May 2012

Found 6 blog entries for May 2012.

So you've decided to take the plunge and put in an offer for a new home in Calgary. Congratulations! You have taken the first step towards homeownership. Now comes the time for nail biting as you wait for your offer to be accepted, rejected or to receive a counter offer. Normally you'll hear back very quickly one way or the other and hopefully things will be smooth and your offer will be accepted as is.

The Counteroffer

A counter offer will be presented when the home seller agrees with the offer except for certain particulars. Some of the most common reasons for a counter offer include the following:

  • Changing the possession or closing date.
  • Asking for a higher price.
  • Modifying time frame contingencies.
  • Removing personal property from the offer.
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There are many different reasons why you should use a Calgary real estate agent when buying or selling property. I have had to work with a lot of different clients that tried to buy or sell a home on their own and in many cases had to pick up the pieces left behind. There is a reason why there are real estate professionals, just like there are dentists for tooth repair. Just as you wouldn't fix your own teeth, you shouldn't attempt to negotiate a real estate transaction on your own.

There are many legal issues involved with a real estate transaction and unless you have gone through the vigorous training to become an agent you won't be aware of them. Issues like house insurance, taxes, titles, home inspections etc. need to be addressed properly. You'll

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If you're looking for the cougars in Cougar Ridge it's going to take you quite a while to find them. Cougars aren't regular guests in the area. Cougars actually like to make their homes on ledges, not ridges, so you're safe to settle in this homey community.

Calgary Area Cougars

When you're looking for cougars in Calgary the only ones you'll find easily are the MRU Cougars. This basketball team wears the proud cougar name but there are no cougars to be found on the basketball courts.

Although there are a reported 2000 cougars roaming around Calgary, they are rarely spotted. The last time a cougar was seen in Calgary was in September 2011 in the North Glenmore Park area. Maybe that cougar wasn't aware that Cougar Ridge even existed!

The Cougar Ridge Community

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Once you've got your mind set on buying your first home you'll need to figure out how to put together a down payment. Most people find this to be the biggest hurdle to get past and then it's clear sailing from then on.

Here is a quick guide to help you get started with a down payment budget.

1. Look at homes

Start by taking a look at the Calgary real estate market to get a realistic view of the home prices. Look through houses in different parts of the city since location can play a big factor in pricing.

2. Decide on what you want

Decide whether you want a condo, townhouse or a single family home. After looking through the prices you'll have a better idea of what you'll be able to realistically afford.

If you feel that a house will be a bit too much

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As one of Calgary's more desirable neighborhoods, Springbank Hill almost seems like a sort of paradise to the people that live there. With snowcapped mountains appearing in the distance, and hills that seem to roll on forever, this is a growing community that is suited for affluent people that are looking for a rural setting.

Luxurious custom-built homes are the order of the day in this area and you won't find any of the cookie-cutter types of homes here. Instead, when you first visit this neighborhood, you'll see luxury homes that have more of a log cabin feel to them resting on generous lot sizes.

Springbank Hill is a family type of neighborhood with plenty of children to be seen at play on any given day. There is an abundance of private schools

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When it comes to Calgary home sales, this is quite a loaded question. Agents are frequently asked whether a good carpet cleaning will help sell the home faster and the quick answer is "It all depends."

An agent can walk into a home and tell right away whether the carpet needs a good cleaning or not. When a carpet hasn't had a thorough professional cleaning for years, there can be lingering odors that may be harboring in your home. The funny thing is you may not be smelling them while others can.

Every home has its own smell and the homeowner will get used to it. In some cases it can be a very pleasant odor but in some homes there is a mild kind of mildew smell that is emanating from the carpets. In these cases, it definitely would be worth the small cost

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