All Blog Entries by Joel Gwillim

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What’s going on in Calgary – February 2015

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 at 9:45am. 590 Views, 0 Comments.

No matter what you're intersted in, you'll be able to find something to entertain you this month!

YYC Hot Chocolate Fest
February 1 - 28, 2015

Just like the name states this is a month long festival dedicated to hot chocolate! Throughout the month participating coffee shops, restaurants, chocolatiers and hotels will create signature hot chocolate drinks to receive bragging rights in this friendly competition. This is all in support of Calgary Meals on Wheels in which partial proceeds from each drink will be donated.

yychotchocolate.com

 

MEC Ice Climbing Festival
Jan 30, 2015 -  Feb 1, 2015

If you’re still a little hesitant to try ice climbing a mountain why not give a wall a shot? MEC Ice Climbing Festival is the perfect place to

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Smart Technologies For Your Home

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 4:02pm. 875 Views, 0 Comments.

You’ve already heard of smartphones and smart cars but the next major player in smart technology is smart homes. Below are some of the gadgets that were featured at the biggest tech show of the year, CES 2015.

Bosch’s Home Connect App allows users to use their smartphones to check the status of their dishwasher cycle, or to program temperature and time settings in their oven, and users can even receive photos from their smart fridges interior, so you know what to buy at the store! However this amazing app is not yet offered in Canada, bummer.

 

QardioBase by Qardio is a wireless smart scale that tracks your weight with emojis, and with the slogan “start your day with a smile” it would be hard not to.

 

Petcube camera lets you stay connected

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Calgary Real Estate Month in Review - December 2014

Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at 11:50am. 418 Views, 0 Comments.

The 2014 real estate market has come and gone. Here's all you need to know about the December 2014 market in Calgary compared to the previous month and year. 

Calgary Real Estate Infographic

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Could You Live in 500 SQFT?

Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 5:40pm. 886 Views, 0 Comments.

Tough question! Most people would immeditely say 'no'. But, looking around the market, there are becoming more and more options around this size. Why? Well, as I address in a previous blog helping out condo dwellers with space issues, to gain entry into certain desirable areas, sometimes you gotta go small! But is small really all that bad? It forces you to purge more often, riding yourself of unused items. It creates a minimalistic lifestyle, one free of the 'stuff' we tend to collect over the years. It also demands smart and stylish design. Finally, it's easier on the wallet! Hey, I'm starting to see a lot of plusses here.  

So let's examine what 500 or even sub 500 sqft looks like these days, from some of the most popular, upcoming condo

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The DO NOT's of Selling Real Estate

Friday, March 21st, 2014 at 2:35pm. 446 Views, 0 Comments.

A few months back I posted the DO NOT's of buying Real Estate, so I figured it's time to aid and come to the rescue of those selling! Selling a home can be a stressful time. Let's ease that tension and get you going on the right path by knowing the wrongs. Here are a few tips on what not to do, when selling real estate:

- Don't make it hard for buyers to access your property. Clean, shovel snow, and are you saying no to a lot of showings?

- Don't make a hard sell on your very own property. When a prospective buyer has an appointment, leave! Don't make an awkward situation for them.

- Don't think the 'waiting until Spring' moto is always best. Do you really want all that competition? Consider times when inventory levels are down.

- Don't

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The DO NOT's of Buying Real Estate

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 11:15pm. 617 Views, 0 Comments.

It seems we're always focused on the do's in life. And why wouldn't we? Positivity is king, and such a powerful tool in a healthy and flourishing lifestyle. But let's take a moment and focus on the do not's, as they can be just as important. Here are a few tips on what not to do, when purchasing real estate:

- Don't buy because it looks nice furnished. It might be set up in a way to wow you, but when it is vacant and empty on move-in day, will you still love it?

- Don't buy without researching the neighborhood or building. What's the history and reputation of the area? In due time, what is getting built next door?

- Don't buy thinking an auction/foreclosure is always a great deal. Typically a very risky play, fancy yourself a gambler?

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'Keep Calm and Buy Condos'

Friday, October 11th, 2013 at 1:50pm. 1,287 Views, 0 Comments.

Yes, we’ve all heard of the various ‘Keep Calm’ commercialization slogans over the past 10 years. And are we getting tired of them? Perhaps, but this is one mantra I used this summer during one of the busiest events in the world in hopes to gain some promotion and have a little fun at the same time. I’ll give you three guesses on what that busy Calgary event was, and two don’t count … Stampede, yes, of course!

Being in sales and devoted to creative marketing, I figured what better occasion to have some fun with it than the good ole Calgary Stampede? I mean, the tally at the gate to the grounds was over one million with a day to go during the 10 day city wide celebration. The motto was this: Keep Calm and Buy Condos, i.e. select a specialist such as

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EXCLUSIVE SALES EVENT at 6th And Tenth! Brand New Upcoming Condo Development in Beltline/Connaught

Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 10:15am. 2,119 Views, 0 Comments.

With construction set to commence soon, I'm very excited to announce a ONE DAY EXCLUSIVE SALES EVENT at the 6th And Tenth Condo Development.

RSVP HERE!

Saturday, October 19th from 12-5pm  //  633 10th Avenue SW

This is your chance to save up to $35,000 on a pre-construction, brand new condo! What else? We are offering an extended 6 month deposit schedule and a free storage locker as well. Talk about value!

The development is anticipated to be completed in the 4th quarter of 2015 and has already had a great response from inner city enthusiasts due it's sleek design, flawless floor plans, high end finishings and impeccable location. 6th And Tenth's address boasts a walk score of 95, describing it as a "walker's paradise".

One Bedroom

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Selling Your House and the Dating Scene: The Eerie Similarities

Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 8:50am. 1,303 Views, 0 Comments.

What an interesting comparison, I thought so too! Let’s go through some of the humorous parallels on selling your home and dating…

The first viewing // The first date

The property is live, looks good and you anxiously await the first call from your Realtor that you have someone interested in a private viewing. You get the call, the butterflies commence, and you think “ok, is everything clean, is everything put away that needs to be, does everything look and smell good?!” Check! Let’s vacate and hope they like what they see!

You’re single, confident and on the market. You meet someone, they show interest and you exchange numbers. You get the call, the butterflies begin, and you think “ok what should I wear, does everything look good with the

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Mortgage Free for One Year with 6th And Tenth! Brand New Upcoming Downtown Calgary Condo

Monday, June 3rd, 2013 at 11:30pm. 2,749 Views, 0 Comments.

If there's one way to get a buyer's attention it's putting 'mortgage' and 'free' together in the same sentence!

Construction is set to commence soon on 6th And Tenth, so developer Brad Lamb is offering another unique and exciting incentive to get Calgary inner city enthusiasts out and buying into his first project in the city. Lamb and his sales team are offering the next 20 buyers to LIVE MORTGAGE FREE FOR ONE YEAR! Of course with a deal like this there are always terms. The "No mortgage payments for one year" offer will be applied as a cash-back credit at final closing based on 75% of the purchase price with a mortgage rate of 2.6% amortized over 25 years. So it looks like you must have a decent downpayment ready to qualify, which is always a

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