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Gordon McCallum
Works at First Foundation Residential Mortgages and Insurance
Attended University of Alberta
Lived in Sherwood Park
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Grateful for the recognition... +Jamie Sarner tagged us at #8 on the top Real Estate Blogs in Canada...
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I like free money. Do you like free money?
Who wouldn't want free money? Well, there is a way, and if you have kids and live in Canada, it's easier than you might realize! Step into the world of RESPs...
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If you're buying a home this spring it may be worth considering the Purchase Plus Improvements program. Buy the home. Fix it up. Enjoy! Simple!
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Do you have Bankitis? Here's how to tell! #infographic  
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Our mortgage calculators are so easy, even Granddad can use them! At least that's what I think....how do you find them?
Easy to use Free Canadian Mortgage Calculators. Use the mortgage payment calculator to understand the costs for your new Canadian home. Also try our Mortgage Pre-Qualifier calculator or Pre-Payment calculator.
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My turn +Kathy Schmidt ! :)
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Sometimes it makes more sense to pay the mortgage off...sometimes it makes more sense to invest. How do you know what to choose?
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My quick and dirty high level analysis of today's Bank of Canada announcement...now with graphs! :)
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Drew thank you for the great review and kind words for +Scott Marit - we're thankful every day that he's part of the team here at +First Foundation. Thank you for choosing us and please let us know how we can be of service in the future.
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First Foundation
7473 101 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6A 3A4, Canada
My wife and I were just recently reviewing our various service providers, and decided to switch insurance brokerages on recommendation from a friend. We switched to First Foundation, and it was a great decision!

Scott went over and above our expectations in regards to the service that was provided. He ended up getting us better coverage than we had at the time, for less than what we were paying with our existing insurance provider. He also explained things and asked questions in regards to our situation to better understand our needs. He did not try upselling more coverage than was necessary for our requirements.

He is always willing to answer questions, and is very quick at response times.

If you are looking for an insurance broker, I highly recommend giving First Foundation a call!
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I've actually experienced everything in this post....so I believe it to be true. Sad news for us coffee lovers, eh +Scott Dawson and +Jackson Middleton?
This week's tip for improving your performance is the most simple and straightforward method I’ve provided thus far. For many people, this tip has the potential to have a bigger impact than any other
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That's selfless of you +Kimberly Allison - way to take one for the team! ;)
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Good conversation around side jobs, being self employed, making extra cash etc. As always very interesting. #hangout #ota
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Stephen thank you very much for the kind review and for your business over the years. It's greatly appreciated and feedback like this really makes the hard work worthwhile. On behalf of the whole team, thanks!
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First Foundation
7473 101 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6A 3A4, Canada
First Foundation got me a better rate for my mortgage than I found on my own, gave me better service and their fees are paid by the lender, so it didn't cost me anything extra.

I first used First Foundation 5 years ago when I was looking for a new mortgage for my primary residence. I had shopped around at all the big banks first and then gave First Foundation a chance to see what they could do. They impressed from the start. They beat the rate at the bank and they gave me much better service than I was getting anywhere else.

Since then First Foundation has secured a few more mortgages for me and each time they beat the rates from the banks. What I really appreciate about FF though is the fact that everyone I have dealt with there is a pleasure to work with and they are proactive about making things quicker and easier for me. That's a sign of good leadership.

First Foundation comes with my highest recommendation in the Mortgage space. If you need a mortgage, I suggest you give them a try.
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Mortgage Broker, President of First Foundation Mortgages and Insurance
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  • First Foundation Residential Mortgages and Insurance
    President, 2002 - present
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Sherwood Park
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President of First Foundation Mortgages and Insurance. Proud husband and father of four.
Introduction
I'd probably introduce myself by saying, "Hi, I'm Gord." If someone asked me where I'm from, I'd tell them I was born and raised in Saskatoon, but left after high school to chase opportunity in Alberta. I'm a U of A School of Business Grad and have been an entrepreneur my entire working life. 

I work pretty hard because I really enjoy it. President of a great little company full of great people - First Foundation Mortgages and Insurance in Edmonton, and providing service throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. 

We've won some awards and have lots of happy clients, but we're not perfect either...so every day is a challenge to improve and to grow.

You might catch me talking about sports, technology, and cars when I'm not working on the business or spending time with my family.
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Accredited Mortgage Professional of the Year - 2011 (Canada)
Education
  • University of Alberta
    School of Business, Entrepreneurship, 1996 - 1999
  • Augustana University College
    Economics, 1994 - 1996
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Gordon McCallum's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
We're Number Eight! (In the Top 50 Real Estate Blogs in Canada) | First ...
www.firstfoundation.ca

The Top 50 Real Estate Blogs in Canada were recently announced and First Foundation is among the winners!

Pay Off Your Mortgage or Invest in RRSP's? | First Foundation
www.firstfoundation.ca

A mortgage blog article for Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta that describes the pros and cons of investing in RRSP's versus paying off your mor

So, you have kids. Cool, here’s some Free Money!!! [RESP] | First Founda...
www.firstfoundation.ca

Who wouldn't want free money? Well, there is a way, and if you have kids and live in Canada, it's easier than you might realize! Step into t

Surprise! Bank of Canada Drops Overnight Rate to 0.75% | First Foundation
www.firstfoundation.ca

In a surprise move the Bank of Canada lowered it's overnight rate by a quarter point. Here's what happened, why it happened, how it affects

Have You Heard the Story About Purchase Plus Improvements? | First Found...
www.firstfoundation.ca

Putting CMHC's purchase plus improvements program to work for you.

Bank Mortgage Fine Print | First Foundation
www.firstfoundation.ca

Everything you ever wanted to know about mortgage terms and conditions, aka fine print - including some stuff we just made up for fun!

Your Tech Startup Needs a Barbed Wire Fence [Events] | First Foundation
www.firstfoundation.ca

On May 20th & 21st, Phil Baker from Creechurch International Underwriters will be doing a lunch and learn series with TEC Edmonton and the A

CMHC Premium Increase Effective May 1st 2014 | First Foundation
www.firstfoundation.ca

Effective May 1st 2014 CHMC will increase insurance premiums for high ratio mortgages in Canada

CMHC Changes In Mortgage Insurance Product Offering [Breaking] | First F...
www.firstfoundation.ca

CMHC has just discontinued their second home program along with their Self-Employed Without Traditional Third Party Validation of Income Pro

Heartbleed Bug and First Foundation | First Foundation
www.firstfoundation.ca

First Foundation's statement on visitor privacy and security and our response to the Heartbleed Bug.

Water Management | Spring Home Maintenance Checklist | First Foundation
www.firstfoundation.ca

Here is our Spring Home Maintenance Checklist feature on Water Management by Inspector Mitch Waldon

Press Release: Deposit Cash With Your Phone! | First Foundation
www.firstfoundation.ca

For Immediate Release: First Foundation mobile app now lets Canadians deposit cash with their mobile device.

Promotions and Downsizing | 52 Week Money Challenge | First Foundation
www.firstfoundation.ca

Here is the latest entry in our Middleton Family 52 Week Money Challenge. Nothing is sacred, making the hard decisions.

2014 Canadian Mortgage Awards Here We Come! | First Foundation
www.firstfoundation.ca

The 2014 Canadian Mortgage Awards have just notified us that First Foudnation has staff included as finalists in four categroies.

iMEDIA2014 Social Media Conference | [Event] | First Foundation
www.firstfoundation.ca

If you aren't going to be in attendence at the iMEDIA2014 conference in Edmonton this weekend, feel free to follow along on Twitter.

Do you manage your rewards cards, Or do your rewards cards manage you? |...
www.firstfoundation.ca

Are you a Rewards Program Optimizer or do you get suckered in to the latest bank credit card program to separate you from your money?

Is Your Parking Lot a Black Ice Hazard? [Small Business] | First Foundation
www.firstfoundation.ca

If you are a small business owner, here are some great tips on making sure your parking lot doesn't become a black ice nightmare

$100 Gift Card Rescued From Maternity Pants | 52 Week Money Challenge | ...
www.firstfoundation.ca

In the process of organizing our basement (and lives), Steph and I found $230 worth of gift cards we had forgotten about, lost, or plain did

Sell The Kids Clothes | Stephanie Middleton [Video] | 52 Week Money Chal...
www.firstfoundation.ca

Stephanie Middleton talks about her experience with the 52 week money challenge so far, selling kids clothes and organizing!

Nominate Jenn Huynh for Best Broker Newcomer | Canadian Mortgage Awards ...
www.firstfoundation.ca

If you have worked with Jenn Huynh in the past and know how awesome she is, please consider nominating her for a Canadian Mortgage Award.

Kyle did a great job on the First Foundation Google My Business Virtual Tour. He took great shots, turned things around quickly for us, and the results are very impressive. It's great service that really helps your business location standout on the search results. Thanks again Kyle!
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reviewed 4 weeks ago
I've had the opportunity to refer clients who are in financial distress to Rebecca at Frederick and Company. She's knowledgeable, helpful, and willing to give people the honest advice that they need to get back on track. Hopefully you'll never need her services but if you or someone you know does, then she's highly recommended.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
As a company we refer our mortgage clients to BungoBox Edmonton because we believe in the product and the benefits to our customers. It's always an easy referral to make because we know they'll be well taken care of.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Synergy Medical advertises on their website and signage that they are open for walk-in patients Saturday from 9am-4pm. Unfortunately this appears to not be the case. I arrived at 8:45am this morning, a Saturday, and waited until nearly 9:30 before myself, my two sick kids, and about ten other people who were waiting gave up. It's shameful that anyone in the medical profession can advertise certain hours and leave people who are relying on them in the lurch. Not showing up should NOT be an option. Very disappointed in the lack of service and lack of professionalism. There wasn't even a notice on the office voicemail. Despite the fact that NOBODY showed up, a call to the office indicated that they were "experiencing higher than normal call volume" which was the reason for the long wait on hold. This is shameful, a major fail, and one more example of how us Canadians have equal access to the same crappy care. Now I'm sitting at the only other walk-in clinic in Sherwood Park and it looks like it'll be an hour wait just to talk to the receptionist...let alone see a doctor. There are about 30 people sitting in here and one doctor on duty. #fail.
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We required a complete roof replacement after a big hailstorm in August of 2012. Jensen was recommended by our insurance company at the time and, after doing some research and seeing many positive reviews for it, we chose them. The work was done quickly, with a minimal disruption, and the work was done well. The shingles look great, they helped us to pick a colour that would suit our home and have answered questions on a number of occasions over the phone. Highly recommended and very happy with the service and the new roof.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Great group of people who are truly professional, very knowledgeable about real estate in Edmonton with very high service and ethical standards. Our clients are always well taken care of when we refer them to Liv.
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reviewed 2 years ago