1 - 100 of 268

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 11:49:44 -0600

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - New Listing - C4267170

Just added this listing:"Welcome to Evergreen - listed as one of the top five communities in Calgary. Bi-levels don?t come available very often like this. Lovingly cared for and First time on the market it has 1493 sq ft of living space. The basement was fully developed by the builder with a full bath, an extra bedroom and large recreational room for entertaining and, yes, the pool table comes with the house! The main floor has 2 bedrooms,a full bath, dining area and living room with a ...
   posted in Listings at Thu, 12 Sep 2019 06:00:00 -0600

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 12:18:15 -0600

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 10:52:44 -0600

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 16:03:18 -0600

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 15:23:14 -0600

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 15:41:11 -0600

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 11:26:21 -0600

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 12:39:29 -0600

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 11:23:33 -0600

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 14:14:52 -0600

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 10:53:56 -0600

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 11:57:45 -0600

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 17:23:15 -0600

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 12:53:44 -0600

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 10:11:14 -0600

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 16:55:47 -0600

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 17:15:57 -0600

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 06:00:00 -0600

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 10:01:04 -0600

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 15:05:41 -0600

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 09:45:39 -0600

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 06:00:00 -0600

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 08:18:28 -0600

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 10:20:10 -0600

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 06:00:00 -0600

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 10:05:29 -0600

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 14:07:07 -0600

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 13:48:56 -0600

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 06:00:00 -0600

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 06:00:00 -0600

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 06:00:00 -0600

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 06:00:00 -0600

Sunday, March 10, 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 Sun, 10 Mar 2019 19:13:18 -0600

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 09:33:30 -0700

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 05:00:00 -0700

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 05:00:00 -0700

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - Just Sold - C4223351

Just sold this listing:"This is a gorgeous, well kept home in copper field. The Sherwood model is built to ?green? ?energy- efficient? specifications. The kitchen has ?shiitake? maple cabinets, granite counters, an island with extra storage cupboards, a dual under mounted sink, a corner pantry, beverage area, and maple hardwood flooring. The stainless-steel appliances include a dishwasher, electric stove, microwave hood fan and a large upgraded fridge with water dispenser. The living room is ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Wed, 27 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0700

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - Just Sold - C4199135

Just sold this listing:"Huge potential with this lovingly kept bungalow. Newer furnace, water heater, electric panel and roof. Bonus - There is hardwood under the carpet! A fabulous location on the corner of Tamarac Cres. Across the street is the community centre (new 2016) with the senior?s lawn bowling club and a playground. The main floor has a large living room, dining room and kitchen, 3 bedrooms and one four piece bathroom. Downstairs you will find a kitchenette, bedroom, sitting room, a ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Wed, 27 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0700

Friday, February 22, 2019 - Just Sold - C4224319

Just sold this listing:"An amazing home built by prestigious custom builder - California Homes! You can tell, by the intricate details, that the finishing carpenter lived here. He incorporated many outstanding features that are usually found in multi-million dollar homes- Australian cypress hardwood , walnut railings with inlay, gorgeous Tray & coffer ceilings, crown moldings and incredible custom cabinetry in every room. The kitchen is a chef?s dream with a butcher block island, granite ...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 22 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0700

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - Three tips for selling your home in a buyers market

Selling your home in Calgary?s present real estate market can be a challenge, but some common-sense decisions can help improve the odds. A REALTOR® in Calgary, says he?s recently noticed basic things that some sellers are not doing ? things that, if done right, could make a difference when selling in a down market. Price it for the marketWe still see homes priced today at what would be considered a ?seller?s price? rather than a market price. ?The reality is it has to priced in the marketplace, ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:01:10 -0700

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - Fascinating facts in Calgary's housing market

Largest Calgary community by population (2018 Census)Panorama Hills (25,861) For comparison, here are a few of Calgary?s smallest communities by population (2018 Census)Eagle Ridge (311), Bel-Aire (376), Roxboro (396), Mayfair (430), Queen?s Park Village (430) Highest sales month (total residential)*March 2007 (3,259 units) Highest sales year (total residential)*2006 (27,198 units) Lowest sales month (total residential)*December 1995 (603 units) Lowest sales year (total residential)*1995 ...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sun, 17 Feb 2019 15:19:34 -0700

Friday, February 15, 2019 - Crossfield, Didsbury, Carstairs & Olds offer a rural lifestyle

North of Calgary, where Highway 2A splits off the main route to Red Deer , are Four communities offering the best of quiet, rural-Alberta living. Crossfield, Carstairs, Didsbury and Olds,  each approximately 10 -15 mins from each, other have their own unique appeal, along with real estate choices ideal for growing families. Crossfield is the closest being only 10 minutes from Airddrie  Carstairs is a family friendly community located less than an hour?s drive from Calgary, with many residents ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:32:05 -0700

Friday, February 15, 2019 - New Listing - C4226658

Just added 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, 15 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0700

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - Water heaters explained

There are three types of water heaters in a home: conventional tank-style, tankless and solar. Each operates differently and there are a few things to consider when choosing the type of water heater to be installed in a home. Conventional Conventional tank-style water heaters can be powered by electricity, oil, natural gas, propane or even wood. This style not only heats the water, they also store the water once it?s been heated. This is why they?re so large. The tank?s water capacity usually ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 14 Feb 2019 10:44:43 -0700

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - CMHC's mortgage loan insurance explained

Mortgage loan insurance has become a popular way for people to buy a home when they can?t come up with a 20 per cent down payment. ?I would say that 95 per cent of all first-time homebuyers require the insurance,? said Calgary REALTOR® . ?It?s expensive in Calgary. How do you save 20 per cent to get around insurance when you?re paying rents and car payments, and probably have credit cards? It?s definitely a good program for people that want to get into a home.? Cathy Aquilina, manager of client ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sat, 09 Feb 2019 13:38:29 -0700

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - choosing a Realtor

Buying or selling real estate is one of the biggest transactions you?ll make in your life, so having the right REALTOR® by your side is essential. Whether you?re a first-time buyer or seller, or you?ve been through the process before, you want to be sure you?re maximizing your investment. Choosing the right Realtor can make a significant difference in how fast you find or sell a house, the price you pay or receive, and how smoothly the transaction goes. To kick-start your Realtor research, here ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 06 Feb 2019 20:04:19 -0700

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - New Listing - C4225385

Just added 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 Wed, 06 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0700

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - New Listing - C4224319

Just added this listing:"An amazing home built by prestigious custom builder - California Homes! You can tell, by the intricate details, that the finishing carpenter lived here. He incorporated many outstanding features that are usually found in multi-million dollar homes- Australian cypress hardwood , walnut railings with inlay, gorgeous Tray & coffer ceilings, crown moldings and incredible custom cabinetry in every room. The kitchen is a chef?s dream with a butcher block island, granite ...
   posted in Listings at Tue, 05 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0700

Monday, February 4, 2019 - New Listing - C4225129

Just added 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 Mon, 04 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0700

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - Varsity

The community of Varsity spreads out from the University of Calgary?s campus and endowment lands, expanding north of 32nd Avenue N.W. on the west side of Crowchild Trail. Developed in the 1960s around the same time as the original U of C campus, Varsity features a variety of two-storey and Ranch-style home designs, with many now experiencing full renovations or rebuilds. Almost 13,000 residents call this community home. ?Varsity is a wonderful community for families,? said long-term community ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sun, 03 Feb 2019 10:32:50 -0700

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - Mould is a serious health hazard

People are exposed to mould spores daily in the air they breathe. However, sometimes mould can grow excessively in certain areas called ?amplification sites? and can cause different types of illnesses. Some moulds are more hazardous than others and different people have different responses to mould exposure. Those with allergies, existing respiratory conditions or suppressed immune systems are especially susceptible to health problems from mould exposure. Researchers have identified that some ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 29 Jan 2019 13:30:15 -0700

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - New Listing - C4223715

Just added 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 ...
   posted in Listings at Wed, 23 Jan 2019 05:00:00 -0700

Monday, January 21, 2019 - New Listing - C4223351

Just added this listing:"This is a gorgeous, well kept home in copper field. The Sherwood model is built to ?green? ?energy- efficient? specifications. The kitchen has ?shiitake? maple cabinets, granite counters, an island with extra storage cupboards, a dual under mounted sink, a corner pantry, beverage area, and maple hardwood flooring. The stainless-steel appliances include a dishwasher, electric stove, microwave hood fan and a large upgraded fridge with water dispenser. The living room is ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Mon, 21 Jan 2019 05:00:00 -0700

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 10 important things to know about home insurance

Home insurance is a lot like one of those ?break glass in case of emergency? boxes?you don?t expect to use it, but you?re happy it?s there when you need it. This powerful tool protects you, your property and your belongings in all kinds of ways. Here are some surprising facts about home policies?many of which you might not even be aware of. NOT ALL POLICIES ARE CREATED EQUALA bargain-basement insurance quote often reflects what you get in return. For instance, basic insurance covers your home ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:43:29 -0700

Sunday, January 13, 2019 - Rural Home Security

Rural crime in Alberta has been on the rise for the past five years?a trend that worries law enforcement officials. We asked Jennifer Kee, crime reduction coordinator with the RCMP?s K Division in Edmonton, for tips on how rural homeowners can protect their property. Where should one hide spare keys?Don?t hide spare house keys on your property. Perpetrators know all the hiding spots?under the doormat, in the flower planter?so it?s best to leave keys with a neighbour or family member, even if ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 13 Jan 2019 11:57:07 -0700

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - Just Sold - C4187203

Just sold this listing:"Amazing price in applewood! You can't beat this newly renovated 1 bedroom apartment in the family friendly community of Applewood. This well managed building only has 3 floors and is Ideal as an investment property or live in it yourself and watch the fireworks of Globalfest right from your balcony! With 9' ceilings, in-suite laundry, new flooring, paint, fixtures and kitchen appliances there is nothing to do but move in! With an underground parking stall and quick and ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Tue, 08 Jan 2019 05:00:00 -0700

Saturday, January 5, 2019 - Pitfalls of gifting a home

While mixing family and money is a cardinal sin, it?s being done in Canada on a daily basis. The reason: the Canadian housing market is so hot that millennials can?t touch it alone. Parents are ?gifting? or selling their rental properties to their children for a nominal value. While this is a valid strategy, there are several important factors to consider. As someone who worked in many law firms, it never ceased to amaze me as to how seemingly happy siblings from functional families squabbled ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sat, 05 Jan 2019 08:23:16 -0700

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - December 2018 housing stats for Calgary & area

 

Media release: Job market weakness and lending restrictions a common thread in 2018’s housing market

City of Calgary, January 2, 2019 –

As oversupply continues in Calgary’s housing market, December prices eased by one per cent compared to last month and are over three per cent below last December. 

“Persistent weakness in the job market and changes in the lending market impacted sales activity in the resale market this year,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

“This contributed to elevated supply in the resale market, resulting in price declines.”

December sales totalled 794 units, a 21 per cent decline over the previous year. Overall year-to-date sales in the city totalled 16,144 units. This is a 14 per cent decline over 2017 and nearly 20 per cent below long-term averages.

Inventory levels in December sat at 4,904 units. This is well above levels recorded last year and 30 per cent above typical levels for the month. Elevated resale inventories in 2018 were caused by gains in the detached and attached sectors.

Throughout 2018, the months of supply remained elevated and averaged 5.2 months. This contributed to the annual average benchmark price decline of 1.5 per cent. Price declines occurred across all product types and have caused citywide figures to remain over nine per cent below the monthly highs recorded in 2014.

“Both buyers and sellers faced adjustments in expectations this year. Sellers had to compete with more choice in the resale market, but also the new-home market,” said CREB® president Tom Westcott.

“With less people looking for a home, it became a choice between delaying when to sell or adjusting the sale price. However, buyers looking for more affordable product did not find the same price adjustments that existed in some of the higher price ranges.”

More information on the 2018 housing market will be released at CREB®’s 2019 Forecast Conference & Tradeshow (www.crebforecast.com) on Jan. 30, 2019.

 

HOUSING MARKET FACTS

Detached

Detached sales declined across all districts in 2018. With citywide sales of 9,945 units, activity remains 21 per cent below typical levels for the year.
Detached inventories were higher than last year’s levels for each month of the year, including December. Slow sales caused the market to be oversupplied through most of 2018.
Detached benchmark prices totalled $481,400 in December, a one per cent decline over last month and a three per cent decline over last year. Overall, 2018 prices declined by 1.5 per cent compared to last year.
Prices have eased across most districts in 2018. The largest declines this year have occurred in the North East, North West and North districts.

 

Apartment

Apartment sales totalled 2,663 units in 2018. While the decline is less than other product types, levels are 22 per cent below long-term averages.
The apartment condominium sector has struggled with oversupply for almost three years and 2018 was no exception.
However, supply has been easing, as inventories this year averaged 1,584 units, one per cent below last year’s levels.
Despite slowing supply growth, the market remained oversupplied, causing further price declines. In December, benchmark prices were $251,500, over two per cent below last year. Annually, prices have declined by nearly three per cent for a total decline of 14 per cent since 2014.
Price declines this year have ranged from a high of nearly six per cent in the East district to a low of two per cent in both the City Centre and North West districts.

 

Attached

Declines for both row and semi-detached product resulted in 2018 attached sales of 3,536 units, a 15 per cent decline over the previous year and 14 per cent below long-term averages.
Slower sales activity prompted some pull-back in new listings, but this was limited to the row sector. Row new listings declined by four per cent and semi-detached new listings rose by nearly 15 per cent in 2018.
Despite some adjustments to new listings, inventory levels remained elevated, keeping the market in buyers’ market territory and putting downward pressure on prices.
In December, the semi-detached benchmark price totalled $397,500. This is a monthly and year-over-year decline of 0.8 and 3.8 per cent, respectively. Recent price declines have caused this sector to erase any of the gains that occurred last year, as 2018 prices remain just below 2017 levels. Overall, annual prices remain 1.4 per cent below 2014 peak levels.
Row prices have also been edging down. As of December, row prices were $288,400, a 1.5 per cent decline from last month and nearly four per cent below last year’s levels. Overall, 2018 prices remain two per cent below last year’s levels and nearly 10 per cent below previous highs.

 

REGIONAL MARKET FACTS

Airdrie

In 2018, the Airdrie housing market was distinctly marked by oversupply and signs of buyers’ market conditions. Compared to last year, inventory levels and months of supply have been significantly higher, combined with lower levels of sales. This has led to downward pressures on the benchmark price for detached homes.
Annual residential sales exhibited a year-over-year decline of 14 per cent and were almost 19 per cent lower than activity over the past 5 years. This consistent decline was observed across all product types.
Supply in 2018 was at record-high levels, with new listings achieving a new year-to-date peak for most of the year. Inventories have also been continuously increasing throughout this year and are 12 per cent higher than in 2017. Months of supply have increased steadily and averaged 5.6 months in 2018.
Persistent oversupply has resulted in a decline in Airdrie prices.  In 2018 detached benchmark prices averaged $369,042, over two percent below last year

 

Cochrane

Declining by 64 units, 2018 sales in Cochrane were lower than the previous year. However, an annual count of 599 sales remains comparable to activity over the past three years.
In 2018 there were 1,288 new listings, the highest on record.  Elevated new listings and easing sales resulted in rising inventories and months of supply that averaged nearly 7 months.  
Elevated supply has caused detached prices to trend down over the second half of the year, however, it was not enough to offset earlier gains.  In 2018, detached benchmark prices have remained comparable to last year.

 

Okotoks

2018 residential sales in Okotoks were 463 units, a decline over last year and comparable to 2010 activity.
Gains in new listings combined with slower sales resulted in rising inventory and excess supply in this market. 
Despite increased supply and weak sales, detached home prices in Okotoks showed modest increases in 2018. The average detached benchmark price totalled $434,875, which is one per cent higher than last year.

Source Creb Jan 2.2019

posted in Calgary housing statistics at Wed, 02 Jan 2019 20:49:36 -0700

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - Scarboro

Ask anyone who lives in the community of Scarboro what makes it so special and you will get a variety of answers. ?It?s hard to put a pin in it,? said resident Kate Morisset. ?There is just this real sense of connectivity.? It?s the list of intangibles that ratchets up the must-live-here desires ? the camaraderie with neighbours, the feelings of belonging, and the sense ownership and pride. ?There are just so many touch points to this community,? said Morisset. ?The yearly garden tour, the ...
posted in Community info at Tue, 01 Jan 2019 12:28:58 -0700

Monday, December 31, 2018 - Applewood

Brimming with families, many of whom have been in the community for decades, Applewood Park extends to the north from International Avenue near Elliston Park in Calgary?s southeast. Big houses, double-car garages perfect for home workshops, and large yards are a few of the defining characteristics of this community developed in the early 1980s. With three refurbished and upgraded playgrounds, the 2,000-plus kids in Applewood Park can swing, climb, bounce and run to their hearts? content. ?It?s ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Mon, 31 Dec 2018 10:54:13 -0700

Sunday, December 30, 2018 - Housing affordability across Canada

Housing affordability has been the talk of the nation in recent years, especially as tighter mortgage regulations and higher borrowing costs have started to impact housing markets across the country.A recent report by RBC Economic Research indicates that Calgary?s housing market isn?t out of reach for many potential homebuyers, especially when compared to the Vancouver and Toronto markets, as well as the Canadian average. The RBC Housing Affordability Measure is the proportion of median pre-tax ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sun, 30 Dec 2018 12:42:23 -0700

Friday, December 28, 2018 - Richmond

Full of vibrancy and life, Richmond is a community in the throes of change. With boundaries that stretch from 33rd Avenue S.W. north to 17th Avenue S.W., the community contains an eclectic mix of homes, from wartime bungalows to multi-million dollar infills. On the western edge, the community boundary jogs across Crowchild Trail, bumping up against Killarney and Currie Barracks, while the eastern perimeter extends to 19th Street S.W. ?The demographic is really changing,? said former Richmond ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Fri, 28 Dec 2018 16:38:44 -0700

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - All in one Mortgage?

If keeping your various loans, lines of credit, bank accounts and a mortgage in order is becoming a herculean task, some Canadian financial institutions are touting a simple solution. So-called all-in-one mortgages, sometimes referred to as all-in-one lines of credit, combine all your financial obligations into one chequing account. Websites for some of the banks offering an all-in-one mortgage tout its potential advantages. National Bank of Canada says an all-in-one account lets you ...
posted in General at Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:55:53 -0700

Sunday, December 23, 2018 - Top 5 staging mistakes to avoid

Staging is one of those often-overlooked details that can make all the difference when it comes time to sell. According to research conducted by the National Association of Realtors, 49 per cent of potential buyers said that staging impacted their view of a home, while 58 per cent of Realtors reported a significant increase in sale price after a home was staged. Unfortunately, there are some staging mistakes that actually make a home seem less desirable to potential buyers. Make sure you?re not ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 23 Dec 2018 11:30:11 -0700

Friday, December 21, 2018 - Sage Hill

One of five communities in Calgary?s new north within the Symons Valley area, Sage Hill topped the 2018 census charts for population growth, expanding by 1,136 residents over the past year from 6,083 to 7,219 people. And that growth is expected to continue, while the community?s latest development, Sage Hill Quarter, comes to life. It?s really a community within a community and it?s destined to bring a downtown vibe to this suburban oasis. The brainchild of Ronmor Developers, this 17-acre ...
posted in Community info at Fri, 21 Dec 2018 10:04:30 -0700

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - Living,working & playing in the same area?

Given Calgary?s traffic, the only way to cover the critical elements ? live, work and play ? in three different parts of the city each day is to cut out the fourth one: sleep. Fortunately, a new philosophy in home development lets you have it all without sacrificing the shut-eye.?When you can live, work and play in the same area of the city, it creates a stronger sense of community,? said Elton Ma, director of commercial development for Brookfield Residential in Calgary. A prime example of this ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Thu, 20 Dec 2018 09:31:33 -0700

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 5 things to know about the new cannabis act.

1. How much cannabis can be grown legally in a residence once it becomes legal? Four cannabis plants may be grown in each residence. This includes apartment or condominium units. Under federal legislation, this could also include an outside garden that is part of a home. The provinces will each determine whether to permit this outside growing. 2. Will there be any standards as to what constitutes ?safe? growing of cannabis? Right now, there do not appear to be any regulations in place. You will ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:54:13 -0700

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - Sunnyside

As one of Calgary?s oldest communities, Sunnyside weaves together a poignant blend of architectural styles. Modern infills sit alongside century homes, while walk-up-style apartment buildings wink at neighbouring new-build, mid-rise condo towers. The community is cemented together by a strong community spirit and honed sense of connectivity spearheaded by several local organizations, from churches to the community association and Kensington Business Improvement Area. Inclusivity and caring are ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:17:57 -0700

Monday, December 17, 2018 - Charming Chestermere

A rapidly increasing number of people are discovering Chestermere?s allure. When McKay moved to the community 27 years ago, the population barely topped 900. Today, it sits around 20,700, with growth of just under two per cent last year. Even though Calgary has several lake communities of its own, at 750 acres, Chestermere Lake is nearly 700 acres larger than its largest Calgary counterpart. Additionally, as Chestermere Lake is part of the Western Irrigation District ? a network of waterways ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Mon, 17 Dec 2018 20:34:11 -0700

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - Keeping your house ready to show

1.Make all beds everyday.2.Keep all toilet seats down.3.Make sure towels are hung properly.4.Make sure all crumbs are cleaned from counter tops after meals.5.Turn all lights on when showing and have FM radio with light music on during showings.6.Don?t leave dirty clothes on the floor and put all your belongings away.7.Keep all counter top items put away.8.Keep medications out of sight.9.Don?t cook foods with odours that will linger. Remember, this is a short period of time to keep up a staged ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 09 Dec 2018 11:58:10 -0700

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - Calgary's most walk- and transit-friendly communities

While Calgary is still viewed by many as a car-centric city, there are many other ways for Calgarians to get around ? whether you choose to walk, bike or take transit. Just ask the residents of the following communities, the proud recipients of some of the city?s highest walk and transit scores from www.walkscore.com. Top 5 ? Walk Score Chinatown (95)Downtown Commercial Core (93)Cliff Bungalow (92)Eau Claire (91)Beltline (90) Top 5 ? Transit Score Downtown Commercial Core (84)Downtown West End ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sun, 02 Dec 2018 10:56:10 -0700

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - How building a garage can dramatically increase your home value

Driving has always been a way of life for Calgarians, and given the ubiquity of cars in in the city, garages are a must for almost every home. Whether looking to build a home for the first time or renovating an old one, detached or attached garages are the options most builders choose. However, special builds also exist and can even include underground parking or tunnels, at costs upwards of $35,000 for a triple-detached unit. According to appraisers, a garage of any kind added to a home will ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 29 Nov 2018 10:35:21 -0700

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - Packing up plants

How to take pieces of your garden with you when you move If you want to move your entire garden when you sell your home, think again. First, it?s illegal, and second, plants ripped out randomly in summer wilt and die unless pampered. But what if you have a sentimental piece of grandma?s peony, a special perennial plant or a friend?s perfect poppy? Taking bits and pieces of your garden with you without changing the look of the yard is possible with these tips: Collect SeedsAfter a few moves, I ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 28 Nov 2018 10:01:55 -0700

Thursday, November 22, 2018 - Peace & Quiet living in Calgary?

Springbank offers tranquil lifestyle and stunning views on Calgary?s western outskirts As the summer sun rises in the bold, blue Alberta sky, Lisa Neiles revels in the quiet, as she sips her coffee on the deck of her home on Calgary?s western perimeter in Springbank Hill. She says that the peacefulness, along with the easy access to the city, attracted her and her husband to the area. ?I love how we can sit on our deck and hear nothing but the birds chirping,? said Neiles. ?It is rare you can ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Thu, 22 Nov 2018 11:47:32 -0700

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - Eau Claire

Revitalization of this historic, riverfront community is well underway As part of downtown?s humming riverfront, the community of Eau Claire possesses a rich and varied history. With beginnings in the 1880s as an industrial site, the land was originally owned and developed by the Prince family, which founded the Eau Claire Lumber Mill. Today, the area is a mecca for festival goers and those looking for a green respite in the middle of the city. The community is the gateway to Prince?s Island ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sun, 18 Nov 2018 10:45:06 -0700

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - Calgary Beltline

Inner-city community combines historic charm with stunning new developments The Beltine is a community experiencing a period of major transition ? from the reconstruction of 17th Avenue S.W. to the reimagining of Victoria Park. Through it all, the beauty and vibrancy of this inner-city neighbourhood just seems to be getting stronger and stronger. Almost 22,000 people of all ages live here, attracted by its stunning scenery ? a synthesis of historical architecture and glistening, contemporary ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:06:41 -0700

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - Live - Work homes

Most Calgarians have a place where they live and another where they work. However, a combination of the two has emerged that could be the wave of the future: live-work condominiums. In the early 2000s, Battistella Developments took a chance when it unveiled its Orange Lofts live-work condominium project in what was then an East Village neighbourhood awaiting renewal. No one was sure how successful the concept would be, but the result was the creation of a rather unique community, says Chris ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Tue, 02 Oct 2018 10:44:46 -0600

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - Fun in the Sun

How to buy a vacation home without getting burned While sunburn can ruin a holiday, getting burned on a vacation home purchase can sting for much longer. Fortunately, doing your homework will help you find your place in the sun without feeling the heat. I (Pat Lanuke) am busy networking in the US and the Caribbean  so that I can refer you to the right property or specialist. ?The market has seen price drops lately, so a lot of people are finding vacation properties at $300,000 or below,?  ?The ... Full Article...
posted in News at Wed, 26 Sep 2018 11:07:21 -0600

Friday, September 21, 2018 - Alberta's best kept secret!

Discover one of Alberta?s best-kept vacation secrets Just an hour-and-a-half south of Calgary and only 30 minutes from the town of Vulcan lies a little-known gem. The Little Bow Resort and its collection of 250 bare land condominium properties is located along the sandy shores of Travers Reservoir, a 17-kilometre-long lake with crystal clear waters fed by the Little Bow River. ?It really is beautifully clean, and it is a deep lake and quiet, so you can really enjoy boating and all of the sports ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:23:00 -0600

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - Why we love Calgary!

Calgary is no concrete jungle In addition to the streets, sidewalks and skyscrapers that define most large cities, Calgary is blessed with enough parks and natural spaces to leave other major centres green with envy. ?It?s very important to have a variety of open spaces for relief from urban living, whether it?s pathways for exercise, parks with playgrounds or just a place to kick a soccer ball,? said Travis Shaw, planning and development lead with Calgary Parks. Given the proven health ...
posted in Community info at Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:48:00 -0600

Monday, September 17, 2018 - Fire safety tips to protect your home

In Calgary, a recent string of house fires has people thinking about fire safety in the home. Carol Henke, public information officer with the Calgary Fire Department, says kitchen fires are the most common residential call for the fire department, ?and often it?s because people leave their cooking unattended.? She says someone will put oil in a pan to heat up, and once the oil reaches its ignition temperature, it bursts into flames. People often make things worse by trying to carry the pan out ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 17 Sep 2018 10:11:51 -0600

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Redwood Meadows

Picturesque living between Calgary and the mountains Perched at the junction of Highways 8 and 22X with a beautiful mountain backdrop, the townsite of Redwood Meadows is attracting young families who want to get away from it all, while staying close enough to the city for a quick commute. ?It?s very social and very friendly here. I know it sounds cliché, but you know your neighbours,? said resident Mike Decore, who moved to the area three years ago and commutes to an office in downtown Calgary. ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Thu, 13 Sep 2018 12:15:08 -0600

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - tips for decluttering

A cluttered home or workspace can be stressful and distracting. Although getting rid of clutter can sometimes seem overwhelming, by taking small and manageable steps you can quickly and easily reclaim your space. See our checklist below, it will help you feel more calm and productive as you begin. Our junk truck teams have seen lots of clutter in their days. We?ve been able to put together a list to help you prepare for de-cluttering your life during spring cleaning. 1. Be Prepared: Don?t start ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Tue, 07 Aug 2018 11:59:07 -0600

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - New Listing - C4199135

Just added this listing:"Huge potential with this lovingly kept bungalow. Newer furnace, water heater, electric panel and roof. Bonus - There is hardwood under the carpet! A fabulous location on the corner of Tamarac Cres. Across the street is the community centre (new 2016) with the senior?s lawn bowling club and a playground. The main floor has a large living room, dining room and kitchen, 3 bedrooms and one four piece bathroom. Downstairs you will find a kitchenette, bedroom, sitting room, a ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Tue, 07 Aug 2018 06:00:00 -0600

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 5 tips to remember when you are buying or renting together

1. When renting, everyone will have to sign the lease. A careful landlord will make sure that there is one lease, signed by all of the tenants. This means that each tenant will be responsible for the entire monthly rent. It is thus important that you are satisfied with your fellow tenants because if one just disappears, the others will have to make up the shortfall and figure out how to find the new tenant to share expenses. 2. How do you protect yourself when buying a property together? The ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 01 Aug 2018 16:38:34 -0600

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - Cranston

I have several listings in this lovely Southeast Calgary community. It  is a nature lover?s dream Appealing to a variety of demographics, the dynamic community of Cranston offers a taste of the good life. ?It?s a great community with so much to offer, including schools and shopping right in the area,? said Justin Castelino, marketing manager for Brookfield Residential, the developer behind upper Cranston and the niche community of Cranston?s Riverstone. Since its launch, the master-planned ...
posted in Community info at Sun, 22 Jul 2018 11:21:54 -0600

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - patio season!

How to create a great backyard getaway for patio season Patio season is underway, so it?s time to get your garden ready. With a little planning, you can make your own cozy corner for sitting and entertaining a reality this weekend. ShelterNew neighbourhoods lack trees and high-rise decks are exposed to the elements. Both mean you need to think windbreak and sunbreak first, planting second. Shade cloth, outdoor curtains or overhead shade sails are an instant source of comfort for patios where ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:10:57 -0600

Sunday, July 8, 2018 - wine room?

In-home wine cellars? popularity on the rise Canadians love to kick back and enjoy a good sip or smooth tipple ? after all, we spent $7 billion on wine alone in 2016, according to Statistics Canada. So it?s no surprise that people are building the activity into their homes. Whether a leisure-time imbiber, a hobbyist or a serious collector, wine racks, wine rooms and wet bars have become popular additions to new-home designs and renovated homes alike. Pieter Spinder is president and chief design ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sun, 08 Jul 2018 09:37:53 -0600

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - Just Sold - C4188160

Just sold this listing:"This is a gorgeous 2 storey split in the prestigious Willow Park Estates. As you enter, the large foyer has a tiled entrance thru to the kitchen. On your left are French doors leading to a beautiful living room with a gas lighted wood burning fireplace and stone surround. Built in cabinets make a natural division to the formal dining area where an entry way gives access to the kitchen with new pot lights, an island and lots of cupboards. The breakfast nook overlooks the ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Wed, 27 Jun 2018 06:00:00 -0600

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - Just Sold - C4184371

Just sold this listing:"Priced to sell! on this updated 2 storey end unit in the wonderful complex of Woodlands on the Park - Adjacent to fish creek park - nature and adventure abound! As you enter into the foyer from either the double garage or front door you have a convenient half bath. Then, the main floor with gorgeous hardwood floors is very bright and open. The living room has a gas fireplace and patio doors to enjoy the oversized fully fenced deck. (Gas hook up for your barbeque here!). ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Wed, 27 Jun 2018 06:00:00 -0600

Monday, June 25, 2018 - Are you ready for your road trip?

Whether you?re taking the cover off that vintage Cadillac or just driving your trusty Toyota, don?t overlook giving your ride a tune-up. The last thing you want to have happen is for your engine to overheat, stall or break down. Here are a few car-care tips to help you avoid a costly repair this spring and summer. HOSE IT DOWNGive your vehicle a good wash from top to bottom?that includes cleaning the tires, wheel wells and undercarriage, where grit and road salt may still be present. If you?re ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 25 Jun 2018 11:03:13 -0600

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Hidden Rooms!

The broad appeal of secret-room renovations If you love those scenes from old movies where a wall opens to reveal a secret room, you can now put yourself squarely in the picture. Hidden rooms in houses ? usually custom-built homes, rather than existing structures ? are growing in popularity, and for good reason. ?The demand for these rooms is huge right now, partly because thieves aren?t taking televisions or stereos anymore ? they?re going after your identity,? said Sandy Scheiris, CEO of ...
posted in home tips at Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:03:02 -0600

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - understanding your budget

How much home can you afford? Shopping for the home of your dreams requires knowing how much you can afford to spend, which for most buyers ties directly into a mortgage. Financial institutions in Canada look at a buyer?s Gross Debt Service (GDS) and Total Debt Service (TDS) ratios to help determine how much mortgage to approve, and therefore, how much home a person can afford. GDS includes expenses related to the home, such as mortgage principal and interest, property taxes, heating costs and ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 17 Jun 2018 11:06:01 -0600

Friday, June 15, 2018 - Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring has sprung!! While it is time to welcome flowers, leaves and warmth, it?s also time to do some home maintenance and get your house cleaned up after the long winter. Gutters and downspouts: Pull leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. Re-attach gutters that have pulled away from the house. Run a hose on the roof and check for proper drainage. If any leaks exist, dry the area and use caulking or epoxy to seal the leak.Siding: Clean siding with a pressure washer. Check all wood ...
posted in home tips at Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:31:40 -0600

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - demystifying condo fees

Demystifying condo fees We?ve probably all heard someone say they?d love to buy a condominium, but they don?t like the idea of paying condo fees. ?We see that $500 condo fee and ask, ?what do I get?? ? said Bernice Winter, CEO of Condo Check, a Calgary company that provides condominium services, including document reviews. Winter says when people buy into a condominium, they buy into a share of responsibility for expenses related to operating, maintaining and repairing areas of the building ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:01:22 -0600

Monday, June 11, 2018 - New homes in older communities!

You don't have to move out to the suburbs to own a new home - here are some older communities that are getting a makeover! Redevelopment projects lead to new communities in established areas Most people think of new communities as being on the outskirts of the city, often in areas where amenities like shopping and schools are still lacking. But there are a growing number of new communities springing up in well-established areas of Calgary, as redevelopment occurs on lands once used for ...
posted in Community info at Mon, 11 Jun 2018 10:54:17 -0600

Monday, June 11, 2018 - New Listing - C4189861

Just added 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 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 06:00:00 -0600

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - Belmont

New southwest community of Belmont offers new beginnings Sitting just south of Silverado between 194th Avenue and 210th Avenue S.W., the new Calgary community of Belmont is touted as a quiet refuge on the edge of the city and a place for new beginnings. ?It?s a bright, modern community with a broad appeal for those looking for affordable quality in south Calgary,? said Steve LePan, development manager with Anthem United. ?As the first new community in the area, it?s focused on affordable ...
posted in Community info at Wed, 06 Jun 2018 12:41:47 -0600

Friday, June 1, 2018 - Mahogany

Popular southeast lake community continues to grow  The community?s architecture, lake, wetlands and extensive pathway system that connects it all attracts families.  ?There are so many community events ? ladies? nights are the best ? and the overall community feel is second to none,?  ?That is just what Hopewell Residential, the developer behind the community, had in mind when it created the vision for Mahogany. ?When Mahogany first launched 10 years ago, we sought to create a community like ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Fri, 01 Jun 2018 14:41:04 -0600

1 - 100 of 268

Archives

Categories

News (6)