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Home Sweet Home Team Vacation Resort Give-away

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

 

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We figured now that the Stampede is officially over that you might be in need of an escape from this city! Your favourite Calgary Real Estate Team loves our followers so much, we thought we would help you in planning your next vacation. Take a look below for details on our exclusive Facebook contest.

The Home Sweet Home Team is offering one lucky winner of our Facebook Home Sweet Home Team Vacation Resort Give-away a resort vacation certificate  entitling you to a free one week (7 night) stay at one of the participating world wide resorts. This Resort Vacation Certificate allows you to choose from hundreds of popular resorts throughout the world, depending on location and availability.

We will be running this contest from today, Tuesday July 14th, 2015 until next Monday July 20th, 2015. This will give you plenty of time to enter and start daydreaming about planning your next trip!

Contest Details Summary

  • * To be eligible to win you must both share the post regarding our contest and like our Home Sweet Home Team Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/homesweethometeam
  • * Entries must be submitted from Tuesday July 14th at 12:00 pm until Monday July 20th at 2:00 pm
  • * Our randomly selected winner from all the entries, will win one prize consisting of a  Resort Vacation Certificate entitling them to a one week ( 7 night stay) at a participating resort / timeshare of their choice
  • * This prize DOES NOT include flights to the resort
  • * The winner will be emailed their Resort Vacation Certificate immediately after they are announced

For more details on Resort Vacation Certificates and restrictions please click here: https://www.resortcerts.com . You can start looking through at potential destinations and cross your fingers to hope that you are the lucky winner!

Best of luck to all entering the contest courtesy of the Home Sweet Home Team- Your Calgary Real Estate Connection!

Update: Congratulations to Heather Ransome for being the lucky winner of our Home Sweet Home Team Contest. Thanks to everyone for the great response we received for the contest. We are looking forward to our next one!

The Home Sweet Home Team is a full service team that specializes in all areas of Calgary Real Estate. We service buyers, sellers and investors. We can assist you with all your Real Estate needs across Canada. We are confident that we can help you achieve all of your real estate goals.  We believe in creating a positive and a personal relationship with each one of our clients.  Not only do we like to deliver what our clients request, we strive to service them above and beyond the “typical real estate services”.

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Well Maintained Affordable NE Calgary Pineridge Property For Sale

Friday, July 10th, 2015

By now we have all heard our share of commentary on the state of the  Calgary Real Estate Market so far this year, some good and some bad. Despite concerns over the oil market’s effect on the economy, we are on pace for a record year. We have noticed that the market has been rapidly heating up (no pun) as we have gone deeper in to the Summer. In regards to this hot Calgary Real Estate Market, we just LISTED and CONDITIONALLY SOLD this beautiful NE Calgary home in Pineridge in only a matter of hours after listing it. Now who wants to say our real estate market is crashing!

Take a look below for additional details on this great property.

2832 66 St NE

2832 66 St NE

Welcome to this well maintained, updated 3 bed, 2.5 bath home situated in one of NE Calgary’s most sought after communities, Pineridge! This unique 2 storey home will immediately grab your attention with its stunning exterior curb appeal. Once in the home you are greeted by the massive living room that features lots of natural light from the large windows, with tons of space to accommodate a good sized dining area. The updated kitchen features newer appliances, cabinets and countertops. Upstairs boasts a spacious master bedroom, newly renovated 4 pc. bath with in-floor heating and 2 additional bedroom. Downstairs there is a fully developed basement with a large family room and half bath. Additional updates include the stone exterior (2011), stucco (2012), fresh paint throughout and an exceptionally landscaped backyard & patio area. This home is located across from a great park & close to all amenities. Book your showing today!

If you were too late to this property but are interested in other properties in NE Calgary please contact us today. We would be more than happy to be of assistance.

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Beautiful Spotless Mahogany Calgary Home For Sale!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

We hope everyone is enjoying this surprisingly warm January week here in Calgary! Now that the holiday season is fading in to memory and we are moving closer to spring, we expect to see an increase of activity in the Calgary Real Estate Market. There has been lots of new listing inventory entering the market which is a great sign for buyers looking for quality home inventory. We are excited to be able to contribute to this increase in the new home inventory in Calgary. Take a look below for details on our breathtaking new listing in Mahogany!

122 Marquis PT SE

122 Marquis PT SE AD

Welcome to contemporary living in this exquisite, charming 2 storey home in Calgary’s premiere lake community, Mahogany! The minute you walk in to this home you will fall in love with the inviting, bright, open concept feel. One of the homes many highlights is the flawless, gourmet kitchen showcased by granite counter tops, floating island & raised eating bar, large walk-in pantry and top of the line stainless steel appliances. The charming living room boasts a gas fireplace, and plenty of space to relax at the end of a busy day or for entertaining. Upstairs there are 3 generous sized bedrooms, a bonus room, spacious laundry room & a dream master suite equipped with 2 walk-in closets & an amazing 5 piece bath with dual vanities, soaker tub and shower. Additional luxurious upgrades& features include full Hunter Douglas blinds featured throughout ($8K), professionally landscaped and fenced ($12K), large deck with natural gas hookup & roughed in vacuflow system. Close to all amenities!

If you are interested in additional details on our Mahogany property for sale, please contact us today. If you are in the market for another Calgary property do not hesitate to contact us today!

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JUST LISTED- Rundle Home For Sale

Monday, July 21st, 2014

We JUST LISTED a gently lived in, extremely well maintained home in the desirable NE Calgary community of Rundle. Take a look below for more details on this property. If this property catches your eye and you would like more details of it or would like to see it for yourself, please CONTACT US today!

1827 38 ST NE Calgary, Alberta

1827 38 St NE AD

Now is your opportunity to move into this outstanding home in the community of Rundle! This home offers 1776 sq. ft. of living space above grade! Many upgrades have been put into this property such as new laminate flooring, new paint on the main level, new vinyl wallpaper, a newer hot water tank and a high efficiency furnace, just to name a few! This spacious, open floor plan boasts a huge living room, den/laundry room, good sized kitchen, formal dining room, 3 piece bath, and a family room with a natural gas fireplace on the main levels. Walking upstairs you will find two generously sized bedrooms and a massive master bed with a 2 piece en-suite, and a 4 piece bath! Downstairs there is a rec room, workshop, cold room, and a tons of storage! This property also offers an oversized double detached garage, west facing backyard with a deck and tons of privacy! Walking distance to all amenities including Peter Lougheed Hospital, Sunridge Mall, LRT, bus routes, restaurants, and schools!

Please contact us today if you are interested in more details on this Rundle property or if you would like to take a viewing of the property. If you are interested in other properties, we would be happy to set you up on a customized search specific to your housing needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us if this is something you are interested in.

 

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Summer Projects That Can Improve The Return on Investment on Your Home

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Deciding on what home improvements offer the greatest return on investment is key when deciding which projects to undertake.

Summertime in Calgary is a great time to consider investing some time and effort in to outdoor projects that will not only add value to your home but also increase its curb appeal. In a city like Calgary where warm months are far and between, it is important to maximize your time on the right projects. We have included a list of 4 outdoor home improvements below that we recommend for your summer home improvement project! 

1)    Building Or Upgrading a Patio or Deck:

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Not only does a patio or deck contribute greatly to the visual appeal of the outdoor space of your home and make the perfect area to host guests. It can also add to the resale value of your home. If you do not currently have a patio or deck, be prepared to research and plan what materials you would like to use and the building requirements for your area.

If your existing patio or deck is beginning to look aged and weathered, this might be the time to consider re-paint or re-finishing it. Focus on a neutral stain tone or colour that will complement the exterior of the home.

2)    Landscaping Your Property

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An excellent way to instantly enhance your properties curb appeal is to have it landscaped. Whether its adding a few flower beds to your yard, a full garden, trees or even a pond or waterfall, landscaping can maximize the desirability of your home. The best way to leave a lasting first impression with prospective home buyers is to make them want to stop and view your property. Landscaping is great at achieving these results and showing off your home.

3)    Replace or Build a Fence

Having a fence on your property increases its feeling of privacy, making you feel both more safe and secure. Ensure that your fence is not only sturdy but also is visually attractive and compliments your outdoor space.

4)    Re-Shingling Your Roof

A home with a strong, durable roof is very important in a city such as Calgary, where we have long winters with extreme conditions. If your roof is showing lots of wear and tear or worse signs of water seepage, we recommend you contact a qualified roofing contractor. If you are planning to tackle this job yourself, make sure you are knowledgeable and experienced as this is a repair that is not suited for your average joe.

We hope that you find these tips useful. We look forward to hearing how your summer home projects turn out. If you are looking to sell your property, or are curious to know what the value could be, or if you are interested in additional home tips, please Contact Us directly.

*Note* The pictures featured throughout this blog were taken from our stunning Glendale Bungalow for sale. If you are interested in this property or would like to schedule a viewing please do not hesitate to contact us!

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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

You would never know it by looking outside but Spring has officially arrived in Calgary. With arrival of Spring comes one of everyone’s most dreaded tasks; home spring cleaning and home spring maintenance to prepare for the upcoming months. As many of us do, there are tasks that you have been delaying, waiting for this never-ending Calgary winter to finally come to a much anticipated and long-awaited end. We have included a list below that should help get you off your feet and give you an idea of few spring maintenance tasks that you should think about tackling!

Spring Cleaning

  • Service your fireplace, woodstove, and chimney as necessary
  • Make sure the gas fireplace and furnace pilot lights are turned off whenever possible
  • Ensure your smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector and security alarms are equipped with charged batteries and are functioning adequately
  • Inspect and clean furnace filters, and replace if necessary.  If you have a Heat Recovery Ventilation system, your filters should be inspected every couple of months
  • Check to make sure your air condition system is working properly. Be sure to have it serviced every few years
  • Clean and replace air conditioning  filters as often as you can
  • Clean windows and screens.  Repair or replace screens if damaged or worn out
  • Once weather conditions have warmed up, open the valve to the outside water hose connection
  • Repair and paint fences if they are in poor condition
  • Touch up areas on your exterior that were damaged by the harsh winter conditions
  • Ensure sump pump and downspout spouts are pointed away from the home so that the draining water doesn’t pool up and potentially cause a flood
  • Remove all debris out of drainage ditches
  • Start carrying out any spring landscaping that is necessary; fertilize young trees

We hope that you found these springs maintenance tips helpful. This Spring Calgary Real Estate Market is shaping up to be a very busy and record setting few months. Conditions are still very favorable for home sellers. Buyer’s demand is very strong, that combined with a small inventory of listings has resulted in rising home prices and home sales. If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity to maximize the value for your Calgary property please CONTACT US today!

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Top 10 Mortgage Tips For 2014

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Your home may be the biggest investment you’ll ever make. That means you want to be smart with your mortgage. Although we can’t say for sure what mortgage rates will do – or how the housing market will shift – we have compiled our top tips for the year ahead; sensible strategies for today’s homebuyers and owners.

 

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  1. Variables are back. Several lenders are offering strong “prime minus” rates that could save you thousands in interest. And the Bank of Canada is still holding their key “overnight rate” very steady and very low… making variable-rate mortgages a sensible option right now. Fixed versus variable has always been a challenging mortgage decision. Let us help you decide which financing option best meets your needs.
  2. Don’t sleepwalk through your mortgage renewal. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to save thousands on your mortgage. When your lender sends you a letter saying it’s time to renew… then it’s time to get an expert second opinion. We’re independent and we have access to over 50 lenders. If there’s a better deal, we’ll find it.
  3. Pay your phone bill on time! Paying your bills on time has always been the most important credit habit. Equifax recently started to include phone companies on credit bureau reports – so your lender can see if you have any delinquencies with your phone bills. Look like a good borrower.
  4. Keep other good credit habits. Don’t let your credit accounts exceed 30 per cent of your limit. Don’t cancel an old credit card without getting advice. And don’t sign up for store cards: they often have crazy interest rates, and the application triggers a credit inquiry (you don’t want a lot of those).
  5. Mortgage versus total debt. Do you have high-interest debt outside your mortgage that you won’t be able to pay off in the next few months? Then think about rolling that debt into a new low-rate mortgage. This one, smart strategy could save you thousands… and boost your monthly cash flow. We can analyze your situation to see if you qualify.
  6. What’s the prepayment penalty? Don’t let anyone tell you prepayment penalties are “all the same”. They’re not. If you ever need to get out of your mortgage early, the right mortgage could save you thousands. Not all lenders calculate penalties the same way, and the differences can be substantial. It helps to know which lenders have the most fair prepayment penalties. With access to dozens of lenders – we’ve got that information at our fingertips.
  7. If one of you wants to keep the marital home. If you are going through a separation or divorce and one of you wants to keep the marital home, we’ve got some great mortgage options, including a mortgage to 95 per cent. Your home can be the asset that gives you both a fresh start!
  8. A paydown will pay it forward. Take every opportunity to beat down your mortgage principal using any prepayment privileges! Use tax refunds, bonuses, whatever. Or switch to weekly or bi-weekly payments. Every dollar you pay down on principal means every future payment goes further.
  9. Thinking renovation? We see what you see. Your reno will add value to your home. That’s why we have a special “Refinance Plus Improvements” mortgage that lets you refinance up to 80 per cent of the new, post-reno value of your home. Cool deal.
  10. Come in for a checkup. Your mortgage needs an annual checkup. Really. Life doesn’t stand still, which means your needs may have changed. Even a minor tweak can pay big dividends.

 

This week’s guest entry blog was courtesy of Jay Meakin, a mortgage associate at Mortgage Intelligence. If you are looking to get pre-approved for a mortgage to purchase a home or are interested in any information regarding mortgages for Calgary properties please contact him at (P) 403. 861.7399 or at (E) jay.meakin@migroup.ca

We hope you found today’s blog useful and that it will aid you in being a smarter and more educated home buyer or seller. The Calgary Real Estate Market has got off to a rapid start in 2014. Home inventory is continuing to decrease as buyer’s demand is continuing to increase. This is pushing prices up and conditions in favor of sellers. If you are considering selling your home, now might be the right time to maximize the value of your property. On the other hand, prices are projected to keep on growing in the upcoming year. It might be the right time to start looking to buy the property of your dreams before the rush of the busy Spring Market arrives.

Please Contact Us today if you are interested in receiving a Free Market Evaluation on your home or if you would like us to set you up on a private home search  so we can narrow down what type of property you are looking for.

 

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Home Sweet Home Team Listings Hitting the Calgary Real Estate Market

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

The Home Sweet Home Team hopes everyone is having as great and busy of a hump day as we are! The new year has been extremely busy for the Calgary real estate market thus far. Listings inventory is continuing to decrease and buyers demand is stronger than ever, pushing conditions well in favor of sellers.

Due to this low supply of housing inventory in many Calgary communities, we thought we would provide our loyal followers with a little bit of a sneak a peak of a few of our listings hitting the market in the next week or so:

4 Suite Attached Home In Bridgeland

408 7A ST NE- New Listing

In the next couple weeks, we will be listing this classic 4 suiter attached home in the desirable inner-city Calgary community of Bridgeland. We don’t expect this one to be on the market for long as it is a great investment opportunity. Not only is it located near downtown where there is little to no home inventory but it is also rent-able and currently full with tenants.

 

SW Calgary Townhouse

NEW LISTING- # 24 4810 40 AV SW

We are also listing this great 3 bed, 2 bath townhouse is the SW Calgary community of Glamorgan. Similar to that of inner-city calgary, the SW quadrant of Calgary is extremely low on housing product and we would recommend that you contact us ASAP if you are interested in details on this newly updated home. This home is priced very affordable and has everything a prospective buyer could want in a Calgary townhouse.

1 Bed, 1 Bath + Den, Condo in Varsity Landing

Varsity Landing

 

Welcome to Varsity Landing. This spacious 1 bed, 1 bath + den condo is located in the perfect location in NW Calgary, near the University of Calgary. Standout features include vaulted ceilings, underground parking and the unit includes a storage locker. The unit is ideally located on the top floor. If you are a first time home buyer, or a savvy investor looking for a great condo, this one is for you!

 

The Home Sweet Home Team will be sure to update our followers on any other new listings we have hitting the market in the upcoming months. We understand this is a tough market for buyers trying to find a home that fits their needs.

We will put even more effort in to educating our home buyers and helping them beat the rush of a large pool of home buyers looking for similar product. If you have considered selling your home and wanted to wait until it was the right time to maximize the value for your home, that time is now!With such low home inventory, home prices are reaching record highs, days on market are continuing to decrease, and sales are continuing to peak!

Contact Us today to find out how we can help you with your buying or selling real estate needs.

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CREB ROAR Awards

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

New HSH Profile PictureThe Home Sweet Home Team – Century 21 – Calgary Real Estate takes pride in servicing our clients to the highest standard of customer service and are constantly striving to improve. We would appreciate if you could please take a minute out of your day to rate and review our services on AlbertaHomeOwner.com.
 
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The Roar Awards (Recognizing Our Accomplished Realtors®) are a unique opportunity to celebrate the exceptional talent and hard work of Calgary and area REALTORS®. They recognize REALTORS® for their professionalism, excellence and dedication to their careers, mentorship, and how REALTORS® contribute to their communities.

These prestigious awards identify each recipient as a true professional, with qualities to which all REALTORS® can aspire.

There are five categories: Marketing Excellence, Mentorship Distinction, Community Impact, Commitment to EducationPeople’s REALTOR®

If you are satisfied with the real estate experience that you had with the Home Sweet Home Team, we would greatly appreciate if you nominated us for a CREB ROAR award recognizing real estate excellence in Calgary.

THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT! We will continue to be your connection for all things real estate in Greater Calgary. Whether its buying, selling, investing, or commercial real estate, we have a specialist for you!

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Do It Yourself Home Improvement Goals For 2014

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

From the Home Sweet Home Team to you, we want to wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year!! We are proud to announce that we finished 2013 being ranked in the top 3 teams at Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. for the year. It was truly an amazing year and this success would not have been possible without the support of our clients, referral partners, friends, family and everyone else who has supported us along our journey. We are looking forward to carrying this success over to an even BIGGER and BETTER 2014.

2014 is looking like it will be another very exciting and dynamic year for the Calgary Real Estate Market after a record setting 2013. Calgary home sales and price growth are set to keep up pace with the high rates of last year. For all of your Greater Calgary real estate needs please think of the Home Sweet Home Team.

The New Year is also a busy time for current homeowners to get a start on their home projects for 2014, or get to those ones that always seemed to end up on the back burner in 2013. Below you can find 5 do-it-yourself (DIY) home projects to focus on in 2014 that are relatively inexpensive and easy enough to tackle on your own.

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1) Paint Touch-up

Touching up the paint in your home is a great, and inexpensive way to upgrade it and make your rooms appear sparkling new again. We have all seen that room that is a sight for sore eyes and the color does not match the theme of the rest of the home. Choose a color that is neutral and visually appealing. This will go along way in attracting potential buyers when it comes time to you wanting to sell your home!

2) Map Out Your Homes Electricity Circuit

This is one of those projects that seems like common sense but for whatever reason many of us forget to do it or ignore the importance of it. Properly labeling circuits will allow you to know which circuits relate to which outlets. lights, rooms etc. Next time you go to start a project that requires you to work with electrical circuits in some form such as change a light fixture your life will be made a lot easier.

3) New Light Fixtures

The majority of homeowners aren’t comfortable doing electrical home improvements themselves. However, if you are in that group who is comfortable carrying out such projects, upgrading light fixtures can go a long way in brightening up your space. Look for unique, modern light  fixtures that can provide some needed personality to rooms such as kitchens and living rooms. Depending on the cost and quality you should have plenty of options to find the right light fixtures for you.

4) New Blinds and Drapes

It happens to the best of us, but as years go by those outdated blinds and drapes continue to hang in your room and make your room look as out of date as them. Replacing the blinds and drapes is an easy project to tackle yourself and can go along way in making your room look much more appealing. If you recently bought a house and aren’t a fan of the blinds and drapery, this gives you a chance to start from scratch and put up something that matches the design and style of your home. Not too mention that you can replace them in the entire house for relatively cheap by visiting places such as Walmart, Home Depot or Ikea.

5) New Doorknobs

Adding new doorknobs is another relatively easy project to take on yourself. Replacing out of date and defected door knobs can make your home much more functional and up to date.

We hope that you find these home tips useful and that they motivate you to complete some of these home improvement projects that you have put off for some time.

If your New Years Resolutions include buying or selling a home, we are here for you! We are your Greater Calgary Real Estate Connection. At the Home Sweet Home Team we ensure that every real estate transaction you have is flawless and that you are offered the best customer service on the market. To find out more how we can assist you please CONTACT US today!

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