An exciting opportunity to own a renovated top floor 1 bedroom unit with panoramic views. The open concept layout makes great use of space including a large kitchen with granite counters and island, maple cabinets, black appliances and cork flooring. The wall to wall living room windows open to a spectacular view outside and lead to a private 120+ sq ft rooftop deck. A cozy bedroom is across from the full bath complete with tile tub surround. Move-in ready condition with newly installed carpet this unit is sure to please. Other amenities include in-suite laundry, underground parking, separate secure storage, indoor complex pool and hot tub, party room, exercise room and tennis courts. Recently rented for $1300-$1400 per month but now vacant for immediate occupancy or investment. Book your private showing today.

 

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NW Calgary, especially along the LRT path, is a very popular and vibrant area of Calgary. From the inner city all the way to the newer communities in the NW, various apartment, townhouse, heritage home, infill, single family and estate home options exist.

 

The challenge comes in when folks look for new construction options as new construction is on hold in a number of communities. In 2013 the City of Calgary determined that the West Memorial Sanitary Trunk was at capacity and instituted new criteria for development until the Sanitary Trunk upgrade is completed in 2017.


So that means no new subdivisions, building permits or development permits other than regular basement developments, deck, et. Home owners looking to replace a single family dwelling with two single family dwellings, semi-attached dwelling (two units), one duplex (two units) are also not impacted.


View Map of of affected area.

Fully impacted communities include: Arbour Lake, Bowness, Canada Olympic Park, Crestmont, Greenwood/Greenbriar, Hawkwood, Ranchlands, Rocky Ridge, Royal Oak, Royal Vista, Scenic Acres, Silver Springs, Tuscany, Westview ASP Area, West Regional Context Study North Cell , Valley Ridge
Partially impacted:
Calgary West, Citadel , Dalhousie, Edgemont , Hamptons, North Regional Context Study (North RCS) Future Cell A, North Regional Context Study (North RCS) Future Cell B, Varsity

 

So with such a large area on hold it is no wonder that projects with open permits have completed and there is little left other than moving east to Nolan Hill, Sage Hill and Evanston which are currently growing quickly with many new construction options. As well, Watermark just west of Calgary also offers new luxury home options. There are a lot of new projects in planning waiting to move forward so it will be curious to see how they all roll out. 

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The annual registration for the upcoming school year opens on Monday Jan 12 for the CBE.  Due to the high volume of students in some areas it is important to review registration deadlines for Kindergarten registration and lottery.

 

To find your school new functionality on the CBE website makes it much easier.  Use the 'Find a School' feature to select by area or program. If you select the school name in the results list it will give you an indication of enrollment and any overflow designation notices.

 

If you are looking for information regarding the many schools under construction, details including initial site maps and information are found on the School Projects list.

 

Information is also available regarding registration with the Calgary Catholic School Board.  If you were hoping to register with local charter schools please do contact them individually as many have very extensive waiting lists.

 

As school information is so fluid, this information overrides all previously provided school information.

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The deep freeze has set in. At least for this week. We have had a somewhat unusual December with very few open business days due to the way the calendar was set this year over the holidays. The real estate market did take a bit of a lull. The typical pattern will begin to thaw with the weather as folks once again focus on making a move.

 
Overall annual sales activity increased by 9.3 per cent over last year. The market remains strong but re-sale inventory is starting to pick up. Interestingly a few builder reps have told me that they are raising prices in January so the new construction market doesn't seem to be slowing down too much. There isn't a lot of available land so new home sales options remain somewhat limited especially in some areas/price points. The price of oil is on everyone's mind and should be. The impact to Alberta and our city is up for debate. We have seen a more moderate market with pricing increases remaining stable the last while instead of the rather rapid price increases of most of 2014.  This is the time to do your homework as at the end of the day we may see pricing increases in some property types/areas and reductions in others.

City tax assessements are also on their way to your mailbox and total values have hit an all time record. Remember these assessments are based on area/home type calculations so are not necessarily a representation of the market value of your home.
 
At the same time, 2015 is going to be the start of the mega projects in our city. Many large developments are underway which will change the landscape. 
 
I don't have any crystal ball predictions for you. I do have sound knowledge regarding our market, your options and some ideas on how to get you from A to B. Give me a call if you need a real estate consult. I'm happy to help.
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Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and the very best in 2015.  We are incredibly fortunate to live in an amazing country and the great city of Calgary. May you have the opportunity to spend time with family and friends and to enjoy a moment for being the moment and to appreciate all that we have and all that we love.

 

And may we all say Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah and honour the traditions and special moments of all our lives regardless of the angel, God or entity we cherish.

 

Always,

Monika

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Bright and welcoming top floor 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit at the Pavillions in Rocky Ridge. 10' ceilings, large windows and a gorgeous city view enhance the appeal of this penthouse unit with a vaulted living room. A warm entry welcomes you with storage and laundry on the right. Ahead is the spacious living room with gas fireplace and wall of windows to bring in ample natural light. Open to the living room the kitchen with lots of storage and wrap around counter isn't visible from the front door. The master bedroom with 3 piece ensuite with standing shower and large walk in closet is to the left of the living room and a second bedroom and 4 piece full bath are to the right. Complex and area amenities provides access to secure bike storage, underground parking, exercise room, games room, theatre, salon, tennis courts and more. Amazing location within walking distance to the Rocky Ridge/Tuscany LRT station. The unit includes a titled parking still with enclosed storage at the front of the stall. Accessible building with ramp access option at entry so no stairs are required and 2 elevators to ensure availability.

 

Full property details for 411 - 345 Rocky Vista Park NW Calgary

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Seems a lot of folks have been dusting off their crystal ball this week. As the end of the year draws near it is natural to reflect on the past 12 months and start looking ahead. There are a variety of opinions and the economists have mixed forecasts on what 2015 will bring us. What is typically a time of year when media sensationalize the good and bad to come the reports have been less than melodramatic. Maybe just a slow news week?

 

There is definitely some turbulence around the price of oil and in a resource based City such as Calgary that always generates talk around the water cooler. There are those that speculate about real estate market fluctuations across the country but national trends do not reflect the dynamics of any one local area. The regional reports and predictions I have seen from the majority tend to lean towards a balanced market predicted for 2015 with more inventory and more modest price growth for Calgary.

 

If that indeed is what 2015 will bring, then I personally view that as a good thing. We have seen substantial price increases in the Calgary real estate market this year and a strong sellers market. That can be tough for those entering the market, moving between properties and just generally increases the stress of buying or selling a property.

 

Generic statements about "the market" means very little to me and I don't read a lot into them. I also look at local conditions, local sales patterns, property types and many other specific details when reviewing property sales so if you want a realistic opinion of value just give me a call. I'm always happy to help.

 

I often don't just sell homes. I help people move. We figure out value, affordability, wants and needs and then set out a plan to make it happen.

 

Wishing you and your family all the very best this Christmas season and throughout the new year. To those awesome folks have trusted me to assist them with a sale or purchase and to those that have referred me to family and friends, THANK YOU!

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Exceptionally clean and well maintained end unit townhouse backing directly to the Willow Park Golf Course and walking distance to the Anderson LRT station, Southcentre and local shops. The main level provides a spacious kitchen, powder room, dining area open to the living room, large living room with corner fireplace and beautiful views to the private back patio which looks out directly to the golf course and mature trees. Hardwood floors flow throughout the main and upper levels. The upper level has been converted from 3 bedrooms to a master bedroom and second large bedroom or den as it is used currently. The renovated main bathroom completes the upper level. The basement is also renovated to provide a large rec area and full bath with standing shower as well as laundry and large storage area. The new furnace was installed in 2012 and most windows were replaced 2011-2012. Double carport with tandem parking in front of the unit. Complex outdoor pool is just a few units down.

 

View all photos and property details for 60 10940 Bonaventure Drive SE

 

 

 

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Walking into this beautifully updated, maintained and spacious home you will find a great modern layout. With vaulted ceilings above the large kitchen, breakfast nook and family room, this bright and warm space is the heart of the home. Large windows open out to the large back yard and deck with greenspace and pathways beyond. The dining room is just off the kitchen and the front sitting room/office looks out the large bay window. A powder room and updated laundry with extra fridge and cabinetry are on the main level.  Upstairs you will find a large master bedroom with ensuite and walk in closet. Two additional bedrooms and full bath complete the level. The basement is fully finished with a large rec room, guest bedroom, full bath and ample storage. Windows have been replaced (Vinyl: dual pane, low E), new roof, new high efficiency Trane furnace/AC and home air filtration system, new fireplace with stone surround and more. The backyard with composite deck, interlock stone and adorable shed are a must see.

 

Full property details, photos and pricing for 239 Hidden Valley Place NW Calgary.

 

 

 

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The snow is about to fly so the real estate market will slow down a bit, but that's to be expected and follows seasonal trends. Our real estate market has been very strong this year with record gains. The pressure is easing somewhat as more inventory has come to market. As a result increases are slowing but it isn't expected for pricing increases to reverse. Inventory should now begin to reduce as we enter winter months. Don't forget that folks are still moving to Calgary so if there are less listings the pressure isn't going to ease too much.

 

Our rental market is still nutty. I talk to folks all the time who are paying high rents and deciding if they should instead put those funds into home ownership. Even if there is a market adjustment (which is the main fear most folks have) it just can't compare to the funds paid to landlords.

 

Rent for a 2 bedroom apartment: $1700 per month = $20,400 per year or $102,000 over 5 years.
Typical suburban home: $2400 per month = $28,800 per year or $144,000 over 5 years.

 

On that note, investors and landlords are a large part of the buyer segment in some markets. Those are big income numbers and it is easy to find tenants for condos or holding properties for future development. Throughout the inner city homeowners are up against developers looking at properties on land with good development potential.

 

Below is a heat map of inventory for the city for folks who like numbers and stats. There is a whole lot of red out there meaning inventory is low. This isn't 'great deal' time. It is a somewhat balanced market in a popular and vibrant city that is growing to accommodate thousands of new citizens every year. Happy shopping.

 

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Stop by for a visit to view this beautiful bungalow at 2022 5 St NE on Saturday, Nov 8 between 2-4 pm.

 

Property Details and Photos for 2022 5 St NE in Winston Heights / Mountainview.

 

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As soon as you walk up to the front garden, patio, pond and waterfall you can tell this beautiful renovated character home is a must see. The main floor has been opened up to allow for open flow between the front living room with huge picture window, dining area and kitchen bringing in a flood of natural light. Hardwood floors flow throughout with travertine tile in the bathroom.  Two bedrooms with good storage, a fully renovated bath with heated floors and new laundry complete the upper level. With closets, nooks and attention to detail throughout this well designed home is both inviting and warm. Downstairs is a fully finished suite with separate entrance and heat control, kitchen, huge living room, laundry, 2 more bedrooms and another full bath. The large lot is open with a back deck, a huge garden and ample room for a double garage. Surveillance system on site. Well located on a quiet street steps from parks, schools, amenities and green space. Book your private showing today. 

 

Property Details and Photos for 2022 5 St NE in Winston Heights / Mountainview.

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I have had an ongoing conversation with Jason Dodd of Verico Maximum Mortgages about changes to mortgage financing in the recent past. I've asked him to write a blog to update you on what to expect. It really is time to change our thinking about the process. This is especially for those folks newer to Canada, self employed or any buyer who wants to have the best options, not just those available at the last minute.

 

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From Jason:

 

While we have enjoyed a very competitive mortgage market and low interest rate environment over the last few years, a slow steady change has happened with mortgage qualification.  Lenders and insurers are under much more scrutiny to adjust qualification standards for all borrowers involved in a real estate transaction.

 

Only a short time ago we had 40 year amortizations, 100% financed mortgages with best rates, and a host of other options to ease qualification for borrowers.  Although I agree with a lot of the rule changes, in some cases it has tightened the mortgage rope around many buyers that qualification is being affected.

 

Clients whether new to the market or experienced in buying need to adjust to new parameters set out by both lenders and insurers.  The best way to do that is to shift your view from Pre Approval mode to Mortgage planning mode.  The difference is this, most clients we come across have a one page approval that says you are approved up to a certain dollar value with this interest rate.  Where we see this fail is when an offer goes live and suddenly clients are finding out they don’t qualify for a number of reasons.   Often this comes as a surprise to the buyer and the realtor showing them homes.

 

A properly planned mortgage strategy would help clients address their qualification up front and deal with any issues before an offer is being made.  Review of all relevant documents that are applicable to each individual applicant, as well as a review of the credit history to make sure it meets lender and insurer standards.  If there are any additional documents that need to be gathered we can also instruct clients to begin preparing them.  Most clients are surprised on the detail that is required to verify the down payment in a transaction as because of regulations in our industry you have to verify the source of funds used in a real estate transaction. 

 

Lastly clients often are not aware at the different terms, rates, privileges and general fine print that are offered by many lenders.  So clients feel rushed or pressured to take a certain term because they have had little time to prepare or think about different options.  Why not take the time to research this with a broker before an offer is made so you are versed in the debt you are about to take on.  There is a beginning, middle and end to a mortgage so be prepared for all stages of your financing.

 

- Courtesy of Jason Dodd of Verico Maximum Mortgages - www.jasondodd.ca

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Are increasing home prices in Calgary pushing folks out of single family homes and into townhouses and condos?

From the CREB update: "While conditions are now more balanced, the composition of the single-family market has changed," said Lurie. "One-quarter of year-to-date sales in the sector has been for product priced below $400,000. Last year, it represented 35 per cent of the market share. Two years ago, it accounted for 44 per cent of all single-family sales."

 

With that the condo market is seeing a larger increase than single family homes: "For the fifth consecutive month, year-over-year condominium apartment sales growth outpaced growth in the single-family sector. Year-to-date condominium apartment sales totaled 3,819, a 21 per cent increase over last year. This compares with a seven per cent increase to 13,842 units in the single-family market over the same time frame."

 

While some folks are extending themselves to purchase higher value property, many young families are working hard to stay within their means. Surprisingly it is the younger crowd that tells me they are approved to values much higher than their search maximum when buying a new home. They have families to raise, trips to plan and lots of life to live. The current rental market is encouraging many to look at ownership when they look at the numbers but with budgets in hand.

 

Rent for a 2 bedroom aparment: $1700 per month = $20,400 per year or $102,000 over 5 years.

Typical suburban home: $2400 per month = $28,800 per eyar or $144,000 over 5 years.

 

Population predictions are expecting Calgary's population to increase by another 500,000 people by 2042. We all have to live somewhere.

 

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More and more folks are looking to Calgary's west side when looking for a new home. Is it the new LRT, the easy access to all parts of the city, the amenities or the great home options?

You might be checking out the show homes further west, but don't forget to look in Signal Hill as there are some wonderful homes to consider that are at the heart of it all. 

 

View the Signal Hill Community Profile.

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Electronic signatures have been growing in popularity across various industries including real estate. In Alberta, electronic signatures are accepted as part of real estate transactions.

 
Using highly secure Docusign clients can sign a document using their smart phones, tablets, laptops or computers via their email.  No paper. No printers, scanners or faxes needed.
 
This has become an essential tool in my arsenal for a few reasons:
 
1. My clients can sign from anywhere/anytime.  They will not need to find a printer and then scanner or fax to sign a document. So yes, you can accept a purchase contract while on holiday in Mexico without having to send your personal documents via the hotel front desk. Or you can sign a document at work without having to print anything on the work printer or leave a job site. 
 
2. Documents are returned at high quality vs those that have been faxed a couple of times. Lawyers like legible contracts.
 
3. It is much faster than the conventional paper and driving. My clients saw a house they loved and drove home to think things through. In the meantime someone else wrote an offer on the house and we had 1 hour to get our own offer in. There was no time to drive there and back so I prepared the documents, we discussed by phone and my clients signed using electronic signatures. We got the offer in and we got the house.  
 
While I still sign most documents face to face, having electronic signatures as an option for my clients is another tool that improves the experience and helps you get things done.  We won't miss an important deadline because of a traffic jam.
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Stop by at 42 Hawkdale Circle NW this Saturday, Sept 20, between 2pm and 4pm to view this beautiful Hawkwood Home.

 

Original owners. This exceptionally well maintained home in Hawkwood is well designed to take advantage of the south facing backyard and ample light. The main floor includes a large kitchen wrapping around the centre island, eating nook, family room, dining room, living room and main floor office. Up the grand staircase 3 bedrooms including the master with 5 piece bath, additional full bath and laundry complete the level. The fully finished walkout basement offers a large rec room, 2 bedrooms, full bath and access to the amazing backyard. Landscaped with love over the years, this oasis is unlike most you will find. Enjoy the rooftop mountain view from the upper deck or the garden details from the lower patio. The stonework and mature plantings are gorgeous. Updates include replacement of all Poly B piping with new pex lines, over 34 window glazing panes replaced with double pane and a new roof. Air conditioned. This home close to amenities, schools and transit is move in ready.

 

View all property details for 42 Hawkdale Circle NW

 

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This exceptional home with south facing backyard/deck is just steps from the ridge in Renfrew and quick access to downtown. Well designed and constructed, this home feels very spacious. Beyond the front foyer is a large dining area open to the beautiful front bay window. Beyond is the wrap around kitchen with granite counters, hardwood floors, stainless appliances, under-counter lighting and elegant cabinetry. The kitchen bar opens to the bright living area with gas fireplace. Step out to the composite deck to enjoy an evening dinner. Upstairs the master bedroom is spacious with beautiful ensuite with standing shower and 2 sinks. Beautiful city views from the upper level. The laundry is also on the upper level. The second upper bedroom also has an ensuite. The fully finished basement offers a 3rd bedroom, full bath and huge rec room/family room. Spacious yard with lots of grass and double detached garage complete the back. Corner lot. Steps to transit. Book your showing today.

 

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Calgary's residential market continues to hold strong with high sales number. The condominium apartment and townhouse sectors saw the biggest gains, increasing by nearly 14 and 20 per cent, respectively. As pricing has moved up, those in the lower price points are moving to condo property vs single family as single family prices rise and less are available in the lower price points. It makes sense that townhomes are seeing a strong demand as many folks that would otherwise purchase single family homes are now looking at townhomes.

 

Pricing for single family homes remain at pricing similar to the previous month. Year over year pricing is still over 10% higher than this time last year.

 

Some major City announcements to watch include the ongoing discussion regarding secondary suties. The City of Calgary Council will be reviewing requirements and zoning for secondary suites this month. A big issue and currently a very political one as well.

 

As well, yesterday, Council approved the West Campus Development by the University of Calgary. This large new community still has many steps forward but very little contention on approval means they are well on their way. - Project Details for West Campus

 

If you wish detailed information regarding various market segments visit the CREB Statistics Info Page or give me a call at 403 850 2446.

 

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In the coming days and weeks, Council will be readdressing the issue of secondary suites in Calgary. A matter of great debate and has become quite politicized and is gaining momentum.  Student groups, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and even the Home Builders Association have put their support behind the easing of restrictions regarding secondary suites. Currently they are not permitted in R-1 (or variation) designated areas which accounts for most single family homes in the city and every individual application must be heard by the Council. 

 

The lack of housing due to our very low rental vacancy rate has pushed this issue forward. First folks were displaced due to the floods of 2013, then followed a surge of new residents to our city as well as a booming real estate market. Many tenants in current property are facing pricing increases and new tenants are having trouble finding housing. Students returning to colleges and universities have faced a tough couple of years. The lack of options have pushed many to move to properties with illegal suites which may not meet building and safety requirements.

 

Should City Council ease restrictions to allow suites in previously restricted areas, owners and investors need to understand that this only changes the bylaw requirements. Any legal suites still need to meet safety and building code requirements to be legal suites. City of Calgary information on secondary suites.

 

Calgary Secondary Suite Guide

 

Calgary Secondary Suite Alberta Building Code Requirements

 

The change in bylaw would basically allow an owner to make step 1 of the current process much easier. Details on the process on the City of Calgary website.

 

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