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December 2011

Found 15 blog entries for December 2011.

2011 has brought many great and wonderful changes for the Calgary Home Team, and we're confident that 2012 will far exceed the past year. We extend our warmest heartfelt wishes for a safe and happy new year to all of our friends and clients, past and present!

When you're ready to buy or sell a home in Calgary, be sure to visit our easy to search website. We're the experts, and we're here to help you! Contact Ryan and Sheri MacDonald for more information on how we can help you achieve your real estate goals at: 403.519.9102 or via email.

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Calgary Homes - We're Your Listing AgentsWhat is the most important thing a seller should look for when hiring a real estate agent to sell their house? Is it the size of the company they are licensed with? Is it their marketing program? Their years experience in the business? Should you choose the agent who suggests the highest listing price?

There are many things that should be taken into consideration when hiring someone and giving them the responsibility for selling your home. We turned to Keeping Current Matters for their opinion, and we agree with what they have to say. The most important question you can ask a potential listing agent is a simple one:

Do you truly believe that now is a good time to buy a home?

Why should this matter when hiring someone to SELL your home? Buyers are

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Calgary Homes - Get Ready to SellIf you're planning to sell your Calgary property, your best chance for selling is within the first seven weeks. Studies show that the longer a property stays on the market, the less the seller will net. One of the issues is over-pricing: It reduces the number of potential offers; it limits qualified buyers, and could create appraisal issues; competing homes become more attractive in comparison, and it's a waste of YOUR money and time!

Cleanliness is critical. Buyers are turned off by even the smallest amount of uncleanliness or odour, resulting in a loss of thousands to the seller. You should make your home squeaky clean, with the idea of generating a faster sale and more money as a result. Create space by eliminating old junk and will make

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Calgary Homes - Beat the Winter BluesWinter can definitely bring on the blahs for Calgary home owners! As temperatures drop and it seems that there's less daylight, most people feel a lot less energetic. According to HouseLogic, for some the problem can be serious. The condition has a name: seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. In some severe cases, medial attention may be necessary.

The symptoms of SAD include low energy, oversleeping, poor concentration, irritability, avoidance of social situations and craving for sweet or starchy foods.

Simple changes to your house can help fight the winter blues and even SAD. Your body wants more daylight, and just switching on a few more lights won’t work. Instead, you need to boost the actual daylight inside your home, a process known as daylighting.

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Calgary Home Team - Buying Your First HomeBuying a home can be exciting, but also overwhelming and emotional.

There are many steps to finding the right home, securing the property, and ensuring that you pay the price you intended to. Your Calgary Home Team agent will become your biggest asset in this journey, from the very beginning, straight to move-in day.

Here is what you can expect from your Calgary Home Team:


We know a lot about the different financing options and we also have experience working with the different lenders in Calgary. Let your Calgary Home Team direct you to someone with financing that’s right for you.


You'll want to start with a list of properties that closely fit your needs. Your Calgary Home Team has access to the largest listing of

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Calgary Homes - Snow RemovalLike so many other Calgary home owners, we're immersed in holiday festivities! For home snow removal tasks, electric and gas-powered snow blowers are an absolute necessity. Here’s what we (and HouseLogic) think you need to know to choose the right snow removal tool for your area.

Here in Calgary, you really NEED a snow blower. Think about the size of your property, average snowfall amounts in your area, and your budget. Size is an important consideration, as well. If you have a long driveway, you may need to budget for a heavier, more capable machine.

A single-stage gas-powered snow blower is more than likely exactly what you need. They're small and easy to handle, and are large enough to handle most jobs. They're generally priced between $300 and $600,

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Calgary Home Team - Involve a LenderLike many real estate agents, your Calgary Home Team has learned the importance of having a team of professionals to facilitate a smooth transaction. We agree with Keeping Current Matters; having a lending expert on the team can make available the following services to you…all for FREE:

  • They stand ready to screen all potential buyers. Today’s lending landscape is a rapidly changing environment. Programs and requirements are changing regularly. A good loan officer should have a reputation for being on top of current guidelines and finding the best solutions for prospective clients. You need to know that when you accept an offer, the buyer can actually close.

  • Financing is an important component to getting a home sold. Whether it’s marketing

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Calgary Homes - Shower HeadLast time, we began a short series of blogs for those who are searching for the perfect holiday gift for someone who has everything. These gifts don't cost too much, and they're easy to give. Today, we continue to share terrific ideas (courtesy of HouseLogic) that will make your gift well into the new year!

Switching old shower heads for new low-flow models is a lovely (and cost-effective) way to spruce up a bathroom. An ultra low-flow shower head saves up to 50% of the energy consumption used to heat hot water for showers. Alow-flow shower head isn’t terribly expensive.

Replacing an old shower head an easy 10-minute job that you can do yourself.  Unscrew the old shower head, and screw on the new one. Don't disturb the shower arm (the pipe that comes

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Calgary Homes - Holiday Fire SafetyWhether you live in southwest Calgary or southeast Calgary, you're sure to have heard about residential fires during the holiday season. Did you know that they're more frequent, more costly, and more deadly than at any other time of the year? Property loss during a holiday fire is 34% greater than in an average fire, and the number of fatalities per thousand fires is nearly 70% higher. When the source of the fire is a Christmas tree, the costs are even greater.

Here are some safety tips from HouseLogic to follow:

Cooking is the top cause of holiday fires. Take a pot holder when you leave the kitchen as a reminder that you have something on the stove. Make sure to have a handy kitchen fire extinguisher, and check that smoke detectors are working. If

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