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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!

Home Sweet Home Team

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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.

 

Home & Mortgage

  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.

 

Home Sweet Home Team

Division of Century 21 Bamber Realty LTD.

(P) 403. 874. 9021 / 403. 542.6926

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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.

Home Sweet Home Team

~ Passion ~ Integrity ~ Honesty ~

(P) 403-874-9021

(P) 403-542-6926

Email: agent@homesweethometeam.ca

 

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!

http://www.roarawards.com/

Home Sweet Home Team

Century 21 Bamber Realty

403-874-9021

 

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.

renovations

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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Home Sweet Home Team

403.874.9021

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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!

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.

 

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.

 

 

Sabroso Restaurant Review

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

We thought we would change things up a little bit with the Home Sweet Home Team blogs about and provide our readers with reviews of some of our great Calgary dining experiences and some recommendations for new, trendy Calgary eating spots that you just have to check out!

Today for lunch the Home Sweet Home Team went to one of the newest restaurant additions to the Downtown Calgary food scene, Sabroso Restaurant. Sabrosos is located right off 17th Ave Calgary at 1504 16th Ave SW.

The atmosphere in Sabrosos is great and fits very well with their Latin American theme and food offering. The service was great and the food was even better. It was very authentic and different than any kind of Latin American food we have ever tried in Calgary. The chicken tostados, chimichurri steak, steak and chicken arepas were all amazing. For a latin American place they also made a mean Caesar, which is something you definitely need to have to survive in the Calgary food scene!

Sabrosos is one of our new favorite spots in Calgary. We will definitely be returning in the near feature and we recommend you check it out!

Calgary Housing Market Stats May 2013

Friday, June 7th, 2013

May was a record breaking month for the housing market. Both the average sales price and the number of Calgary luxury homes sold set new records!

Take a look at the video for an update on the happenings in the Calgary real estate market. If you would like more details on Calgary properties for sale, or if you are in the market to sell your Calgary property, please Contact Us today!

 

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