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Looking to buy or sell? Or just want info on the market, your home, how to maintain something in your home. I am there for you for ALL stages of your real estate life. I am your real estate agent for life -- there are no too big or too small of questions to ask.

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Monday, February 3, 2020 - Secondary Suites

So you have viewed THE perfect home, and it has an illegal suite. What does that mean for you? How does this affect you? Firstly, check to see if it is legal, by checking the address online with the City of Calgary's legal suite registry: https://secondarysuites.calgary.ca/ If its legal, you can rent it, live in it, enjoy all the regular benefits of home ownership. If its illegal, keep in mind you may not get a mortgage. Your insurance may not insure it. The City could come and remove the suite ... Full Article...

posted in General at Mon, 03 Feb 2020 21:33:21 +0000



Thursday, January 23, 2020 - FREE

The City of Calgary is waiving the DP (development permit) for secondary suites, including carriage suites, until June 1-2020. It?s a $1364.48 savings. You still will need a BP (building permit) to do the suite: approx $1312. I was explained this was offered in a bid to get secondary suite owners to comply to legalize their suites, and if not, they would start to follow up on them. Contact me for the list required for the DP. Get your request in ASAP. Secondary suite ...

posted in General at Thu, 23 Jan 2020 17:18:11 +0000



Monday, January 6, 2020 - Happy New Year Inspiration!

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Friday, April 5, 2019 - SHARE MY APP

I have a NEW APP -- https://goagent.ca/9B7F49F5   What's different? If you log into realtor.ca on a regular basis, you will have to go through terms and conditions, login etc. NO MORE. Get my app, you can easily use the map feature to  check out the new listing down the street, you can text me from the app to ask questions about the listing you are looking at, as well as mortgage calulators and many other options. Save your searches, add favorites, watch a property -- give it a try. If ...

posted in General at Fri, 05 Apr 2019 04:43:27 +0000



Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - Pocket Listing!! #Coventry

Pocket listing in Coventry hills?extra special, only 5 of this styleofhome in the community. 5 levels, fully developed. Are you looking for storage? Amazing, huge, and useful decks outside? Double detached garage with a huge shop area? This is a large home, with tons of custom woodwork, built ins, etc. This is a beautiful home that must be seen to be appreciated.  We are putting together a floor plan to appreciate the details. List price: $455,000. It will be uploaded to MLS on Thu Nov 22, tho ... Full Article...

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Monday, April 23, 2018 - Investing!


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Friday, February 16, 2018 - WIN FREE STUFF

Enter to win 5 hours with a professional organizer. What a great prize! FREE to nter at www.cirrealty.ca     

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - Thanks! Feeling Your Support


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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - Thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10159999871815300&set=p.10159999871815300&type=3

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Friday, February 9, 2018 - CREB Forecast 2018 Overview

Overall 2018 is expected to remian flat in single family and condos still struggle, due to large volume of condos on market. Prices will liekly decline. For MUCH more detail, check out the CREB link: http://www.creb.com/Housing_Statistics/Market_Forecast_Report/

posted in General at Fri, 09 Feb 2018 03:56:51 +0000



Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - RENTAL: 2 Bd 1.5Ba, mainly furnished DT

BRIGHT BRIGHT BRIGHT & (mainly) furnished 2 bedroom condo (see photos, there are no beds--an easy move to the 14th floor). Unique end unit with 3 directions of views: West, North and South windows, large balcony with BBQ, very quiet, only the kitchen wall is shared with another unit. Almost 1000 sq ft. Dark laminate floors in most of unit--carpet in bedrooms. Underground secure parking, spot is the 2nd one from the elevator, very convenient location on the top floor of 4 levels of ...

posted in General at Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:17:20 +0000



Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - CS! One Day

The long months of hard work has paid off for my clients in Oakridge. A long list to prepare to be able to list this absolutely beautiful home. Style, quality, attention to detail. These clients did ALL the recommended changes, fixes, renovations. When preparing your house for sale, there are things you must do and others that are nice to do. MUST do included fixing everything. Properly and professionally. Stage it. Style the property for sale. When someone looks at your home for sale, your ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 29 Mar 2016 17:40:36 +0000



Thursday, October 8, 2015 - Realtor.ca Now Has COMMERCIAL Listings

Have you ever wanted to find a business, lease a space, or other non residential real estate? Now www.realtor.ca has commercial options . Check oout the new sectionof the website.

posted in General at Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:09:05 +0000



Saturday, September 19, 2015 - SE RENTAL (McKenzie Towne) NEW Basement Suite $1300/mo

Know someone looking for a sparkling NEWly developed suite in the deep SE? Separate entrance, tons of parking, a great neighborhood--park is just down the street. Check out the rental listing: https://www.rentfaster.ca/calgary-basement-for-rent/mckenzie-towne/brand-new-legal-secondary-127926

posted in General at Sat, 19 Sep 2015 00:41:33 +0000



Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 15 YEARS of Real Estate!

Is it time to write a book? It certainly has been both a rewarding and entertaining career choice. I hope I can continue to assist YOU find the right home for you, protect your interests, get you the best negotiated price and earn your trust for today and in the future. To be successful in this business, trust is everything. If you do not like or trust your agent, follow your instincts. I think I have THE BEST clients out there! Many thanks to you for making this a great choice for me.

posted in General at Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:36:54 +0000



Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - Budget Concious Home Renovations

Sometimes I see a home and think 'what were they thinking?' or 'where were they going with this concept?' .....and sometimes there is no answer. Here are a few smaller projects to create a plan for a beneficial improvement to your palace: http://www.houseIlogic.com/home-advice/home-improvement/budget-home-improvement-ideas/

posted in General at Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:42:47 +0000



Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - SOLD--Mystic Ridge/Springbank Hill--July 21, 2015

Wow! What a home! In the city, but with land/water/septic. Great investment, home, purchase! Congrats all around.


posted in General at Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:24:13 +0000



Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - SOLD--Copperfield Condo --July 17, 2015

First time buyer? This might be what you are looking for, the perfect first time pad. You might want to keep it forever too. Keep in mind investment opportunity, rental ability as well as affordability and management. If you are looking for your first home, investment--or both, I can help get you into BOTH. Creativity might be involved in this process!

 

 


posted in General at Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:55:21 +0000



Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - SOLD -- BRAESIDE Home -- June 25, 2015

Sometimes homes are just made for you -- a bit of them appeals to each of you to make it a home you both can love. This was the right home for my buyers, my job was to make it work. Very happy for them!


posted in General at Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:05:39 +0000



Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - SOLD - Thorncliffe - June 25, 2015

 

Buyers sometimes look and look, research, go over details, analyze, rethink, redo budgets, save longer, agonize-- to find THE one. Some others looks at one every few weeks, or every few months. Sometimes every other year I get a call to take a peek at something. When it checks 7 or 8 of the boxes, its likely an awesome fit. Relax, we can find the one for you, too.


posted in General at Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:47:38 +0000



Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - SOLD - Mahogany --April 14, 2015

Finding the right house, the right time, the right fit--takes times and patience. When its time to buy, I will help you find the right one for you. This was it for my buyer!


posted in General at Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:17:47 +0000



Monday, July 27, 2015 - SOLD -- Cranston -- March 31 2015

Well--new programs, new rules, means my website cannot post from CREB anymore, so more work for me to report this great sale! Congrats to my fabulous young couple for getting the right home for them at this time in their lives.

Cheers to enjoying this home and many more in years to come

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posted in General at Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:28:09 +0000



Monday, July 27, 2015 - SATURNA ISLAND? Check this out

I have a friend selling a place in the Gulf Islands, on Satura Island, one of the Gulf Islands. This large home was built for $1.2mil and is listed at $699k . If you are looking for a private secluded hideaway, a possible B & B, retirement, or enjoy an unbeleivable view, this is something to take a look at, If you wanted a reference from the mainland, its west of Bellingham, Washington area. The ferry does regularly go to Saturna, too. Check it out in the link below. If on www.realtor. ca the ... Full Article...

posted in General at Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:58:36 +0000



Saturday, May 10, 2014 - OPEN HOUSE-Sat May 10 2-4pm, across from Heritage Pointe Golf Course

Come on out and see/sell over 8400 sq ft executive custom home on 2 acres. C3601745. NEW Price $1.939, well below market/appraised value.

posted in General at Sat, 10 May 2014 01:04:00 +0000



Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - Spring?

Is spring right around the corner? Listing counts are low, I beleive people are sick of winter and want to get a jump out of their current homes and into the spring market. Only about 1.5 months of inventory for the city averages, making this a busy Seller's Market (balances is approx 2.5-3.5 months of inventory). Thinking of listing? I'd give it some serious thought. The predictors out there say this market is short lived and this current increase will quickly fade, making our year over year ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:18:04 +0000



Thursday, September 26, 2013 - SOLD SOLD SOLD!!!!HOUSE ONLY for Sale in Springbank Area

Have you ever seen a house being moved? It's impressive! YOU could be that person--this nearly 3000 sq ft renovated inside and out 1989 home is ONLY$50,000 (plus your moving costs). It is an awesome deal for the right buyer with some land. Drop me a line today and I'll send you the package of information. Act quick!

posted in General at Thu, 26 Sep 2013 03:02:01 +0000



Monday, April 1, 2013 - Ralph Klein

I beleive its important to note the passing of our former mayor of Calgary and premier, Ralph Klein on Good Friday. I was always impressed that he spoke his mind and said out loud what many people were thinking. And the fact he took AB from a $23 Billion deficit to balancing the books was pretty impressive too. We will miss Ralph.

posted in General at Mon, 01 Apr 2013 23:24:40 +0000



Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - We Are GLOBAL

Istanbul, Constantinople? Mexico, Australia, England? Newfoundland, BC, Ontario? Dubai, Africa, Argentina? Moving out of the City or out of the Country? I can help find a real estate representative in any part of the world more easily now--CIR has gone global by joining Leading RE of the World. Pre-qualified, trained professionals can meet you in your new city or country and educate you through the buying process in your new location. Call or email today so I can find you a qualified ...

posted in General at Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:16:06 +0000



Friday, September 7, 2012 - LOOKING FOR GARAGE BAYS

I have a client looking for 2 garage bays, preferably one with a hoist, though that can be added, and parking for 5-6+ cars. SE or SW, east as far as Indus and south to wherever some reasonable driving options for Calgary business make sense to him. Rural? We'll look at it! MAX budget all in $2000 Call me 874.2712 to discuss

posted in General at Fri, 07 Sep 2012 19:14:58 +0000



Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - FORECLOSURES

Interested? There are triple digit foreclosures available at almost any time of the year. Want to get on that list? Drop me a line, provide an email address and I'll add you to MY foreclosure list today.  

posted in General at Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:15:10 +0000



Monday, August 22, 2011 - Property Taxes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I recently did a transaction with a lovely couple. It was not a perfect ride from beginning to end, but we found our way and they did end up with the perfect home for them. I was so pleased as they did have their first deal crumble. As the saying goes, sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs. That said, there was some confusion after moving in about property taxes. We knew how much they were and that the seller is responsible for them until the possession day, that the lawyer makes those ...

posted in General at Mon, 22 Aug 2011 22:42:43 +0000



Monday, August 22, 2011 - June Award!

I sat as number 1 for quirte some time in June, though ending up 2nd overall in my office for the month of June. They just posted the award, so thought I'd share!!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - PRICE REDUCTION - ELGIN

http:// http://rtvpix.com/slideshow/13914 This attached starter home is the ONLY one with such a private lot--backs onto trees and a large POND. Call today to view: 874-2712  THANKS!!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - Auburn Bay

http://www.auburnbay-community.com   In case you LOVE my lsiting, but don't know this amazing LAKE community--here is the link to the community itself!!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - Auburn Glen Lane SE

http://rtvpix.com/RE-9175-8LDTD1-01

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 - AUBURN LAKE ANYONE???

Showhome perfect home! Welcome home--this spacious & open foyer greets you & your guests. Come on through to the open concept gourmet kitchen/cosy living/room for a party dining room--9' ceilings. Upgraded stainless steel appliances, modern dark wood cabinets, separate SS hood fan, granite countertops, dark wood hardwood flooring--this upgraded home is stunning. Fireplace to curl up in fornt of on our cool nights. Upstairs you will find an oversized bonus room with tons of storage, office, ...

posted in General at Thu, 23 Jun 2011 21:38:24 +0000



Thursday, June 23, 2011 - Take The Tour!!

http://rtvpix.com/slideshow/13914

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Saturday, June 4, 2011 - How Can You Find $50,000 in a Purchase?

When you are told you will receive Professional Representation...you expect ...Professional Representation.... What happened....... In a recent transaction, the listing agent relied on builders plans for correct size measurements. A professional Realtor® knows everyone measures differently. CREB has its own guidelines. Condos EACH are sized differently. Different items may or may not be included in your registered size (balconies, parking, storage, wall thickness, etc.) Custom homes make ...

posted in General at Sat, 04 Jun 2011 20:19:56 +0000



Friday, March 25, 2011 - For Your Sellers Selling Your House? 5 Reasons To Do It NOW!!! By Steve Harney

  For Your Sellers ?Selling Your House? 5 Reasons To Do It NOW!? ? By Steve Harney Note ? Even though this is an American article, there is still a lot of value you can take from it! The conventional wisdom when selling a home has always been to wait until the ?Spring Buying Season?. Over the years, that has seemed to make sense and is now accepted as a good strategy for those who want to sell their house and receive the best possible price. This real estate market has shattered many previously ... Full Article...

posted in General at Fri, 25 Mar 2011 07:08:21 +0000



Friday, February 18, 2011 - West C-Train Animation - A-MAZING!

For those I have not bombarded with this link--it is truly amazing piece of technology and art. Real  photos, pictures and video combined with animation/computer technology of what the new system will look like brings it to LIFE. Check out the link for the animation, as well as other fun features like time sequence videos, traffic cameras, etc. http://www.westlrt.ca/contentabout/route_animation.cfm

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Friday, February 18, 2011 - Mortgage Rule Changes Deadline: MARCH 18, 2011

Yes--the rules they are a-changing! March 18th to be exact. If you are buying your first home and are tight to qualify, what are you waiting for? Call me, I can assist with the qualifying process and get you into a home ASAP. http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Mortgage+change+clock+ticking/4310129/story.html

posted in General at Fri, 18 Feb 2011 19:10:24 +0000



Friday, February 18, 2011 - House Prices Rise in 2011

It's spring market everyone! Are we ever going to be 'normal' again??? http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/real-estate/Calgary+region+house+sales+prices+rise+2011+CMHC/4301160/story.html

posted in General at Fri, 18 Feb 2011 19:05:53 +0000



Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - Tax Assistance for Low income Seniors??

Did you know that 'sometimes' there is a property tax assistance form for low-income seniors? Not every year and only if the provincial budget allows for it, but it looks like 2011 may be one of those years. We have to wait until May 2011 when tax notices are sent out, but watch for it--and call 311 for more information. Many seniors are paper rich and income poor and this program is an option for those in our community.    

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Sunday, January 23, 2011 - CREB Forecast Breakfast & Trade Show: PREDICTIONS?!

What is the 2011 Forecast?? Here is a short rundown on what CREB is predicting for 2011: 4.1% increase in Single Family Home Average Prices 1.8% increase in Condo Average Prices I beleive we will have an increase of 2-3% in overall prices--mainly in the spring--flat for the remainder of the year. The sales numbers forecasting was very agressive: an increase in sales in all sections has been forecasted: Single Family Sales up 19.9% Condo Sales Numbers up 15.8% Town Sales up 13.5% With an ...

posted in General at Sun, 23 Jan 2011 05:26:29 +0000



Friday, July 30, 2010 - OPEN HOUSE BRAESIDE

Cheapest Renovated bunglaow in Braeside--Come out & see for yourself!   We have received an offer--we arestill searching.......see you Sat!!

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Saturday, July 24, 2010 - Prices & Population

So far this year, average prices are up over 7%, median over 5.25%. Its a good year!! Our population is up only 0.57% - - does that mean our taxes should remain the same? hahahaha!!!!!

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - Hillhurst 1 Bd Condo for Rent

http://www.rentfaster.ca//listingview.php?listingID=13931

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - Braeside Listing Virtual Tour

www.http//:rtvpix.com/RE-0957-NDOQFG-01

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Friday, July 2, 2010 - NEW Lisitng Braeside

Check out my Virtual Tour! http://rtvpix.com/RE-0957-NDOQFG-01

posted in General at Fri, 02 Jul 2010 23:08:31 +0000



Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - HUGE GARAGE SALE

One Day Only Garage Sale Elboya - 4526 4 A St SW  - Saturday June 19, 2010 9am til 4pm Everything must go. About 50 years of living here for sale, house will be getting demolished, so everything must go. Furniture, art, trinkets, treasures!

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - Buyer's Market?

Current Absorption Rates: City Residential: 4.1 Months-4 months for single family-4.4 months for condo's....hmmm...this is leaning slightly in the buyers favor!! May 19, 2010 STATS:8267 Active Listings (5604 SF, 2663 Condo)2024 Sold Last 30 Days (1418 SF, 606 Condo)

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - Secondary Suites Info -- How to & Code Requirements

Wondering how the City views your secondary suite? Check out the details and decide for yourself. Guidelines to creating a legal secondary suite. Do you report an exisitng suite? Read on... http://www.calgary.ca/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_0_104_0_0_35/http%3B/content.calgary.ca/CCA/City+Hall/Business+Units/Development+and+Building+Approvals+and+Land+Use+Planning+and+Policy/Home+Building+and+Renovations/I+Want+to+Build/Basement+Suite/Secondary+Suites.htm

posted in General at Wed, 05 May 2010 17:00:12 +0000



Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - MID APRIL Mortgage Change DEADLINE--GET Pre-Approved TODAY!!

Hi Karen, I hope you are having a great day. As per our discussion, here is the big changes that are coming for the mortgage insurers (CMHC and Genworth): 1. Rental properties. First and foremost, these will now require a 20% down-payment. Also, how rental income is used for income qualification has changed. Whereas before many lenders would allow 80% of rental income to be used for income qualification, that number will drop to 50%.2. Self-employed/stated income. For both Genworth and CMHC, ... Full Article...

posted in General at Wed, 31 Mar 2010 05:37:27 +0000



Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - Mortgage Changes are A Comin' !!

MORTGAGE INSURANCE RULES ANNOUNCEMENT Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced prudent changes to mortgage insurance rules intended to come into force on April 19, 2010. CAAMP was actively engaged in the discussions around these changes which are as follows:1. All borrowers must meet the standards for a five-year fixed rate mortgage even if they choose a mortgage with a lower interest rate and shorter term;2. The maximum amount one can withdraw in refinancing their mortgage will be ...

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Monday, March 15, 2010 - Linked In Anyoe?

http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/karen-jardine/1b/545/234

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Friday, March 5, 2010 - Statistics

Love Statistics? Do you want to know what's happening in Calgary & across Canada? Check out CREA's statistics across our country. (CREA = Canadian Real Estate Association) http://www.crea.ca/public/news_stats/statistics.htm#

posted in General at Fri, 05 Mar 2010 03:53:20 +0000



Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - The Informed Buyer/Seller

For your monthly online e-newsletter, please CLICK HERE:http://morrisontheweb.com/InformedHomeBuyer/Informed%20Home%20Buyer%20Mar%2010.pdf  

posted in General at Tue, 02 Mar 2010 06:24:55 +0000



Friday, February 19, 2010 - CIR Market Watch

August 14-09Are you a numbers client? GET IT: My CIR Market Watch has the details--if not, there is a graph for those visual people out there, too. Want to receive it? Just drop me a line at karenjardine@shaw.ca and I will add you to the e-list to receive those monthly numbers.Summary for July 2009: average prices fell in July, though our market is surprisingly strong in sales for this time of year.August already has strong sales: 788 sales vs. 680 in the same time period last year (that?s 16% ... Full Article...

posted in General at Fri, 19 Feb 2010 05:38:02 +0000



Friday, February 19, 2010 - Vancouver Olympics 2010

www.vancouver2010.com

posted in General at Fri, 19 Feb 2010 05:35:27 +0000



Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - The Informed Buyer/Seller Newsletter

http://morrisontheweb.com/InformedHomeBuyer/Informed%20Home%20Buyer%20Feb%2010.pdf

posted in General at Tue, 09 Feb 2010 05:14:35 +0000



Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - Over $1300 for Condo Docs???????????????

YES. The next time you receive correspondence from the Condo Board about anything: KEEP IT. Throw it in a binder, though if not that--keep it in a plastic bag, a box, a folder. Just DON'T THROW IT AWAY. If you are buying a condo...Please....SAVE ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS!! I have a current document list request form from a local Calgary management company. They will charge you incredible amounts to PHOTOCOPY what is already yours. A complete set of condo documents can be DOUBLE your legal fees. This ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 09 Feb 2010 04:54:16 +0000



Friday, January 29, 2010 - City of Calgary, Secondary Suites Guidelines

www.calgary.ca/secondarysuites

posted in General at Fri, 29 Jan 2010 06:23:27 +0000



Thursday, January 21, 2010 - CREB Forecast Breakfast Report

CREB Forecast: ~3% increase in rural properties, ~4% in condos, ~6% residential. Sounds promising. Economists noted the first part of the year will be better than the latter half & recovery is still slow. 2011 to realize more of the 'recovery'. Our economists panel predict a 2% increase in the Bank of Canada rate late 2010 into 2011. Remember we are at an 'emergency' rate of 0.25% & they are expecting to move ahead in the recovery process to move us to 'low' interest rates. Economist Adam Legge ... Full Article...

posted in General at Thu, 21 Jan 2010 20:44:08 +0000



Saturday, January 16, 2010 - Canada may require larger downpayments: report

http://ca.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idCATRE5BK2FU20091221

posted in General at Sat, 16 Jan 2010 05:22:53 +0000



Friday, January 15, 2010 - Informed Buyer/Seller

http://morrisontheweb.com/InformedHomeBuyer/Informed%20Home%20Buyer%20Jan%2010.pdf

posted in General at Fri, 15 Jan 2010 22:00:54 +0000



Friday, January 15, 2010 - Listing Count

3630 total Calgary listings, 2312 Single Family only (SF)

posted in General at Fri, 15 Jan 2010 19:25:13 +0000



Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - Fun Vote

Vote for Calgary at www.monopolyvote.va  . They are creating a Monopoly game & the cities going on the board game are to be chosen by voting. I think it must be advertised in Quebec as the most remote Quebec cities are listed as top cities. Right now Edmonton is beating Calgary, so I have bookmarked to vote. 3 votes a day, each has to be a different city. Vote!

posted in General at Wed, 13 Jan 2010 16:46:58 +0000



Thursday, January 7, 2010 - HNY 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010!

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Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 'Illegal' Suites

Are you looking to increase your revenue by adding a suite to your basement? Or your next home you would like a ready made suite to balance your books at months end?There are MANY considerations.June 2008 - new Land Use Bylaw is passed: secondary suites became legal. IF..- created before 1970, it could be non-conforming use- 1970-1983 it could have a kitchen though no stove, no 220V wiring, etc.- 1983 requires full compliance: fire separation wall, separate heating systems, separate entrance, ... Full Article...

posted in General at Thu, 28 May 2009 18:14:35 +0000



Sunday, May 3, 2009 - West LRT Animation

I was at an open house today & terrifically interesting couple were in. They had seen the West LRT Animation & graciously forwarded it to me. If you want to get a better feel of where the new C Train will go on the west side of the City, please click on the link below:http://www.westlrt.ca/contentabout/route_animation.cfm  

posted in General at Sun, 03 May 2009 23:52:36 +0000



Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - Did you know that homeowners are 70 times wealthier than renters?

What are you waiting for? Call me today! 403.874.2712

posted in General at Tue, 28 Apr 2009 02:47:09 +0000



Saturday, April 18, 2009 - Months of Inventory?

Absorption rates in Richmond Hill: 2.8 months of inventory. That's a balanced market. Is there change in the air? The last 3 weeks there has been!

posted in General at Sat, 18 Apr 2009 06:02:26 +0000



Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - Energy Efficiency Rebates Link

Did you know the details from the Government of Alberta for energy efficiency rebates? Check out the following website:http://alberta.ca/acn/200904/256878B7BE08A-F45B-8F41-B19FDA5DB0C37E21.html...up to $10,000 rebate for an EnerGuide efficiency rating of 80 or more. Check it out!

posted in General at Tue, 14 Apr 2009 05:10:13 +0000



Monday, April 13, 2009 - Spring things for your Home and Garden

Compliments of HomeCrafters Home Inspection Services: Spring Tips for your Home and Garden We've all had the winter blues at one time or another. Thankfully, that horrible feeling of being confined indoors and wondering if you're destined to a life of hot chocolate and flannel pajamas has a cure. A dose of spring is on the way, as you peek out the window and see that the piles of snow are finally melting and the birds are starting to return from their trip down south. Soon it will be time to ... Full Article...

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - Odds of Selling

What are your chances of selling your home or condo? It really differs from community to community, though here are some overall chances in the city. Remember to price it right, stage it up, fix concerns, keep it clean, neat & listen to any other advice from your realtor--we are out there & know what works to sell your home!March 28-09All City of Calgary Only, Single Family & Condo's100% 6 months 56.5% 3 months 29.3% 1 month

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - Active Listings Occupancy

March 19-09: Seller Occupied 62%          Vacant 22% New 8% Tenant Occupied 7% Showhome 1%

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Saturday, March 7, 2009 - Virtual Tours

I can now add a virtual tour to my list of extra servcices provided to all my clients. Check out my first video:

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - The REALTOR Commitment

  The REALTOR® commitmentYou?re trusting a REALTOR® with your most valuable possession, your home. REALTORS® take this responsibility very seriously. Here?s what we promise you:Your REALTOR® is highly trainedREALTOR® training is so rigorous that a large portion of our candidates fail the pre-registration Courses. Those who do pass must master a long, diverse list of subjects ranging from housing construction to family law.Your REALTOR® is continuously trainedWe keep pace with the times. All ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 03 Mar 2009 02:45:52 +0000



Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - Websites

I'll keep adding to this list:http://www.howrealtorshelp.cahttp://www.howrealtorshelp.ca/buying/mortgageCal.html

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - I'm Back!

After a fabulous winter holiday, I am back & ready to get busy! Calgary Open Houses & Show Homes are buzzing with traffic. Call today.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - Happy New Year Calgary!

Cheers 2009!I see I haven't blogged for quite some time & I am setting up a regular time to blog. Especially since our reno's are nearing completion. New windows in the lower level next week. I've got a great window referral for those looking for new windows.Cheers to 2009!Wishing everyone all the best for this upcoming year. 

posted in General at Wed, 07 Jan 2009 06:33:09 +0000



Tuesday, December 2, 2008 - Renovations - Hardwood

We are renovating our new property. The hardwood has been sanded & has what appears to be a single coat of satin varnish. I thought we should add more coats to protect the hardwood. Call Alberta Hardwood for advice! I used a roller which left little bubbles in it. Then I went back over the wet varnish with a brush to get the bubbles out. It has dried nicely. I keep telling myself I am building equity, building equity. To avoid renovations, call me to get a NEW home today!

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Monday, November 24, 2008 -

Looking to move up in the market? Now is the time to buy that dream home!

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Thursday, November 6, 2008 - A Buyer's Market

Prospective buyers who were priced out of the market in the last few years that now is the best time to buy in the last few years. Lots to choose from, prices are down, sellers are willing to negotiate & our Canadian real estate market is secure.

posted in General at Thu, 06 Nov 2008 15:47:02 +0000



Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - Fall Tips

? Apply fall fertilizer to your lawn? Store your lawn mower properly: run the tank dry or decant the gas, remove the spark plug(s) and clean the machine of grass & debris.? Caulking & weather stripping: inspect the perimeter of your home & apply caulking or weather stripping wherever necessary (ie. Dryer vents, hose bibs, windows, doors, etc.)? Inspect your roof: roofing cement can be used to fasten down a loose tile & prevent further damage. Check the gaps around the fireplace exhaust & around ... Full Article...

posted in General at Wed, 05 Nov 2008 04:30:18 +0000



Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - Employment to population ratios

? 60% of the population was employed in 1998? 63% of the population is employed in 2008

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - New USA President

Barack Obama is now the 44th USA president.What will this mean for Calgary?s economy?Will confidence be restored--Our economy is strong.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008 - Warren Buffet Quote

"We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful."(It's a great time to buy.)

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - New Links Added!

I have copied some useful links for buying & selling in Calgary's real estate market as well as out & about Calgary. Check out my new links!

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Monday, October 20, 2008 - Calgary Sales September 2008

Calgary real estate sales were up in September & are a bit down so far in October, compared to last year. There are some great deals out there!

posted in General at Mon, 20 Oct 2008 22:21:48 +0000



Saturday, October 18, 2008 - A New Property!

We bought a bungalow in Fairview! It is a buyers market--we wanted to get into the market before we miss the upswing in pricing. It's a great time to buy.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - The New Website!

Today marks the first day of the new website. The new site offers a wealth of fresh industry information that's constantly being updated. Have a great time checking it out!

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