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Selling a Calgary Home

From staging, to marketing to setting the best price, here are tips and articles for selling your Calgary home.

Found 16 blog entries about Selling a Calgary Home.

There’s a lot of people, including myself, who are surprised by just how much of your stuff needs to get packed up before you go live on the market. Your stuff kind of just sits there around you for so long that it just kind of becomes part of the environment. Sometimes seeing what you need to remove, needs a second set of eyes. A home stager is absolutely invaluable at this time. I, myself, had to pack up nearly two thirds of my home when we listed. It was shocking. Not only how much stuff I had to pack up, but how much I needed to throw away. Ever since that move, I have tried to be ruthless in my trashing of things that really don’t need to take up space. I’ve had moderate success.

When it comes down to what needs to be decluttered, take it down to

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I could talk about lighting forever. Natural light in a home is probably one of the most saleable features you can get. This is why the beginning of this step is making sure that when you build or buy a home, you have an eye for light. You can do this by:

  • Increasing windows as big as the builder will allow
  • Choosing a good exposure for your backyard S, SW, SE, and W, and avoiding N, E, NE, and NW
  • Adding transom windows
  • Choosing a layout that maximizes light
  • When finishing your basement, double the amount of lights that you think is appropriate.

The truth is that we have become more and more indoor creatures and people generally like the feeling of a home soaked in light. So buying or building a home with great structure, helps a lot

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No Time to Relax After Selling Your Home

It’s over. It’s all over. No more showings. No more mopping floors. No more dogs in your back seat and no more begging a myriad of friends to host you while buyers walk through your homes and leave ungrateful, muddy footprints on your front tile. You have a firm sale. Some poor shmo bought your tiny closets, and woefully inadequate pantry, and now you’re moving to your palace, where space and storage abounds.

Things You Don't Want to Forget

Now what? Usually there is a gap between selling your house and when you actually move in; and if you’re kind of wondering what you should be doing - well, here it is. These are some of the necessary evils that need to be done when you're moving into a new place, the

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A Look at Real Estate Feedback for Sellers and Realtors

Every agent seems to have a differing opinion on what constitutes real estate feedback , and whether or not it’s useful. In this blog, I’d like to define true and correct feedback, and outline how it is useful to the seller and particularly to the Realtor listing the seller's property.

Feedback, in common terms, is when an agent who shows a listed property reports back to the agent who has listed the property, what they and/or their clients thought of the home.

Feedback is not an agent reporting back on whether or not their client is interested in a property or intends to buy the property. The answer to that question is obvious when the buying agent submits, or does not submit, a written

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Guess who loses in a market like this one? People who are downsizing. People who have a big huge expensive house and need to buy a smaller more cost-effective house. If you’re divorcing, well, I’m sorry, the news just got worse. Or, if you’re an elderly couple wanting to switch to a place with no stairs, you may want to hold off for a bit.

But everyone else? Everyone who trips over toddler shoes, steps on Legos, and dreams of a vegetable garden in the backyard, I have good news for you: it’s a fantastic time to buy a Calgary home, for a few reasons.

There's Value Out There

The first is that we’re not nose-diving on value right now. We’re just sitting in a time of uncertainty where there’s deals to be had when buying. Yah, you’re going to have to

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 How to list your Calgary home and get top dollar, while juggling a house full of kids.

house selling tips for parentsWe’ve been spending so much time preparing to list our home in Auburn Bay, Calgary, and the time is finally coming to actually put the thing on the market. In this final crunch time, I feel I have some wisdom to share on how to list your home the right way (ie: in the way that will get you the very highest price possible) when you’re dealing with a gaggle of children.

1) Storage Can: We have one on our driveway (I’m so sorry Auburn Glen Circle…it will be gone in two weeks. Promise!) We’ve been filling that sucker up for months - anything non-essential is getting tossed in, which means less clutter to clean and less stuff to dust.

2) Bankers Box of Toys: Give

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Property taxesI have written on this topic before, but I just feel I need to come back to it because I hear it over and over again and sometimes I feel as if I am fighting against a tide of unrelenting strength.

Say it with me people:

"My Calgary property tax assessment means nothing"

Nothing. The true market value of your property is as clearly reflected in your most recent property tax assessment as culinary excellence is reflected in a Tim Horton’s BLT. If you’re lucky it MAY get you into the proper $100,000 period.

Your assessment was done by (what I think is a room full of monkeys on typewriters) but is probably a group of unionized city employees who crank out these numbers in a set time frame, and they did it a long time ago. They may have been in

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selling your homeI have always known that I could never list my own house and as the weeks and months have gone by leading up to D-Day, I’m more convinced than ever that I can’t do it myself. Here’s why.

House Blindness

So many homeowners think their upgrades and layout are far better and more valuable than they are. What? My giant concrete step isn’t worth the $25,000 I paid for it? Seriously, I can’t get the $5000 back for my custom built-in desk? But I special-ordered that urinal for my half bath! That was expensive!

I’m the same way, and I can admit it. What makes it even worse for me is that I know this about myself, and then proceed to undervalue everything I have, probably too much, thinking that I'm OVER-valuing, and then my evaluation is just crazy-town.

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...And I'll Fix all Your Problems with Your Mother-in-Law When I'm Done!

Get your Calgary dream homeI have an awesome surprise for many of you Calgarians. Are you ready? Here it is: you probably have enough equity in your house to move to where you want to be by now. I mean, I’m not making any promises but chances are excellent!

Many of you (especially people who have owned for 2 or more years) are sitting on a pile of money in your home, and don’t realize that your tiny kitchen, can be a big kitchen, and your yard that backs onto a road, can back onto a greenspace.

So how do you find out if you can finally move to your dream house?

1)      Call me. (Or email me)

2)      Tell me stuff about your house and mortgage.

3)      I’ll call you back and give you

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