For Realtors ®

calgary-realtorWe understand and know that being a real estate agent in Calgary can be challenging at times. Here are some posts, thoughts and guides that we have to help you navigate your way through this incredible industry of helping others through real estate.

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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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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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Advice_for_First_Time_Buyers_in_2021Are you a first-time buyer considering making a purchase in the next couple of months?

Jared Chamberlain talked to some of the best agents on our team. They shared the recent trends in the market and expert tips for first-time home buyers.

Tony, Simmi and Randi have all been in the real estate industry for three to seven years. All of them have worked with first-time buyers before.

Market Trends

According to Simmi, first-time homebuyers are now taking more risks than cautious buyers in the past. She's noticing that people nowadays are jumping in, feet first. They're exploring areas that they wouldn't have explored before.

Instead of seeing everything and anything in the market, people are now trusting their instincts a little more. When

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How_to_Provide_Excellent_Service_When_Helping_Clients_Tony_CusanoTony was born and raised in Calgary. He’s known for bringing a unique perspective on real estate to his clients.

He started out working in his father’s construction company. The job made him understand the importance of attention to details in building a house.

When Tony purchased his first house in university, he began connecting with Realtors as a buyer. He couldn’t help but think of how he would structure the client experience if he was the agent. It didn’t take long for him to realize that it was the career he wanted.

His clients love his keen eyes for structural and aesthetic quality. He can help buyers and sellers see possible concerns before they ever get to a home inspection - thanks to his early experience working on homes from the ground up.

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How_to_Renovate_Your_Home_Step_by_Step_BlogWhat makes someone want to renovate?

The most common reason for renovation is the house’s location. When a home is in a place that works well, you stay there and improve it.

You identify something that bothers you about the house, like the layout, functionality, or natural light. There are a lot of different factors that can prompt a renovation.

When you buy or build a new house, you have high hopes that everything will be great. But then once you live in it, you’ll start to notice things that don’t work well.

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People usually renovate mudrooms, bathrooms, and en suites to make them more efficient and aesthetically pleasing. Some even remodel showers to achieve a nicer, spa-type feeling in the en suite. And of course,

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Real_Estate_Is_Essential_During_These_TimesReal estate was essential before, and it still is. At Chamberlain Real Estate Group, we commit to protecting our clients. We continue to help people in their moving up journey even amidst the pandemic.

We want to walk you through the current protocols on showings and open houses.

Safety Measures

When the shutdown happened, the government deemed Real Estate as an essential service. Because if you moved and the service wasn't there, you would end up homeless.

The shutdown would strain people needing to make a move because of their jobs or health concerns. Others might even need to deal with unfortunate transitions if someone passes away. Their family may have to right-size or downsize.

As a brokerage, we are intentional to protect our clients

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How_to_Fund_Your_Dream_Home_when_MOVING_UPHave you been thinking of making a move up and trying to figure out your financing?

Lindsay from Spire Mortgages, talks about the process of funding your dream home.

When making a move up, funding your mortgage is super-easy. It doesn't have to be overwhelming.

Smooth, seamless financing is the goal of Spire Mortgage. To take all of the factors into consideration, they make sure that all documents are lined up perfectly.

Documentation

The most important thing to have is pre-approvals with actual documents. Computer-generated records are only suitable for rate hold, but mortgage brokers need to see what's going on behind the scenes to ensure that the income is right.

Step one is putting together the paperwork that you need when you're going

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Empowering_Clients_with_Information_Alex_WestonAlex Weston is the perfect combination of relaxed and driven. His clients appreciate his smart, thoughtful, and often witty way of presenting information.

If you speak with him for even a few minutes, you can get a sense of the fantastic amount of knowledge he has about the real estate industry and the Calgary market.

His favourite part about being a Realtor is versatility. He works with people from all walks of life, which makes every day enjoyable.

He credits his wife’s patience for a lot of his success as they raise two little ones together. Moreover, he loves that she still lets him think he’s funny.

After the last few whirlwind months, we wanted to find out how society's current landscape affects his clients.

What kinds of

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How_to_Buy_Your_First_Condo_in_CalgaryWe invited a fantastic, young couple to talk about their recent condo purchase. This couple shared how they did it, why they did it and much more.

Zendalee works at a school, and Davey is a freelance photographer & videographer. They have been married for two years now.

Their perception of real estate people is from the movies. They think agents are just out to make a dollar and get crazy commissions.

Education is Key

Before the purchase of their condo, the couple had some fears. Primarily, they were unsure about what they were looking for.

They don’t know a lot of real estate terminology, which gave them the feeling of not being educated enough to make the right decision.

Their mindset shifted when Zendalee attended a class for first

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What_is_Driving_Calgary_Real_Estate_Market_NowWe reviewed the October 2020 market update, and here are the numbers for all condos and houses.

The benchmark selling price now is $ 422,000, which is up a half percent compared to last year. The total sales number is at 1,764, which is up 22% compared to the previous year.

New buyers come into the market to take advantage of the massive swing in interest rates. Last year’s interest rates at this time were as high as 3.5%, and now it’s down 1.5 to 1.6%. That’s about a 2% difference.

The actual number of new listings went up 3.8%. This is good because there is a momentum in supply and demand. But inventory is not there. We only have 5,800 homes on the market; that's down 12% compared to last year.

There are some opportunities now for sellers.

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