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CREB®Now reporter Kelsey Hipkin got an exclusive chance to sit down with Kevin O’Leary at the 2015 CREB® Forecast Conference and Tradeshow.
 
 

 

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The keynote for the forecast was investor, authour and TV personality Kevin O’Leary. O’Leary took some time before he hit the stage to sit down for a one-on-one covering everything from success to customer service to who he thinks is the greatest guitarist in the world.

Let me know what you think!
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Ever wonder what happens to some homes that sell, but you never see them on the MLS® System? Or why a home is entered into the MLS® System and it is marked as sold almost immediately?

Pocket listings are where only the real estate agent that took the property listing doesn't share it with the other local Calgary board of REALTORS® membership. Sometimes they only share it with members of their own brokerage firm, but often they don't.

The tighter the inventory gets, the greater this phenomenom may be. Can the seller get the best deal without full, local MLS® System exposure?

Take a look at this information in this video:

"Hundreds of thousands of property listings are on the multiple listing service (MLS) for a reason. These real estate industry leaders discuss why buying or selling secretly or off of the MLS can be risky!"
 
 

 

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While the Calgary Real Estate Board doesn't have mandatory submission to...
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Take a look at this information in these videos:

When you're ready to buy a home, work with an ABR®:
 
 

 

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The difference between an ABR® and a buyer's representative:
 

 

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Why consumers should hire an ABR®:
 

 

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The difference between Customers and Clients:
 

 

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In Alberta, by law, in order to receive buyer representation, you, as a client, must sign a representation agreement with your real estate agent. By Alberta law, if you decline to or fail to sign an agreement, the agent must treat you as a customer. The agent you are working with will get you to acknowledge that fact in writing to show that you have waived your right to representation in the purchase of the property. Yes, even if the seller is represented...
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Now could be best bet time to buy a home! This time of year sellers are MOTIVATED. They don't want to carry the home through the rest of the winter season and they want to be into a new home before the summer. So if you're considering buying a home, start looking now!

 

Concerned about rising interest rates? Look at the table below to see what just 1% interest rate increase can do to your monthly payment! This can directly effect how much house you can afford! This is what I call the "cost of waiting!" You know the interest rates are going to rise... the questions are "When?" and "By how much?"

 

Contact me today and let's get started on your house-hunting adventure!


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Congratulations! You've made the decision to sell your home – now what will it cost to get the job done?

 

Like selling anything of value, there are some costs involved. With the sale of a home, these costs can be significant. In the Calgary area, the costs shouldn't amount to any more than about 5% of the sale price.

 

There are many costs that could be included in this calculation, but for convenience I'm not including the costs of painting your home, deep-cleaning the carpets, recalking the bathrooms, cleaning the windows, putting excess furniture and belongings into short-term storage, extra garbage pickups, any added insurance premiums, or any repairs necessary to bring the home up to "show home condition." These are amounts that are required for every home but can vary greatly.

 

The costs that I am going to include are hard transaction costs.

 

Usually the highest expense of the transaction is paying off the current mortgage loan. Sometimes the loan can be...

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