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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!

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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

WE are the Home Sweet Home Team. WE are your go-to Greater Calgary real estate experts. Real estate is not a job for us, it is our passion.

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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Calgary Places as the Number Two City in the World Prosperity Ranking

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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According to the  Toronto Region Board of Trade’s 2014 Scorecard on Prosperity, Calgary ranked in as the 2nd most prosperous city in the world. Calgary ranked behind only Paris, France in terms of prosperity.

Calgary’s robust income, coupled with a very strong employment grate and growth are the main factors behind the top two ranking. Other major reasons for Calgary’s strong ranking are our relatively low housing affordability, a growing young labor force and moderately low commute times.

The other Canadian cities that made the list are Toronto, ranked at 3rd place, Vancouver and Montreal at 11 & 12, and Halifax ranking in as the world’s 16th most prosperous city.

For a full report on the 2014 Prosperity Scorecard and where the rest of the worlds major cities ranked please click here: 2014 Prosperity Scorecard

We were ecstatic to learn about Calgary’s top 2 prosperity ranking. Calgary’s real estate market has been a direct beneficiary of our cities strong, growing and prosperous economy. As mentioned earlier in this article, despite the booming economy and growing housing prices, Calgary is still one of the leaders in Canadian home affordability. We look excitingly look forward to seeing what other accolades our wonderful city will achieve in 2014.

 

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Your Greater Calgary Realtors

Century 21 Bamber Realty Top Producing Team

403.874.9021 / 403.542.6926

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Calgary Ranked 5th Most Liveable City in the World

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

According to the Global Liveability Ranking and Report August 13 by Economic Intelligence Unit, Calgary was ranked the 5th most liveable city in the world!!

Calgary 5th most liveable city

Calgary is joined in the top 5 by Vancouver and Toronto, who finished as number 3 and 4 respectively. These are exciting times for our great city of Calgary, as Calgary has also been named one of the top most 10 prosperous cities in the world and one of the top places to raise a family.

In terms of which factors ranked the highest, Calgary received a perfect score of 100 for healthcare, education, and stability. These are 3 of the categories that are of the highest importance and therefore carry a higher weighting. Calgary also ranked very high in regards to its infrastructure and culture & environment.

Rounding out the top 5 in front of the 3 Canadian cities are Melbourne, Australia and Vienna, Austria.

List of the Top Ten Cities

 

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Source: Global Liveability Ranking and Report August 13

This is truly an exciting time for Calgary, we are receiving tons of global recognition and our real estate market is busier than it has been in some time. We are the Home Sweet Home Team and we are your Calgary Real Estate Connection. If you are interested in moving to our amazing city of Calgary and would like more information on it please Click Here.

Please Contact Us today if you are interested in buying or selling a Calgary property!

 

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