Staying At Home

stay_at_homeLike you, lately we are all using our homes more than we ever have. We are needing to find ways to creatively use the same space for different activities with our families is key to surviving the #stayathome movement. Whether it's you and a roommate, or you have a family with multiple pets and children, here are our best tips and tricks in how we are achieving success in our homes. We would love to hear from you on how you are doing the same!

Found 13 blog entries about Staying At Home.

Calgary's_Hot_Real_Estate_Market._How_did_we_get_hereThe real estate industry has gone crazy over the last few months as the market turns red hot! We haven't seen this type of economy or anything like it in the past, so you may be wondering, how in the world did we get here? This is a really interesting question that a lot of our agents here at Chamberlain Real Estate Group are getting nowadays.

Being in Two Worlds at Once

At present, there are two types of worlds that people live in: the physical world and the digital world. In the physical world, everybody needs to wear a mask and social distance, and some are even locked down for safety precautions. Then, there’s the digital world which is not affected by the COVID-19 virus.

This unprecedented time has created barriers in the physical world.

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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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Moving_Up_When_the_Economy_is_WaveringWe invited a former client, Chandra, to talk about her recent move. She is married and has two kids. Her family is always busy. Both of her kids play hockey.

She is a part-time nurse, but luckily, she has an office type job. She’s a transplant coordinator.

Moving Up

It was hard to predict what was going to happen at the beginning of the pandemic. Chandra wanted to move but unsure if their house is going to sell. She wondered if people will see the value of her home and what the area has to offer.

They have stayed in their house for six years, so they were hesitant to leave the neighbourhood that has been so dear to them.

She had developed a great relationship with her neighbours in Tuscany. Her kids can go out and play on the streets.

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a_story_about_strategy_and_multiple_offersMatt Antrum has a fantastic story about a long-term friend and client. They've known each other for about fifteen years.

They've done five transactions together, and he helped them buy their first home.

They have bought and sold a couple of times. Some have been good, and some have not been so good. They had hurdles to get through.

We will tell you a story about one of the transactions they did where they had to overcome a multiple offer situation.

Having a Strategy from the Beginning

Matt met with the client and his wife. They talked about their goals in the next five to ten years and how to get there. The key to getting from point A to point B is selling their current house.

Matt did reverse engineering in creating a strategy.

When

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back_to_school_calgary_chamberlain_real_estate_groupDecisions, decisions… Back to school in Calgary looks quite a bit different this year. No matter what you decide for your kiddos, our team has put together their favourite tips to make the most of the new school year!

You get an office, and you get an office!

If you’ve moved to a work from home setup, you understand the importance of a dedicated workspace. It’s possibly even more important for your school-aged kids to have a study area where they know they can go to focus. Think home office, but way cuter.

Here are some items you may want to include:

  • A desk with storage and organizers
  • A comfortable chair (sure, they’re kids, but you do not want to pay for chiro later)
  • Good lighting
  • Studious décor (a map or fun academic posters)
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dog_friendly_places_in_calgaryIn part 1 of our #stayingathome series, we discussed New Puppy Training. Now that you have some tips to help you on your journey with a new pup, let's get to the fun part! Here in Calgary, there are plenty of dog-friendly places to take your growing pup to.

Where are good places to visit in Calgary with a new puppy?

  1. Nose Hill Park - on top of the hill is a large off-leash area that is plenty big enough for a young pup to explore. This one is mostly grass, brush, and dirt.
  2. Bowmont Park Off-Leash Area - near the river, this fenced park is great if you live in the NW. Though some parts of the fence no longer meet the ground, so keep a close eye on your pup at the south end of the park
  3. Edworthy Off-Leash Park - Here is where you can take your
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new_puppy_trainingThinking its time to invite one of these fluffy friends into your home? Let's be honest, the kids are off of school for months. It could be a great time for them to train and bond the new little family member. In the last 6 weeks, 4 of the families on our team, all welcomed new four-legged family members into their home, some adopted and some are new puppies. 

Let's explore what a new puppy involves and share some resources for you to use along the way!

A New Puppy Routine

Just a few weeks ago, I, Jessi, welcomed a new member to our family. A rambunctious and wild, but soft and cuddly, 9-week old pup. The first few days were a whirlwind of chaos. The little furball nipped and chomped at everything and everyone she touched. She made messes

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interior_design_ideasWe’ve been spending a lot of time in our homes lately, and it’s the perfect opportunity to evaluate precisely what is working and what is not. A great home interior design considers the people that live in the space, their personality and how they use that space. In a season like we’re experiencing now, it’s wise not to make big decisions based on current circumstances. In essence, I mean, don’t spend all your money updating your office if you intend to go back to your regular office when things return to our new normal. Do, however, consider the present circumstance when you evaluate your budget for the projects that you want to take on. When you’re ready to start assessing your home and how you’d like to improve the look and functionality, consider

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cooking_with_kidsWritten by Rob Campbell
Growing up with a mom who loves to cook (and is damn good at it), it provided me with the initial taste of a skill that I would spend years honing in on. After high school, the first career I had was a professional chef. I spent a year at SAIT taking the course and five years more, furthering my skill and apprenticeship at private clubs and high-end restaurants in the city. And, although I no longer earn my living off of being a professional chef, it's a life-long skill I appreciate having and something I look forward to cooking with my kids as my mom did for me.

There is something to the statement about the kitchen being the centre of the home. It's the place where we come together to gather, whether it's a quick bowl of cereal

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15_quarantine_questionsAs we are all in isolation, it is good to have a check-in with a team member to make sure you are doing okay and have someone else there to help support you in your business but also to make sure you are keeping sane. Having these top 15 quarantine questions at hand can help you when talking to your children, friends, co-workers and even your spouse/partner.

Here at the Chamberlain Real Estate Group, we are actually partnering up with each other for a full week and have a daily call check-in with each other. By doing so, not only are we going to create stronger relationships with each other, but we are also not going to truly feel so isolated. We know we have someone to lean on when life gets too real some days.

Feel free to use some of these

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