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Nov. 6, 2019

Buying a Calgary Home In Winter

calgary snow

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!

 

#winterbuying #calgarywinterhomes

Posted in Market Updates
Nov. 6, 2019

The Pre-Qualified Advantage

  • Be a Pre-Approved Buyer: A pre-approved buyer always has the advantage in an offer situation. Becoming pre-approved is very easy: you complete your loan application with a credit check prior to beginning your home search process. Pre-approval means that you have actually been approved for the purchase by a lender, which gives you the edge in home purchase negotiating.
  • The Best New Listings: The search process can be both fun and trying. You will notice that some homes sell very fast and others hang around for long periods of time. The best homes at the best prices sell quick. Keeping ahead of everyone else when you are buying is essential. As a professional Real Estate agent I know the market, and always keep you updated.
  • Do The Research: Make yourself a "home value expert." Investigate the communities that you like and the price range the kind of home you are looking for sits in.  We can provide all the "Action" in the community you like (Solds vs Actives) so you know what the market in the area looks like
  • Prove That You Are a Serious Buyer:  With a strong deposit (held in trust) and 5% or more down to let the Seller know that you mean business and you are qualified and ready to go, subject to conditions.
  • Take it Steady: Even in a hot market, we like you to be cool and calculated with your decisions. Our experience after 17+ years will guide you through. Your home purchase may be your single largest investment. We need to get the best deal possible, overpaying now will make it harder to get your value back when you exit.
  • Keep Your Offer Simple and Clean: We always advise our buyers to let us put together a purchase contract that is simple, clean and not bogged down with unnecessary contingencies, especially repairs. If things need putting right we need to keep time frames for repairs to a minimum, but done and verified before walkthrough,before possession. It is not always about the money, the cleaner your offer, the more interested the seller will become. This will help you purchase the property at the best price.
  • We have your back: In today's complex marketplace we provide you with experience and professionalism representing your interests only. No matter how heated the competition or the negotiations, we represent your best interests, keep you from paying too much to help you maximize your investment.

As the home buyer you pay nothing, all real estate commission fees are paid for by the seller.  Text or Call us today and find out how we can help you find the most house for the best price. 

 

Whatever your price range!

 

Posted in Market Updates
Nov. 4, 2019

10 Advantages Of Living On An Acreage

 

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!!

Posted in Market Updates
Nov. 1, 2019

Creb: Homes under $500,000 moving to more balanced conditions

City of Calgary, November 1, 2019 – Sales activity in October improved by nearly 10 per cent compared to last year, driven mostly by improvements for apartment and attached product.

New listings also eased, which helped reduce inventory levels and the oversupply in the market. Despite the move to more balanced conditions, the market remains oversupplied and prices continue to remain below last year's levels.

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Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 31, 2019

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Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 31, 2019

Downsizing Your Home In Calgary

 

Downsizing

So you have lived in your current home for many years, the kids are at university or married. Apart from the running costs like two furnaces and higher property taxes you sit down to discuss moving and getting a smaller home, maybe with less maintenance and a smaller (if any) amount of grass to cut!

It is a fact that good moving companies in the current Calgary economy are doing a lot of downsize moving. But that’s OK, you get to start a new adventure and put some equity in the bank.

But first you need to know the market value of your current property. That's the amount your home will likely sell for in today's market. And don’t run away with the idea that because the market is slow, there are no buyers. Yes buyers have more choice but if you do a good job of preparing your home to sell - sell it will.

There are lots of younger big families looking for larger homes. Yes it may take a bit big longer to sell but if you do your part by preparing it, we will do ours by doing some awesome marketing.

Take a look at the options you have when buying a smaller place. Maybe it can be a Townhouse, and attached Villa style home or just a smaller single family home. There are lots of choices out there. All you really have to do is narrow down the communities you like, and we will come up with what’s available, you could be surprised. And remember this, whilst you will list your current home to fit into the market, so will another seller be doing the same thing. With those two pieces of information, you'll be able to make a better decision.

So think positive, someone will love your home, and you will love your new one.

Contact us today 403.850.0669

info@calgarydreamhomes.com

Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 29, 2019

What Buyers Actually Look For In A Calgary Home

 

Ok, so we are about to list your Calgary home and you think you have it right. We have given you our advice and some complimentary staging options, then you start to second guess what the potential buyers will like or dislike!. But this is where you have to relax because part of our service is to take away anxiety, and selling your home should not be stressful.

The first Impression: So usually they are ok with the price range or they would not see the value in your home and their realtor would not be showing it to them. Remember first impressions, the home has to have good curb appeal, grass cut and weed wacked, front door and entrance washed down and sparkling clean. If they have a negative at the front door such as lack of TLC it will follow them through the home and everything they look at.

Showtime: Blinds up for showings, remember it’s showtime and that means light and space, that is what most buyers like. And you already de-cluttered didn’t you?

Tick the Boxes: They begin the walkthrough and hopefully start to tick the boxes. Flooring, appliances, open concept. The floors look good and the job you did on cleaning the house is paying off. Nobody likes someone else’s dirt.

Projects: Most people don’t mind one maybe two projects especially if they are cosmetic, but don’t have the “they can fix it attitude” because you are setting yourself up for a low offer.

Organized: Features that help keep them organized are important to many homebuyers. Having a laundry room where they can keep laundry out of sight in a separate room is good. In a recent survey 90% of those surveyed said it was a huge plus, 57% said they would be unlikely to buy a home without it. A walk-in pantry in the kitchen is considered desirable by 85% of buyers.

Entertaining: They will picture their family and friends visiting, have they got the space, is there some outdoor living.

Garden area: Has the garden been worked on and received love and care, or is it another project. Hard to see in winter months, but buyers are looking for “tell tale signs”.

Efficiency: A top priority for many Calgary buyers is the energy efficiency of the home, insulation, how are the windows, have the furnaces been maintained, filters changed. Make sure it is serviced and there is the all important sticker on it!

Location: Will the home work for them as the kids grow up, school location as well as the homes location can be a big plus or minus.Whats the community like?

Road Access: How hard or easy will it be to get to work, drop the kids at school, where is the school bus pick up, and what is the travel time at both busy times of the day.

Garage Space: Garage space for storage of bikes, lawn care and sports equipment is high on the buyers list. Cupboards and a workbench in the garage are important. In Calgary water drainage for winter is a big plus.

Getting Serious: When the buyer seriously considers your home it usually starts with the “feel” of the house, does it work, where little Johnnies room! Then they have to see the value in it, compared to other homes they have seen. This can be hard in a down market when the competition is a lot greater.

This is why you need a team to work with, offer advice based on experience, and guide you through the decision making.

Contact us today: Text or Call us to meet up for coffee and show you our marketing plan 403-850-0669

 

 

 

Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 25, 2019

Tips To Reno Your Calgary Bathroom- Before You Sell

Bathrooms are among the most important areas to cover while carrying out home improvements when getting your home ready to sell. When bathrooms are in excellent condition it can appeal greatly to prospective buyers – especially in a competitive market, just one factor like the bathrooms can be enough for a buyer to choose one home over the next.

It doesn’t have to be like a Luxury Spa but must look comfortable and clean. Over time a lot of grime in the tile grout can accumulate and the over bathroom surfaces may look dull.

You can hire the services of professional cleaners. Remember that it is very important to keep neutral colors your bathroom. Bright vivid colors might appeal to you, but maybe not to a potential buyer. Keep it warm and inviting and make sure you clear all personal things away like toothbrushes and shampoo, especially for the photographer when you come to list it

Check any issues with plumbing and ventilation are addressed, even a leaky tap must be attended to. Storage space like shelves and cabinets are good as prospective buyers pay close attention to bathroom storage. Replace old fixtures like old toilet roll holders and towel rails with new more modern models. It is a good idea if your toilet looks old to definitely consider getting it replaced with a water-efficient one.

A few touches here and there can make all the difference. Put nice fresh white towels in it to make it look even more appealing. If your bathroom is a little small why not place a strategic large mirror to make it appear bigger. Paint it with light colours and use bright lighting to bring life to it.

The kitchen, bathroom and size of bedrooms are the main things buyers look for - make sure by using the right paint color and lighting that you give it the right feel!

Call us if you are considering your bathroom reno- before you sell. 403-850-0669

 

#calgarybathroomtips #renoyourbathroom

 

Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 23, 2019

Downsizing Your Calgary Home

 

Most people don’t realize is that downsizing and de-cluttering your home in Calgary can really save you a lot of money. It can also help with a more stress free life when you de-clutter.

Take a look at your “Things” and what makes you hang onto them. What is your resistance to downsizing.  

Our Attachment to “Things”

Many of our things help give us a sense of our own identity. For instance, we may have lots of books that we intend to read. But now with Kindle etc they are just gathering dust. Closets full of clothes that we will never wear, why not send them to Goodwill. Our old furniture that we hang onto, now looks out of place with our new minimal “Look”.

Remember the furniture pieces you got from your grandmother? We also might inherent stuff from other family and friends and these “things” can have a powerful hold on us. Many times we can’t let go of them because they’re a link to a person we love. “Things” from our past can take on their own life!.

Sometimes we buy things to make ourselves feel better after maybe a bad week, or we buy because we are bored.

This is the recipe for a packed home that requires a big investment to keep up. From a cleaning perspective, we go around it all! How many people do you know who have 3 car garage in Calgary, but only use 2 garages and fill the other with” Things”.

So make the big push, you just might find you’re happier, have more time, and definitely have more space and more money in your pocket. Giving “things” to Goodwill also helps someone who needs it more than you, you don’t always have to sell it on Kajiji. Its Karma, what you send out will always return.

#de-cluttering #downsizing #calgarydownsizingtips

Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 21, 2019

Maintainance Tips For Your Calgary Home

Steady maintenance strategies to keep your Calgary home in good condition

Let us look at a few smart strategies you could use to make your home look great throughout the year.

One of the factors that cause your home to age is moisture. Moisture can  not only cause your home to look worn out, it can even eventually damage the structure. So always be alert during a heavy rain and check for overflowing gutters. Also check the grading so no water is going towards the house. In most home inspector reports it is the first outside problem they fins, but its usually an easy fix with a good rake.

Look for leaks, and if you find any, have it fixed as soon as possible. Besides structural damage, water damage can even lead to the growth of mold. Use a caulk seal for all water-entry points around doors, windows etc.

Maintenance is simply prevention, regular checking is the best thing to avoid a big job.. It is always good advice to replace old components with new ones which will not only look better, but take less effort and time to maintain. It is wise to set aside money for maintenance and repairs – you have to be ready for the possibility of major repairs cropping up.

Remember that maintenance of a home of low-quality construction will cost you greatly in terms of money and time, with frequent repairs keeping you on your toes.

This is a good time of the year to check and fix things, the temperatures are still not below and the snow is not on the ground for long. Efficient maintenance on your Calgary home is all about smart work, and not hard work. With the extreme temperatures homes can take a heavy hit, by executing the right strategies you can be ahead of any costs down the line!

 #DIYtips, #homemaintainance #calgaryhometips

Posted in Market Updates