Found 23 blog entries tagged as selling.

Narrowing down a large list into 5 items can be difficult, but I wanted to really magnify the main mistakes I've witnessed over my two decades of selling and marketing real estate. Here are my top 5, along with a detailed description:   1] They hire the wrong professional.  We can feel obligated to use an Agent that we know, a relative or a referral from a friend. Albeit, I love referrals from past clients, I always try to jump on a phone call or zoom with that potential new customer to explain what I can do for them, my experience and set expectations. I don't take anything for granted and always still try to earn the opportunity for new business. If you are looking for a real estate professional with a particular set of skills, a specialty…

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Oh decluttering - the task that almost always gets pushed aside year by year. 

We're humans, we are creatures of habit and we accumulate stuff. 

Well there comes a time to have to get rid of that stuff - especially the items that have been sitting, unused, for several years. 

Here is a quick 6 step process on getting started, making progress and seeing results in only a matter of months:

1    Commit to five minutes of decluttering everyday. No more and no less. 
It will help you build momentum. 

2    Fill a bag to donate. Get a trash bag and fill it as fast as you can with donation items. If you need, go to multiple rooms in order to fill the bag. 

3    Keep track of what you don’t wear and then donate it. Face your hangers the wrong way and…

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I've lived in Calgary for almost 20 years now. Since then I've amassed a great love [and understanding] of our city. 

As a newer resident, perhaps like yourself, what better way to get to know the city with a series of 5 questions that can commonly come up in conversation. Let's dive in:

Why is Calgary called YYC?
Calgary is referred to as YYC as that is actually what the airport code is. So when you're flying to YYC, you're heading to Calgary! When our country started assigning three letter codes to airports, very few foreign airports began with “Y”, so Canada put a “Y” in front of each nearby train station code to create the airport code and to differentiate it from U.S. airports. A lot of local businesses have even utilized YYC in…

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Now you might be asking yourself - what is virtual staging?

And fair enough, virtual [or digital] staging has been around for a while BUT it's only really been impressive or impactful for say the last 5 years. Before that a lot of the images looked a little rough. Think 'cut, copy + paste' on the good old paint program on your computer. You looked, you chuckled, but you appreciated the person's effort to 'fill' the space with some personality. Nowadays though, when done right, virtual staging can deceive the eye to really make you look twice - is this real furniture in the space? Or digitally enhanced pieces?

But virtual staging is the art of photographing an empty property and then digitally inserting faux furniture precisely into the space. The…

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How to start the process of downsizing your home:
Baby boomers, beloved seniors - this one's for you! I know this is a topic or task that most like to avoid, put off and procrastinate. I'm here to help make it easier on you with some tips on tackling the [likely] copious amounts of 'stuff' you accumulated over the years. 
  • Start small. I'd suggest 5-10 minutes a day to create momentum. Once you build it in as a routine and start to see results, it will encourage you to keep going. 
  • Hire a professional. Yes, there are individuals out there that specialize in downsizing. Utilize their talents and experience and know that their job is to assist you in this big life transition. 
  • Ask for help from your family. Regardless if they show it…

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In 1985, Prince serenaded us with his hit 'Raspberry Beret' - a song so catchy that I still have troubles turning the radio dial when it comes on. Fast forward nearly 40 years [wow] and Benjamin Moore is calling their 'Raspberry Blush' the colour of the year for 2023. Apparently it's a vivacious shade of coral tinged with pink and enlivens the senses with an electric optimism. I love a great, descriptive marketing line. 

It's important to remember that unique, bold or designer colour choices can be subjective. I wouldn't exactly race out of the house to go pick up a couple of cans and start slapping them on the walls right now to ensure your home sells quickly in the coming months. The majority of the shades even listed in the 'Colour Trends for…

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Goodbye 2022! 

As we approach the holiday season, it's a good time to reflect on the year that was. A ferocious January lead us directly into a hot seller's market. Almost zero supply and very tempting interest rates created a situation that we haven't experienced in many years. Working with buyers seemed like a complete guessing game frenzy and representing sellers was certainly a job for the qualified. Fast forward to December and here we sit - a calmer, more manageable market looks to be what we are closing out the year with. Not nearly as many multiple offers and more opportunities to fetch a deal but alas, our inventory still remains at a surprising sub 2 number across the board. Yes, the bank has raised its benchmark rate six times since…

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The current conditions are setting up for a competitive spring. After what was one of Alberta's strongest Novembers on record for sales, we are heading into December with the lowest inventory levels in November since 2005! The migration into Alberta continues as the population has grown to 4,543,111 which is just about 100,000 more people since the third quarter of 2021. This is putting pressure on the rental market with inventory levels well below the same time as last year, and rent prices climbing as a result. The affordability of housing compared to other major cities in Canada, along with the opportunity for jobs is continuing to keep our Province as a major draw for people to move to. Looking back at sales in Alberta over the top…

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As anticipated there was a slight increase week over week in the showing activity across the province. Based on the trends over the past couple of years, we can expect this activity to maintain or slightly improve until the end of the month.

The sales activity in the province through the first two weeks of November have equated to the third best start to November in the past ten years. The Alberta market still remains very busy with a slight deceleration. 

For CIR Realty's listings, we are seeing an above average number of showings in the properties listed below $300,000, and above $600,000. The properties in the mid range between $300,000 - $600,000 saw a decline in activity. Our brokerage has also had the third best start to November sales in company…

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