It is officially fall in Calgary, Alberta! The leaves have all turned yellow, red and gold, a chill is in the air, pumpkins are being sold in stores and, most noticeably, the city experienced it's first snowfall! Someone once wrote, "autumn kissed summer goodbye with the tenderest of touch." Our transition from summer to fall may not have been that tender, but thankfully things won't get too snowed in for awhile yet.
The fall is a really exciting time in real estate! Something a lot of people don't know is that even though people are getting more settled in for the winter, this is an incredibly active time in the market. If you're still looking for Calgary homes for sale now is an excellent time to get plugged into the market. This is because as
Making the decision to find a retirement home can be difficult financially and emotionally. The reason? For most this means moving away from a home they have had for many years.
One local Calgarian described how difficult it was to make the decision to sell the home she had lived in with her late husband for over thirty years. They had made so many memories in that house, and poured their whole hearts into it. She noted that while leaving was hard, the transition gave her freedom to move into the next stage of life, onto the next adventure. Now she lives in a condo near her grandkids that has given her the financial and physical freedom to travel and spend more quality time with her family. She said the decision to find a retirement home was
Beginner homes hold a lot of memories. They were your first major property purchase, where you paid your first mortgage, where you learned exactly what it means to be a homeowner, where you first put nails in the wall and flowers in the garden, where you began to create the life you have now. Some people buy their first home and stay there for their entire life; others buy their first home and then eventually move onto something else. It can be hard to know when it's time for that next big step: to upgrade, or downsize, depending on your situation.
Have you outgrown your starter home? Your biggest indicator of this has to do with space.
When families have more children, or an elderly parent moves in with them, they often need extra space
Infills are becoming increasingly popular for homeowners across the world. An infill is a home that is built on an existing property lot, often following the destruction of an older structure. Infills are new homes in old neighbourhoods. As the subarbs sprawl further and further away from city centres, infills are becoming an increasingly attractive option for homeowners looking to remain central.
Here at Team Ken Richter we serve homeowners all across the city, but specialize in the communities of Bowness and Montgomery. These two communities are rich in history and thus filled with old structures. Therefore, infills have become very popular for people wanting to own property in the area but who are seeking more modern structures. If you’re thinking
Nothing says summer quite like sitting by the lake with a cold drink in one hand and a good book in the other. The air that sweeps over the water is cool and refreshing, the sound of the shore summer's best symphony. Dig your toes into the sand and wade through the water. If summer was something tangible, this would be it.
Does this all sound like a beautiful dream from a faraway place? A little too exotic for dry Alberta? For a long time it was nothing more than a pipedream. The only solution was to buy a vacation home someplace like Arizona or Radium. However, innovators quickly found a sweet solution: lakefront living.
One of the most popular trends in real estate is crafting communities around man-made lakes to provide family's the…
Finding a new home can be difficult. The process can be emotional. After all, this is a major life decision. This why it is so important that you partner with a licensed, experienced real estate agent like us. Ken has been working in this industry for over 30 years and understands everything that needs to go into making this major decision. He will always be looking out for your best interests and will make sure you are informed and protected throughout the entire process. Call him today at 403.630.6363 to discuss your real estate needs!
Deciding on a home is major. After walking through different properties, doing research on the areas and starting to imagine what all your furniture would look like different homes, making a final decision can be
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines downsizing as "undergoing a reduction in size." Downsizing is sometimes used as a negative--a company may let go employees when forced to downsize due to a bad bottom line--but sometimes used as a positive--like when we clear out the clutter in our life. There are also positives and negatives when it comes to downsizing our home.
Buying a smaller home can be as liberating as it is hard work. However, if it is what is best for you and your family, it is worth it. If you are contemplating downsizing to a smaller home, make sure you think through the following carefully.
Positives to Downsizing:
Home maintenance ease (both indoors and outdoors).
"Walk Score" is a real estate term that gets thrown around a lot, but is rarely ever defined. So what is this all-important walk score? A walk score is a score an address is given between 0 and 100 regarding how friendly the area is based on walkability. Variables that go into calculating this score are:
Area safety & Crime Rates
Nearby Transit & Bike Routes
Proximity to essential services such as Grocery stores, pharmacies, schools and businesses
Composition of land (Hills, Forests, Plains, etc.)
A walk score is a fast way for potential buyers to see how, essentially, accessible their new home is based on location.
Having a high walk score is often exalted as a wonderful thing, but having a low walk score is not necessarily
We have all heard the phrase "this house has good bones." Those of us who watch HGTV know that a house having "good bones" is often used as a way to convince buyers that the property could be something wonderful, even though it is in need of a major makeover. A couple will walk into a derelict home, the wall paper stripped, ceiling beams exposed, stepping around holes in the floor, and their HGTV expert will say, "I know, I know. But it has good bones!"
The reality is that most houses that look like a mess are a mess. Not every decrepit home has "good bones"; in fact, not every nice home has good bones! Rarely will you be able to tell what kind of bones a home has without the eye of a home inspector. These professionals see through the grime and
Congratulations on finding your new home sweet home! Sometimes finding the right house can be a long, complex process. You can breathe easy now: the paperwork is signed, the mortgage approved, and the keys are in your hand. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life and we couldn't be more excited for you.
Settling into your new home is similar to settling into a new season. With spring upon us here in Calgary, everyone is looking for a fresh start. We are adjusting to the new sunlight hours, clearing out the garage for a deep clean, taking down winter décor and pulling out the pastels and florals, and just generally preparing for something new. Lucky for you, a fresh start is inevitable.
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