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February 2019

Found 10 blog entries for February 2019.

Why Customer Service in Real Estate Is So ImportantThere is no such thing as perfection when it comes to customer service in real estate. Some agents may have mastered their skills more than others, but it's always going to be a never-ending quest to get right. Yet those agents that take the time to learn from their mistakes are usually the same ones who end up with a very long and fruitful career.

Committing to Your Craft

It's easy to be pleasant when there's only one fire to put out every few months. But in customer service, agents and those dealing with the public need to be ready to handle crisis after crisis without losing their cool. Those who find themselves starting to crumble after their first major issue may find it hard to handle the next one. Decisions like whether to buy a home

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Chinese Investment in CanadaAlthough for the past several years foreign investment has fueled the real estate market and driven prices to new heights in select Canadian cities, those days may be ending. The frenzied buying habits of wealthy investors has been a mixed blessing for many cities, notably West Coast markets above and below the Canada/US border. Asian investment in cities including New York, Boston, Houston and Miami, is also well documented, but has not led to the unparalleled price increases experienced in Vancouver, B.C.

Escalating prices, properties left empty and untended by foreign owners, and an influx of non-resident owners has changed the face of real estate in some of those West Coast cities, including Seattle and San Francisco, and in other Canadian

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Installing New Windows: What You Need to KnowWindow installation is a major home improvement project. Doing it right can improve your home's efficiency for years to come. If you're a homeowner who is thinking about installing new windows in your home, here's what you need to know.

Why Install New Windows

Often, homeowners install new windows to improve energy efficiency and boost the value of their home. Some homeowners install windows to make their home easier to sell. Other benefits of new windows include:

  • Improved appearance.
  • Improved comfort in the home.
  • Ease of use.

Windows last for decades, but most windows need to be replaced once they're about 30 years old. Homeowners often decide to install new windows when their old windows are nearing the end of their

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The Risk of Using Cameras During the Home Selling ProcessRecording devices designed to provide security for a homeowner are commonplace today. Whether they're used to make sure the nanny is giving adequate care to children or to ensure the security of the perimeter of the home, home sellers could also be recording every transaction that occurs when a buyer is touring the home. While it's natural for homeowners to want to know what a potential home buyer really thinks about their Northeast Calgary home, the information they glean from these recordings could also be used to their advantages during negotiations. 

Innocent Banter Could Contain Valuable Information

It's normal for home buyers to talk among themselves regarding the features they find attractive as well as those that are questionable.

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Your Guide to Understanding EscrowThe escrow period usually refers to the time between a seller accepting an official offer to buy a home to the time the house key transfers hands. Deposits will be held by either the real estate brokerage or the lawyer handling the sale. The seller will receive the money when all previously agreed upon obligations have been met. Some escrows are smooth sailing, but most have at least a few obstacles along the way. Use this guide to understand the rules, set expectations, and think a few steps ahead.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Stay in Touch

There will be a lot of people involved during a home's escrow period, which means buyers may

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The Best Places to Go For Mountain View Golf in CalgaryGolf is one of the most popular sports in Canada, and Calgary offers the ultimate golfing destination because it houses some of the best courses. Calgary is equipped with a wide range of golf courses to choose from and great views to enjoy while teeing off. Here are some of the best golf course you should definitely consider playing in Calgary.

The Links of GlenEagles Golf Course

Situated in a beautiful and serene area just next to the Rockies, the Links of GlenEagles Golf Course offers a memorable golfing experience with 18 holes to enjoy. Each fairway boasts captivating views and are delightful to play through. The design is simply superb, and each green is playable yet challenging enough to stimulate serious competition.

The beautiful

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How to Sell Land with Less HeadachesIt can be difficult to sell unimproved land. There are generally fewer deductions that apply after a sale and it requires some measure of creativity to help prospective buyers envision the possibilities of a parcel of land. However, there are many who are interested in buying undeveloped land, much like buying a home. This audience may include those looking to live an off-grid lifestyle, others that want to use the land for recreational purposes or hunting, or that may want to use tracts for agriculture or other types of development. What should individuals know about selling land in Canada?

Offer a Crystal Clear Description

The land should be surveyed and provide the exact acreage and boundary locations. Access points would be worth noting

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5 Important Considerations Before Renting Out a Home in CanadaSome Canadian homeowners may be thinking about renting out a property for additional income or to ensure it appears occupied. This may be worth considering for individuals with multiple residences or vacation homes that are underutilized. However, the path to becoming a landlord may not be without its share of challenges. It may be useful to discuss this option with a financial planner to see if renting is feasible based on one's specific situation and any applicable housing laws of the area.

Explore a few important considerations before renting out a home today.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Are the Responsibilities of a

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Understanding the Debt-to-Income RatioApplying for a mortgage can be a big step for anyone, and while it’s very exciting, it can also be a little stressful. Many individuals spend a lot of effort making sure their credit score is good enough and that they are caught up on all of their bills, but there is another part of the approval process for a home loan that many don’t know about.

Referred to as the debt-to-income ratio, lenders look at how much debt someone has and compare it to their income and what their potential mortgage payment would look like. It’s an important figure to consider and can sometimes make the difference between getting the house of your dreams or not.

What Exactly Is DTI?

When lenders calculate your debt-to-income ratio, or DTI, they take a lot of

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Calgary Community Association CleanupCalgary is comprised of more than 200 amazing neighbourhoods.  If you’re purchasing a new Calgary home, familiarize yourself with your neighbourhood and learn how to get involved with your local community association.

A Personal Touch

While the city as a whole is operated by the municipal government with the Mayor and Councillors, each neighbourhood has a community association run by a volunteer directors and members.  It’s the purpose of each association to keep the community connected, to offer social programs and events and recreation.  Most associations, which are separate from home owners’ or residents’ associations, have a meeting hall and are responsible for operating the neighbourhood outdoor skating rinks.  The tireless volunteers

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