calgary realtor: Moving Up to Your Forever Home - 11/29/15 12:48 AM

Moving to a new home is a huge, monumental life change. Its felt even more when you're moving from a home you've live in and loved for years; a home where you have special memories and perhaps raised a family. All this can add to the stress of moving from the home that you loved, to what could be your “forever” home.
Like every other move, you have to a lot to consider, such as financial costs, legal fees, home layout and desired neighbourhoods. These are all a part of the huge list of things to consider when making a long term move. … (2 comments)

calgary realtor: Bathroom Staging without Breaking the Bank - 11/18/15 03:58 AM

As an experienced Realtor, I can tell you with certainty that kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. Before my clients put their home on the market, I always advise them to put extra effort into ensuring the kitchen and bathrooms are at their best. Unlike what many believe, sprucing up your bathroom doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think. There’s no need to start ripping up tiles or buying new fixtures. Here are a few quick and easy tips to stage your bathroom at little cost, but with big results.
The first tip is to get your bathroom ready for staging. … (1 comments)

calgary realtor: Proven Strategies to Get Your Home Sold…Fast! - 11/15/15 12:03 AM
Have you purchased a new home and are ready to take the next step…selling your home? If this is the position you are currently in, there are some tried and true tricks of the trade that will get your home to sell quickly. The selling process can be a bit arduous and will definitely throw off your regular routine for a few weeks, but the end result of an offer in hand is always worth it. The market in Calgary has had some hiccups over the past year, but here are some great tips that can get you through the process … (0 comments)

calgary realtor: Celebrate Remembrance Day in Calgary - 11/08/15 12:00 AM

Growing up in Canada, sometimes we forget how fortunate we are. The freedom we take for granted and the happiness that comes along with it. However, every year on November 11, the entire country is reminded of that good fortune when we take time from our day to day hustle and honour our fallen heroes – the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country. The Canadian Bureau of Veteran’s Affairs states that more than 2.3 million men and women served our nation since World War I and more than 118,000 have died in service.
In Calgary, … (1 comments)

calgary realtor: Why You Should Get a Home Inspection - 10/18/15 07:55 AM

The best piece of advice I can give home buyers is to get an inspection when purchasing a new home. As a potential buyer, you have the right to know and learn as much about the property as you can, finding out that a new roof or plumbing is needed after you’ve signed the dotted line is not the best way to start out in your new home. So the next question is, how much should a buyer spend on home inspections? And what types of inspections are there? Read on to find out….
 
Types of home inspections
There are a many different … (1 comments)

calgary realtor: What to Do When Preparing to Move - 09/27/15 07:16 AM

 
If you have a move planned in the next few months, you’re probably overjoyed at the prospect of getting those keys and making your new house a home. We all know that moving isn’t fun but the end result is always worth the hassle. Today, I’ve prepared for you an easy to follow list of do’s and don’ts when its moving day and that happy moment finally arrives.
 
DOs
Begin preparing as soon as possible. Being prepared is synonymous with planning and starting early enough to give yourself enough time to get things done the right way. You may be moving in 3 … (1 comments)

calgary realtor: Calgary Market Update - September 2015 - 09/21/15 09:36 AM

 
September is a month of new beginnings, marking the start of a new season and the new school year. However, in Calgary it also marked the continued chill of the real estate market. Throughout 2015, the real estate market in Calgary has seen a significant slowdown from the unprecedented growth of previous years. With lawns signs staying up bit longer than usual and sales of single family homes slowing down, this month’s market update will not show the signs of a renewal that many potential buyers and sellers are looking for.
 
According to the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB), August saw sales … (2 comments)

calgary realtor: Tips for Achieving Work-Life Balance - 09/06/15 04:54 AM

Working as a Real Estate Agent is not your typical profession, where you start your day at 9 and end by 5. The hours fluctuate and some days can be very long. As a Real Estate Agent, I have to be available for my clients on their schedule, which means showing houses during the evenings and on weekends. While most people are enjoying their weekends off to spend time with family and friends, I am typically working with my clients.
 
I am passionate about my career and the success I have achieved, however I recognize that there are certain … (3 comments)

calgary realtor: How to Handle a Lowball Offer - 08/30/15 12:19 AM

 
Most sellers are a little nervous with anticipation when their home is sitting on the market.  What are buyers thinking? Is someone interested?  Will an offer be coming in?  Then out of the blue, a buyer’s agent comes calling with a low ball offer.  Less than flattering valuations of your property are hard to take, but that doesn’t mean you should feel insulted.  Slamming the door is the wrong reaction.  As an experienced Real Estate Agent, here are three important things that I keep in mind when I am at the negotiating table:
 
1. Thank the potential buyers … (3 comments)

calgary realtor: Four Important Things to Know Before Becoming a Landlord - 07/28/15 12:10 AM
 
 
Perhaps you are thinking of renting out your first home while you upgrade to something a little more roomy.  Maybe you are considering investing in a condo to build some additional real estate equity.  Nearly anyone can become a landlord with a little patience and preparation, and in the long run, it can be a very rewarding decision.  If you are new to the game, and are feeling a little hesitant about taking the plunge, here are four helpful tips to get you started in the right direction.
Most tenants are good, responsible people.  We have all heard horror stories of tenants … (0 comments)

calgary realtor: What Does Dad Really Want for Father’s Day? - 06/15/15 06:05 AM

We are halfway through June, so that can only mean one thing – it’s time to celebrate Dad! The stores are stacked with BBQ utensils and beer mugs. But what do you get the guy who already has everything? How to do you say “Thanks for being awesome!” with a gift from the store? This year, that’s just not going to cut it. There are plenty of fun ways that you can make Father’s Day extra special.
 
Get him a “new” car. Ok, you don’t have to actually get him a new car, but you could get his detailed. Borrow his ride … (0 comments)

calgary realtor: Real Estate Relationships That Last a Lifetime - 05/31/15 01:39 AM

Hiring a real estate agent isn’t just a one-time thing. At least, it doesn’t have to be. I have had the pleasure of helping many of my clients move from one home to another several times. I thoroughly enjoy being part of these important and exciting life changes.I pride myself in being a trusted source of real estate knowledge, and I always make an effort to stay in touch with the people I have worked with in the past.
During an uncertain economic period, it’s not uncommon to have plenty of questions. Is this a good time to list your home? If … (1 comments)

calgary realtor: What Separates a Great Real Estate Agent from the Rest of the Pack? - 04/27/15 04:10 AM

 
Making a move is a huge undertaking. Before you declutter or choose your dream neighbourhood, there is one important point you need to consider first – choosing the right real estate agent. It’s no secret that there are a lot of us. So, how in the world do you decide? Here are four characteristics of an excellent real estate agent:
 
A great agent has learned by experience.
Real estate is a crazy industry where the only constant thing is change. I love this aspect of my profession! Every day there is something new to learn. The economy, lending rates, … (2 comments)

calgary realtor: Preparing to Buy a Home - 03/15/15 05:40 AM

Thinking of buying a home? It is an extremely exciting and rewarding experience, but there are a lot of things to remember and many important decisions to be made. This checklist will help you organize the process and carefully consider your options as you go.  Refer to this list as a guide to keep your home search on the right track:
Choose a Realtor to help you get started. Review and sign the Buyer’s Representation Agreement. Choose a mortgage professional to help you get your financing in order. Determine a purchase price that you are comfortable with, and calculate an … (0 comments)

calgary realtor: Four Reasons Why Women Make Exceptional Real Estate Investors - 03/04/15 03:00 AM



 
According to a recent report by the Globe and Mail, over 75% of Canada’s newly self-employed workers are women. They are more educated than ever, and are rapidly rising to the top in many of the country’s largest corporations. They are proving that anything men can do, women can do better! Real estate is no exception. More and more women are acquiring financial stability and finding opportunities to build wealth as landlords, investors, and renovators.
 
Women have top-notch intuition.
There are no guarantees in real estate. There are trends and sales histories, predictions and strong opinions, … (0 comments)

calgary realtor: Looking Forward to 2015 - 02/11/15 11:42 PM

Last year was an exciting and record-setting time in the Calgary real estate market. Demand was high, prices increased and many sellers found themselves sorting through multiple offers on their home. Calgary’s growth was big news across the country and many outside developers staked their claim in our city’s active market. According to the Calgary Real Estate Board, the average price for a home rose by nearly 6% last year.
If the last twelve months were any indication of the type of year we are in for, we have a lot to look forward to. Increasing prices and low interest … (0 comments)

 
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