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High school is finished! University is done! So why do I still need to do so much homework!

Many of us can remember saying to our parents "I can hardly wait until I am done school 'cause then I'll never have to worry about homework again!" While we are in school, we think homework will all be done once school is finished. Once you are out in the "Real World", the hard facts come to slap you square in the face. Homework on the “road to success” never ends, whatever road that might be ...

Statistics Are Dangerous: Real Estate & Fantasy Basketball

I have a love/hate relationship with statistics. I’ve always believed that statistics provide necessary insight, but they never uncover the entire picture. Making a choice based purely on statistics is a never a good idea. If you don't care much about basketball, you'll probably want to skip to the end. If you love basketball as much as I do, feel free to comment.  This year, for the ...

First-Time Home Buyers Guide

Hello first time home buyers! I thought it would be fitting for my first blog post to be the area of my industry I do most of my work. I am a certified buyer specialist working with first time home buyers every week. Being a young buyer myself I know first-hand the doubts and fears that go through our minds during this process. That being said I also know the excitement and reward that comes with it ...

A Genius Idea: Buy Low, Sell High

During the infamous 'boom' years of 2006-2007 I discovered that, instead of putting my newly acquired kinesiology degree to use, I could make twice as much money doing easy temp work for oil companies.  The first company that hired me was a small office, only about 15 employees; all them dynamic and knowledgable, all of them raking in big time money. The Vice President, Dean, took ...

"It's like déjà vu all over again."

Both Spring Training for baseball and the Spring Market for Real Estate have started! It's spring time which for me, is the start of spring training for the baseball.  I was pondering baseball spring training and realized that there are similarities between baseballl spring training and the spring real estate market. With both, comes a flurry of activity as teams (people) prepare for their ...

It's a SELLER’S MARKET - so why do I need a full-service REALTOR®? Come on!

The pendulum is always swinging in business and, it is definitely a seller's market in Calgary right now. All the media articles are pronouncing it loud and clear and they are not wrong. So what exactly does that mean? Currently there is approximately 1.5 months of active inventory available-meaning if no new listings came on the market, it would take 1.5 months to sell the existing listings, at the ...

Apparently -20 Degree Temperatures and Feet of Snow Means We're In Calgary's Spring Real Estate Market

Hello to all, and welcome to the spring market, which, as most of you know, is the most active time of the year for real estate!     With +3 degrees today, and -20 degrees last week, some may debate that spring has actually arrived, but from the perspective of the real estate market, spring has been here since early January!   The Calgary market is active to say the least. ...

CMHC - The Nice Gangsters

Let's use a Boardwalk Empire analogy:   You come to Nucky Thompson and say, 'There's a truckload of Canadian Club coming from the border but I need to give them the cash up front. A truckload of whiskey costs $1000. I can sell it over a period of time for a huge profit. I only have $100. Can you spot me $900 if I pay you $1500 in installments.'   Nucky says 'Sounds ...

A Tale of Two Januarys

January 2013 had far less snow than January 2014. I had a birthday party and I tried to cut back on junk food in each January. That's about all I remember. They seemed pretty much the same to me. That's completely untrue of Calgary's real estate markets in January 2013 and January 2014. They couldn't have been more different. To use the Charles Dickens analogy, January 2013 was Britain ...

Wants, Needs and Brick Walls

When you look at something from a different angle, sometimes you can see solutions that weren't there before. Real estate is comprised of buying and selling arguably the biggest purchases in anyone's life. There are a lot of emotions that rise to the surface. Emotions that often can stretch one to capacity. With so much at stake in real estate transactions, like law, accounting and taxes, it is ...
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