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Calgary Real Estate Concierge Blog

By Linda James

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - Upcoming Calgary Events Calgary Community Events - May 2015

  Upcoming Calgary EventsCalgary Community Events - May 2015   - 2015 Canadian Open Volleyball Championship ? Thursday, May 14 ?            Tuesday, May 19 - MEC Calgary Race THREE 2015 ? Saturday, May 16 - Calgary International Children's Festival ? Wednesday, May 20 ? Saturday,    May 23 - Calgary EATS! Connecting the Local Food System ? Thursday, May 21 - Calgary's 6th Annual Charity Vegan Bake Sale ? Saturday, May 30 - Water Polo - National Finals ? Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31   Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 13 May 2015 20:00:59 +0000

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - Calgary Market Update - May 2015

New listings decline as home prices ease Improved sales to new listings ratio reduces inventory gains  After the fifth consecutive monthly benchmark price decline in Calgary, the number of new home listings eased to 3,064 units in April, a decrease of 18 per cent over the previous year. ?With fewer buyers making purchase decisions and improved selection for resale, new home and rental property, sellers have been either adjusting their expectations on price or delaying their plans about when to ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 06 May 2015 20:56:46 +0000

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - Calgary Cycling in the City

    As Spring invites us to get outside, what better way than to pull out the bike and hit the pathways around town.  Besides being a great way to commute, cycling is a great way to discover the city that can?t be done from behind the wheel.  Whether it?s an all day excursion or a leisurely spin on a warm evening, here are three great routes to check out: 1. Glenmore ReservoirThe beauty of this looped path is not only the the woods and water, but the Weaslehead area on the west end makes your ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:45:30 +0000

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Apartment and Condo Recycling in Calgary

Apartment and condo recycling is coming! City Council has approved a bylaw amendment that will require all multifamily complexes to offer on-site recycling by February 1, 2016. Every complex will have to provide on-site recycling of the materials accepted in single family Blue Cart recycling. I'm a multi-family residentFind out what you need to do to make recycling happen in your building. I'm a building owner or managerFind out what you need to do to comply with the bylaw and what resources ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:59:05 +0000

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - Upcoming Events & Festivals

- Canmore Uncorked Festival ? Tuesday, April 7 ? Sunday, April 19- Underground Film Fest ? Monday, April 13 ? Sunday, April 19- Lake Bonavista Home and Garden Expo ? Saturday, April 18- Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo ? Thursday, April 16 ? Sunday,    April 19- Calgary Performing Arts Festival ? formerly Kiwanis Festival ? Mon,    April 20 ? Thurs, April 30  
posted in General at Wed, 15 Apr 2015 23:19:02 +0000

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - Calgary Market Update March 2015

Inventory gains influence housing pricesFirst quarter activity reflects economic uncertainty   Elevated inventory levels and low sales for three consecutive months caused unadjusted benchmark prices to ease by 0.44 per cent in March, relative to the previous month, for a total of $454,300. Based on first quarter statistics, conditions are consistent with buyers? market conditions. Typical home prices have declined by 0.59 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the fourth quarter of ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 07 Apr 2015 21:55:20 +0000

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - HIDDEN HOME OFFICE IDEAS

posted in General at Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:04:00 +0000

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - First-Time Home Buyers Tax Credit

The fees associated with purchasing a first home can really add up. To help Canadians with these costs, our Conservative Government introduced the First-Time Buyer?s Tax Credit. The credit allows Canadians to save up to $750 on qualifying homes purchased after January 27, 2009. The First-Time Buyer?s Tax Credit is also available to existing homeowners who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) who purchase a more accessible or functional home, or for the benefit of a DTC-eligible ...
posted in General at Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:20:09 +0000

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - How To Prepare your Home To List

It is crucial when listing your home to ensure it stands out amongst the crowd.  When the time comes, there are a few things you can do beforehand to make sure it shows its best features. Pre-Sell Inspection ? Many people hire an inspector when purchasing a new home, but most overlook it when selling.  A home inspector can uncover unknown problems that can be repaired before listing the property.  This can prevent buyer?s walking away from a deal or seeking a price reduction. Hire a Handyman ? ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:31:03 +0000

Friday, March 13, 2015 - Upcomin Events in Calgary - March 2015

- The Big Taste Foodie Festival ? Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 15- International Festival of Animated Objects ? Saturday, March 7 to Monday, March 16- Wild Rose Brewery Beer 101 ? Sunday, March 8 and 22- St. Patrick's Day Party ? Friday, March 13 to Wednesday, March 18- 2015 Western Canadian Ringette Championship  ? Wednesday, March 25 - Saturday, March 28  
posted in General at Fri, 13 Mar 2015 21:23:15 +0000

Friday, March 6, 2015 - March 2015 - Calgary Market Report

Inventory climbs in Calgary?s housing marketFebruary sales activity remains low Calgary, March 2, 2015 ? Year-over-year new listings growth eased from 37 per cent last month to nine per cent in February. However, as sales activity remained below long term averages for the month, Calgary inventory levels rose to 5,474 units in February. ?While housing supply levels continue to be higher than we have seen in this market for some time, they remain below February 2008 record highs of nearly 7,000 ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:56:12 +0000

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - How to Raise the "Awesome" Metre in your Home

You know the feeling you get when you walk into someone's house that's decorated to the nines and is so clean you could eat off the floor? The one that makes you stand back and say 'wow?? Well, here are some ways to take this one step further when renovating your home. Not only will your guests say 'wow,' but their jaws will hit the floor, their eyes will pop out and their hearts will skip a beat. 1. An ?S? shaped seat turns your shower or steam room into one you can lie down in2. Consider a ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:56:41 +0000

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Making Sense of your Property Tax Assessment

Most likely, you've already received your property tax assessment from the City of Calgary. Although the City doesn't have enough staff to look at every house, it bases the assessment on several key things such as age, size, layout, traffic noise, proximately to things like schools, etc. Here are some helpful tips for better understanding your assessment. What is it? This assessment makes sure the value of your home reflects how much tax you have to pay on it. So in other words, the assessment ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:55:13 +0000

Monday, February 16, 2015 - Types of lighting for the home

You probably don't think buying a lighting fixture for a room is all that complicated. It isn't. However, it does require you to consider which types of lighting you may need. According to the Lighting Association, there are three types: General lighting. By far the most common, this is the type of lighting that is designed to create a functional brightness that spreads throughout a room. A good example is a main ceiling light. Task lighting. As the name implies, this type provides extra light ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:17:14 +0000

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - Calgary Events - February 2015

Calgary Boat & Sportsmen's Show ? Thursday, Feb 5 to Sunday, Feb 8Family Quest - Gasoline Alley Museum ? Thursday, Feb 12 to Monday, Feb 16In The Heat of the Night - ZOO ? Friday, Feb 13Eau Claire Market Family Fun Day ? Monday, Feb 16Canada's Top Ten Film Festival ? Friday, Feb 20 to Thursday, Feb 26Calgary Home + Garden Show ? Thursday, Feb 26 to Sunday, March 1
posted in General at Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:45:52 +0000

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - RE/MAX of Western Canada Quest for Excellence 2015 Bursary Program Now Open!

RE/MAX of Western Canada Quest for Excellence 2015 Bursary Program Now Open! REMINDER that the deadline is fast approaching for the RE/MAX of Western Canada Quest for Excellence bursary program. This year we are once again offering (16) $1,000 bursaries for a total of $16,000 to grade 12 students. This program was established by RE/MAX of Western Canada to recognize the success and ongoing pursuits of Western Canadian students in regards to leadership and community contribution initiatives. ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 10 Feb 2015 23:32:26 +0000

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - February 2015 Calgary Market Report

posted in General at Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:05:08 +0000

Monday, January 26, 2015 - Oil Prices and Real Estate - What's Really Happening??

The decrease in oil price in the recent months is a concern for all of Alberta.  But it is especially concerning to those considering buying or selling their home in 2015. Below you will find some information on the current Calgary housing market that you may find helpful. In 2008/09, Calgary's housing market took a painful hit.   The housing market saw a 15% drop towards housing investments. The current decrease in the price of oil has the province worried as the housing market had finally ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:10:11 +0000

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - CREB 2015 Forecast

It's a BRAND NEW YEAR and with that comes a BRAND NEW REAL ESTATE FORECAST!  Today CREB released their annual Real Estate forecast to the public and it's not as scary as people were predicting.  The Calgary Real Estate Board predicts that, yes, the housing sales will drop in 2015 by 4%.  However, prices are expected to remain stable or even increase slightly by 1.6% in Calgary this year. CREB has said that this years forecast be taken with a grain of salt due to the uncertainty of the province ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:26:19 +0000

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - Your home at a glance

Have you ever driven up to a restaurant and your first impression was disappointing? Perhaps the windows looked dark and gloomy, the façade was worn and unattractive or for some other reason it just didn't look like a tempting place to eat. It could still be a fantastic restaurant ? a real gem. But, your first impression has soured your anticipation. If you still walk through the front door, it will likely be with the expectation of being disappointed. This scenario often plays out in the real ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 07 Jan 2015 19:04:33 +0000

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

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