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The spread of COVID-19 has affected almost every aspect of our lives. Communities have shown themselves to be resilient, however, and so too have real estate professionals. Responding to the challenge imposed by the pandemic to continue to serve their clients in a safe, responsible manner, agents have incorporated streaming video technology to offer showings while adhering to social distancing best practices.
While many real estate professionals include a very in-depth, 3D virtual tour with every listing they post on the MLS, you may wonder if they have missed something in their tour. Either due to limited space or intentionally. Both of these are valid concerns. You can overcome both of these concerns with a quick personal tour of the home with your own real estate professional.
However, in light of today's concerns, you may not wish to visit 10 or 12 homes in person and only wish to see the TOP 3. No problem – a solution is a VIRTUAL SHOWING. To request a virtual showing contact...
It is a fabulous home that is ready for a new family. Located at 136 Sunset Close in Cochrane, Alberta, the home is a perfect blend of Location + Value + Lifestyle.
Just 30 MINUTES to downtown Calgary & about an hour to the mountains. Cochrane has that small-town charm and it's just close enough to the big city!
A bright, MOVE-IN READY Calbridge-built home of 2,400+ square feet. Quality upgrades like easy maintenance - and pet friendly - ceramic tile throughout most of the main floor, a main floor home office, walk-thru pantry & laundry area, an over-sized patio door and a large granite island are features of this newer home. See FLOOR PLAN in photos. Plush carpeting in the living room & throughout the 2nd floor. SPACIOUS bedrooms & walk-in closet. BONUS ROOM + added FLEX area upstairs. Ensuite bath has soaker tub & separate shower enclosure. Fully-fenced yard backs onto green space & walking path and trees provide lots of privacy. INSULATED, DOUBLE GARAGE. Unspoiled...
I'm hosting an OPEN HOUSE this Saturday from 2 to 4 pm. Come on down and say "hi."
Priced $44,000 below TWO almost identical units that came on the market in the last several days — this home offers tremendous value at $425,900!
Tranquility and style, this exquisite 2 bedroom townhouse is located in the highly sought after Enclave at Castle Keep in Aspen and is surrounded by an abundance of green space. It features a functional, open concept layout, dark hardwood floors throughout main level, 9 foot ceilings, a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, extended high modern cabinets with a raised eating bar overlooking the dining and living areas with over-sized windows and an unobstructed view of the forested area and ravine. The upper floor boasts two large master bedrooms, each with their own private ensuite and a conveniently located laundry room. The ground floor includes a tandem 2-car garage. The home is a quick commute to downtown Calgary and is close to...
Yesterday, I held an Open House at 334 Ascot Circle SW.
I met so many wonderful people!
A big THANK YOU to everyone that came out in the chilly Calgary weather to see this wonderful home. We had 12 people through during those two hours including one real estate agent and her client. At one point it seemed to be like shark infested waters and a feeding frenzie of home buyers!
We should be getting an offer any day on this wonderful home in a tremendous complex in Aspen Woods.
If you're looking for a home in this area or any other west and northwest community of Calgary, please give me a call. I specialize in all of these neighbourhoods!
I'm hosting an OPEN HOUSE this Sunday from 2 - 4 pm. Come on down and say "hi."
Priced about $35,000 below an almost identical unit that came on the market today, this home offers tremendous value at $433,900!
Tranquility and style, this exquisite 2 bedroom townhouse is located in the highly sought after Enclave at Castle Keep in Aspen and is surrounded by an abundance of green space. It features a functional, open concept layout, dark hardwood floors throughout main level, 9 foot ceilings, a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, extended high modern cabinets with a raised eating bar overlooking the dining and living areas with over-sized windows and an unobstructed view of the forested area and ravine. The upper floor boasts two large master bedrooms, each with their own private ensuite and a conveniently located laundry room. The ground floor includes a tandem 2-car garage. The home is a quick commute to downtown Calgary and is close to all amenities, the C-Train...
Source: RedFin - used under standard YouTube license terms.
According to an American national, volume-based, real estate brokerage firm, RedFin, when an open house is held within the first week, a home is 13 percentage points more likely to sell than not having an open house at all, and 26 percentage points more likely to sell than if an open house is held sometime after the first week.
Do open houses work in all cities? No. In Calgary, the jury is out. But you'll see them - each and every week! It's how many new buyers get to see home styles - but they risk being sold to, versus helped in the buying process. It's also how many agents find client prospects without spending a dime on advertising. As many real estate agent trainers say, "Use open houses as lead generators." Others say, "Get busy and you'll get good!" We always say to buyers, find your agent first - well before you start looking at homes! A good agent will show you styles in a much more efficient manner....
Most real estate agents that take home listings will suggest a number of ways to market your home for sale. One of many effective ways of getting people talking about your home is through an open house. Infrequently an open house attendee is the party to actually buy the home, but there are still some other really good reasons to hold open houses. Oftentimes, the buyer ends up being someone who heard about the open house on the Internet, through the marketing done for the open house, or most often through someone who actually did attend the open house. Word of mouth advertising has always been highly effective in the marketing of homes. One of those "nosey neighbours" may actually know of someone they could recommend that might be interested in your home - if only they were asked.
There are four basic steps to follow for a successful open house. The first three are planning, promotion, and presentation. Once you've done all that, the fourth step is...
Q: If I attend an Open House, do I have to use the REALTOR® that is holding the open house? - Anonymous.
A: Absolutely not! In fact, this may be the very worst person for you to use!
You aren't the first buyer to be confused about the role of a real estate agent in their quest to purchase a home. Buyers, whether it's their first time or their fifteen, may not understand exactly who the agent represents and real estate agency (broker) relationship. Let me educate you a bit about what’s called "Agency" (i.e. who represents whom) in a real estate transaction for Alberta (every province or state has their own rules and laws). In Alberta, real estate agents must give buyers and sellers an "Agency Disclosure" form to sign before a transaction is started or offer is written. This form is not a contract or an agreement, it simply disclosures the various types of possible agency relationships that may exist. But it does require a signature to show that you have in fact...
SmartMoney Magazine originally published an article and several websites (MSN and Yahoo - among many others) recently re-published this very same article about real estate on "10 Things Your Real Estate Broker Won't Tell You."
Interestingly enough it related to an open house I hosted for another agent this past weekend.
Here's the item #4: “I’m not obligated to keep my mouth shut for you.”
You spot your dream house as you’re driving through a neighborhood and call the broker listed on the “for sale” sign. That’s how a lot of buyers stumble on a broker—who, in turn, happily shows you other houses, asking about your needs, laughing at your jokes. It’s easy to get loose-lipped and forget whom you’re dealing with: someone else’s agent. “Legally, brokers are obligated to provide their sellers with any information that can help them get the best prices for their homes,” says Stephen Israel,...
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