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We are a professional real estate team with Remax First and we bring you this real estate industry blog focusing on realty issues, tips and advice for the Calgary & Okotoks region in Alberta, Canada.
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The government of Canada and local governments are doing a lot to effect change in Canadians to help our environment by installing several green / eco-friendly initiatives. These programs can put $$$ back into our pockets after investing in eco-friendly home upgrades, eco-energy programs, eco-tra...
03/28/2011
Thinking of building your dream home? Or investing in a major renovation? You have several important decisions ahead of you: where you're going to build it, what type of home you want, the square footage you want, and many more. Perhaps the most critical choice you'll make is the contractor. Choo...
03/25/2011
Planting a Tree? Here's How to Do it Right Everybody loves trees. And why not? Mature trees in your yard add value to your home; by some estimates, as much as 10 percent. They can also save you money by reducing heating bills in the winter and cooling costs in the summer.In addition to that, they...
03/23/2011
So you've decided it's time to become a homeowner...Great decision! You'll be making an investment in your future - and building equity in a place all your own - instead of enriching your landlord.One of the most important decisions you'll make as you proceed in the homebuying process is the type...
03/16/2011
RE/MAX and the Western Hockey League have teamed up to bring fans an opportunity to win $17,500 in home improvement packages AND tickets to future WHL home games. Enter to win the grand prize of $10,000 in home improvement cash & goods at: http://www.whlremaxhometeam.ca/; contest rules and regula...
03/11/2011
A skilled, knowledgeable, experienced real estate agent or real estate team is one of the best assets a real estate investor can have.Whether you're diving into the real estate investment pool for the first time, or you're an experienced investor, a trained real estate agent can perform many func...
03/08/2011
To Handle Lowball Offer, Minimize Emotion It's a common scenario in today's real estate market: Sellers have their eyes on getting a certain amount for their home. Buyers make a lowball offer that insults and offends the sellers and they refuse to even consider it. No sale. How do you, as a selle...
03/07/2011
Now is the best time to purchase a home! Interest rates are at a historic low, and housing prices in many markets have adjusted to levels that have not been seen in years. But before you start your property search or drive around neighborhoods looking at every house with a "For Sale" sign in the ...
03/04/2011
7 Questions You Can Ask to Get Real FEEDBACK 1. What Is Your Overall Impression of The Home? Buyers will tell you the truth but "pepper" it with compliments they think you want to hear so as no to offend anyone. They might use "weak" adjectives such as "It's nice" or "I liked it" - You must probe...
03/02/2011
Tighter inventory levels helped to make the last decade one of the healthiest periods on record for Canadian real estate, insulating markets in major centres from the peaks and valleys characteristic of past decades, according to a report released today by RE/MAX. The across the country from Janu...
02/09/2011
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