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Nerding Out Properly: Writing a Good Offer

  If you asked a nerd, ‘Would you pay more for insert nerdy new video game here if you could have it on the first possible day it was released?’ What would you expect the nerd to say? ‘YESSSS!!’ What if you could have insert nerdy new video game here a week later at a lower price, but it might be sold out, would you take that chance? ‘NOOOO!!’ When ...

Funny Thing, That Real Estate...

Who here listens to, reads, or overhears people talking about the news?  Aside from politics, wars, and the latest "celebrity" whose photos have been leaked, real estate seems to be front and centre to many conversations.  "Oh, the oil price is down, real estate is going to plummet." Or, "Oh, house prices are too high, my house price is going to fall." It's a funny thing, that real estate, ...

Condominium Sales Set a New Record in August

According to statistics recently released from The Calgary Real Estate Board, there were strong gains in condominium and townhouse sales in August, especially compared to the same period last year.    To read more about what the real estate market is doing in Calgary and surrounding areas, copy this link into your browser:  http://www.creb.com/public/documents/statistics/2014/package/res-stats-2014_August.pdf  ...

What Home Buyers Love to See

Buyers are more likely to make an offer on your home if they see a lot of things they love about it. So what do buyers love to see?    One of the main things they like to see is a lot of space. Of course, you can't change the size of your rooms, but there is a lot you can do to make small spaces in your home seem more spacious.   Buyers also love to see a clean ...

July 2014 Real Estate Update

Market Moves Toward Balanced Conditions Growth in new listings outpace sales growth in July, supporting double-digit inventory gains Calgary, Aug, 2014 – Residential sales this month totaled 2,336 units, a record level for July activity. However, year-over-year sales growth slowed to 3.18 per cent. “While July’s sales growth seems like a dramatic departure from ...

Market Moves Toward Balanced Conditions

According to Calgary regional housing market statistics recently released by The Calgary Real Estate Board, growth in new listings outpaced sales growth in July, supporting double-digit inventory gaines.  This is helping the market move toward more balanced conditions.   To read more about the recent statistics for Calgary and area, copy this link into your browser: http://www.creb.com/public/documents/statistics/2014/package/res-stats-2014_July.pdf 

June Market Conditions in Calgary

According to a news release by the Calgary Real Estate Board recently, residential sales and listings in Calgary increased by double-digit rates in June compared to the same time last year. This increase is partly due to  the floods impacting housing activity throughout the second half of June 2013.    To read more about the market conditions in Calgary, copy this ...

2013 Business Satisfaction Survey Highlights

"I was recently at the Spring 2014 Airdrie Economic Development Update for the city of Airdrie. Here are some of the hilights.... 2013 Business Satisfaction Survey Highlights Business Satisfaction & optimism high 87% rate Airdrie as a good place to do business 65% expect demand for their product/service to grow over the next year 45% expect to hire over the next 12 months  (*industrial/commercial) Home-based ...

Average Rent Rises 5.5 percent in Calgary as Vacancy Rate Remains Low

Check out this article recently posted in The Calgary Herald:   Average monthly rent on the rise http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Average+rent+rises+cent+Calgary+vancy+rate+remains/9928072/story.html

CMHC no longer offering mortgage insurance for luxury homes

An interesting article was recently published by The Calgary Herald about CMHC financing luxury homes.   You can read more here: http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/CMHC+longer+offering+mortgage+insurance+luxury+homes/9915137/story.html
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