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Today I’m joined by special guest and certified home inspector Barry Malesh to talk about things homeowners can do to prepare their property for the market.Little things like having the fireplace lit and ready to go before a buyer enters the home will make a great first impression.Another area to pay close attention to is the bathroom. Determine wh…
 
Mortgage expert Bob Reader joins me once again to discuss interest rates. Today I’m joined once again by Bob Reader, a veteran of the mortgage industry, to talk about the present and future of interest rates in our real estate market.There are plenty of misconceptions out there regarding this topic that we’ll clarify. Current rates are so low that …
 
Here are 10 mistakes not to make that will trip up your home-buying plans.The market’s starting to heat up already here in 2021, and we’re seeing more action in the Calgary region than we’ve seen since 2014. Unfortunately, people are getting a little overeager and making some silly mistakes. Here are 10 you should avoid at all costs:1. Don’t take a…
 
Home sellers “mark” their territory without even knowing it. I’ll explain how.What does prepping your home for the market have to do with a dog marking its territory? I’ll get to that in a little bit, but first I want to touch on home improvements. The majority of people who don’t contact me early enough for a consultation make some poor assumption…
 
Should you sell your home now or wait? Let me give you some insight.In the past, I probably would have advised you to wait until the snow is gone to sell your home when things are a bit greener and your home will look its best in photos. However, there are a few things working in your favor if you decide to sell right now.For one, interest rates ha…
 
Here’s what you need to know about Calgary real estate as we begin 2021.We had a pretty slow start in real estate last year, but we finished 2020 strong with December sales the highest they have been since 2007.There were a lot of economic challenges including oil prices and unemployment rates. Then COVID and the lockdowns hit, slowing things down …
 
I have five tips for those looking to sell this holiday season.It’s the holiday season once again, and that means I’m hearing a familiar question from both buyers and sellers: Do properties move during this time of year? The answer is yes, plenty of properties sell over the holiday stretch. In fact, it can be a particularly great time to buy or sel…
 
Here’s the story of how my clients were able to sell quickly in a slow-moving segment.I’m joined today by Darren and Melissa, wonderful clients of mine whose home I recently had the honor of selling. They’ve graciously agreed to share some details of it so that you can benefit from their experience and have a successful sale of your own.Darren and …
 
When selling, staging and curb appeal should elicit emotions from buyers.What does Dr. Sheldon Cooper from “The Big Bang Theory” have to do with curb appeal and staging?People purchase homes based on emotion, then rationalize with logic afterward. Therefore, you should make the walk-through a positive emotional experience for buyers. You want buyer…
 
Halloween will be here before you know it, so today I’ll share some quick tips that will help you and your family have a fun, safe holiday. Skeletons, spiderwebs, and Jack-o’-lanterns galore are popping up all over our neighborhoods, and that can only mean one thing: Halloween is just around the corner. If your preparations so far have involved sto…
 
Here’s why we utilize 3D tours for our home sales.Today I’m sharing three huge perks of 3D virtual tours and how they can help you solve the challenges of selling in any market.1. It’s like doing an open house 24 hours a day, seven days a week without even having to leave the house. It lets buyers take a look at your home at their own pace. For exa…
 
Is real estate really like how you see it on reality TV shows?Many consumers and would-be real estate agents have been disappointed, stressed out, and even financially harmed by having real estate reality shows as the basis for their education and belief systems. A lot of people know that what’s on TV isn’t a reflection of reality and use their com…
 
If you’re struggling with mortgage payments, we have information for you.Bob Reader of Canadian Mortgage Professionals joins me today as my special guest. Believe it or not, he just completed his 10,000th mortgage, so he’s definitely a mortgage expert. I brought him on because last time, we talked about how crazy sales in our area are—but it’s not …
 
Find out what the media still isn’t saying about the Calgary region's real estate sales.Today I’m sharing the latest real estate market statistics for Calgary and nearby areas. We anticipated that sales would be relatively strong in July and August, primarily because of the pent-up demand brought on by the pandemic. Boy, were we right!The sales lev…
 
Here’s how to tackle a home sale prudently from start to finish.How do we move sellers from ‘Just Listed’ to ‘Sold’ so quickly?What you want to avoid is a price reduction, or adding a stigma to your property by having it expire on the market. We’ve taken over a number of properties that have expired two or three times and we’ve managed to sell them…
 
Here’s what you should know about Calgary real estate.After three months of COVID-19 weighing heavily on the housing market, sales activity has continued to trend up from the previous months. Monthly sales are nearly 2% lower than the activity recorded last year. However, this represents a significant improvement compared to the past several months…
 
Learn how our Virtual Insiders Program can keep you safe amid COVID-19.If you can’t wait to make a move, we understand and are here to help. We’re changing the way people in the Calgary area buy houses. Our Virtual Insiders Program can keep you safe during this health crisis while also allowing you to see homes like never before. Buying a home shou…
 
As we continue to navigate the real estate market during a pandemic, it’s clear that business is still being done. Here’s how we’re helping buyers and sellers remain safe.A lot of people have been asking me the same two questions: “Are properties selling in Calgary?” and “How can I sell right now and reduce my risks?” To answer the first question, …
 
If there is anything our team can do to serve or support you, please reach out to us.Licensed real estate agents have been deemed an essential service and brokerages are encouraged to remain open.Homes are still selling and our closings are still going smoothly. We have had four in about the last week and there were no hitches or delays or issues w…
 
The 2020 Dream Vacation Sweepstakes from Maxwell has begun. Could you be the second consecutive winner from our office?There has been a lot of bad news intruding on our daily lives lately. Today you have a chance to do something completely different, as I have some great news to share.What would you do with $5,000? I want to invite you to enter the…
 
How should you respond to receiving a lowball offer? Here are a few tricks and tips for navigating this sometimes awkward situation. Whenever you receive an offer, respond promptly and keep the momentum going. When receiving an offer, sellers have the option to accept it, reject it, or counter it, and there is a time to do each of these things. Mos…
 
Today Barry Malesh from A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections joins me to provide you with some tips on how to prepare your home for the winter.Calgarians are getting ready for winter—they’re preparing their cars and their garages are swamped with snow tires. But what about their houses? Barry Malesh from A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections is here to gi…
 
Our team has access to a secret set of listings that you won’t find on the MLS. Today I am going to share with you, not one but three of our top coming soon listings before they are out on the MLS and available for purchase to anyone else.Have you been, or do you know someone who is, frustrated because you keep just missing out on the best deals? Y…
 
To have a successful home purchase, there are certain buyer fears you need to overcome. As a buyer, if you can acknowledge your fears about the home buying process, you can overcome them and move forward with your purchase with clarity, courage, and commitment.What kind of fears do buyers usually have? Here are four of the most common:1. Fear of lo…
 
There are three signs you need to watch out for to know whether your home is overpriced. If you’re putting your home on the market, it’s important that you price it correctly from the start. Overpricing it can cost you tens of thousands of dollars—not just in terms of carrying costs, but because you’ll end up chasing the market downward.A lot of pe…
 
Having great photos of your home is a great way to start the home sale process. Here’s why. In today’s competitive market, you need to do everything right in order to sell. One of those things is capturing the right photographs of your home. We look at bad real estate pictures every week, and that’s not where you want to be. We’re joined by a real …
 
Two of the four keys to marketing your home are product and promotion, and here’s how you can focus on each. As we know, product and promotion are two of the four keys to marketing your home (the others being pricing and distribution), but how can you make sure you focus on these two keys so that your home sells quickly and for top dollar?If you fo…
 
The spring market has arrived, so here are a few key tips that will have your home ready to sell quickly and for top dollar once you list it. How can you prepare your home for the spring market? There are a few simple tips to remember.First, keep in mind that nothing is more important than curb appeal. In the video above, I’m at the home of one of …
 
Today I’ll be doing a SWOT analysis of the Calgary real estate market—that is, identifying its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, as well as what they’ll mean to you. The Calgary Real Estate Board released their 2019 forecast a few weeks ago, and in the past, I haven’t been in full alignment with the numbers they’ve put out. Last ye…
 
Here’s what to avoid during your home renovation. When renovating your home, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Joining me today is Ian Galvin of Velao Projects, a home restoration and remodeling company. Ian has over 30 years of residential construction experience, and we’ll be discussing three of the biggest mistakes you can make during…
 
The new year is almost here and we’re excited about what we have planned in 2019. Here’s what you need to know. I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all the best for 2019, as well as share a unique idea that might make this your best year yet.2018 was a challenging year for many people. How was it for you? I’d love to hear. Hopefully, you’ve …
 
Fellow Realtor Sarah Johnston joins me today to talk about how politics are affecting our Calgary market. Today I have the pleasure of sitting down with fellow MaxWell Realtor Sarah Johnston to talk a little bit about how politics and policy are affecting the Calgary real estate market.Sarah recently attended the NAR Annual in Boston, Massachusetts…
 
If you put adequate care into understanding and addressing your clients’ needs, market conditions won’t matter nearly as much as you might think. I recently took a trip down to Phoenix, Arizona, so today’s message comes to you straight from the States. With everything going on in our Calgary real estate market, though, some might think I’m out of m…
 
Are there men in your life you trust and can turn to for support and wisdom when you need it most? Have you heard of MDI? Eric Mortimer is the Calgary Division Coordinator of Mentor Discover Inspire, an international men’s organization consisting of hundreds of men’s teams throughout North America and is open to any adult man who seeks to live a pu…
 
I am at Sherwin Williams to talk with assistant manager Alex about how to choose the right paint for your home and have it look its best. You have sent us a lot of questions lately, so today I’ll the answer one of the most commonly asked: “What should I do to prepare my home for sale?”One of the answers is often to paint, which is why I have Alex, …
 
Today I am explaining the differences between the three types of values that your home is assigned. What is the difference between assessed value, appraised value, and market value?First, let’s talk about assessed value. The City of Calgary assesses homes using an algorithm. When a property sells, they use this to help calculate what the nearby pro…
 
You may have heard of the ancient art of feng shui, but do you know what it can do for your life and your home? Today I’ve brought on an expert to explain. How can your home’s exterior improve your health, wealth, and relationships? Feng shui expert Myrna Brown joins us today to explain.First of all, what is feng shui? In Myrna’s words, feng shui i…
 
How do home stagers help sellers save, and earn, money? Special guest Rachel Borrelli of Diversa Designs joins us today to explain. Today I am joined by special guest Rachel Borrelli, Owner of Diversa Designs Home Staging and Redesign to cover some inside tips on effective home staging. These helpful hints are absolute musts in our current market. …
 
I was recently joined by mortgage broker Bob Reader to discuss the latest with interest rates. Here’s what we learned. There have been some big changes in the real estate and mortgage market this year, which is causing confusion, myths, and misinformation that may be affecting homeowners and home buyers. Today Bob Reader joins me to help explain th…
 
Why do people choose to work with Eric Mortimer as their Realtor? Just ask Kimmy, a client who worked with Eric to get her home sold. Here’s what she had to say:“Eric was different from other agents. He was calm and centered about everything. What matched him with me is our shared spiritual beliefs in the way that we approach life, the belief that …
 
This post may be controversial for some because it doesn’t necessarily reflect what everybody is saying about our real estate market. Today I’m going to share some challenges and opportunities for people in the apartment, detached housing, and attached housing markets. I’ve got a forecast for the 2018 market to share as well.Some people say real es…
 
You can bet on your property assessment notices to be mailed to you every January, but can you trust everything else about them?People often look online or at their assessment letters and believe that the number they see is a true reflection of their property’s value. This can be a mistake.The city of Calgary does assessments to calculate your fair…
 
I’m in a beautifully renovated bungalow for this week’s post. As soon as I walked in here, I knew it had so many amazing features that are usually reserved for homes at twice the price. The one feature that stood out to me was the American Clay walls. They are absolutely gorgeous. They were done by Patrick Allard, a local artisan and craftsman who …
 
Should you buy first or sell first? I get the dilemma: You don’t want to lose a whole bunch of money, but you also don’t want to end up homeless either. Today, we’re going to discuss some mistakes that buyers and sellers make that can cause them to lose sleep, money, and even your marbles.One of the traps that are easily avoidable I see people freq…
 
Over the years, we’ve become experts at identifying the trends that cause people to move. Here are the seven most common life changes that let you know you’re a candidate for an address change as well:1. The seven-year itch. The average consumer moves homes every seven years.2. You are living below your means. Quite often when we get a promotion or…
 
If you are trying to sell your property, it’s important to avoid these three cardinal real estate sins.1. Winging it without a proper pricing strategy. It’s very important to have the correct pricing strategy right from the start. The price is not just about location, location, location and the strengths and weaknesses of your property. We have to …
 
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