Calgary Real Estate Blog

iphone app calgary search mlsLooking for a new home? Use our BRAND NEW app to easily search Calgary homes for sale on the Calgary Real Estate Board MLS® System.

Our custom app allows you to quickly find the nearest listings with the "InstaView" feature - but you're also able to search via neighbourhoods, address, MLS® # and more specific criteria.

Use the app to quickly ask questions or request a showing for that "Just Listed" house or condo that just came up on the MLS®.

Download our app now! It's available on iOS (iPhone and iPad) or Android!

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RE/MAX brand refresh new logo 2017To make the strongest brand in real estate even stronger, the RE/MAX network today released its refreshed branding with all new logos, fonts and marketing.

Shirley and Jeff Mikolajow have been with RE/MAX for over 20 years and are proud to see this proactive and strategic change and look forward to the creative ways it will be used - while still maintaining the familiarity by clients. "RE/MAX has the #1 brand in real estate and enjoys industry-leading metrics in awareness, familiarity, consideration and likeliness of being recommended."

The RE/MAX balloon, first introduced in 1978, has undergone a few changes over the years and this evolution stays true to its roots and values. The colours and themes will have better continuity between physical

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Hot off the press!

RE/MAX's Spring Market Trends Report finds that "Slowly recovering oil prices, low interest rates, and US approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project have renewed buyer optimism in Alberta."

In Calgary, "optimistic move-up buyers are driving demand for detached, single-family homes" and the condo market remains flat due to "considerable inventory".

If you'd like more information about a Calgary neighbourhood, please let us know! We're happy to provide personal insight and market statistic!

For more detailed info about the Calgary real estate market, see the full RE/MAX 2017 Spring Market Trends Report.

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CRA Canadian Tax TimeStarting with the 2016 tax year (generally due April 2017), Canadians must now report sales of primary residences to the Canadian Revenue Agency when filing their taxes. While reporting the sale of a primary residence is now required, profit made is still likely exempt from being taxed. Penalties for not reporting the sale can be as high as $8,000.

More information can be found at the Canada Revenue Agency - Reporting the sale of your principal residence for individuals (other than trusts).

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Wow!

In Texas, this family bought an Aqua Dam for $8,300 and saved their property from massive flooding - which certainly would have destroyed his house otherwise.

The possibilities for Aqua Dam appear endless. Insurance companies could have these on standby for their clients in high-risk areas.

From the manufacturer of Aqua Dam:

Aqua Dam uses available flood waters to create an impermeable barrier to protect against flooding. Aqua Dam tubes are 10 times faster to install than sandbags dikes and take far fewer people. This allows emergency response officials to concentrate volunteers on high visibility areas while using Aqua Dams to protect large areas from flooding. Aqua Dams are typically 25% cheaper than the cost of a similar sandbag dike.

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A while back, we answered some basic questions about Real Property Reports in Calgary (and updated again in 2014). Because of seemingly constant price hikes for services from the City of Calgary, we've had to again update our information.

No one is ever happy with the cost of a Real Property Report and the compliance stamp from the City of Calgary; but the fact remains - an updated real property report with compliance is as important as ever to facilitate a successful real estate transaction in Calgary.

What is a RPR Real Property Report?

In Calgary, a real property report with City of Calgary compliance is an important document that is generally required to be supplied by the seller of a house or bare land condo before title transfer (and

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Proud to be one of the 276 RE/MAX agents in Western Canada to have officially been awarded the RE/MAX Hall of Fame in 2014!

Thanks again to all of our family, friends and clients for their continued support!!

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Google Security CheckupToday (February 10), Google is offering a 2 gigabyte free & permanent increase of your Google Drive storage plan for completing a simple Security Checkup.

  • Ensures your account recovery information is current
    If we detect suspicious activity in your account, we use your recovery info to get in touch and make sure no one but you gains access.
  • Lets you review recent sign-in activity
    Reviewing this lets you validate the sign-ins are coming from you and not someone who shouldn't be using your credentials.
  • Confirms the apps and devices that access some account information
    This step lets you monitor this list and remove apps and devices that don't need access to your account any more.

Google users should do a Security Checkup now!

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Improving inventories help ease price growth pressure

Calgary’s residential resale housing market posted relatively strong November activity reaching 1,782 units, a three per cent increase over the previous year, and nearly 13 per cent above long term averages.

“Relative to other major centres, economic growth in Calgary remains one of the strongest in the country,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “Employment opportunities and relatively higher wages have encouraged people to move here, supporting the demand growth in our housing sector.”

Meanwhile, new listings growth continues to outpace the gains in sales, supporting a 22 per cent year-over-year rise in November inventories to 3,849 units. While inventories have recorded

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