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As a home owner, you might be tempted to follow certain trends in kitchen design. However, there are certain kitchen trends which you would be better off not following. Let us look at some of them.

A previous popular trend that you should maybe avoid is installing the microwave over the cooker. Many builders used it because it was seen to save space. The main problem with doing that is accessibility and it makes it difficult for short individuals, children and the disabled to use their microwave. A more ideal place to put it is under the counter.

Another older trend was putting pot racks over the island in your kitchen. It is better to store away pots and pans in drawers than go for pot racks. With the pot racks gone there is more of an open feel to the kitchen.

Also it is better to go for warm neutral finishes. Not only do such finishes look good, they will never go out of fashion.

Brass kitchen hardware looks great. However, if you want a more ‘modern’ feel,  it would be better to go for satin or brushed nickel finish on your hardware.

A good kitchen has a combination of smart design and high-quality materials. Whether it’s building a new kitchen or renovating an existing kitchen take your time. Don’t make the kitchen too dark with dark floors, dark granite and dark units. Keep it light, fresh, open, and a joy to be in. And remember white cabinets are making a comeback! Just don’t cheap out on the modern hardware.

The main thing is to enjoy it !

BUYING A HOME

by Stewart J Lowe & Associates

Buying a home:

1:  The Pre Approval

Arrange a meeting with your Mortgage person and get things moving by filling out your application. Be prepared and take with you income verification, an employment letter and confirmation of your down payment.  Be sure ask exactly what the lender will need ahead of time and once approved, ask for a Pre Approval Letter of confirmation.

2: View Homes & Condos

Work on which are your preferred areas and what is your maximum budget and we will email you the active listings within those areas and parameters. At a time/date that works for both of us we will set up a tour of all the properties that fit your criteria and you want to see.

3: Selecting Your New Home

Most people go with their “gut feeling” when they enter the home they really like. Once they are inside then we start to tick the boxes. The location will of been decided beforehand and logistics for work, schools etc already decided. Once we we the short list we can second view and be “objective” does it REALLY work and shall we make an offer.

4:  Putting In The Offer

Our offer will be based on relevant comparable sold’s in the area, time on the market and upgrades to the property. We will have a “Starting Point” this can’t be too low because you want the seller not to dismiss your offer, but to work with you so that both sides are happy. Our goal is to achieve the best terms and  price for our clients, based on our combined 24 years experience.

5:  Offer Accepted

The offer is firstly accepted on price, we add to that our conditions and possession date. The most common conditions are usually Financing, Home Inspection and (or) Condo Document Review, and sometimes review of Bye-Laws if applicable. In a Rural Property Purchase we could add to this Septic Inspection, Well Inspection & Water Analysis (or Co-op Water Analysis if applicable). Usually our length of condition period would be 10-14 business days before we remove our conditions after we are satisfied.  After all is accepted we are in the condition period and need to set up all inspections and reviews.

6:  Removing Conditions

All our conditions have been met, if a few smaller things pop up during the Home Inspection we will amend the contract to have the seller put them right before our “Walkthrough” prior to possession. (usually 48 hours)

7:  All documents To the Lawyers Office

We will see that all documents are sent to your lawyer’s office as soon as possible. You will then arrange to meet with your lawyer, usually 7-10 days before possession to sign all the required paperwork. Make sure you bring a check or your credit card as the lawyer will be making adjustments for down payments and work done as previously agreed with them.

8:  Keys are Releasable

We will make arrangements to meet you at your new home for the “Walkthrough” and we also meet you there when Keys are released by the Home selling guide Lawyer on possession day. The only thing we suggest is not to book your Telus/Shaw or removal company until the next day, in case there are any hold ups, it doesn’t often happen, but it can.

Then you can just enjoy your new home!!

 

Call us to discuss your options  403.850.0669

Stewart

DREAM HOME FINANCING IN CALGARY - JENCOR

by Stewart J Lowe & Associates

 

Many people spend years dreaming about building a custom home – from sketching where their bathrooms will be located to driving past hundreds of brick homes looking for just the right colour of red or brown brick. These dreams are part of what makes home ownership so special, and it adds to the excitement when you are able to build a home to your specifications that will meet your needs exactly.​

Melissa Legault | Mortgage Advisor - Jencor Mortgage
Cell: 403-862-6909 | Fax: 1-866-890-8567 | Email: melissamortgages@gmail.com
Website: http://www.jencormortgage.com |   www.mortgageloanscalgary.ca

 

5 THINGS ABOUT CALGARY’S HOUSING MARKET

by Stewart J Lowe & Associates

By the numbers

Calgary’s housing market has remained relatively unchanged this spring. With reoccurring year-over-year sales declines and benchmark price reductions receiving most of the attention, CREB®Now takes a closer look at some of the overlooked numbers to come out of the city’s real estate market.


 

Year-to-date sales in Airdrie eased by nearly eight per cent over last year’s levels to 405 transactions, but remained higher than long-term averages, the board recently reported in its monthly regional roundup.


Housing Optimism Hits Two-Year High as Canadian Confidence Rises

by Stewart J Lowe & Associates

Optimism for housing prices in Canada has reached a two-year high as consumer confidence continues its upward march.
The share of Canadians expecting home prices to increase in their neighborhoods over the next six months rose to 43.3 percent last week, the highest level since October 2014.


 

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Calgary AB T3B 4Z1
Direct: 403-850-0669
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