Calgary Real Estate Blog

A home is quite possibly the largest investment you will make in your lifetime. That's why when it comes to selling your home, it's important to make sure you do everything you can to ensure a smooth, lucrative transaction.

It is important to have an expert on hand when selling your home to garner the best offer possible for your house and to negotiate the best price when an offer is written. Real estate agents can help you get the top dollar for your house through in-depth knowledge of the market and where your home stands in it.

The Canadian real estate market is booming with foreigners and natives buying up homes that are listed with savvy marketing and professional photography. When wondering, "How do I sell my house?" enlist the best agents in

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Have you ever walked into a home and instantly known it was "the one"? If that's happened to you, staging was probably a large part of that instant attraction.

An article posted by The Canadian Real Estate Association indicates professionals from the home staging and real estate industries are working together with greater frequency.

Some agents even include a home staging consultant as part of their services.

Many Calgary REALTORS® will offer you the same advice. Since there's no doubt staging is one of the keys to selling success, we've developed a checklist that will take some of the stress out of staging and even introduce a little bit of fun.

1. Declutter

While we know your family photos and tiny heirlooms are not clutter, potential

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Why Use a Calgary Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home?

After years in recession, price decline and a gloomy outlook, the Calgary real estate market is bouncing back, especially for free-standing homes. You're thinking it's time to sell.

You're thinking it's time to sell, but should you do it alone? Do you really need a Calgary real estate agent?

The answer to this is "yes". Read on to see why.

1. Set the Right Valuation

It all starts with figuring out what your home is worth. This can be more difficult than it seems.

You can easily see what homes are selling for, but you may not have access to what that home actually sold for. The two numbers can be very different.

Setting the wrong valuation can mean that you either sell it for

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No matter which way you look at it, buying a home is a major investment. For many homebuyers, however, it can be an even more expensive process than it needs if they are trapped by:

  • Paying too much for the home they want,
  • Losing their dream home to another buyer, or
  • (Worse) buying the wrong home for their needs.

A systemized approach to the home buying process can help you steer clear of these common traps, allowing you to not only cut costs but also secure the home that’s best for you.

This important report discusses the nine most common and costly of these homebuyer traps, how to identify them, and what you can do to avoid them.

1.    Bidding Blind 

  • What price should you offer when you bid on a home?
  • Is the seller’s
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Costly Mistakes to Avoid when Buying a Home in Calgary

So you’ve finally decided to buy your next home. Problem is while you were making up your mind, other fence sitters jumped into the home market too. Now you may be facing some competition for the best property home listings.

What to do? Just because there are other buyers in the housing market doesn't mean you can’t come away with your dream house. But to be a successful buyer in today’s real estate market you’re going to need help. This is where Tom’s experience can help you avoid costly mistakes when buying a home.

Your best move is to know a few inside real estate tricks. The following tested tips will increase your market savvy and sharpen your competitive position. You’ll then be ready

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6 Must Know Tips for Trading Up to a Larger Home

Unlike the experience of buying a first home, when you’re looking to move-up and already own a home, there are certain factors that can complicate the situation. It’s very important for you to consider these issues before you list your home for sale.

Not only is there the issue of financing to consider, but you also have to sell your present home at exactly the right time in order to avoid either the financial burden of owning two homes or, just as bad, the dilemma of having no place to live during the gap between closings.

Six Common Mistakes

In this report, we outline the six most common mistakes homeowners make when moving to a larger home. Knowledge of these six mistakes, and the strategies

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How Much Should I Expect to Pay on Closing Costs

Whether you’re looking to buy your first home, or trading up to a larger one, you probably are wondering how much are closing costs for a house in Calgary.  There are many costs – on top of the purchase price – that you must figure into your calculation of affordability. These extra fees, such as taxes and other additional costs, could surprise you with an unwanted financial nightmare on closing day if you’re not informed and prepared on how much to expect to pay on closing costs.

Some of these costs are one-time fixed payments, while others represent an ongoing monthly or yearly commitment. Not all of these costs will apply in every situation; however, it’s better to know about them ahead of time so

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Mortgage regulations have changed significantly in Calgary over the last few years, making your options wider than ever. Subtle changes in the way you approach mortgage shopping, and even small differences in the way you structure your mortgage, can cost or save you literally thousands of dollars and years of expense.  We have compiled this list of 6 Calgary home buyer mortgage tips. Get the Right Information about mortgages Whether you are about to buy your first home, or are planning to make a move to your next home, it is critical that you inform yourself about the factors involved. Industry research has revealed that there are 6 common mistakes that most homebuyers make in mortgage shopping that can have a significant impact on the outcome of this

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If you’re like most people shopping for a home in Calgary, you’re probably trying to match a home that fits your needs perfectly, with the lowest possible price. As one of the most expensive purchases you’ll ever make, you stand to save thousands of dollars by following some simple guidelines.

When looking for a home yourself, it’s important to know how previous successful homebuyers have purchased their homes for thousands of dollars below a seller’s asking price. Skills like negotiation are essential, but the fundamentals are often overlooked. This report will cover the following:

  • Steps to saving thousands when you buy a home
  • How sellers price their homes

Going into the home-buying process with some basic knowledge in the area can make

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From basement suites to full houses, renting is a huge business in Calgary. If you currently rent, you know that paying out those hundreds - thousands of dollars every month to line the pockets of your landlord is not a pleasant task.  It's time to stop paying rent and become a homeowner.  However, like most renters, you probably feel stuck in a home that isn't even yours simply because you can't save up that down payment for your own home.

Stop Paying Rent in Calgary and Become a Homeowner

This report contains details on how you can stop paying rent and start contributing to your own financial future. By knowing some valuable information about the Calgary real estate industry, as well as some tips and tricks about property ownership, you'll be able

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