Calgary Real Estate Blog

Energy Efficient Home UpgradesWith the growing green revolution taking place across Canada and here in Calgary, potential buyers and homeowners are looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible. This includes the willingness to pay a higher price for a home with longer-term sustainability and green features.

The Calgary green trend is driving forward at critical speed and Calgary's not prepared to be left in the dust. As the nation's energy city, Calgary still needs to do its part in greening up the country and fortunately Calgarians are stepping up to the task at hand.

Here are some of the best high-ROI energy-efficient home renovations that are practical, will save you money and will help to add value to your home.

The Benefit of

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Why You Should Destress in the Mountains Around CalgaryCalgary is located close enough to the Rocky Mountains to provide plenty of fun just a little ways away. Sometimes, you can find interesting fun that doesn't happen every weekend. Whether you enjoy skiing, skating, curling or even speed dating, you might just find it in the mountains. If you find yourself in a position where you need a little relaxation, consider enjoying some mountain activities – they can really help you.

Go on a Hike

When it comes to mountain activities, it just makes sense that hiking would be on the list. Obviously, this would be an activity for someone who is a little on the physically fit side. You need to stop and ask yourself whether going on a hike is going to relax you or if it is going to stress you out more.

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What Buyers Need to Consider Before Investing in a CondoWhile the condominium lifestyle is a dream for many homeowners, certain individuals may discover that living amid a condo community isn't exactly their cup of tea. Of course, there are pros and cons of buying a Calgary condo, just like there are in any community. So, before signing on the dotted line here are five considerations before buying a condo.

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

1. Privacy Preferences

Individuals who prefer a great deal of privacy may find condo living challenging to their senses. After all, most condominium communities have dozens or even hundreds of units, usually joined by common walls. This means means that

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Ways to Boost Curb Appeal Before Listing a HomeIn today's tech-based society, a large number of potential home buyers begin their ‘shopping' experience online perusing MLS database to see what's out there before scheduling a showing. The first photo on the listing should be a photo of the front of the home from a curb-side view, which means that boosting curb appeal should be a priority. After all, surveys report at more than 60 percent of buyers only plan to tour homes they found appealing online. Here are six curb appeal tips for sellers.

1. Step Into the Buyer's Shoes

Step out onto the curb and take a long hard look at the exterior of the Chaparral home as a buyer would (and will be doing online). Does everything in sight look attractive, clean and appealing? Chances are, there will be

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Minimize Pet Presence Before Listing a Home for SaleMore than 7.5 million Canadian households have pets, according to 2016 statistics. Most people love animals and understand the loving relationship between humans and their pets. Pet-friendly features can be exactly what a buyer is looking for. What buyers don't love, however, is to see or smell evidence of those beloved pets in every room and in every corner of the yard and selling a home with pets, especially in a competitive market, can be a great challenge. Many homeowners don’t know what to do with pets when selling their home, so here are some important tips for selling a house with pets.

The first and most important rule is to always relocate the pets during a showing. Take the dog for a walk; put the cat in a carrier and go to a

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How Unpermitted Work Can Affect Your Home SaleWhen it's time to sell your home, unpermitted work can be a big problem. Unpermitted work is any work done without a permit to ensure that it's done to regulation standards. Permits ensure the safety of people who live in and utilize a renovated space, and without them, there's no guarantee for the quality and safety of the home. Therefore, when it comes time to sell, a house with unpermitted work can become a problem that makes selling a home difficult—it may even force homeowners to sell their homes for a significantly reduced price. Knowing what to do about unpermitted work can help homeowners avoid problems when the time comes to sell the property. Here is everything you need to now about unpermitted work and what to do when a house has unpermitted

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The Difference Between Selling a Primary Residence and a Vacation HomeWhile both a primary residence and a vacation home are types of real estate properties, there are some considerable difference between the two that can lead to differences in how you approach the sale of the two when the time comes. Even though they are both forms of real estate, they need to be treated differently within the market since the market for both can be drastically different. From GST on real estate and the Canadian capital gains tax to HST on property taxes, there are a lot of different facets to buying and selling property. When selling a rental property or vacation home, keep these things in mind.

Difference in Taxes

When you sell a primary residence, you are not subject to capital gains due to a principle residence tax

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Know More About These Home Buying ProcessesSome may be looking to buy their first home and not know about the common requirements and initial challenges they may face. Canadian residents may need prepare themselves beforehand, learning how to best position themselves to have a seller accept their offer and move toward closing on a home. What do new potential homeowners need to know?

Understand more about common home buying processes and challenges faced by Canadian buyers today.

Your Credit Score and the Canadian Home Mortgage Process

Most buyers are not paying for a home in cash and will have to seek a home mortgage loan from a lender. It is important to know your credit score as this is a major factor in getting approved for a loan and getting better rates. One's credit score and

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Hidden Red Flags in the Structure of a HomeMost home buyers who decide to purchase a home will get a property inspection to ensure that the house meets their needs. However, home inspections can be costly (around $450), so recognizing the signs of trouble without the help of an inspection can help a home buyer determine whether or not it's worth proceeding with an offer.

Signs of Foundation Trouble

Foundation troubles are rare, but when they do occur, repairs can cost thousands. If you're wondering how to tell if a house has foundation problems, use the following list. Some of the most clear signs of foundation problems include:

  • Doors or windows that are jammed open or closed.
  • Stair stepping cracks in the foundation.
  • Large, wide cracks in the walls of the house,
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Young Adult Homeownership SurveyMuch has been said and written about the Millennial Generation, and for good reason. As this group moves through their 20's and 30's, they are now the largest population segment on the planet. Young adult homeownership has been quite the divisive topic over the past few years. While opinions will vary widely on this group's ability to purchase real estate, we decided to see just how long young adults believe it will take to hit this milestone to better understand their perception of the situation.

It should be noted that this survey captures the lower end of the age range for Millennials and the higher end of the age range for Gen Z. While generations are an easy way to categorize age ranges, opinions from this group's survey will likely differ

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