Secondary Suites and the Modern Family

Over the past few years, Calgary has witnessed an ongoing, and sometimes fierce, public debate on the topic of secondary suites in single-family homes.  The debate is fueled by a number of factors, including economic and lifestyle trends that are driving the increased demand for legal secondary suites in existing housing stock and new construction. […]

Why Experience Matters

Do not make the mistake of placing your real estate affairs in the hands of an inexperienced agent. In red hot real estate markets, it seems that everyone wants to be a Realtor. After one rainy day of binge watching HGTV, people start to believe that anyone can flip a house and make a fortune. […]

Bike – Being Stoic – some ‘how to’s’ on packing and traveling with a bike

Since Tim Ferriss came out with his book, The 4-hour Work Week, I’ve been following him. He’s a fan on Seneca and Stoicism. I like to bike. I don’t think I love to bike … but I love what biking brings me. I suppose my favourite thing about cycling is experiencing the weather. I love it […]

Calgary Revenue Properties Generating Immediate Returns

What do you think of an investment that comes with the promise of long-term appreciation plus an immediate return? It sounds like it may be worth looking into – right? With interest rates at an all-time low and stocks and bonds seesawing between volatility and the doldrums, real estate investment has emerged once again as […]

Buying your first home? Think nothing can go wrong? Think again

    Sometimes buying your first home isn’t as glamorous as you may think. We go over some common first time home buying disasters to help you know what you should watch out for. It is important to be prepared as sometimes these disasters can happen. Learn what to do if you find yourself in […]

What do I need to watch out for when purchasing a home?

    Make your first time home buying experience a good one! There are some things you need to look out for to ensure your experience goes smoothly. It is important to do your homework and work with a great real estate agent. See more tips here!

What is mortgage insurance?

    This video explains what mortgage insurance is and how it protects the lender. It explains that based on the amount of your down payment customers may need to purchase mortgage insurance. How this cost is determined is then further explained to give individuals a full understanding of how mortgage insurance works.

1.99% Mortgages

  This video addresses lenders who are offering low interest rate mortgages. It explains that customers should be aware of other terms and conditions when agreeing to such mortgages to ensure they are receiving the same value. Examples of banks and lenders who have offered such deals are further investigated.

Making Decisions in a Sellers’ Market

  If you have been paying attention to local real estate trends, you are probably well aware that this year has been considered a strong seller’s market.  So what exactly does this mean?  Low inventory has reduced the amount of properties available for purchase.  This is causing buyers to become more competitive.  If houses are […]

Warming Up for the Summer Market

There is no doubt that 2014 has unfolded so far as a seller’s market. Inventory is low and homes are selling incredibly fast. The value of real estate continues to increase in major cities across Canada, and Calgary is certainly keeping up with the pack. People who are looking for homes need to be prepared […]