The Ultimate Resource for Calgary Home Sellers

The Ultimate Resource for Calgary Home Sellers

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home_office_ideasWhether you are working from home for the foreseeable future or simply keeping your distance, having your home office set up the best way you can is critical to your success. Here are some great home office ideas and ways that you can get the most productivity and creativity out of whatever space you have to work with.

Is it hard to work from home?

Working from home can be challenging for the best of us, especially if the family or others are home with you, let alone having movies, snacks, musical instruments or anything else that can distract you within arms reach. Having a dedicated space that you know you can work from is key. With all the technology at our fingertips from our phones, tablets and laptops, it's easy to think that curling up in a

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After a really strong start in 2020 that our brokerage saw in sales and activity, we have seen some changes, as expected. Many homeowners are still having possession taken place over the coming weeks from the sales that happened over a previous couple of months.⁠ ⁠ With all the COVID-19 talk and impact on Calgary, we are starting to see some of it affecting our market. Here is what we've noticed:⁠ ⁠

  1. If you are still thinking of selling and are ready, DO IT! 
    Here's why... Many homes are coming off the market, sellers taking a pause in their transition for many reasons. With the inventory low, our agents are actually calling agents who had listings that have expired to see if their client would be open to selling because we have buyers who are
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Effective this morning the Bank of Canada has decreased its overnight lending rate by 50 basis points or .5%.  Although many expected a rate drop in late 2020, this was certainly a more substantial drop than anticipated.  This drop comes on the back of general weakness in the global economy due to the Coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak and the .50% drop by the Federal Reserve yesterday, March 3rd 2020.

Before today, the last move in the Bank Prime Rate was in October of 2018.

This is a great announcement for both buyers and sellers in Calgary as the market hasn't been kind over the past 5 years. As we mentioned in our March Calgary Real Estate Market Report that we saw a massive jump by over 23% in the number of sales in February over 2019. There

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Real Estate Market Report March 2020

This month saw a double-digit gain in sales, but last February was one of the slowest levels of activity since the late ’90s. With the extra day this February, monthly sales totalled 1,197 units. A combination of these two factors resulted in a 23% improvement over last year, but sales remain well below long-term trends and consistent with the lower levels reported over the past 5 years.

Whether your thinking of buying or selling, the market is generally seeing a balanced market or slightly into the buyer's market ranges. Many areas of Calgary that have detached homes under $500,000 are seeing inventory being bought up quickly. Make sure you have a real buying and selling strategy to help you prepare for what could happen when making the move.

Real Estate Market Report March 2020

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honestdoor_comYes, you read that right. Honestdoor.com is a website and a startup in Edmonton, AB that uses artificial intelligence to share that data with the public. It is currently a free site that you can go onto and see what homes have sold for, what they believe it's valued for in today's market as well as the assessed property value history, past permits pulled and much more. They are currently showing properties located in Edmonton, Calgary, Cochrane Winnipeg and many more. Many real estate agents are typically fearful of these types of sites, but we here at Chamberlain Group think this is great. Here is our review on their site as of January 2020, and what they are providing. We will walk through the good and the bad and how you as a home buyer or seller in

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realtor.caYou love Realtor.ca and you find yourself longingly looking at homes on this site multiple times a day. It really is a great way to dream and see what is out there for sale or what your neighbour’s home looks like inside. Am I right? And let’s be honest, it’s painful to use. We all know that, but here are 5 shocking truths about Realtor.ca that you need to be aware of.

To start off, Realtor.ca is the official site of the Canadian Real Estate Association and to be honest, it is just ok. Let’s take a look at why you need a better search experience.

Listings on Realtor.ca are Incomplete

There are a few important things that you will need when searching for a new home in Calgary that you cannot get access to on Realtor.ca. 

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closing_costs_albertaIf you are planning on selling your home or condo, there are closing costs in Alberta that you need to be aware of. Here is our quick guide to the majority of the costs of selling your home.

We’ve broken down this guide into 3 parts:

  1. Costs before listing your home
  2. Costs while your home is listed
  3. Costs before or on your possession

 

Costs Before Listing Your Home

Getting your home ready for sale when living in Alberta can be an enormous task for some, which also goes for the costs. If you are the type of person that keeps your home in great shape and are fixing and continually updating, not only will your costs and time to prep your home be lower but you could also see a greater return on your dollar. This is because your home is

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hidden_costs_of_owning_a_home_in_calgaryOwning and moving into your first home, or even your 5th home can be very exciting for you and your family. You have probably spent hours or possibly even years looking for this perfect place and now you are moving in. Or perhaps you are still looking for that home and you are a proactive type and doing your research on homeownership. Either way lets discuss what the hidden costs of owning a home are and what you could expect.

Maintenance Items to Watch out for

Depending on the type of home you have purchased, whether it be a detached home, townhouse or condo apartment, the maintenance items will vary drastically. So we will give you an overview of some of the big items.

  • The exterior of the Home - If you own a yard or land, there will be

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