The market is heating up! I have been listing and negotiating properties for clients this month. Getting offers on my listings within a week and negotiated up to $14,000 off the list price for my buyers. Love helping others! The first quarter of the year is often the best time to list and sell your home. Low inventory = Less competition even with New Builder Homes. If you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling, please let me know if I can help. See the latest Calgary statistics on the left hand side column. Live outside of Calgary? Check out the Town & Country Statistics on the left hand side column every month for your real estate update. See article below: 5 DIY Projects to Increase Value – the results are from the US but very helpful. Kevin Saskiw with Prolink Mortgage is offering a 5 year fixed mortgage with 5% cashback that can be used towards the down payment of your home. Great deal! Please call for details 403-589-3021 or visit www.yourmortgagecontact.com Check out article below: 5 DIY Projects to Increase Value – the results are from the US but very helpful. -Nancy
|Calgary's Resale Market Continues to Improve|
January sales and prices rise over previous year
Residential real estate sales in the city of Calgary started the year on a positive note, increasing by 15 per cent over the same month in 2012.
Total sales were 1,230 units, a significant increase over the 1,068 units last year. But sales remain well below January levels recorded through the peak years of 2003 to 2008.
“While activity is typically slower in the winter months, recent improvements in single-family new listings helped support improved sales in that market,” said CREB® President Becky Walters. “Overall indicators put the market in balanced conditions.”
|5 DIY Projects to Increase Sales Value by More Than $10,000|
It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to improve a home and make it more sellable, according to HomeGain’s 2012 National Home Improvement Survey.
HomeGain surveyed nearly 500 real estate professionals nationwide to determine the top do-it-yourself home improvement projects that offers some of the biggest bang for your buck when selling a home.
“In a buyer’s market, sellers need to dress their homes for success before putting them on the market,” says Louis Cammarosano, HomeGain’s general manager. The survey shows “that do-it-yourself home improvements like cleaning and de-cluttering and lightening and brightening your home are cost-effective ways of increasing your chances of selling faster and closing closer to the asking price than homes rushed to the market with no improvements.”
|Top 10 Most Talked About Interior Design Trends for 2013|
We are looking forward to fascinating interior design projects in 2013 and by the looks of things, our expectations will be met. Even though we can not anticipate how most of the projects will look, we ran across some interesting trends for this year, which we would like to share further. Here are the top 10 most talked about key tendencies in interior design for 2013:
|Calgary aims to make strides toward improving walkability|
Walk Score measures how easy it would be to live a car-free lifestyle in a certain neighborhood or city. It uses a patent-pending system which awards points based on the distance to amenities such as grocery stores, restaurants and schools, with maximum points for amenities within .25 miles. Mind you, Walk Score is only approximated and certain factors that contribute to walkability are not factored in such as street design, safety from crime and accidents, pedestrian-friendly streets, paths and roadways, and weather.
People living in higher walkability are said to weigh 6-10 lbs less, are happier and healthier, and the shorter commute times reduce stress and increase community involvement, as per www.walkscore.com
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