How are you? Enjoying this sunshine now that Spring has finally arrived I hope. The Calgary, Cochrane, Chestermere, Okotoks and Airdrie markets are holding up well. According to the Calgary Real Estate Board, the current market conditions could favour the seller and the benchmark price for a single family home this April in Calgary spiked to $452,900. This means that buyers need to be looking for deals as there will be more new MLS listings coming on the market. Check out http://www.NancyBall.ca for the latest MLS listings and contact your favourite Realtor to view any homes.
P.S. Don’t forget to enter my trip for 4 to Disneyland Contest & more prizes!
Single-family prices reach new high
Sellers’ market conditions push up prices across all categories
The benchmark price of single-family homes reached a new high of $452,900 in April, as market conditions that favour the seller finally drove prices above the unadjusted peak of 2007.
“It’s really encouraging to see that the Calgary market remains strong,” said Becky Walters, president of CREB®’s board of directors. “It’s reassuring to both buyers and sellers to see that this area is outperforming many parts of the country.” » Click Here
RBC Poll: Top 3 Mistakes Made by Home Buyers
A recent poll completed by RBC says that 60% of homeowners feel they made at least one mistake when they bought a new home. The top three mistakes often made by home buyers were:
Buying a house needing significant renovations
Did not have a big enough down payment
Did not get a home inspection » Click Here
Top 5 Decorating Mistakes - And How To Avoid Them
As a professional home stager, it is very important for a room to be decorated properly. Any mistakes or misplacement of furniture can change the whole look of a room. It can make a room look smaller than it really is or deter a buyer from seeing the room's best features. Whether you're ready to re-design your entire home or just intend to redecorate a single room, make sure you have a master plan. Here are the top 5 decorating mistakes and how you can correct them. » Click Here
Win a trip for 4 to Disneyland!
CIR REALTY and other fellow CIR Realtors like me have created an exciting contest for all of you and your friends! The theme of the contest is familyand all of our prizes are meant to bring families together and give them memorable experiences.
Our grand prize draw which will be done on July 2nd is for a family trip for 4 to DISNEYLAND! (4 nights, 5 days, park passes, flights and accommodation at one of Disney's resorts included).
Congratulations to our preliminary draw winners:
1. Zeeshan Khan, Calgary,AB - Calgary Flames Tickets 2. Arlene Round, Calgary, AB - $150 to Rics Grill 3. Ashley Gaitty, Cochrane, AB - 10 week family pass to Trico Centre 4. Jodi Crerar, Calgary, AB - Family Pass (4) to the Calgary Zoo
ASK Nancy a question for her to address in upcoming issues! Curious about where the real estate market is heading or need help to sell your house?
Q: Hi Nancy, we are thinking of putting our house up for sale, however, even the thought of it is very overwhelming to us right now. With 2 small kids and a house full of toys and a dog, how can we accomodate the showings?
A: With the help of the right Realtor, it can be much less stressful. I offer my own staging services free of charge to you that incorporates your lifestyle while enabling the potential buyers to envision living in that same space. After the house is staged, it's simple maintainence. With good staging, it helps to sell your house faster therefore you are able to move on with your life sooner! I am in constant contact with you with feedback from showings and always re-assessing the listing to make sure we stay on top of the current real estate market.
April 2013 Statistics
Dates to Remember
May 1 - 31 Please Donate Your Books!
May 22 - 25 International Children's Festival
May 23 - 26 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon
May 24 Calgary Lifestyle Expo
May 26 4th Street Lilac Festival
May 26 URSA's Motorcycle Awareness Ride
May 30 - June 9 FunnyFest Comedy Festival
May 31 A Creative Affair
June 1 Underwear Affair Calgary
June 3 - 9 Seniors Week
June 13 - 16 Banff National Park Bike Fest
June 16 FATHER'S DAY
June 16 Loops for the Troops
June 22 Performance in the Park