Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 2:08am. 968 Views, 0 Comments.
Soon it will be winter in Calgary. That means it’s time to take care of tasks that are yet undone to get your home ready for the season. As you do, keep home safety in mind in addition to preparing your home to weather the elements. Here are five key tips to compare to your checklist as you complete your winter-readiness routine.
Seek out and seal air leaks
Check the caulking and weather-stripping around windows and doors and make sure that gaps are sealed. And don’t forget to check for and seal air leaks in places that are often overlooked such as gaps around the dryer vent, fireplace hearth, attic access door, plumbing in the kitchen and bathrooms, and the openings where utility lines enter your home.
Prevent and prepare for plumbing…
Sunday, September 15th, 2013 at 8:00pm. 891 Views, 0 Comments.
Calgary Real Estate saw a July sales spike in the resale housing market, and statistics for August show that sales are continuing to climb. Pricing is also edging upward.
This information is fueling talk about a possible record-breaking year for the Calgary real estate industry and further trending toward a seller’s market.
How strong was sales growth in July? According to the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB), residential MLS® sales for that month (2,268 properties) were up 17% over July 2012. The benchmark (“typical” property) price of $414,000 was about 7% higher than last year, and number of days on the market was slightly less (39 versus 43).
How is August looking so far? As of mid-month, CREB reported a 26% year-over-year increase in…
Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 5:29pm. 1,382 Views, 0 Comments.
Sometimes sellers ask me of ideas how to improve the saleability of a home, and the advise usually varies in each individual case. But in general it can be all summarized into a short list of things to do..
So, if you're listing your home for sale, then of course you’ll want to make the best impression possible on potential home buyers - and sell your home faster, for more money. But, just to have a little fun, say you don't want to sell your property. What could you do to discourage those who are viewing your home?
Well, you could have your pets in the home during viewings. Dogs or cats, or better yet - snakes and bearded dragons (iguanas). That will certainly make it uncomfortable for some buyers. Especially, if they have certain types of pet…
Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 1:06pm. 1,065 Views, 0 Comments.
When you see a new home you like on the market, it's easy to get distracted by all the features you love – the wrap-around backyard deck or the spacious rec room with plenty of space for entertaining. You just need to make sure that in all that excitement you don’t overlook any expensive maintenance issues that could be just around the corner.
Nothing lasts forever. The major components of every home – from the furnace to the roof shingles – need to be replaced eventually. Knowing when such maintenance issues are likely to arise can help you make a smarter decision about the home you're considering.
How do you do that?
When viewing a property, ask for the age of the major components of the home, such as the roof shingles, furnace, air…
Friday, January 18th, 2013 at 1:45pm. 979 Views, 0 Comments.
Why is it so important to know how much you can afford to spend on a home?
First, you don't want to buy a property and then find out, only after you’ve moved in, that you can't financially maintain it. That would mean having to resell it under stressful conditions.
Second, you don't want to settle for a property that's less than ideal, when you really could have afforded the "dream home" you've always wanted.
So how do you figure out how much you can afford to pay for your next home?
The first step is to talk to a good REALTOR®. He or she will help you gain a clearer understanding of how much your current home will likely sell for in today's market. That amount, together with other financial resources you might have (such as…
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 6:18pm. 1,071 Views, 0 Comments.
When it comes to home security, most homeowners think about door locks and alarms. These are, of course, very important. However, there is also a lot you can do around your property to prevent the possibility of a break-in. One important part of home security is outdoor lighting. Your home doesn't need to be lit up like a baseball diamond at night, but your exterior lighting should illuminate your yard enough to be a deterrent to burglars. Some burglars hide around the property and wait for someone to arrive and open the door so they can use that opportunity to force their way into your home. Security experts suggest that you walk around your property and look for areas where someone could hide, such as behind tall shrubbery like a cedar hedge or…
Monday, October 15th, 2012 at 9:37am. 1,013 Views, 0 Comments.
If you're shopping for a new home, you're probably aware that there will be some costs over and above the purchase price. It makes sense to budget
for these costs so you're not surprised – and unprepared – when you get the bill. Most of these costs fall into a category that the real estate industry calls
"closing costs." The most common types include lawyer’s fees and disbursements, sales taxes (that varies depending on the purchase price for your newly-built home).
In a new home you usually will have an expense of building a fence, laying sod, purchasing blinds (if they were not an option to have), and after all is finished - updating your Real Property Report.
You should also consider other expenses you will incur, such as home insurance and…
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 12:28pm. 1,028 Views, 0 Comments.
A recent article from The Atlantic points out a trend among people of Gen-Y: that there has been a slow, yet steady, decrease in the number of cars and homes they're buying. Should current homeowners be alarmed about potentially lower home values? Absolutely not, and here's why.
Millenials are focused on family. Okay, maybe that's a big leap, but consider this. If the drop in divorce rate is any indication, millenials seem to be focused on either building their own careers, then searching for a spouse, or dedicating time and effort to cultivating a life-long partnership, then getting married (or not getting married at all). That means that, when the time comes to start a family, the people of Generation Y will be, in theory, eager and willing to find a…
Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 at 3:32pm. 1,239 Views, 1 Comments.
Ever felt a little queasy and asked the internet what your symptoms mean? If you have, you probably got the worst diagnosis possible: your tummy bug has suddenly turned into amoebic dysentery and you should head to the nearest hospital immediately! The same thing can happen when you notice a wet patch in your basement and head to the web for answers. There are several scenarios that are best left to the experts, and professional advice and work should be budgeted for in your savings plan. Your REALTOR® has built up a long list of ethical and reliable home care professionals and is happy to give you referrals.
Bugs and rodents can wreak havoc on a house. We heard one story about a woman who was sitting in her kitchen, knitting, when her needle brushed…
Friday, July 20th, 2012 at 3:31pm. 1,217 Views, 0 Comments.
Now that the Calgary Stampede has come and gone, and Calgarians have had time to recover, it's time to get out and about and keep enjoying all the wonderful free and cheap events and amenities this city has to offer in the summertime. Suffering from severe post-Stampede stagnation? Try these fun events in and around Calgary to keep your summer energy levels high!
- Find the food trucks. If you haven't checked out our fair city's awesome food trucks yet, you've been living under a rock! These trendy mobile purveyors of fine fast food cater to all cravings, whether you're seeking gelato, Greek, or gourmet tacos. YYCFoodTrucks.com will show you where the trucks are at any given moment; there's also a Twitter version.
- Spend a day at the zoo. With three