There are currently 140 blog entries published by Rachel R. Vanderveen.
Thursday, December 27th, 2012 at 1:51pm. 326 Views, 0 Comments.
Once November rolls around, many sellers opt to take their home off the market until after the new year has come and gone. In the real estate world, it's a common belief that selling during the holidays is a bad idea because buyers aren't looking at that time of year. With December upon us, many people who currently have their homes listed or who are thinking of listing may be wondering whether or not they should wait until January or February to try to sell.
If you're committed to selling your home, the holidays may not necessarily be a bad time. Trends show that many buyers who continue to look during the winter months tend to be more serious. Many people wouldn't opt to give up holiday festivities or cut shopping short to head to a viewing if they…
Saturday, December 1st, 2012 at 2:17pm. 345 Views, 0 Comments.
Your volunteer social committee for the community of Mahogany in Calgary has arranged for a nostalgic Christmas celebration to take place on December 8th, 2012 from 6-9pm. Mahogany residents can come to enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, street hockey, refreshments and winter games all with the sounds of Christmas carols and a jolly visit from Santa!
Residents of Mahogany will need to sign a waiver to participate in the wagon fun which can be located here. Also part of the fun will be a raffle which promises gift certificates in the amount of $500 to the winners. Be sure to bring a few bucks if you’re interested in participating in that! Attendees are encouraged to arrive between 6:30-8:30 if they would like to see Santa.
For more information on the…
Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at 9:56am. 201 Views, 0 Comments.
Auburn Bay is a master planned 900 acre lakeside community made up of charming homes all encircling the large 43 freshwater hectares of Auburn Bay. Stunning views and a fabulous residents-only beach and park are accessible to all living in this family oriented neighbourhood.
The community developers were inspired to create a four season year round community that brings families together and creates life long memories. The source of their inspiration? Family vacations in cottage country.
Imagine family games of tennis and volleyball played at the beach. Teaching your kids how to swim, cast a line while fishing on the lake, and canoeing as a family. Cooling off in the spray park in the afternoon and then going home to a home cooked family meal. Relax…
Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 at 11:24am. 254 Views, 0 Comments.
One of the first things you’re going to need is a budget. You need less cash to flip a property than you probably think, especially when you consider that it is possible to partner up with an investor. When you flip a house, you want your expenses (the cost of the house, mortgage payments [if any], taxes [if any], repairs, labour, and materials) to be less than 80% of the total sale price of the home when it hits the market as your new pretty confection. Which means you’ll need a solid market analysis from a real estate agent on both the current value of the home, and the expected sale price once renos are complete. You should have an idea of your total budget of the homes you want to look at or buy, before you approach your mortgage broker asking for a…
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at 12:41pm. 277 Views, 0 Comments.
Today we are continuing our look at how to flip a house in Calgary. I’ve invited Kathy Fleshman, RBC Mobile Mortgage Specialist, to write a guest blog for the vanderveenteam.com. Below you will find some of her solutions for the first steps in looking at financing your flip in Calgary. Of course every situation is always different, and the best first step is to phone your mortgage broker so you can create your own financing solution which is tailored to your individual needs. For mortgage advice on any home purchase, Kathy Fleshman is always a great call to make! And now, here's Kathy!
When looking to finance the purchase of a home you intend to flip, there will be some differences in the mortgage financing you apply for. When a property is not going…
Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 3:59pm. 214 Views, 0 Comments.
Movember in Calgary
It's that time of year once again when men sport moustaches to raise money for a good cause. Good moustaches, bad moustaches, somewhere in between - the point of Movember isn't to make a style statement, it's to increase awareness for prostate cancer. Roughly ten years old, Movember originated in Melbourne, Australia and has become a global phenomenon.
Over the years, Movember has raised over $301 million. The majority of funds raised comes from online donations and pledges. Men sign up on Movember's official webpage individually or in teams and document the growth of their moustaches for the month of November whilst encouraging friends and family for pledges.
So what's kicking around Calgary during Movember 2012? Calgary's…
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 at 8:02am. 919 Views, 0 Comments.
Lately, I’ve had a lot of people asking me about flips. The “hows”, the “whens”, and the “how much.” One of the things that I love about my blog is that I end up writing out very long explanations for very small topics so that when people ask me a question, I can point them to my very own personalized answer. So I’m going to start a series on flipping houses in Calgary, and what that looks like from start to finish. I would absolutely love to hear from you if you have any questions along this vein so that I can turn the answers into a blog. So for the next little while, we’re going to look at how to flip a house in Calgary!
If you’re reading this blog today, you are probably moderately interested in doing a flip in Calgary and perhaps wondering if you…
Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 9:36am. 443 Views, 0 Comments.
OK, let me start by saying that I really do like Halloween. I like all the little princess dresses, elephant suits, and Start Wars storm troopers as much as the next guy. What I don’t like is the gore, the blood, the guts, and the fictitious facial open wounds. I’m sorry, that’s just me. I don’t get that part of Halloween. I mean, Halloween is for children. Some would argue that it’s mainly for small children. I see this stuff on other people’s kids, and on their doorsteps, and think, “Whatever, to each his own.” It doesn’t bug me that other people like that aspect of Halloween. We all have our separate preferences.
However, last night, the Vanderveen family attended a haunted house with the kids which was advertized with wording that touted that the…
Saturday, October 20th, 2012 at 9:45am. 272 Views, 0 Comments.
I have the privilege of being friends with two families who back onto the Babbling Brook in Canyon Meadows. One of which, just moved into their house. The other has been living there for nearly 10 years and would not consider moving away from the Brook, even when being tempted by homes which are brand new and twice the size. There is something to Babbling Brook in Canyon Meadows, I’ve discovered. People who live there love it and wouldn’t move for love or money.
I have to admit that I’m a recent convert. Canyon Meadows already has bigger than average lot sizes and homes with an old-school style which character shoppers tend to adore. Adding the Babbling Brook to a backyard adds that extra bit of tranquility and country charm that is hard to find…
Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at 12:18pm. 176 Views, 0 Comments.
The absolute worst time to take kids to lessons has got to be between 4:30-5:30, and yet this seems to be when everyone offers extracurricular activities for kids in our children’s age groups. I don’t see how other moms make this fly. How can you get the kids from school, make dinner, and get them to the lessons on time? Not to mention stay at the facility and wait for them to be done? Maybe they make better use of their slow cookers than I do.
Living in Auburn Bay is such a pleasure, and our community centre, the Auburn House, is one of the most beautiful in the SE. We’ve done a few lessons there, but since we’ve started homeschool, I’ve focused more on the South Fish Creek Community Association (SFCA) for classes because they offer homeschool…