Calgary Real Estate Blog

Should You Buy or Rent Calgary Real Estate?If you are weighing your options in terms of buying or renting Calgary properties you should carefully consider all aspects of the debate. Depending on your financial situation, your choices should be fairly straightforward.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Should You Rent a Home?

Reasons To Rent a Home

Renting a home means that you will have no major renovations or maintenance to do in the house. You will not be held responsible for major damage unless you have caused it as a tenant. This means that you do not have to worry about large and small expenses arising with little or no warning that can personal financial distress.

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How to Choose Whether to DIY a Project or Hire a ProfessionalWondering how to improve home value and thinking about DIY projects? Do-it-yourself home improvement manuals and stores would have you believe that it's easy to complete all sorts of home repairs.

It can be tempting to take on do-it-yourself projects when you see the amount of money that you can save. Some renovations, however, need to be left to the experts. Things like plumbing, electrical and structural changes should be managed by a professional only. By skimping on these types of things, you may end up with a bigger problem as a result.

Should You DIY or Hire a Professional?

Although there is little doubt that many homes for sale could benefit from a bit of DIY remodels and stylish decor changes, there are some tasks that are best

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Tips for Winning a Bidding WarA bidding war is a dream come true for a home seller, but it can be a nightmare to the buyer. It's not unusual for home buyers in a sellers market to lose control of themselves during a bidding war for that "perfect house". while letting their emotions or competitive drive push the price of the home higher and higher. And while the initial joy of 'winning' the home can be elating, the consequences of a higher mortgage can be dire. To help cooler heads prevail, keep these tips in mind before your budget ends up spiraling out of control.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Mortgage Preapproval Letters

A pre-qualified mortgage statement

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The Best Winter Sports to Play in CalgaryWhen the cold of the winter sets in, there’s nothing better to warm yourself up than bundling up, going out in the snow, and working up a sweat in the snow. From skiing to bobsleigh, there’s sure to be some winter sport in Calgary to pique your interest this winter.

Dog Sledding in Calgary! Have You Tried It?

Experience a true Canadian adventure with a dog sledding team this winter! There’s a company in Canmore named Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours Inc. that offers sledding for both young and old. You'll have your choice of overnight, moonlight, short and long tours.

The tour begins with an introduction to the sport of dog sledding and some instructions to follow. The instructors are friendly and ready to answer any and all of the questions you

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Selling Your Home SuccessfullySelling a home is a process with many steps. From staging to marketing, there are many opportunities for sellers to misstep and compromise the sale of their home. Consider the following tips, steps, and advice to ensure a successful home sale.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

View Your Home Sale as a Business Proposition

When you first decide to sell your home you'll be calling in a real estate agent. Not only will he recommend a selling price but he may also suggest getting rid of a lot of the clutter in your home. This may also include furniture. The reasoning behind this is quite simple. The less clutter and distractions that you

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Buying a Home With KidsA National Homebuying Survey was released recently and stated that those moving to and living in Alberta put a high priority on family. Choosing a new home is a very important decision. The right neighbourhood can lead to the right schools and the right activities. Here are a few of the highlights from the survey.

  • Albertans ranked as the most "family-oriented" when choosing a new home and community
  • 25% of all Canadians want a home that's move-in ready
  • 19% of Albertans believe a family-friendly community is the top priority
  • Over 50% of Canadians are planning to move within the next five years

These are just a few of the stats, but they clearly show how important family is to many of the people living in Alberta. With such a high

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The Best Ski Slopes in Calgary, ABCalgarians are about to embark on the journey up the hills and mountains only to slide back down on two slabs of wood. Finding the best places for skiing will provide plenty of fun within Calgary. Here are some of the top choices throughout the area for your skiing and snowboarding.

Canada Olympic Park

This ski hill provides a great place for fun. It was used during the 1988 Olympic Games and provides a super pipe and so much more. This is the in-town choice for your skiing, but not the only choice in the Calgary area.

Nakiska

Another choice found about an hour from the city in Kananaskis County is Nakaska. This ski hill provides many slopes and lodges for your needs. It's the official training facility for Canada.

Banff

Banff

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How to Use Modern Materials for Your HomeResidential building has changed a lot over the years. Modern homeowners often seek ways to make their homes more efficient, sustainable and easy to maintain. To keep up with this demand, new materials are being invented all the time. Here's what you need to know about the latest building materials available on the market today.

Countertops

Countertops have changed a lot over the years. Many years ago, Formica was the go-to product for homeowners who wanted a modern, easy to maintain countertop material. In recent decades, new countertop materials have proved to be even more durable and easier to maintain.

Recycled Glass

Recycled glass countertops are made up of crushed pieces of recycled glass bound together by a resin. These

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Home Improvements to Make Before SellingSellers have one chance to impress future buyers, and first impressions are important. Every aspect of a home is tested for its quality to ensure that those who would consider buying it know they're getting the best deal for their money. If you're wondering what home improvements add the most value, keep reading. With these house upgrades, you will be showing a home that features what buyers want without the risk of over-renovating.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

High-ROI Home Improvements For Your Home

Selling your Calgary home but not sure how much money to spend on sprucing it up? Attending to little things here and there are

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The Best Golf Courses in Calgary AlbertaThere are a number of great golf courses in Calgary for people from all walks of life, whether you're interested in joining a country club, going to municipal golf courses, or living in a neighborhood with a golf course. No matter if you're a beginning or experienced player, Calgary is bound to have a golf course that's perfect for you!

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Wintergreen Golf and Country Club

The season is upon us once again and Wintergreen Golf and Country Club is now open. This facility features a beautiful course in the foothills of Bragg Creek about 30 minutes from Calgary. If you enjoy golfing through the forests with rolling hills and plenty of great scenery, this is the perfect course for you.

The course measures just over

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