Hope you are enjoying the fall weather as the colours of the leaves look beautiful at this time of year. The market has picked up and there are plenty of great properties for sale for every price range. Start your search today using the IDX search on my website at http://www.nancyball.ca/idx/ that is updated on a regular basis. Send me your requirements at http://www.nancyball.ca/home-finder.php and I will set you up on an automated search delivered to your email as soon as they are entered into the MLS system. I have set a high goal for myself and I want to help 3 more families before the end of the year. If you know of anyone who is thinking of buying or selling, please send me an email. I would love to help!
Wishing everyone a festive Thanksgiving Day weekend!
P.S. Check out the latest MoneySense Magazine for Sept/Oct issue as they did a feature on what to buy in Calgary right now and I did an interview! Page 41 & 42 if you’re curious. I will publish a link when available.
September Sales Stay Strong
Rise in new listings prevents further tightening in the resale market
Calgary, Oct. 1, 2013 – City of Calgary residential sales totaled 1,923 units in September, 19 per cent higher than last year and 14 per cent higher than long-term averages for the month.
While sales activity over the past three months has been above long-term trends, it was less so in September than in July and August. » Click Here
Decor Trends 2014: Decorate with themes that inspire you
A great tip I give all my clients is to visit show homes or open houses to get ideas for their own homes. There are some very creative home owners out there, not just in the bigger homes but mostly the smaller ones with less space that comes up with the most intriguing solution for storage or how to make their small living room look like a grand hall! For ideas on decorating or paint colours, you can also browse through pictures of listings on my website to find the inspiration room for your home. Click here to view homes over $1 million for some great ideas!
In the meantime, here's a great article about some current trends: » Click Here
Are Canadians 'reno ready'? Majority of homeowners do not consider insurance implications before renovating
For many homeowners who want a change without a big move, they may decide to give their home a facelift instead of moving. But research from TD Insurance has found that the majority of homeowners are not considering the insurance implications of their renovations: only 6% checked their policy to ensure they were covered during the upgrades and just 16% asked their insurer if their policy needed an update following their last renovation. » Click Here
TD Mortgage Minute
In a report to homebuyers, TD Canada Trust has broken down the three key home financing decisions for first-time buyers to consider: down payments, mortgage options and accelerated payments.
"Homeownership is a major goal for many Canadians, and in today's market it is especially important that prospective buyers understand home financing options in order to manage their overall monthly costs, assess the flexibility they will need, and help plan for the future," said Farhaneh Haque, director of mortgage advice at TD Canada Trust.
TD suggests the following tips to help first-time homebuyers structure their mortgage so it works best for them when it comes to buying a house. » Click Here
Where do Canada's Most Eligible Millionaires Live?
Those looking for a real-life version of the reality TV show 'Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire' will have a pretty good chance of finding their wealthy prince if they look in Alberta.
According to the website SeekingMillionaire.com, Alberta is one of two provinces with two cities on a list ranking the top five Canadian towns with the most eligible millionaires in the country.
Both Calgary, number two, and Edmonton, number five, make the list. » Click Here
OCTOBER 2013 EVENTS
2013-2014 Flames Season Schedule
Oct 4 - 31 Screamfest
Oct 5-6, 12-14, 19-20 Autumn Pumpkin Festival
Oct 6 CIBC Run for the Cure O
ct 6 - 7 Beauty Show-Calgary
Oct 14 Thanksgiving Day
Oct 18 - 19 Calgary International Flamenco Festival
Oct 18 - 19 Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival
Oct 18 - 20 The Body Soul & Spirit Expo (Calgary)
Oct 19 Calgary Women's Anti-aging & Wellness Expo
Oct 19 - 20 Calgary Baby & Tot Show
Oct 23 - 27 Ski Show & Giant Sale
Oct 26 The Great Pumpkin Giveaway 2013
Oct 26 Hallowe'en Howl Run
Oct 26 - 27 Calgary Women's Show
Oct 26 - Nov 3 Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival
Oct 31 Hallowe'en
Nov 1 - 2 Greek Annual Bazaar
Nov 2 - 3 50 Plus Living Show
Nov 3 Daylight Savings Time (Fall Back 1 Hour)
Nov 11 Rememberance Day
Nov 30 Otafest Aurora