So we have done all the current research - looked at homes that are available in Calgary and Area. Compared the area and community actives and solds, price per sq ft, days on the market and history of the home. And we have narrowed down your top six! - one of them could be yours – as long as you make the right offer!
So how do we make the right offer? That’s a very important question to consider.
Consider that even in a Sellers market in Calgary, if you offer too low, you risk the seller turning you down flat. You may not even get a chance to make a second offer. No counter from the seller means your offer is dead. If there is a lot of interest in the home, yours may be at the bottom of the pile!
If your offer is too high, you could leave a few thousand dollars on the table... money that you could have been used for other important things, like renovations or a family vacation.
So before deciding how much to offer for a home you would like, it is time for a team talk! With 17 years in Calgary Real Estate you can have the comfort of knowing you are in good, experienced hands.
We will discuss what goes into a good offer and other ways to strengthen your offer. Sometimes a slightly lower offer that has good conditions that work for the seller (possession date etc.) can be more appealing. A pre-approved mortgage letter from your lender is huge, to go with your finance condition.
Remember, it is good to work with the seller to make it a win-win for both parties.
So we need to talk
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TIPS TO SELL YOUR CALGARY HOME– FLOORING
If you have noticed certain problems in your Calgary home’s flooring – due to wear and tear, there are certain economical fixes which you could try before deciding on new floors. Carpet is a different fix, here we look at Hardwood and Laminate.
1) How about using nail polish with a shade that resembles the colour of the tile to cover up with scratches. But remember it is always best to have spare tiles safely stored away – after all, problems may crop up which simple glue or nail polish cannot fix.
2) Laminate flooring is strong and durable, you could use floor fillers provided by the manufacturer to fix the scratches. For marks left by furniture, you could use nail polish remover or Glue Gone. If the marks are a little too stubborn, try using a pencil eraser. If it’s vinyl flooring, you could use a spare piece of vinyl and sand it to produce a little powder. Mix clear nail polish with this powder and apply it on the burns in vinyl flooring.
3) If you are planning on selling your home in the near future, and you feel that flaws in the flooring may be beyond economical floor-fixing, you could consider re-flooring. However, you do not need to re-floor the entire house, but only a few key areas. But if you do go for re-flooring the key areas, do not try to attempt cost-cutting by compromising on quality. It is a good investment.
4) Re-flooring key areas of your home is one of those few home improvement projects which come with high chances of recouping the costs of investment. For the other areas of your Calgary home, you could go for simple and economical floor-fixing.
We can always advise you before if you are thinking of selling 403-850-0669
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It is a good time to buy, sellers are still competitive in their pricing and as the market starts to slowly climb back and inventory is steady , you can get a great home at a great price. For many people owning their own home is still a dream, but you will need a good team behind you, you can get most information on the internet, but you can’t get experience!
With today’s mortgage requirements and the down payment you will need, buying a challenge, even with interest rates low. As a new buyer you may have to compromise, here are a few things we can suggest.
We can are here to help you with any concerns you may have; Call Stu Direct 403-850-0669
Thinking about saving money on Energy?
Do you wonder how you can save on your home energy bills? It's easier than you think and doesn't have to cost you a fortune. Upfront options may have larger costs but will pay for themselves pretty quickly. Below are a few things to consider to conserve energy in your home.
Why Not Insulate Your Home Better
The first thing to do is to stop the heat going out, by checking your roof insulation. It is always a good idea to look at what you have, older homes may have poor insulation and maybe you could upgrade it. Most people don't realize that their home isn't as efficient and the heat they are pumping in is going out up through the roof!
Keep Checking Your Thermostat
It may be time to upgrade your programmable thermostat. That can give you the ability to set the times it comes on or off or up and down. It depends on your schedule but you just set and forget it, but remember to alter it when the clocks change!. These days there are systems like Nest that you can be linked to your phone. Imagine being in control of your home heat or AC when your away on holiday!.
Do You Have Ceiling Fans?
Ceiling fans can help you save energy, they move the air around your home. This increases circulation allowing your furnace or air conditioner to run less. Ceiling fans aren't only useful in the summer, most have a setting for winter, which pushes the air down, so the heat is more efficient.
Check Your Appliances and Fixtures
If your buying make sure it is an energy-efficient dishwasher or washing machine. These will use less water to get your dishes or clothes clean. Water conservation is still important and low-flow toilets or showerheads are a good idea to.
How About Changing Your Light bulbs
Simply by changing out your light bulbs from the old ones can help, LED light bulbs are much more affordable than they once were, and they use a fraction of the energy. They also last longer, which helps in the long term.
There are a lot of plus points to buying a home in Calgary in the winter. The first thing people say is “If you like it in the winter, you will love it in the summer”
In the winter months there is usually less inventory on the market, so buyers, especially new to Calgary buyers, have less to choose from. Instead of 12 that fit their criteria they only have 4 and will buy one of those. Most sellers want to wait till spring “when the snow is gone and the grass is green” but what they sometimes miss, is that there is a lot more competition.
It even applies to the Christmas period. If a seller gets showings over the Christmas holidays in Calgary they are usually keen buyers. And with 24 hour notice to show, it doesn’t have to be a total inconvenience. Not even the keenest buyer will want to see houses on Christmas Day, they respect the day and family time.
Here is another thought, some buyers like to see a home in winter with the leaves off the trees so they can really see what they are buying!
Just a few thoughts for buying in winter!
1. Lots of Space.
2. Looking out your windows and not being too close to your neighbors
3. You can be as loud as you like.
4. Less Traffic Noise ! (Listen to the silence)
5. Listen to the quietness
6. You don’t have to shovel sidewalk snow.
7. Lots of parking if you have more than one car
8. Feeling like you own a big piece of Canada
9. Clear open big skies
10. Did we mention Space!!