Why Use a REALTOR®?

November 27th, 2017 by Home Sweet Home Team

Why a Realtor Streamlines the Process of Selling Your Home

So, it is time to move onwards and upwards in life and move house! Moving is a dynamic process that involves much more than a simple transaction. From marketing to proper evaluations and inspections, it is advisable to use the services of an experienced professional realtor to make sure everything goes smoothly.

The following challenges are what a professional can help you avoid when selling your home:

Time Spent on Potential Buyers

Selling a home by yourself will be a significant time commitment that should not be underestimated. Perhaps the greatest commitment to your time will be in scheduling and hosting viewings of your property. Are you ready and able to pick up the phone every time you have an inquiry? Are you able to sift out the simply curious from real potential buyers to avoid unnecessary viewings? Realtors are experienced in asking the kind of qualifying questions that sort out the wheat from the chaff. And how many evenings, weekends, and weekday hours are you able to give up to show interested parties your home? You’ll then have to pro-actively follow up on interest after viewings.

Marketing and Valuation

As well as the time involved in doing your own marketing, there are also practical considerations around how successfully you will get the information out there. Yes, you can list your property on various websites and specialist portals that realtors use. However, realtors also have extended networks of active potential buyers that they will reach out to with information on your property, a channel you will almost certainly not have access to.

You would have to be confident that you could realistically value your property correctly if you chose to put your home on the market yourself. Things you may be oblivious to can be widely considered as flaws by potential buyers. A professional realtor has the experience to point those out and suggest small changes which will make your property more attractive.

Negotiating

Realtors are both objective and experienced, having negotiated hundreds or thousands of real estate transactions. They know how to spot the signs a potential buyer has formed an emotional attachment towards your property and how to leverage that to your benefit. They also know how to spot signs of nervousness that might pose a threat to the eventual sale and how best to allay such fears. They won’t make compromises because they have been charmed by a prospective buyer, or behave irrationally because they don’t like them on a personal level.

Avoiding Getting Sued

This is a genuine concern that owners operating without a realtor must be acutely aware of. There is a lot of paperwork involved in the sale of a property. Getting it wrong can at best delay the sale and at worst lead to putting yourself in danger of legal proceedings. Seller’s disclosure is a particular concern. What can be considered a defect, hazard, or nuisance varies depending on where you live. Realtors know exactly what is required of the seller. If a mistake is made, then they have insurance, ensuring that a seller does not personally suffer.

Selling your home in the Calgary, Alberta area? The Home Sweet Home Team can ensure that you have a successful experience selling your home.

The Scoop on Home Inspections

November 20th, 2017 by Home Sweet Home Team

What a Home Inspection Entails

A home inspector will provide a thorough inspection of the home’s interior and exterior to alert you to any damage that may cause potential problems in the future. He or she will look at the house as a whole and evaluate how the different components work together and affect each other. The inspector will identify any areas that need repairs or are unsafe and advise you on what your next steps should be.

Benefits for a Home Buyer

When you are purchasing a home, you want to know that it is going to be safe for you and your family for many years to come. Obviously, you don’t want to buy a home that is rotting from the inside out. A home inspector can alert you to issues that are minor right now but could potentially become much more serious in the future. Purchasing a home is a major decision. The results of the inspection may lead you to reconsider buying a particular house if it is likely to have a lot of problems in the future. It can protect you from huge unexpected expenses.

Benefits for a Home Seller

If you are the one selling the home, it is a good idea to request a home inspection prior to listing your home on the market. Potential buyers of your home are likely to have an inspection done, and you don’t want there to be any surprises. If there are issues with the house, buyers may rescind their offers or make offers only on the condition that you repair the problems before they finalize the purchase. It is better if you know about any problems in advance. An inspection gives you the opportunity to make sure the house is in its best possible condition when buyers start coming to look at it. This will streamline the purchasing process and make potential buyers feel much more confident that your home is the right choice for them.

When you are ready to buy or sell a home, or have any questions regarding home inspections, get in touch!

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!

Home Sweet Home Team

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!

Home Sweet Home Team

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.

Legal Terms:
Trademarks of AIR MILES International B.V. Used under license by LoyaltyOne, Co. and CENTURY 21®† Bamber Realty Ltd. Each office is independently owned and operated

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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