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.
September 16, 2014
Embracing electronic signatures in Calgary real estate
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.
September 16, 2014
Open House Saturday Sept 20 at 42 Hawkdale Circle NW
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.
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September 12, 2014
Just Listed - 1001 8 Ave NE Calgary
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.
September 9, 2014
Calgary Real Estate Update - Sept 9 2014
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.
September 9, 2014
Calgary Secondary Suites - Is a big change coming?
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.
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.
September 4, 2014
Just Listed - 61 10940 Bonaventure Drive SE Calgary
First time on the market.
Renovated 3 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath fully finished townhouse backing directly to the Willow Park Golf Course. This unit is walking distance to the Anderson LRT station. The main level provides a spacious renovated kitchen with eating nook which looks out the front bay window. Beyond is a dining area open to the living room and beautiful views to the private back patio which looks out directly to the lush green golf course and mature trees. The main floor also provides a powder room. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms including a master with 4 piece ensuite and walk in closet as well as a main full bathroom. Tile, flooring and lighting have been upgraded throughout as well as extra touches such as exposed beams and California knock down ceilings. The basement is fully finished with a spacious rec room and bar area, full bathroom, laundry and ample storage. Excellent location close to Southcentre mall and many shops and amenities. Double carport with tandem parking in front of the unit. Enjoy the complex pool!
September 3, 2014
Just Listed - 158 Mt Douglas Pt SE
Steps from the Bow River Pathway and close to amenities, transit, schools and parks including Fish Creek Park, this fully finished home is a must see. Excellent school and daycare options in the area. With a fully finished basement, 4 total bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, main floor den, separate dining and a well landscaped yard with two tier deck this home has a great layout. On the main level you will enter to a front living room and dining area. Beyond is the open family room, eating nook and large kitchen with spacious island and ample cabinets. The main floor also provides a den/office and powder room. Upstairs are three large bedrooms including master with tile 4 piece bathroom as well as a laundry room with Miele washer/dryer. The basement provides a 4th bedroom, full bath, hobby room (no window) and huge rec area including a bar area. The current owners have upgraded many items inside the home such as new paint, lighting, dishwasher,roof, garage openers and other touches. New high efficiency furnace 2013.