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Currently, about 265k new users are joining each weekday and 110k are joining each weekend day. Showing that user growth is predictably stable, this ratio has been very consistent over time.

 

It's a sign of good health that the returning population represents a majority of daily users. E-Signing is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

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The majority of consumers start their house search online. But could the real estate agent's website’s functionality be turning off potential homebuyers?

 

A few common mistakes that real estate websites and apps are making, including:

  1. The website displays only minimal information.
  2. The website requires the consumer to "log in" prior to seeing the details or more than a single photo.
  3. The website is not mobile adaptive.
  4. The website does not have a consumer-friendly search capability.
  5. The real agent doesn't respond to inquiries through their website.

Let me know if there are other items that you hate about real estate websites.

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No matter if you’re in a buyer’s or seller’s market, there are a few critical steps you can take to make a smarter purchase. Since buying a home is likely the biggest single investment you will ever make, being prepared will help you make a better purchase. Here are our best tips to buying a home.

 

Know your buying power

 

What is your buying power? It is the combination of your credit-worthiness and how much you can realistically pay for a home.

 

First, you need to understand the hidden costs of buying a home. You will need to save not only for the down payment of your home -- which is typically between 5% - 20% of the offer price -- but also for any additional transaction fees, such as land transfer fee, inspection charges, title insurance, and legal fees.

 

Then you need to know what you can realistically afford each month to understand how much house you can buy. Your mortgage rate will depend on your creditworthiness -- if you have a high credit...

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The Bigger Picture

 

Watch CREB® president David P. Brown as he recaps sales activity and the key influencers that shaped September’s housing market.

 

To read the full City of Calgary monthly stats package, click here.

 

To read the full Calgary region monthly stats package, click here. - Source: CREB®

 

 

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When a home owner decides to sell their home, they obviously want the best possible price for it with the least amount of hassles along the way. However, for the vast majority of home sellers, the most important result is actually getting their homes actually sold.

 

In order to accomplish all three goals, a home seller should realize the importance of using a real estate broker. We realize that technology has changed the purchaser’s behaviour during the home buying process. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2016 Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the first step that, “…44% of recent buyers took in the home buying process was to look online at properties for sale.”

 

However, the report also revealed that 96% of buyers who used the Internet when searching for homes purchased their homes through either a real estate broker or from a builder or through a builder’s saleperson. Only 2% purchased their homes directly from a seller...

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Our Calgary MLS® System has FINALLY been updated to provide a more functional system for clients. Come take a tour of the new features:

 

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Your home isn’t selling and yet the current, local real estate market is really quite active. You naturally ask yourself, “Why?”

 

Sadly, not all real estate agents are equal. Some only use the classic 3 P’s of real estate marketing: Put a sign in the yard, Put the home in the local MLS System, and Pray that the home sells.

 

But there are also some other sure signs that it’s time for you to face the music and hire someone else:

 

1. The online photos leave a lot to be desired. With real estate being a cut-throat and expensive business to be in, many real estate agents are trying to cut expenses wherever they can. Too often, we see homes being photographed with cellphone or point and shoot cameras. Often, real estate agents don’t have the tools to crop, colour balance or control exposure in their photos. Worse still, they don’t know when they should hire a professional. For the minimal cost, this is one area that agents should short-change...

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Incredible opportunity to get into the elite community of Aspen Woods.

Walking distance to the new Guardian Angel School (K-6), WEBBER ACADEMY and CALGARY ACADEMY. This stylish 2-storey family home boasting almost 2,000 sq ft of above grade has lots to offer: AIR CONDITIONING, OPEN CONCEPT and HARDWOOD throughout the main floor. Featuring a SPACIOUS GOURMET KITCHEN with GRANITE COUNTERS, UPGRADED STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES and CENTRAL EATING BAR, GREAT ROOM, mud/laundry room, WALK-THRU PANTRY, dining/nook area with patio doors to the elevated rear deck. Three bedrooms up include a relaxing master suite with WALK-IN CLOSET, SOAKER TUB, double vanities and separate shower. A sunny, bonus room is the ideal family spot. The basement is untouched with roughed-in plumbing and awaits your finishing ideas. Outside, you’ll find the fully-fenced yard with a paving stone patio and a raised, rear garden.

 

Located minutes to downtown, close to schools, Aspen Landing shops/restaurants,...

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June spells a gradual recovery.

 

Stable prices in detached sector signal balanced conditions despite increased inventory.

 

Calgary’s housing market in June saw a modest improvement in sales along with an increase in new listings.

 

However, demand gains have not kept pace with the amount of new listings coming onto the market. This caused inventory levels to increase to 6,659 units, which is 11 percent higher than last year’s levels.

 

Despite the recent shift in inventory this month, second quarter activity continues to demonstrate improved supply-demand balance and price stability. City wide benchmark prices totaled $441,500 in June. This is a 0.5 percent gain over last month and nearly one percent higher than last year... - Source: CREB®

 

 

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Home prices remained stable in May.

 

Demand for detached housing continues to rise.

 

Fueled by the detached sector, Calgary home prices trended up for the fourth consecutive month, but remain below 2014 highs.

 

“The economic climate is supporting detached housing market recovery,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

 

“Improved demand and easing supply has created more balanced conditions and ultimately some modest price gains. While it will still take some time for prices to recover, the transition in the detached segment is an important first step to stabilization across all segments of the housing market.”... - Source: CREB®

 

 

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City-wide prices hold steady in April as labour market conditions pick up.

 

It’s not a completely new look at this point, but it’s definitely newish.

 

With recent improvements in the labour market and a balanced detached sector, city-wide benchmark prices reached $439,600 in April, similar to the previous month, but 0.90 per cent below last year’s levels.

 

“More jobs means less uncertainty for people who are sitting on the fence,” said CREB® president David P. Brown. “There also tends to be fewer people who need to sell when employment improves, and that can prevent inventory gains and further price reductions in the market. It’s a good scenario for sellers who are entering a spring market that’s in better shape than anything we’ve seen in recent years.” - Source: CREB®

 

 

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The current trends are all about utilizing rich color, maximizing texture and creating comfortable interiors you can’t wait to relax in. Use these trends to get inspired to makeover your home’s interiors and create spaces you love that also appeal to your personal style. Remember, if you plan to sell in the next few years, you may want to avoid doing anything dramatic and instead incorporate small changes that would appeal to buyers.

 

Why are these trends gaining popularity?

The underlying theme of these trends is creating a home environment you love; one that appeals to your emotions and feels like a retreat from the stresses of the world. Although the home is a place where you can relax and spend time with loved ones, work expectations are beginning to blur the line between work and home. Even if people don’t work from home specifically, many are stretching their work hours into their evenings and weekends to complete work projects.

 

It’s no wonder...

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Located in one of the most highly sought after buildings adjacent to the University of Calgary!

LARGE 1-bedroom condo + titled, underground parking + titled storage unit:

  • 831 square feet (RMS interior measurement)
  • 1-bedroom apartment condo
  • 4-piece bathroom
  • large, walk-thru closet
  • in-suite washer + dryer
  • spacious, open office area
  • 2nd floor
  • large (12'8" x 8'3") balcony space
  • titled, underground parking
  • titled storage unit
  • located in a quiet, 24-unit building - "Little Varsity"
  • across the street from the University of Calgary
  • close to TWO C-Train stations
  • close to shopping
  • easy access to downtown Calgary
  • ideal for an out-of-town student, urban worker or couple

Scheduled to hit the Calgary MLS® market May 3rd, 2017.

 

Call or email for photos, floor plan and listing price!

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Great curb appeal not only makes your home the star of the neighbourhood, it can also improve its value and help you sell it for more. Whether you’re thinking of listing your home or just want to make your home the envy of your neighbours, here are several ways to increase your home’s curb appeal.

1. Make your home’s exterior look like new.

For many potential buyers, the condition of the exterior of a home can offer clues to the condition of the interior. The first place to start when boosting curb appeal is the exterior of your house

 

Paint. Paint is the best way to make your home appear newer. While you can paint your home yourself, if it’s large or more than one story, consider hiring a professional. Painting has a 55 percent return on investment.[1]

 

Maintain your siding. Over time, weather and the elements can make your home’s siding appear dull and dirty. Use a pressure washer to clean stains, spider webs and accumulated dirt and grime,...

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After a long period of disconnect between supply and demand, Calgary's detached housing sector is firmly in balanced territory. Sales were still 10 percent below long-term trends in March, but above levels seen in recent years, while average inventory declined compared to last year, supporting price stability in the detached market.

 

 

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The simple answer is: YES.

 

Backup offers are becoming more common and are ofter successful. In the last downturn of the market, buyers were having a difficult time in qualifying for mortgage loans. While not a huge number of deals fall apart, in difficult times they seem to double in quantity. In a short 3-month period that year, we completed 3 successful deals for our clients by making backup offers on homes that were conditionally sold.

 

In October of 2016, lending criteria for high-ratio mortgages substantially changed. As a result, consumers who would previously had no problem in qualifying for a mortgage loans are more frequently being turned down by lenders. As a result of this, their conditional purchases are collapsing. In March 2017, the mortgage insurance premium increased – again! The qualification rules will probably only get more difficult.

 

If you had an accepted offer that was a backup to the first offer and the first offer collapses for any reason,...

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Drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (or UAVs), have recently entered the mainstream market in Canada and are now widely used both commercially and recreationally. For use in real estate, the activity is considered strictly a commercial use. Commercial drone use is heavily regulated and compliance is required in order to fly.

 

Operating a drone means that certain rules and guidelines must be followed to ensure the safety of the drone's team, of the public, and of manned aircraft in the area.

  • All drone flights must take place in daylight and in good weather,
  • Aircraft must remain in visual line-of-site of the drone pilot at all times,
  • Drone operations must be conducted outside of airport airspace, away from populated areas, buildings, public areas, and busy roads, and cannot go higher than 90 metres, vertically,
  • The privacy of others must be respected.

While most of these rules are primarily safety oriented, they may also affect when and how one is able to capture aerial imagery,...

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I received another soliciation for a real estate coaching program this morning. The opening line was, "Do Open Houses Work?" Okay so as a very curious REALTOR® that truly believes they can work I thought, let's hear what he had to say.
 
Take a look at this information in this video:
 

 

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As a disclosure, this is a Toronto-based real estate trainer that sells his coaching program across North America to real estate agents from all brands: local, national and international. Whether or not he is a certified coach or if he has ever been a licensed real estate agent, I don't know. But, his words are mimicked by almost every real estate trainer.

Did you hear what he said? "Of course open houses work: almost any lead generation system works if you're great at it."

Did you hear what he didn't say? "Open houses are not used to actually sell the home where the open house is being held. They're used to generate more potential business...
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