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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.

  • 1. Follow my tips on avoiding a rent to own scams in the Calgary housing market.
  • 2. Avoid scams in Calgary real estate pertaining to rent to own by hiring professional help such as a lawyer and appraiser.
  • 3. Houses for sale in Calgary and abroad require a minimum of 5% of the total price as a down payment.
  • 4. Calgary houses for sale in a rent to own situation does not usually benefit a buyer if they are not properly prepared.
  • 5. 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...

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...

SW Calgary Private Schools

Calgary SW Private Schools

One of the reasons why Calgary is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada is due to the economic opportunity that is presently driving the city in an extremely positive direction financially, which in turn improves amenities in the city, as well as institutions such as private schools. Home to some of the most prestigious and reputable private schools in the city, the area of SW Calgary has a variety of options for parents looking to enrol their children in a rewarding educational environment that they can feel proud to be a part of. Are you looking for Southwest Calgary private schools? If so, check out these reputable options for your son or daughter.

Calgary Academy (1677 - 93 St. SW) – A Strong History of Scholastic Achievement

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2014 and Home Automation: A Look at What’s Coming Next Year

Calgary Home Automatio

Home automation is basically the automation of housework, the home itself or just ordinary household activity. As a concept, it's just an extension of building automation. Some examples of automating the home can include things such as central control of HVAC, lighting, the security locks on both gates and doors and even appliances. The goal of this system is to increase the quality of life inside of the home, such as by increasing security, convenience, comfort efficiency and even energy savings. Here is a look at what's coming in 2014 in home automation.

New Types of Switches Will Make Home Automation More Versatile

Many switches these days are the so-called plug-and-play variety of smart switches. This means they are practically ready right off the shelf and great for the home do-it-yourselfer. For...

Calgary's Most Luxurious Home Communities

Updated June 2015

In this article based upon Calgary homes for sale, I'll speak on the topic of Calgary's Luxury Home Communities. As an award winning Calgary REALTOR®, I can help you with all aspects of Calgary Real Estate. Enjoy the article, leave a comment and feel free to contact me.

If you are interested in purchasing a luxury house for sale in Calgary, you will find plenty of affluent communities to select from. With all of the options available in Calgary, there is certain...

Three New Year Resolutions to Improve Your Financial Future

Whether you are buying or selling a home or you are simply a homeowner who is looking for ways to improve your financial future, there are several New Year resolutions that you might want to consider making. By making one or several of these resolutions, you will put yourself in a much better position to buy or sell a home or to simply improve your financial health.

Resolution #1: Check Your Credit History

One simple way to improve your financial health while also ensuring you get the best rates when purchasing a home is to check on your credit history. By obtaining a copy of your credit report, you can check it over to ensure all of the information is correct. Even a seemingly insignificant error, such as reporting the wrong credit limit on a credit report, can have a negative impact on your credit score. Checking over your credit...

Selling Your Home Over the Holiday Season

If you are thinking about putting your home on the market, you might think that now is not a good time to sell. After all, the holiday season can be quite hectic, so you might think buyers won't be interested in purchasing a home at this time or you may think it will cause too much stress for you and your family. In reality, selling a home during the holiday season can have its advantages. Here's a look at some of the benefits of selling a home during the holiday season as well as some steps you can take to help prepare your home for the holiday market.

Benefits to Selling During the Holiday Season

Selling your home during the holiday season offers a number of benefits. First, since the holiday season is busy time of the year, you can be almost certain that anyone who is looking at your home during this time of the...

5 Ideas for Decorating Over the Holidays

The holiday season is a great time to strengthen family bonds, to reflect upon the previous year and to fill let your creativity shine as you decorate your home for the season. Aside from the traditional tree decorating and putting lights up around your home and in your yard, here are a few decorating ideas that you might want to explore for this holiday season.

Idea #1: Make it Personal

Since the holiday season is largely about family togetherness, you might want to consider adding some decorations that focus on your family. Of course, if you are trying to sell your home, adding personal items is not a good idea because you want the buyer to be able to imagine himself living in your home. If your home is not on the market, however, personalization is key to creating the warm and cozy feelings associated with...

How to Interview a Real Estate Agent

Are you planning to hire a real estate agent to help you sell a home? While many people realize that hiring a real estate agent to sell a home is a good idea, most are not sure how to go about hiring one. By asking the right questions, however, you will be sure to hire the best real estate agent for the job. To that end, here is a look at 5 key questions to ask when interviewing a real estate agent.

How Long Have You Been in the Real Estate Business?

When hiring a real estate agent, it is generally better to hire someone who plenty of experience in the real estate industry. If the agent is relatively new to the business, find out if he or she has access to a mentor who is more experienced. With the proper support, even a newer agent may be able to do a good job. Furthermore, newer agents often have more time to concentrate on their clients, so don't automatically dismiss someone just because he or she is somewhat new to the business.

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Barbara Corcoran's Real Estate Tips

Barbara Corcoran touches on some great real estate tips that home buyers and sellers should give careful consideration to. Its not always easy telling buyers and sellers what they don't want to hear - but Barbara says it exactly how it is.

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