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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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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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Where Are the Best Calgary Museums?Want to know more about the wonderful city of Calgary? Great! Because it’s very easy to do thanks to the many history museums you will find here. Here are just a few of the top ones in the area.

The Glenbow Museum

The Glenbow Museum is one that has received not only critical acclaim but popular acclaim as well. Not many museums can say that. If you want to know about the history and heritage of Western Canada you will find it here.

It’s a pretty big museum housing three stories full of information. Browse around a bit and you will find a very detailed account of the early years in Canada. You will also get a glimpse into some of the hardships that took place as well. It is the perfect museum for both children and adults.

Calgary Chinese

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The Best Cleaning Strategies for Spring CleaningStarting your spring cleaning is a very important thing. It's a sign of warmer weather arriving and it usually means it's time to purge some of the garbage you don't need anymore. Here are a few tips to get you started with this year's round of spring cleaning.

Start With Smaller Projects

Since the weather isn't exactly warm yet, you can start inside the house with smaller projects. Tackle the closets and other storage areas first. This will allow you to go through some of the items you may not need anymore and get something done before the weather turns warm enough to handle other tasks.

Don't Forget the Ceilings

Often, we forget to clean the ceilings because they are above us and out of our way. However, they attract plenty of dust

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