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Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - Understanding the deposit process for a new-build home

A deposit is the first financial hurdle a homebuyer needs to clear when buying a pre-construction home. That deposit is generally five per cent of a home?s total value for a purchase of less than $500,000, but it can be as high as 20 per cent for a $1-million-plus home. Those funds are a pre-construction commitment to the builder to take that condo or single-family home off the market. That money also gets put toward your eventual down payment. ?It?s important for the consumer to understand the ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 02 Jun 2020 15:49:40 +0000

Monday, June 1, 2020 - Home made out of 612,000 recycled bottles!

A home recently listed in Halifax is made from 612,000 recycled PET bottles, says builder JD Composites. The home at 39 Sunset Lane in Meteghan River, N.S. is priced at $490,000. The builder says the 2,000-sq.-ft. open-concept home outperforms traditional construction with its patented structural panels providing unrivaled insulation, low maintenance living and a life expectancy of over 250 years. The home is wind and fire-resistant. [Joel German and David Saulnier of JD Composites created, ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Mon, 01 Jun 2020 22:57:42 +0000

Sunday, May 31, 2020 - Okotoks Growth: Alberta's largest small town

Ten minutes south of Calgary in the town of Okotoks, homebuyers and builders continue to buck the regional trend of declining housing starts. In fact, the growing town of just over 29,000 people (based on the 2018 civic census) saw an increase in housing starts in 2019 that is expected to continue into 2020, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. While some construction continues in a couple of established communities ? namely, Drake Landing, Rancher?s Rise and Cimarron ? ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sun, 31 May 2020 22:51:23 +0000

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - Hudson in Creekstone, Calgary

The new southwest community of Hudson in Creekstone makes the most of its spectacular setting ? perched on a ridge overlooking the Pine Creek coulee with the Rocky Mountains in the distance. Dennis Inglis, development manager with Highfield Land Management, says the community?s location alongside a protected reserve means its scenic surroundings are here to stay, unlike some new communities where development eventually encroaches on natural lands. ?What you see in Hudson when you look over the ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Wed, 27 May 2020 22:29:49 +0000

Monday, May 25, 2020 - Mount Pleasant

The lands that became northwest Calgary?s Mount Pleasant community were annexed by the City in 1910, making it one of Calgary?s older neighbourhoods. When development began in the area in 1912, Calgary?s population numbered fewer than 50,000 people. As the city grew to 100,000 people by 1947 and 200,000 by 1955, then-suburban Mount Pleasant experienced an influx of new amenities into the area when North Hill Centre opened its doors in 1958. The opening of the Tran-Canada Highway came four years ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Mon, 25 May 2020 21:45:31 +0000

Sunday, May 24, 2020 - The beauty of the bungalow

If you feel that stairs are overrated and basements are underused, a bungalow might be your ideal home style. Apart from the added convenience single-level living provides for those with mobility issues, bungalows offer flexible living arrangements and definite ?aging in place? potential. ?Remember that while a two-storey house with 2,000 square feet is comprised of two levels with 1,000 square feet each, the same-sized bungalow gives you twice the space, as both the main floor and basement are ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 24 May 2020 19:53:29 +0000

Saturday, May 23, 2020 - La Pedrera in Barcelona

When the residential building La Pedrera was constructed on a prominent corner of Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona, it was immediately ridiculed by critics. Today it attracts thousands of people a year ? local citizens and visitors from around the world who regularly line up to pay admission for a peek inside. In 1984, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named it a World Heritage Site in recognition of its ?exceptional universal value.? Sometimes it ...
posted in Places to visit at Sat, 23 May 2020 19:24:17 +0000

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 5 easy projects to do for your child's bedroom

Your tween has been complaining about that toddler-style bedroom . It?s the perfect time to revamp the space! If you don?t want to spend fistfuls of cash to gut the room, there are plenty of creative ways to swap out the kiddie look for a more grown-up, sophisticated vibe your child will love bringing friends to. Bonus: Your kid can help, too! Start with art Refreshing and updating your child?s bedroom doesn?t have to be complicated or expensive, says Melissa Barling, founder of Winter Daisy, a ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 22 May 2020 16:29:05 +0000

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - How to find the right window treatments for your home

When it comes to modern window treatments, the selection is so vast that choosing the right ones for your home can be a challenge. Lynn Hickey, owner of Lynne?s Window Treatments Inc., says people should first consider how they live in their home and use the various rooms. For instance, Hickey says, if you like to sleep with windows open, then blinds might be a bad choice since wind can rattle them and disturb your sleep. Similarly, curtains on a window over a kitchen sink can get wet or ...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Thu, 21 May 2020 16:34:11 +0000

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 5 ways to re-energize your home this spring

After the dreary days of winter, the arrival of spring feels like a breath of fresh air, as snow melts and beautiful greenery takes its place. A change of scenery inside your home can be just as uplifting. ?Spring is a great time to think about changing up your space,? said Alykhan Velji, principal and senior designer for Alykhan Velji Designs. ?Out with the drab and dated and in with the new and fresh.? Here are five of Velji?s top design trends for spring : Glass partitions ?Open-plan living ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 19 May 2020 15:13:05 +0000

Sunday, May 17, 2020 - Impact of coronavirus on Real Estate

The impacts of the new coronavirus on Canadian real estate is expected to be ?modest and temporary at most,? says a report by the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN). ?It?s still premature to predict how the coronavirus outbreak will be resolved, but data suggests that panic will only worsen the country?s economic situation. There is reason to be alert, but there?s absolutely no reason to further raise alarm and cause more public fear,? says Jennifer Hunt, vice president, research for REIN. ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sun, 17 May 2020 22:08:57 +0000

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 5 things you might not know about Curacao

1.First Female Governor Curaçao?s capital Willemstad is divided into four districts: Punda, Otrobanda, Scharloo and Pietermaai. Each district is equally beautiful with baroque style old Spanish colonial style buildings that are boasting with colour.  To get there by foot, cross the floating Queen Emma Bridge (a three minute walk across) and you?re immediately at the King?s Palace, dating back to the late 1800s and home to all things politics. Curacao?s Governor, the first female in the island?s ... Full Article...
posted in Caribbean Real Estate at Sat, 16 May 2020 20:48:43 +0000

Friday, May 15, 2020 - Canmore's hotel condos can provide big benefits for owners who eschew the rental pool

A type of Canmore real estate whose popularity and profitability had plateaued is reaching greater heights thanks to new economic trends. Hotel-style condominium units in Canmore have seen their rental potential soar thanks to online listing websites like VRBO and Airbnb, providing another vacation-booking option for visitors to the increasingly popular region. The old formula of a resort management company providing a hotel-like vacation rental experience, then sharing the revenue between ...
posted in Community info at Fri, 15 May 2020 16:04:02 +0000

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - Rentals on the Rise in Calgary

In 2019, Calgary experienced a purpose-built-rental ?boom? and 2020 is expected to be even hotter. According to market research firm Urban Analytics, there are approximately 65 new purpose-built rental projects (totalling 19,225 apartment units) currently proceeding through the planning and construction processes. That includes several traditional developers of ownership product who are moving into the purpose-built rental sphere, as oversupply continues to plague the condo market. This ...
posted in Community info at Thu, 14 May 2020 15:56:30 +0000

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - New Listing - C4296465

Just added this listing:"Rarely does a unit come up for rent in this prestigious Bonavista Estates complex. The spacious unit has one bedroom and a den,  is very quiet and faces the lovely inner courtyard. The master bedroom is large with a separate tub and shower. The den was previously used as a bedroom as it does have a closet but there is no window. It is opposite the second bathroom which has a shower. The laundry room is very large with lots of room for storage. All the appliances are ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Thu, 14 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - Questions to ask your mortgage Broker

Buying a new house should be exciting, but it can get pretty harrowing at times. You may worry you won?t qualify. You may feel unsure about house prices and worry about interest rates.  If you?re considering renovating instead of purchasing, you may worry you won?t qualify for a refinance.  As we head in to the Spring season, this is the ideal time for us to discuss your goals, including a review of your financial goals, your credit profile, and find the best solution for your personal ...
posted in home tips at Wed, 13 May 2020 16:39:44 +0000

Monday, May 11, 2020 - Designing pet-friendly homes

We?re making our favourite member of the family a priority in the home this year and designing for pets. While dogs are content to curl up wherever you are and cats will sooner claim a cardboard box as their new favourite spot than the elaborate cat condo that came inside it, incorporating their needs into your home design solidifies their place in the family. Let?s look at a few ways we can make your home pet-friendly without sacrificing a drop of style.  Keep them close Your furry best friend ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 11 May 2020 16:09:17 +0000

Sunday, May 10, 2020 - Real Estate 101 for buyers

Buying a house can be an exciting, but complex process. So when you embark on your journey, one of your first stops should be familiarizing yourself with the lingo. We?ve curated helpful information from our Homebuyers? Road Map and Tips for Buyers, to share with you some of the most important terminology a new buyer needs to know?from pre-purchase to post-purchase. Before you buy First things first, you need to find yourself a REALTOR®. A REALTOR® can bring you peace of mind thanks to their ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sun, 10 May 2020 22:17:29 +0000

Saturday, May 9, 2020 - Top safety considerations for DIY Renovators

Taking the DIY route with a home renovation is always tempting when trying to update a space while spending less. However, while TV and magazine experts make it look easy, successful and safe execution of these projects requires a lot of legwork before putting hammer to nail. ?Not understanding exactly what?s involved in a renovation project is where the DIY can really come into peril,? said Barry Johnson, co-owner of Dependable Renovations. For the determined and prepared, Johnson broke down ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sat, 09 May 2020 16:33:36 +0000

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - Affordable homes within reach of Calgarians

New research by Attainable Homes Calgary, the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and the Calgary Real Estate Board says that most moderate-income Calgary residents want to own a home and many may not realize that they could afford one. ?Recent media reports and social media communication across the country suggest a shift away from the desire of Canadians to own a home,? say the organizations in a news release. ?This newly released research counters this assumption; the dream remains firmly in ...
posted in home tips at Tue, 05 May 2020 20:30:01 +0000

Monday, April 27, 2020 - New Listing - C4294337

Just added this listing:"Here is your chance to own an established business at an unbelievable price! It is located in a thriving SW strip mall which includes a Safeway, Tim Hortons and a shoppers drug mart. The current owner has operated the business for over 20 years and is willing to train the new owner if desired. A highlight is the swamp cooler in the back room to keep the area comfortably cool! There is potential for growth to the business with an area that could be used for alterations." ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Mon, 27 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000

Sunday, April 26, 2020 - Calgary's Midfield Mobile Home Park redevelopment

As Calgary?s population expands, redevelopment of City-owned land in established areas holds potential for supporting growth. However, it takes planning and community engagement to get it right. Since deteriorating services closed the Midfield Mobile Home Park, the City of Calgary has been working to redevelop the area into Winston Heights Village. Plans for the new medium-density, mixed-use community on the northeast corner of 16th Avenue N.E. in the Winston Heights-Mountview community show ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sun, 26 Apr 2020 21:54:01 +0000

Saturday, April 25, 2020 - New communities in Calgary NE

Home to a broad selection of communities focused on nature and quality of life, the ?new northeast? offers an accessible location, convenient amenities and plenty of green space. Here are a few new communities that are capturing attention in northeast Calgary. Cityscape Launched in 2013, Cityscape?s location south of Country Hills Boulevard N.E. and east of Métis Trail gives residents easy access to the airport, as well as several major routes in and out of the city. The community features a ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sat, 25 Apr 2020 22:46:43 +0000

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - Hemp houses?

An Airdrie-based company is building homes out of compressed hemp chip blocks, a sustainable building material that holds huge potential for reducing carbon footprint and emissions. The idea first came to Just BioFiber Structural Solutions founder Mac Radford a few years back when he was asked to help build a ?hemp house? in Nelson, B.C. It turned out to be a very time-consuming and labour-intensive process, but the building material ? shredded industrial hemp stalks ? had obvious ...
posted in home tips at Thu, 23 Apr 2020 16:11:08 +0000

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - Avoiding clogged pipes

Join the I don't flush campaign and learn about how you  can keep your pipes clear and trouble-free so that you spend your time relaxing instead of dealing with a blockage. At any time of the year, many Canadians are guilty of using their sinks and toilets like garbage cans, resulting in costly damage to their homes due to pipe clogs and backups. Two of the biggest offenders are personal hygiene products (baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, floss) and fats, oils and grease (which we call ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 22 Apr 2020 15:15:55 +0000

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - Radon in your homes?

Radon is an odourless, tasteless, colourless radioactive gas that is the byproduct of radium decay. Radium occurs naturally in soil and rock formations. Places with higher than normal radium deposits, such as Alberta and Saskatchewan, have higher radon levels. Health Canada indicates concentrations of radon gas at or in excess of 200 becquerels per cubic metre are unhealthy, unsafe, and are considered . Radon is typically drawn up from the earth and into basements, where it can become trapped ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 21 Apr 2020 15:35:01 +0000

Monday, April 20, 2020 - Valley Ridge and Crestmont in Calgary

Situated among some of Calgary?s most picturesque landscapes, the adjacent communities of Valley Ridge and Crestmont ? both originally developed in the 1990s ? offer homeowners access to plenty of nature and established amenities, along with some compelling views. ?Valley Ridge is a charming community that is over 50 per cent green space that includes amazing wildlife, hiking trails, bike paths, the Bow River and the Valley Ridge Golf and Country Club,? said  a longtime community resident. ?My ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Mon, 20 Apr 2020 15:50:45 +0000

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - Greenwich in Calgary NW

Calgary?s western edge along the Trans-Canada Highway is taking on an ultra-urban vibe as the development of Greenwich, inspired by its Manhattan namesake, revitalizes the area. A master-planned community from Melcor Developments, the urban village is a nostalgic mix of residential brownstones, recreation, retail and office space. It also has one major attraction that its New York counterpart lacks ? easy access to the mountains. ?We?re only 18 minutes from downtown Calgary and less than a ...
posted in Community info at Sun, 19 Apr 2020 17:47:13 +0000

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - Top considerations for a home gym

With self isolation in full swing it?s as good a time as any to start making positive lifestyle changes and more health-conscious choices. It?s a time when well-intentioned people flood the nearest gym, fully intending to commit to a healthier routine year-round, only to abandon their fitness goals by Easter. What better way to kick your fitness regime into high gear than from the comfort of your home? With an at-home gym, you never have to pack a bag, there?s no need to account for travel time ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sat, 18 Apr 2020 21:40:41 +0000

Friday, April 17, 2020 - Buying an Older House? Here's What Unexpected Repairs Might Cost You

You found your dream century home and your conditional offer has been accepted. But after receiving your home inspector?s report, it turns out your charming Victorian cottage needs more than a fresh coat of paint. While this doesn?t mean you need to back out of the deal, it?s important to know you can always head back to the negotiating table. Your REALTOR® is a great resource for knowing the repairs you might be in for?and what they could cost you?before buying an older property. ?Disposable? ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:38:26 +0000

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 10 most expensive Calgary SW Communities

These are the 10 most expensive Calgary communities in the southwest quadrant, based on year-to-date (YTD) residential average sale price. 1. Bel Aire Established: 1960 Population: 390 Dwellings: 159 Median pre-tax household income: $401,839 New listings (YTD): 20 Number of residential sales (YTD): 4 Residential average sale price (YTD): $2,000,000 Residential benchmark price (YTD): N/A 2. Britannia Established: 1956 Population: 690 Dwellings: 313 Median pre-tax household income: $268,603 New ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Thu, 16 Apr 2020 18:34:58 +0000

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - Residents rejoice as SW BRT is completed

It has been quite a ride for some of those affected by the construction of the Southwest Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), so the project?s completion comes as good news for more than just riders. The project ? one of four additions to Calgary?s transit system ? includes new BRT stations throughout the route and the addition of bus-only travel lanes on 14 Street S.W. between Southland Drive and 75 Avenue S.W. ?The impetus for the entire MAX BRT initiative was to create a network of rapid transit buses ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Wed, 15 Apr 2020 14:45:19 +0000

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - Winter vacation properties to fit your budget

If you thought owning a winter recreation property was out of reach, think again. While a RE/MAX survey last winter of western Canadians found that 67 per cent believed they couldn?t afford to purchase a ski resort property, that doesn?t align with the actual situation. ?In reality, the story is very different, with multiple ski resorts in Western Canada boasting affordable prices, making them attractive investments for both local and foreign buyers,? said the executive vice-president of RE/MAX ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Tue, 14 Apr 2020 16:28:49 +0000

Friday, April 10, 2020 - 5 things to consider when buying a ski vacation condo

A ski-vacation condo can be a great place for holidays with family and friends, with the added benefit of generating rental income when you?re away. Luckily, ski resorts and mountain towns in B.C. are not subject to vacancy or speculation taxes that have started to emerge in that province, and even buying at a U.S. ski resort is possible with financing through your Canadian bank. Here are five questions to consider when buying a ski-vacation condo: Where should you buy? ?There?s a magic ...
posted in Community info at Fri, 10 Apr 2020 17:17:23 +0000

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - Alberta's recreational property attractive for buyers

Alberta?s recreational property market will likely be soft this winter, creating opportunities for prospective buyers. Elton Ash, regional vice-president for RE/MAX Western Canada, says older buyers have been the recreational market?s strength for years, but millennials are growing in purchase numbers. RE/MAX?s 2019 national recreational property survey shows 40 per cent of all Canadians, and 56 per cent of millennials, are in the market for a recreational property ? whether it?s for family ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:08:10 +0000

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - Currie: A new community in the inner City

Public art installations, plenty of green space, beautiful architecture and thoughtful urban planning that retains the site?s heritage all come together to form a heady mix in Currie. The recently rebranded community, formerly known as Currie Barracks, is the third and final Canadian Forces Base Calgary site under redevelopment by Canada Lands Company. It follows in the footsteps of its successful sister communities, Garrison Woods and Garrison Green. ?There are several key attributes that make ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Wed, 08 Apr 2020 23:15:17 +0000

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - Value in Mountain view

Proximity to Calgary, affordable home prices and a variety of nearby amenities are making two towns in Mountain View County enticing options for house hunters willing to commute. At about 40 minutes and 30 minutes from Calgary, respectively, Didsbury and Carstairs have helped some homebuyers balance a job in the city with the benefits of rural life. ?There are a lot of commuters (in Didsbury),?  ?At 6 a.m., if you park by the main drag out of town, you?ll see car after car heading out, going to ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Tue, 07 Apr 2020 21:12:03 +0000

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - March statistics

  Media release: COVID-19 weighing on housing market City of Calgary, April 1, 2020 ? After a strong start to 2020, economic conditions have dramatically changed, as COVID-19 is impacting all aspects of society. The economic impact is starting to be felt across many industries. This includes the housing market. March sales activity started the month strong, but quickly changed, as concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 brought about social distancing measures. This had a heavy impact on ...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:22:55 +0000

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - Small town life NE of Calgary

If you?re a city dweller who has dismissed the small-town lifestyle due to outdated ideas about commute times and amenities, it might be time for a second look at life in Beiseker and Irricana. Recent years have seen progressive changes to these small towns? populations, services and accessibility. REALTORS® Dani and Josh Thomas have lived and worked in the area northeast of Calgary for more than 15 years. ?We have watched Beiseker and Irricana go from a mainly senior and local population to ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sat, 28 Mar 2020 22:22:38 +0000

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - Small town, Big Value!

When Dream Development rolled out Vista Crossing, it didn?t just bring new housing options to the town of Crossfield ? it completely changed expectations of what residential development could look like in the town. ?They?ve raised the bar for anyone else coming to Crossfield,? said Kenneth Bosman, chief administrative officer of the Town of Crossfield. ?The next subdivision that comes in behind them will have a much higher standard to hit than what came before.? Crossfield, which is located ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sat, 21 Mar 2020 20:43:50 +0000

Friday, March 20, 2020 - Do you really want to live in the country?

Myth #1. Living in the country is romantic. Their eyes get that dreamy look when they talk about living in the country. They talk about how healthy the fresh air will be and revel in the lack of traffic their country road will have compared to the teeming rivers of traffic outside their apartment. And the view ? oh, they let a sigh escape when they talk about their own private view of nature from the patio. Imagine? we?ll watch the sunset together. See the stars! And it?s true. All of it. But ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Fri, 20 Mar 2020 17:11:26 +0000

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - Avoiding tax trouble on Real Estate transactions

In 2019, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) assessed a 65-per-cent year-over-year increase in gross taxes related to real estate ? some $171 million. Penalties totalled more than $57 million, which is more than double the year prior. Recently REM spoke to Mariska Loeppky, director of tax and estate planning for IG Wealth Management, to explain why Canadians are paying more than ever before in gross taxes and penalties related to real estate. A key point that Loeppky makes is how Canadians should ...
posted in home tips at Sun, 15 Mar 2020 17:44:38 +0000

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 22 small ways to live greener

Trying to live a greener, more environmentally sustainable life can seem overwhelming?what do you do and where do you start? Can a few little changes around the house really make a difference?  To borrow an old adage, ?the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.? With that in mind, we have small changes you can gradually work into your home routine that aren't just eco-friendly, they're also budget-friendly.  Outdoors: 1. Plant a small backyard or patio garden Reduce your grocery ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sat, 14 Mar 2020 16:14:25 +0000

Friday, March 13, 2020 - New Listing - C4291049

Just added this listing:"Huge price adjustment and Wonderful opportunity to live in Kingsland with a suite for a mortgage helper! This is a Lovely bungalow on a huge lot, on a quiet street. The basement has an illegal suite and both sets of amazing tenants (up and down ) would love to stay. Or live up and keep one as mortgage helper. Lots of work has already been put into the house, including the newer windows, both kitchens and flooring downstairs. Most recently, the driveway has been redone, ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 13 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - Bathroom rebirth

Bathrooms have obvious practical uses, but for many people, they are also a place for relaxation and rejuvenation. This need for both style and function is why a complete bathroom remodel is a popular renovation, especially for ensuite baths. Justin Mauro, president of Renova Homes & Renovations, says many people will spend between $50,000 and $100,000 to create the ensuite of their dreams, while $10,000 to $20,000 is more common for other bathrooms in the house. Mauro says the first things ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sat, 07 Mar 2020 18:53:08 +0000

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - High River has bounced back

The town of High River, located 30 minutes south of Calgary on the banks of the Highwood River, has bounced back from the trials and tribulations of the 2013 floods with grace and determination. A mere six years later, the town has a fresh new look. Its downtown high street offers a pedestrian-friendly environment and pleasing human-scale architecture. Flood mitigation has been a crucial piece of the community?s rebuild. More than $100 million has been invested, making High River the most ...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Wed, 04 Mar 2020 22:15:17 +0000

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - Edgemont and Hawkwood

Tucked in amongst Calgary?s northwest hills, brimming with prairie grasslands and high-plains formations, are the adjacent communities of Edgemont and Hawkwood. ?Both Edgemont and Hawkwood are popular communities that are relatively close to downtown,? says, a REALTOR® . ?Both have been consistent with sales and are similar to other nearby communities for sales activity.? Established in the 1970s, with development spanning close to two decades and spreading from south to north, both communities ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sat, 29 Feb 2020 17:00:58 +0000

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - Millennial real estate investors should look at U.S.

Recent studies are showing that as the millennial generation matures, a growing number are considering property investment. And the high cost of urban living has many of them consider recreational properties as a feasible choice to enter the real estate market. A Re/Max Recreational Property Trends study found that 56 per cent of millennials are in the market to purchase a recreational property. That represents an increase of 14 per cent from 2018. While the go-to markets for this new-found ... Full Article...
posted in Caribbean Real Estate at Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:52:25 +0000

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10 decorative trends to avoid

1.Adding toilet rugs or furry seat covers to the commode may be the worst offense of all. 2. Inspirational quote art. Tired sayings, such as ?love you to the moon and back,? may be losing popularity. ?EAT? signs in the kitchen and ?LAUNDRY? signs in the laundry room are obvious and redundant, and thankfully, they?re starting to disappear, too. Nineteen percent of respondents to the Samsung survey said inspirational quote art stenciled onto walls was one of their least favorite design trends. 3. ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sat, 15 Feb 2020 17:07:18 +0000

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - Top DIY mistakes by Generation

Many homeowners attempting to save money on household projects are turning to DIY projects. But do-it-yourself fixes can be costly, shows a new survey from Clovered, a home insurance company. Eighty-seven percent of more than 1,000 homeowners recently surveyed admitted to making a mistake while attempting a do-it-yourself home improvement project. The median amount spent on fixing those DIY mistakes was $137.50, the survey showed. Millennials tended to spend the most in fixing their mistakes, ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Thu, 13 Feb 2020 16:34:35 +0000

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - Backyard suites

?We are originally from Edmonton, but we were receiving inquiries from Calgary and finally decided that the time was right to expand,? said Ashley Salvador, president & co-founder of Calgary Backyard Suites. The non-profit organization promotes the development of backyard suites through educational workshops, where people learn the rules, regulations, financing options and design considerations for these suites. ?It?s a great place to get all the resources you need to proceed with building your ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:23:22 +0000

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 2020 opens with a slight gain in sales

City of Calgary, February 3, 2020 ? Housing market conditions continue to follow similar trends to last year, with gains in sales. At the same time, there have been further reductions in new listings, inventory and more declines in prices. January sales activity was 863 units, nearly eight per cent higher than last year?s levels. While sales remained well below January activity recorded before 2014, they remain consistent with activity recorded over the past five years. ?A persistent slowdown ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Mon, 03 Feb 2020 22:05:53 +0000

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - Day 7 Caribbean Real Estate cruise

Day 7 on our Real Estate cruise took us to the gorgeous island of Barbados. We met with our Real Estate Agent who took us up to the very prestigious Apes hill area after first driving by the house that Rhianna grew up in - The Street was renamed Rhianna Drive! The first home Is nestled in a lovely community with a polo field that has hosted royalty- Sentebali ring a bell? This former plantation home, on 12.5 acres, was built in the 1650's and has quite the history. It is available for US$9 ...
posted in Caribbean Real Estate at Wed, 22 Jan 2020 20:19:43 +0000

Monday, January 20, 2020 - Caribbean Real Estate cruise day 6

Day 6 at Grenada and a visit to a wonderful new development on the southern coast. We actually met the owner and his wife and this is truly a complex built with love. They have chosen everything themselves and it shows in the gorgeous finishings. A fractional ownership can start at US$350,000 or buy your own starting at US$750,000 - seller financing available! If this is not for you our "goto" Realtor showed us 2 other investment properties, both with gorgeous views. One an 18 month old B&B and ... Full Article...
posted in Caribbean Real Estate at Mon, 20 Jan 2020 19:43:07 +0000

Monday, January 20, 2020 - Caribbean Real Estate Cruise day 5

Day 5 on our Caribbean Real Estate Cruise gave us an incredible opportunity to visit a private island which is only a very short ferry ride from the main island of St. Vincent. Opportunity awaits here as one of the owners would like to sell his 50% share! Contact me for details!
posted in Caribbean Real Estate at Mon, 20 Jan 2020 19:19:24 +0000

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - Day 4 Caribbean Real Estate Cruise

  Day 3 was a meet and greet with my fellow Realtors and then it was off to board the newly renovated Celebrity summit for our 10 day cruise. We awoke on day 4 to the beautiful island of St. Kitts where we travelled to the southern part of the island. This exclusive sheltered development allows you to sail your yacht into it's own private berth. Ownership gives you membership into the luxurious members club with an infinity pool and outstanding food and service from the staff. Development is in ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Thu, 16 Jan 2020 20:13:23 +0000

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - Day 2 - Caribbean Real Estate Cruise

Puerto Rico - Day 2 of our Caribbean Real Estate Cruise. We went on an exhilerating two-hour ATV ride through the foothills of El Yunque National Forest! This invigorating ride exposes you to the spectacular scenery of Puerto Rico?s east coast as you roam through towering trees, tread through creeks, climb hills, and coast through vast rugged rainforest terrain. The Stop at  Mameyes River, which comes directly from the rainforest, was beautiful but due to heavy rainfall we were unable to pause ... Full Article...
posted in Caribbean Real Estate at Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:39:31 +0000

Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 7 things a buyer should know before buying ahome

1. Online house pictures are fake What one sees online and what one sees in person are two vastly different things. It?s a bit like supermodels who, in the pages of a magazine, shimmer with perfection, but in real life, are unrecognizable in the real-world grocery store garb of hasty ponytails and make up-less faces. House photos get a similar treatment; wide-angle lenses make rooms look more spacious than they are and the place is scrubbed within an inch of its life for staged for photos. ...
posted in home tips at Sun, 05 Jan 2020 00:29:02 +0000

Thursday, January 2, 2020 - More signs of stability

Media release: Calgary?s real estate market in December caps off 2019 with more signs of stability City of Calgary, January 2, 2019 ? December sales improved to levels more consistent with activity recorded over the past five years. This follows weak sales activity last year. A stronger second half in 2019 was enough to push annual sales up by one per cent. ?Price declines, lower mortgage rates and some modest improvements in full-time employment helped support some demand growth in the city. ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Thu, 02 Jan 2020 23:55:53 +0000

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - New Listing - C4279301

Just added this listing:"I am happy to give you a facetime showing so that you can stay safely isolated. This is a wonderful large 1 bedroom + den unit in the prestigious Bonavista Estates II. Located on the third floor it faces into the courtyard ? lovely to sit on your balcony and enjoy the lights of the xmas season and the beautiful landscaping in the summer. The master bedroom is large with a walk thru closet into the 4 piece ensuite. The den is a good size too and has many uses ? it is ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Sat, 14 Dec 2019 12:00:00 +0000

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - Basement Inspections

When you?re buying a new home, the last thing you need is to inherit someone else?s problems. Even if you?ve done a walkthrough and taken a close look at plumbing fixtures, paint and ceilings, the potential for disaster might be lurking just beneath the surface ? literally. That?s why it?s always a good idea to have an expert to check the home?s basement foundation when purchasing a resale property. In Calgary, companies like Basement Technologies and Doug Lacey?s Basement Systems offer ...
posted in home tips at Wed, 11 Dec 2019 16:18:26 +0000

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - Affordable Small Town Living

Claresholm, Stavely and Nanton: Affordable, small-town living in the MD of Willow Creek With its roots in southern Alberta?s agriculture and ranching history, Claresholm is a town with plenty of old-world charm. It?s also a place that embraces a strong sense of connection and community ? just ask anyone who lives there. ?So many things make it special. It?s really more than a community ? it?s a family here,? said Santanna Thom, a lifelong Claresholm resident  Thom lives, works and plays in the ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Tue, 03 Dec 2019 16:14:30 +0000

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 10 clever ideas for small kitchens

1. Ditch the fruit bowl Many people have the token fruit bowl?or basket?that takes up prime real estate on their counter. Try placing small bins inside a deep drawer to store fruit and vegetables that don't need to be refrigerated. 2. Store on the door With just a little paint and some hooks, you're all set to make your own measuring station and conversion cheat sheet on the inside of a cupboard door. Just think, no more searching on your smartphone or tablet with sticky, food-covered ...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sat, 30 Nov 2019 16:45:18 +0000

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - Saving for your down payment - what you need to know

For many, saving for a down payment is one of the biggest roadblocks to becoming a homeowner. In today?s economic climate, saving money is challenging to say the least. Every month we try to put something away despite our normal expenses and it still seems like there is always something that will pop up and eat into our savings. Many people believe, ?Real estate prices are so high that I will never be able to save 20 per cent, so I will never own a home?. Putting less than 20 per cent down: A ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:44:15 +0000

Monday, October 28, 2019 - High River has bounced back

The town of High River, located 30 minutes south of Calgary on the banks of the Highwood River, has bounced back from the trials and tribulations of the 2013 floods with grace and determination. A mere six years later, the town has a fresh new look. Its downtown high street offers a pedestrian-friendly environment and pleasing human-scale architecture. Flood mitigation has been a crucial piece of the community?s rebuild. More than $100 million has been invested, making High River the most ...
posted in Community info at Mon, 28 Oct 2019 17:49:44 +0000

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - August Market update

August sales increased by 6%! Enjoy my newsletter with the full August MArket update. Copy and paste the link below. Let me know if you would like this newsletter sent to you on a monthly basis. Newsletter 
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Thu, 05 Sep 2019 18:18:15 +0000

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - Curb appeal tips

Here are nine curb appeal areas  as a seller you need to pay attention to: Clean the siding, front door, windows, porch, driveway and walkway with a power washer to clear the winter?s dirt, dust and cobwebsClear out dead plants and shrubs from garden beds and plantersPlant frost-hardy plants like hostas, begonias, pansies and sedumsAdd fresh mulch to the garden bedWeed and mow the lawn regularlyFix any uneven interlocking stonesRepaint the porch or stair railingsMakes sure no weeds are poking ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 03 Sep 2019 16:52:44 +0000

Friday, August 30, 2019 - Buying a vacation Property?

 Vacations give us time to spend with family and friends, a time to kick back and relax, away from the noise and hustle of home. Some might consider owning their own piece of paradise. Having a second home for getaways sounds great, and often, it?s even a really good long-term investment. Here?s the good news -- buying a vacation property is easier than you think, but don?t jump in blind. You absolutely need to work with professionals with specialized knowledge to help you purchase and finance ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Fri, 30 Aug 2019 22:03:18 +0000

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - Curb appeal tips to sell your home

Here are nine curb appeal areas you and your clients need to pay attention to: Clean the siding, front door, windows, porch, driveway and walkway with a power washer to clear the winter?s dirt, dust and cobwebsClear out dead plants and shrubs from garden beds and plantersPlant frost-hardy plants like hostas, begonias, pansies and sedumsAdd fresh mulch to the garden bedWeed and mow the lawn regularlyFix any uneven interlocking stonesRepaint the porch or stair railingsMakes sure no weeds are ...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sat, 10 Aug 2019 21:23:14 +0000

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - Finding your forever home

Finding the perfect ?forever? home can take, well, forever. Not only will it likely involve several moves, but you'll have an ever-evolving vision of what ?perfect? means to you as you change and grow. Your ideal home today can quickly become a far-from-ideal situation when life throws you a curveball. Changing jobs, getting a new puppy, bringing home a baby or a having your mother-in-law move in are just a few life-altering events that can change the way you experience your home. Just like our ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sat, 13 Jul 2019 21:41:11 +0000

Monday, July 8, 2019 - Tips to prevent your home from flooding

For a growing number of Canadians who have experienced basement flooding, they describe it using remarkably similar language?you wouldn?t wish it upon your worst enemy. As Canada?s most formidable and growing climate challenge, the question many homeowners are asking themselves is, ?What, if anything, can I do to avoid a flooded basement?? Inside the home -  Sump pumps should be tested to ensure they have not seized, and they discharge water. This can be accomplished by pouring a bucket of ...
posted in home tips at Mon, 08 Jul 2019 17:26:21 +0000

Monday, June 24, 2019 - Free outdoor fitness parks offer a gym alternative

Calgary?s parks offer something for just about everyone, including people who love to stay fit. The City currently has 22 parks with permanent outdoor fitness equipment, and a pilot project last summer saw temporary equipment set up in three additional communities on a rotating basis. The idea was to judge the potential interest for a fitness park before going through with any permanent installation, says Julie Guimond, lead for environmental education with City of Calgary Parks. Guimond says ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Mon, 24 Jun 2019 18:39:29 +0000

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - The Everything Guide to Buying Your First Home

How to find exactly what you want, and how to work with the experts who?ll help you get it. So you?re thinking about buying your first home. Your very own house (and mortgage). A place to call ? and make ? your own. It?s a big move, literally and figuratively. Buying a house requires a serious amount of money and time. The journey isn?t always easy. It isn?t always intuitive. But when you get the keys to your new home ? that, friend, can be one of the most rewarding feelings pretty much ...
posted in home tips at Sat, 22 Jun 2019 17:23:33 +0000

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 4 Landscaping Ideas for Your Front Yard

Even if you can?t tell a tulip from a turnip at the garden center, you can still create eye-catching curb appeal by paying attention to the basics of good landscaping, especially in the front yard. Ignoring your front yard ? or doing something that?s out of character with the neighborhood ? can jeopardize the assessed value of your home. Landscape economist John Harris says good landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of a house and cut its time on the market 10%-15%. Here are the ... Full Article...
posted in Gardening tips at Thu, 20 Jun 2019 20:14:52 +0000

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7 Landscaping mistakes

Before you rush into planting your dream yard, keep a few tips in mind. You can just picture it: a pretty cottage garden overflowing your front yard, with tons of heavy, scented blooms. Well, at least you can picture it with your eyes closed. With your eyes open all you see is a bit of patchy grass and a few scrubby shrubs. Yuck. You need some color, stat. That desire, though, is often what causes so many homeowners to waste money and time. Keep disappointment away by avoiding these seven ...
posted in Gardening tips at Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:53:56 +0000

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 5 Awesomely Easy Landscaping Projects

No need for fancy DIY skills, a lot of money, or a ton of time to pull off these yard upgrades. It?s your yard -- yours to do with as you wish. And while that?s great, that doesn?t mean you have to be one of those people who spends every spare moment in their yard, sprucing it up.  But, still, your landscaping could use a little something. But something easy.  Here are five totally doable projects that your budget will barely notice, but your neighbors definitely will: #1 Add Some (Tough) ...
posted in Gardening tips at Tue, 18 Jun 2019 17:57:45 +0000

Monday, June 17, 2019 - Self storage can simplify your move

When you?re moving, it can be hard to think outside the boxes ? where to get them, what to put in them and where to store them. It adds up to extra stress in an already stressful time, which could explain why storage locker rentals are on the rise. ?Self storage is about simplifying and de-stressing in a period of transition,? said Celeste Blackmore, who handles national promotion and sponsorship for Sentinel Storage. ?It?s a great way to prepare for listing a home by decluttering and staging ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 17 Jun 2019 23:23:15 +0000

Friday, June 14, 2019 - Putting up a fence

As summer starts to arrive in Calgary, homeowners might be looking ahead to the warmer months and the possibilities for home improvement or building something new on their property. Many of the most popular projects involve fences, whether building new or breathing life into an old one. However, fence building can be fraught with frustrations: Who is responsible for fence construction between two properties? What are the costs? What should it be made of? Here are some key considerations to ...
posted in Gardening tips at Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:53:44 +0000

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - The Unmarried Couple's Guide to Buying a House Together

So you've decided to purchase your first home with your significant other. But wait?you and your partner haven't tied the knot. Instead, you're cohabitating, perhaps as common-law spouses. What kinds of challenges are likely to arise when buying property with someone to whom you're not married? And what happens if (heaven forbid) you split up after you've bought a place together? Let's take a look at some of the issues unmarried couples typically face when purchasing a home together. Mortgage ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 09 Jun 2019 16:11:14 +0000

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 6 Easy Ways to Soundproof a Room

Whether it's noisy neighbours, bleeping garbage trucks or thudding footsteps, unwanted outside noise at home can be infuriating. Thankfully, there are several ways we can minimize those sounds so our home is a peaceful, tranquil oasis. Here are some of our favourite soundproofing solutions. 1. Use sound-absorbing rugs and carpets Hard surfaces reflect sound waves while soft surfaces absorb them, so materials like padded carpeting will help reduce vibrations. Uncovered, hard floors?like bare ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sat, 08 Jun 2019 22:55:47 +0000

Friday, June 7, 2019 - Benefits of net zero homes

One of the most interesting trends these days in the homebuilding industry is the growing popularity of net-zero homes. ?Net-zero homes produce as much clean energy as they consume. They are up to 80 per cent more energy efficient than typical new homes and use renewable energy systems to produce the remaining energy they need,? said Sonja Winkelmann, director of net-zero energy housing with the Canadian Home Builders? Association (CHBA). ?Every part of the house works together to provide ...
posted in home tips at Fri, 07 Jun 2019 23:15:57 +0000

Friday, June 7, 2019 - Just Sold - C4247360

Just sold this listing:"Absolutely STUNNING 15th floor corner unit with a wrap around balcony. Enjoy the lovely sunsets and incredible VIEWS of the MOUNTAINS and CITY SKYLINE. This gorgeous 2-bedroom 2 bath unit has been totally remodeled and renovated in the last 2 years with new black stainless steel appliances in 2018! The living area separates the two spacious bedrooms. The open kitchen has a lovely breakfast bar and there is a dining area for the more formal occasions. For your ...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 07 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - First time home buyers incentive

A major item from the federal budget is the first-time home buyer incentive.  Under the plan, the government will advance up to 10 per cent of the purchase price of a home so first-time buyers can take out a smaller mortgage and keep monthly payments lower. Here are the five main things you need to know about this bold incentive: Buyers must make a down payment of at least five per cent but less than 20 per cent. And they must have a household income below $120,000 a year.The amount of the ...
posted in General at Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:01:04 +0000

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - Calgary's East village

The master-planned vision for Calgary?s East Village revitalization, launched in the mid-2000s, is becoming a living, breathing reality, now more than ever. Alain Dupere has lived in East Village since 2011. He?s watching the transformation happen one day at a time, observing the changes while he walks to and from work. Dupere, who is also president of the East Village Neighbourhood Association, says that although the area is still under construction, its vibrancy is increasing as more ...
posted in Community info at Thu, 30 May 2019 21:05:41 +0000

Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 5 home staging details that attract buyers

Replace old curtains and rods: You may think that something as small as curtain rods might not make such a huge impact on potential buyers, but as a window treatment specialist, let me assure you that you?d be wrong. It is often said that the windows are the eyes of the home, so you can think of the curtain rods as the eyeliner or makeup that beautifies the overall appearance of the home. It?s details like these that count the most. Repairing cracks and mildew: Imagine your potential property ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 26 May 2019 15:45:39 +0000

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - New Listing - C4247360

Just added this listing:"Absolutely STUNNING 15th floor corner unit with a wrap around balcony. Enjoy the lovely sunsets and incredible VIEWS of the MOUNTAINS and CITY SKYLINE. This gorgeous 2-bedroom 2 bath unit has been totally remodeled and renovated in the last 2 years with new black stainless steel appliances in 2018! The living area separates the two spacious bedrooms. The open kitchen has a lovely breakfast bar and there is a dining area for the more formal occasions. For your ...
   posted in Listings at Thu, 23 May 2019 12:00:00 +0000

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Protect your home as it protects you

According to Statistics Canada, more than one-third of Canadian households own a home.  As housing affordability continues to be a hot topic, it goes without saying that those of us who are fortunate enough to do so are proud of our investment. For the majority of us, our home is our largest financial asset. Due to the soaring cost over the past decade, more than one-quarter of households spend more than 30 per cent of their total combined income on shelter alone. As I write this, there?s an ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 14 May 2019 14:18:28 +0000

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - Calgary is one of Canada's 10 most affordable markets for single home buyers

The past year hasn?t been easy for prospective home buyers. Despite some recent year-over-year price softening in the nation?s hottest markets, the national mortgage stress test, combined with various policies at provincial levels, effectively took a bite out of purchasing power for all Canadians. This is especially acute for single home purchasers; not only does having two incomes boost affordability, it helps satisfy the income and debt servicing requirements mandated by the aforementioned ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 02 May 2019 16:20:10 +0000

Friday, April 12, 2019 - Just Sold - C4233337

Just sold this listing:"OPEN HOUSE CANCELLED. APR 6. A wonderful home in the south east corner of Cranston. As you enter, you are greeted by a lovely vinyl plank flooring throughout the main floor. The upgraded media centre and fireplace is a feature of the large living room. The open kitchen has a Long Island and upgraded storage unit tucked on the end. There is a wall of pantry cupboards for all of your storage needs. The dining room is lovely and bright overlooking the south facing yard. ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 12 Apr 2019 12:00:00 +0000

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - Make the most of small spaces

As the name suggests, when people downsize their home, they usually find themselves dealing with less square footage. That?s where multipurpose furniture can help, such as a storage ottoman with a seat that flips over to become a side table, or an entryway bench to use while putting on shoes, with shelves underneath for footwear and a built-in rack above for hanging winter jackets. Even entire rooms can be made to play multiple roles in the home, such as a laundry room that has extra shelves ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 11 Apr 2019 16:05:29 +0000

Friday, April 5, 2019 - Decluttering

Too much clutter in your home can make you feel the same way you do after too much turkey dinner: stuffed and uninspired. Though it may have taken years to accumulate all those useful, somewhat useful and utterly useless items, you can get unstuffed in a fraction of the time by following a few simple guidelines. ?Uncluttering has become more popular these days, and it?s not surprising,? said Helen Youn, professional organizer and Calgary?s only certified KonMari specialist. ?Thirty years ago, ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 05 Apr 2019 20:07:07 +0000

Monday, April 1, 2019 - March housing update

  Media release: Oversupply persists despite improved sales activity for affordable product City of Calgary, April 1, 2019 ? March saw a modest decline in city wide sales activity compared to last year. However, sales have been rising for more affordable product in the detached and attached sectors. Shifts in the lower end of the market have not outweighed easing across the higher priced product. First-quarter sales dropped to 3,108 units. This is nine per cent below last year and 28 per cent ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Mon, 01 Apr 2019 19:48:56 +0000

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - Just Sold - C4189861

Just sold this listing:"Wow! This home is immaculate and a pleasure to show. You will enjoy the multitude of upgrades the owners built into this home (ask me for the full feature list) ? heated tile floors throughout the entire living space in the basement, surround sound through the entire house even to the deck outside and a steam shower in the ensuite are just a few! As you enter the front door, there is a flex room to your left to the right is a half bath, utility room and entrance to the ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Sat, 30 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - Just Sold - C4225385

Just sold this listing:"OPEN HOUSE Sun Feb 24 1-4pm Wow! This home is immaculate and a pleasure to show. You will enjoy the multitude of upgrades the owners built into this home (ask me for the full feature list) ? heated tile floors throughout the entire living space in the basement, surround sound through the entire house even to the deck outside and a steam shower in the ensuite are just a few! As you enter the front door, there is a flex room to your left to the right is a half bath, ...
   posted in Listings at Sat, 30 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000

Monday, March 25, 2019 - Just Sold - C4223715

Just sold this listing:"This is a gorgeous, well kept home, in Airdrie?s Luxstone community. The kitchen has a dining area, a walk thru pantry, and an island with breakfast bar, a double granite sink with a touch controlled tap, a Bosch dishwasher and even a vacuflo kickplate. The cabinets have under mount lighting and the fridge has water and ice dispenser. The living room is carpeted for cozy ambiance, in front of the gas fireplace with tile surround and mantle. From the double attached front ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000

Friday, March 15, 2019 - New Listing - C4233337

Just added this listing:"OPEN HOUSE CANCELLED. APR 6. A wonderful home in the south east corner of Cranston. As you enter, you are greeted by a lovely vinyl plank flooring throughout the main floor. The upgraded media centre and fireplace is a feature of the large living room. The open kitchen has a Long Island and upgraded storage unit tucked on the end. There is a wall of pantry cupboards for all of your storage needs. The dining room is lovely and bright overlooking the south facing yard. ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000

Monday, March 11, 2019 - vacation property? - things to consider

Owning a winter vacation home means spending time with family and friends skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating or just sitting together around a warm fireplace. But as with any real estate purchase, the first step is deciding if buying a winter vacation home makes sense for you. Tom Feigs, a Certified Financial Planner with Money Coaches Canada, says the first consideration is whether you should actually buy a property or just rent a place during winter vacations. ?Can you justify the ownership by ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 11 Mar 2019 01:13:18 +0000

Friday, March 1, 2019 - Paying off your mortgage

 Your Road to Mortgage Freedom Do you dream about paying off your mortgage? The new year is usually a time when people review their finances and, if they are in debt, create a plan to reduce that debt. With interest rates rising in Canada, the perennial question resurfaces: Should you pay off your mortgage early? Or invest your money instead? Paying off your mortgage may be the best investment you can make. Here are some ways to save some serious money and become mortgage-free faster. It only ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 01 Mar 2019 16:33:30 +0000

Friday, March 1, 2019 - Just Sold - C4226658

Just sold this listing:"This is a gorgeous home with beautiful renovations including all new windows throughout! As you enter you are greeted by a unique seating and storage bench. It separates the hallway from the large living room and dining area. The wooden vaulted ceiling gives you a wonderful open feeling. The kitchen has been renovated with high end appliances and granite counters. Down a few steps from the kitchen nook leads you to a large family room complete with a gas fireplace and ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - Just Sold - C4225129

Just sold this listing:"Huge potential with this lovingly cared for Bungalow. Newer furnace, water heater, electric panel & roof. Bonus! - there is hardwood under the carpet on the main floor. A fabulous location, surrounded by infills and high end homes and across from the community center (new 2016) home to the senior's lawn bowling club and a playground for the children too. The main floor has a large living room, dining room and kitchen, 3 bedrooms and a 4 piece bathroom. Downstairs, you ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Wed, 27 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000

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