Posts Tagged ‘calgary real estate’

New Listing in Bonavista

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017


Excellent curb appeal in a great location on a quiet street. Facing a green-space that includes a playground out a ways across the field, but still within view. The community centre (and its ice rink) are nearby. This is a court-ordered sale (not a foreclosure). The occupant currently living in the house is not allowing showings at this time. The listing agent has not viewed the interior; only the exterior from the front street and rear lane. No interior measurements are available nor are accurate details of the interior lay out and condition. The home is believed to have at least 3 bedrooms and at least one full bathroom. The basement is listed as being undeveloped (even though it may be). City records state the size as 1,042 square feet. There is no historical MLS information available for this property (first time offered for sale on MLS). You are welcome to view the property from the front street and rear lane but please make no attempt to enter the yard.

To view more photos and full listing details visit my web page.

New Listing in West Springs

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

23 Wentworth Circle SW

Fully renovated and upgraded to a high standard! Luxurious kitchen with charcoal cabinets that reach all the way up to the 9′ ceilings. Built-in Wolf and Subzero appliances. Granite counters. Walk-through butler’s pantry to the large mudroom. Reclaimed hardwood flooring and travertine tile. South back yard with stamped concrete patio and concrete walks along both sides of the home. Spacious bonus room upstairs along with 3 large bedrooms. 4th bedroom in the recently professionally developed basement that includes a full bathroom and a recroom and hobby or gym alcove and finished storage areas. Newer high-efficiency furnace with a high-grade filter system. Brand new roof. Central air conditioning. In a quiet neighbourhood with friendly neighbours and multiple ravine pathways. 2 blocks from Catholic K-9 school and within the walk-zone for CBE K-4 & 5-9 schools. Many charter and private schools nearby. Multiple groceries, restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques are within walking distance, or 2 min via car.

To view more photos, floor plan and full listing details visit my webpage.

New Listing in Evergreen

Monday, July 24th, 2017


Gorgeous 3 bedroom 2 full bathroom home situated on quiet family street; half a block from the brand new Marshal Springs 4-9 school in the desirable community of Evergreen. Fresh paint and recent updates including new carpet. The elegant front entrance welcomes you into the spacious living room with 12 ft ceilings and built-in theatre speakers for surround sound. Upper level consists of large master bedroom with deck access, maple kitchen featuring large island and pantry, plus a breakfast nook leading to the covered BBQ deck and then down to the sun deck. Second bedroom currently in use as home office. The lower level consists of a large rec room with a cozy stone-faced gas fireplace, 4-piece bath & ample storage under living room level. The large back yard receives lots of sun, perfect for the vegetable garden!

To view more photos, floor plan and full listing details visit my web page.

Tips for Listing on AirBNB When You’re Away

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

First launched in 2008 in San Francisco, California, AirBNB virtually invented a business category with its online listings for short term rental opportunities, a way for everyday property owners to let their homes make money for them while they were out of town. While the idea of renting one’s house out to strangers for a few days or weeks at a time seemed bizarre and risky to many at first blush, the practice has become mainstream in recent years, prompting competitors like VRBO to pop up. Despite the occasional scary story, the vast majority of patrons of these services – renters and landlords alike – have positive experiences; indeed, many entrepreneurs have found success listing several properties and acting as a full time landlord to short term tenants. Renting a room, basement suite, or entire home from one of these services can be a cost effective way to travel to many parts of the world whether alone or with a family, enjoying familiar creature comforts and taking advantage of kitchen access to avoid eating every meal in restaurants. Backed by stringent security measures, a transparent ratings system, and, in the case of AirBNB, a $1,000,000 insurance policy for landlords, most would agree that these kind of rentals are safe and attractive.

With summer vacation season approaching, you may be tempted to list your own property on one of these services – what could be better than having your home pay for your vacation while you’re away? Depending on size and amenities, some properties can earn hundreds of dollars a day, of which a small percentage is taken off the top by the booking service. Sounds like major profit with minor effort, but there are some things to keep in mind before making your listing:


Consider the tenant’s perspective

If you were renting a property for a week-long family vacation, what would you expect to see when you opened the door? Probably the basics would be impeccable cleanliness, an above-average level of upkeep, new-looking sheets on the bed, well stocked consumables like toiletries, and so on. All these things represent an investment you should make before becoming a landlord. A shoddy-looking property in a poor state of repair will certainly garner lousy reviews right off the bat, and those don’t go away – every tenant’s review stays with the landlord’s profile, so first impressions matter.


Treat it as a business

By renting out your property, you are effectively becoming a small business owner, with all that that entails. You may need licensing (check with your city’s information desk), and you certainly need to claim and pay tax on income that you make; those earning over $30,000 in a year need to collect and remit GST as well, just like any other business. On the flip side, expenses incurred by the business may act as write-offs against your income. To be successful, you’ll need to keep receipts, track income, and otherwise follow good accounting practises.


Call your insurance company

While the listing service likely offers a form of insurance coverage during your rental, you should have a chat with your insurance broker to ensure you are covered for all possibilities at appropriate levels, and that renting out your property doesn’t invalidate some clause in your policy. You’re absolutely better off knowing these things before a problem arises.


Do your research

Are there many properties listed in your area? What are they priced at, and what does that include? If you want to be really thorough, consider renting a comparable property for a night or two with a well-regarded landlord, and make notes about the experience. Use this information to maximize your guests’ experience.


Consider hiring a professional

Many property management companies will do all the heavy lifting for you, pricing and promoting your property, for a piece of the profits. If you don’t have time to focus on your listing, and you really want to make a go of it, this may we well worth the investment.


Make yourself available

Prompt communication is key to making your tenants feel safe and looked after, so only consider joining one of these services if you’ll be able to respond to both those looking to book and those staying at your property. Most successful listers guarantee responses to inquiries within 24 hours – with some boasting a 1 hour turnaround, no matter the time of day – and either meet tenants personally on the beginning of their stay or have a trusted family member/friend do so. The personal part of the transaction is part of the appeal for some, so don’t neglect this element.

Property rental services like AirBNB are just going to continue to get more popular in this increasingly connected world, and that’s great news for industrious sorts looking to make some income on the side. With careful forethought and some hard work at the outset, you too could be successful in this endeavour.

Want to talk about my experiences with AirBNB? Contact me today!

Summertime Home Renovations

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Summertime brings to mind rest and relaxation, sunny patios and cold drinks. If you have a few home renovation projects on your list, it can also be the best time to get cracking. There are myriad reasons why this is the ideal season for upgrading your home: the nice weather means mud and snow don’t get tracked into your home by contractors; your heating system’s usually sitting idle, so changing out an old furnace (and maybe adding an air conditioner) couldn’t be more convenient; your home’s exterior and landscaping are uncovered, making it easy to spot and remedy problems; and vacation time is often more easy to come by in the summer months, meaning you can be around to supervise work and answer questions.


So what sort of things can you tackle right now? Here are a few popular projects:

Upgrade the windows

New windows can have a substantial impact on energy efficiency and home comfort, especially if your property is more than ten years old. Modern window technology can keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter for a one time cost that may pay for itself with the reduction in furnace use.

Add an air conditioner

While this might seem like an extravagance in a city like Calgary, where summers aren’t usually excruciatingly hot, incorporating an air conditioner into your home’s heating system may not be as expensive as you think, and the improvement in your sleep and overall comfort throughout the summer may well be worth it. When selling your home, an integrated AC system can also be very attractive.

Redo your deck

Spending a weekend stripping and re-staining your deck, accompanied by a few beers and a stereo, can be a surprisingly enjoyable summertime project; doing this regularly will vastly extend the life of your deck, too. Just make sure there’s no rain in the forecast, as having an unexpected shower lift your stain right after you finish is a real bummer.

Update the landscaping

Most of us, at the very least, plant some annuals and tidy up the yard. But if you have a vision of a more substantive overhaul – which can boost curb appeal and just make you smile when you come up the driveway – summer’s the time to do it. Hiring a trusted landscape contractor, with good references and a solid portfolio, can save you time, money, and aggravation in the long term.

Power wash the house

A winter’s worth of grime can make your home’s exterior dull and uninviting: an hour with a power washer can rectify this, making your property look like new again. Depending on how thick the dirt is, power washing can even keep your home cooler, as lighter colours reflect the sun’s rays more efficiently.

Organize the garage

For most of us, the garage can quickly become a repository for stuff we don’t want to deal with, and throughout the winter it’s hardly an inviting environment in which to spend a few hours organizing. So do it in the summer! Raise the garage door, put on some tunes, and get your space clean and itemized so you can find what you need when you need it. Then call the charity of your choice to pick up all the things you discovered you haven’t needed in the past year.

Those are just a few ideas of summertime improvement projects. Have some that I missed? Mention them in the comments! Want to talk to an expert on the best places to put your time and money to make your home sale-ready for the fall? Contact me today!

New Listing in Altadore

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

#9 1729 34 AV SW

Condo fees include heat! Over 2000 SqFt (developed) in Marda Loop with private 2-car garage with direct access to the home. Courtyard location. Open kitchen with a massive breakfast bar with granite countertops, a gas stove, and walk-in pantry. Cozy corner gas fireplace with a circulation fan. Gated south patio with a gas outlet for BBQ (included). Master retreat encompasses the top floor; boasts vaulted ceilings, a French door Juliette balcony, and spacious walk-in closet with built-ins. Ensuite with dual sinks and a shower separate from the soaker tub. Middle floor has 2 bedrooms (one with a walk-in closet with built-ins), a full bathroom, and laundry area. The lower area is where you’ll find the private drive-in double tandem garage with a large workbench and storage area, plus a half-bath and the utility area. There is a sound system throughout the home with two speakers in every room with a master control unit (included) and digital wall controls.

To view more photos, floor plan and full listing details visit my web page.

CMHC Premium Increases – Nothing to Worry About

Sunday, March 12th, 2017


Earlier this month, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corp. announced that it will be increasing premiums on mortgages insured on or after March 17. This applies to home buyers financing more than 65 percent of their new home’s purchase price.

Don’t freak out about this; the increase is minor, and is actually a good step for the health of the  real estate market overall. Consumers financing $245,000 would expect to pay about $5 more per month in CMHC premiums, while those with mortgages worth $350,000 and $450,000 would see increases of just $7 and $8 respectively.

Those looking to lock in at current rates need to have a full application (not just a preapproval) submitted to a lending institution by 9:59 MST on March 13, so unless you’re well on your way to making an offer, the moment has likely passed. However, given the modest level of the increase, it’s not worth rushing a decision just to get in ahead of the deadline.

To get all the specifics about CMHC insurance rates, or to strategize your next home purchase, contact me today!

Cheap Renos That Boost Home Value

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Home Renovation

Whether it’s a short term goal or long term maybe, many of us spend time considering what renovations we could do to our home that would have a significant impact on its value. With tax return season right around the corner, you may have a little extra cash coming in that you could invest in your property.

Global News has posted an excellent article detailing five home renos you can undertake that can have a significant return on investment. Check it out here!

Time to Plan

Monday, February 27th, 2017

House keychain

So our economy is turning around as expected in 2017, with the Conference Board of Canada forecasting Alberta to lead the country in economic growth for the year. Oil prices have stabilized, and flowing infrastructure money is helping to create jobs, as is a lowered small business tax rate. All of that adds up to a little more consumer confidence, a little less financial nervousness, and maybe fewer homes on the market.

While Calgary’s real estate landscape never really became over saturated, we did see a large uptick in the numbers as financial realities led owners to downsize. That impetus is waning. Still, it will likely take a couple of years before higher end properties become as sought after as they were a few years ago; the sweet spot is really right around the $430,000-$500,000 mark for quick sales at or near asking price. According to the Calgary Real Estate Board, the communities that had the most sales last year were Tuscany, Evanston, New Brighton, Copperfield, Coventry Hills, Cranston, Auburn Bay, and Evergreen: all of which have plenty of inventory in that mid-range pricing category for detached single family homes.

So, If you’re looking at making an upwards move, now’s a good time to start strategizing. Pricing is stable overall, but if there’s any softness it’s going to be in the higher priced homes. Put a little work into staging your average sized property and making it present at its best, and while we’re not in bidding war territory yet, you’re likely to get a very respectable return. Spring is right around the corner, and is the time of year many people start thinking about making a move, so now’s the time to start preparing if you’re considering a jump into the sales market. I am well experienced in making this kind of upward move, and would be happy to help you formulate a plan – contact me today to get started!

New Listing in Strathcona

Sunday, February 12th, 2017



This home has had the same owners looking after it since nearly brand new. Neat as a pin; pride of ownership is evident throughout. Panoramic city view that including downtown from both the main and upper floors. In outstanding original condition with updated carpet and some recent paint. Detailed oak woodwork including wainscotting, built-ins, railings, trim; in addition to a wet bar in the living room and a pass through hutch in the dinning room. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the large, fully-enclosed sun-room, or perhaps from the upper deck off the master bedroom. Fully developed down with a large rec-room leading to an enclosed patio, perfect for a green house or perhaps a hot tub. The roof was recently replaced. All appliances are included, this home is move-in ready as-is, or could be renovated by new owners to suit.

To view floorplan, virtual tour and full listing details visit my web page.

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