real estate: 3 Tips for Leveraging Halloween for Real Estate - 10/25/15 05:21 AM

It’s the beginning of a new season and you’ve decided to put your home on the market for sale. So why not leverage the new season, especially Halloween, as a real estate marketing opportunity? The spooky holiday could potentially bring hundreds of parents with their children to your front door and you never know who is considering the purchase of a new home…everyone is a prospective buyer. That being said, here are a few recommendations you should consider when marketing your home during the autumn and Halloween seasons.
Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is the most important aspect when readying your house to … (5 comments)

real estate: 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)

real estate: First-Time Buyers are in the Driver’s Seat! - 07/05/15 02:01 AM

 
It’s no secret that we had a slow start this year in the real estate market, but with change comes opportunity.  Inventory rose, prices stabilized, and most importantly, first-time home buyers took note.
 
According to the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP), nearly half of the homes purchased over the last 24 months were bought by first time buyers.  Those that were hesitant to take the leap during 2014’s aggressive market have welcomed the slowdown.  This spring, they had more to choose from and less pressure from competing offers.  Coupled with rock bottom interest rates, it is shaping up to be … (0 comments)

real estate: Wrapping Your Head Around the Legalities of a Real Estate Transaction - 05/10/15 02:38 AM

Executing a real estate transaction is so much more than just putting up a For Sale sign on the lawn. Those who attempt to go at it alone realize one thing very quickly – it comes with a lot of paperwork. Over the years, the standard forms have evolved. Today, the purchase and sale agreement is loaded with clauses that protect both the buyer and seller.  Essentially, in the end, you will need the help of a lawyer to finalize the deal and an experienced Realtor who has the knowledge to ensure your bases are covered.
Signing a real estate agreement is … (1 comments)

real estate: Top Three Excuses That Prevent Homeowners from Downsizing - 05/03/15 06:17 AM

 
Having recently helped a handful of clients moved to smaller homes, I know how difficult it can be. Downsizing usually offers a wide range of exciting benefits, and provides significant financial and lifestyle opportunities. Although it is a popular choice later in life, not everyone looks forward to it with optimism. Sometimes, it’s hard to imagine yourself living somewhere else.  For many, it’s the actual move that make them reluctant. Here are the top three concerns that cause homeowners to think twice:
 
“I don’t want to move because I am sentimentally attached to my home.”  Truly, home is where the … (3 comments)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: Living the Okotoks Lifestyle - 11/18/14 02:58 AM
  Living in the beautiful town of Okotoks truly offers the best of both worlds. If you love the idea of small town living within a convenient distance of the big city, Okotoks might be right for you.   With a population of roughly 25,000 people, Okotoks has earned the distinction of Alberta’s largest town. It is located 18km south of Calgary. The name was inspired by the Blackfoot First Nation term, “ohkotok” meaning “rock”. Some say the town was likely named after a large glacial rock formation that sits just west of the town.Okotoks is divided down the middle by … (0 comments)

real estate: Beautful Bungalow Near Dunbow Road - 01/16/14 01:33 AM
Stunning  bungalow located just off of Dunbow road. The main floor is open concept, is tastefully decorated with warm designer colors and has fir trim and granite throughout! The kitchen has shaker style alder cabinets, corner pantry and large island. The stainless steel appliance package includes gas range, fridge with bottom freezer and dishwasher. The living room has a beautiful wood burning stove for those cold evenings. Step out onto the back deck, relax in the hot tub and admire the mountain view. Flex room for an office and large mudroom can accommodate many storage lockers.  Under floor heat in 4 … (1 comments)

real estate: Can you recommend...? - 03/13/13 02:25 AM
March 13, 2013
I am often asked to recommend a service provider such as a mortgage broker, a home inspector, or a lawyer. Considering the number of interactions I have with these professionals, you'd expect me to have a comprehensive list. And I do. However, I'm not making the recommendation. I'm simply collecting the names of service providers that my clients have ranted and raved about. I'd like to think they have great taste, after all they did choose me as their agent ;)    This list changes frequently. Names are added and names are removed. About a month ago someone had to be removed from the … (2 comments)

real estate: Villa for sale at 404 Meadowlark Way, Vulcan - 08/24/12 05:55 AM
Welcome to the quiet town of Vulcan. This adult complex (plus 45)is the perfect place to call home. This end unit features a bright open main floor. Enjoy relaxing or entertaining in the great room after a day of inexpensive golf! Kitchen has black appliances and is open to the dining area. Master bedroom has patio doors that open to the south facing deck and a cheater ensuite. Second bedroom is a good size also. Basement unfinished so you can create the space you need. Single attached garage completes the package.
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real estate: SOLD 204 Crystal Green Pointe, Okotoks - 06/02/12 05:09 AM

Former showhome backing onto Crystal Green Golf Course. Over $100,000 has been spent on finishes and upgrades. Upon entering you will notice the tile inlay on the floor in the foyer and the 9' ceilings with knock-down stipple. French doors close off the den giving you privacy while you work. Kitchen has so many upgrades you'll have to see them in real life- walkthrough pantry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, built in wine rack and china cabinet. The "nook" is massive and you could easily seat 12 people! Great room has 18' ceilings and a fireplace that expands up to … (0 comments)

real estate: SOLD 135 Crystal Shores Drive, Okotoks - 05/02/12 10:45 PM

Immaculate family home on desirable Crystal Shores Drive. Walking distance to lake and 3 elementary schools. Main floor features flex room suitable for use as a den or dining room, and large family room with fireplace. Kitchen is bright and open with corner pantry, raised breakfast bar and stainless steel appliances. Large nook will accommodate even the largest kitchen table. Upstairs has bonus room, and 3 bedrooms. Master bedroom has en suite with corner jetted tub, large shower and private toilet. Basement has been fully finished with 4th bedroom, full bathroom, den (with window) and family room with corner gas … (4 comments)

real estate: SOLD Crystal Ridge Rise, Okotoks - 05/02/12 10:27 PM

Lovely family home on a quiet street in CrystalRidge.  Great location as it backs onto the pathway that leads to the pond and is within walking distance of Dr Morris Gibson school. Main floor features great room with fireplace and kitchen with maple cabinets and maple hardwood floors. Upstairs has bonus room and 3 bedrooms. Master bedroom is large enough for a king sized bed and has an ensuite (with a door!). Basement is fully finished with 4th bathroom and large rec room. Yes this home has lake privileges. http://www.201crystalridgerise.com/ 
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real estate: SOLD 33 Crystal Green Drive Okotoks - 05/02/12 10:14 PM
Stunning former Nuway showhome in the golf community of Crystal Green. Close enough to the golf course to enjoy the views without the worry of golf balls in your backyard. Main floor features flex room (with doors), living room and gorgeous upgraded kitchen. With raised panel maple cabinets, granite and quartz countertops, and walk through pantry, this kitchen will appeal to the most discriminating buyer. Access the completely finished oversized garage (with 9' door) through the huge mudroom with built in lockers and a charging centre for the family gadgets. Upstairs the bonus room has a second fireplace. Master bedroom is … (0 comments)

real estate: SOLD 16021- 405 Ave MD Foothills - 03/17/12 07:30 AM
Executive walkout bungalow located just over 1 km south of Okotoks. Almost 4000 sf of developed space! Main floor has all those rooms you'd expect- formal dining room, den, large open space for entertaining and family gatherings, not to mention the massive kitchen with large island. Enjoy family dinners in the nook while taking in the mountain views. Retire to the master bedroom that also has spa like bathroom and walkin closet. Kids and guests can sleep downstairs in one of the 3 bedrooms (guests can have the one with the fireplace, kids can have the ones with the ensuites!) but … (0 comments)

real estate: SOLD 25 Westmount Circle, Okotoks - 02/28/12 03:58 AM

Family home in Westmount backing onto open field! Main floor features gorgeous gourmet kitchen with upgraded cabinets, gas stove and granite throughout. Bright open great room with hardwood and 9' ceilings (with knock down stipple) that looks out onto the edge of Okotoks. Follow the walkthrough pantry into the huge mudroom/laundry room that also has a walkin closet. The garage has been insulated and heated.  Heading up the curved staircase you will notice that this home doesn't have a bonus room but has 3 large bedrooms (one bedroom is large enough for family TV viewing) The ensuite has a corner … (0 comments)

real estate: SOLD at 274022-10 St E Dewinton - 02/28/12 03:26 AM

This location is too good to be true! Located near the hamlet of Dewinton on the edge of Calgary, with fast access to both Calgary and Okotoks. You'll love the mature landscaping and TREES, these types of properties are so difficult to find this close to the city. This is a home that has been recently renovated! Fresh paint, updated kitchen and move-in ready. Its not often you'll find a bungalow of this age with a walkout basement.
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real estate: Love your house but not the location? Pick it up and move it. - 02/16/12 10:36 AM
Feb 16, 2012
Well I guess if you really love your house and don't like the location you could always move the house to a location you like. I first noticed these homes on Glenmore and Sarcee trail on Tuesday, a friend called me yesterday saying she saw them on HWY 549 and then this morning I saw them near the Okotoks overpass. I wonder where they're going? There's never really a bad location when it comes to real estate, I prefer to think of certain properties as locationally challenged. They just have to be priced properly.
If you decide you … (3 comments)

real estate: SOLD at 250 Crystal Green Point in Okotoks - 02/16/12 04:06 AM
Lovely Crossley built family home on quiet cul-de-sac with south facing backyard. Crystal Green is the newest phase of the Crystal Shores Lake community. Main floor has large great room with corner gas fireplace, kitchen and huge mudroom/walkthrough pantry! Kitchen has large island, stainless steel appliances and loads of counter space. Mudroom/laundry room even has room for a chest freezer. Upstairs features 3 bedrooms and bonus room. Master bedroom has ensuite with 4 x 3 shower, corner jetted tub,double sinks and separate toilet. Basement is unfinished but has large windows and RI plumbing. Backyard has oversized deck and still room for … (0 comments)