All About Annalise

Thank you for visiting my site. Allow me to give you a little bit of background on who I am and why I am so passionate about what I do.

My Purpose

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When it was time to move on from my career in the Army, I wasn’t sure where my life’ s path would take me.  I generally knew I needed something more flexible than my previous employment had allowed for, because I needed the ability to pursue my calling.

Let me back up.  My husband chose India as the place in which we’d spend his three weeks away from combat in Afghanistan during his 2006 tour. Something happened in my heart on that trip, and when I came home I knew I would be going to places where my gifts and skills could be shared.

For quite a few years, we had been involved with a relief and development agency (hungryforlife.org), mostly through fundraising, but in 2009 Kevin traveled to Kenya and Uganda to help out with some orphanage and local farming and water projects.  We also did an assessment trip to Asia in 2011.

Coming home from our trip in 2011, I couldn’t help but look at things in terms of how many people could be fed for a certain amount of money.  How many children could be educated for that price. It would have been a depressing way to go through day-to-day life, so rather than move into an old cardboard box in an industrial district, I started looking at my income differently.  How much of a difference can my next commission make?  How many lives can be changed if I sell a few more homes?  I don’t need a big house or a fancy car; there’s no satisfaction in chasing the latest fashions or technological trends; I’ve never really bothered watching TV; I don’t have kids to feed or take to piano lessons and the orthodontist.  But it is SO rewarding to be able to pass on our excess to those whose lives could be changed by it.

In 2013, the Executive Director of Hungry for Life, our long-time friend Dave, called to ask if I would come on permanent staff with HFL.  Kevin and I knew it was the right time.

Most of my international travel is done during the months when the real estate market is quieter, and with today’s technology my clients often comment they don’t even notice when I’m thousands of miles away.

In my former life as an Army officer, I could feel that I was part of a bigger picture, something larger than myself.  I guess I really missed that, and struggled with it.  I love the part of real estate that is about helping people, educating, assisting people in their decisions and making sure they avoid mistakes.  I enjoy being around people, and I find the nuts and bolts of real estate very interesting.  But it is because of my passion for  that my work in real estate brings me so much fulfillment.  My job and my clients help me answer the calling that I started to hear years before becoming a real estate agent.

My Background

I was born and raised right here in Kingston, completed my university degree and served in the Army for 13 years. I have worked on bases from coast to coast, and I spent several years in each of Kingston, Edmonton and Gagetown (NB). I have been married since 2002 and my husband Kevin is still serving in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.

Community involvement is important to me, both locally and globally. I volunteer with the Sunshine Foundation (sunshine.ca), helping make dreams come true for kids with severe disabilities and life-threatening illnesses. My husband and I are also actively involved with a humanitarian aid organization, Hungry For Life International, and we travel abroad in support of projects worldwide.

I began investing in real estate in 2006 and enjoyed every aspect of it, from purchasing and developing to managing and periodically selling. I love the challenge, and how there’s something new and different about every deal. With my own interest in real estate and the fulfillment I derive from helping others, becoming a real estate agent was a perfect fit following my military career.

My Take on Real Estate

110627 191938 Annalise Schamuhn 1931 549x640 All About Annalise  |  Kingston Real Estate Over the course of several military relocations and iterations of buying, developing, managing and selling investment properties, I built the profile of what I considered to be the ideal real estate agent. It’s a concept I work hard to live up to, and continue to redefine as I work with clients and other professionals in the realm of real estate.

Anyone can send you lists of houses for sale and drive you around to find something you like, or plug the details of your home into the MLS® System. What I offer, however, is the focus to ensure you don’t pay too much that perfect home, to uncover issues that might otherwise be missed, to help you sell at the best price for your home, and to guide you through the intricacies of the negotiation process.

With me, you have a real estate agent who keeps in close communication and has the knowledge and confidence to give you straight answers and strong advice. I am meticulous when I deal with my own real estate investments because I love the whole process from research to negotiations to building equity. Rely on me to be your sober second thought, your staunch advocate, your trusted advisor, and your second wind when the going gets tough. In short, I’m the real estate agent you’ve been looking for!