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City Assessment versus Market Value. What's the deal?

Posted on Apr 05, 2023 in Real Estate

How to determine real value when buying or selling a Calgary home. 

It’s not uncommon for sellers to come to us with misconceptions about their home's true market value because they’ve just received their City of Calgary property assessment. 

But many buyers and sellers are surprised to find there is often a notable difference between the assessed valu...

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Should I buy or sell a house in Calgary this year?

Posted on Mar 10, 2023 in Real Estate

What to expect in the Calgary real estate market in 2023 and how to make an informed decision. 

When it comes to real estate markets, no one has a crystal ball. Real estate markets — like all markets — are inherently unpredictable.

While it’s difficult to forecast market behaviour with certainty, what we can do is make reasonable projections that hel...

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Want to Know Which Calgary Neighbourhood is Right For You?

Posted on Nov 16, 2022

Scout it out before you doubt it.

This month we were featured in a blog on the realty site Zoocasa about Calgary neighbourhoods. The interview was great. It also got us thinking a bit more about some things we've learned helping folks buy homes in Calgary over the years.

There are many things to consider when searching for the right neighbourhood. Do...

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Searching for a cheap house in Calgary?

Posted on Sep 21, 2022 in Buying

Here’s some free advice on buying cheap.

If you're typing "cheap homes for sale in Calgary" into your search browser, here is something novel to consider: nobody really wants to buy a cheap home. 

We know…who doesn't want to get something…anything…cheap? But wait, hear us out a second. 

When we say nobody wants to buy a cheap home, we actually mean no...

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What to do When Buying a Home in the Current Calgary Housing Market Slowdown

Posted on Aug 21, 2022 in Buying

Don’t Let the Herd Get You Down

Now that Calgary’s housing market is taking the lead from other major markets across the country and beginning to cool off, many prospective buyers are wondering what to do in a softening market.

During any prevailing market trend —hot or cold —I like to remind clients that much of our individual investing behaviour...

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Interested in Interest?

Posted on Jul 13, 2022 in Real Estate

Here are some fixed things you might not know about variable interest rates.

As the Bank of Canada has just raised its benchmark interest rate by the largest amount in more than 20 years, Calgary home buyers and homeowners are increasingly interested in interest. And, who can blame them?

The type of interest rate you choose will inevitably affect y...

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