Three Qualities of the Best Calgary Real Estate Agents

Category: Calgary
Published: 08 April 2015

Buying a home is one of the most complex and important financial decisions you will make in your life, so it makes sense that you should do it right the first time around. It is true that there are outstanding real estate agents out there to help individuals and families purchase their first home. However, you are also likely to find some agents that do not mesh well with your needs or put in as much effort as others.

Analyzing a few qualities of Calgary real estate agents can help you find one that is a perfect match.

Understanding of Your Specific Needs

Whether you have a small family, large family, or multi-generational family, you need to know that your agent understands your particular needs. It is even better if they specialize in helping people that share the same needs, and this is because it means you are almost guaranteed a positive experience.

Knowledge of Your Preferred Neighborhoods

After doing some research of neighborhoods on your own, you most likely have some preferences. Whether you are set on living in a certain neighborhood or open to others, your real estate agent should be experienced with properties in the local vicinity.

Keeps Up With Communication

Since there are a lot of decisions that need to be made by multiple parties during the home-buying process, a real estate agent should absolutely provide you with top-notch communication. It is imperative for them to keep you up-to-date and make you feel comfortable from the beginning to the very end.

Make sure to take your time with picking a real estate agent as they have the ability to shape your entire experience with purchasing a home for the first or even second time.


tags Tags: Calgary Real Estate

Investigating Local Calgary Real Estate to Aid in Selling Your Home

Category: Calgary
Published: 09 March 2015

Nothing is more important when it comes to selling your home than to investigate and analyze the competition other buyers are likely to view in the Calgary area. Most listings that end up stuck on the market for years at a time occur due to ignorance to local Calgary real estate trends. By learning how to recognize and respond to these trends, selling your home should be achievable in no time at all.

Obtain A Comparative Market Analysis for Relevant Calgary Real Estate

Most real estate agents will offer a comparative market analysis for free. Contact a local agent and obtain such a report, making sure that statistics relevant to your home are included. Relevant aspects to investigate in such a report may be the value of homes in the local neighborhood, listings that recently sold as well as that are still on the market and the expected demand for housing. Homes that have recently sold will act as a potential benchmark for your asking price. According to About, "Homes that have closed within the past six months are your comparable sales. These are the sales an appraiser will use when appraising your home for the buyer, along with the pending sales (which will likely have closed by the time your home is sold). Look long and hard at the comparable sales because those are your market value."

Visit Open Houses and Meet Interested Buyers

One of the best ways to find potentially interested clients is to not only hold your own open house events, but to also visit other open houses in the Calgary area. Not only will this give you the chance to speak with those currently in the market for a new home, but it will also illustrate the level of standards that similar priced listings demand.


tags Tags: Calgary Real Estate

Calgary real estate: Sellers get more money

Category: Calgary
Published: 16 October 2014

The Calgary Herald reports that people purchasing a home are expecting to pay more. Why? One reason is housing prices are up, which means sellers are getting more money for their homes. Another reason is buyers have more money for down payments, so they can purchase more expensive homes. 

For those two reasons sellers are getting more money for their homes. Added to that is that sales are up about 12% from over a year ago. So, more homes are being sold at the same time the average price is up almost 6% from last year. Both of those things usually don't happen at the same time, so now is the time to take advantage of it.

Sounds like a great market for sellers. 

What does this mean for you? It means if you have ever thought of selling your house, now is the time! There is a population growth in Calgary and people are wanting to buy homes and are willing to pay more money for homes.

So, look around your home and find the little things you need to fix or replace such as curtains or blinds. Then give it a good cleaning and pack up some of what others might think of as clutter. Have someone come look at it and give you honest opinions about what they see.

Then contact us and let's sell your home for top dollar while buyers are looking and willing to pay more for houses.


tags Tags: Calgary real estate

Calgary real estate hit a record in July

Category: Calgary
Published: 07 August 2014

According to the Calgary HeraldCalgary real estate hit a record in July. They state that "there was a record number of MLS transactions" during July and that July was the "16th consecutive month of year-over-year gains in sales." That news is great for both buyers and sellers. Greater news is that the forecast shows signs of this growth continuing, not slowing down.

That means August or September could be the month you list and sell your home in Calgary. Even greater news for you, is that the average sales price of a home in Calgary is up almost 5% than it was a year ago. You will get more for the sale of your current home to possibly purchase your dream home here in Calgary.

If you think about it, August and September are great times to list your home. It's hot outside and people are looking for things to do inside. Many people are relocating at the start of school terms so it's easier on children. Jobs in Calgary are also increasing, especially near the airport, so people are looking for a place to settle. Plus, there is something about August  and September being a transition from summer to fall that has people wanting to settle down in their dream homes. For all of those reasons, August and September are great times to list your home and sell it. It is fairly easy on your part, you just need to contact a real estate agent, and your house could be on the market this August or September.


tags Tags: Calgary Real Estate