Calgary Real Estate Advice: Tips & Tricks

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It’s investment time people! As mentioned in previous posts the Green Line is… well it’s kind of all over the place. The good news is that each step brings us closer to knowing what neighborhoods in Calgary will see new transit stations, and when!

With 14 out of the proposed 28 stations approved for the first phase of construction, we finally have some insight on how you can benefit from this multi-billion dollar construction deal. By December 2024, stage 1 will nearly be complete. That may seem like a long timeline but smart investors know that with each coming year, real estate prices will match the increase in demand for these sought after neighborhoods.

The question is, how can you get a piece of the deal? The ideal investment is a tricky

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Our favorite topic of the day/week/month/year/decade... Calgary’s Green Line project has some new updates! Don’t get exited just yet, as we said before and we will say again, nothing is ever set in stone.

 

Today’s news comes straight from city council. On Tuesday, council passed a vote 12-3 approving the green line route and stations despite raised concerns with project costs and funding. Mac Logan, the city’s general manager of transportation stating “This line will shape the city for over a century. I’m absolutely sure of that.”

What’s next? Ward 12 Councillor, Shane Keating, claims the province was waiting for this vote before making any commitments to help fund the project. With Nenshi claiming that indicators from the province have been

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Whether you are thinking about owning in downtown or already do, these are the top 5 reasons why owning an inner city townhouse is a great investment in today’s real estate market.

1. Affordability

Attached homes in downtown Calgary are an amazing alternative to detached living, especially in Calgary’s inner city. At a fraction of the price for a detached home, buyers can find more value dollar for dollar on a spacious townhome. On the flipside, long-term investments in Calgary’s city center have a massive potential for appreciation. Without spending a fortune on a detached home, or being adversely affected by the oversaturation of apartment real estate, townhome owners are living best of both worlds

2. Maintenance Free Lifestyle

Enjoy

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Our favorite topic of the day/week/month/year/decade... Calgary’s Green Line project has some new updates! Don’t get exited just yet, as we said before and we will say again, nothing is ever set in stone.     Today’s news comes straight from city council. On Tuesday, council passed a vote 12-3 approving the green line route and stations despite raised concerns with project costs and funding. Mac Logan, the city’s general manager of transportation stating “This line will shape the city for over a century. I’m absolutely sure of that.”   What’s next? Ward 12 Councillor, Shane Keating, claims the province was waiting for this vote before making any commitments to help fund the project. With Nenshi claiming that indicators from the province…
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“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost” is the new 3 R’s of recycling some of us learned in our early years of school. In an effort to achieve city council’s goal of keeping 70% of materials of out of city landfills by 2025, the City of Calgary has launched the Green Cart program city-wide. Starting earlier this month and completing by the end of August 2017, single-family homes across the city will receive their new, full-sized Green Cart. Residents will receive everything they need including: Green Cart, kitchen pail, starter supply of compostable and paper yard waste bags, as well as instruction guide and collection schedule.

Rolling out this program means an estimated 85 million kilograms of food and yard waste will be kept out of landfills every

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For the most part (well, at least until the Oil and Gas industry hit a recession) Calgary is a popular place to live, with more people migrating into the city than migrating out each year. However, the ever-growing population leaves city officials scratching their heads, thinking “where do we put all of these bodies!?” Secondary suites is one good solution to this problem, although unsurprisingly, there is potential for causing-havoc about the idea as well. You may be indifferent to the idea, but like anything else, there are both pros and cons surrounding secondary suites to be aware of. Below, we have compiled the most common arguments for both ‘for’ and ‘against’ secondary suites.

 

For

  • Creates Density

Mayor Nenshi is

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It's an age old, futile debate- Calgary or Edmonton? We decided to make our own comparison based on 4 factors: weather, nature, urban life, and housing market.

Weather

Calgary

Calgary, while claiming to be a moderate climate, has about 8 months of winter per year. The summer months can be lovely, but they’re short lived comparing to our neighbours in BC or our Ontarian companions out East. BUT, who can forget Leonardo DiCaprio's infamous shock and awe upon his discovery of chinooks.

Edmonton

Edmonton, in the Winter months especially, is cold. There’s no skirting around that one. And unlike Calgary, you don’t get a break from the relentless sting of Jack Frost via lovely, warm chinooks. Even their football team is called "The Edmonton

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 suites, stairs

*Photo courtesy of Reiner Girsh

The City of Calgary is, to say the least, a little indecisive about it’s feelings towards secondary suites. There are specific zones in Calgary which are allowed secondary suites. To find out if you are in a zone to be able to develop a secondary suite, type your address into the property information tool found on the City of Calgary’s web page. Each zone also has slightly different rules and regulations on how a secondary suite can be constructed.

What is a secondary suite exactly? A secondary suite is a self-contained dwelling unit on a property which has separate living, cooking, sleeping, and bathroom areas as the main unit.

Secondary suites are beneficial, especially to the growing city population of

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light switch, kid, cute

I’ve often walked into the room of a dark, unfamiliar space and done the Light Dance. This dance occurs when your vision is compromised by the dark, your legs are still planted in the lighted hallway, and your hand is pawing at the wall until you find the light switch. I’m sure I’m not the only one to have done this particular dance, and often this happens from a lack of thoughtful design. Thoughtful design focuses on all aspects of a space. From the way the furniture is arranged, to the small details- like the accessibility of a light switch- thoughtful design is the impetus for the creation of the feeling that home buyers are after. In other words, thoughtful design is the key to selling livability.

Each fixture, placement, and architectural

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With the new year having barely started, 2017 is chock full of potential for new opportunities. It’s an old real estate saying that spring is a good time to sell your home, and with spring just a few months away, now is the time to think about selling. The first step to selling your home is to hire a Realtor®, but they can’t just be any person off the street. They should exhibit the skills of an agent worthy enough to sell your home. So, what makes a good Realtor®? Here are five qualities that a successful Agent should exhibit.

  1. Reliable- Reliability is a key factor when choosing an Agent. Do they have a certified Realtor® license? Are they actually watching out for their clients’ interest, or are they simply working to get the best deal for

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