Calgary Homeowner Tips: Calgary Homes

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Calgary Homeowner Tips

Great tips for Calgary homeowners, including home improvement, home decorating ideas, energy saving and green living.

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Owning a home may be your dream, but in order for the purchase to be the happy and satisfying experience it was meant to be, you need to ensure that you are financially and mentally prepared for the responsibilities that come with it. Buying your first home can be stressful and scary. To help make buying your first home a little easier we have provided 27 questions to ask. 

Questions to ask a REALTOR before you hire them


Questions to ask when hiring a Realtor®.

1. How do REALTOR® fees work? How much do you get paid?

Typically, the fees for both the listing and purchasing REALTORS® are paid for by the seller. The fees are determined at the time the home owners sign the listing agreement. The fees can vary depending on the type of service you’re receiving. What this means is there are

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Before moving to Calgary, find a trusted REALTOR® to help you find the right neighbourhood for you, navigate you through the home buying process and help make purchasing a home as smooth as possible. Buying a home can be stressful. Buying a home in a city you don’t know very well, adds an extra layer of stress. Take the time to find the right REALTOR® before you relocate to help make your move easier.

Here are a couple ways to find a REALTOR® in another city?

  1. Ask REALTORS® you know in your current city if they know a REALTOR® in they would recommend.
  2. Ask friends or family living in your new city if they have a REALTOR® they would recommend.
  3. Search for a REALTOR using REALTOR.ca. Use more search criteria to find a REALTOR® with specific
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If you have a renovation project in mind – make sure they're renovations that will actually pay you back in the long run. Before you renovate your home it’s a good idea to contact your REALTOR®. Even if you're renovating primarily for your own benefit, you should try to assess the post-project increase in the value of your home, just in case you ever want to sell down the road.

As far as getting a return on your investment, the best money is in upgrading or remodeling your kitchen or bathroom. Keep in mind, however, if you over-renovate for your area, you may not be able to get top value for your renovation dollar. Poorly done renovations may also have no positive impact or could actually reduce the value of a home.

Renovations that are unique and

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Creative Gardening Options for you small space.

If a first grader can grow a bean with a wet paper towel on a sunny windowsill, you can create a garden, regardless of how much space you have to work with. Calgary boasts properties that have expansive back yards perfect for growing your own organic veggies and fruits. We also have condos that have big windows flooded with sunlight and apartments with patios to take advantage of for gardening. There are also many Calgary communities that have started community/ shared garden projects where you can flex your green thumb if you want more space than your property offers. Whatever you have, there are possibilities that will help you spruce up your outdoor space.

If your interested in starting a community

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How do REALTOR® fees work? How much do you get paid?

Typically, the fees for both the listing and purchasing REALTORS® are paid for by the seller. The fees are determined at the time the home owners sign the listing agreement. The fees can vary depending on the type of service you’re receiving. What this means is there are different types of services that different REALTOR®and brokerages offer. Ask your REALTOR® what their fees are.

Questions to ask a REALTOR before you hire themIs real estate your full time or part time job?

Your REALTOR® should be a full time agent. Like any professional you work with you want them to have the most experience possible and competently immersed in their profession. Full time REALTORS® see more properties, know the market and are going to be there when you

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The countdown is on! You’ve purchased your next home and maybe even sold the current place you are in today, but the big move is still a work in progress. There are a couple essential notes to take to make your moving day as stress free and streamlined as possible.

1. Hiring a moving company or doing it yourself?

Do you call in all your favours and get your friends to help you move or spend the money and hire a moving company? A couple factors will probably play into your decision such as the time of year. Let’s face it, Calgary’s weather is a bit temperamental and if you’re moving the second week of January you might find out who your friends really are. You might need to sweeten the deal with eggnog lattes and take-out to swing the pendulum in

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Many of Calgary’s newer communities have Home Owners Association Fees or what's more commonly known as HOA fees. When you purchase a property in communities, like Auburn Bay, Mahogany or West Springs, you pay an annual fee to the community association which goes towards the maintenance of community amenities such as lakes, spray parks, tennis courts and outdoor skating rinks, to name a few.

Calgary's new communities have HOA fees.

Part of the appeal of these newer Calgary communities is that they are well looked after, with gardens or waterfalls welcoming you to the neighbourhood. So how are these great features taken care of? 

 1. What do HOA fees cover?

In different communities, the Home Owners Association Fees cover different things. For example, in Calgary lake communities,

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Call your Realtor® before you renovate.

It’s that time of year when you may be thinking of renovating your home. Many renovations can improve the value of your property, however unusual or excessive renovations can often do the opposite. Even if you are not thinking of selling, it's a great idea to consult your Realtor® before you start a sigificant reno project. A Realtor® can offer advice on which renovations may provide the best value for your home.

There are a number of renovations that can offer good return on your investment. Updating or remodelling the kitchen or bathrooms is a great place to start. New windows and doors, or basement renovations are also a good investment. Low cost improvements can include painting or updating the toillet or vaniety. Be careful anytime you renovate.

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Green tips for homeowners.

As a homeowner there are several little changes you can do to make a big difference to the environment and your energy savings. Here are some ideas that can help you "go green" easily and inexpensively.

Get a recycling bin. Most cities have a recycling program. You may be able to get a rebate on your recycling bin or even get it for free. Some cities even offer residential curbside collection for blue box recyclables, green bin organics, small appliances and seasonal yard waste. Keep a list of which materials you can and can’t put in your recycle bin on your fridge door, so that everyone in the family can participate.

Get a kitchen compost bin. Find out if your city has a compost pick-up program. If they do, get a kitchen compost bin or kitchen

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MaxWell Realty, Marnie Campbell sold property in Calgary, AB

The Alberta-based Maxwell Realty was founded in Calgary in 1999 by Realtors® Ron Stanners and Dick Oakes. Ron Stanners, broker at MaxWell South Star, and Ron Oaks, broker at MaxWell Canyon Creek, have built MaxWell Realty into a major regional real estate player.

Over the past 14 years, MaxWell Realty franchises have sprouted all over Alberta and British Columbia with several offices in Calgary including MaxWell Canyon Creek, and  MaxWell South Star, as well as, MaxWell Realty Edmonton, MaxWell Realty Group in Lethbridge, MaxWell Mountain Realty in Canmore, MaxWell Canyon Creek in Okotoks and MaxWell Realty Invermere to name a few.

MaxWell Realty has a built a reputation for providing exceptional real estate service, really caring about its customers

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