Posted by Crystal Tost on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 6:35 PMBy Crystal Tost / June 13, 2018Comment
Are you interested in purchasing a vacation home? Whether you want a vacation home in Huatulco, Mexico or Nassau, Bahamas, there are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure you are pleased with your decision to purchase a vacation home. To that end, here are five tips to keep in mind when making such an exciting purchase.
Tip #1: Consider How You Plan to Use the Home
Everyone knows that the first rule of real estate is location, location, location. When purchasing a vacation home, this rule still applies. Aside from thinking about your dream location for a vacation home, you also need to consider how you plan to use it. If you are looking for a place that is easy for...
Posted by Crystal Tost on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 10:56 PMBy Crystal Tost / June 4, 2018Comment
When buying a house in Calgary, finding the right real estate agent to represent you is one of the keys to finding the right home to suit your needs. As you search through your options, it is helpful to understand the differences between a real estate broker and a real estate agent as well as how these professionals can help you through the buying process.
What is the Difference Between a Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Broker?
A real estate broker is a professional who is licensed to manage his or her own business. As independent sales people, they often sell real estate that is owned buy others. In...
Posted by Crystal Tost on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 5:17 PMBy Crystal Tost / May 16, 2018Comment
As a first-time parent, you undoubtedly want to create a bedroom for your child that is both safe and adorable. In addition to creating a space that reflects your style and taste, you also need to design the room in such a way that allows you to easily tend to the needs of your child. Since these needs change over the years, your goal should also be to design a bedroom that can be easily modified to reflect the needs of your child at each stage of growth. To that end, here are some tips to keep in mind when designing a bedroom for your child.
Purchase Transitional Pieces
Many furniture options currently on the market allow you to change the piece as your child grows older. Cribs that can be converted to toddler beds,...
Posted by Crystal Tost on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 9:28 AMBy Crystal Tost / May 3, 2018Comment
What to Expect When Buying your First Calgary Condo
Your journey in purchasing a condo for the first time can be both challenging and exciting. You have to be all prepped up for all types of soul-searching and decision-making. After all, this is one of the biggest investments of your life and you don’t want to end up making the wrong choice.
By now, you might have countless questions running through your mind. Here is some relevant information to point you in the right direction:
Posted by Crystal Tost on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 3:46 PMBy Crystal Tost / April 28, 2018Comment
Sprucing up a bathroom can be a challenge, particularly if the space is somewhat small and cramped. With little space with which to work, finding a way to make the bathroom express your individuality while still providing ease of use can be particularly difficult to do. By thinking outside of the box, however, you can still keep everything in your bathroom within easy reach to use while still sprucing up the space and creating a look that is uniquely “you”.
Experiment with Wall Coverings
While paint is an old standby for decorating the walls of your bathroom, you can also have a little fun with the space by experimenting with other wall coverings. Wallpaper is one option, but virtually anything...
Posted by Crystal Tost on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 4:18 PMBy Crystal Tost / March 30, 2018Comment
Common Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Calgary Home
Even people who have been selling Calgary homes for decades still make mistakes. Often, these crucial mistakes unable them to find people who are willing to purchase their home at desired price. These mistakes have to be avoided at all costs.
Here are some of the most common mistakes committed – mistakes that you should try your best not to commit when selling your Calgary home.
Showing bad photos
Many people look to listings on the newspaper, on the internet, or other such sources for information regarding properties for sale. When putting up an advertisement, it is best to put in the best photos possible. Using a high end camera or hiring a professional photographer to take pictures of...
Posted by Crystal Tost on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 5:36 PMBy Crystal Tost / March 5, 2018Comment
Huatulco Vacation Homes for Sale
Enjoy a beautiful home in laid back Mexico within the secure & quiet community of Salchi Bay, just 20 minutes from the Huatulco Airport. Only mere minutes to the beach, this fully furnished 3 bed/3 bath house leaves nothing wanting. Comfortably sleeps 9, including 2 master suites with an ensuite each (one with a private patio!), plus the 3rd bedroom with a queen and bunk beds. Fantastic ocean view from your Beautiful outdoor living in three large palapa areas, the main featuring almost 800 sq ft, a terrace BBQ, great furniture and an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean and Sierra Madre Mountains. There is room for a pool, tons of storage space and even a beautiful tile outdoor shower! Stroll down to the beach for a walk on the fine sandy beach or cool off in the ocean.
Posted by Crystal Tost on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:46 PMBy Crystal Tost / March 1, 2018Comment
The Calgary Real Estate calls it a bumpy road to recovery, and that was certainly evident in looking at what happened last month in our city.
February 2018 Stats
Sales of residential properties dropped in February by 18% over 2017. That’s a huge dip from last year. But thankfully, we didn’t see an equally drastic decline in home prices. We were fortunate in that we didn’t get the usual number of new listings last month which helped to keep prices on an even keel. The current supply of homes for sale in Calgary sits at about four months. Days on the market is another step back, at least from this time last year. It’s gone from an average of 48 days to 51.
Posted by Crystal Tost on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:48 AMBy Crystal Tost / February 24, 2018Comment
There’s no stopping urban renewal the Calgary real estate scene. Old makes way for new and many established neighbourhoods are experiencing a renaissance. The demand for new, modern homes for sale in inner-city neighbourhoods grows every day and there are so many reasons why.
From a zoning point of view, the City of Calgary’s sustainability plan dictates that developers create residential density. Housing people along transit corridors and within walking distance to work and essential services is good for the environment and creates healthy communities. Part of the plan was to stem the flow of suburban sprawl, as Calgary is one of the largest cities in North America per square kilometre but without the population...
Posted by Crystal Tost on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 12:42 PMBy Crystal Tost / February 20, 2018Comment
We’re not immune to disasters in (think 2013) but we are so lucky we don’t have mud slides or wildfires that send us fleeing from our homes in Calgary in the middle of the night. Whether you were an unfortunate victim of flooding early five years ago, or if you watch the nightly news with trepidation and empathy, we are all thinking about what’s important. Real estate is important – possessions are important and we all go to extraordinary lengths to protect our assets. If you own investment properties in Calgary, there are a variety of things to think about when it comes to mitigating damage – no matter how minor.
If you are a landlord with rental property in Calgary, or if you are a renter in Alberta, it’s important...