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Navigating Your Way Through an Unsettled Market

Thu, 26 Feb by Bryon Howard

Navigating Your Way Through an Unsettled Market

It’s been a slow start for 2015 in Calgary’s real estate market. As a REALTOR, I am asked about my opinions and predictions on a regular basis. The truth is, this year is much different than the last. Planning your real estate strategy will help you navigate through this market and make the right choices to accomplish your goals.

If you plan on selling, have a good strategy in place. Between the headlines and the falling price of oil, consumer confidence has taken a hit in the Calgary market. It’s not that consumers don’t want to make a move, it’s just that they are feeling a little extra cautious. If you plan on selling your home, this isn’t the time to test the market with a high asking price. Buyers are doing their research and are far more likely to act quickly on a home if it is priced fairly and shows well.

Recognize that with change, comes opportunity. Sales are down compared to last year.  Consequently, for buyers, there is far more to choose from.  One way or another, the real estate market is always fluctuating, but it doesn’t necessarily mean bad news for everyone. Working with an experienced real estate professional will help you plan a strategy, so the market works in your favour – not against you.

Capitalize on an early spring market as a seller. Traditionally, the Calgary spring market heats up annually during the period between February and May. Through the years, these are our best and busiest months. This year, however, local real estate experts are advising that selling as soon as possible is the best way to earn top dollar for your home.  We may be in for a minor price correction a couple of months from now, though.

Position yourself for great deals as we head into the summer. Selling your home early will put you in an excellent position during the late spring market. Prices may be slightly lower, there will be plenty to choose from, and the market will more than likely favour buyers. If you need to sell your place first, request a 75-120 day closing date. This will give you a lot of time to search for the perfect home at a great price.

Are  you looking to Sell or Buy a home in Calgary and need someone who won’t rest until you’ve found your dream home or until your home is sold? I’ll work hard to earn your trust and to deliver exactly what you need. Contact me at 403-589-0004 or at

About Bryon Howard

Bryon Howard and his team of Calgary real estate professionals sell an average of two homes a week. He is a member of the MLS Million Point Club, which ranks him roughly in the top 1% of productive realtors in Calgary. His aim is not just to please clients but to help them buy/sell a home in Calgary at the best price, in the shortest time, and with the least hassle. He is a member of the RE/MAX House of Real Estate that leads in the Canadian market. Learn more about Bryon at

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