathy and me and the road and sky.
Kathy: It was years ago, but we saw Elton John and it was absolutely incredible!
Larry: A number of years ago Kathy and I went to see Elton John and had to sit in the cheap seats behind the stage. The incredible part was that we had to sit away from the crowd. Elton John turned around and it seemed he sang directly to us. It was beautiful.
Kathy: I don’t have any one favorite. I get inspired by anyone who is making their life matter, whether it’s in a big way or just the day to day, by something they believe in, and challenging themselves.
Larry: When I was a teenager it was David Suzuki. I even snuck into a radiologist / radiographer convention to hear him speak. Pure science and the scientists that pursue knowledge for knowledge’s sake are the ones I most like because often they are most interested in trying to discover truth and moving their field and the world in a positive direction.
FAVE ACTIVITY OUTSIDE OF WORK:
Kathy: I’m a bit of a nerd and I actually find my work FUN! I love reading books on marketing and business. Travel is something I always enjoy, either driving through the countryside with my hubby or walking miles and miles in Paris with a friend. Those are magical times!
Larry: Playing music (flute, guitar, singing), riding motorcycles, playing with the dogs, being around or riding horses and most of all hanging with my sweetie.