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Red Flags for Home Sellers: Stay Away from Problem BuyersSelling a home can be stressful, especially if the buyer is unprepared or has unrealistic expectations. Fortunately, you can often identify these buyers from a distance, if you know the signs. If you're a homeowner who will soon be selling your home, watch out for these buyer red flags.

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

Extra Contingencies

Contingencies are statements written into the home purchase contract that allow the buyer to cancel under certain circumstances. Some contingencies commonly appear in most home purchase contracts. The financing contingency allows the home buyer to cancel if their loan doesn't fund. This is a very

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Home Landscaping Information for New HomeownersIn the first year of homeownership, many homeowners are too busy unpacking and making home improvements to focus much on upgrading their home's landscaping. If you're a new Northeast Calgary homeowner who would like to keep your new home looking nice but you don't have much time for making major landscaping changes, these tips can help.

Don't Be Afraid to Prune (or Remove!)

Old shrubs can start to look scraggly or overgrown with time. Pruning shrubs rejuvinates them. Once the leaves grow back, they look almost new. Most plants need to be pruned in spring or fall. Homeowners who aren't sure when to prune their shrubs can check with a local nursery to find out when is the best time.

Plant Annuals for Low Maintenance Beauty

Annual plants

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4 Must-Include Items In Every OfferWhen a home buyer has finally found a home that they love and want to buy it, it comes time to make an offer. But what many buyers don’t realize is that there’s more to making an offer than just naming a price. Offering on a home requires extra pieces that all work in tandem to convince the homeowner to accept it. Here is what all home buyers need to include in their offers to make them the best they can be.

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

1. The Offered Price, Down Payment, and Earnest Money

The most important part of an offer is of course going to be the price that the buyer wants to pay. Whether it’s $50,000

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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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