Calgary Real Estate News & Blog

2021-Property-Taxes-Are-In-The-MailHave you checked your mail yet? 2021 Property Taxes are coming to you soon. You must know every detail about it.

The officials said that 90 to 95% of the city would not increase its taxes. Is this true? We can only tell once we see the tax bills. All we can do for now is to be prepared.

City Assessed Value Vs. Market Value

The average price of the city has dropped by $10,000, based on their city assessed value. City assessed value is different from market value. Market value is much more tied to the actual value that someone is willing to pay for your house, not what the city is assessing.

Citizens will pay taxes based on city assessed value. Understanding that difference, you have to make sure that you know what the market is doing around

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Spring-Market-in-CalgaryWhat is the spring real estate market in Calgary?

In real estate, the way we talk about the market is similar to the weather system, like winter, spring, summer, and fall. Typically, spring and fall markets are the busier markets, then winter and summer are slower.

Jared & Rebecca Chamberlain have worked in the real estate industry for about 17 years now. They have seen the spring market start as early as February and as late as June. The spring market can hit at any time.

Various reasons trigger the start of the spring market. Sometimes, lack of inventory gets buyers a little bit more curious and adds a sense of urgency. Other times it the economy or some employees receive bonuses in February.

Is spring a good time to buy a house?

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4-Questions-to-Ask-a-RealtorAre you planning on buying or selling a home? There are some key questions that you must ask realtors to understand how they work. Hearing the realtors’ response will uncover their ability to work with you and help you achieve your goals.

Ask these questions to distinguish the best realtor for you.

Question #1: Do you make all your income through real estate sales, or are there other sources of income for you?

This question will make you understand a realtor’s motivations. It encompasses how they work and the amount of work they are willing to give.

Being a real estate agent is tough; it can be all-consuming. Ensure that if you put in an offer, your agent will be around and able to help you out full time.

In our brokerage, everyone's full time. This

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Calgary-Real-Estate-Market-Update-January-2021The Calgary real estate market today is on fire! Numbers are going crazy.

NOW IS THE TIME TO SELL!

Once again, 101% of homes listed in Calgary sold over the last 3 months. So, more homes are selling than what's coming on the market.

This is the third month in a row that we've seen higher than 100% sales in the market report. What that's doing is just eating away in our inventory.

If you're considering selling, this is a good time to do it. For those who want to buy, the market is on an upswing. It's exciting to look at houses, but you have to be prepared.

More than ever, you need to connect with a mortgage broker and have all your paperwork in and take advantage of this opportunity.

Talk to us or any realtor in the city to help you

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Authenticity_is_Key_Simmi_AujlaSimmi Aujla looks young at first glance, but as soon as you start talking to her, it becomes very apparent that she has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and intelligence.

Simmi’s signature energy has helped her build a successful career based on building trust with her clients. She loves that she’s been able to bring her own style to real estate, and it seems to be resonating with people. Simmi is one of the Chamberlain Group’s top agents.

We caught up with Simmi on a quick lunch call to find out exactly what drives this talented powerhouse.

You are one of the originals with the Chamberlain Group. What did your journey into real estate look like?

I do consider myself one of the originals. I didn’t initially plan to become a REALTOR®. At a

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How_to_Stage_a_House_on_a_BudgetStaging plays an essential role in selling homes. Sellers need to present their house in a way that helps most buyers fall in love with it.

We invited Jakie to talk about how to stage your home on a budget so that buyers would fall in love with it. Jakie has been staging homes for several years now. Like magic, she can make houses look fantastic with her staging technique.

Beautify Key Areas

According to her, merely rearranging furniture can make a huge difference. You can start with the key rooms; kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. If there's an en suite off that master bedroom, that’s important too.

The curb appeal or the appearance of the property from the outside is also vital. People want to feel secure. They drive by the property to see if

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Moving_to_CalgaryHome is where your heart is. It sounds cliche but being with your family indeed plays a big part when you’re deciding where to reside.

We want to share with you the story of Ron & Roxy. They recently worked with Alex Weston on our team in their transition to Calgary from Penticton.

They have an incredible story with great lessons for those considering moving to Calgary from another city or town.

Ron & Roxy have a lot of family in the Okanagan where they moved from. They also have family members here in Calgary. They stayed with their family in B.C. for 49 years. This year, they decided to give a little more time to their family in Calgary and move here.

Though they have family here, they didn't know anything else. Everything was new to them.

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Buying_in_AirdrieWe invited a past client to share her journey in buying a home in Airdrie. Amber worked with Rob on our team to purchase her first condo. 

Her family was from Edmonton and she has a twin sister. She works in the dental field.

When she first moved to Calgary, she didn't know a lot about the city. The downtown community was the best option for her as it allowed her to be close to everything she needed. She stayed in the city for about five years.

Planning Ahead

Her parents accompanied her to go to the bank and talk to a mortgage broker when she started looking for a new house. She wasn’t in a rush to buy anything but she wanted to see some options. That’s why she asked for a general outline in purchasing a house.

Amber knew exactly what she wanted in a

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Calgary-Real-Estate-Market-Thoughts-January-2021The real estate market has been very different over the last few months. As we enter 2021, the numbers continue to soar, and things are continuously getting positive.

Our seasoned agents, Jared Chamberlain, Simmi Aujla, Matt Antrum and Alex Weston, talked about their observations in the current market as well as their expectations for the rest of the year.

The Current Trend

The most apparent trend right now is the increase in sales across all market types in Calgary. The number of sales increased by 40% year over year, and the prices have gone up a little bit too.

While sales are increasing, the crazy part is the inventory number is continuously declining. Right now, if the product is good and it's priced competitively, it will sell right

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Welcome to 2021! Is it all that you thought it to be?

The real estate market in Calgary saw quite the year in 2020. The biggest thing we are seeing is the low inventory of homes on the market.

Walking into the pandemic, we didn’t know what would happen to real estate sales, but looking backwards, it makes sense how the inventory got this low.

Yes, we’ve seen a large increase in sales number year over year, but let’s put it into perspective. Right now, everyone is at home. With us spending this much time at home, many who have income still are looking to spend or save it.

With limited options on where to spend money, we are, in a way, forced to save it. With savings and cash available comes opportunities to invest in where we live or another

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