Space-saving Upgrades

November 13th, 2017 by Home Sweet Home Team

Giving a Smaller Home a More Roomy Feel

Smaller rooms can create a decorating challenge for homeowners. While some may be dealing with a space that is smaller overall – such as an condo or apartment – others may have just a couple of smaller rooms that look and feel cramped. While enlarging these rooms may not be an option, there may be a few upgrades to consider that can give these rooms a more spacious and open feel.

 

Light Paint Colours

Dark colours can add dramatic flair to a room, and they certainly will make a bold statement. However, they also can create the feeling that the room is smaller than it is. It is best to paint with light paint colours on the walls or even to choose a lighter colour for the ceiling. In addition to these colours, a lighter floor colour can also add the feeling of depth to the space. If the use of bolder, brighter hues is preferred, consider adding a pattern in combination with lighter colours to the ceiling. Another idea is to use stripes with alternating darker and lighter hues on the walls to create the illusion of space.

 

Shelving Installed Close to the Ceiling

Storage space is often a concern with smaller rooms, and cabinets and bookshelves can take up valuable floor space in any room. A smart idea for smaller rooms is to install shelving or even cabinetry closer to the ceiling. This can enable the space below it to be kept open or to be used for other purposes, such as for other furnishings that must be kept on the floor.

 

Recessed or Flush Lighting

Lighting is an important element in any room, and brighter lighting can make a space look larger in many situations. Darker shadows cast about a room can make the space feel closed off. More than that, overhead lights that hang down, such as pendants or chandeliers, can create a visual illusion that makes the room feel smaller than it is.

To achieve the goal of casting light throughout the room more evenly while removing these hanging light fixtures from the space, install recessed or flush lights into the ceiling. These can be combined with small table lamps if necessary to brighten up any areas that may still be dark or shadowy. Avoid tall, imposing lamps when decorating a smaller room.

Decorating a smaller room is rarely easy to do, and there are many things that homeowners can do when decorating that actually may make a smaller room appear to be even smaller. These are a few tips that can be followed to make the space appear to be more roomy and spacious, but there are also other ideas for decorating as well as built-in upgrades to consider. Ideally, the fully decorated room will be stylish and functional as well as appear to be spacious.

With proper research and planning, a homeowner can achieve the desired results. Be sure to continue to read my blog for more great ideas and insight on how to maximize your home. When looking to sell, trust me to get the job done.

You Ask, We Answer: When is the Right Time to Upgrade to a Larger Home

November 6th, 2017 by Home Sweet Home Team

Upgrading to a Larger Home – Are you ready?

Many homebuyers face the question of size when looking for their next home. Do they downsize, stay the same, or upgrade to a larger home? To help answer this question, here are some factors to take into consideration when determining if you should upgrade to a larger home.

 

Affordability

With larger homes come more financial responsibility. Typically larger homes will come with a larger mortgage, repair/maintenance, utilities, and insurance payments as well as increased property taxes. Are you ready financially for these larger expenses? Take into account these estimated expenses when going over your household budget. Remember, ideally you’ll want to be able to maintain a comfortable quality of life and still be able to save for the future when these larger expenses are taken into account with your budget.

 

Down Payments

There is a need in most cases during the property buying process to make a down payment and to pay for closing costs. You should include these expenses in your estimations while keeping in mind that selling the existing property and accessing equity will yield most or all of the funds that are needed to make a new purchase. Working with a real estate professional and a mortgage broker will help you to get more information about these two factors before making a sound financial decision.

 

When the time is right for you to upgrade to a larger home, you should consider working with an experienced real estate agent to sell your existing property and help you in the process of buying a new home!

For all of your Greater Calgary Real Estate needs, we are here for you!

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The Top Producing Team at Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd.

 

JUST LISTED: #304 417 3 Av NE

May 11th, 2017 by Home Sweet Home Team

We just listed this stunning and contemporary 2 bed, 2 bath corner unit condo located in the popular inner-city community of Crescent Heights. This spacious condo boasts over 1020 sqft. of living space.

Highlight features include a chic “U” shaped kitchen, bright living room with a fireplace, a huge master bedroom with a 4 pc ensuite and walk-in closet, another generous sized bedroom and a 4 pc. bathroom. Other amazing features include in-suite laundry, NW facing balcony with BBQ hookup & heated underground parking stall with wall storage. This condo is ideally located minutes from the zoo, bow river and is only steps from the amazing cafes, restaurants and bars that Crescent Heights is so well known for.

If you would like more details on this Crescent Heights Condo for Sale please click here: #304 417 3 ave NE

Please contact us today if you are interested in viewing this terrific property. If you have any other Calgary Real Estate needs, we are here for you.

We will be showcasing this condo at an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday March 13, 2017 from 2-4 PM. We hope to see you there!

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The Top Producing Team at Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd.

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AIR MILES® Reward Miles Bonus Program

May 5th, 2017 by Home Sweet Home Team


Are you an AIR MILES®† Reward Miles collector?

If your answer to that question is yes, the Home Sweet Home Team has great news for you!

Our office, Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd., is a proud supporter of AIR MILES®. What this means is that if you buy or sell a property with us you can earn up to 2,000 AIR MILES®† Reward Miles on your transaction. These can be redeemed on great things such as travel, merchandise, events and attractions, AIR MILES® cash and MUCH MORE!

This is just one of the many benefits of using the Home Sweet Home Team to purchase or sell a Calgary property. The AIR MILES® Reward Miles Bonus Program is specific to our office, Century 21 Bamber Realty and is not offered by most real estate brokerages.

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If you are interested in additional details on this offer please contact us today! If you have any Calgary Real Estate needs, the Home Sweet Home Team is here for you!

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Calgary Real Estate Market Update – April 2017

May 1st, 2017 by Home Sweet Home Team

April was another solid month for the Calgary Real Estate Market. As a whole, sales were up 8.43% over April last year. Inventory is back down to more normal levels and is 12.09% lower than last year. Prices are slowly continuing to rise with average prices being up 3.87%  year over year. The market appears set to sustain this momentum through the busy Spring and Summer months ahead.

Please click this link for the full City of Calgary Real Estate Market Statistics package from Creb: April 2017 Stats

Our team had a very successful month as well. Once again, we ended the month as the Top Producing Real Estate Team at our office, Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. This is the fourth consecutive month we have achieved this honour.

We were very busy in April with listings. Several properties that we listed recently have conditionally sold after only a few days on the market. There is lots of interest for detached single family homes. This is a great time to consider selling as this is the strongest Spring market we have experienced in a few years.

If you have any needs in regards to buying or selling a Calgary and greater area property, please contact us today!

Home Sweet Home Team

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Calgary Real Estate Market Update- March 2017

April 3rd, 2017 by Home Sweet Home Team

Happy April! It’s kind of hard to believe that Winter has already come and gone. We can’t say we currently miss it too much as we have been loving the Spring weather in Calgary thus far.

The weather wasn’t the only thing that was heating up in March as the Calgary Real Estate Market continued its transition in to a balanced market. The promising start to the active spring season saw 1,906 properties sell in Calgary, which was a 20% increase over this time last year. Overall home inventory was down over 16% compared to last year. Average home prices were up 4.67% over last March. These conditions provide a pretty optimistic outlook for sellers and the market for the remainder of Spring.

Our team had a very successful March. It was our busiest month to date with us selling 16 properties in all areas of the market including inner-city condo’s, rural estate homes, new builds and single family homes through-out Calgary. We are excited to see what the rest of spring has in store for us.

If you have any questions regarding the Calgary Real Estate Market please contact us today. The Home Sweet Home Team is happy to provide you with any additional insight you would like regarding the market and the stats for the year so far. If you have any real estate needs, the Home Sweet Home Team is here for you.

For the full Calgary Real Estate Board Stats Package please click here: March 2017 Stats Package

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8 Home Staging Tips From the Home Sweet Home Team

February 15th, 2017 by Home Sweet Home Team

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As a home seller, you only have one crucial opportunity to create a positive, everlasting first impression with prospective buyers. From inside out, It’s of the utmost importance that your home shows and is promoted to the best of its ability. A staged home will have an edge over the competition on the market.

We have compiled a list of do it yourself staging tips that will help your home sell for the highest profit, in the least amount of days on the market.

  • Ensure your home is sparkling clean. Dusting, vacuuming , washing floors, cleaning carpets and washing windows will ensure you have your home ready for viewing.
  • Declutter your home. Remove extra furniture and accessories so that rooms appear larger and buyers can imagine it as their space.
  • Depersonalize your home. Buyers want to be able to picture themselves living in your home. Try to clear out a minimum of 50% of your personal belongings, removing items such as family photos and mementos will help.
  • Neutralize your décor and accessories so that they appeal to a wide set of tastes.
  • Complete updates and repairs where they are feasible. A coat of fresh paint will help your home shine. Ensure items such as light switches, fixtures, and faucets are in working order.
  • Boost your curb appeal, make your home more inviting by improving exterior maintenance and landscaping. Updates such as trimmed grass, clean windows and pruned bushes allow your home to look polished.
  • For pet owners, as much as possible make sure their odors are neutralized and their areas are kept clean.
  • On viewing days and open houses, ensure the house is kept tidy. Special touches such a vase with fresh flowers, a bowl of fresh fruit or light scented candles, will add to your homes charm.

If you are interested in receiving a professional staging consultation from a reputable Calgary staging company, please let us know. We have a few local companies we work closely with and would love to recommend to you.

If you are in need of any other information regarding Calgary Real Estate or your Calgary property, we would love to be of assistance. Please contact us today!

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Calgary Housing Market Outlook & Forecast 2017

January 12th, 2017 by Home Sweet Home Team

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We received great insight from yesterday’s Calgary Real Estate Board 2017 housing forecast that we wanted to pass on to you. The forecast provided an economic and housing expert outlook for Calgary and its surrounding rural communities.

Overall, the outlook for Calgary’s market is positive. We aren’t anticipating declines that were experienced in home prices and sales across the board last year. Instead, we are expecting to see a stabilized market with a projected growth of 3% in sales and 0.8% in home prices. This will help reduce the supply of home inventory levels as Calgary’s economy continues along its recovery process.

 Please clink the link below for the full Calgary and surrounding rural area housing forecast for your viewing pleasure.

2017 Forecast Report

If you or anyone you know have any real estate needs, or questions regarding the market, please do not hesitate to contact the Home Sweet Home Team.

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Rosscarrock Sw Calgary Apartment Building For Sale

December 19th, 2016 by Home Sweet Home Team

We wanted to take a quick minute to wish everyone a very happy and safe Christmas and holiday season! It’s hard to believe it’s already that time of the year.

Before everyone takes a break for the holidays, we wanted to give you the low down on one of our new listings. We JUST LISTED a Calgary apartment building that is a great opportunity for someone who is looking for a revenue generating investment opportunity. This condo converted Rosscarrock apartment building is comprised of 6 individual units. The majority of the units have been updated over the past few years with enhancements such as newer windows, roof, appliances, painting and carpet.

Take a look at a couple of the pictures of the complex below.

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If you have any interest, and would like to view the property, please contact us today!

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YYC New Home Buyers Social

September 12th, 2016 by Home Sweet Home Team

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We are excited to tell you all about an event that we will be putting on with one of our mortgage referral specialists, Réal LeBlanc. This event will be taking place on Wednesday, September 21 from 7-9 pm at the Dominion Lending Centres office located at #111 – 3411 20 Street SW, Calgary, AB.

This will be great opportunity if you are a prospective home buyer in Calgary that is interested in learning more about the market. In addition to that, you will have a chance to have your real estate questions and concerns answered by industry professionals. Feel free to invite anyone that you think might be interested in this event. You will be surrounded by like minded individuals in an open, encouraging environment.

Take a look below for additional details on our Calgary new home buyers social event.

Come and join us for a night of wine, socializing and conversation! This isn’t your typical Real Estate seminar. We are looking for anyone interested in starting a discussion and having their burning questions answered. There will be an experienced realtor and mortgage broker sharing their own experiences to educate you on mortgage financing tips and tricks, the real estate buying process and any current real estate market conditions. This will be a laid back environment where you can meet new people, have some fun and gain some knowledge!

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Top Producing Team At Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd.

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