C4176762 : Just Listed

Fantastic well maintained 3rd floor condo featuring 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus 2 titled parking stalls – one located in the heated underground parkade and one in front of the main entrance. There is a storage cage allocated to the indoor stall. The open concept offers a spacious living room with corner fireplace, kitchen has garburator and raised breakfast bar with black appliances, dining room , den/office and laundry area.
The master bedroom offers a walk -in closet and a 4piece ensuite, while the 2nd bedroom and an additional 4 piece bathroom are located on the opposite side, allowing for desired privacy. This lovely condo is easily accessible and available for quick possession. There is a walking path, gazebo and lake near by and is located in the fantastic area of Country Hills Village, near grocery and retail stores, recreation centre, cinema and close access to Cross Iron. View Listing Details …

C4166865 : Just Listed

This fantastic home is located on a quiet street in the desirable area of Silverado and within walking distance to a playground, making this the perfect family home. The main floor is bright and open with beautiful hardwood floors that flow throughout the living room , kitchen, and dining area. The living room is spacious and cozy with a central gas fireplace. The kitchen has an island with breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, and pantry. Adjacent dining room is perfect for a large table and hutch, or espresso bar. Upper level features a spacious master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in closet. Completing the upper level is a 4pc main bath and 2 additional bedrooms, one with a 2nd walk-in closet. This 1280sqft 2 storey home has 3 large bedrooms and a double detached garage, all for under $385,000. View Listing Details …

C4145226 : Just Listed

Welcome to 74 Hogarth Crescent SW, located in the heart of Haysboro and within walking distance of the Heritage c-train station. This fully finished bungalow has a bright open floor plan with a large living room, kitchen with stylish cabinetry and eating bar, dining area with patio doors that open to the backyard , deck and oversized double detached garage. Also on the main floor is the spacious master bedroom with walk-in closet, 2nd bedroom and 4-pc main bath. The lower level has an additional large bedroom with walk-in closet , family room, den area, 3-pc bathroom with a beautiful tiled shower, and 2nd kitchen. The laundry area is also located on the lower level and is shared between the upper and lower floors. The main floor tenants were currently paying $1450/monthly and the downstairs tenants $875/monthly. The lower suite is illegal and not city approved, but the sellers did install 2 egress windows. View Listing Details …

C4144565 : Just Listed

Welcome to 58 Panatella CR NW which backs onto the green belt in the prestigious area of Panatella Estates, offering sweeping views from the dining room, living room and master bedroom. This 1952sqft Cedarglen bungalow offers a large bright entry, which opens to the spacious living room with vaulted ceiling and a 3 way fireplace, which is shared with the kitchen and dining area. The stunning gourmet kitchen has marble counters, beautiful maple cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, large island and a corner pantry. The master bedroom has an elegant 5-pc ensuite , with air jet tub, separate tiled shower, dual sinks and large walk-in closet. Also on the main floor is the den/flex room with French doors, 2nd bedroom, 3-pc main bath and laundry/mud room. Some of the other great features are maple hardwood floors, spiral stair case, custom maple and walnut doors,10 foot ceilings, custom maple trim, professional landscaping, 22.3×25.5 garage, exposed aggregate driveway and stucco and stone exterior. View Listing Details …

C4137146 : Just Listed

Fantastic fully finished 5 bedroom 2 storey home conveniently located in Douglas Glen. This home shows pride of ownership inside and out. The main floor is spacious and open with an elegant den, laundry, living room , breakfast nook, bright white kitchen with large centre island, stainless steel appliances and corner pantry. The living room which is adjacent to the kitchen can also be used as a dining room, which is how the sellers have it set up. The upper level has a fantastic master bedroom with walk in closet, large soaker tub and separate shower. Also on the upper level there are 2 additional bedrooms, 4 piece main bath and a large family room with corner gas fire place. The basement is fully finished with 2 more bedrooms , 3 piece bath and storage. The large park-like yard has an abundance of trees, a garden area, beautiful flower beds, and 2 decks. The double attached garage is insulated and dry walled. View Listing Details …

C4113733 : Just Listed

This wonderful 4 bedroom family home is located in Coventry Hills steps from Nose Creek School. The 2 storey entry is bright and open with hardwood floors that flow into the kitchen and dining area. The living room is spacious and showcases the corner gas fireplace. The kitchen has ample cupboards, a central island, and corner pantry. The laundry room is also located on the main floor in the large mud room. The upper level has 3 bedrooms plus a spacious master with walk-in closet and an ensuite that has a corner soaker tub and separate shower. The basement is fully finished, featuring an additional 3 piece bathroom, large family room, and flex room. Other great features include: double attached garage, tiled bathroom floors, central air conditioning, fully fenced backyard, front porch, and gorgeous concrete patio and walkway. View Listing Details …

C4109599 : Just Listed

Luxurious 3 bedroom inner-city townhouse nestled in the prestigious community of Currie Barracks, minutes from downtown. When entering this home, you are greeted by an abundance of natural light and true elegance. The main floor boasts warm hardwood flooring, a spacious living room, a gourmet kitchen with an abundance of full height cream cabinets, oversized island, high end stainless steel appliances, built-in pantry with beverage fridge and a perfectly situated half bath. The 2nd level has 2 large bedrooms, 4 piece main bath, charming loft and convenient laundry room. The amazing 3rd level showcases the Master retreat, with vaulted ceilings, private roof top 218sqft balcony, and elegant ensuite with large soaker tub, heated floor, separate tiled shower, dual sinks, and oversized walk-in closet. Also included is a beautifully landscaped fenced private backyard, double detached garage, central air conditioning, and a full basement waiting for your personal touch. View Listing Details …

Do You Need A Contractor For Your Home Repairs?

We all know that owning a home can require a lot of maintenance, upkeep, and repairs. This can take a lot out of us mentally, physically and financially depending on how much of the work you can do on your own and how much you need to hire a contractor to do.

Some people like to get their hands dirty and do all of the work themselves. I fall into that category since I have bought and sold many homes where I have not hired a single contractor. Luckily, if you are like me and want to save a lot of money, there is a little website called YouTube. You can usually find several videos, if not hundreds of videos that teach you how to complete the task. However, you have to be very careful with these videos since many of the people on YouTube don’t have a clue what they are doing. So, you need to take some time and figure out who you can trust and filter out the people that don’t seem to be an authority. Here are some tips on finding a good video to follow and learn from:

  • Watch at least 10 videos from different people to get a feel for the basic techniques of the job
  • Read the comments below to see if people liked the video and agreed with the content
  • Check the number of views and how many thumbs up they got versus thumbs down. Their views should be in at least the thousands and the majority of the ratings should be a thumbs up.
  • Make sure you watch videos that show you how to do work in Canada and preferably in Alberta, since they will adhere to local building and construction standards that were written for our cold climate.
  • Talk to the designated experts at Lowes or Home Depot to get their take on how to do the job. Some of them are retired contractors, so they might have some great advice for you. Of course some won’t be helpful at all, but eventually you talk to one that has a lot of knowledge. Go at different times of the day or different stores so that you can talk to different employees until you get your answers.
  • Take your time and fully understand what you are going to do and how you are going to do it, before starting.

Once you have a plan of action, give yourself plenty of time to get the work done, since you will probably make some mistakes and get frustrated with the project at some point.

Here is a list of jobs that most people can comfortably tackle and get good results:

  • Painting is really easy and can save you a lot of money.
  • Drywall repairs can get messy but you can get good at it with some practice
  • Laminate and hardwood floors are not that hard
  • Electrical outlets and light fixtures are easy to change if you are comfortable with the danger factor – turn off the breaker.
  • Plumbing is not rocket science but seems to scare a lot of people.
  • Concrete work (minor)
  • Counter tops and cabinets are a little bit more challenging
  • Baseboards
  • Landscaping
  • Vinyl siding
I would not recommend that you take on large exterior projects like pouring a new concrete driveway, replacing your roof, or repairing badly damaged stucco. Those could turn into very expensive messes to fix if you do something wrong. For jobs like that, I have used these guys with great results http://50stucco.com/
The bottom line is don’t be afraid to try something new if you really want to save money. If you can afford to hire someone or don’t have the time, hire a professional to do the job. Just make sure you read their reviews on Google and other websites. If they have more bad reviews than good, you should stay far away from them.

C4101140 : Just Listed

This wonderful 3 bedroom townhouse is in Point McKay, situated next to the Bow River pathways/bikeways, Edworthy Park and just minutes from the Foothills Hospital, Children’s Hospital, University of Calgary, Market Mall and downtown Calgary. The main area of this stunning home showcases a beautiful white kitchen with new ceiling height cabinets, new quartz countertops, black appliances, and a large walk-in pantry. Just off the kitchen is the elegant dining room overlooking the warm and inviting living room, with its vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and corner fireplace. From there, patio doors lead out to a large south facing deck and a green space with an abundance of trees. The upper level features the master retreat, tiled ensuite with walk -in shower, 2 additional large bedrooms, and a 4piece main bath. Additional features of this home include: heated single attached garage, hardwood flooring throughout, conveniently located laundry adjacent to the kitchen, and additional lower level storage space. View Listing Details …

Things To Consider When You Buy An Investment Property

Although the Alberta economy is still stuck in recession after more than 2 years of low oil prices, there are still some bargains to be had when it comes to investment properties. Sure, prices have come down, so buying a home to live in right now probably makes sense when you consider that you can still get a 5 year fixed rate mortgage for around 2.6%.

However, for rentals, the vacancy rate is a lot higher than it used to be, so getting good qualified renters might be harder than you think. For apartment rentals the vacancy rate hit 7% at the end of 2016. That is the highest it has been for 25 years. I couldn’t find any reliable statistics for house rentals, but I am sure the rate is also higher than it has been for a long time. This is not surprise considering that Calgary actually lost people to other provinces instead of gaining migrants as is usually the case. A lot of people that have lost their jobs have packed up and moved back to their home province since their prospects for employment here are probably pretty grim.

Having said that, just like always, when it comes to rentals you have to look at the numbers. Assuming that you can get a good renter, will you be cash positive? When you are doing your calculations, you should be very realistic when you estimate what your costs will be. Remember that the cost of utilities like power and gas are only going to go up with the new carbon tax that started on Jan 1st. I know that we have had a pretty cold winter but it seems like my Enmax bill has gone up dramatically since the tax kicked in. You would usually expect to have your rental home sit vacant once in a while since things happen with tenants not being able to pay or just moving out. However, in this economy you might want to be ready for even more vacancies since a lot of people are having a tough time with unemployment and just might not be able to pay their rent.

As usual, good areas close to transit and work centres are still the best places to buy for investment purposes and for your self to live in as well. The fundamentals of investing in real estate have not changed, you just need to be more careful and do your due diligence even more than you did before. Prices in Calgary have probably bottomed out and with oil prices sitting in the $50 range, the economy seems to be improving slightly, so I believe the worst is behind us. There are however, red flags going up for Vancouver and Toronto where prices are getting ridiculous. Watch the video below for more on that and know that Calgary does not have a problem with overvaluation.

If you do find a great rental property that works for you after considering all the possibilities, make sure you talk to a good accountant to see how your rental income will affect the rest of your income and how much tax you will have to pay. We have used Padgett Calgary and have been very happy with their services. Padgett Edmonton is also very good if you are buying properties up there.