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Regarding your property insurance, did you know that there are different rules for how long a house can be unoccupied?


Your home is considered unoccupied if you leave it unattended, but the property appears as if you will return any time. Every time a house is left empty, the residence has a greater chance of damage whether it is from plumbing, weather, theft or vandalism.


Reduce your risk with these helpful hints:

  • Have a trusted individual stay at or watch over your residence*
  • Turn off your main water supply to avoid flooding
  • Unplug electronics to prevent surge damage or an electrical fire

Consider contacting your property insurance advisor to inform them of any travel as coverages and notice requirements differ.


Did you know that the items you take with you on vacation could be covered by your homeowners or renters policy?


*For extended absences, check with your property insurance advisor for your policy requirements.

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Please visit our Open House at 313 3111 34 AV NW in Calgary.
Open House on Saturday, June 1, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM
OPEN HOUSE Saturday June 1, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Opportunity awaits you in the highly sought-after 3111 VARSITY in this well-established Calgary neighbourhood. This 3rd-floor, true 1-bedroom, 1-bath condo has it all: It's ideal for a university student or working professional with close access to the University & Research Park, Foothills & Alberta Children’s Hospitals, Brentwood & Market Malls and downtown via either University or Brentwood LRT stations. A superbly-run building with AFFORDABLE CONDO FEES. Immaculately maintained + quality finishes. Open-concept kitchen with stunning features: gorgeous maple cabinetry, sleek black kitchen appliance package including a BOSCH dishwasher, built-in oven + cooktop, Whirlpool fridge + built-in microwave with hood fan, ceramic floor tiles, new countertops and faucets, a raised eating bar with pendant lighting that opens...
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Yesterday, I was reviewing a new Calgary MLS System listing of a condo apartment property and it reminded me of something that should be of importance to buyers and sellers.


When you are looking for a licensed real estate agent to market and sell your condominium property, PLEASE find one that is certified on Condominium sales or at least has significant experience in condominiums.


As it is, a basic real estate license is all that is needed to market, sell, and assist buyers with condominium purchases. However, it really is a specialty with some significant nuances. The entry-level real estate license program covers only the basics, provides a good summary as to why they are different, and provides a direction that the purchase and listing agreements needs to include key items and wording. It is expected that someone licensed in residential sales who is looking at completing in sales of condomiums (or acreages) will get additional training – but it isn't specifically mandated. It is...

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Ready for month number five for this year? Here are the latest housing market updates for areas covered by the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB)!


In CREB’s latest press release, they have mentioned that April 2019 has brought a slight inventory decline along with it, while there have been “no significant changes occurring in sales activity.”


The slight adjustment in supply levels has helped support further reductions in the months of supply, which was 4.6 months in April. While this level still represents oversupply in our market, it does reflect improvement from the nearly seven months of supply that we saw at the start of the year.


According to CREB chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie,

“Demand remains relatively weak in the resale market. However, if supply levels continue to adjust, this could help reduce the amount of oversupply and eventually support some price stability. Sales have been improving mostly in the lower price ranges, causing tighter supply conditions...

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Please visit our Open House at 313 3111 34 AV NW in Calgary.
Open House on Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, May 11 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM > Opportunity awaits you in the highly sought-after 3111 VARSITY in this well-established Calgary neighbourhood. This 3rd-floor, true 1-bedroom, 1-bath condo has it all: It's ideal for a university student or working professional with close access to the University & Research Park, Foothills & Alberta Children’s Hospitals, Brentwood & Market Malls and downtown via either University or Brentwood LRT stations. A superbly-run building with STABLE CONDO FEES. Immaculately maintained + quality finishes. Open-concept kitchen with stunning features: gorgeous maple cabinetry, sleek black kitchen appliance package including a BOSCH dishwasher, built-in oven + cooktop, Whirlpool fridge + built-in microwave with hood fan, ceramic floor tiles, new countertops and faucets, a raised eating bar with pendant lighting that...
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If you have your home for sale, are you getting effective marketing as part of your agent's offering? I have been including floor plans and multiple 360° virtual tours as part of the included marketing services for all listings for sale for the last several years. I have always found them to be really effective in communicating the home and its wonderful features. However, like many leading Realtors®, I am in constant search of ways to improve the effectiveness of my property listing marketing.


Earlier this year, I came across a system that combines both and results in MUCH greater viewership from potential home buyers. Take a look at this as an example of how this system looks:



From the iGuide website:



iGUIDE is the Ultimate Solution that helps sell your home faster, for top dollar with less disruptions.


Every iGUIDE includes property photos, floor plans, room measurements, area calculations, neighbourhood information and a 3D immersive tour.


We use ALL the tools that today's p...

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If you have your home for sale, are you getting effective marketing as part of your agent's offering? Here's an example of what you can ask your agent to include in the marketing of your home!



For a current property listing, we've been on the market for 30 days and have already had 100x the exposure to LOCAL Calgary people whom have demonstrated an interest in real estate than with the Calgary MLS System alone.


Here is today's daily performance summary that we see with each of our listings:

 

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