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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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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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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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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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With flurries cooling off the last of our autumn days here in Calgary, people are preparing to settle into autumn and get cozy. With this feeling comes the desire to nest--to make your home feel more like home in preparation for a new season. Whether you are new to your home or not, here are some things you can do to help you feel more settled following a transition in the seasons. 

  • Finish unpacking. Everyone has at least one box in their home that they have neglected since moving. Friends, now is the time to unpack it once and for all. Finish moving into your home by unpacking any boxes you have. It will help you feel organized and in control. While you're at it, go through that one drawer you throw everything in and find a proper place for its
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A great way to make money out of an investment property or a recreational property is to rent it out. The rental market is big in Calgary, because many people seek temporary residence here before buying. Calgary also has a massive student population, many of which need spaces to rent for the school year and summertime. This means that if you have a nice property, you can easily make money that will help you repay what you spent on the space.

Secondary suites will add tremendous value to your property should you sell one day, and are a fantastic way to help pay off your mortgage faster. There are many rules and regulations you need to be aware of if you want to rent out a legal suite, so make sure you do some research!

It is easy enough to find

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Explore our website! We have added some helpful features to make your search better. Here are some highlights:

Refine Search: On the search page there is a “Refine Search” option that allows you to select specific property details, such as amenities, number of bathrooms, property type and area. You can save and title your refined search to easily apply it to future searches. Every time you select one of your saved searches, your pre-selected search criteria will be applied to the listings.

Save Your Favorites: Did you know that you can save your favorite properties for quick viewing later? If you select the heart button when you're looking at a property, that property will be added to your Favorites folder. You can reach this folder by clicking

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When preparing to buy a home, most people can not make the purchase outright in cash. It is totally normally and acceptable to see a mortgage. As you go through the process of getting pre-approved for a mortgage so that you know what your home budget is, the bank is going to do something very important: a credit check. If you're thinking about buying a home but know your credit score won't be good enough, here are some ways you can improve it:

  • Monitor your monthly payments closely! Make sure you are always paying your bills on time, that you are meeting your minimum payments and that you don't skip paying a bill even if it's in dispute. There are helpful apps out there, such as Mint, that can help you keep track of payment deadlines, goals,
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Remembrance Day is this weekend on November 11th. In honor of this significant day in Canadian history, here is the history behind the poppy: 

In 1915 Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian soldier, wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields." He did so on the battlefront of Ypres, Belgium during the first world war after seeing his dear friend, Alexis Helmer, killed by a German bomb. The poem was a reflection on war, loss, perseverance and the poppies that grew atop the graves of the fallen. Many soldiers recalled the hope these blossoming poppies gave them, that even after death something beautiful could grow. 

In 1918 Moina Michael, inspired my McCrae's poem, vowed to always wear a red poppy in remembrance of those who served in the war. During a

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The October Calgary Real Estate Statistics Summary is officially available!

Here are some key points from this months statistics report:

  • Inventory levels in Calgary are up, sales in Calgary are down. This continues to put downward pressure on prices.
  • Citywide benchmark prices for October totaled $426,300, which is the fifth consecutive month there prices have been in decline.
  • Benchmark prices now sit at 2.9 per cent below year-over-year averages.
  • In October there were 7,345 properties on the market.
  • In October there were 1,322 sales across the City of Calgary.
  • Months of supply is now 5.6, well above levels typical of this time of the year. 
  • Lower price ranges are seen sales improvement
  • High end price ranges have had
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