Congratulations on your new home! The closing negotiations are finished, the keys are yours, the boxes are unpacked, and your name is now proudly displayed on the mailbox. Buying a home is a major milestone in a person's life, we are so happy for you. You have worked hard to get to this moment, so make sure you celebrate. If you worked with us, thank you for being one of our valued clients! We look forward to a long-lasting professional relationship with you.
As you get more settled on your new turf, you are going to start feeling one of two ways. First, you may understand, potentially for the first time ever, the age-old adage of 'home sweet home.' You will be able to breathe easy knowing this is where you have landed, looking forward to many,
The forecast is in! The Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB®) reports, “increased sales and easing new listings reduced housing inventories in August. Sales were primarily driven by homes priced below $500,000.” The sale of homes priced under $500,000 kept the market from suffering, even though higher price range homes didn’t experience as much activity.
CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie reports on the economy, “employment numbers have been improving, but mostly in industries that are traditionally lower paid. This is contributing to the shift that we are seeing in the housing market, with growth being limited to product priced below $500,000.” The jobs available are not ones that afford people the luxury of buying a home, but typically once these
We know you have seen the ads. Billboards proclaim 'WE WILL BUY YOUR HOME!' or 'Home Not Selling? Let us Buy!' These renegade real estate companies promise that if your home does not sell within a set number of days, they will buy it from you. It sounds like a good deal, but it really does not benefit you unless it is absolutely essential you be rid of your property right away. Here is why:
Typically the contracts for these deals state that the company will list your home for an agreed upon price for an agreed upon time. If your home does not sell within that amount of time, they will buy it from you for a different price. As previously mentioned, if it is crucial that you sell your home in the next sixty days these types of deals can be a last
Summers around Calgary are a little slower. Instead of walking as quickly as possible through the snowy streets, people take their time to enjoy the smell of a freshly cut lawn and lilacs. Instead of hurrying home after work to hibernate, wings and drinks on the patio are on the itinerary. Instead of binging an entire season of something on Netflix in one sitting, people are getting on their feet and going on adventures. Another thing that has slowed down this summer? The real estate market.
Calgary has been staunchly in a buyer’s market for a number of months now. Inventory levels were high, without the sales to help balance out the market. This was caused by the economy taking a hit, which had the effect of preventing people from being able to
There are many benefits that come with owning a home. It diversifies your investment portfolio, puts a roof over your head, allows you to gain equity and so much more. One of the downsides? It keeps you tethered to one spot; unless you are Captain Richard Deane, the Superintendent of Fort Calgary. Captain Deane didn't let anything stop him from moving the Deane House in 1926 across the Elbow river to where it sits today. They used logs to literally roll the house across the river!
All this being said, rolling a house across a river is not for everyone. So instead, why don't you roll up with a house on wheels: a Recreational Vehicle (RV). Many people are turning to RVs as a way to own a home that they can take with them on the road! Popular blogger
Open Houses are constantly happening all over the city. There are so many ways you can find an open house to visit: you can ask your realtor to take you to them, check local ads and roadside signs for house showings, follow word of mouth recommendations, google it, etc. An Open House is a great opportunity to see what is on the market, whether you are thinking of buying or selling. Plus, it can be fun to peak inside other people's homes.
When you go to an Open House, you need to come up with a clear game plan. Start by answering this simple question:
What do I hope to get out of this?
If you want to simply explore various properties for fun, that is completely fine! Make sure that when you do this you are considerate of the people who are
What is summer solstice? This year it falls on today, June 21st. It marks the official start of the summer. National Geographic writes, "solstices occur because Earth’s axis of rotation is tilted about 23.4 degrees relative to Earth's orbit around the sun. This tilt is what drives our planet's seasons, as the Northern and Southern Hemispheres get unequal amounts of sunlight over the course of a year. From March to September, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted more toward the sun, driving its spring and summer. From September to March, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away, so it feels autumn and winter. The Southern Hemisphere's seasons are reversed."
Throughout history different places and cultures have marked
In the summertime everything comes to life. The trees start growing their leaves, the flowers start blooming, animals come out of hibernation and people start turning off Netflix and heading outside. With the sun out longer and holiday time banked, the summer becomes the perfect time to tackle that big project, have cold drinks on the patio, spend time with the family and, for many people, move.
That's right, while the springtime is when many homes get listed for sale in Calgary, Alberta, possession often happens during the summertime. This is because with such nice weather and more holidays, it is easier for people to move out of their old homes and into their new homes. If you are one of these people, we have 3 tips to help the process go
I feel incredibly honoured to receive the news that I ranked #24 in all of RE/MAX Western Canada and #2 at the #1 RE/MAX Office Worldwide, RE/MAX Real Estate (Central) for sales volume in the month of March 2019. I couldn’t have done it without my amazing team, loyal clients, and my wonderful family and friends. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support!
Ken Richter RE/MAX Real Estate (Central)
It is starting to feel like spring in Calgary, Alberta; and not just because the snow is melting and the grass is turning green. It feels like spring because the real estate market is starting to see movement again, a sign that brighter days are on the horizon. Given the circumstances one thing is becoming
It's that time of the year again... the Calgary Real Estate Board has released their latest market statistics summary. This one goes over everything that happened in the Calgary real estate market during this last month of March. Did St. Patrick's day bring the Calgary real estate market some good ol' Irish Luck? Read on to find out.
If this is your first time reading these stats, here is what you need to know: ever since the last oil crash that hit Alberta's economy hard, the Calgary real estate market has been struggling to recover. As people lost their jobs, couldn't find jobs, were forced to go further in debt and drained their savings, owning a home became a distant memory or a dream, but not a reality.
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