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)

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)

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)

realtor: Should You Invest In Real Estate? - 11/01/15 01:18 AM

Before I ventured into the world of real estate by becoming a realtor, I was a real estate investor first. My first dabble in real estate began as an investor, and over the years I never lost my passion for it. Right now, quite a bit of my business is in leasing and property management for investment real estate. My experiences as a seller, buyer, agent, landlord and property owner have allowed me to cultivate the type of experience that I enjoy passing on to my clients. While working with many of my clients, one question that I always seem to … (1 comments)

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)

realtor: Considering Purchasing an Investment Property? - 10/04/15 05:30 AM

One of the safest investments you can make is by owning and renting a residential property. Over time, home values will rise or fall, but an investment property will give you regular, steady income that you can put towards your own debt or even retirement. Real estate investing can be done on any scale and catered to the more conservative personality or someone who doesn’t mind taking a bit of a risk.
You can start with just one property or even ten, there is no one way to invest in real estate. Your ideal investment strategy depends on how much time and … (1 comments)

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)

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)

realtor: 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)

realtor: Answering Your Home Appraisal FAQ’s - 04/05/15 07:21 AM

 
If you have ever bought a home or switched mortgage providers, you probably needed to get an appraisal done. An appraiser’s job is to evaluate your home and give the bank an independent, professional opinion on the value.
 
When might I be required to get an appraisal done?
Appraisals are often required by banks and lenders to verify the value when a home is purchased, or if the home owner is seeking secured financing. Appraisals are also done to satisfy the legal proceedings in a divorce or estate settlement. For homeowners simply looking for the estimated market value … (0 comments)

realtor: Mandatory Protection for New Homes - 03/29/15 04:33 AM

 
Buying new has its advantages, particularly in Alberta. Last year, the provincial government implemented the New Home Buyer Protection Act. This act is intended to improve the standard of residential construction and offers consumers a higher level of security. Single-family homes, condos and multi-family dwellings are all covered. This program provides the most comprehensive protection plan in Canada.
 
So which components of your new home are covered under the statute? The first year offers coverage for the cosmetic finishes in the home including defects in the paint, flooring, and trim. The second year safeguards against defects caused by … (3 comments)

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)

realtor: How Do You Know if it’s Time to Sell Your Home? - 02/17/15 11:00 PM

 
As a Realtor, I get asked one question all the time – “Is this a good time for me to sell my home?” There is no easy yes or no answer. However, there are a few different questions you can ask yourself to help you make the right decision.

Will the current market work in my favour?

There is no doubt that there is a lot going on right now, both in Calgary’s real estate market and in the economy as a whole. While real estate inventory is on the rise, and buyers are demonstrating a little bit of … (2 comments)

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)

realtor: Buying Old vs. Buying New - 02/01/15 03:29 AM

What does your perfect home look like?  Is it a brand new house with gleaming floors and flawless finishes, or a sprawling family home in an established neighbourhood waiting for some TLC and your personal touch?  Every buyer has something different in mind, and whether you choose to buy brand new or a re-sale, both have their own advantages.  It's up to you to determine where your priorities lie.
Buying a Home in an Established Neighbourhood Advantages - Older neighbourhoods offer mature streets, larger properties and more privacy.  In most cases, the yard is already landscaped, and there is plenty … (3 comments)

realtor: Neighbourhood Spotlight: Currie Barracks - 01/18/15 12:58 AM

 
Every so often, there is a new neighbourhood that knocks it out of the park with something unique, on trend, and well worth the investment for the discerning buyer. The community of Currie Barracks is exactly that. I was thrilled when a friend chose this uber cool neighborhood for her family.
Currie Barracks has been a Calgary landmark since the city was established. The army base was built in 1934, and remained operational until 1995. It was named after William Currie, one of Canada's most decorated military figures. Shortly after it closed, the surrounding property was sold to Canada Lands … (0 comments)

realtor: Selling Your Home in the Country - 12/14/14 02:19 AM
Are you thinking of listing your country home? Selling an acreage property is a little different than listing a home in the city. Generally, it’s a different type of market, and buyers may be conducting their home search with slightly different expectations. Here are five smart tips on how to sell your country home: 
Showcase the features that drew you to your home. Was it the stunning views or the classic country charm? Think about the features that you first noticed when you saw your home, and try to draw attention to them again for potential buyers. Country homes are often … (1 comments)

realtor: Four Things to Think About Before Buying an Acreage Property - 12/07/14 12:12 AM

 
There is something wonderful about living in the country. The fresh air, the wide open spaces and the ever changing views that each season brings are more than enough to convince many home buyers to head outside the city.  If you are considering moving to an acreage property, there are a few important things to consider that may not have crossed your mind.
 
Everything is bigger in the country.  Be prepared for the maintenance that goes along with living in an oversized lot.  The lawn will take longer to cut, you will need more mulch for the garden, … (0 comments)

realtor: 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)