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What's Happening in the Calgary Market?

According to Statistics released by The Calgary Real Estate Board on April 1, 2015, the first quarter activity reflects economic uncertainty in our city.   "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 ...

Easy-to Miss Home Security Tips for Your Vacation

If you’re relaxing on a Caribbean beach, or enjoying a bus tour through historic Paris, the last thing you want to worry about is your home. Most people know the basics of keeping a home secure while away.  Here are some additional tips that are easy to miss: • Tell your kids not to boast about your fabulous vacation plans, especially on social media. The fewer who know that the house will be ...

How to Help Sell Your Home Quickly

Usually when you list your home, you would prefer to sell it quickly. It’s like being the first one served at a crowded ice cream parlour. It’s satisfying.  However, sometimes there’s more to it than that. There may be a truly urgent reason why you need to find a buyer for your property as soon as possible, such as a sudden job relocation.  If that’s the case, it’s important to ...

Changes Coming to Land Titles

Be extra careful with June closings! Land Titles fees increase dramatically effective July 1, 2015. On a $500,000.00 purchase with a $400,000.00 mortgage, the increase will be $940. There will also be an increase in search fees, although those amounts have not been published as yet. If you are looking for a possession date in late June, be careful that title is registered before July 1, 2015. Otherwise, ...

Inventory Climbs in Calgary's Housing Market

From the Calgary Real Estate Board monthly statistics media release March 2, 2015: February sales activity remains low. 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 ...

​Avoiding Moisture Problems in the Home

There are many hidden sources of moisture in your home that can lead to serious problems, such as mould. To keep moisture levels in check, consider these tips:  • Bathrooms are an obvious source of moisture build-up. Contractor and TV personality Mike Holmes recommends keeping the fan going for at least a half hour after a shower. • Check regularly for water infiltration around window and door ...

How Much of a New Home Can You Afford?

If you’re thinking of shopping for a new home, one of the first considerations is price range. You want to know what you can reasonably afford.  How do you figure that out?  First of all, you need to determine the initial out-of-pocket costs you will need to cover. There are often more costs associated with purchasing a home than its actual price. You need to take into account such additional ...

Just Listed A great Home in MEADOWLARK PARK

Well maintained bungalow in Meadowlark Park. Beautifully landscaped South facing backyard with greenhouse backing onto a large green space and the Glenmore bike path. Recent upgrades include windows, doors, shingles, soffits & eaves troughs, and insulation. Featuring 3 bedrooms on the main floor, a 3 pc bathroom, and akitchen with breakfast area. There is a second bathroom in the basement, as ...

​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:  1. General lighting. By far the most common, this is the type of lighting that is designed to create a functional brightness that spreads throughout ...

​Deciding on the discretionary move

Sometimes we don't have much choice about selling our home and buying another. Circumstances, such as a job relocation, may have made that choice for us.  However, most often the decision to move is discretionary. Sometimes people move simply because they think it's a good idea. They feel that "now" is the right time to find their next dream home.  So how do you make that kind of decision? ...