Sunday, 30 March 2014

Watch out for Red Flags when Looking at Houses for Sale in Calgary

As important as checking the inside of a home is, it’s also important to check the outside. You need to ensure that you are not moving into a bad neighborhood, or one that’s right in the midst of a busy road. Homes that are in an airport’s flight path, for instance, might be affordable, but the noise from planes overhead can be extremely discomforting.

If you do want to take advantage of the increasing supply of single-family homes in inner-city Calgary, make sure that you work with a reputable realtor to help you find your dream home. Trusted realtors like Christine Ordze have the right experience and networks to help homeowners look for attractive inner-city Calgary houses for sale.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Demand Continues to Increase for Inner-city Calgary Homes for Sale

New home construction and refurbishing of old houses are taking place at a rapid pace in the area. The dynamic nature of the real estate market and the increasing demand for properties show the need for homebuyers to work with realtors, such as Christine Ordze, who specialize in homes for sale in the Calgary inner city area.

These experienced realtors can help buyers go through the number of choices that are currently available to them. They can also help buyers find the property that will best suit their budget and preferences, and guide them through the rapid changes that can be expected in a fast growing real estate market.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Calgary Homes for Sale: Finding the Right Neighborhood in Inner City

The many options in inner city Calgary can be confusing for any homebuyer. For example, some properties in the Southeast, like those in McKenzie Lake, rival the affluent and luxurious homes in downtown Calgary. This is where the services of experienced Calgary Realtors ® are most welcome, since these professionals are highly knowledgeable in the pros and cons of each location.

Additionally, closing a deal on a home for sale in Calgary City entails numerous and often confusing paperwork that first-time buyers may find overwhelming. A realtor can guide homebuyers through the myriad of documents and processes that home buying entails. Working with such an expert can help make the dream of finding a home and settling in inner city Calgary a stress free reality.

Monday, 24 March 2014

A Capable Calgary Realtor® Can Aid Homebuyers in a Competitive Market

Realtors serve as invaluable aids to homebuyers, whether it’s their first time making a purchase or not. With their experience, familiarity, and extensive network, realtors can read the real estate market of a given area, and help buyers identify which locations are the most affordable or desirable. Especially in inner-city and downtown areas where properties can command high prices, realtors will be handy to those who want to find a place that’s close to both work and play.

Skilled Calgary Realtors®, such as Christine Ordze who specialize in inner-city properties, can help buyers in making informed decisions, and can steer them away from trouble. While homebuyers might have a good idea of what they want in a home, realtors can help in selecting alternatives that could even be better. A specialized inner-city realtor should be able to recommend the best suburban neighbourhoods to buyers.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Calgary Homes for Sale – Update February 26th

Last year we experience low inventory of Calgary homes for sale compared to 2012, unfortunately this year it’s even lower. Inventory over Feb 2013 has decreased by 18.22% and sales have increase by 6.66%. This tells me that properties are coming onto the market at decent prices and getting swooped up right away. On top of that the portion of inventory that got batted around in the last few months has finally found a buyer.

Now as for property values the increase is holding true to the beginning of the year forecast. Condos have increased by 3.4% over January 2014 and single family homes have increased by 5.4%.\

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Inclusionary Zoning – How will it affect homes for sale in Calgary?

If you look at current homes for sale in Calgary, if you look at condo buildings specifically don’t you think they already… voluntarily have “inclusionary zoning”? The lower floors are more affordable, albeit with smaller units, and with less view. Some buildings even have included the smaller units on the higher floors that are still affordable. So this tells me that builders are already considering entry level to moderately priced properties to cater to this income bracket.

I do support the need for affordable housing since our rental vacancy rate is hovering around 1% and the cost of renting is only going up and being less affordable! I also support the need for builders to have a huge influence on how inclusionary zoning is decided, since this isn’t a simple solution to a very serious problem.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

How to Find a Great Calgary Realtor

1. Ask a realtor in your local area if they can refer one they know in Calgary, preferably one they’ve done business with.

2. If you’re transferring for employment reasons ask your future colleagues to recommend someone, especially those who have bought recently. Find out why they would recommend this person and what really stood out about them.

3. Go online and search Calgary Realtor, and for those who came up, look at their website and go to client feedback for hints on what to expect from this Realtor. Look at other parts of their website for information on community involvement and knowledge of the industry.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

2 Expenses to Avoid When Moving to Calgary

If the purchase of your new home is dependent on the sale of your current home for sale in Calgary, then lining up your possession date is important. Did you know that even though you do line up the dates you could still be facing extra expenses? Let me explain.

The first one is bridge financing.  This occurs when the possession date on your new home is before the possession date of your current home. Bridge financing is essentially a loan to pay for the new home until you receive the money from the sale of your old home. The expense is the interest on that loan.