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As Alberta’s active Covid-19 cases set new records, I’m fielding lots of questions from sellers as they consider entering the market. 


Once they understand that real estate is still considered an essential service, they want to know if it’s still a good time to list and if they do, how they can protect themselves against Covid-19. First, let’s talk about Covid and real estate.


Minimizing your risk against Covid-19 exposure

Before listing your home, you need to assess your...

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 Multiple offers. Houses selling before they hit the MLS®. House prices jumping up in all categories. Calgary’s market hasn’t seen this kind of action since 2014.


At that time, oil was at $100 a barrel and people were flocking to Calgary from all over to work high-paying jobs. Now five years after a long recession, we find ourselves in a supercharged sellers’ market – and it makes no sense.


Oil is in the tank, we’ve had negative migration the last two quarters,...

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Winter.


We’re in the middle of it – and you’re getting ready to list your home. Despite what some may say, the winter months are still an opportune time to put your house on the market. There will always be reasons for people to buy – whether they are being relocated, need to downsize, upsize or are ready to purchase that first home – these people exist all year round. The fact that it is winter has its perks – this time is usually slower so you have more time to...

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Although the spring months may be one of the most popular times for the housing market, that doesn’t mean you need to wait for the flowers to bloom before you get to the shopping. There are several reason why you should consider purchasing a home in the winter, and here’s why:


  1. Take advantage of lower prices

According to market trends in Canada, the first two weeks of January are usually very s-l-o-w. People tend to be recovering from holiday shopping and returning from vacation; not exactly...

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These days, with many homebuyers searching for their new homes online, many people wonder about the effectiveness of an open house. While some consider open houses to be an outdated practice, it can actually be a rather effective tactic, if done correctly. Here are 8 ways to make sure your open house is a success. 

1. Stage Your Home

Staging your home is a critical step that allows anyone walking into your home to imagine themselves living there. When you stage your home, it should be a neutral...

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Buying a house is one of the single biggest financial decisions you will ever make.  While it’s nice to daydream about your perfect home and scour the internet for available houses in your desired area, there’s a lot that goes into the process.  Here are 8 tips for homebuyers to help you navigate the process.

Make Sure You are Prepared

Buying a home isn’t something you can just jump into.  There is a certain amount of prep work that goes into the process.  You...

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As a seller, there are two things you have control of when it comes to listing your house: how the house looks, and the list price. A staged home sells faster and can even sell at higher prices than homes that aren’t. Staging your home helps position it competitively in the marketplace and maximizes equity by showing its best features. If your house needs a bit of facelift, a low-cost and effective solution to modernize your space is with a simple coat of paint. Where it can get tricky...

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The first step towards purchasing a home is knowing what you can afford. This all starts with getting pre-approved for a mortgage. From there, you can narrow down your search and eliminate those blue-sky homes if they are out of reach.


When you meet with a mortgage broker they will assess what you can afford at the best possible rate for you, the buyer. A lender has - and should have - your best interest at heart. However, it’s okay to challenge them to make sure you are getting the best service...

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Want your home sold? Well, you’ve come to the right spot. Turns out our team here knows a thing or two about what it takes to sell a property in a competitive, booming real estate market like Calgary’s. Averaging almost 2% more residential home sale price than the Calgary Real Estate Board average for the past nine years, you could say we’ve learned a few things along the way. This is post is a must-read if you’re looking to sell your home. Follow these seven steps and you...

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Considering downsizing, but not sure if it’s the right time to do so? There are many factors to take into account and many reasons why people feel compelled to move to a smaller house or condo. When there are no more kids in the house to look after, a big house can seem a bit much for one or two people to live in. More space means more to clean. A bigger property might mean more equity that can be used towards retirement. And the list goes on!


Downsizing is obviously a lifestyle adjustment and...

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