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Every once in a while I get a call from a past client or a potential client asking about this Guaranteed Sales Program that we see on billboards and on local television advertisements or hear it on radio. Have you ever seen somthing like this and wondered what the heck it was about?:

"Guaranteed Sold Program

Your Home Sold in 29 Days... or WE WILL BUY IT.

Trapped in real estate limbo? Are you anxiously trying to sell your present home before taking possession of your new residence? With the Guaranteed Home Sale Program, you can list your home today, knowing for certain, that it will be sold and off your hands within a 29 day period... period. Our real estate company is able to offer you a 29 Day Guarantee because we have a proven sales system that works. The guarantee is just how we turn our faith in ourselves into a better offer for you.

Think that sounds too good to be true? We can do even better.

In order to doubly protect you, if after we mutually agree on the guaranteed price, I am...

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Showings are one of the biggest aspects of the home-selling process. After all, it's extremely rare that people make such a large purchase without first seeing the home in person.

But what happens after a real estate showing?

If the prospective buyer loves the house and wants to make an offer, it's a joyous time for all involved. If they decide the house they just viewed isn't their dream home, however, the showing process continues – for the seller, listing agent, buyer's agent and the prospective buyer.

The next step, and most important thing to do after a real estate showing, is to give, gather and share feedback. Here’s how each person involved in a real estate showing should handle the feedback process.

Listing/Seller's Agents

Let's get to it right away: Getting feedback can be a real challenge.

Buyer's agents are busy, they see a lot of different homes and, quite frankly, they're typically more worried about pleasing their client than acting as a conduit for another agent's...

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Secondary suites have been a source of endless hours of debate for members of Calgary City Council – but that all changed in March of 2018.

Council members no longer spending hours debating the merits of individual applications for residential secondary suites. On March 12, 2018, Calgary City Council approved amendments to the Land Use Bylaw that allow secondary suites as a discretionary use within ALL R-1, R-C1, and R-C1L land use districts. In these land use districts, homeowners can go straight to the development permit or building permit stage. [In R-C1s and R-C1Ls land use districts, suites are a permitted use, so homeowners can often go straight to the building permit stage.]

This is a huge step forward for people who believe Calgary needs more safe – but affordable – rental options. Another advantage for people who want a secondary suite in their dwelling is that the development permit fee for all new secondary suite applications is being waived until June 1, 2020....

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Calgary is a sophisticated and changing marketplace, so you need a really good REALTOR on your side to help ensure your home is sold for the best price and terms, in the shortest time, and as stress-free as possible. From the initial home evaluation and market analysis to preparing and staging, photos & marketing and, most importantly, the negotiations and sale — we’ll help ensure you and your property are represented professionally.

We are always happy to chat in person with you about the entire process.

So you’ve decided to sell your home… now what?

This is always a big deal and will, undoubtedly, affect your life in a significant way.

It’s important to know that for a few weeks while your property is being prepared to sell, you’ll need to possibly arrange for minor repairs of anything that needs it and to do a bit of editing and staging. We want to see your home through the eyes of the potential buyer. You’ll also need to keep the home clean...

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Curious to know how the markets fared at the start of the year? Well here are the latest housing market updates for areas covered by the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB)!

As found in our most recent media release, 2019 kicked off with slow sales, and the market remains at a sluggish pace.

The number of new listings entering the market remained comparable to last year, but those levels far surpassed sales activity. This is resulted in further gains in inventory levels. Elevated inventories relative to sales caused months of supply to rise to nearly seven months.

According to CREB chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie,

“The slow start to the year does not come as a surprise, as concerns about job losses and the state of the energy sector weigh on consumers. We anticipate that the slow market conditions will persist throughout much of the first quarter.”

2019 Outlook

It should also be noted that CREB has released their 2019 Real Estate Forecast. According to the forecast summary, the...

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