Calgary Bowness Montgomery Real Estate Home News - Blog Archive: April, 2018

Own a property on the ever popular Bowness Road!

With all the new recently installed bike lanes, trendy restaurants and recently upgraded walk scores, Bowness is quickly becoming one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in the city.

Do not miss out on this redevelopment site! Large 50x120 R-C2 corner lot, a prime location for the City of Calgary's new Main Streets (potential) up-zoning requirements to multi-family. This 1932 Character bungalow is in need of a little tender loving care. This property is not in the flood zone nor did it flood.

Hurry on this one! 

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Ken Richter is a trusted name in Calgary real estate; his experience is your advantage. Ken and his Home Selling Team are…

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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…

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When you are preparing to sell your home, getting a CMA is crucial in determining the worth of your home and what a good asking price will be. So what is a CMA?

CMA stands for Comparative Market Analysis. A CMA is used by realtors to calculate the market value of a property they are selling before they list it. As a homeowner, you may have some idea of what your home is worth based on your own knowledge of the area and property itself. However, we highly suggest you have a real estate professional, such as ourselves, complete an official CMA for you. It will be your second greatest asset in the selling process; the first greatest asset being us, your real estate agent!

A lot goes into a CMA, such as:

Location: Where is your property located?…

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Welcome home!

This fantastic 5 bedroom family home offers approximately 3000 square feet of completely developed, very functional, modern living space! Located on a quiet cul-de-sac, this large, two story split features 1250 square feet on the main level & a fully developed lower level. This property includes a grand open staircase complete with vaulted ceilings, real hardwood flooring, an open concept kitchen with granite counters, a large center island, a pantry & breakfast nook, an adjoining family room complete with a wood burning fireplace & a custom oak built-in feature wall.

The main floor also has a laundry room and a fourth bedroom/den. The Upper level includes a large master bedroom & 5 piece ensuite with a jet tub and 2 more spacious…

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March 20th was the first official day of spring. Crazy, right? Since then we have had a number of snowstorms and cloudy skies, most notably yesterday when it snowed all day long. The good news? The snow was wet and heavy, and the heat of the sunshine today has already begun to melt it. While Mother Nature seems to want to keep winter around, the sun is on our side. Thank goodness!

Regardless of how high our snow piles still are, the beautiful reality is that it is, in fact, spring. Around this time is when our homes transition out of winter. We begin to pack away our snow pants and mittens (with a knock on wood), any remaining Christmas lights get taken down, moody blues and rich reds are replaced with pastels, and we decide to force spring into…

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Customize your own home!

This property is currently under construction (pictures from a similar unit by the same builder), so if you act fast, you could have a say in interior finishes such as cabinets and flooring.

The floor plan for this property is wide open with a walk-out and southern exposure. With a total of 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms, living space is plentiful. Gorgeous views! Expect nothing but the best from this quality local builder who has consistently produced high-end modern homes.

Close to all amenities, across from a playground and Elementary school, a short walk to Notables fine restaurant, minutes from Market Mall, U of C and two hospitals, only a short commute to downtown and easy access west to the mountains.

Plans are…

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It is civic census time!

What even is a civic census? The City of Calgary writes, "The Civic Census is the official count of dwelling units and the population who are living in these units, by the door to door physical collection and recording of data. This count of dwellings and residents may be supplemented yearly with other information such as the periodic age/gender distribution data, etc." The first ever Calgary census took place in 1931! Just think about how much Calgary has grown in the last year; can you imagine how different our results today will be from the results back then? 

A census does more than simply count how many people currently live in the city. The information gathered from the census "is used by The City for a variety of…

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Own a home in Bowness with the "cabin by the park!"

A large country kitchen opens up into a bright and modern dining room, partly divided from a spacious living room. With three bedrooms, one of which was an attached garage, and a large fenced in backyard, this home has plenty of pristine living space. Sitting on a south, 50x120 foot R-C1 lot, this is a great opportunity to own a home in the progressively changing inner city community of Bowness. 

This property is across from the river estate homes, an off-leash dog park, a few steps away from a play ground, the river path system and Bowness and Bowmont park. This area did not flood in 2013 and is not in the flood map zone. Close to all amenities, including schools, restaurants,  recreation…

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Calgary Youth Science Fair || April 11th - 14th || Olympic Oval || Where would we be without scientists? We would have no electricity, iphones, vehicles, bridges... The Calgary Youth Science Fair (CYSF) "inspires youth to discover their potential in these STEM fields, attracting bright hardworking students to grow their great ideas into initiatives they can take into the larger world." Support your local prodigies and check out their incredible projects! For more information visit their website here. 

Bowness Mainstreet Planning || April 13th || Irish Cultural Society || Have a say in how your community is being developed. Bowness and Montgomery residents, this meeting is for you! The City of Calgary says, "experts from departments across The City…

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The Calgary housing market in March went exactly as expected. Unfortunately, due to economy not yet being fully recovered and due to stricter lending rules, sales were slow and inventory rose. First quarter sales totaled 3,423 units, which was 24 per cent below long term averages and18 per cent below last year's stats. Months of supply have reached four months. 

The benchmark price for a detached home was $503,800, which may have been 3.6 per cent below highs before the recession, but was one per cent above the lows recorded during the recession. So, there is very modest improvement. 

"Economic conditions are slowly improving, but it has not been enough to outpace the current impact of higher lending rates and more stringent conditions,” said CREB®…

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