December 2018

Found 9 blog entries for December 2018.

Merry Christmas!

All of us from Team Ken Richter would like to wish you a fantastic holiday. 

May your celebrations with loved ones be joyful, and may the year ahead bring you true happiness. 

Sincerely, 

Ken, Sean, Vivian, Nicole & Alex
Team Ken Richter
www.KenRichter.com
Team@KenRichter.com
403-630-6363

"Christmas is more than a day in December
It’s all of those things that we love to remember
Its carolers singing familiar refrains
Bright colored stockings and shiny toy trains
Streamers of tinsel and glass satin balls
Laughter that rings through the house and its halls
Christmas is more than a day in December
Its the magic and the love
That we’ll always remember"
- M. E Miro

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Christmas is right around the corner! Did you know that December 21st is the busiest day of the holiday shopping season? It's estimated that 600-700 credit and debit card transactions are made in relation to holiday shopping and preparation every single second. That is absolutely astronomical! If you are one of the brave souls heading out into the wild Calgary streets this evening to finish your holiday shopping, we've got some tips for you:

1). Make a list, check it twice. Head to the stores with what you need in mind, and make sure the shops you'll be visiting have your items in stock. This will save you the stress of going from shop to shop, wandering around lost and confused. This will also help you budget out how much you'll be spending and

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Tis the season for... buying a new home?

Here is a hot insiders tip about the real estate market: buying a home right before the end of the year has major benefits. Here are three:

1). Tax Savings: Realtor.com puts it this way, “if you close by December 31, you can deduct mortgage interest, property taxes, points on your loan and interest costs. These deductions are significant, especially in the early years of your loan when you’re paying off a lot of interest.” What’s not to love?

2). Motivated Builders & Sellers: Sellers and builders will want to close a deal before the end of the end of the year. For sellers, this is so that they too can take advantage of tax breaks on their home. For builders, they will want to close on as many

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In Calgary we are blessed (and somewhat stressed) to get all four seasons. It means that in the spring we get rain and fresh blooms, that the summer brings hot sunny days, the in the fall we can walk through crunchy golden leaves, and that in the winter we get a blanket of snow over beautiful Calgary. In many other places in the world, they are lucky to experience two seasons, let alone all four. 

Because we get all four seasons, Calgary has worked hard to make sure that there are activity opportunities for residents no matter what the weather looks like outside. One way they have done this is by efficiently transforming sites from season to season, adapting to each new need. The best example of this is the Bowness Lagoon. 

The Bowness Lagoon

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With Christmas quickly approaching many people are preparing to leave for vacation. Along with making sure you pack enough pairs of socks and that book you’ve been meaning to read, make sure that you also prepare your home for your absence. The most important thing you need to do to keep your home safe over the holidays is to make it appear occupied and well looked after. There are a number of ways you can do this:

Leave A Light On: Leaving a light on makes it look like someone is always home. Leaving a light on all the time is not very energy efficient, though. This is why we recommend investing in a light that you can control via your smartphone to turn on and off at certain times while you are away.

Turn On The Radio: Leaving a radio on is

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Custom built by a small, high quality, craftsman builder. This intricate detailed open concept 2 story features a fully developed walk-out offering dramatic south valley escarpment views!! Tons of square footage of tastefully developed living space, 4 bedrooms & 3.5 baths. Main floor features a gorgeous contemporary kitchen complete with quartz counter tops, engineered hardwood floors, a gas fireplace, huge windows and large, sunny, south facing, rear deck. The upper level boasts 3 large bedrooms, enjoy the amazing south views from master bedroom complete with a walk-in closet & spa like 5 piece master ensuite and upstairs laundry! Natural sunlight floods in the fully developed walk-out, large wet bar in the family room, 4th bedroom & 4-pce bath!

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'Tis the season for celebrating the holidays. December in Calgary, Alberta, Canada has many events in celebration of Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and more. If you are wanting to explore all that Calgary has to offer, December is a great time to do it. Enjoy the outdoor craft markets, free skates, tasty treats and more!

December 1 - 23 A Christmas Carol
December 1 - January 5 Zoolights
December 2 Hanukkah
December 2 Beginning of Advent
December 6 Loft Speaker Series: Holiday Hospitality
December 6 - 9 Make It Calgary
December 7 Dave Kelly Live
December 7 - 16 Market Collective
December 8 Bowness Annual Holiday Dinner
December 9 Teddy Bear Toss
December 9 Holiday Fest 'n' Film
December 9 Northwestival
December 14 Bowness JellyBean Dance
December 14 - 16 She

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This is a spectacular three bedroom, 1122 square foot, bungalow character home. It sits on a large mature treed lot backing onto beautiful Bowness Park! There are original maple floors through out the main floor, wide baseboards and an ornate claw tub, all of which are a only few of the numerous character features in this house! Upstairs features large windows accentuating the beautiful Bowness Park views. The lower level needs some TLC but is well worth the effort, and there is a large sized single attached garage. Fantastic location only half a block from the Bow River, bike paths, short commute downtown, close to UofC, Foothills & Children's Hospitals, easy access to COP and west to the mountains! Priced to sell!

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The Calgary Real Estate Board has released their latest market statistics for the City of Calgary! Here are the highlights:

  • November sales in the city totaled 1,171 units, which is below long-term averages So far in 2018, there have been 15,349 units sold in Calgary. This is 20 per cent below long-term averages and a 14 per cent decline over last year.
  • There was a seven per cent ease in new listings this November compared to last year, preventing more inventory gains. Currently, there are 6,501 units available in Calgary. This is good, but still 32 per cent higher than typical averages for November. 
  • In November, the citywide benchmark price was $422,600. This is three per cent below averages and one per cent lower than last month's
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