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Calgary Real Estate Concierge Blog

By Linda James

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Monday, December 8, 2014 - Real Estate in Divorce - when you are not willing to sell

When you are going through a divorce and there is a family home to divide or possibly sell ? this can be a very emotional decision.   There are many cases when one party is absolutely not willing to sell the home but is also not in a financial position to buy out the other party for their half of the property.  Coming up with a lump sum to buy out your ex in a divorce, is extremely difficult unless there are other assets of similar magnitude that the other party is willing to part with. After ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 08 Dec 2014 02:37:00 +0000

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - The price growth slows in Calgary for November

Improving inventories in November has helped ease price growth pressure.   As in previous months, November saw double-digit growth in year-to-date sales for all property types. However, the strongest gains were in the condominium apartment and townhouse sectors with a combined growth of over 19 per cent.  The single-family benchmark price for November was $511,300 an 8.7% increase year over year. The condo apartment benchmark was $300,700 and the townhouse benchmark price is $338,600 with a ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 02 Dec 2014 05:10:46 +0000

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - Real Estate in Divorce - to sell or not to sell?

Divorce is one of the most difficult life experiences you could face in your lifetime.  With all the emotions revolving around children, lost love and finances, it is hard to keep emotions out of your decision-making. My advice to you is DO NOT let the decision regarding your family home be one of those emotion-based decisions.   Time and time again, when a couple divorces one party or even both parties are attached to the family home and will give up pretty much all financial security to ...
posted in General at Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:02:02 +0000

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - When selling a home, don't go NOSE BLIND!

Those Febreeze commercials are truer than you think!  

Imagine you’re viewing a potential new home. You walk in the front door and are instantly impressed.  You explore the property room by room and like what you see. 

Then there’s something you notice that’s not quite right. An odour. You realize that it’s likely cat dander and, now that you’ve identified it, you smell it everywhere. Suddenly the home doesn’t seem as attractive as it did just moments earlier.

The owner of the property is probably so used to the smell that he doesn’t even notice it. Neither does anyone else in the household.

So, when marketing your home for sale, be scent sensitive. Think about the odours that you may have become used to but others are likely to notice. Even odours you think are pleasant, like the strong scent given off by some house plants, may not be pleasing to everyone.

An odour can easily distract a buyer from appreciating the good qualities of your property. Pay particular attention to garbage bins (which can smell even when empty), pets, kitty litter (even when fresh and unused), the kitchen (especially after cooking), perfumes, and closets.

The smell of cigarette smoke is particularly unpleasant to many people. Its odour can linger even on an outside deck or patio.

Bottom line? Don’t assume buyers won’t notice certain smells. They will.

Looking for more advice on selling your home quickly and for the best price? Call 403-650-1796

posted in General at Thu, 13 Nov 2014 23:37:12 +0000

Monday, October 27, 2014 - Replacement Windows Can Enhance the Value of Your Home

Many sellers consider doing home improvement projects to increase the value of their home before they list it. From installing new appliances to adding a deck or a room, homeowners can become overwhelmed wondering whether or not these things will make a difference. However, many of these improvements will do more to benefit the liveability of the home rather than enhance its value. Replacing old windows is one home improvement project that might pay immediate and long-term dividends. If those ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:02:36 +0000

Monday, October 13, 2014 - Stage to Sell!

A good Realtor will counsel their client on staging their home to show well. Most potential buyers form an opinion about a property within one minute of viewing it. Staging a home is done to ensure their first impression is a great one.   That first impression begins to form when a buyer pulls up to the house. Curb appeal will entice customers to want to ask for a showing. Alternatively, an unkept yard and unappealing home exterior may deter buyers from wanting to look inside. When staging, ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:44:23 +0000

Monday, September 29, 2014 - Gobble-Gobble South of the Border

Once in a while, I hear conversations discussing the uniqueness of our Canadian Thanksgiving. Since the United States is probably the only other country to have Thanksgiving-as-we-know-it, I thought it might be fun to take a break from real estate matters and point out the differences between our two nations on this holiday! We all know the similarities between Canada and America in turkey dinners and harvest decorations, but do you know what Black Friday and NFL football mean to Thanksgiving ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:45:11 +0000

Friday, September 12, 2014 - Neighborhood Spotlight: Redwood Meadows

Redwood Meadows is a planned community developed around the Redwood Meadows Golf and Country Club. Both the township and the golf course were developed by the Tsuu T?ina Nation, which also manages operations and retains ownership of the golf club. Located just 25 kilometers west of Calgary, Redwood Meadows offers quick access to the city from several major highways and roads. Those living in Redwood Meadows can enjoy living in the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies and still be in ...
posted in General at Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:39:32 +0000

Monday, September 1, 2014 - Calgary Market Update

The Calgary Real Estate Board's (CREB) end of July report shows gains in several area market factors compared to the same time period in 2013. Total residential sales had more than 3% gain and finished out with an average price of $482,489 -- an almost 5% increase. These are both positive signs of continued yearly economic and market improvement. The CREB data includes single family homes, condo apartments, and condo townhouses. It is worth mentioning that the Calgary condo townhouses sector ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:44:57 +0000

Monday, August 18, 2014 - An Uncluttered Mind Needs an Uncluttered Home

There is a psychological theory which states that a cluttered home is a sign of a cluttered mind. ?Clutter? is not only defined by the amount of stuff someone possesses. It also indicates a high level of disorganization. You can have a lot of things but no clutter -- as long as those things are kept organized. Likewise, you can have few things but still have a cluttered home because they are disorganized. The state of your home could reflect the state of your mental health. Studies have shown ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:53:24 +0000

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - Just Sold - C3630263

Just sold this listing: "The name says it all "Elegant Homes" This home is built in the perfect location large lot backing on to a pathway and overlooking a water pond, As soon you walk in to this home you will be very impressed, home features top quality finishing and workmanship, State of the art kitchen, large granite island, built in appliances, 6burner gas stove, Master bedroom with a fantastic ensuite, in floor heating, lower level offers a 4 pc batroom with a bedroom, bar, wine room, ... Full Article...
posted in Listings at Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +0000

Monday, August 4, 2014 - Buying a Home That Needs Some TLC?

Are you looking for a traditional home with character?  Drawn to mature neighbourhoods with tree lined streets?  You may have thought about how far your money would go if you bought a home that needed some updating.  Many home buyers prefer established neighbourhoods, but aren't prepared to purchase a property for its increased cost after the renovations have been completed by someone else.  The best part about taking on the project yourself is that you can modernize the home exactly the way ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:37:21 +0000

Monday, July 21, 2014 - Seeing a Home Online vs. Real Life

Shopping online has become a popular option for consumers. It's simple and convenient and allows you to browse, price compare and make purchases all from the comfort of your own home. Most home buyers are also beginning their property search online. Although you can't actually purchase a home online, you can educate yourself on your options.   The MLS system is a great resource for many reasons. It's a good way to easily find out how far your money will go, and make decisions about the type of ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:29:57 +0000

Monday, July 7, 2014 - Looking for a Fun Event in Your City?

Whether you are looking to plan an outing with your best friends or want to surprise someone special with a creative date night, there are plenty of local events happening around Calgary this summer.  Want to catch a live band or expand your culinary horizons by trying something new?  There is something for everyone on our local events calendar.  Here are some of the best unique events happening around the city this summer:   Sun and Salsa Festival - July 20th - There is no better way to ...
posted in General at Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:27:56 +0000

Monday, June 23, 2014 - What's Happening in Your Local Real Estate Market?

Even though there are fewer properties to choose from, buyers are out in full force.  If you are planning on making a move this summer, it's important to understand the local real estate market and tailor your decisions accordingly.  The number of listings on the market is still low compared to last year, but inventory is picking up as we head into the summer months.  Prices remain steady and are increasing in every neighbourhood across the city.  With low interest rates, positive employment ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:35:19 +0000

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - Marketing Your Property So That Buyers Will Notice

Marketing a property on the real estate market requires a Realtor to reach as many people as possible, in a fairly short amount of time.  The more interest there is in a home, the more likely the home owner will be to get exactly what they are asking.  When I list a home for sale, I make sure to go the extra mile to get my clients the market exposure that they need to make the transaction a success.      Having an online presence in today's real estate market is a must.  Most prospective buyers ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:56:29 +0000

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - How To Narrow Down Your Property Search And Find The Right Home Sooner

Will you fall in love with the first home you see, or will it take several months to find the right place for you?  Find a new home is a fun experience, but seeing too many properties can become overwhelming and cause buyers to second guess themselves.  When I am working with buyers, I ask lots of questions to get a good understanding of what they are looking for.  There is no need to see homes that won't meet their needs.  So how do you prepare for an efficient buying process?  Figure out your ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 27 May 2014 03:20:30 +0000

Monday, May 12, 2014 - Looking Past The Decor: How To Inspect The Important Elements Of A Home

Many homebuyers are captivated by the cosmetic features of a home.  It's easy to be drawn to the kitchen cupboards, countertops or a well-kept hardwood floor.  Although the cosmetic features of a home are important, there are other some factors that you should keep in mind.  When showing a home to prospective buyers, I like to point out things that I notice that may add value to the home, or may cost them money down the road.  Although this doesn't compare with a professional home inspection, ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 12 May 2014 08:48:05 +0000

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Looking Forward to Summer

My family and I always look forward to the summer because we love being outdoors.  For my husband and I, this is our first year as empty nesters so we are quickly adjusting to our new found freedom.  We didn't waste any time re-purposing the kid's rooms for our own use, and we are now looking forward to a few days off here and there during the summer.   We have a trailer in Sundre that we enjoy for six months out of the year.  We enjoy the convenience of having a getaway that is just a short ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 30 Apr 2014 02:51:23 +0000

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - Taking A Time Out: Our Vacation In The Bahamas

After enduring what seemed like the never-ending winter, my husband and I decided it was time for a vacation.  I always look forward to going away, and this year we packed up and headed to the beautiful destination of Great Exuma, Bahamas.  If you are looking for the perfect place to unwind, the Sandals Emerald Bay Resort is unbeatable.  We had such a great time and felt truly relaxed during our two week stay.  This place takes service to the next level.  We even had our own personal butler to ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:12:47 +0000

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - Market Update: What To Expect If You Are Buying Or Selling In Northwest Calgary

Spring is around the corner, and the real estate market in Calgary is heating up a lot quicker than the weather.  Much of Calgary's industry relies on the export market.  A weak Canadian dollar has been fueling demand and creating more jobs on this side of the border.  Calgary is quickly becoming one of the most desirable places to live and work.    Strong consumer confidence, steady employment and low interest rates are fueling a healthy real estate market.  Buyers are out in full force and ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:23:43 +0000

Monday, March 17, 2014 - How to Unwind After a Long, Hard Day

There are many ways one can spend a day that can leave them exhausted, yet still wired when it's time to unwind. So what do you do? How do you start to relax? Here is a couple of great ways to get your energy down to a relaxing level. Leave the drama behind   Whatever you were up to that day you must find away to leave behind. Work, school, court, shopping etc., whatever your doing leave it there. If you bring anxiety, anger, negative thoughts or negative energy home with you, calming down will ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 17 Mar 2014 03:42:16 +0000

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - Tips For Getting Motivated And Staying Focused

Focusing on important tasks that need to be done is not always easy, especially when numerous distractions exist nowadays. Consider the entertaining possibilities of the internet, as well as entertaining avenues like television and social networking. With many things demanding our attention daily, you can still find ways to focus on the things that need to be accomplished in life.   First, take a moment to consider the important things you need to get done. Are there one or two large projects ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 04 Mar 2014 03:23:27 +0000

Monday, February 3, 2014 - The Magic of Listening: Tips For Successful Client Relationships

Image Courtesy of Steven Shorrock   As a Realtor®, one of the most important things for me is listening to my clients? needs and wants. I say needs and wants because these two often do not match. In fact, most of my clients often do not know what they want, and this is one of the main reasons why they come to me. The first thing I focus on in every real estate transaction is knowing the client and building a relationship with him or her. Developing a healthy relationship and maintaining good ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 03 Feb 2014 07:14:50 +0000

Monday, January 20, 2014 - How to Price Your Home to Sell

Image Courtesy of Jeremy Brooks Pricing your home is a tricky business. Home sellers, of course, want to get top dollar for their home, but they also want to get the property off the market as quickly as possible. I believe in educating my clients about how to set a realistic price for their property. I?d rather be honest with them from the very start. Here are some of the tips I give them.   Check real estate market trends. All of us feel our home is our castle and that it?s one of a kind, so ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:30:11 +0000

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