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Calgary Real Estate: Buy/Sell Now in Oil Crisis? Answered!

CALGARY - Calgary real estate and Alberta’s oil price pain is at the forefront of debate in the news and in our communities. News outlets are saying it’s looking like a gloomy time for Calgary and some are saying don’t worry about it. As a resident of Calgary and a top award winning Calgary real estate agent for 18 years helping buyers and sellers with excellent results, I will give my take on this situation.

Alberta Oil Drill during Oil Crisis...

Calgary Real Estate Forecast for 2015

Calgary Real Estate Sales Expected To Drop With Stabilized Prices

The Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB® ) released its Calgary real estate forecast for 2015 (PDF available for download), and the results are a bit of a mixed bag. While housing sales are expected to drop off a bit in 2015, the forecast predicts that prices will remain relatively stable. As a result of the drop in sales, the Calgary real estate market is likely to experience more balanced conditions. There are, however, a...

Fun Things to Do In Calgary: Glenbow Museum

As an award winning Calgary real estate agent with 5 star reviews on Google and resident of this great booming city, I have great knowledge of fun things to do in this city. If you’re looking for houses for sale in Calgary you’re wondering what’s fun to do here? Well in Downtown Calgary there is the Glenbow Museum. If you’re wondering “museum and fun?” Read on and see how fun it is.

Glenbow Museum

Address: 130 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P3, Canada (Downtown)
Phone Number: 403-268-4100
Fax: 403-265-9769
Email: info@glenbow.org

The Glenbow Museum is one of Western Canada's largest museums. It is located in downtown Calgary in the heart of Calgary's Cultural...

Fun Things to Do In Calgary: Devonian Gardens

As a top rated Calgary real estate agent and resident, I know firsthand the perks of living in this great city. Whether you’re a resident or thinking of having your dream home here, one of the fun things to do here is in Downtown Calgary by the name of Devonian Gardens.

Devonian Gardens

Address: 4th Floor, 317 - 7 Ave. S.W. Calgary, AB, Canada
Phone Number: 403-268-CITY (2489)

The Devonian Gardens is an indoor attraction sporting a “tropical oasis” and no entrance fee. There are many reasons to go, and no solid reasons not to experience these radiant gardens. First, let me share a little history about Devonian Gardens. J.H. Cook Architects and Engineers created Devonian Gardens who donated it to the City of Calgary by the ...

Calgary Real Estate Housing Statistics November 2014

Welcome to the November 2014 edition of housing statistics showcasing the Calgary real estate market. I have embedded a PDF at the end of this article which is also packed with information, graphs and statistics to peruse and enjoy.

  • Calgary has the strongest economy in the country with impressive job growth which makes it a hotspot for people to move to for a great quality of life and vast opportunities.
  • Calgary real estate listings are outpacing sales. With more properties available to purchase, along with it come better prices.
  • Calgary apartments (condominiums) and townhouse sectors have the biggest gains in November, with growth at 19%.
  • Due to increased listings, properties under $400,000 are more available as condominium apartments than single-family homes.
  • Statistics display that now is the time to buy due to lower prices and greater inventory though buying a condominium...

Rent To Own Calgary Real Estate Advice

Rent to own in the Calgary real estate market can be a precarious situation. Protect yourself and your investment by reading below before partaking into a rent to own situation.

  • Follow my tips on avoiding a rent to own scams in the Calgary housing market.
  • Avoid scams in Calgary real estate pertaining to rent to own by hiring professional help such as a lawyer and appraiser.
  • Houses for sale in Calgary and abroad require a minimum of 5% of the total price as a down payment.
  • Calgary houses for sale in a rent to own situation does not usually benefit a buyer if they are not properly prepared.
  • At the time of this posting (Fall 2014) the Calgary real estate market is very much a seller’s market. In that regard most sellers would not offer a rent to own situation or do so in your favor.
  • Avoid rent to own mistakes like a client of mine. They were over mortgaged about $100,000 more than what their house would sell for in our Calgary real estate market...

Fun Things to Do In Calgary: Millarville Christmas Market

Large fun sleigh ride at Millarville Christmas Market!Whether you’re a resident or looking to own piece of Calgary real estate, you may wonder what are some fun things to do in Calgary. As a top rated Calgary real estate agent, I’m on the pulse of what fun there is to be had locally or nearby. Christmas markets are a refreshing change from the regular shopping malls’ holiday shopping craze. One of those markets though not in Calgary, is just under an hour away. That market is the Millarville Christmas Market in Millarville, Alberta, Canada. Like all Canadian towns, the Millarville Christmas Market is a big draw for the locals as well as the...

Home Warranty Benefits

Home warranties can prevent you from investing extra money in repairs. With the help of a home warranty, you can take comfort in knowing defective materials and labor will be covered for a period of time. While most people don’t purchase a home expecting to experience problems, the reality is that plans do not always turn out perfectly.

Home Buyer Protection Act

As of 2014 every new home built in Alberta will be protected under warranty. Alberta’s New Home Buyer Protection Act supports even higher quality standards ensuring your new home stands the test of time. Homes covered under the New Home Buyer Protection Act include:

  • Single family homes
  • Duplexes
  • Multi-family homes
  • Condominiums
  • Manufactured homes
  • ...

Calgary Real Estate and Chinese Superstitions

Calgary Real Estate

In order to maximize the sales opportunities for your home in our diverse community, you may wish to consider Chinese superstitions for buying Calgary Real Estate, such as a house. The Chinese are the second largest minority group in Calgary - they make up about 6% of the population here! Chinese culture is prevalent with beliefs and customs; in today’s world of globalization, Calgary continues to gain traffic from this region.

Chinese superstitions range from keeping turtles out of captivity to purchasing a home with the number “8” in the address for good luck. While some Chinese are adamant about obeying customs, others regard them simply as a matter of tradition.

Acknowledging Chinese beliefs doesn’t just spread cultural awareness. It helps Calgary become...

Tips for Buying a Condo

Tips for Buying a Condo 

Often condo buyers are not looking at the bigger picture when they fall in love with their condo. When buying a condo it is important to know what you are getting into. Often buyers are not thinking about the potential pit falls and how that may financially hurt them in the future. Here are a few things to consider when you are looking for a condo

Condominium Documents

The documents are more than a set of rules they may include many different documents from financial reports, by-laws, occupancy letters, insurance certificates and meeting minutes to name some of the most popular. This is where you will see any potential issues with the building from construction issues to financial issues that could cause Special Assessments in your future. It is wise to have these documents professional reviewed by a professional that is familiar with the documents and can...

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