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Help Us Help Those in Need This Winter


Our team is donating $10,000 to the Calgary Food Bank, and we'd love for you to join us by donating some non-perishable food items. We'll even come straight to your door to pick up your donations.

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Between last July and this September, more than 157,000 people relied on the Calgary Food Bank.

That’s why our team has decided that on December 11th, we're going to hold a food drive for the Calgary Food Bank. We'll come right to your door and pick up your donation if you're able to participate.

If you're able to contribute this winter, please visit Justin Havre & Associates Food Bank Drive at CalgaryFoodBankDrive.ca to fill in some info. With that information, one of our team members will come right to your home on December 11th to pick up your donation. For more information about how you can help, visit CalgaryFoodBank.com.


Will you help us help those in need this winter?



We've also decided as a team to donate $10,000 to the Calgary Food Bank to help them help people in need.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping those in need in our community! If you have any questions, feel free to call or email us. Until then, we look forward to seeing you on December 11th!

Our Latest Endorsement from Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran


We recently met with Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran to shoot a few commercials. We would love for you to watch this one and let us know what you think.

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We have some exciting news. We recently traveled to New York where we were able to meet real estate mogul and Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran.

Not only were we able to talk to her about our business, we also received her official endorsement.


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We wanted to reach out and show you this brand-new commercial. We are delighted to present it to you. To check it out, press play on the video above.

In the meantime, if you have any questions for us or you’re looking to buy or sell a home in Calgary, don’t hesitate to reach out. We look forward to hearing from you.

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Downsize?


Many people downsize because they no longer need such a big home when the kids move out. However, job loss has become a major concern. How do you know if it’s time to downsize?

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In the current economic climate in Calgary, downsizing is becoming quite frequent. Many people are either downsizing due to job loss or preparing for someone else in their household to lose their job. Others are downsizing because they no longer need as much space.

If you are looking at downsizing, be honest with yourself and have a conversation with the other decision-makers in the family. Maybe you need a smaller house or a smaller mortgage. Whatever the case may be, assess your needs before you list your current home and sell it.

In fact, before making any decisions, you should talk to a bank or mortgage broker and get a comprehensive pre-approval. Disclose all of your financial information when it comes to debt and your current job situation. Don’t just assume that you will qualify for a mortgage; you don’t want to sell your current home only to realize you don’t qualify for as much money as you thought you would. You should also double-check the prices the homes you are thinking of moving into.



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Ultimately, it is incredibly important to manage your expectations during this process. Be realistic about the price of your current home and what it’s going to be like to move into a smaller home. This can be a very emotional time, so being prepared is important.

Finally, I recommend speaking with a financial advisor. If you want to pull equity from your current home and put that money into a retirement fund, the financial advisor can help you have a game plan for your best (and worst) case scenarios.

If you have any questions about downsizing in this current market or about real estate in general, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

How Do You Know When it’s Time to Downsize?


Many people downsize because they no longer need such a big home when the kids move out. However, lately, job loss has become a major concern. How do you know if it’s time to downsize?

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In the current economic climate in Calgary, downsizing is becoming quite frequent. Many people are either downsizing due to job loss or preparing for someone else in their household to lose their job. Others are downsizing because they no longer need as much space.

If you are looking at downsizing, be honest with yourself and have a conversation with the other decision-makers in the family. Maybe you need a smaller house or a smaller mortgage. Whatever the case may be, assess your needs before you list your current home and sell it.

In fact, before making any decisions, you should talk to a bank or mortgage broker and get a comprehensive pre-approval. Disclose all of your financial information when it comes to debt and your current job situation. Don’t just assume that you will qualify for a mortgage; you don’t want to sell your current home only to realize you don’t qualify for as money as you thought you would. You should also price the homes you are thinking of moving into.



Get a comprehensive pre-approval before listing your current home.



Ultimately, it is incredibly important to manage your expectations during this process. Be realistic about the price of your current home and what it’s going to be like to move into a smaller home. This can be a very emotional time, so being prepared is important.

Finally, I recommend speaking with a financial advisor. If you want to pull equity from your current home and put that money into a retirement fund, the financial planner can help you have a game plan for your best (and worst) case scenario.

If you have any questions about downsizing in this current market or about real estate in general, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

Our Latest Endorsement from Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran


We recently met with Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran to shoot a commercial. We would love for you to watch and let us know what you think.

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We just wanted to reach out to you all for a minute to let you in on some exciting news. We recently traveled to New York where we were able to meet real estate mogul and “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran.

Not only were we able to talk to her about our business, we also received her official endorsement.

The commercial is all done and we are delighted to present it to you. To check it out, watch the video above.



We received her official endorsement in Calgary real estate.



In the meantime if you have any questions for us, don’t hesitate to reach out. We look forward to hearing from you.

Should You Wait Until Spring To List Your Home?


A lot of homeowners are debating whether to list their home now or to wait until Spring. There are a number of reasons why you should consider listing now.

We anticipate a surge of activity coming up as people come back from vacation and kids get settled into school. Another big reason to list now is because it’s still green outside. Green photos show much better online. They showcase your curb appeal and your landscaping. Buyers don’t want to see photos of a home with snow or dead grass in them.



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If you are entertaining the idea of selling your home soon, give us a call or send us an email. We would love to talk to you about your options and determine what’s best for you.

What You Need to Know About the Calgary Market


July 2016 was the 20th consecutive month of declining sales for the Calgary market. There are a few factors contributing to this decrease in sales, including our current economic conditions, higher unemployment rates, and net migration.

This month, we saw a total of 1,741 homes change hands, which is a decline of about 12.65% compared to July 2015. Our listing absorption rate is sitting at about 31% of all active listings sold, which could technically be called a balanced market, but I would call it a buyer’s market. The average price for a single-family detached home, $541,000, has gone basically unchanged since last July, whereas attached homes are sitting at about $480,000 - a decline of about 2.39% compared to last year.



People are still seeing the opportunities in the current market.



The good news is that the average sale price for condos has gone up 13%; however, we saw two substantial sales downtown – one at about $8.4 million and one at about $5.2 million – which will majorly skew the numbers. All things considered, though, it’s pretty positive to see such substantial purchases here in our area because it means that there are people who are still seeing the opportunities in the current market.

On average, a home is spending about 46 days on the market, which is up about 15% compared to last year.

These are just some quick numbers. If you’d like more in-depth statistics for your community, or if you’re looking to buy or sell, please give us a call or email us. We’d be more than happy to give you a no-obligation consultation.

Easing the Stress of Listing and Building in Calgary


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So, you’ve decided to build a new home with a local builder here in Calgary to take advantage of the great savings you’re seeing in the current market. This being the summer of 2016, you’ll probably have a build process of 8-12 months, depending on the builder and the timeline they gave you. Now the question is, if you have a home you need to sell in order to take possession of your new one, should you list and sell now, or wait until after you get the possession letter from the builder so you can try to line up those possession dates?

With moving out of a home and moving into a new one, we know that builders will not give you a definite possession date until they’re about 60 days out. The timeline of selling and building a home can depend on the level of stress you’re willing to take on. It can be extremely stressful to list your house on the market and line up those possession dates, wondering whether your home will sell on time and what the builder will do if you can’t close on time. Some may be a little lenient in the possession date, but some might not. Not only will they not give you an extension, but they’ll also take your deposit and come after you for any shortfall if they sell the home for a lower price later on.



If you list and sell your home now, you will make more money than if you wait.



In today’s market, there is a slight downward pressure on pricing, and if you do have a home that’s under the $600,000 price point, it’s a very active market for buyers and sellers. But there are also roughly 8,100 properties available for rent according to a local rental website. What we would recommend, then, is that you ease the stress a little bit by considering looking at rental properties to stay in while your new home is being built. That way, you allow yourself a better opportunity to get your old home in tip-top shape and choose an agent or a team with a proven marketing plan to get you top dollar. If you sell your home now, you’ll get more money for it than when snow starts to hit the ground.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home, by all means call or email us for a free consultation.

Which Day Is the Best Day To Move in Calgary?


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We often get asked which day is the best day to move into a new home. It’s very common that people want to select a Friday or the beginning or middle of the month to book that move. However, this is also when demand is highest on the moving industry, so you typically can expect to pay 20% to 30% more during these times.


Moving when demand is lower in the moving industry can save you 20% to 30%.


We highly recommend that you book your move four to five weeks in advance to ensure that you get your desired moving date. If you try moving on a Monday or Tuesday, you might actually save money because the demand is considerably less during those days. If you want a detailed moving checklist, by all means reach out to us. We’d be happy to email you one to make your move a lot simpler.

If you have a home you’re looking to buy or sell, please reach out to us by phone or email. We’d be happy to give you a consultation.

A Great Time to Move Up in the Calgary Real Estate Market


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Is this a good time for you to move up in the Calgary market?

The impact the oil downturn has had on our housing market has created a situation where sellers are competing for buyers. If you’ve been thinking about moving up into a higher price point, this means this could potentially be a great time to buy!


It's a great time to buy in Calgary.


There has been a downward pressure on pricing, which has given buyers more room than they’ve had in the past couple years to negotiate price and terms. Right now, we’re seeing the majority of the housing activity in the $500,000 and under price point. If you’re looking to move up into the higher price points, and even into the luxury market, your savings are going to be substantial.

Feel free to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation to get an idea of what your home can fetch in the current market and whether this is a great opportunity for you to make that upward move. Call or email us today.

Skip the Second Round of Negotiations With This Trick


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Nobody wants to negotiate twice on their home. I wanted to share some tips on how to avoid this.

In today's market, showability and condition are two key components for getting top dollar for your property. We highly recommend having your home pre-inspected by a certified home inspector. This allows you to learn the true condition of your home. It also lets you know of errors that you want to address and take care of before you begin marketing the home.


Showability and condition are two key components for getting top dollar for your property.


When you're selling and you have accepted an offer from a buyer, chances are that buyer will also have an inspection done on your home. If they find any areas of concern that they're not comfortable with, chances are they'll come back to the table and try to renegotiate the accepted price. You can avoid that by taking care of those concerns beforehand.

I hope you find these tips helpful. If you have any questions we can help with, please feel free to reach out.