Congratulations to two families this week who found the perfect home, one in Tuscany and the other in Panorama. With possession day approaching soon it is time to start packing. 
 
The key to both purchases were homes that were well maintained, well staged/presented and exceptionally clean. Today buyers have a lot of choice and the homes that displayed signs of cleanliness, attention to detail and maintenance are the ones that won the final deliberation.
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This great house is now sold at an exceptional value to a new family.
 
With this sale I have now sold all of my current listings. Great news for my clients!  If you are looking to sell a home and need some guidance give me a call.
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One of the most effective ways to sell a home is to stage it effectively. The term staging means things to different people. I like to describe it as presenting your home as an invitation to a buyer to feel at home. You want buyers to feel "Wow, I want to live here".
 
Aside from the art of staging, furniture placement, paint colors, accessories, art and decor, it is also important to consider the subtle cues buyers feel when they walk through your home.
 
Smell: The smell of fresh clean home is essential. A lack of smell is something that feels neutral. You feel comfortable and continue without hesitation. Scents, even those from candles or fresheners can turn off buyers. Cooking odours, pet odours, perfumes, tobacco or mildew are all turnoffs.
 
Touch: Most folks will touch the railing or table near the front door as they take off their shoes, run their hands on the stair rail, touch a kitchen counter and open doorknobs. Ensure these surfaces are free of dusts, oils or debris.
 
Sight: The first thing about showing a home is being able to see it. Turn on all the lights when preparing for a showing. If you have put effort into picking perfect bedspreads, rearranged furniture, cleaned the floors and put out your best decorations, you want folks to see it all and feel invited as the walk through the room rather than to spend time looking for light switches or missing features alltogether because they walked past a dark corner.
 
Taste: People can taste dust. They can. In an unkept home buyers spend less time looking, poke their heads into rooms rather than walking through and often go on to the next house because they felt uncomfortable.
 
Sound: What do you hear when you walk into your home? Is there a rattle coming from the basement, a loud hum from an appliance, a barking dog? Did you leave on the radio to welcome buyers? Did you leave it on so loud they left the living room cause they couldn't talk? Silence is golden. Soft appropriate music can work too, but please leave some way to turn it off if a buyer maybe doesn't appreciate checking out your home to the golden oldies.
 
A buyer just walked through your home. Did they feel at ease? Were they distracted? Check out the 5 senses to see if they felt welcome.
 
For more information on preparing your home for sale, do not hesitate to contact me and ask me for my Seller's Guide.
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One of my clients just completed the purchase of a great home in Royal Oak.  Congratulations!!!
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This amazing unit sold quickly in under a week and for a great price. Congratulations to the new owners.
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For more information on the community of Tuscany visit my new Tuscany Community Page. With link to information about the community, transit, schools, builders and past issues of the Tuscany Sun, it is a great resource page for folks looking to learn more about this vibrant community.
 
 
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The April CREB statistics package has been published and are now available on the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) website. I also run a number of other numbers and statistics for clients to find out what is happening in a given area or price point.  Should you wish to be updated on specific data just let me know.
 
On a whole, the market remains balanced, though there is variation between areas of the city, type of property and price point. 

There is also a marked difference between properties within the City of Calgary and those in Rocky View County and MD of Foothills. So there isn't a standard answer right now for "How is the market?". It depends on whether you are looking to buy or sell, price and area of the city.
 
Should you have questions about the real estate market, don't hesitate to contact me.
 
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