I have listed a new property at 5635 DALRYMPLE HILL NW in CALGARY.
Situated on a 50x125ft pie shaped lot and located on a quiet street backing on to walking paths, this home is close to Dalhousie LRT Station, shopping, transportation, playgrounds and schools. The main floor features a living and dining room, kitchen with breakfast nook, family room with wood burning fireplace, 4th bedroom, 2 piece bathroom and a laundry/mudroom area. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The master bedroom includes a renovated 3 piece ensuite. Downstairs has been developed with a large recreation room, a 5th bedroom and a huge storage/utility room. The sunny west deck overlooks the spacious yard and can be accessed from the sliding doors in the family room. Call today for you chance to view this great family home.
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I have listed a new property at 210 ROYAL OAK PL NW in CALGARY.
Beautifully located on a quiet cul-de-sac with a sunny south exposed backyard, this 2 storey walkout is a great family home. The main floor features 9ft ceilings throughout an open design with a spacious great room with gas fireplace surrounded by built-ins, a kitchen with a huge breakfast bar, a dining room with 10ft ceilings, den, 2 piece bathroom and a mudroom/laundry area. Upstairs offers a huge bonus room, 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a massive window to enjoy breathtaking city to mountain views, a 4 piece ensuite and a walk in closet. Downstairs is fully developed with a recreation and games area(with a wet bar and gas fireplace roughed in), 4th bedroom with access to the full bathroom and walk-in closet, finished storage room and a storage/utility area. The sunny balcony can be accessed from the dining room and overlooks the well maintained yard. This home also features underground sprinklers, an over sized 22x24 double attached garage and a roughed in sound system.
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I have listed a new property at 88 RANCHERO RISE NW in CALGARY.
Located on a quiet street with views of a green space complete with a playground. Close to Crowfoot Shopping Centre and Crowfoot LRT Station this home is an ideal opportunity for first time buyers or those looking for a revenue property. The home features a main floor eat-in kitchen and a living room and dining room with access to the southwest facing balcony with views of the park. The home has a total of 4 bedrooms (2 up and 2 down) and 2 full bathrooms. In addition to the bedrooms and bathroom downstairs there is still plenty of space for future development of a family room/recreation room. Call today for your opportunity to view this home.
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Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, announced the following changes to the standards governing government-backed 
insured mortgages:

  • the maximum amortization period was reduced from 30 years to 25 years;
  • the maximum amount Canadians can withdraw in refinancing their mortgages was lowered to 80 per cent from 
    85 per cent of the value of their homes;
  • the maximum gross debt service ratio was fixed at 39 per cent and the maximum total debt service ratio 
    at 44 per cent; and
  •  the availability of government-backed insured mortgages was limited to homes with a purchase price of less 
    than $1 million.

Today’s announcement confirms Canadians will continue to be able to purchase a home with five percent down. 

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I have listed a new property at 119 1110 5 AVE NW in CALGARY.
OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY JUNE 16, 1-3PM. Enjoy the energy and excitement of Kensington right from your door step. The building is located on Riley Park and is just steps from SAIT and all of the great amenities and shops the Kensington area has to offer including the Sunnyside LRT Station. New updates include flooring, baseboards and paint throughout. A very open floor plan that includes a living room with gas fireplace, dining room, kitchen with generous breakfast bar, a laundry room(includes a set of newer high efficient front load washer and dryer) and an in suite storage room with shelving included. The 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms are ideal for shared living and are separated by the living area. The master includes a large closet and a 4 piece ensuite. Complete with one titled underground parking stall and a sunny south facing, fenced spacious patio which includes a natural gas BBQ hook up. Call today and do not miss out on this fantastic inner-city condo.
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Our clients often wonder what are the smart things to do to their home to keep them up to date and hold or increase their value. I found this article put out by First National Financial LP that has some great pointers.

 

Whether you’re renovating to make your home more comfortable, or you plan to sell it and are looking to get the money back, keep in mind that you don’t want to over-renovate for your area. If you overspend and over-renovate for your area, it will be unlikely that you will see the return that you’re expecting. Plan your renovation and select materials that are going to fit with the neighbourhood. If comparable properties don’t have granite, hardwood floors or high-end carpet, then consider not using them in your renovation.

It’s a good idea to speak with your real estate agent about what buyers are looking for, and what features will add the most value.

1. Modernize kitchens and bathrooms

Kitchen and bathrooms renos are a smart choice as both of these areas are extremely important to most buyers. Look to make the kitchen bright, spacious and modern. Modern doesn’t mean trendy – you want updates that are going to last for years and stand the test of time. Paint or stain your old cabinets and add new door hardware if you can’t afford to change out all the cupboards.

Bathrooms with neutral tones and bold fixtures are a good choice. Remove cabinets and put in pedestals if you need to make a room look larger. Upgrade to better quality plumbing fixtures to create added appeal.

2. Perk it up with paint

Painting is a fast and affordable way to freshen up your home. The key is to pick neutral tones and do a good job. Paint your interior as well as your exterior for a new and updated look.

3. Lay down new flooring

Attractive floors add value. Consider upgrading your flooring to hardwood wherever you can. If you already have hardwood floors, refinish them if they’re looking scuffed and tired. Ceramic tiles are best in bathrooms and the kitchen. Consider staying with a neutral inexpensive tile for the main areas, and then use only a small number of accent tiles for a pop of colour. If budget is a concern, take a look at some of the new laminate flooring that is now available. It’s durable and looks great!

4. Turn to new light fixtures and door hardware

Updating new light fixtures in the right places, such as the kitchen and dining room, will brighten up the space and enhance the ambience. Consider replacing your front and back door as well. It’s amazing how much difference it can make to the overall look of your home.

5. Spruce up your deck and landscaping

Make sure your outdoor BBQ and entertaining area is inviting by power washing your deck and painting or restaining if needed. Add to the curb appeal of your house by repairing fences and leveling any patio stones and steps that may have shifted over the winter. Keep shrubs and trees looking neat and healthy by trimming them properly. Stay on top of the weeding in your lawn and garden so the weeds don’t win out!

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