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Thursday, June 7, 2012 - Housing bubble? I don't think so!

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #calgaryhousing #iwanttobuyahouseincalgary Hearing the Doom & Gloom about a Housing Bubble? Research Suggests it could be a Bunch of Hot Air.The following support stability in the Canadian Housing Market:Global forces are driving home prices here in Canada.  Canada has been viewed as a shelter from the world financial crisis.  Because our economy is seen as strong with emerging markets, commodities, and natural resources - it is viewed positively by investors.  ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 07 Jun 2012 22:42:51 -0600

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - Airdrie Booming

#yyc #yycre #airdriehomebuyers #calgaryhomebuyers #whynotairdrie? A good selection of properties to choose from at a cost of 20 per cent less than Calgary has new home buyers flocking to Airdrie. The Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) said for the first four months of the year, Airdrie?s 38 per cent year-over-year sales growth outpaced Calgary?s in the same period. ?While there are several lifestyle choices that draw people to the city, Airdrie is attracting consumers with young families who are ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 30 May 2012 10:04:52 -0600

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - Costs of buying a home

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #buyingahomecalgary #coststobuyahome You will need to plan ahead to cover the many up-front costs of buying a home. Timing is important to help make sure things go smoothly. Mortgage Loan Insurance Premium. If yours is a high-ratio mortgage (less than 20% down payment), your lender may need mortgage loan insurance. Your lender may add the mortgage insurance premium to your mortgage or ask you to pay it in full upon closing. Appraisal Fee. Your mortgage lender may ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 30 May 2012 10:01:56 -0600

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - Mortgage rates----where are they going?

#yyc #yycre #albertamortgages #mortgagerates #calgaryhomebuyers With the question of when mortgage rates are going to rise still unanswered, more prospective home buyers in Canada plan to choose a fixed-rate mortgage than a variable rate, says the annual RBC Homeownership Poll.The poll found 42% of those with home buying intentions would go fixed, twice as many as those intending to take out a variable-rate mortgage.It is the first time in four years interest in fixed-rate mortgages, the ...
posted in General at Wed, 30 May 2012 09:59:39 -0600

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - Just Sold - C3519397

Just sold this listing:"An opportunity like this doesn't come around every day. BEST LOCATION IN THE COMPLEX! End Unit backing onto a beautiful forested area, this home is exactly what you have dreamed of. This incredible home features 2 substantial bedrooms, a BONUS ROOM, 2.5 baths, a corner gas fireplace, main floor den area and laundry room. The gourmet kitchen includes all appliances, a raised breakfast bar, plenty of counterspace and cupboards you won't be able to fill! Off of the dining ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Tue, 22 May 2012 06:00:00 -0600

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - Real Estate Agent Paralyzed in hockey fall

#yyc #injuredrealtor #fundraiser #realtorswhoplaysports A real estate sales rep who broke his neck playing hockey needs your help.Richard Morrison, 47, fell while playing recreational hockey with friends in Burnaby, B.C. on April 21. He is paralyzed from the chest down and will never walk again.Morrison was working with Sutton Group ? West Coast Realty in White Rock. ?Rich is self-employed and does not have a safety net of savings or insurance,? says friend and Realtor Brent Silzer, who works ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 16 May 2012 08:24:32 -0600

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - Advice for Home Buyers

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #buyahome #firsttimehomebuyers 1. Things to Consider Before Starting Your SearchWhat Features Do You Need?Do you need an extra bathroom, a garage, a fenced backyard, or lower utility bills? Do you want a fireplace, a short drive to work, or maybe minimal yard work? Once your list is complete, decide what?s most important to you.What?s the Ideal Location?Where you live obviously affects your lifestyle; it?s also one of the most significant influences on the value ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 08 May 2012 19:09:05 -0600

Monday, May 7, 2012 - New Listing - C3521500

Just added this listing:"BEST PRICE IN EVERGREEN! Looking to get out of a condo and into a detached home? Look no further! Welcome to the incredible community of Evergreen! The price is right for this beautiful bi-level home which is ready for a new owner. Bright and spacious 3 bedroom home with vaulted ceilings! The oak kitchen has an abundance of cupboards, ample counterspace and a built in wine rack! The sunny eating nook with patio doors leading out to BBQ area for those long summer nights ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Mon, 07 May 2012 06:00:00 -0600

Saturday, April 28, 2012 - 7 Tips When Buying Foreclosures and Short Sale Homes

#yyc #yycre #calgaryinvestors #propertyinvestors #foreclosures #buyingaforeclosureproperty Patience is a VirtueAgents and sellers tend to establish a low asking price to attract buyers. Banks can be unaware of the asking price and since they have the last word on whether to accept or reject offers, and since properties with low initial asking prices can spark feeding frenzies, buyers need to remain patient throughout the process, which can take months. Don?t Get Caught in a Bidding WarSome ...
posted in General at Sat, 28 Apr 2012 09:07:51 -0600

Saturday, April 28, 2012 - In the words of Warren Buffet...

#yyc #calgaryfirsttimebuyers #calgaryhomebuyers #calgaryrealestateinvestors Legendary investor Warren Buffett feels so strongly about today?s housing market that he said,  ?If I had a way of buying a couple hundred thousand single-family homes, I would load up on them.? www.thesportsrealestateguy.com
posted in General at Sat, 28 Apr 2012 09:02:05 -0600

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - New Listing - C3519397

Just added this listing:"An opportunity like this doesn't come around every day. BEST LOCATION IN THE COMPLEX! End Unit backing onto a beautiful forested area, this home is exactly what you have dreamed of. This incredible home features 2 substantial bedrooms, a BONUS ROOM, 2.5 baths, a corner gas fireplace, main floor den area and laundry room. The gourmet kitchen includes all appliances, a raised breakfast bar, plenty of counterspace and cupboards you won't be able to fill! Off of the dining ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Wed, 25 Apr 2012 06:00:00 -0600

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - Just Sold - C3515056

Just sold this listing:"Welcome to the beautiful Pavilions of Richmond Hill! This 2 bedroom and 2 FULL bath condominium is in immaculate condition and even has newer laminate floors and fresh paint. The open kitchen eagerly awaits its chef. The elegant corner fireplace will keep you warm through the Calgary winters. The master suite is spacious and can fit your king sized bed! The ensuite and walk-in closet finish off the cozy master. The 2nd bedroom is great for a roommate or guests while they ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Wed, 25 Apr 2012 06:00:00 -0600

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

#yyc #calgarycancerresearch #fundraisingforcancer #fundraising #lendahand Hello everyone! My wife Tara and I are volunteering for the Ride to Conquer Cancer this summer in Calgary not as participants but as volunteers on the road crew.  The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation is a unique, two-day cycling event to take place on June 23-24, 2012.  We are still looking for volunteers and of course riders so consider this event as part of your giving back as we ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 24 Apr 2012 08:05:03 -0600

Monday, April 23, 2012 - Financial Breakthrough

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #firsttimehomebuyers #buyahouse Zero-down may not be for everyone, but can be a financial breakthrough for the right candidate   The timing might be spot-on for some prospective Canadian homebuyers to consider a zero-down mortgage. With mortgage rates at historic lows, purchasing your home and saving on rent might be the right financial decision for you.   A zero-down mortgage is not for everyone, but if you have stable income, good credit and the ability to ...
posted in General at Mon, 23 Apr 2012 15:46:22 -0600

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - Just Sold - C3508217

Just sold this listing:"AMAZING NEW PRICE!! Do you want your family to grow in a safe, friendly neighbourhood? Would good neighbours and a clean, beautiful street appeal to you? Look no more! This incredibly well kept 2 storey home on a VERY QUIET STREET will give you plenty of sunshine to enjoy year round. The main floor has a spacious sunny living room, a kitchen to please the culinary genious of the family, a welcoming dining area, main floor laundry and a 2 piece bath. The 2nd level offers ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Thu, 19 Apr 2012 06:00:00 -0600

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - Staging your home a little out of budget? Here's some ideas!

The Do-it-yourself approach If hiring the pros is not in your cards, here are some quick-and-dirty ways to help you stage your home on a dime: 1. Remove 20 to 50 per cent of furniture and accessories in each room 2. Stick to neutral paint colours on the wall, and add a fresh coat of bright white paint to the baseboards 3. Clean all windows and scrub all floors 3. Pick up a couple of planters and a new welcome mat for your front porch 4. Buy a fresh set of crisp, clean bedding and white fluffy ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 18 Apr 2012 14:12:24 -0600

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - Calgarians in a buying mood!

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #firsttimehomebuyers #calgaryhomes Calgarians are in a home buying mood and it?s a sentiment echoed across the province, according to the annual RBC Homeownership poll.Albertans lead the country in saying now is the time to buy?69% compared with 59% nationally ? with 31% of the locals saying they would wait until next year (compared to 41% nationally).It could be the first indicator the thousands of newcomers to Wild Rose Country in the last two years are finally ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 18 Apr 2012 14:02:48 -0600

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - How to be a successful home buyer

#yyc #yycre #albertahomebuyers #calgaryhomebuyers #firsttimehomebuyer Many homebuyers sitting on the sidelines are diving into the market, often with fistfuls of cash from 3-5 years of hard saving.  Pockets of strong demand are showing up in the Calgary Area, with buyers seeing intense competition and fighting over the current tight inventory with formidable new competitors.To make sure you?re prepared to succeed with your home purchase, you need to do these two things:First, make an assessment ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 18 Apr 2012 13:55:55 -0600

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 8 in 10 Canadians confident about housing

#yyc #yycre #realestate #firsttimehomebuyers #buyingahome #canadianrealestate A new study indicates that a considerable number of Canadians are quite optimistic about the housing market and how it will fare over the next couple of years.According to a survey conducted by Leger Marketing on behalf of BMO Financial Group, nearly 85 percent of homeowners believe that the value of their homes will hold firm for the foreseeable future. In addition, more than one-fourth of respondents ? 27 percent ? ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 18 Apr 2012 08:16:36 -0600

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - Tips for how to make a move go smoothly

#yyc #yycre #movingday #realestateadvice #calgaryhomesellers If you're thinking about buying a new home in the area, one of the most important aspects is to find mortgage rates in Alberta that are affordable. But if you're not packing up your belongings in your spare time, you may encounter a number of issues that can complicate the moving process.Depending on how long you've lived in your current residence, you should begin the moving process well ahead of when you plan to leave your house ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 18 Apr 2012 08:13:13 -0600

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - Are You Ready for Homeownership?

  #yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #firsttimehomebuyers #timetobuy The decision to pursue homeownership may be based on many factors: everything from a friend?s decision to purchase a home or a family member?s advice against ?throwing your money away on rent? to your bad experience with a landlord or the noisy neighbors sharing your wall. While all of those scenarios (minus peer pressure, of course) may inspire valid arguments for considering the purchase of a home, how do you determine if you?re ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 05 Apr 2012 16:49:30 -0600

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - Mortgage Fraud - Be careful!!

#yyc #yycre #assumablemortgages #albertamortgages #mortgagefraud The promise of a quick profit in real estate can be hard to resist. But consumers who misrepresent information when buying or refinancing a home could end up being responsible for any shortfall when the property is sold. If the misrepresentation is intentional, they could also be held criminally responsible as accomplices to mortgage fraud. The most common form of mortgage fraud, called straw buying, occurs when someone with good ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 03 Apr 2012 18:30:50 -0600

Sunday, April 1, 2012 - First time buyer tips

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #firsttimebuyers #movingtocalgary Maybe you've been eyeing the real estate market and you think that you're finally ready to purchase your first home...if so, read on to be sure you're in the best position. The rules have drastically changed in the real estate market. At one time, getting a mortgage seemed to require little more than just simply stating your income on paper. Today, the credit tightening continues. Banks want extra documentation that you can truly ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sun, 01 Apr 2012 16:02:47 -0600

Sunday, April 1, 2012 - Buying a home - don't push your limits!

#yyc #calgaryhomebuyers #homebuying #cowtownhomes #yycre Prospective homebuyers need to ensure that a new home doesn't leave them house proud but cash poor or badly in debt."Many first-time homebuyers don't realize the full cost of buying a home, says Carolyn Heaney, Bank of Montreal's Vancouver area manager for specialized sales/mortgages."This includes a home inspection to determine possible problems before the purchase, legal fees, land transfer tax, assuming the buyer's property tax, ...
posted in General at Sun, 01 Apr 2012 15:09:18 -0600

Sunday, April 1, 2012 - Calgary- Now is the time!

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #movetocalgary #cowtown Calgary is more than just a location inCanada; it?s a feeling ? a state of mind. The perpetual Alberta sunshine and Chinook winds create an air of excitement and anticipation. Calgarians don?t just wait around for success; they seize opportunities. With the stimulating pace and boundless opportunities, it?s undeniable ? things happen in this town.Whether for live, work or play, Calgary draws people from across Canada and around the world ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sun, 01 Apr 2012 14:57:10 -0600

Sunday, April 1, 2012 - East Village Rebirth

#yyc #eastvillagecalgary #firsttimehomebuyers #investmentcalgary #riverwalk I made it down to check out what they are doing in East Village this weekend.  All I can say is wow!  They are making significant strides to rejuvenate an area that has long needed an overhaul.  The beautiful condo towers they are building over the next few years and the welcoming parks will truly attract many buyers.  In fact, the first weekend saw thousands of people walk in the doors and many putting money down to ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sun, 01 Apr 2012 14:44:35 -0600

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - New Listing - C3515056

Just added this listing:"Welcome to the beautiful Pavilions of Richmond Hill! This 2 bedroom and 2 FULL bath condominium is in immaculate condition and even has newer laminate floors and fresh paint. The open kitchen eagerly awaits its chef. The elegant corner fireplace will keep you warm through the Calgary winters. The master suite is spacious and can fit your king sized bed! The ensuite and walk-in closet finish off the cozy master. The 2nd bedroom is great for a roommate or guests while ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Thu, 29 Mar 2012 06:00:00 -0600

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - How much home could your rent buy?

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #firsttimehomebuyers The days are getting longer and mortgage rates are wonderfully low as we move into spring housing market 2012! In fact, homeowners are locking in some of the lowest rates in history.  This Great Canadian Mortgage Sale is a good time to take a look at how much mortgage you could afford given your current rent.  Your dream home may be more affordable than you think!   Rent Today               $1250                $1500          $1750            ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 28 Mar 2012 21:23:03 -0600

Monday, March 26, 2012 - Home buying mistakes that lead to regrets

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #firsttimehomebuyers There are home buying mistakes that every buyer should avoid, mainly because of the extent of their impact on the buyer. For first time home buyers, it is even more important to be aware of the common errors committed by home buyers so that their first foray into homeownership will be a memorable one ? for all the right reasons. The good news is that it is quite easy to avoid these mistakes, as long as the buyer remains open-minded and willing ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:30:17 -0600

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - Mortgage Rules not changing...for now.

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #firsttimehomebuyers Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty signaled on Thursday his reluctance to tighten mortgage rules and choke off the vital contribution the construction business makes to a still-recovering economy, but he said he would do so if necessary. He said he preferred to let the market correct itself rather than have the government step in and impose new constraints on the industry, a move that some say is necessary to prevent a U.S.-style housing ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:45:07 -0600

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - Home Interest Rate Heads up!

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #firstimehomebuyers Interesting changes to the mortgage qualifying system may be implemented as soon as April.What will this mean to people purchasing a home? It will mean that you will have to qualify at the 5 year posted rate. If you want a 2.99% 4 year rate you have to qualify at the posted rate (5.24%). If you want a 5 year 3.19% you have to qualify at the 5 year posted rate ( 5.24% ). Once again our government wishes to stifle the Real Estate surge. I will ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 22 Mar 2012 08:22:02 -0600

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - Open lines of communications will home buyers

#yyc #yycre #calgryfirsttimebuyers #calgaryhomebuyers Most real estate agents earn their living by representing buyers and sellers in propertytransactions. While commission rates and/or terms vary from one listed property to another, there?s no question about which agent and brokerage firm is representing the sellers. The yard sign alone makes that clear.However, problems can surface on the other side of the transaction if a buyer (intentionally or unwittingly) does things that lead two ...
posted in General at Wed, 21 Mar 2012 14:21:50 -0600

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - Costs to consider when buying a home

#yyc #yycre #yychomebuyers #firsttimehomebuyers The following is a list of costs to consider when analyzing your real estate budget: 1. Selling costs (realtor fees or marketing fees or combo of both if listing on MLS for self. (Yes, you do still have to pay a realtor their commissions if they bring you a buyer). 2. Land transfer tax on new purchase 3. Mortgage penalties for early cancellation (if any) 4. Insurance (paid up front on new purchase before title transfer) 5. Transfer of ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:35:49 -0600

Friday, March 16, 2012 - Improving my credit score

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #firsttimehomebuyers Increasing your credit score when considering the purchase of a home and obtaining a mortgage is important to have a high credit score.  But more importantly you should have good overall credit. Starting with the basics, what is a credit score and credit report? When applying for credit, companies consult one of two central reporting agencies ? Equifax or TransUnion. Equifax, the larger of the two, is most commonly used.  Whenever a lending ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 16 Mar 2012 11:31:35 -0600

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - Calgary getting more affordable

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #southcalgaryrealestate Strong market fundamentals will help the Calgary housing market turn a corner in the period ahead, says the latest Housing Trends and Affordability Report by RBC Economics Research.Despite being one of the more affordable housing markets in Canada and ?enjoying an economic renaissance,? the Calgary area was unable to sustain any meaningful momentum in home resales last year, said the report.?The lacklustre performance in the Calgary area ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 08 Mar 2012 15:27:14 -0700

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - Pay down that mortgage faster!

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #southcalgaryhomes Regardless of how long you?ve had your mortgage or how large or small the current balance is, there are a variety of ways to make prepayments work for you to pay down your mortgage faster and, therefore, pay less interest throughout the life of your mortgage. After all, each extra payment amount will reduce your principal balance, which, in turn, reduces the amount of interest you?ll have to pay on your borrowed mortgage amount. Most lenders ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 08 Mar 2012 15:22:38 -0700

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - Alberta expected to lead Canadian growth in home sales

#yyc #yycre #calgaryrealestate #calgaryhomebuyers #firsttimehomebuyers By Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald, March 6, 2012 CALGARY - Alberta home sales are poised to show the biggest year-over-year gains in Canada over the next two years, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. In a report Monday, CREA said MLS sales in the province would grow by 6.8 per cent this year to 57,400 and by another 1.7 per cent in 2013 to 58,400. Across the country, CREA forecasts 0.3 per cent growth this ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 07 Mar 2012 00:57:50 -0700

Monday, March 5, 2012 - Home Inspections - get one!

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomeinspections #yychomebuyers When you are buying a home, the home inspection is one of the move important parts of the process. If you don?t get a home inspection, you may pay for a house that has a leaky roof, poor wiring, pest damage, dangerous asbestos qualities in the air, a crumbling foundation, or more! After you?ve purchased the house, there is little you can do if you?ve waived your right to a home inspection. They?re absolutely necessary. Even some people who get ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 05 Mar 2012 12:12:11 -0700

Monday, March 5, 2012 - Buy and renovate for the perfect abode

#yyc #yycre #calgaryrenovations #calgaryhomesellers #calgaryrealestate #calgaryhomebuyers Many homebuyers looking at older properties find themselves in a common predicament: they've found a property that suits them, but it needs some costly and immediate upgrades. Increasingly, buyers are adding the costs of those immediate renovations into their mortgage, instead of racking up credit card bills or selling investments to pay for the upgrades. Known as a "purchase plus improvements" mortgage, ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 05 Mar 2012 08:27:02 -0700

Saturday, March 3, 2012 - Renovations - How to add value!

#yyc #yycre #homerenovations #calgaryhomerenovations For some people, their main priority is to have every dollar they invest into renovating their home to provide the best possible return on investment.  For others they might just renovate to improve their quality of life, but still strive for some added value for the future. You can choose renovations that will give you the best return on investment.  By return on investment we mean the amount of dollars you invest in renovations v.s. the ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sat, 03 Mar 2012 10:03:14 -0700

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - Clear the Clutter!

#yyc #yycre #calgaryrealestate #calgaryhomes If you've ever seen "Hoarders" you get incredibly scared about one day dying your hair purple and becoming one, here are 4 Quick Clutter-Busters!Clutter is like pollution, and can prevent a feeling of zen. 1.) Identify the Clutter-Spots: The Kitchen is a haven for mail, your nightstand might not even visible to even hold your book. 2.) Purge: No point in holding something that doesn't get use, or if you constantly buy its replacement, if you still ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 29 Feb 2012 12:01:52 -0700

Monday, February 27, 2012 - Tips for buying a foreclosure

Tips for purchasing a foreclosure- Pay for a home inspection before making an offer, if you can- Neighbours can be an excellent resource when researching the history of the property.- Do your homework on average sale prices for similar homes in the area- Set a budget and stick to it- Before making an offer, ensure financing is securely in place- Check furnace for efficiency and gas leaks- Do renos yourself if you have the skills, time and expertise required; obtain any city permits needed- Seek ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:32:12 -0700

Monday, February 27, 2012 - Secndary Suites in new home builds

#yyc #yycre #calgarysecondarysuites #newhomebuildsuites For the first time some new homes are being marketed in Calgary with legal secondary suites.The pilot project is a partnership between Genstar and the city to provide some much needed affordable housing.Two show homes in the community of Walden feature the secondary suites.The suites will cost the new home buyers an extra $50,000 but the city will chip in half of that.The cozy suites have high ceilings, separate entrances, and individual ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:28:27 -0700

Monday, February 27, 2012 - Mission - Growing and vibrant

#yyc #yycre #yycmissionhomebuyers #calgarymission Even before the doors opened on Saturday, the Tribeca condominium project was half sold and as soon as the locks came off the showroom doors it was abuzz with buyers. "We are definitely starting to see a recovery in 2009," says Chelsey Marshall, the Bucci Development sales manager. "A lot of projects were put on hold and, starting in 2011, we saw a lot of construction starts and obviously that's going to carry through 2012." 26-year-old ...
posted in General at Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:21:40 -0700

Monday, February 20, 2012 - Helping new Canadians get a home of their own

#yyc #yycre #firsttimehomebuyers #establishingcredit #newcanadianshomebuying New Canadians are making their numbers felt in the housing market, as they get settled and make the transition from renter to owner, with mortgage brokers helping to make that transition as easy as possible.The most important considerations for new Canadians are credit history and downpayment. If you are new to Canada and do not have any established credit, you can qualify for a mortgage with three months of employment ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 20 Feb 2012 18:11:36 -0700

Friday, February 17, 2012 - Do You Know How To Avoid The Four Most Common Mistakes Made When Buying A Home?

#yyc #yycre #buyingahome #homebuyers #calgaryhomebuyers by RicardoBrasilon Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases of your life and you want to be cautious that you don?t make any mistakes that you?ll regret later on. Here are the top four most common mistakes made when buying a home, along with tips on how to prevent yourself from doing them or how to recover if you have already made them.Mistake #1: Not Getting Pre-ApprovedThe biggest mistake made by homebuyers and is the first thing ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:03:18 -0700

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - Foreclosures Calgary

#yyc #yycre #calgaryforeclosures #calgaryhomeforeclosure The number of foreclosures Calgary experiences is relatively low when compared to other provinces.The economic situation changes in all areas from time to time, so keep an eye open.If you're looking for a bargain house in this area, are not in a rush and don't mind moving in on someone else's unfortunate financial situation, it may be worthwhile looking for a realtor or broker that specializes in dealing with property foreclosures.These ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:38:11 -0700

Monday, February 13, 2012 - Can a kitchen sell a home? You bet it can!

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomerenos #calgaryhomesellers It's a tool used by house flippers all across the country. Stagers know its power. Real estate agents push its importance. What is this not-so-well-kept secret of real estate? A kitchen can sell a house.  A kitchen is the heart of a home. This is true all across the globe. The old saying that the "stomach is the way to the heart" carries a lot of truth. Kitchens are where we spend much of our time and most of that is with our families. It's the ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:24:55 -0700

Monday, February 13, 2012 - New Listing - C3508217

Just added this listing:"AMAZING NEW PRICE!! Do you want your family to grow in a safe, friendly neighbourhood? Would good neighbours and a clean, beautiful street appeal to you? Look no more! This incredibly well kept 2 storey home on a VERY QUIET STREET will give you plenty of sunshine to enjoy year round. The main floor has a spacious sunny living room, a kitchen to please the culinary genious of the family, a welcoming dining area, main floor laundry and a 2 piece bath. The 2nd level offers ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Mon, 13 Feb 2012 05:00:00 -0700

Sunday, February 12, 2012 - Why use a Buyer's Agent in a real estate purchase

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #firsttimehomebuyer Q: I found a place that is online with a Realtor, but it says to contact a ?Buyer?s Agent? instead of the listed Realtor. Why? What does this mean??Shell, Las Vegas, NV A: Having a good buyers agent is key. They can walk you through the buying process, at no cost to you. They will be able to be the giver of advice, schedule appointments, explain to you about neighborhoods and properties. They will negotiate on your behalf and write up contracts ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sun, 12 Feb 2012 12:08:35 -0700

Friday, February 10, 2012 - Calgary's East Village getting a serious lift

#yyc #yycre #calgaryeastvillage #calgaryrealestate #eastvillagecondos Well everybody a community in the inner city is getting a serious facelift over the coming years.  East Village which has become known as the home of the King Eddie is looking to become the neighbourhood of the future.  Firms out of Vancouver and Toronto are redeveloping the site and creating a town within a town.  If you want anymore information on East Village, let me know and I will be happy to help! Check out this link ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:37:34 -0700

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - First time home buyers - did you know?

#yyc #yycre #firsttimehomebuyers #buyingahouse #calgaryhomebuyers The Home Buyers? Plan (HBP) is a program for first-time homebuyers that allows you to withdraw funds from your RRSPs to buy or build a home. You can withdraw up to $25,000 tax-free ($50,000 for a couple). Your RRSP contributions must remain in the RRSP for at least 90 days before you can withdraw them under the HBP. Generally, you have to repay all withdrawals to your RRSPs within a period of no more than 15 years. You?ll have to ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 08 Feb 2012 08:27:28 -0700

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - It's not all about the lowest interest rate!

#yyc #yycre #creb #calgaryhomebuyers #calgarymortgages There has been a lot of chatter surrounding ultra-low rates that were introduced by many banks early this year. But, it?s important to look beyond mere rates into the bigger picture surrounding what?s significant when it comes to your specific mortgage needs. While ?no-frills? mortgage products typically offer a lower ? or more discounted ? interest rate when compared with many other available products, the lower rate is really their only ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 08 Feb 2012 08:24:49 -0700

Monday, February 6, 2012 - Home Ownership Made Easy

#yyc #yycre #firsttimehomebuyer #Calgaryhomebuyers by Cordell Blanchette According to the Royal Bank of Canada the Alberta housing market is the most affordable in the country and for many that?s reason enough to consider home ownership after graduation.The RBC study showed that home ownership costs (represented as a per cent of household income) was a mere 20 per cent for condo owners in 2011, almost half of the over 40 per cent cost in British Columbia.This means that you?ll have to spend ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 06 Feb 2012 12:09:36 -0700

Monday, February 6, 2012 - Alberta - Opportunity

#yyc #yycre #albertarealestate #calgaryrealestate #calgaryhomebuying Once again, Alberta is leading Canada's economic growth. Almost half of the new jobs created in Canada last year were created here, and Alberta boasts the lowest unemployment numbers in the country at 4.9 per cent. The availability of jobs will make Alberta a magnet for economic migrants for some time to come.But Alberta has the potential to build on economic success. It also has the potential to create a social vitality that ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 06 Feb 2012 11:55:43 -0700

Friday, February 3, 2012 - Things to Consider When Buying A Fixer Upper

#yyc #yycre #buyingahome #calgaryrealestate #fixerupperhomes Anytime that you purchase a home, whether it needs love or if it is move-in ready, you already need to be considering the resale of that home, no matter what your plans for the future might be. This will better enable you to make the right choices at the right time. Making good buying choices will help you make good selling choices later, and you wouldn?t want to make a purchase that will not return your investment plus a profit ...
posted in General at Fri, 03 Feb 2012 06:37:15 -0700

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - Real Estate Investors - read this!

#yyc #yycre #realestateinvestors #investincalgary #landlords The 5 profit centres of real estate By Malcolm SilverWith the volatile financial markets of the past three years, wise investors are looking for alternative vehicles for their wealth. Real estate investments offer five profit centres:1. Market appreciation2. Earned appreciation3. Positive cash flow4. Mortgage reduction and leverage5. Tax deductionsCompare this to stocks, which have just two profit centres: dividend and capital gain. ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 02 Feb 2012 09:16:25 -0700

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - Renewing a Mortgage - read this first!

#yyc #yycre #renewingyourmortgage #mortgage #calgaryrealestate When you bought your first home, chances are you did research on mortgage options and rates. Renewals should be no different. According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), 60% of Canadians just accept the renewal rate from their current lender without shopping around. This rate is usually the posted rate or at a slight discount. By simply accepting what your current lender offers you, you could be paying thousands of ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 02 Feb 2012 08:34:49 -0700

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - Thinking renovations - The Kitchen!!

#yyc #yycre #renovations #calgaryhomesellers #sellyourhomeformore It's a tool used by house flippers all across the nation. Stagers know its power. Real estate agents push its importance. What is this not-so-well-kept secret of real estate? A kitchen can sell a house.  A kitchen is the heart of a home. This is true all across the globe. The old saying that the "stomach is the way to the heart" carries a lot of truth. Kitchens are where we spend much of our time and most of that is with our ...
posted in General at Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:53:31 -0700

Monday, January 30, 2012 - Investor Paul Hecht on buying Canadian foreclosures.

#yyc #yycre #firsttimehomebuyers #calgaryforeclosures #calgaryhomedeals   "Foreclosures are all across the country as banks need to liquidate these non-performing assets off their books. Take advantage of these amazing bargains and buy them at 50 cents on the dollar. Most banks will take what is owed on the mortgage or less. Find out how through our foreclosure subscription." Sounds great doesn't it? This is actually a headline from a database subscription company offering to show you how to ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:02:42 -0700

Friday, January 27, 2012 - Just Sold - C3501986

Just sold this listing:"Welcome to this spectacular home located on a gorgeous tree lined street in the heart of Highland Park. Fabulous open floor plan featuring gleaming hardwood floors, soaring ceilings and lots of big windows allowing natural light year round! This one-owner home is beautifully upgraded and lovingly maintained! Upgrades include granite counters, hardwood & tile flooring, berber carpet, wood & iron railings, stainless steel appliances and so much more. The kitchen is a dream ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:00:00 -0700

Monday, January 23, 2012 - Be careful with those discounted mortgage rate!

#yyc #yycre #firsttimehomebuyers #calgaryhomebuyers When considering a deeply discounted 5-year rate, keep in mind that cheapest isn't always best. Strangely, we know that's true when we're shopping for anything else - but we still tend to believe that lowest rate is the one and only factor in choosing a mortgage. But, that low-rate mortgage could actually cost you more in the long run. An amazing cut-rate mortgage could have you locked in to a very rigid contract filled with financial "trip ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 23 Jan 2012 08:53:23 -0700

Saturday, January 21, 2012 - Calgary East Village NEW Condos

                                      #yyc #yycre #eastvillagecondos #calgaryhomebuyers Two new condo towers are set to break ground in a downtown district once known as a haven for crime and drug use, say officials.Michael Brown, president and CEO of Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), told reporters Tuesday he?s optimistic developers of the buildings in the heart of East Village will reach their sales targetsand will be able to begin construction this summer.?This is the year ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sat, 21 Jan 2012 11:20:51 -0700

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - NFL 2012 - and then there were 4!

#yyc #nflfootball #2012superbowl #superbowl46 Here we are less than 3 weeks away from the NFL Super Bowl and the picture is starting to take shape.  On the #jimrome show, the talk is about over the last 20 years it is quarterbacks who win championships.  The 2 times in the past 2 decades that a defence has won a championship was Tampa Bay with Brad Johnson at the helm and the Ravens with Trent Dilfer. Eli Manning has won the big game, we all know Tom Brady has done it a few times and then you ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:57:38 -0700

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - The Importance of hiring a real estate agent

#yyc #yycre #firsttimehomebuyer #calgaryhomebuyerHome shopping and selling can be an intense and difficult task. With a lot info obtainable online, many people think they'll be able to tackle the task on their own. With homes for sale increasing, the real estate market can be complicated if you do not have the skills and experience in real estate. The advantages of utilizing the service of a real estate agent are invaluable when selling or buying a house or property. The advantages of hiring a ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:07:54 -0700

Friday, January 13, 2012 - Optimism growing for Calgary's real estate market

                                      #yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #firsttimehomebuyers Good economic times are pushing Calgary housing price increases near the ceiling among Canadian cities, says a real estate market survey.Following a 6.2% hike in detached bungalow prices in the fourth quarter, the city market should see some of the biggest year-over-year increases in the country in 2012, states the survey done by Royal LePage.That could be an increase in average house prices of 3.6% ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 13 Jan 2012 11:27:59 -0700

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - Making your mortgage after Christmas � Did you go a little overboard on your spending?

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomesellers #calgaryrealestate As the new year dawns, the bills from holiday spending will start to roll in. If those are high-interest credit card bills, one option to help pay them off at a lower rate is to arrange a home equity line of credit (HELOC). Speak to your Jencor Mortgage Advisor First!?Any line of credit, secured or unsecured, is really there for a revolving purpose,? says Rob Hafer, regional manager of Invis on Vancouver Island. ?If [the debt] is going to be ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:41:33 -0700

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - Sellers option to declare conditional sale or not

#yyc #yycre #calgaryrealestate #homesellers There could be fewer conditionally sold stickers on for sale signs in Calgary?s real estate market this year.Not because of declining sales, though.A new rule change implemented by the Calgary Real Estate Board gives the seller of a property the option of keeping the conditionally sold sticker off the sign when there is a conditional offer. As well, the seller has the option to not report the conditional sale through the MLS system.?Before it was the ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:06:24 -0700

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - Maintain your home for the long term

#yyc #yycre #homerepairs #homemaintenance Small home repairs can quickly add up. The best way for a homeowner to make the most of a visit by a handyman is to walk through your house and write down the small things that need to be repaired. A door that isn?t hung correctly, leaky faucets, loose banisters and squeaky floorboards are some of the things a traditional handyman can fix. Having a group of repairs done at once will cost less than paying to have them individually repaired. After ...
posted in General at Wed, 04 Jan 2012 10:00:48 -0700

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - Recycle your Christmas Trees!

#yyc #christmas #treerecycling Give Mother Nature a gift. Recycle your real Christmas tree.Calgarians recycled 36,000 Christmas trees last year. That?s a 20 per cent increase in the Christmas tree recycling program since the introduction of residential pick up just two years ago.This year, you have the option to recycle your real Christmas tree either through a pick-up service or a drop-off service.Christmas Tree Recycling Details:Service: Pick-Up ServiceWhen: Place your tree on the ground near ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 04 Jan 2012 09:53:45 -0700

Monday, January 2, 2012 - Considering buying a home this year...read this first!

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhomebuyers #yycfirsttimehomebuyer Owning a home has always been the dream of every Canadian. In fact, not only Canadians but many other people in the world aspire to have a house that they can call their own.Apart from merely owning a home, however, it is also a goal to be able to search for a property that is worth enough of one?s efforts and money. Given the cost and significance of a home to one?s life and future, it is undeniably very crucial that one makes clear and ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 02 Jan 2012 19:47:15 -0700

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - New home or resale, which suits you best?

#yyc #yycre #calgaryrealestate #calgaryhomebuyers Looking for a home is an exciting time, with so many different types of properties from which to choose.  A good way to narrow down your search is to weigh the benefits of new vs. resale homes.  If you're planning on buying a home in the new year, here are some key things to keep in mind: Costs ? A new home may involve a range of extra costs such as landscaping, appliances, window coverings, a security system, and GST/HST.  For older homes, ...
posted in General at Tue, 20 Dec 2011 19:26:33 -0700

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - Christmas fun at Heritage Park-time running out!

#yyc #calgary #christmas2011 #calgaryevents Experience the wonder and charm of an old-fashioned Christmas at Once Upon A Christmas, returning toHeritage Park Historical Village. This time-honoured tradition is the perfect way to get into the true spirit of the holidays!Start your day with a delicious Christmas Breakfast Buffet in the elegant Wainwright Hotel. Tickets for the buffet must be pre-purchased by calling 403-268-8500.Take a festive horse-drawn wagon ride around the village, stop in at ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 14 Dec 2011 09:07:46 -0700

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - Airdrie real estate market hot as we near end of 2011

#yyc #yycre #airdrierealestate #airdrie Airdrie's real estate market experienced a record month in November with 89 MLS sales in the city. Matt Carre, a realtor with The Carre Group RE/MAX Rocky View, said November's housing market was propelled by condo sales. Carre said the high level of activity was driven by 17 sales at the Crown Shores Condo project, according to statistics released by the Calgary Real Estate Board. "The average sale price did dip a little bit to $308,000, but that was ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 13 Dec 2011 22:16:45 -0700

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - Calgary is in no bubble...like some say!

#yyc #yycre #calgaryrealestate Buoyed by employment growth, low interest rates and other positive economic factors, Calgary's residential real estate market saw MLS sales increase in November compared with a year ago.The Calgary Real Estate Board said Thursday that single-family transactions reached 962 during the month, a hike of 8.09 per cent from November 2010, and the average sale price was $470,665, up by 3.31 per cent from a year ago.Condo sales of 393 jumped by 26.77 per cent but the ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 13 Dec 2011 22:03:04 -0700

Monday, December 12, 2011 - New Listing - C3501986

Just added this listing:"Welcome to this spectacular home located on a gorgeous tree lined street in the heart of Highland Park. Fabulous open floor plan featuring gleaming hardwood floors, soaring ceilings and lots of big windows allowing natural light year round! This one-owner home is beautifully upgraded and lovingly maintained! Upgrades include granite counters, hardwood & tile flooring, berber carpet, wood & iron railings, stainless steel appliances and so much more. The kitchen is a ...
   posted in Listings at Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:00:00 -0700

Friday, December 9, 2011 - It's for the kids - 2011 CJAY 92 Sno-Pitch Tourney

#yyc #calgaryevents #calgarycharity #NSA #calgaryslopitch The 10th Anniversary of the CJAY 92 Kids Fund Sno-Pitch tournament is in the books and it was the most successful ever!  With the help of many volunteers, including the organizers Jo-jo and Janice, they managed to raise a whooping $53,500  topping the previous record back in 2009 of $51,000! What a true inspiration this ball tournament has been over the past 10 years and helping the underpriveleged children get the Christmas they ...
posted in General at Fri, 09 Dec 2011 09:40:35 -0700

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 2012 Calgary Real Estate Forecast - Marginal Gains

#yyc #yycre #albertarealestate #calgaryrealestate In 2012, the Calgary resale market is expected to increase in activity and increase in prices slightly overall by 2-3%.  The market is ideal for the first time buyer with many favorable mortgage products and even the investor to capitalize on expanding their real estate portfolio.  I recommend to all people sitting on the fence whether now is the best time to buy, what are you waiting for! Get off the couch, quit paying someone elses mortgage ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 07 Dec 2011 11:33:19 -0700

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - Calgary Housing Market better than orignally expected!

#yyc #yycre #calgaryhousing According to figures released today by CREB® (Calgary Real Estate Board), Calgary residential sales in November increased eight per cent over last year, at 17,538 after the first 11 months of the year. While sales activity tends to taper off in the winter months, so far this year Calgary area sales remain significantly stronger than levels recorded last year. Single family home sales totaled 962 for the month, an increase of eight per cent from November 2010. ...
posted in News at Wed, 07 Dec 2011 11:09:45 -0700

Saturday, November 26, 2011 - Relocating to Alberta - Calgary?

#yyc #canadarealestate #relocate #calgary #yycre Throughout the country?s recent recession, the real estate market has held fairly steady in the prairie City of Calgary, making this a popular place to live, work and play, as stated by experts in the Calgary, Alberta Throughout the country?s recent recession, the real estate market has held fairly steady in the prairie City of Calgary, making this a popular place to live, work and play, as stated by experts in the industry. According to a recent ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sat, 26 Nov 2011 10:20:20 -0700

Friday, November 25, 2011 - Calgary Recreation Centres no-go

#yyc #calgaryrecreation  #P3 #ProgressiveConservative It was the expectation that Calgary was going to have 2 new recreational facilities which would be funded partially through this group called the P3.  City council said they had a verbal agreement for a P3 -- public-private-partnership -- deal with the federal government and denying them funding to build the rec centre is a slap in the face. The financial assistance would have covered about 25% of the total bill for the leisure ...
posted in General at Fri, 25 Nov 2011 17:33:34 -0700

Sunday, November 20, 2011 - Calgary's Housing Market expected to take off in 2013

#yyc #yycre #calgaryrealestate #calgaryhousing In an recent interview with local radio station 660NEWS, Canadian Real Estate Investment Network guru Don Campbell predicts that the Calgary Housing Market will take off. He indicates that the best way to predict house gains is by tracking job growth and population numbers. Don Campbell says that between now and 2016, Calgary and Edmonton will become Canada's hot beds for real estate. He predicts that house prices in these two cities will rise by 5 ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sun, 20 Nov 2011 19:08:37 -0700

Friday, November 18, 2011 - Tim Tebow - is this guy for real?

#nfl #timtebow #denverbroncos I'm a long time Florida Gators fan and now starting to think of the Denver Broncos as the team to watch this year.  Yes there was Michael Vick but this kid is different.  The passion and love for the game of football and the respect he has for his teammates is unrivaled.  The first 3 quarters of last nights Broncos/Jets game was as expected - boring!  The Jets moving from being a contender in the AFC last year to an average team and the Broncos just testing out a ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 18 Nov 2011 12:44:48 -0700

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - Canadian Economy still strong

#YYC #yycre #calgaryrealestate #movingtocalgary @calgaryhousing The Canadian housing market continues to defy those who have long predicted its collapse.It was just another set of numbers, but if anything the market seemed to pick up steam with October sales across the country the best they have been since January.The upward push caused the Canadian Real Estate Association to slightly revise its predictions for 2011. The group now says sales will be up 1.4 per cent from a year ago, instead of ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 17 Nov 2011 10:03:47 -0700

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - Big Bucks back in home owners pockets!

#YYC #YYCRE #calgaryrealestate #homeowners Renewing and refinancing mortgages is saving Canadians big bucks Canadians saved $2.7-billion in the past year renewing or refinancing their mortgages and the betting money among consumers seems to be that interest rates are not going up any time soon, according to a new survey.The Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals says 37% of Canadians opted for a variable rate mortgage in the last year, pushing up the overall percentage of ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 17 Nov 2011 10:00:49 -0700

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - Move over Toronto - Calgary's the new hot spot!

#calgary #calgaryhousing #calgaryforecast #calgaryeconomy Sky-high rents. Heavy demand for downtown office space. A magnet for company headquarters. It may sound like Toronto, but this commercial real estate hotspot is decidedly farther west. Despite erratic markets and a lingering world recession, Calgary's office and commercial real estate market rivals Toronto as the most robust in the country, driven predominantly by the continued growth plans of energy companies. What does this mean?  Well ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 02 Nov 2011 10:22:51 -0600

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - October Housing Statistics - Calgary

#calgaryrealestate #creb #calgaryhomes According to figures released today by CREB® (Calgary Real Estate Board), Calgary residential sales totaled 16,184 after the first 10 months of the year, an increase of eight per cent over last year.   Over 61 per cent of Calgary?s established communities saw increased sales levels compared to last year.  Garrison Woods, Collingwood and Mahogany saw the largest sales increase at 170 per cent combined; nearly half of all Calgary communities recorded price ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 02 Nov 2011 10:17:27 -0600

Monday, October 31, 2011 - Selling your home, do your own research first!

#calgaryrealestate #sellingahome #realestate #homes It certainly feels like an anomaly in a world of chaos and financial uncertainty.  Calgary, with the strength of job creation in the oil sector, does seem like a good place for long term investment in housing.  I keep telling people it's a great time to buy as there is a strong inventory with many choices.  If you don't have to sell, then don't.  Wait it out!  If you have to sell, price the home accordingly.  If you list too high and you hold ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 31 Oct 2011 11:13:05 -0600

Monday, October 31, 2011 - Calgary a safe haven for buying a home?

#calgaryrealestate #realestate #homebuyers The Calgary housing market is strong in some areas and weak in others.  You really have to ask about the specific area of the market be it area specific, type of dwelling, etc.  Talk to your real estate agent as they can help isolate your home and give you the facts! Marty Hope of the Calgary Herald: In a few days, we'll find out just how busy those on the front lines of Calgary's resale housing industry were in October.But with three-quarters of the ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 31 Oct 2011 11:10:49 -0600

Monday, October 31, 2011 - NFL Week 9 2011-2012

#nfl #suckforluck #andrewluck #philadelphiaeagles #dallascowboys With another Sunday in the books, there are still many people scratching their heads in the NFL this season.  The 'Suck for Luck' campaign has lost one of its competitors as the St Louis Rams beat down the New Orleans Saints with a backup quarterback.  The Miami Dolphins blew a 10 point lead going into the 4th quarter to the up and down New York Giants to stay in the contest.  Then there is Indianapolis who couldn't beat an arena ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 31 Oct 2011 10:38:54 -0600

Friday, October 28, 2011 - St Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers World Series Game #6

#MLB #worldseries2011 #stlouiscardinals #texasrangers UNBELIEVABLE!!  It is the only word that can give last nights game 6 any justice.  I was once a massive MLB fan and within the last few years, my love for it has faded because the teams were getting too predictable.  Last night may be the reason I come back and start watching baseball on a regular basis.  I used to watch MLB for the pitching dual because I pitched as a youngster and I loved controlling the game .  Last nights game was ...
posted in General at Fri, 28 Oct 2011 10:57:12 -0600

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - Miami Dolphins and entering week 8

#NFL #dolphins @miamidolphins Here we sit entering week 8 and the Dolphins find themselves in an 0-6 hole and they it seems they are turning on each other.  Dolphins safety Yeremiah Bell joined a club that includes the Heisman Trophy Trust and perhaps Kim Kardashian on Wednesday when he said Dolphins running back Reggie Bush "stinks." Bell's unhappy that Bush used the same adjective to describe the Dolphins following the team's embarrassing 18-15 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Sorry ...
posted in General at Thu, 27 Oct 2011 13:37:04 -0600

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - Marijuana Grow Ops - Alberta

#calgaryrealestate #growoperations #realestate #homebuying Hey everyone.  Do you live by or suspect to live by a grow operation?  These houses can affect your home value if you live close to one.  If you suspect some foul play in a neighbours house, you may want to keep a closer eye on it and report it to police.  The RCMP is working on a database to keep track of exactly what is going on with Alberta grow operations and it will be a good referral for home buyers and their real estate agents to ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 25 Oct 2011 14:06:23 -0600

Monday, October 24, 2011 - NFL-Carson Palmer, the Dolphins, Tebow and the Colts

#NFL #miamidolphins #tebow #broncos #colts Where do I start after a laugher of a week in the NFL.  Let's first talk about Carson Palmer and what people should expect from him.  How about more than a week worth of practices?  Raiders fans don't be discouraged.  Palmer needs to get his reps in and build some chemistry with the receivers.  He is not the same as he once was (in the words of Toby Keith) but he still has the skills to take the Raiders to greener pastures. The Tim Tebow story has ...
posted in General at Mon, 24 Oct 2011 16:11:38 -0600

Friday, October 21, 2011 - NHL - Toronto Maple Leafs

#NHL #mapleleafs #hockey The first regulation loss of the season brings Leafs fans back to reality and now the schedule intensifies.  They are done with the Jets, Flames and Senators who are of no threat to anyone...here come the Flyers, Rangers and Penguins.  Before the Toronto fans start building their parade floats, hold the crazy glue!  I will not doubt the Leafs are much better than previous years but winning and geling as a a team takes time.  They will no doubt be out of the cellar and ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 21 Oct 2011 10:38:58 -0600

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - Dolphins and their shot at Andrew Luck?

#nfl #miamidolphins #football What to do...what to do.  Well it is quite evident the Miami Dolphins defense cannot get to any quarterback this season as seen with Mark Sanchez sitting in the pocket for an hour every time he dropped back to pass this past Monday night.  Have the Dolphins already thrown in the towel?  Not so says Karlos Dansby, "Man, we got 11 games. What are you talking about?" Dansby said Wednesday, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "We can't look at next season. ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 20 Oct 2011 08:52:27 -0600

Monday, October 17, 2011 - Is the housing market really that bad? What are you waiting for...

#YYC #calgaryrealestate #calgary This Real Estate market is killing me. Anyone else feel the same? Every time things start looking better in the world, up pops something to knock a table leg out and start the worldwide economy teetering once again.As soon as these fear headlines hit the major media outlets, everyone starts hunkering down expecting the bottom to fall out everywhere. And maybe it will, just not around here. Now I?m not saying it won?t affect our local housing markets, I?m just ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 17 Oct 2011 17:31:53 -0600

Monday, October 17, 2011 - NFL Week 6 Battle: Harbaugh vs. Schwartz

#NFL #detroitlions #49ers You had 2 emerging teams coming out of numerous years of anquish and disappointment.  The Lions and 49ers have emerged as powers in the first 6 weeks of the NFL season.  The game was controlled by the Lions until the final 10 minutes with the 49ers erasing a lead held by Detroit for most of the game.  Jim Harbaugh, known for his animated celebrations back in his Stanford days, got a little too excited when he shook Jim Schwartz hand after the game. Lions coach Jim ...
posted in General at Mon, 17 Oct 2011 17:12:21 -0600

Monday, October 17, 2011 - The 'other costs' when buying a home

#YYC #realestate #calgaryhomes #homebuyingAdditional costs to consider when buying a home:Home insurance is often required by your mortgage lender and provides protection against loss or damage of your property and its contents and liability claims.- Life insurance and any related types of insurance (such as disability or critical illness) helps ensure money is there to pay the mortgage if something happens to your spouse or loved one.Mortgage loan insurance is required if your down payment is ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:45:03 -0600

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - Secondary Suites in Calgary

#YYC #secondarysuites #calgaryhomes   A blog this week by Tenant Verification Service, Inc., promoted a grant program for landlords who want to add a secondary suite ? a definition that encompasses basement suites, a mother-in-law suite, or a granny suite. Secondary suites consist of a bathroom and kitchen located within or on the same property as a detached house and can be no larger than 70 meters squared, according to the City of Calgary website. Unlike most major cities in Canada, Calgary ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 13 Oct 2011 16:13:35 -0600

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