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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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Legal and safe secondary suites in Calgary appear on The City of Calgary’s registry. These suites have been inspected, and have met the numerous safety requirements under Alberta’s building code at the time the work allowed under the building permit was completed. Only suites that meet these safety requirements appear on the registry, and have been issued a numbered sticker that corresponds to their address. A map of all such suites is available in the link below.
Most people have heard the terms “Buyers' Market”, “Sellers' Market” and "Balanced Market", but do you know what they really mean and how they're determined?
There are many factors which affect the real estate market — interest rates, employment, investment growth, legislative changes and new construction, to name just a few. All of these factors influence the real estate market in some way.
In a Buyer’s Market, there are more homes for sale than there are buyers. This could be a result of high unemployment, fear of interest rate increases or other factors which make people think twice about purchasing a home for the first time or moving up into a larger home.
The advantage buyers have in a Buyers’ Market is that they can typically take a little more time and look at more options before buying. Buyers also have more options because sellers are more anxious to sell. Overall, home prices may remain somewhat stable or go down in...
Thinking or buying or selling a home in the Calgary area? Whether this is your first time or your tenth, I am here to help. But until we have an actual agreement in writing that defines our relationship, I can't help you with a specific real estate transaction.
I completely understand the relationship between home buyers or home sellers and their real estate agents has to be based on trust, mutual goals and understanding – that's why I always keep my clients' interests first and foremost. The real estate process requires negotiation of sometimes very complex issues: once we mutually commit to working with each other, I am always committed to working in my clients' best interests.
As a licensed real estate professional helping buyer clients, I'm obligated to help you secure the very best price possible, with the most favourable terms for you, in the timing that you define. In helping seller clients, I'm obilgated to market your home to the best of my abilities...
At this time every year I receive emails and calls from consumers and past clients asking for an updated Comparative Market Analyis (CMA) to help determine if the City of Calgary's Tax Assessment is accurate or if it should be appealed. Well, the first answer is that real estate agents cannot do market evalations for anything but determining the value of a home in the current market for the purpose of buying or selling. We cannot provide CMAs for the purpose of appealing your taxes. The reason for this is that most real estate agents and brokers are not certified or licensed to provide appraisals. And, the methods we use to calculate market values are not appropriate for calculating either an appraised value nor an assessed value for tax purposes. Real estate agents and brokers consider current and future market demand for a CMA, while the other methods cannot.
While the values may or may not be similar, they are actually quite different.
It sure is a crazy real estate market here in Calgary these days.
In line with that, we're seeing some crazy things that some buyers are trying to add to a purchase contract AFTER it has been agreed to and signed. Here a few examples:
A "pre-possession walk-through" of the home at a mutually convenient time. An okay idea if it had been written in at the offer stage, however there is no benefit in doing so since the existing standard contract terms fully protect the buyer. And it's not a great idea to try to add this term after the fact. There is absolutely no upside for the seller to agree to that term. The use of this term is used specifically for when work that had to be completed had to be inspected -- of course adding a properly worded hold-back clause would be necessary at the same time or the term is a complete waste of time.
A term added regarding protection for the buyer should a home be destroyed prior to closing date. That is already covered in the standard...
Real estate analyst, Barbara Corcoran explains how to go about buying a condo for your son or daughter and why it's far better than living in the dorm. We'd be glad to chat with you about how to make this is a great real estate strategy for you. If you'd like to get started, contact us today.
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A casual and candid conversation about how the flood has affected real estate transactions in Calgary and surrounding area.
Lowell Martens, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Real Estate (Mountain View), Camil Morley, Associate Broker/Manager of RE/MAX Real Estate (Mountain View), Lou Pesta, Q.C., Senior Associate, Walsh LLP, focused on the devastation and how it has impacted our city and the possible ramifications on pending sales that are closing in the near future.
What impact will this have on the buyers' and sellers' ability to close in these transactions?
What are the insurance claim processes that individuals and companies have to undertake whether it be a single family dwelling or condominium complex?
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An article in today's Calgary Herald, spoke of the increases in resale market activity and a price growth in the resale housing market for August 2012 over August 2011.
Many a REALTOR® are bound to sing the same old songs of, "Prices are on the rise, and houses are selling fast! Buyers should offer closer to asking price! Sellers should price above the last few houses to sell!" I know I got an email from a designated broker - an hour ago - claiming just that.
Of course now that the Calgary Real Estate Board has an economist on staff, we're seeing a few qualifications to these "news" articles. You'll actually read in the article that we are "it still has a way to go to catch up to the peak pricing of a few years ago," (2007) and "even though there’s growth, we’re not at typical levels of activity" for the Calgary area market. This translates into - we are still in a precarious position as far as the resale housing market. A small change in the economic climate...
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation: Housing Market Outlook for 2012— Calgary
This Outlook report for Calgary is published semi-annually and offers forecasts and analyses of trends in the new, resale and rental housing markets. For the new home market, housing starts and price changes are examined in detail, while the resale section presents sales activity, average prices, and listings. Analysis of the rental market focuses on vacancy rates, average rents and related forecasts. An overview and forecast of key economic indicators is also detailed, along with other factors affecting the local economy and housing market.
Today, the REALTORS® of the Victoria Real Estate Board officially began a 90-day pilot project on Designated Agency.
Effective June 1, 2012, all REALTORS® in British Columbia must be practising designated agency in order to submit listings to the MLS® system. This decision by the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is based on their observation that when two industry professionals in the same brokerage represent a buyer and seller in the same transaction they are not and have not been practising common law agency correctly; rather their practices are more aligned with the designated agency model. As a consequence, documentation available on REALTOR®Link and documentation required for MLS service agreements will be designated agency documents.
Beginning January 1, 2012, a 90-day pilot project for members of the Victoria Real Estate Board will begin. Full implementation across British Columbia takes place June 1, 2012.
At the end of last week, another report from one of Canada's largest banks was released in regards to the Canadian housing markets. This time it was from their research branch: TD Ecomomics (for TD Bank, TD Waterhouse, TD Canada Trust).
They report that the Canadian housing market in 2012 will be in a battle between on the one side: low interest rates, and on the other side: economic uncertainty along with slow income and employment growth.
It's forecast that there will be huge price corrections in both the metro Toronto and metro Vancouver markets which have again heated up in 2011 - especially in the apartment condo markets. Combined with the price corrections, they also forecast a higher that average sales corrections for both cities in the next two years.
TD estimates that house pricing, on a national basis, are over-valued 10 to 15 percent, although that is expected to drop over the forecast period.
According to the report, there has been little upward pressure...
Which is better: A home equity line of credit or reverse mortgage? Let’s compare and see what’s best for you.
If you want to access the equity in your home without selling your house, most people think of a "home equity line of credit" first. But, if you’re over 55 and own your own home, there may be a better option: a reverse mortgage.
Which is better: a home equity line of credit or reverse mortgage? Let’s compare and see...
Alberta is once again positioned as one of Canada’s provincial growth leaders, according to the latest RBC Economics Provincial Outlook report released today.
The provincial economy is set to grow at a rate of 4.0 per cent this year and 3.9 per cent in 2012.
“Amid the heightened global economic uncertainty, Alberta’s steady progress towards full recovery from the recession is refreshing,” said Craig Wright, senior vice-president and chief economist, RBC, in a statement. “Were it not for the even stronger performance by Saskatchewan, Alberta would recapture the crown of Canada’s fastest growing provincial economy.”
RBC is forecasting economic growth for Canada of 2.3 per cent this year followed by 2.5 per cent in 2012.
Saskatchewan is expected to lead the country both years with growth rates of 4.5 per cent in 2011 and 4.2 per cent in 2012.
RBC said oil production in Alberta has fully recovered from the disruptions...
Heading into the holidays can be a stressful time for most people, especially when you have a home to sell in the midst of all the celebrations. Many sellers take their homes off the market before the holidays to avoid the added stress, but this time of year can actually be a blessing for the home seller. There are some good reasons to keep marketing your home over the holidays.
Less competition. Since so many sellers take their homes off the market you will have less competition. If your home shows well (holiday decor is ok and is expected at this time of year) and is priced well this could be a big benefit to you. There are buyers out there who need to find places to live over the holidays. If you are worried about showings when you are celebrating or have guests, simply have your agent ask for more notice in the MLS for showing times.
Serious buyers. Buyers who are looking for homes over the holidays tend to be serious buyers, given the fact that they are looking for homes during the...
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