May 2019

Found 20 blog entries for May 2019.

What Canadians Can Expect When Selling a Home in a Buyer's MarketBuyers may be at an advantage with more available properties in the market. This may force concessions from sellers in a buyer's market. However, sellers can still successfully sell a home in a buyer's market. Understanding how to navigate a buyer's market and what potential buyers may want will help sellers market and sell their home.

Understanding a Buyer's Market

There is often a surplus of housing in a buyer's market, a benefit to buyers as they have more properties from which to compare and choose from but potentially making it more difficult for seller's to sell quickly or attract multiple offers on a home. Sellers should be aware that certain behaviors may be more likely to occur in a buyer's market, such as that of including specific

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What Season Should You Sell Your House?One of the questions that we frequently get asked is, "When is the best time to sell our house?" In fact what those people are really asking is, "How do we get the maximum value for our property?" It is not really about the time of the year.

However, weather and holidays do play an important factor in selling your home. Almost no one goes house hunting around Christmas, and few give up their summer vacations.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Selling Your Home in Spring and Summer

Late spring and summer are usually thought of as the best times to put a home on the market because buyer demand builds steadily through spring. Sales

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Discovering the Knifewear Group Knife Shop in Calgary

When a seven-year-old Kevin Kent, who is now the CEO and founder of Knifewear Group, received a pocketknife from his uncle with cheeky instructions to "not tell mom," it sparked a lifelong passion for knives. He compounded this obsession with his first Japanese knife that he bought while working as a chef in London's famous St. John Restaurant.

When he returned to Canada, Kevin started his business by selling Japanese kitchen knives — from a backpack while travelling on a bicycle! Today, however, he is proud to own five knife shops across Canada. This is in addition to a chain of stores called Kent of Inglewood (which primarily sells axes and straight razors), a book (The Knifenerd Guide to Japanese Knives), and producing an award-winning

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Explore the Calgary StampedeConsidering that Albertans refer to Calgary as "Cowtown" it should come as no surprise that one of the biggest events held in the city each year is the "Calgary Stampede". As you'd expect from a bunch of humble cowboys and ranchers the stampede is modestly referred to as the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", and it quite literally is exactly this.

When is the Calgary Stampede?

The Stampede offers visitors and current residents of Calgary 10 days of fun during July of each year and is one of the biggest events on the Calgary social calendar. As you might expect when something is billed as the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" it's bound to attract a lot of visitors and more than 1,000,000 (1 million) guests come to enjoy the Stampede each year;

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What to Do When the Bank Denies Your Mortgage ApplicationCalgary bad credit mortgage and refinancing loans have become more popular in recent times as a greater percentage of people fall into debt. While in the past a bad credit score would prevent you from getting a loan for your home, this new breed of mortgage companies cater to people with bad credit histories.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What To Do When The Bank Says No

There are a lot of hoops to jump through when applying for a mortgage. A lot of paperwork to fill out and a lot of “proof” to provide. Of employment, of credit, of savings patterns – it goes on and on. And rightly so. Lenders want to make sure you’re able to make

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How to Sell Your Home Step By StepSince it is a buyer’s real estate market in Calgary and with over 15,000 active listings, sellers need to make the 1st impression count and here are 5 simple ways to make your house sellable. Remember when you found your current home? You walked in and got the feeling it was a great fit for you and your family. Now that you’re selling your house, you need to make that same impression on the next potential buyer. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Get A Great Real Estate Agent

This is your first step and the most important one. Your agent is going to help you formulate a plan for selling your home fast. Look for an agent with a lot of experience that you feel comfortable talking to and with a track record behind him. You can do this with a phone

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Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Plot of LandBuying an empty plot of land is very different from buying an existing home. The mortgage process is different, and of course, choosing the property can be different as well. When buying a plot of land, it's helpful to know in advance what you're looking for, and what your priorities are. Doing extensive research and working with an experienced real estate agent can help. Here's what you need to know.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Challenges to Expect When Buying Land

Buying land isn't usually as competitive as buying an existing home, but it does come with its own challenges.

Securing a Mortgage

Securing a mortgage for an

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Where Can You Celebrate Culture in Calgary?

Canadian history has been influenced by numerous cultures since it became a country in 1867. Our country is known for being accepting of various cultures and embracing them into our own, and Calgary is no exception! Celebrations of culture are found throughout the city of Calgary, with 1.3+ million people who speak over 120 different languages in all four quadrants.

Calgary is famous for the multitudes of cultural celebrations seen in the music, art, dance, food, films, and events scenes year-round. "We value diversity and we believe that the expression of individuality through the arts, culture and recreation are vital to a vibrant lifestyle," states the City of Calgary website. Want to know more and get involved? Take a look at a few of the best

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What to Know When Hiring a ContractorMany home owners will want to get some small, major renovation or repair jobs done on their home at some point. Some are skilled enough to do the job on their own while others either don’t have the necessary skills or simply don’t have the time. This latter group will likely hire a contractor to perform the work. Everyone has probably heard horror stories about someone who had encountered problems with a contractor and for a variety of reasons.

Using a contractor in Calgary is not all that different from any other business arrangement. If you want to avoid problems then you have to do it right. Here are a few tips to help you have a productive and successful arrangement with a contractor.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a

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How to Choose a Real Estate AgentThere are a few key points to consider when hiring a professional Calgary real estate agent. You’ll need one in order to buy or sell your home successfully. You should be thinking about the amount of money you will save in the long run and not how much money you will pay the agent. Here are the main points to consider when selecting an agent.

A lot of people have a hard time finding the right agent because they simply go to the Yellow Pages and choose one from there. The better way is to actually meet an agent face-to-face either at an open house or by scheduling an appointment over the phone. Never commit to using an agent when you haven't met him first. You’ll want to be compatible and be sure that this person will listen to you.

How Does a

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