Down payment and deposit are terms that come up often when you are buying or selling a home. The terms are easy to mix up, so here is an explanation of the difference between deposit and down payment. In a nutshell; the home buyer pays the deposit to the home seller as good faith money…. [Read More]
Zillow sells consumer information to Realtors The United States-based real estate website Zillow will expand into Canada this year. But don’t expect it to revolutionize the Calgary real estate market. Zillow is just another website to explore Calgary homes for sale, except with one major difference: Zillow makes money by selling your information to Realtors…. [Read More]
“Your house guaranteed sold in 90 days or we will buy it”. It sounds very appealing, until you read the small print. Most likely it is not your best option as a seller. But for the agent, it is a great marketing tool to get contacted by a motivated seller. Looking at the bigger picture,… [Read More]
Title is a government certification of ownership of the property and it shows any particulars registered on title. Here is an introduction to pulling titles for Calgary homes and land title searches.
As a Calgary home owner (or prospective home owner), it is understandable you want to know the value of Calgary homes and keep up with the real estate trends in your community. We offer a variety of free resources to help you understand the Calgary real estate market.
Buying the home from your landlord can be a good choice for home buyers. As the renter, you already have a good sense on the benefits and drawbacks of the property and there will be no moving expenses! It does not happen very often in Calgary, but it is certainly possible. Here are a few… [Read More]
We are asked on occasion what is the best time to sell your house in Calgary. Like many questions in real estate, there is no simple answer. The Calgary real estate market is always changing direction. Sale prices go up; sale prices go down. The number of sales go up; the number of sales go… [Read More]
What if you, as a property owner, want to sell a property that is currently rented out? On occasion, we are asked how that works. As well what rules apply to both landlords and tenants in regards to rights, showings etc. Here is some insights on selling a rented house in Calgary. Type of lease… [Read More]
“Everything sells as long as you price it right.” It may be a cliché, but it is true. When you want to sell your home in Calgary, pricing your home is the most important factor. Sellers don’t always like to hear the truth about the sale value of their home. Here is what can happen… [Read More]
You listed your home. You made it look tip top. The For Sale sign is on the lawn and the listing is launched on the MLS. Months later, your home has not sold. In the meantime your neighbor’s home across the street, which listed after yours, has already sold and you see other homes in… [Read More]
Dower rights have been around for nearly 100 years. Today, Dower rights protect the spouse of a registered owner of real property. In simple wording, when the spouse is not registered on the title as owner of the house, this spouse must give consent to sell it. What is Dower? When you have lived in… [Read More]
By law, every realtor must explain to you agency relationship. It is important to make sure you understand it, and to ask questions if you don’t fully understand it. A good realtor discloses this brochure as early as possible. It makes the relationship between you and an agent transparent. You will have to sign this… [Read More]