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10 Reasons to List Your Home This Month

Is selling your property the furthest thing from your mind? Well, here are some reasons for listing your property that you might not have considered.

1.    Your property may be worth more than you think. (It’s difficult to determine market value on your own. I can calculate it for you. Give me a call.)

2.    You might qualify for a better home than you anticipate.

3.    Perhaps you are tired of your current property and want a change.

4.    There may be homes on the market in a neighbourhood in which you’ve always wanted to live.

5.    Your current property may no longer meet your needs.

6.    Your neighbourhood may have changed in ways you don’t like.

7.    You might be ready to downsize or upsize and you no longer want to put that off.

8.    You may want to sell in the fall, so you can have a fresh start in a new home in the new year.

9.    Depending on the type of home you’re considering, you could end up with lower mortgage payments or no mortgage at all.

10. You might want to move to a home that’s more conveniently

located near work, family and hobbies.

Of course, you may have your own reasons for listing this month. Why not discuss them with a real estate expert? Me. I can answer your questions and explain the options available to you.

BBQ Safety Tips You Should Know

According to a recent study, the average homeowner pays more attention to kitchen stove safety than they do BBQ safety. But, the fact is, a BBQ mishap can be just as devastating. So, it pays to know the latest safety tips.

  • Keep BBQs at least 8 feet away from your house.
  • Check for venture tube blockages regularly. (Spiders are notorious for spinning webs in there.)
  • Clean the grill frequently to prevent flare ups. A grease fire on the grill can continue burning even after you’ve turned the BBQ off.
  • Don’t position your BBQ close to foliage, such as under a tree or next to shrubs.
  • Never BBQ in an enclosed area, such as a garage, even if the space is well ventilated.
  • Avoid leaving the grill unattended, especially when cooking greasy foods such as sausages, beef burgers or steaks.
  • Do not let children BBQ.

Finally, make sure your BBQ is turned completely off after use. It’s a good idea to double-check this when making the rounds and locking up your home for the night.

Experts say you should treat a BBQ as you would a camp fire — with care.

3 Reasons to Talk to a Realtor Today

You might naturally assume that it is most important to talk to a Realtor when you’re selling or buying a home. But there are many other circumstances in which it makes sense to give me a call. Here are a few examples.

1. When you’re at the “thinking about it” stage

If you’re just thinking about selling your home, and haven’t made a firm decision yet, you might feel uncomfortable calling a Realtor. Don’t be. In fact, I welcome your call. We can discuss what your current property will likely sell for on today’s market, and determine the type of home you qualify to buy. That way, you’ll have some clarity and be able to make a more informed decision.

2. If you’re nervous about the selling process

If you haven’t sold a home before, you might be concerned about what’s involved in the process. You might even worry that putting your home on the market is going to be a lot of work and create a lot of turbulence for you and your family.

Fortunately, selling your home doesn’t need to be scary. In fact, a big part of my job as a Realtor is to make the process as smooth and trouble-free as possible.

So if you have concerns about selling your home, you should give me a call.

3. If you have questions

You likely have questions about the local real estate scene from time to time. You might have questions like: “How much did that home around the corner sell for?”; “Is now a good time to make a move, or should I wait until the market changes?”; and, “How much is my current home worth?”
When you have questions like those, you don’t need to dig for answers on your own. You can give me a call. As an expert in the local market, I can give you the answers you need.

Testimonials

As a first time home buyer, I was really nervous when I first started looking at properties. Danny Greene was so incredibly helpful and patient throughout the entire process, and my experience buying my condo couldn’t have been better! Very knowledgeable about condos and what to expect when purchasing this type of property. I would recommend Danny to anyone looking for guidance with buying a property, and will definitely seek him out for my next purchase! – Breean Haslam

What Do Interior Designers Do?

If you want to transform a room into something that’s functional, beautiful and perfectly matched to your taste, then you might want to hire an interior designer.

It’s an interior designer’s job to come up with imaginative ideas that will wow you.

It’s a myth that interior designers just deal with paint colours, décor and furnishings. In fact, according to the Interior Designers Institute, these professionals have the training needed to handle all aspects of a renovation or remodeling project, including selecting and managing contractors. They can direct a project from beginning to end.

If you want to renovate your basement into a stunning home theatre and gathering place, an interior designer can:

  •  Draw out several concepts for you to choose from,
  • Purchase the best building materials,
  • Hire the contractors, and
  • Manage the project.

He or she can even pick out classic movie pictures for the walls!

There are many professional associations that have “Find an Interior Designer” links on their websites. In the U.S. check out the Professional Association for Interior Designers (www.asid.org). In Canada, it’s the Interior Designers of Canada (www.idcanada.org).

CREB Statistics

Mid-Year market update shows stability

CREB® forecasts a process of recovery for the remainder of 2017

The first-half of 2017 marked a shift in Alberta’s economy from recession to recovery, with conditions supporting stability rather than expansion.
“Economic challenges continue to exist, as high unemployment rates, weak migration levels and more stringent lending conditions are weighing on the housing market,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

“This will continue to cause some adjustments in the housing market for the remainder of this year. However, this is not expected to offset earlier gains supporting general stability in 2017.”

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This Simple Question Can Save You a Lot of Money

Imagine this scenario…

You purchase a new home and move in. A few weeks later, you hear a strange rumbling sound. It’s the furnace. It’s only a year old, yet it’s sputtering like it’s twenty. You realize you’ll have to call in an HVAC contractor to get it fixed.

You’re thinking, “Ouch! This is going to be expensive.”

Well, maybe not. You see, since that furnace is relatively new, it might be covered by its original warranty — even for you, the new owner.

But a warranty is useless if you don’t know it exists.

Recent studies suggest that upwards of 50% of people pay to get items fixed that were actually covered by a warranty. So, when purchasing a new home, be sure to ask this simple question: “What warranties do you have for items, materials or workmanship in this house?”

Warranties are common on new stoves, fridges, washers, dryers and other big ticket appliances. Some such warranties are transferrable, which means they are still in force when the items pass from one owner to another.

Even less expensive items, such as electronic thermostats and automatic garage door openers, may be covered by a transferrable manufacturer’s warranty.

If the home you’re purchasing is relatively new (say, less than 10 years old), the builder’s warranty may also still be in force. That can be handy if a structural problem arises.

Even recent renovations, may have come with a labour and/or installation warranty of some kind.

As you can see, warranties are everywhere! The more you’re aware of them, the more you’ll save when something needs repair or replacement.

Family Fun Day 2017

It’s that time of year again! RE/MAX Family Fun Day is around the corner, and I would like to person-ally invite you and your family to come join the fun in support of the Children’s Hospital.

When: Sunday, September 17th, 11-3pm
Where: Cardel Rec South (Southwest corner of the Shawnessy shopping centre)

Did I mention Iron Man will be there and a NEMO obstacle course!?
Come get your face painted, enjoy some bouncy fun and take a browse through our silent auction. Tickets can be purchased in advance, or at the doors.

You don’t want to miss it! Proceeds go to the Alberta Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network.

If you can RSVP to us before Sept 10th, we have some FREE All Inclusive Wrist Bands for your kids on a first response basis. Max 4 per family.
As always, you don’t have to be buying or selling to call me! Whether you’re interested in a current market snapshot for your home, or if you’d like more information on how you can join me in sup-porting this great event.

Cheers

 

Painting Techniques that Bring a Hallway to Life

Some people don’t give hallways much thought when painting and decorating. Instead, they focus on rooms.

The fact is, a great looking hallway can have the same, if not more, impact than the most eye-catching family room or bedroom, especially when you need to go through the hallway to get there!

Here are some painting tips that can bring a dull hallway to life:

  • Paint the hallway the reverse of the rooms around it. If the rooms are dark, use light colours in the hall. If the rooms feature simple colours, consider being more dramatic in your choice of hallway paint.
  • In a longer hallway, using two shades of the same colour on perpendicular walls can make space seem less tunnel-like. (The darker shade goes on the shorter walls.)
  • Darker colours can work well if the space is well-lit and there are few, if any, shadows cast.
  • If you decide to paint the halls white, select an off-white or eggshell white. Avoid stark white as it will reflect light in a way that’s unpleasant.

One more tip: Pictures can go a long way in making a hallway look inviting, regardless of the wall colour.

Good luck with the painting!