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Selling Your Home Over the Holiday Season

Christmas Welcome

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...

5 Ideas for Decorating Over the Holidays

Holiday Decorating Ideas

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,...

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.

What is Your List-Price-to-Sales-Price...

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.


Calgary Luxury Real Estate

The Calgary luxury real estate market begins at the million dollar mark and knows no end. Lavish homes for sale usually begin at this seven digit price point. The definition for luxury real estate varies depending on the particular area’s average price. These stunning homes are only available to an exclusive crowd with refined tastes.

Discover the most elite homes Calgary has to offer. We’ll help you placate your desire to explore deluxe penthouses, mansions and villas.  The extravagant, well-known neighborhoods in the region’s market are as follows:

Elbow Park - Original Class

  • Elbow Park is located in the city’s southwest quadrant and is made up mainly of single family homes. It is one of the oldest and most affluent communities in Calgary.
  • This sought after neighborhood is in close...

Modern Calgary Homes and Condos for Sale

As Calgary grows and becomes more of a metropolitan city we are seeing a higher demand for more metropolitan homes and condos. Many people confuse "modern" and "contemporary" styles of homes. Modern is typically minimalistic and sleek while "contemporary" uses new materials and is more a transitional.

Todays buyer of modern homes and condos are looking for energy efficient homes that combine the latest technology and high end luxury finishes in one package to bring you the complete package.  A modern decor can use a variety of color and finishes, from rock to glass and everything in-between.  Floating stairs in glass, high gloss cupboards in a variety of colors and steel are among some of the more popular finishes.

While modern starts with the finishing details in your home, it also carries into the use of furniture and decor items throughout the home. Modern furniture is typically lower profile, and often utilizes chrome and white leathers....

Alberta New Home Warranty vs. National Home Warranty

The Alberta New Home Warranty or National Home Warranty: Which is the Better?

When building a new home, the last thing you want is to invest more money in repairs. With the help of a home warranty, you can take comfort in knowing that defects in materials and labour will be covered for a period of time. While no one purchases a home with the expectation of having experiencing problems, the reality is that things do not always turn out perfectly. Fortunately, as a new homebuyer in Alberta building a new home, you have the opportunity to build a home with a qualified builder that offers either a New Home Warranty or a National Home Warranty to provide coverage on your home. To ensure you receive the coverage that is best for you, it is important to learn more about both available options.

The National Home Warranty, which offers up to $50,000 in coverage for Alberta homebuyers , provides limited construction coverage for defects in materials and labour for the first year. In...

Special Assessments in Condos

Condominium Style

As condos continue to age, as apartment buildings are converted to condos and as concerns grow regarding condos that are being built quickly in an effort to meet growing demands, special assessments are becoming increasingly commonplace. While special assessments may not be too problematic for those who do not plan to buy or sell a condo in the near future, they can cause problems when it comes time to close on a sale. This is particularly true when the condominium board has an acceleration clause, which requires all assessments to be payable immediately when a unit is sold, or when something goes wrong with the building shortly after the buyer moves in.

Whether you are the seller who is trying to maintain as much equity as possible or you are the buyer who wants to avoid getting hit by assessments...

The Return of Multiple Offers in Calgary Real Estate

House for Sale - Open House

In the last couple of weeks, hearing about multiple offers or bidding wars have not been unusual in the Calgary real estate market. Spring has sprung and a lack of inventory is driving the Calgary market. If the current low levels of inventory remain where they are, we could very well find ourselves in the midst of another sellers market sooner than we thought or planned. Do keep in mind that not all areas of the city, communities or price ranges are seeing this type of activity so you will want to do your own research when it comes to your specific real estate goals.

A strong economy in Calgary, job creation , in-migration and low interest rates seem to be driving this market. Eager and willing buyers seem geared to pay the price before the...

The Return of Multiple Offers and How to Win!

Home for Sale

Yes that is right, there has been a return of multiple offers in the Calgary Real Estate market and it is becoming more of a common practice these days. Multiple offers are showing up on properties under the range of $500k in the most desirable areas. There is nothing worse from a real estate agents perspective, then to tell your clients that just completed on a house, that someone else won and they lost out on owning their new home. Sometimes buyers just do not follow your advice and go on their own path of self discovery - sometimes it works, other times it doesn't, and mostly they lose out.

Here are some pro tips on how to win those competing offer situations or avoid them completely.

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