Calgary Real Estate Blog

Rooftop Patios are a hotspot during Calgary's annual Stampede.

Stampede is in full swing here in Calgary. Every year, the annual rodeo festival brings out everyone's best western spirit, demonstrated by the seas of cowboy hats, plaid, and denim; the fervent Yee-Haw's;  and of course, the bustling patios and pubs. Those who prefer a less hectic stampede experience may opt to host stampede gatherings in the comfort of their own homes, often in the form of backyard parties or barbecues. That being said, it may be a good time to revisit city bylaw regulations for decks and rooftop patios, whether you are looking to renovate your existing structure, or you are looking to build a brand new one for next year's stampede. Kicking back with a  drink on a lively rooftop patio downtown is unparalleled after a hard day's

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Investing in Real Estate Properties is simple.

 When making a real estate purchase, it is essential that you ask yourself the following question:

Is this property a good deal?

Amongst all the other factors that go into finding a property, it is easy to lose sight of this important consideration. However, finding the right deal with your property is crucial to making the most out of your investment. A simple, yet effective way to evaluate a potential real estate purchase is by looking at the following five criteria:

Investment return

Ask yourself, “will this property provide income for me?” The answer to this question can be complex, as it depends on a range of factors. The strength of the local rental market, the financing interest rate, and the down payment amount you contribute will

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When it comes to financing your home, there are more options than you may think.

One of the biggest determining factors of your future dream home is the amount of financing that you qualify for. Therefore, it is extremely important to take time to know this in advance, before beginning the search for your home. We, along with your financial representative, can help get you started in the right direction. This includes getting a mortgage pre-approval, as well as discussing your options and interests. This is a crucial step, as it will help you envision a realistic expectation of your future home!

It is important to be knowledgeable about your choices for financing. Here, we’ve outlined some basic financing options:

Traditional Banks

Traditional banks offer a more holistic perspective on your financing needs and options.

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Beginning your search for your dream home is easy with CalgaryRealEstateAdvisors.ca!

 Buying a home is a multi-step process. Along with the range of variables that can occur within a transaction, this process can be rather complex. Thankfully, CalgaryRealEstateAdvisors.ca has a specialized buying plan to make this process as efficient, yet comprehensive, as possible. Here is a step-by-step overview of what you can expect from our excellent services:

1. Research

Before delving into the process of buying a property, it is recommended that you perform some initial research on your own. Looking around to see what is available and researching neighbourhoods of interest will help you get a better head’s start on finding the right property. Real estate newspapers and other listing sources will give you a good idea of pricing. Consider

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Finally found your dream home? These are the next steps to take.

Now that you've found the perfect dream home, what are the next steps? Here's what to expect: 

1. Making an Offer

So you’ve found the perfect home! The next steps are time sensitive – chances are, you won’t be the only one with your heart set on that property. There are multiple steps to preparing and presenting an offer, but we will work closely with you every step of the way. The steps to writing an offer are as follows:

PROPERTY RESEARCH

To determine the offer price, we will look into the selling history of the home, along with how the price relates to the current market. To achieve this, an assessment of current properties in the market and those that have recently sold will be completed.

TERMS:

Terms, the clauses that make up

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Test your home for radon today.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is produced from the decay of uranium in rocks and soil. When the gas escapes into the air, it is not a problem but poses a risk when it is allowed to accumulate in a closed-in space such as a house. Most people are not aware that it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada and accounts for 16% of deaths or 1,900 cases per year. At high levels, radon exposure can increase lung cancer risk by as much as 30%.

Radon is present everywhere in Canada but the Prairie Provinces are particularly at risk for radon exposure because our soil is naturally high in uranium. The age of a house does not seem to be a predictor of radon levels but may carry an increased risk if there are areas where radon can seep

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Basement Development Process

It’s spring, the season of growth, new beginnings, and… basement developments? Yes, that’s right! It’s the perfect time to finally get that basement renovation project you’ve always wanted to do in motion. Depending on the scope of your project, basement developments can get rather extensive, in terms of time, cost, and technicalities. That’s why it’s important to get it right. You want your dream basement, but you also want the project to be as safe, functional, and cost-effective as possible. Knowing the City’s guidelines, as well as some potential hacks is definitely a good place to start.

Do I Need a Permit?

Depending on the scope of work you are planning to complete, you may need to obtain either a Building Permit or a Development Permit.

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Trees are an integral part of any landscape.

Trees can be a wonderful component of any landscape in the city. In addition to providing aesthetics and shade, trees also serve to filter our air, retain storm water, and provide habitats for wildlife. As much as they benefit us, there are times where tree removal is necessary, such as when they become a hindrance to traffic flow, development, or landscaping. However, we should still aim to protect existing trees as much as possible, while continuing to plant new trees on new developments and properties. Understandably, the technicalities behind these processes can get rather confusing. Fortunately, the City of Calgary has developed a number of bylaws and rules to guide these operations.

City-Owned Trees

As stated in the Tree Protection Bylaw,

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The Dream Home.

So you want to buy a new home. That’s great! While there may be a myriad of factors to consider, it can certainly be an exciting process. This is your chance to find a home that fits well with your existing interests, needs, and lifestyle. These vary from person to person, but with every new home, there are certain important considerations to make. What are the necessities, and what are the wish items? What’s your lifestyle like, right now? What do you want it to be like? Running through these questions will help you better understand your dream home and how we can help you find it. If anything, hopefully our little quiz can help point you in the right direction. 

 

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Dream Home Site Considerations

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Calgary's top high schools.

They say that the best years of your life happen during high school. Whether or not that’s true, it’s undeniable that high school plays an important part in your child’s formative years. It’s a huge part of an integral transition – the shift from adolescence to adulthood. That being said, you want a high school that provides a range of amenities to best suit your child and their needs. As well, you want to provide them with options – high school is a time for your child to discover what he or she may excel at. Whether this means a range of extracurricular activities, a reputable academic program, or quality facilities, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of the top three public high schools in Calgary, and what communities you’ll find them in.

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