Calgary neighbourhoods with great views

September 30th, 2015
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I might be a little biased but I think Calgary is one of the most beautiful cities in Canada!  There are so many interesting buildings as well as man-made and natural areas.  I have put together a list for you of different neighbourhoods that have some of my favourite views.      

Briar Hill/Hounsfield Heights:  This northwest community has excellent views of the downtown Calgary skyline a ...

Buying a home to renovate

September 28th, 2015
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Not everyone wants a move-in ready home.  There are many talented, hard-working, and smart Buyers who want a place to renovate and customize.  Some people want to renovate so that they can create their perfect home while others see investment and revenue opportunities in a house.  Buying a home that needs work can be a great way to get into a highly coveted area without exhausting your budg ...

Top tips for easy home organization

September 23rd, 2015
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It should come as no surprise that a well-organized home is more appealing to prospective Buyers than a home that is in disarray.  Even when you are not planning on selling anytime soon, an organized house is simply more enjoyable.  In my years as a Realtor, I have seen organization hacks that work and many that do not.  Here are my top tips for easy (yes, easy!) home organization.

1. Get ...

DIY Moving: Is it really worth it?

September 21st, 2015
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In theory, DIY moving seems like a pretty good idea!  It can save you money; that is a fact.  But. . . is it worth it?  Before you call up your buddies and order the obligatory pizza payment, consider these factors that might turn your DIY move into a DIY disaster.

The buddy system is not fail safe

If you are relying on friends and family to help you move, you need to be prepared for last ...

How to be a good neighbour: Understanding some of Calgary's bylaws

September 17th, 2015
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One of the best things about living in Calgary is the opportunity to have and be a good neighbour.  Aside from regular friendly greetings and a helping hand every now and then, you should also comply with city bylaws to help make your neighbourhood a safe and pleasant place to live.  Bylaws are rules and guidelines established by the City of Calgary.  They are designed specifically to help ...

Top 5 home staging mistakes and how to fix them

September 14th, 2015
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It is no secret that a well-staged home shows better and sells faster.  Buyers have a hard time seeing beyond the room in front of them so you cannot rely on their creativity and imagination to help them see the best features of your home.  When it is done properly, staging can highlight your home’s most desirable features and create an emotional connection with Buyers.  Here is a list of 5 ...

Inventory levels rising in Calgary (CREB report)

September 9th, 2015

August sales activity falls below long-term averages

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Calgary’s residential resale housing market recorded further easing in absorption rates in August due to weaker sales activity.

Sales in the city declined by 27 per cent to 1,643 units last month relative to the same time last year, and 12 per cent below 10-year averages.

“Persistent we ...

A Primer on Condominiums

September 8th, 2015
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Condominiums offer a form of home ownership that has become increasingly popular across Canada over the last few decades.  The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) explains that a condominium, also referred to as a condo, is a form of legal home ownership.  Condos can be in a variety of forms including townhouses, low rise residential buildings, single detached houses, and vacant ...

5 things to consider when deciding where to live

September 4th, 2015
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Regardless of whether you are moving out, moving on, or moving up, there are a few things to consider when deciding where to buy your next home.  Sure, it is easy to fall in love with a beautiful home but it is more important to love the area than the home.  You can easily change the interior of a home but you cannot change what is right outside your front door.  Here are my top 5 things to ...