It’s that time of year again – Calgary’s Best Neighbourhoods of 2018 is out! This annual survey is released each year to give Calgarians a chance to rank their own neighbourhood as well as learn about others. The survey is based on factors such as access to parks and pathways, walkability, the number of restaurants and pubs in the area and other qualities that are seen as desirable. Here at the northwest communities that made the top 25 this year: 

  • Arbour Lake #2
    This area is located adjacent to the large Crowfoot shopping area, with all the amenities you can think of: a grocery store, movie theatre, bookstore, clothing shops, gas stations, restaurants, etc.
  • Hamptons #3
    The Hamptons area is located just off Stoney Trail, with quick access…

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Everyone knows that buying or selling a house is a big deal. It is most likely the most expensive purchase you will ever make, so you want to make sure it’s done right. Whether it is a condo, a townhouse or a single-family home, there are always hoops to jump through and tricks of the trade that will help make the process easier. This is where a REALTOR comes in. This professional knows the market well, understands the process of buying/selling and knows how to do it efficiently. Here are some of the top reasons you should use a REALTOR® to assist you in buying or selling a home.

Excess of Resources

A real estate agent is generally associated with a large realty company with countless resources and other professionals able to provide you with…

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Urban sprawl is a term used to describe cities that decide to plan outwards instead of upwards, much like Calgary. When you live in the middle of the prairies with what seems to be endless land to build on, our city just continues to grow. Around 50 years ago, the community of Edgemont was near the ‘edge’ of the city, wrapping around the northwest side of Nose Hill Park in Calgary’s northwest quadrant. However, as Calgary continued to expand, Edgemont quickly became surrounded by other neighbourhoods and developed its very own community culture.  

Despite being located away from the highly populated city centre, the area of Edgemont is actually Calgary’s largest neighbourhood. According to the City of Calgary, there were over 16,000 people living…

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Whether you own a home or you are looking to buy, the kitchen is the lifeblood of the house. Not only do we cook, prepare food and eat in our kitchens, but we also spend quality time in them. Ever notice where the group congregates at a party or where people go first when they enter the house? Where else would you make your kids pancakes shaped like the first letter of their name or carve pumpkins at Halloween? The kitchen is the central place in a home where people meet, interact and enjoy food together. Therefore, when a home is being renovated, a new kitchen holds great potential for future investment.

According to a 2018 Royal LePage survey of 750 real estate experts, a kitchen renovation has the potential to boost a property’s value by more…

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Backyard BBQCalgary, summer is finally heating up in Calgary and we sure hope it’s here to stay! With the temperatures in the high 20s, it’s time to stock up on hot dogs, fruity popsicles and cases of beer for those hot days and late nights around the fire. July is shaping up to be the ideal backyard party month so here’s how to do it right. 

Music = Must

Nothing can bring a party down like a bad playlist. Find some music that keeps people attentive and moving, with a few tracks worth reminiscing and singing along to throughout the night. Not a huge music geek? That’s what the Internet is for. Sites like Spotify, Apple Music and 8tracks all host music online and create playlists with themes just for this occasion. Happy summer beats, chill hits or hot country…

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Whether you’re buying your first home or your third home, there are still some very common pitfalls to avoid. Many times these mistakes are made because of ego or ignorance. However, it should be noted that working with the right REALTOR® (or team of REALTORS®) can help you avoid costly mistakes altogether. 

But, for education sakes, let's go through some common mistakes that buyers can make: 

  • Buying the most expensive home on the block. Remember that your home is an investment. Homes within the neighbourhood escalate in value when the homes around it go up. If your home is the highest standard by which all homes are measured by, your value will increase much less than others.
  • Falling in love with a house that is unattainable or out of your…

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Are you a prospective homebuyer? Onto your second or "forever" home? Whatever your situation, preparing for homeownership requires you to a good look at your finances and your expectations so you can put your best foot forward dealing with your mortgage, taxes and home maintenance.

That is why we are going to share our top 7 tips for homebuyers! The first three points all come down to questions you should ask yourself before you start the process of looking for a home. 

  1. Why do you want to buy? Are you tired of paying rent to a landlord? Would you like to have a yard to enjoy? Are you looking to buy your first investment rental property? Would you rather live in a different part of town? Do you want a shorter commute to work? Having a clear sense…

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According to a newly released report by Royal LePage Canada, luxury home sales in Calgary have shown signs of recovery. The median price of a luxury detached home increased 0.6 per cent, to $1,990,184 so far in 2018. 

Alternatively, luxury condos are slightly down (6.1 per cent) to $926,620 for the first four months of this year. However, there is a huge inventory of condos on the market in Calgary and the supply continues to be saturated as new builds come onto the market. The luxury house market was down for several years following the recession, so this is encouraging news that prices are rising. 

“While some of the demand stems from buyers employed in the energy industry, it is becoming more common to see executive-level employees within…

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The Calgary Food Bank is one of the amazing local organizations that our team is proud to support year after year. If you are looking for a way to give back this month, consider attending one of the events the Food Bank has going on this month: 

  • AMA shredding event: Sunday, May 27 at Al Azhar Shrine Centre (5151 101 Street NW) from 10am to 3pm. This is an event for AMA members to shred and safely dispose of personal documents. You are encouraged to make a monetary or non-perishable donation to the Calgary Food Bank for this event. 
  • Women's Conference: Saturday, May 26 at Kahanoff Centre (200, 105 12 Avenue SE) from 4 to 9pm. Women (18+) are invited to attend an evening of guest speakers and empowerment. Admission is free, but attendees are…

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The suburbs are still the number one choice for Calgarians choosing to buy (according to the 2014 City of Calgary census), and if you've never considered living in the suburbs, they have a lot to offer. There are some common misconceptions about living the suburbs that may be holding you back, and we're going to dispell them right now.

According to the 2011 census, 94 percent of the growth in Canada’s cities has been outside the urban core, and nothing has happened to change that trend in the intervening few years. [Ottawa Citizen]

While those numbers are outdated by now, we have seen nothing to prove this trend has shifted. Yet somehow, the suburbs can get a bad rap, so here are some common misconceptions we will debunk:

  • The suburbs…

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