There are currently 37 blog entries published by Joel Gwillim.
Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 2:15pm. 9,817 Views, 0 Comments.
Condos in Calgary are getting more functional, fashionable and modern. People’s lives are becoming more minimalistic. However, construction costs and price of homes tend to rise with time. So what does this mean? Small, boutique style condos are becoming popular due to their affordability.
Upcoming Calgary condo developments seem to be introducing smaller floor plans to appeal to individuals looking to enter the market sooner. Here are a few examples of condo designers making the most of out of a small situation:
STEPS [Bridgeland] units start at 344 sqft [nope, not a misprint]
Drake [Connaught] units start at 398 sqft
6th And Tenth [Connaught] units start at 449 sqft
Mark on 10th [Connaught] units start at 452 sqft
To answer your…
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 2:35pm. 5,404 Views, 0 Comments.
Calgary Urban Dwellers are always about the hot spots, whether it’s a new condo development, bar/lounge, restaurant or coffee shop. The idea of new and fresh gets people out and about, especially if it involves revitalizing an area of the city. 10th Avenue may be the next sector to flourish, or should at least be one to keep your eyes on. Let me tell you why I think this region could amass big things in Calgary’s downtown lifestyle:
Restaurants / bars / lounges
Craft Beer Market opened its doors in August of 2011 and has been a busy, upbeat location ever since. Craft is a premium casual restaurant with fresh local food made in house, classic music and Canada's largest selection of draft beer - over 100 different options on tap! Located at…
Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at 3:10pm. 3,045 Views, 0 Comments.
1] Cleaning, Organizing & Staging
Simple and inexpensive! By far the biggest overlooked item on a seller’s to do list is the overall cleanliness & presentation of their space. Instead of immediately looking into fixing up items, renovations and alterations, consider de-cluttering and re-organizing your interior space to maximize the size and layout. Consult an interior designer or stager if it’s in the budget, it will definitely pay off. Don’t forget a complete cleaning of the property prior to initial viewings, you want to ensure that wow factor with potential buyers.
2] Interior Paint
Colors and tones pose a big impact into the overall impression of a property. An investment into interior paint typically returns very positively, not to…
Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 4:45pm. 1,285 Views, 0 Comments.
‘Market Value’ is definitely a description synonymous with Real Estate. Vendors are always curious and eager to determine what the ‘Market Value’ of their product is. My best depiction of ‘Market Value’ would be the amount a purchaser is willing to pay or exchange for merchandise based upon the current supply and demand trends. So it would be safe to say the customers/purchasers have a fairly firm grasp on defining ‘Market Value’? Pretty tough to disagree. I like to say, a product is only worth what someone will pay for it. This statement definitely applies to Real Estate. In Calgary’s Real Estate market, or pretty much any market for that matter, property prices are affected and determined by supply and demand. A lot of listings on the market, the…
Friday, March 29th, 2013 at 4:10pm. 3,478 Views, 1 Comments.
Condominium ownership is a very new alternative to traditional property ownership. The ability for a group of people to each own their own units, but share common expenses, and still live in harmony, has created some huge benefits for buyers. However, if you didn’t know at least some of the benefits, then you likely wouldn’t be considering purchasing a condo in the first place, so we will put the discussion of benefits aside for now…
The items that most of our clients want to know about are the red flags. What items should you look a little more into before purchasing a condo in a particular building, complex or development? What things may be the warning signs of existing, past or future problems?
PLEASE NOTE: These items are only red flags.…
Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 1:00pm. 2,024 Views, 0 Comments.
Now who doesn't like a sale?! Especially on a brand new Calgary Condo Development! This opportunity could translate into thousands of dollars saved on a project like this, we're talking up to 4% off on certain units! The thing is, it's only a one day event, so I don't want you to miss out! There are still a couple units that start below $300,000!
This VIP Sales Event will take place on Saturday, April 6th from 11:00am to 5:00pm, but you must register below to attend. Simply fill out the form with your details and we will get you on the list. If you're interested in any another BRAND NEW Calgary condo, click here for the list of other great projects going up in our city.
Here are the details of The Park development...
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Thursday, March 21st, 2013 at 4:00pm. 1,573 Views, 0 Comments.
Interested in investing in Real Estate? Of course you are!
Interested in making money long term and creating your own retirement plan? Damn rights!
Well, don't miss out on this opportunity to join the Toronto Condo King, Brad Lamb, and hear his story and his tricks of the trade on what made him one of the most well known builders in Canada. I'll be there, and I'm sure a lot of other savvy individuals from Calgary and area will be too. I mean why miss out on an event where even if you took one or two ideas or items away, it would still be worth your time.
Brad Lamb is known for his several unique condo developments in Toronto over the past many years. But he has recently started to expand to Montreal, Ottawa and now our very own Calgary, with…
Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 12:30pm. 15,785 Views, 1 Comments.
I stumbled upon a very cool article recently on the Calgary Sun's website. CREB [Calgary Real Estate Board] collected sales details from 2000 to last year and came up with a top 10, and a not so top 5, list of communities with the most appreciation over this time span. Check out the list below! Goes to show long term Real Estate investment is always a solid option, especially if you were lucky to get into one of these areas pre price boom...…
Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 2:30pm. 1,146 Views, 0 Comments.
Foreclosure, typically a word that makes real estate investors salivate. But wait a second, are they always a smokin’ hot deal like most assume? Yes and no, so let’s look into a couple scenarios. I have represented buyers in both bank owned sales and also Court of Queen’s Bench sales, is there a difference? Definitely.
In regards to bank owned sales you can sometimes have conditions, allowing you the buyer, time to check out things you would naturally do in regular transaction [approval of financing, home inspection, document review, etc]. You’re also allowed to propose an ideal possession/move-in date, which undoubtedly helps with timing, plans to move, current leases, etc. There usually is a schedule or two which needs to be initialed and…
Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 2:40pm. 982 Views, 0 Comments.
Pssst, so with spring cleaning season right around the corner, do want to know the big secret on how to get your home not only noticed, but sold quickly?
Are you sitting down? This could blow your mind for how…simple it is. Yet I witness so many sellers bypass, avoid or evade it for some reason...I'm here to say make it a priority. My top three ways to effectively and most importantly, inexpensively prepare your home for the active market are:
a ] clean
b ] organize
c ] de-clutter
Yup, it’s essentially that effortless. Well albeit these are a few tasks that some people despise or “can never seem to find the time for”, they are definitely the most important in showcasing Real Estate. Have you ever heard of the power of a first…