Archive for June, 2013

Homes & Land Calgary July 2013 Edition

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Take a look at our ad for the Calgary Homes & Land July- Stampede edition!

If you are interested in more details on any of our featured Calgary properties or if you have any other interests in Calgary Real Estate please Contact Us today. Or sign up Here  for a Free Market Evaluation of your Calgary property if you are interested in knowing what your property is worth in this HOT CALGARY MARKET!

Just Listed- 528 BERKLEY CR NW Calgary, Alberta

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

WE just listed this great, well-maintained home in the desirable NW Calgary community of Beddington!

This charming home is located in a mature neighborhood with lovely curb appeal. This 3 bedroom with 2.5 bath also has a fully finished basement with fourth bedroom and rough in for another bathroom. A wood fire burning place makes this home warm and cozy. The over sized heated garage is great for storage and ideal for any handy man. Big spacious west facing yard and deck. This home is walking distance to Nose Hill park, schools, and shopping. Don’t wait, book your personal showing today.

For more details on this lovely Beddington property for sale please Click Here, or Contact Us at the Home Sweet Home Team for any other information regarding Calgary Real Estate.

Just Listed- 118 Evansbrooke Way Nw, Calgary

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Another one of our new Home Sweet Home Team listings.. This one is located in the wonderful NW Calgary community of Evanston.

Lovingly cared for home shows like new! Main level has an open plan kitchen/nook/great room, 2 pce bath & laundry.  Gorgeous kitchen has chocolate stained cabinets, sealed granite double sink, huge island, black appliances, double oven & walkin pantry.  Great room has large windows showcasing the Stainless Steel surround fireplace. Upstairs there are 3 good sized bdrms, 2 full baths & bonus room.  Master ensuite has walk in closet, large shower & soaker tub.  Bonus room is spacious, open & bright.  You will love the extremely bright, professionally finished basement with plush new carpet, 9ft ceilings, large family room, cold room, roughed in bath & storage utility room! Upgrades include hardwood flooring, knockdown ceilings, new blinds, locks, under counter lighting & fresh paint.  Outside there’s a 14’x13′ deck, gas line, fence, patio, fire pit, beautiful yard, lilac bushes & trees. The fully insulated garage 21’3″x21’3″. Great location close all amenities and walking trails.

If you would like more information on this great Evanston property please Click Here, or Contact Us at the Home Sweet Home Team, your go-to connection for all of your Calgary real estate needs!

Just Listed- 304 Sunset Vw, Rocky View

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Take a look at our new Home Sweet Home listing located at 304 Sunset View, Rocky View near Cochrane, Alberta.

 

This 1 Year old Emerge model Jayman home (2504+sqft) is located on the hill in the new community of Sunset, in Cochrane! There are numerous upgrades throughout including hardwood/tile/carpet flooring, granite counters, shutters, knock down ceiling, lighting, oversized windows and iron rails.  The open plan main level has a STUNNING kitchen/dining/great room with tons of dark cabinets, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, gas stove, walk-in pantry, tile gas fireplace, 2 piece bath and a deck with BBQ gas line.  Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a bonus room and laundry.  The HUGE master bedroom has a dream ensuite (2 walk-in closets, 2 separate dressing vanity areas, large soaker tub, separate shower and private toilet)!  Other features include an insulated/drywalled garage, rough in vacuum system, large hot water tank and fresh air intake with air exchanger (for allergies).  You can still add your own touches (finishing the basement, bathroom, landscaping and fencing)

For more details on this property please Click Here or Contact Us at the Home Sweet Home Team, your Calgary Real Estate Connection.

Calgary Property Tax Deadline Extended 2 Weeks

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

 

Due to the large amount of Calgary homeowners affected by the Calgary flood, the Calgary property tax deadline has been extended two more weeks until July 12, 2013!

Our mayor Naheed Nenshi decided this was an appropriate response as many Calgary  citizens have suffered damage and have  a lot more important things to focus on at this moment than their property taxes.

This 2 week grace period will allow those Calgarian homeowners who are paying their property taxes after this Friday to not be penalized 7% on the remaining unpaid balance on their taxes. On July 12, 2013 after this 2 week grace period, this penalty will again be enforced.

For more information on Calgary property taxes and where you can pay them while Calgary is recovering from the flood damage, please Click Here to see the information on Calgary.ca.

If you would like any information on anything regarding Calgary Real Estate, the Home Sweet Home team is here for you. Please Contact US

Calgary Businesses Offering Free and Discounted Services for Calgary Flood Relief

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

We want to start this post off by saying how proud every one of our Home Sweet Home Team members are to be a Calgarian. The  overwhelming support, strength, and resilience that our city has demonstrated in the wake of the devastation left by the Calgary Floods is nothing short of amazing and inspiring. As of June 24, 2013, Alberta Red Cross has fundraised $2.6 million to aid in Alberta Flood Relief. It is truly touching to see all the Calgary businesses that are doing their part to help the community recover from this disaster. In the past couple days there have been numerous restaurants that have been affected by the floods themselves offering free BBQs for the victims of the Calgary floods, volunteers and all others. We were fortunate to get to go to a couple of the BBQs yesterday at Alley Burger and Original Joes 4th St. and donate money to Alberta Red Cross.

We, at the Home Sweet Home Team, want to send out our sincerest sympathies to all those personally affected by the Calgary floods. We understand that the process of  cleaning up affected Calgary areas, and restoring homes back to their former state will be a time consuming and tough process. If there is anyway we can help those Calgary citizens and their families personally affected by the Calgary flood, please do hesitate to ask us. We have been offering support to our clients and anyone else that is effected by this tragedy, whether it be providing food, water, manpower to clean, anything at all. Please Contact Us today and let us know how we can help you!

For those evacuees returning home and are unsure what to check for to ensure your home is safe, here is the Welcome Home Guide from the City of Calgary. If you have been affected by the Calgary flood and are requiring assistance, here is the Canadian Cross Registration Form.

With major cleanup and restoration under way in the flood affected areas of Calgary, there are many Calgary businesses that are reaching out to the public to help out. We have compiled a list of the Calgary businesses that are going the extra mile, and are offering their generosity in the form of discounted and free services to help those recovering from the Calgary flood damage.

Calgary Businesses Offering Assistance Via Global Calgary: http://globalnews.ca/news/669298/calgary-clean-up-a-list-of-businesses-offering-to-help/ 

HOME REPAIR

Action Auger- The Gentleman Plumbers

Offering to pump out people’s basements at no charge, until June 28.
Call 403-288-1111 or go to https://www.facebook.com/actionauger

Knight Plumbing and Heating

Offering free use of sump pumps to help clean basements. Call 403-282-1010

Shane Homes Living

The homebuilder has a number of generators available. Contact Nels at 403-371-5612 to arrange delivery.

Sons of Electric

The electricians are offering free electrical inspections in homes affected by flooding: https://www.facebook.com/SonsOfElectric?fref=ts

Pure Air Environment

Mold cleanup services at a reduced rate for flood victims: http://www.pureaircalgary.com/

STORAGE

U-Haul

U-Haul is offering 30 days of free storage to Calgary and Alberta residents who have been affected by flooding. People who need boxes can take part in the ‘Take a Box, Leave a Box’ program.
Call 403-235-1125 for more information.

WELLNESS

Fercho Psychological Services

The private practice of clinical psychologists is offering at least two free counselling sessions for anyone experiencing stress or loss due to flooding.
They are located at 1921 5A Street S.W. call 403-245-3211 to set up an appointment.

Chiropractor

Dr. Mike Hoiles at Calgary Sports Therapy is offering complimentary chiropractic care to firefighters, military personnel, EMS and police officers.
He is offering care until July 21. Call 403-237-0121 to book an appointment.

Massage Therapist

RMT Peter Sawan is offering free 15-20 minute massages. Call 403-801-8097.

Wentworth Medical and Walk-In Clinic

The clinic is offering its services to anyone who is not able to see their doctor, as well as anyone hurt during cleanup or needing a prescription.
They are located at 873 85 Street S.W., call 403-217-6453.

Hillhurst Healing Arts

The business is offering free showers, sauna sessions and massages to anyone affected by the floods. They will also do your laundry.
Call 403-614-4874 or go to www.hillhursthealingarts.ca.

YMCA/Westside Recreation Centre

Members of the Eau Claire YMCA are being given free access to the Westside Recreation Centre.

GoodLife Fitness

The gyms have opened up their change rooms and shower facilities to those affected by floods. The offer is valid at all Calgary locations except for Eau Claire which is still closed due to flooding.

Kensington Fitness Studio

The gym is offering free showers and towel service to people who have been forced to leave their homes.
223 10 Street N.W., call 403-670-7120.

PET CARE

K9 Corner

The dog daycare is offering free dog daycare, free baths and half off boarding for the dogs of flood victims.
Go to www.k9corner.ca or call Steve at 403-922-5224.

Pawsitively Natural Dog Daycare and Training Academy

The dog daycare is offering free baths for dogs and cats that were caught in floods. Calls 403-984-9247 to book an appointment.

Pet Lynx

People with pets who were affected by floods are being offered free access to the AnimalTRACS system for the next 30 days. The identification and recovery system includes a lifetime of animal registration, lost and found searches and picture posters. Go to www.petlynx.netand use coupon number IAMS-2013-YYC

Global Pet Foods

The store is raising money and collecting food and supplies to assist families who’ve had to relocate their animals. For every cash or supply donation, customers get 10 per cent off.
They are also offering dog and cat survival kits for those who lost their pet supplies.
They are located at 761 Northmount Dr. S.W. or call 403-457-1914

PHOTOGRAPHY/WEDDINGS

Reflections Weddings & Events

The event planning company is offering their services to help couples whose wedding plans have been derailed by the flooding. They will work with them to find a new venue at no charge, and have a whole team standing by. Click here for more details: http://reflectionsweddingsandevents.blogspot.ca/2013/06/need-to-relocate-your-wedding-due-to.html

Alberta Flood Photo Restoration

The company is offering their services free of charge, to those whose photos were damaged in the floods.
Click here for information on where to send your photographs: http://albertafloodphotorestoration.blogspot.ca/

TLaw Photography

The photographer is offering a free session to any family who has lost family photos in the recent floods in Calgary: https://www.facebook.com/tlawphotography/posts/10151476588595334
Bella Vous Makeup Artistry is also offering free hair and makeup during the session

Elizabeth’s Everlasting Photography

The company is offering a free photo shoot to families that have lost their photos in flooding. Call 403-836-9333 for more information.

Jayden Images

The photographers are offering free photo sessions to families who have lost their photos due to flooding. They have extended the offer to all emergency responders working to help flood victims.
Contact them at 403-875-6593 or go to www.jaydenimages.com

Michael Cudjoe Fine Art

The photographer is offering free photo sessions to those affected by the flood, and will work to get damaged wedding albums reprinted.
Call 1-855-267-6067 ext. 200 or go to www.michaelcudjoe.com

VOLUNTEERS

Free Childcare

People are offering free childcare to those affected by the floods, so parents can clean up.
https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryCleanUp?fref=ts

YYC Helps

The website is working to link up volunteers with those needing help. Go to www.yychelps.ca to sign up.

@NeighbourLink

Neighbour Link is working to link volunteers and donors to those who need assistance. https://twitter.com/NeighbourLink

REQUESTING DONATIONS

YYC Coffee Run

A group is gathering donations to bring coffee and donuts to fire halls, police stations and military posts: http://tasmonthly.blogspot.ca/2013/06/yyc-coffee-run.html

SE Calgary Community Resource Centre

The resource centre is able to assist with basic needs including emergency food hampers. It also offers a computer lab, telephone and fax services as well as a clothing room for those in need.
They are also accepting donations of clothing and footwear, bedding, pillows and gift cards.
2734 76 Ave. SE or call 403-720-3322

Olga’s Fabric Lane

The store is asking anyone with donations of clothing or non-perishable food items or cleaning products to drop them off at their location, and they will deliver them to the appropriate organization.
They are also asking for donations of grad dresses to donate to students in High River who lost their gowns.
4243 Bow Trail S.W. or call 403-242-2545

Timberwest Railings Ltd.

The company is setting up a donation collection area in Bragg Creek, and is calling for donations of clothing or non-perishable food items which they will deliver to the appropriate organization.
You can drop off donations at their location in Barlow Centre: Bay J 8080 35 Street S.E.

 

JUST LISTED- Gorgeous Bungalow For Sale in Glendale

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

We just listed this great bungalow in the terrific SW Calgary community of Glendale. Don’t miss your chance on this stunning home that will not be on the market for long!

Welcome to your new home! Located in one of the most desirable and thriving inner city communities, this 1399sq ft, fully finished, stunning bungalow is perfect for both professional couples and young families! As you walk up to the home you notice the gorgeous landscape and amazing curb appeal inviting you into the home. The open concept main floor with huge windows boasts lots of natural light and features a stunning kitchen, formal dining area, lovely living room, cozy family room with a corner gas fireplace and bay window facing the green space across the street. Step into the backyard and be in awe of the breathtaking & private landscape, hot tub, patio with fire pit,& playhouse for the kids. Updated kitchen,hardwood flooring, new carpet, new windows downstairs, new paint , corner gas fireplace, and new bathroom with heated tile flooring are a few qualities of this exquisite home. With a 10 minute drive to downtown, walking distance to the new LRT, parks, great schools, and all amenities, this property won’t last long!

Please Click Here if you would like more details on this Calgary property for sale. If you are interested in any other Calgary properties for sale or looking to sell your home, please Contact Us.

Tips To Prevent Your Home From Flooding

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/towns-in-southwestern-alberta-battle-more-rain-rising-flood-waters/article12707628/

 With this heavy rain we have been experiencing so far in Calgary this Spring, especially in the past day with flood emergency warnings in areas such as Canmore, High River, Black Diamond and more, we thought it would be an ideal time to provide our readers with tips to protect your home from being severely damaged by floods.

If your home is close to rivers and creeks, you will have to take preventative measures to try to mitigate the effects that potential flooding could have on your home. A good thing to know is the official flood level of your home. This is a measure of how high floodwaters can rise in the area where you live. You should be able to receive this information from your home insurance agent.

Here are 5 tips for preventing damage if it is flooding in your area in Canmore, Calgary, High River, Black Diamond and all other areas effected by the current severe weather in Alberta.

Protect Your In-home Electrical and Temperature Systems

Make sure your furnace, water heater and any other heavy indoor equipment are anchored or elevated so that they are above your home’s flood level. Raise all switches, circuit breakers, sockets and wiring so that they are not damaged by the flood.

Raise and Anchor Outdoor Equipment

Any outdoor machines of importance should be elevated and anchored above the flood waters outside if they already are not. This includes fuel tanks, air conditioning units, and generators. Anything with an electric power unit should never lay on the ground in the first place, this can be even more dangerous with a potential flood on its way.

Modify Water Valves

Ensure that you have interior or exterior backflow or better yet, a gate valve installed on all pipes that enter the house. Installing these valves will prevent a flooded sewer system from backing up sewage in to your home… Needless to say, you don’t want this to happen.

Figure Out How Water Flows Around Your Home

It is important to determine how water flows around your home. This will give you a good idea of how a flood might effect your home if one was to occur. By watching how water accumulates during a typical rainstorm, you will be able to tell whether or not your home is built so the water drains away from it. Ideally, you will not have a lot of standing water and it will indeed drain away.

Perform Last Minute Preventative Measures If Water Levels Rise

If you notice water levels rising around your home there a few preventative measures that are very important to carry out. Clean your gutters, downspots and drains to prevent them from being clogged and backing up with water. If you notice signs of water coming in to your basement and a potential flood starting, quickly move all furniture, electronics, and any other important belongings to an upper floor. If you are turning off the electricity, do so with a the electricity breaker panel.

Stay Safe

Most importantly we hope that everyone effected by the severe weather and floods in Calgary, Canmore, High River, Black diamond and all the other effected Albertan areas stay safe. We hope that everyone stays safe and their homes stay protected from the flooding. If you can, stay away from rivers, creeks and if you find yourself in an emergency, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1.

We are the Home Sweet Home Team, a team of Calgary real estate associates dedicated to providing you with a stress-free home buying or selling experience. We know its not just a home, its your future and we are here for you every step of the way. If you are interested in buying or selling properties in the Calgary area please Contact Us.

 

Smoking In Your Home Hurts Your Properties Value

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

I’m sure this won’t come as a surprise to many of you but smoking in your home can significantly affect your properties value. A recent Canadian survey completed by a biopharmaceutical company, concluded that over 85% of real estate professionals agreed that smoking in the home negatively affects its resale value, making the home harder to sell.

The amount that the homes value will decrease depends on the extent of damage the smoking has caused. Other factors such as the length of time the house has been occupied by smokers, whether any updates have been completed on areas affected by the smoke damage, all play a part in how much the homes re-sale price is affected. Smoking can lower the price of the property anywhere from 20 % to over 30 % of the homes value. The average resale price of a Calgary home is currently $455, 760, so a 25% price decrease on that Calgary home would be $113, 940, which would be devastating to most Calgary homeowners!

Many prospective home buyers will remove your home from consideration after finding out that it is a smoking home. Over 50 % of buyers are unwilling to buy a home that has been regularly smoked in. The biggest reasons behind buyers not wanting a smoking home are the smell, their personal health and the effect that 2nd and 3rd hand smoke has on their health and their families.

If you own a home and are currently renting it out to tenants, you must make sure you do your due diligence and have it clearly stated in your rental contract that there is no smoking to be allowed in the home. Make sure your tenants are aware that breaking this agreement, and smoking in the home will result in a termination of the contract and potential eviction from the home.

To save yourself a lot of grief down the road, limit your smoking to outside of your house!

We hope you find this information helpful. For more information on home tips, or if you are interested in selling or buying Calgary properties, please Contact Us. We are the Home Sweet Home Team and we are your Calgary Real Estate Connection.

 

 

Home Sweet Home Team Website Launch

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

As I’m sure many of you are aware, in the past month or so we launched our new Home Sweet Home Team website build!

We felt that it was time to re-brand our website to match our new logo, branding, and colours. Our new Home Sweet Home logo, which we hope you all love, was the inspiration for the theme of our website. We were looking for something that could really stand out amongst the thousands of real estate websites people are exposed to.

 

We wanted our website to be simple, eye-popping, trendy and most of all be very functional- we know how important it is to prospective home buyers and sellers these days to have a website that is user friendly and can be a resource for searching Calgary homes for sale information, providing a Calgary home market evaluation, providing information for Calgary business connections, Calgary community information and much more.

 

We hope that you find our website helpful for any of your Calgary real estate needs. Of course if there’s any information you can’t find on our website, feel free to Contact Us and it would be our pleasure to answer any questions you might have regarding buying or selling a Calgary home. Better yet, if you are looking for a Calgary Real Estate Agent, we would love to show you why the Home Sweet Home Team is your best option for a stress-free home selling or buying experience.

 

If you would like to read the review of our Home Sweet Home Team website build, which was created by the Real Estate Web Developer,  Redman Technologies, please Click Here.

 

 

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