February 18, 2016
I Can't Believe a Realtor Would Do This...Is This an Honest Agent in Calgary?
I think there needs to be a spot to discuss shady things that happen in the real estate industry so that we can warn others to not let the same thing happen to them. That is what I am going to do today.
I was at a friend's going away party last night; he is headed to Nigeria for a few months and there was a gathering to send him off. Mid way through the evening my friend that is going away introduced me to his friend who had a real estate horror story!! I could not believe what I was told could happen but it did. It is criminal! My friend says "Tim this is my friend Chris, his realtor rented his townhouse on AirBnB while he was out of town without his permission".
That was the intro, you could imagine...
February 17, 2016
Dishonest Tactics Used by Realtors in the Calgary Real Estate Market
In the past week I have run into so many sleazy realtor situations that I just have to vent about it. I feel that the techniques and ways of doing business that I am about to describe are ruining the reputation of realtors and it needs to be called out.
I'm tired of talking to clients after they have spoken to a realtor and feel that they are a dishonest realtor trying to get the next sale, doing anything to get the next pay cheque. It's out there in the real estate business and it is disgusting. I feel that the increased market struggles we are seeing, due to the falling oil prices are bringing out the desperate and the crazies.
There are realtors out there that will do anything to get you through the door, or...
February 6, 2016
Calgary Real Estate Market - Strathcona Park Update
What's happening withCalgary's Strathcona Park Real Estate Market.
I spent Saturday morning at 6am looking at the recent sales in Strathcona. What better time to do it? That's a debatable topic but I wanted to know the stats and I am booked from 8am-6pm with showings and meeting clients so I figured I should get it done now. Sales numbers for the last month are low but better then in 2015. There were 6 homes that sold ranging from $275,000 to $805,000. There were more homes that sold in Strathcona in 2016 than 2015 6 vs 4 but the difference in Days on Market (DOM) and asking price is reallying growing.
In 2015 the average home sale price was lower but in 2016 there were a couple...
February 5, 2016
Calgary Real Estate Market - Calgary Foreclosures
Calgary Real Estate Foreclosures.
Over the past several weeks several of my investor clients have contacted me to discuss the opportunity of buying a foreclosed property inCalgary.
Are foreclosures up in the Calgary market? Certainly, they appear to be up by about 30% but the number of foreclosures is still very small! To put it in prespective there are currently 56 foreclosures in Calgary on the market and over 5000 active listings.
Personally I have received several requests from investors asking about investing in foreclosures. That means that there are likely an additional 5000 realtors in Calgary receiving the same requests. So we have probably over 5000 investors eyeballing 56 properties...
February 5, 2016
Calgary Real Estate Market - Cougar Ridge Jan 2016
What's happening with Cougar Ridge Real Estate?
I just finished taking a look at the Cougar Ridge Sales numbers for the last month and the list of sold homes is small. We've seen 4 homes sell in the community during the last month ranging from $640,000 to $510,000.
That may sound like not a lot but it is exactly the same amount that sold from Jan-Feb 2015 and Jan-Feb 2014. The average price of the home that is selling is down as the prices ranged from $725,000 to $547,000
Taking a look at the 'real' sales numbers those 4 homes were on the market for an average of 55.5 days and sold within 95.7% of asking.
In Jan 2015 the same amount of homes sold; 4, but the average days on market was only 25.75...
July 16, 2015
How is the Cougar Ridge Real Estate Market?
How is the Cougar Ridge Real Estate Market?
I recently took some time to take a look at the detached home sales in Cougar Ridge in comparison to 2014. Since 1 June 2015 we have seen 2 homes over 1 million dollars sell in Cougar Ridge and another 19 homes sell during that period too.
Home sale prices varied from $1,700,000 to $488,000. If you eliminate the two home sales over $1,000,000 which are not necessarily reflective of the average Cougar Ridge home, the days on market for the other 19 sales during this period was 30 days. This might be a slightly skewed number because when Realtors take down a listing and do a price drop, new photos and get it re-listed with a new MLS number it re-starts...
June 28, 2015
When is the Best Time to Sell My Home?
When is the best time to sell my home?
There is certainly truth to the belief that spring is the best time to sell a property. Often, in early spring it is a great time to be a seller as there is less competition on the market and an upswing in buyers out looking for a new home. Historically spring is the best time to sell. The busiest months are typically April to June. Sometimes that season can extend from March to about mid July. Around mid July, especially in Calgary we begin to see the number of sales decrease as Stampede starts up. Often there is a lull in sales activity during this time as people are more concerned about enjoying Stampede and their summer vacations then they are about buying a home....
June 27, 2015
Myths of Real Estate: Why Does My City Assessment Have Nothing to Do With the Value of My Home?
My home's assessment has a direct relation to what my home is worth.
This assumption is a myth. When the city ofCalgary mailed you your property assessment at the start of the year it may have been close to the value of your home on July 1 the year before. That is when the city makes it's assessment, 6 months prior to you receiving the written copy; likely not what your home is worth now. Sometimes the number can be higher or lower then the actual value of your home. The market, the buyers determine the sale price of your home. The city determines the amount of taxes that you have to pay based on your assessment. Most of the time when you go to sell, your sale price and assessment price are not the same....
June 4, 2015
Cougar Ridge Recreational Activities
Another summer is upon us and the trails are finally dry at the Eastlands area of Canada Olympic Park. It seems like everyday there are more people on the trails enjoying the long days. I have also started to see a lot of #savetheslopes signs springing up in Cougar Ridge as well. Don't forget to check out www.savetheslopes.org and sign the petition to keep the Eastlands area the way it is now vs the retail and housing development that is proposed.
With the leaves green and the trails dry it is a great time to be biking, hiking or walking your dog in the Paskapoo Slopes area. We moved to Cougar Ridge so that we could be closer to this area. The trails that are available are so easily accessed...
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