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Why Use a REALTOR®?

Monday, November 27th, 2017

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

Monday, November 20th, 2017

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

Monday, November 13th, 2017

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

Monday, November 6th, 2017

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.

 

Calgary Real Estate Market Update- March 2017

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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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The Top Producing Team at Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd.

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Calgary Housing Market Outlook & Forecast 2017

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

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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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YYC New Home Buyers Social

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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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!

Home Sweet Home Team

Top Producing Team At Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd.

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Calgary’s Spring Real Estate Market is Heating Up

Monday, April 13th, 2015

It’s starting to feel more and more like Spring every single day here in Calgary. This is an especially exciting Spring for many Calgarians as our local NHL team, the Calgary Flames, made the playoffs for the first time in 6 years. The Calgary Flames have been the big surprise of the NHL season this year. We hope that this translates in to them going on a long run this spring and bringing our great city alive with it.

For additional information on what is being experienced in this Spring 2015 Real Estate market in Calgary, please see below.

 

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Well, we haven’t seen a spring market like this one in years! With the high inventory and more listings coming on in the next couple of months, it is one of the best times to buy real estate that Calgary has seen for a couple years now. For buyers, it is a great opportunity to earn some equity or move up to a larger home for less. Buyers are being cautious and not jumping into a sale at first site. This is causing homes to sit on the market a lot longer than it has in the past couple of years and sellers are becoming more motivated. Buyers who understand the market are taking advantage of this time to get into their dream house for less. Our webpage dedicated to home buyers offers insight into the process and access to the entire MLS IDX search system that is updated on a regular basis.

For sellers, the balanced market still offers a very reasonable return on your investment. It is more important than ever now to find a Realtor® who is keeping close tabs on the home values and has the experience in this type of market to move your property. The key is pricing right and knowing where your home sits in the current market. Click here to request a free and confidential market evaluation.

Having a Team of Realtors working for your clients can add $$ to their pocket at closing and you will come out looking like the hero. Our Team of professionals can assist them with the buy and sell of their property from beginning to end and get their home sold in this tough market. Our network of contacts and online marketing helps us achieve our goals to become the Full Service Team for their Real Estate needs. Our Valued Clients, are what makes us successful.

On May 30th, 2015 Julie and Megan will be participating in the Easter Seals Woman 2 Warrior Calgary in support of Easter Seals Alberta and Children’s Hospital Aid Society. If you would like to help with this cause, donations can be made here https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=594994#&panel1-4 For more information about Woman2Warrior Calgary or to join us on May 30th, please visit www.woman2warrior.ca.

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The Best Places in Calgary to Watch the World Cup 2014

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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After a long 4 year wait, that exciting time has finally arrived. The World Cup hosted in Brazil officially commenced today. This massive event brings billions of viewers worldwide to root on their prospective football/ soccer teams and countries.

Here in Calgary we can expect to see the streets flooded with the jerseys representing the 32 nations at the World Cup. Events like this are great for bringing out large groups of people to support our local Calgary businesses, especially pubs because what’s better than having a beer and cheering for your favourite team!

We put together a list of Calgary bars and pubs that we recommend checking out for the World Cup festivities to grab a bite, a beverage and to join your fellow countrymen and women in cheering on your team on their road to glory!

St. James Corner

1219 1 St SW

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St. James Corner will be playing all of the World Cup soccer games live with sound. The bar will be open for games starting at 10 am and will be serving a breakfast special until 11 am. For more information please call (403) 262-1157 or email jeffb@stjamescorner.ca or visit St James Corner.

Ship & Anchor

534 17 Ave SW

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Ship & Anchor is known as having a great soccer culture in Calgary as they play many live games throughout the year. This will make it a great place to check out a game or two throughout the World Cup as you will be sure to find many die-hard and passionate fans. Ship & Anchor will be playing all the games live with sound and feature many screens throughout the bar, not too mention a massive patio tv! For more information please call 403-245-3333 or visit Ship & Anchor

Jamesons 17th Avenue Uptown

1230 17 Ave SW

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Jamesons Irish Pub on 17th Ave will be playing all of the games in full sound throughout the Fifa World Cup as well. If you decide to watch a world cup game at Jamesons you will be entered to win an official FIFA Jersey or Scarf. Jamesons will be offering breakfast every day and will be serving authentic FIFA World Cup Brazil bottles of Heinken, Carlsberg and Budweiser. For more information call (403) 984. 9445 or visit Jamesons 17th Avenue Uptown.

National on 17th

550 17th ave SW

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National On 17th will be playing many of the games live with sound and they are well stocked with TVs. Take a look at National On 17th for their listings of FIFA World Cup games that they will be showing.

 

We hope you enjoy the World Cup and we can’t wait to see our Calgary streets flooded with fans!

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Calgary’s Real Estate Market Surpasses All-Time Avg. Home Sales Price Record

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

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Don’t let the cool temperatures outside fool you. Calgary’s Real Estate Market is on fire!! The all-time average home price record was smashed in February! The average home sales price was $482,529, easily beating last June’s record of $466,466.

It is a great time to take advantage of these favorable conditions and consider selling. On the other hand, it is still a good time to buy as Calgary is considered one of Canada’s most affordable housing markets and prices are on the rise. Contact us today!

Source: Calgary Herald – http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/real-estate/Calgary+housing+market+sets+time+price+records/9571808/story.html

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If you are interested in selling or buying a Calgary property please Contact Us today! We can’t wait to get started.

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