Archive for October, 2013

Just Listed- 284 RANCHERO PL NW Calgary

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

We just listed this great 4 bed, 3 bath bungalow situated in the desirable NW Calgary community of Ranchlands. This home is well maintained and shows extremely well. Check out the details!

284 Ranchero PL NW JUST LISTED

You will love this well maintained Bungalow on a huge corner lot in the desirable family oriented community of Ranchlands. As you enter the home you’re invited in by the welcoming front foyer with open concept living room and dining room soaked with tons of natural light. The main floor offers a large living room, dining room, and bright kitchen, spacious master suite with 4 piece ensuite, walk-in closet, and 2 additional bedrooms with one 4 piece bathroom.  The large developed basement includes a 4th bedroom, storage room, huge family room and a recently updated 4 piece bathroom. This home also has an attached oversized single car garage, wood burning fireplace, 2 spacious side-yards, a front deck & hardwood floors. Other upgrades include new Hardie board siding, trims and wood soffits, new asphalt shingles, new windows & fence. This lovely home is located close to schools, parks, public transit and all other amenities.

For more details on this amazing Calgary property for sale please Click Here.

If you are interested in other Calgary properties for sale, please Contact Us today and we will have a Home Sweet Home Team representative help find you the house of your dreams!

Condo Space-Saving Tips

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013


The condo market is one of the busiest sectors of residential real estate in Calgary these days. More Calgarians are choosing to live in condos in downtown Calgary and surrounding areas because of lifestyle preferences. There has been an increase of young professionals who are making the decision to give up a larger home and more space in exchange to be in the hub of the city, close to their place of work, bars, restaurants and more…

For these residents it is important to maximize space in their apartments and condos. This is especially important for kitchens which have a tendency to be smaller in condos. Below you can find a few tips to help keep your condo kitchen tidy and prevent it from looking clustered:

1. Build up: Take advantage of the space that you have above your cupboards and shelves. Use items such pot racks and storage containers placed on top of your cupboards. This will help maintain your counter space and keep things looking clean.

2. Purge: Do you really need the blender, ice cream maker and deep fryer on your counter? We all probably have something in our kitchen that is no longer of use or needed all the time. Remove bulky items that take up counter space and tuck them away in your cupboard.

3. Utilizing Wall Space: Since you don’t have an excess of space it is important to fully utilize the walls surrounding your kitchen. Placing shelves and hooks will keep clutter such as dish towels away from hanging off your stove, counters etc. Your wall space can also be used to hang large mirrors which can create the illusion of making your kitchen look larger than it actually is.

Following these simple steps will allow you to enjoy your condo, even if it’s undersized, to its full potential .


If you are in the market to downsize or are looking to avoid the crazy Calgary rental market, Contact Us today and we will have one of our Home Sweet Home Team condo specialists find you the condo of your dream.

On the other hand, if you are looking to sell your condo, it is currently a great time to consider doing so. The Calgary condo market is being pushed towards being a sellers market and prices are quickly on the rise. Please Click Here if you would like to have a Free Market Evaluation completed on your Calgary property.

JUST LISTED- 3870 Fonda Wy Se, Calgary

Monday, October 21st, 2013

The Home Sweet Home Team JUST LISTED this 3 bed, 2.5 bath half duplex in the SE Calgary community of Fonda. This home is perfect for a Calgarian who is looking for a starter home or someone who is looking for a project. As this home is a foreclosure it is being sold “As Is” but it is a steal of deal.


3870 Fonda Way SE- NEW LISTING


Stop renting & move into your new 1200 sqft home before Christmas!  This 2 story duplex home is ideally located on a quiet street just a short commute to downtown, it is located beside a park, close to schools, shopping, the bus stop, daycare & playgrounds. The outside of the home is fully fenced with a front parking pad, large deck, landscaping & trees. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms & 2 baths. The master has a partial ensuite & walk in closet.  The main level has a living room, make shift kitchen, dining area & 2 piece bath.  The basement has a family room, utility/laundry room & a “surprise” room. Upgrades include hardwood flooring throughout the main level & stairs, new baseboards & trim, some new windows, new doors & a newer furnace. There is still lots of room for the buyer to add their own touches (maybe a kitchen upgrade & final basement completion). This property is being sold “As Is”. Please contact listing agent for a schedule “A”.

For more details on this great Calgary Property for sale please Click Here.

If you are in the market for a different Calgary Property or if you are interested in selling your home and wondering how much your home is worth or how the Home Sweet Home Team can help you, please Contact Us today!

Woodbine Southwest Calgary Home for Sale

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Take a look at our new Home Sweet Home Team listing situated in the desirable SW community of Woodbine. This 3 bed, 3.5 bath Calgary home is in mint condition and shows very well. Don’t miss a chance on this one!

75 Woodford CR SW- NEW LISTINGWelcome to this beautiful, fully developed, 1800 square foot home located in
desirable  woodbine, right across from an off leash dog park, shopping and
schools, which makes this a perfect family oriented community. Four levels make
up this spacious well maintained home. Upstairs is home to the master bedroom
with ensuite and 2 more bedrooms with a 4 piece bathroom. The main level
features a beautiful kitchen with custom cupboards and counter tops and a living room with plenty of sun light. The third level has a living room and a den that
is perfect for your home office. The lower, fully developed basement has an
amazing bathroom with a custom built-in steam room. The back yard has a dog run
or plenty of space that can be used for RV parking with access through a back
lane. Don’t miss this opportunity to live in this well established
neighborhood.  Call for your private showing today!!!

For more details on this lovely SW Calgary property for sale please Click Here.

If you are interested in looking for another property for sale please Contact Us today. We have a Home Sweet Home Team Specialist for you that specializes in every area of Calgary Real Estate that can aid you in both selling and buying residential real estate.



Home Sweet Home Team October Newsletter

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Once again it is that exciting time of the month. The October edition of our Home Sweet Home Team newsletter was just released!

This months newsletter features September Calgary housing statistics, a feature on it being the 100 day mark of the High River flood, back to school tips for parents and kids, and an interesting feature on where Canada’s most eligible millionaires live.  It is a jam packed edition so you will definitely want to take a few minutes to read some of the great articles.

Please Click Here to check out our Calgary real estate newsletter. If you are wanting to subscribe to our newsletter please Click Here so you can be added to our monthly mailing list.

September was another impressive month for the Calgary real estate market. Prices are still on the rise as they are being pushed up by the current low housing inventory in Calgary, especially in regards to detached bungalows. It is a wonderful time to consider selling if you are looking to upgrade and want to take advantage of the HOT MARKET. If you are interested in buying, it is still a great time as Calgary still ranks high in Canada in terms of affordability and at this point prices seem set only to increase.

Please Contact Us today if you are in need of any type of real estate assistance. We are the Home Sweet Home Team and we are your Calgary real estate connection.

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Self Employed Canadians Looking For a Mortgage

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Home Owner pictureWhile freelancers, contractors, entrepreneurs and small business owners are considered an excellent and reliable customer group, it’s not always easy for someone who is self-employed to get mortgage financing. Salaried employees prove their income with their T4 slips. The self-employed on the other hand have a much harder time proving their earnings because they use accounting techniques to report lower income so that taxes are reduced as much as possible.  This can make it harder to prove to lenders that they can afford to make their mortgage payments.


That’s why professional advice is so important. Based on your situation, I will advise you on the type of information you need to present to improve your options and get the best possible terms. For instance, by showing the following I can paint a picture that will mitigate lender risk:

  • Documentation to prove income – tax assessments, tax returns, financial statements, contracts
  • Proof of a registered or incorporated business
  • Good cash flow
  • That you are up to date with your property and income tax payments
  • Strong credit history
  • Solid net worth
  • Savings
  • Long job tenure / residential history, and
  • A significant downpayment.


I also have access to lenders that are not federally regulated and take a less stringent approach when it comes to self-employed borrowers. In fact, your mortgage broker has access to over 50 lenders, including major banks, credit unions, trust and insurance companies, and other national, regional and private lenders.


Many mortgage product options are available for Self-employed individuals also. Recently I helped a Self-employed customer find a near-perfect home in Cochrane. Well, actually the realtor found it, but I gave the realtor a valuable tool that expanded the home search criteria. The tool is a mortgage product called Purchase Plus Improvement. It allowed the customer to add a finished basement to a home that otherwise would have not met their criteria. All the work was done and paid for with inexpensive mortgage money!


Most of all, working with me allows you to delegate the many time-consuming and frustrating tasks associated with securing a mortgage, so you can stay focused on running your business. Also, I will typically work around your hectic schedule.


If you are self employed, you already know it makes sense to go to a specialist to get the job done. Call me and I’ll get started right away!

Jay Meakin

Mortgage Associate – (Mortgage Intelligence)
1535 – 19 Street NW
Calgary AB T2N 2K2
P: (403)861-7399
F: 1-(888)651-4550

We hope you enjoyed this weeks guest blog post courtesy of one of our Home Sweet Home Team preferred mortgage specialists. If you already have qualified for a mortgage and are interested in buying a Calgary home please Contact Us today or post the features that you are looking for in a home on our Post Your Wants Page and we will find you your dream home!

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Century 21 A Home To Call Your Own Campaign

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

The past day has been an exciting one to be a Century 21 real estate agent. Century 21 Canada just announced their new sales campaign which is called a home to call your own campaign. This campaign is a partnership between both RONA and Century 21 Canada. The most exciting part about this campaign is the chance for our clients to win a grand prize courtesy of RONA. Our clients always come first so we hope one of you will be the lucky winner of this sweepstakes.

RONA is offering a $10,000 gift card to the grand prize winner and the second place winner will go home with 5,000 Airmiles Reward Miles. The only condition is you must be an Airmiles member to enter the contest.

If this sounds like something you are interested in please Click Here to enter the contest and GOODLUCK to all those that enter!!!

Century 21 Rona Contest

If you are interested in searching for a Calgary residential property for sale please Contact Us today. We have Home Sweet Home Team associates that specialize in every area of Calgary residential real estate, whether it be single family homes for sale, inner-city condos for sale, commercial real estate for sale, rural real estate for sale and all other types of properties that are for sale on the Calgary MLS.  

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Your Calgary Real Estate Connection

Why You Should Get A Home Inspection Before Purchasing

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Lots of my clients ask us ” What are the benefits to having a home inspection?” Here are a few reasons why a home inspection is beneficial when purchasing a home.  


  • A home inspection can help you avoid costly surprises down the road and may also be used as a negotiating tool that will facilitate a reduction in the price of a property.
  • A home inspection can reveal any defects or various repairs that may need to be addressed before possession day
  • Home inspections can give you a piece of mind. It limits the number of surprises you may discover once you move in.
  • A home inspector can give you valuable information and details about your home, such as: The current condition of the property, possible safety concerns,  location of main service panels and shut off valves. A home inspector can alert you of any maintenance and type of repairs that may need to be done.
  • Having a professional home inspection can give you the  reassurance that you are making a sound investment.

Please visit our Home Sweet Home Team Website for additional home tips, our Home Sweet Home Team feature listings, Calgary housing information and MUCH MORE…

If you are interested in buying or selling a Calgary property please Contact Us today and we will show you the advantages of using the Home Sweet Home Team.

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