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FAIL! 10 Awful Real Estate Pictures

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 1:40pm. 1,189 Views, 0 Comments.

If any of these reflect any of your past listings, you might want to fire your Agent!

The best part of these pictures? Most of them are from actual listings in Calgary.

1. The Realtor and home owners didn't want to be in the picture...

2. Just in case you were wondering what the blinds looked like in this Penthouse condo.

3. And the lights on the mirror.

4. Maybe if I take the picture fast enough my arm won't be in the picture?

5. Actually a very well staged property, they just forgot to take away a key garment.

6. Clutter is a selling feature, right? Too bad, because the washer + dryer were likely expensive.

7. Don't worry son, enjoy those cartoons, I'm sure this place will sell ASAP.

8. Mirrors,

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Smart Technologies For Your Home

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 4:02pm. 1,425 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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Could You Live in 500 SQFT?

Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 5:40pm. 1,474 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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Selling Your House and the Dating Scene: The Eerie Similarities

Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 8:50am. 1,494 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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7 Space Saving Tips for a Small Condo

Friday, May 10th, 2013 at 2:15pm. 10,690 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

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10th Avenue SW, Calgary’s Next Big Thing?

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 2:35pm. 5,751 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

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Determining Market Value

Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 4:45pm. 1,465 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

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Top 10 Calgary Neighbourhoods for Increasing Housing Sales Price From 2000 to 2012

Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 12:30pm. 16,448 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...

Communities cashing in: Top 10 Calgary neighbourhoods for increasing housing sales price between 2000 and 2012.

1 // Briar Hill

• Average selling price in 2000: $252,744

• Average selling price in 2012: $910,780

An increase of 260.36%

2 // Elbow Park/Glencoe

• Average selling price in 2000:

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Purchasing a Foreclosure / Bank Owned Property

Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 2:30pm. 1,368 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

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Best and Easiest Ways to Prepare Your Home For Sale

Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 2:40pm. 1,113 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

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