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New property listed in Rocky Ridge, Calgary

I have listed a new property at 117 Rocky Ridge COVE NW in Calgary. See details here

This inviting 4-bedroom home boasts 3.5 bathrooms and a convenient double attached garage, all complemented by a picturesque backdrop of a walking/bike path and oversized backyard. Step inside to discover a vaulted entrance leading to a spacious living room and dining area. The heart of the home awaits in the bright white kitchen, featuring elegant granite countertops, an island, corner pantry, including brand new fridge, dishwasher and microwave/hood-fan. The patio doors lead directly to the generous deck and pergola, perfect for soaking in the morning sunlight. Overlooking the kitchen is a cozy family room adorned with a gas fireplace, creating an ideal space for relaxation and entertaining. Convenience is key with a powder room located off the mudroom/laundry area. Upstairs, all three bedrooms boast charming window seats, and the bright primary bedroom is complete with 5-piece ensuite with his and hers double vanity. The lower level is fully finished and offers additional living space with a fourth bedroom, full bathroom, and an expansive open recreational area complete with a second gas fireplace. Recent updates include modern lighting, flooring and fresh paint. Enjoy the amenities of Rocky Ridge Ranch home owners association just a short stroll away, including tennis and basketball courts, a lake and splash park and community centre. Plus, with close proximity to the YMCA, schools, shopping, major transportation routes, and the LRT station, this home truly offers the best of both convenience and comfort.

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I have sold a property at 1402 Clover LINK in Carstairs

I have sold a property at 1402 Clover LINK in Carstairs on May 15, 2024. See details here

Here is a VERY affordable home in the growing community of Carstairs! An 1138 square foot 2 storey townhouse condo in the quiet community of Clover. This home is perfect for investors, first time buyers, or retirees. Two assigned parking stalls are right outside the entrance to the unit. The main front entrance is off the front covered porch.The very spacious kitchen includes 4 stainless steel appliances and plenty of cupboard space. The large island can seat 4 to dine and there is room for a dinning room table. The picture window in the living room provides light from the north and the door leads to a patio and green space. On the upper floor there are 2 bedrooms each with their own attached ensuites, one bedroom has a 3 piece bath with a walk-in shower and the other bedroom has a 4 piece bathroom with a tub/shower. The basement is unfinished with roughed in plumbing. Plenty of room to create your own special floor plan. The Clover Complex hosts a central courtyard and plenty of green space to enjoy and lots of visitor parking. There are plenty of walking paths in Carstairs and 2 of the major path routes are located across and beside the Clover complex! Pets including smaller dogs are allowed upon approval of the condo board Check out the Virtual Tour and the photos and call your favourite Realtor to view.

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New property listed in Carstairs, Carstairs

I have listed a new property at 1402 Clover LINK in Carstairs. See details here

Here is a VERY affordable home in the growing community of Carstairs! An 1138 square foot 2 storey townhouse condo in the quiet community of Clover. This home is perfect for investors, first time buyers, or retirees. Two assigned parking stalls are right outside the entrance to the unit. The main front entrance is off the front covered porch.The very spacious kitchen includes 4 stainless steel appliances and plenty of cupboard space. The large island can seat 4 to dine and there is room for a dinning room table. The picture window in the living room provides light from the north and the door leads to a patio and green space. On the upper floor there are 2 bedrooms each with their own attached ensuites, one bedroom has a 3 piece bath with a walk-in shower and the other bedroom has a 4 piece bathroom with a tub/shower. The basement is unfinished with roughed in plumbing. Plenty of room to create your own special floor plan. The Clover Complex hosts a central courtyard and plenty of green space to enjoy and lots of visitor parking. There are plenty of walking paths in Carstairs and 2 of the major path routes are located across and beside the Clover complex! Pets including smaller dogs are allowed upon approval of the condo board Check out the Virtual Tour and the photos and call your favourite Realtor to view.

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I have sold a property at 46 Baysprings WAY SW in Airdrie

I have sold a property at 46 Baysprings WAY SW in Airdrie on Mar 17, 2024. See details here

Welcome to this SPACIOUS 2 storey half duplex. This 2015 sq ft above grade family home with WALKOUT basement is larger than many detached homes. Entering the front door you will be in a large foyer with a window & coat closet. Leaving the foyer you will enter the very bright, OPEN CONCEPT living area. The large kitchen has a walk-in pantry, stainless steel appliances, QUARTZ counter tops & attractive tile backsplash. The ISLAND hosts the sink & Bosch dishwasher. There are sliding glass doors off the dining room to the east facing balcony where you can enjoy your morning coffee! The huge living room will nicely accommodate your furniture. The MAIN FLOOR LAUNDRY (washer & dryer included) is located in the mud room at the garage entrance. Upstairs, WOW, a beautiful big, bright bonus room with gas fireplace! The primary bedroom has an ensuite with 2 sinks in the vanity, a walk-in shower & a soaker tub! There are 2 more bedrooms, a 4 pce bath, & a large linen closet. The 774 sq ft walk-out basement exits to the patio & backyard. The VERY bright basement bedroom is ideal for a teenager, or guests. The 104 sq ft den is ideal for an office or craft room. There are 2 large storage areas, one in the utility room & lots of space under the stairs. A future bathroom is roughed in. The attached double car garage is 431 sq. ft. Check out the VIRTUAL TOUR and call your favourite Realtor to view.

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New property listed in Airdrie, Airdrie

I have listed a new property at 46 Baysprings WAY SW in Airdrie. See details here

Welcome to this SPACIOUS 2 storey half duplex. This 2015 sq ft above grade family home with WALKOUT basement is larger than many detached homes. Entering the front door you will be in a large foyer with a window & coat closet. Leaving the foyer you will enter the very bright, OPEN CONCEPT living area. The large kitchen has a walk-in pantry, stainless steel appliances, QUARTZ counter tops & attractive tile backsplash. The ISLAND hosts the sink & Bosch dishwasher. There are sliding glass doors off the dining room to the east facing balcony where you can enjoy your morning coffee! The huge living room will nicely accommodate your furniture. The MAIN FLOOR LAUNDRY (washer & dryer included) is located in the mud room at the garage entrance. Upstairs, WOW, a beautiful big, bright bonus room with gas fireplace! The primary bedroom has an ensuite with 2 sinks in the vanity, a walk-in shower & a soaker tub! There are 2 more bedrooms, a 4 pce bath, & a large linen closet. The 774 sq ft walk-out basement exits to the patio & backyard. The VERY bright basement bedroom is ideal for a teenager, or guests. The 104 sq ft den is ideal for an office or craft room. There are 2 large storage areas, one in the utility room & lots of space under the stairs. A future bathroom is roughed in. The attached double car garage is 431 sq. ft. Check out the VIRTUAL TOUR and call your favourite Realtor to view.

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Jack & Matthew Wiebe
Phone:  (403) 585-1171
Email:  wiebegroup@shaw.ca
Website:  wiebegroup.net
  
 
 

Dear Clients,

Just about everyone can relate to this scenario.

You set an ambitious goal for the new year. You feel motivated and determined. But, later that year, you realize you’ve barely moved the needle toward achieving that objective. 

Ouch!

How do you avoid that from happening?

Social scientists who study goal achievement say that getting momentum early in the game is key. That means taking some measurable action now, even if the goal is months away.

For example, if you’re thinking of getting your kitchen renovated this spring, do something about it this week. Talk to some contractors. Get estimates. That early momentum will help ensure the renovation gets done on time and to your liking.

The same holds true if you’re thinking about moving. Of course, moving may be the furthest thing from your mind at the moment. But if you were to consider selling later in 2024, now would be the best time to make initial plans. 

We hope all your goals for 2024 cross the finish line and are successful. If we can help you with any real estate-related goals, give us a call.

At this time we would like to thank you for your continued support of our business!

We want to Wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We look forward to hearing for you in 2024!


 

Matthew Wiebe, Broker
Beacon Real Estate
wiebegroup@shaw.ca
403-585-1171

Certified Condo Specialist and Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

 

Jack Wiebe, REALTOR®
Beacon Real Estate
jackwiebegroup@shaw.ca
403-680-6220


Seniors Real Estate Specialist®


wiebegroup.net


Easy-to-Miss Home Security Tips for your Vacation

 
 
 
If you’re relaxing on a Caribbean beach, or enjoying a bus tour through historic Paris, the last thing you want to worry about is your home. Most people know the basics of keeping a home secure while away. Here are some additional tips that are easy to miss:

• Tell your kids not to boast about your fabulous vacation plans, especially on social media. The fewer who know that the house is empty, the better.

• Ask a neighbour to pick up any mail dropped at your doorstep. But, don’t rely on that alone. Call the post office to temporarily halt delivery.

• Set-up timers to automatically turn lights on and off. However, most will stop working if the power goes out and they’ll restart with the incorrect time when the power comes back on. That’s why you should keep at least a couple of lights turned on continuously.

• Open the blinds. If you’re leaving in the evening, or before dawn, this can be easy to forget. Closed blinds during the day are a dead giveaway that the owners are away.

Finally, experts recommend creating a home security checklist, so you don’t forget anything. That alone will give you peace-of-mind.

 

Start the Home Selling Process this Month

 
 
 
If you’re thinking about selling in the spring, don’t wait until the new year to start planning. In fact, you’ll save yourself a lot of work and get ahead of the game if you start planning now.

What’s that old saying? The early bird gets the worm! In this case, by starting the process this month, you’ll be in excellent shape when you’re ready to list in the spring.

Here are just a few examples of what you can do in December to get the process started:

• Walk your property and note any maintenance issues that need attention.

• Decide which items to stow or sell to declutter your home.

• Determine what improvements you’ll need to make in order for your home to look great to buyers.

• Find out approximately how much your property will likely sell for in the spring market.

• Clarify the kind of new home you’d like to move into, including ideal neighbourhoods.

• Look into your financing options, so you’ll know the price range you can afford.

• Connect with any professionals you may need, such as contractors, a mover, and a real estate lawyer.

• Take advantage of any December shopping deals for products you may need, such as home improvement project materials, packing supplies, etc.

As you can see, the more prepared you are this month, the more stress-free and successful the home selling process will be in the spring.
 

Protecting your Home Gadgets from Hacking

 
 
 
Imagine your coffee maker switching on by itself, staying on for hours, overheating and becoming a fire hazard. That’s not science fiction. As more and more appliances incorporate Wi-Fi, the opportunities for hackers to play havoc with your home gadgets increase.
How do you prevent that from happening? Here are some safety tips:

If your gadget uses a password to access the settings, change that password frequently. Ideally, change it once every 3 months.

Some gadgets, such as alarm systems, come with their own connection to the internet. Learn how to turn that connection off if it becomes necessary to do so.

Don’t leave an internet-connected appliance or other gadget on constantly unless it’s required. For example, you don’t need your home speaker system connected to your digital music providers all the time.

Baby monitors with video are a common target for hackers. Use a password unique to that device and change it often. Never leave the monitor on when not in use.

Never share passwords with anyone unless it is absolutely necessary. Most home Wi-Fi systems have a “guest” feature with a separate password and limited access. Use it.

In this age of internet connectivity — from coffee makers to stereos and even washing machines — it’s smart to play it safe. Know what’s connected and protect yourself.
 

Notable, Quotable, Quotes!

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” 
Bill Bradley

“Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” 
Gloria Steinem

 

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NOVEMBER 2023 HOUSING MARKET UPDATE

December 1, 2023

Increased listings, strong sales, and price growth

New listings in November reached 2,227 units, nearly 40 per cent higher than the exceptionally low levels reported last year at this time. Gains in new listings occurred across most price ranges, but the most significant gains occurred from homes priced over $600,000.

Despite the year-over-year jump in new listings, inventory levels remained low thanks to relatively strong sales. With 1,787 sales in November, the sales to new listings ratio remained high at 80 per cent, and the months of supply remained below two months.

“Like other large cities, new listings have been increasing,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “However, in Calgary, the gains have not been enough to change the low inventory situation thanks to strong demand. Our market continues to favour the seller, driving further price growth.”

As of November, the benchmark price was $572,700, up over last month and nearly 11 per cent higher than November 2022. Year-to-date, the average benchmark price has risen by over five per cent.

Detached

Limited supply choice for homes priced below $700,000 has been the primary cause of the decline in detached home sales. While November reported a marginal gain over last year, year-to-date sales have declined by 20 per cent. November saw a rise in new listings compared to the previous year, but higher-priced homes drove most gains. This has left the detached market with exceptionally tight conditions for prices below $700,000 and more balanced conditions for higher-priced homes. Overall, the month of supply remains exceptionally low at under two months.

Persistently tight conditions continue to cause further price gains in the detached market. As of November, the unadjusted benchmark price reached $699,500, a slight increase over last month and over 13 per cent higher than last November. While detached home prices are much higher than last year's levels in every district, year-to-date gains are the highest in the most affordable districts of the North East and East. 
 

Semi-Detached

November saw a boost in new listings compared to last year, helping to prevent a year-over-year decline in inventory levels. However, inventory levels are still over 40 per cent below typical levels seen in November. With a sales-to-new-listings ratio of 77 per cent and a month-of-supply below two months, conditions remain exceptionally tight, especially for homes priced below $700,000. 

Despite tight conditions, benchmark prices remained stable compared to last month. However, at an unadjusted benchmark price of $628,700, prices are still over 12 per cent higher than last year. The year-to-date average benchmark price has risen by nearly seven per cent, with the largest gains occurring in the North East and East districts.
 

Row

New listings rose again this month compared to last year. The 370 new listings were met with 267 sales, and for the first time since 2021, the sales-to-new-listings ratio fell below 75 per cent. The jump in new listings was enough to support a gain in inventory levels compared to last month and last year. While inventories are still nearly half the levels we traditionally see, this did help cause the months of supply to push up to 1.6 months, a significant improvement from the less than one month of supply that has persisted over the past seven months. While conditions are much more balanced in the higher price ranges, there is less than one month of supply for homes priced below $500,000.

Despite the shift away from exceptionally tight conditions, prices still rose over the last month and last year. As of November, the unadjusted benchmark price reached $429,100, 21 per cent higher than last November and an average year-to-date gain of nearly 13 per cent.
 

Apartment Condominium

Thanks to the relative affordability of the apartment-style homes, sales continued to reach record highs in November, contributing to year-to-date sales of 7,487. With one month left in the year, sales have already surpassed last year’s record high. This, in part, was possible thanks to the growth in new listings. While inventory levels are similar to levels reported last year, with less than two months of supply, conditions still favour the seller, placing further upward pressure on prices. 

The unadjusted November benchmark price reached $320,100 in November, a monthly gain of over one per cent and a year-over-year increase of 18 per cent. Year-to-date price gains have occurred across every district in the city, with some of the largest gains arising in the lower-priced North East and East districts.
 


REGIONAL MARKET FACTS


Airdrie

Gains in November sales were not enough to offset earlier pullbacks, leaving year-to-date sales down by over 26 per cent over last year's record levels. Much of the decline has been driven by the detached market, which has struggled with supply, especially in the lower price ranges. New listings in November did improve over last year's levels. Still, thanks to the gain in sales, the sales-to-new listings ratio rose to 96 per cent, preventing any significant shift from the low inventory levels. 

With less than two months of supply, we continue to see upward pressure on home prices. In November, the unadjusted benchmark price rose over last month, reaching $524,500, a year-over-year gain of 11 per cent. Year-to-date price gains have been the highest in the apartment sector at 17 per cent, with detached and semi-detached prices rising by nearly six per cent.
 

Cochrane

With 87 new listings and 51 sales, the sales-to-new listings ratio fell to 59 per cent in November, the first time it fell below 60 per cent since 2020. Higher-priced properties have primarily driven the recent gain in new listings. Improved new listings compared to sales did help support increases in inventory levels. However, November inventory levels remain over 30 per cent below long-term trends.
 
Tight market conditions have supported further price growth in Cochrane. As of November, the unadjusted benchmark price reached $548,600, a monthly gain of over one per cent and a year-over-year increase of 11 per cent. On average, year-to-date benchmark prices have increased across all property types, with the most significant gains occurring in the apartment condominium sector at over seven per cent. 


Okotoks

November saw a boost in new listings, helping support some of the year-over-year gain in sales. The rise in new listings compared to sales also helped support gains in inventory levels. However, inventory levels are nearly half what we would typically see in the market in November. Nonetheless, the shift this month did help push the months of supply up to nearly two months. 

While the months of supply did improve, conditions remained exceptionally tight, and prices continued to trend up this month. As of November, the unadjusted benchmark price was $590,200, a one per cent gain over last month and over eight per cent higher than last November.
 

Click here to view the full City of Calgary monthly stats package.

Click here to view the full Calgary region monthly stats package.

 

For more information, please contact: 

Economic Analysis
Email: stats@creb.ca
Phone: 403-263-0530

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I have sold a property at 2 6915 Ranchview DRIVE NW in Calgary

I have sold a property at 2 6915 Ranchview DRIVE NW in Calgary on Nov 10, 2023. See details here

This updated unit in the desirable Ranchlands Meadows complex is the one you have been waiting for. This unit underwent significant interior updates in 2016, as well as all new windows and doors installed in 2022. The kitchen features ample cupboard space, stainless steel appliances and is open to the adjacent dining room/eating area. The main floor is complete with a 2-piece bathroom and large living room, which opens via new sliding doors onto the southwest-facing private deck and yard space. The bright and sunny top floor has 3 bedrooms and a 4-piece bathroom. The lower level is fully finished and includes a flex space and laundry room with additional storage. This unit features a high-efficiency furnace and hot water tank (both updated 2016), and high-efficiency washer/dryer, private parking stall and is well positioned in the complex to take advantage of additional street parking and access to transit. The complex has undergone numerous updates over the last few years and includes a community rec centre (available for private event rental) and is located close to parks, schools, transit and shopping.

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Jack & Matthew Wiebe
Phone:  (403) 585-1171
Email:  wiebegroup@shaw.ca
Website:  wiebegroup.net
 
 
 

Dear Clients,

There’s no doubt it’s difficult to predict the future. After all, no one beyond a few data scientists in a backroom at Google predicted that AI would become so prevalent so quickly.

But, as difficult as it is to see what’s coming next, it’s not entirely impossible.

In the real estate world, for example, it’s not easy to anticipate the ups and downs of the market. However, someone who studies the market data and has the requisite real estate savvy, can give you a fairly good sense of what the market will be like two, three, or even six months from now.

That’s good news for you. If you’re thinking of selling in the next few months, you can get a rough ballpark idea of what the market conditions will be, how long it will take to sell your home, and how much, approximately, it will sell for. That information is definitely advantageous.

Of course, no one has a perfect crystal ball. But, we can help you get a reasonably good idea of what the market will be like — and that will help you make a more informed decision.

So, when you need a peek into the near future, reach out to us.  We would be happy to provide you with the answers, insights, and advice you need, anytime.


 

Matthew Wiebe, Broker
Beacon Real Estate
wiebegroup@shaw.ca
403-585-1171

Certified Condo Specialist and Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

 

Jack Wiebe, REALTOR®
Beacon Real Estate
jackwiebegroup@shaw.ca
403-680-6220


Seniors Real Estate Specialist®


wiebegroup.net


How to Sweeten an Offer without Raising the Price

 
 
 
If you’re making an offer on a property, obviously the price you go in at plays a big role in whether or not you get that home. That’s especially true when there are other competing offers. However, while the price is important, it’s not the only factor. There are other ways to make your offer more appealing.
For example, the closing date may be important to the seller. They may be relocating out-of-town and need to move on a specific date. If you can accommodate the closing date, that’s likely to be an attractive benefit to the seller.

Having your financing in order and being able to attach a pre-arranged mortgage certificate to your offer will also sweeten the deal. Knowing there is unlikely to be financing issues will make the seller feel more comfortable selling to you — as opposed to someone whose financing is less certain. 
 

Tips for “After Dusk” Viewing Appointments

 
 
 
When you’re selling your property, you want buyers to see it at its best. But, a percentage of potential buyers will only be able to see your home in the evening. If it’s getting dark by the time they arrive, your home may not look as good as it does during the day.
Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to compensate.

Start with lighting. Make sure your home is well lit during an evening viewing. It doesn’t need to be so bright that it’s blinding! You’re looking for pleasant lighting throughout the home, including in traditionally darker spaces such as closets. Professional stagers say turning the light on above the stove is a good idea too.

Also, make sure the curtains are open, especially if there’s an appealing evening view. Open curtains add to the sense of spaciousness.

People tend to equate evenings with relaxation. Put on soft background music during a viewing and avoid anything loud or energetic, such as the television.

Finally, buyers are particularly sensitive to seeing clutter when viewing a home after dusk. As much as possible, try to make your home “guest ready.”
 

What to Look for when Watching a Walk-Through Video

 
 
 
Walk-through videos are becoming increasingly popular. The seller’s agent simply films a tour of a home, often including commentary, and then makes the video available to prospects.
When you’re shopping for a new home, you want to get the most out of watching this type of video, especially if you’re relying on it to help you decide whether or not to make a viewing appointment.

Consider these suggestions:

• Remember, it’s a video. Take advantage of the ability to pause, go back and forth, and take screenshots you can review later.

• When you’re watching, look for everyday items that can give you perspective, such as a lamp, sofa or chair. These items will help you gain a more accurate sense of room sizes.

• Although that previous tip will help, it’s still difficult to judge room size on a video. So, don’t be quick to dismiss a listing because you think the rooms might be too small.

• Pay attention to what is not shown. Did the agent leave the ensuite bathroom out of the video? That may indicate an issue.

• When viewing the main rooms, such as the living room and kitchen, try to get a sense of how your furniture will fit.

• Make a list of features and characteristics you want in your next home. Have that list handy as you watch the video. You can use it as a checklist.

• While you’re watching, jot down any questions you have about the property.

After watching the video, if you like what you see, take the next step. Schedule a viewing appointment.
 

Notable, Quotable, Quotes!

“Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.” 
Oprah Winfrey

“Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity — not a threat.” 
Steve Jobs

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.” 
Goethe

 

Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract.
IXACT Contact Solutions Inc.

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New property listed in Ranchlands, Calgary

I have listed a new property at 2 6915 Ranchview DRIVE NW in Calgary. See details here

This updated unit in the desirable Ranchlands Meadows complex is the one you have been waiting for. This unit underwent significant interior updates in 2016, as well as all new windows and doors installed in 2022. The kitchen features ample cupboard space, stainless steel appliances and is open to the adjacent dining room/eating area. The main floor is complete with a 2-piece bathroom and large living room, which opens via new sliding doors onto the southwest-facing private deck and yard space. The bright and sunny top floor has 3 bedrooms and a 4-piece bathroom. The lower level is fully finished and includes a flex space and laundry room with additional storage. This unit features a high-efficiency furnace and hot water tank (both updated 2016), and high-efficiency washer/dryer, private parking stall and is well positioned in the complex to take advantage of additional street parking and access to transit. The complex has undergone numerous updates over the last few years and includes a community rec centre (available for private event rental) and is located close to parks, schools, transit and shopping.

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I have sold a property at 222 Midridge CRESCENT SE in Calgary

I have sold a property at 222 Midridge CRESCENT SE in Calgary on Nov 2, 2023. See details here

Your dream home in the premiere lake community of Midnapore awaits. Here, you'll enjoy the perfect blend of convenience and natural beauty, with schools, shopping, and the serene landscapes of Fish Creek Provincial Park and Lake Midnapore just moments away. As you approach, the charming curb appeal invites you in. Step through the front door and take in the wide-open main living area complete with modern vinyl plank flooring that extends throughout. The well-lit living areas await your vision, offering a spacious and inviting atmosphere. The kitchen with its updated, white, shaker cabinets, complemented by stainless steel appliances is truly the heart of the home. These upgrades ensure both style and functionality, inviting you to unleash your inner chef. After a long day, retreat to your master suite—a tranquil sanctuary ready to embrace you. Relax in your personal haven, designed with your comfort in mind. The basement is designed for comfort and luxury. Along with a spacious, yet cozy, living area that’s perfect for reading a book or watching a movie by the stone fireplace, this lower level boasts a tiled, spa-like shower with bench seating, adding a touch of indulgence to your home. It's a space designed for relaxation and enjoyment, offering the perfect retreat within your own home. Step into the backyard, a canvas for your imagination. Picture summer barbecues, gardening, or unwinding under the stars. The fountain pond is a serene retreat to be enjoyed from your spacious deck or private gazebo. By now you’re imagining the perfect sunny day in your west-facing backyard complete with a fenced dog run and beautiful landscaping, Lastly, the oversized, heated, two-car garage caters to those who want to park out of the elements while still having plenty of additional room for hobbies and storage. Don't miss this opportunity to make 222 Midridge Crescent SE your home.

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Jack & Matthew Wiebe
Phone:  (403) 585-1171
Email:  wiebegroup@shaw.ca
Website:  wiebegroup.net
  
 
 

Dear Clients,

We don’t know whether or not you’re a movie fan. But, even if you’re not, you’ve probably heard of the actor Kevin Bacon. He’s been in many films. In fact, the popular expression, “Six degrees of Kevin Bacon”, refers to the idea that just about every actor on the planet is connected to him in some way.

It’s even become a popular board game!

So, what does this have to do with real estate?

Well, although “six degrees” is a bit of a Hollywood joke, the underlying premise is sound. Chances are, you know a lot of people… who know a lot of people… and so on. 

We all do.

And, as a result, you probably come across many people in your network who are looking for real estate help. For example:

  • A friend who’s searching for a new home.
  • Neighbours who want to know how much their property is worth on today’s market.
  • A work colleague who is listing soon and looking for a good real estate agent.

When that happens, I hope you’ll feel comfortable giving them our names. As you know, we build our business on referrals and, therefore, genuinely appreciate valued clients recommending us.

And it goes without saying (but we will say it anyway!), we will give the red-carpet treatment to anyone you send our way.

Thank you in advance for your support.


 

Matthew Wiebe, Broker
Beacon Real Estate
wiebegroup@shaw.ca
403-585-1171

Certified Condo Specialist and Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

 

Jack Wiebe, REALTOR®
Beacon Real Estate
jackwiebegroup@shaw.ca
403-680-6220


Seniors Real Estate Specialist®


wiebegroup.net


Creating a Welcoming Environment when Selling your Home

 
 
 
When buyers view your home, how do you want them to feel? Do you want them to feel like they’re intruders or a nuisance? Of course not! You want them to feel welcomed. So how do you create that impression? Here are a few proven ideas:
• The foyer. This is where buyers first set foot in your home. It’s where they form their first impressions. So, make sure the foyer is tidy and feels spacious. Ensure the doormat (if you have one) is clean or new. If you anticipate wet weather during a showing, have a convenient place for buyers to put their footwear.

• Lighting. Does a dark space or poorly lit room make you feel welcomed? Likely not! So, go through your home and check that the lighting is sufficient and pleasant. If possible, have three light sources in each room, including passive light from windows.

• Interior doors. Nothing says “You’re not welcome” more than a closed door. So, wherever possible, have interior doors open. You want buyers to feel comfortable exploring your home without questioning whether they can enter a particular space. There may be exceptions, of course, such as the door to a storage room.

• Personal items. In most cases, buyers are walking through a stranger’s house. (Yours!) So, there may be a sense of discomfort. For example, if buyers see a family portrait on the wall, they might feel like intruders. To put buyers at ease, remove as many personal items as possible. By creating a “blank slate”, you’ll help them visualize themselves living there.

The more welcomed you can make buyers feel when they view your home, the more interest you’ll get.
 

SEPTEMBER 2023 HOUSING MARKET UPDATE

 
 
 
Calgary home sales at record highs in September, yet supply remains a challenge
Sales reached another record high in September with 2,441 sales. Despite the year-over-year gains reported over the past four months, year-to-date sales are still nearly 12 per cent lower than last year's levels.

New listings also improved this month compared to last year and relative to sales. This caused the sales-to-new listings ratio to fall to 76 per cent, preventing further monthly declines in inventory levels.

Nonetheless, inventory levels in September remained over 24 per cent lower than levels seen last year and, when measured relative to sales activity, has not changed enough to cause any significant shift in supply and demand balances. As of September, the months of supply has remained relatively low at less than two months.

“Supply has been a challenge in our market as strong inter-provincial migration has elevated housing demand despite higher lending rates,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “While new listings are improving, it has not been enough to take us out of sellers’ market conditions.”

In September, the unadjusted residential benchmark price was $570,300, similar to last month and nearly nine per cent higher than last year. 
 

Benefits of Being an “Early-Bird” Shopper

 
 
 
“The early-bird gets the worm” is a popular expression. Indeed, there are many examples in life when being early, or even first in line, gives you an advantage.

Real estate is one of them.

When shopping for a new home, being among the first to learn about a new listing benefits you in several ways:

• You have more time to see the property and make a decision.
• You might be able to make an early offer.
• You’re under less pressure to make a decision quickly.

Overall, by finding out about a new listing early, you improve your chances of getting the property.

How do you get the early-bird advantage?

If you scour the internet for new listings, you can still miss opportunities. For example, “Coming soon” listings may not yet be published on the MLS. A better strategy is to arrange to be alerted to new listings and coming-soon opportunities the moment they come up. That way, you’re always the early-bird and your likelihood of finding and buying your next dream home increases.

 

Should you Stage your Home yourself?

 
 
 
There’s no doubt that an effectively “staged” home is likely to sell faster and for a better price. Studies in real estate sales consistently prove it. However, you might be asking, “Is it better to do the staging myself? Do I need to hire a professional?”
Let’s look at the pros and cons.

If your home is already in demand and likely to get multiple offers, you might get away with doing the staging work on your own. In that case, it’s still advisable to get professional advice rather than “guess” your way through the process. There may be specific staging approaches that apply to your home, that only a professional would know to recommend.

There are, of course, some downsides to doing it yourself, such as the extra work involved, as well as the fact that you may not have the experience or materials (such as staging furniture) to do a professional job.

By contrast, when you hire a professional, or at least get professional advice, you take advantage of the latest staging best practices to make your home more attractive and desirable to buyers. That is especially important in a balanced or a buyer’s market.

So, when it comes to staging, remember that homes that show better tend to get more and better offers.
 

Notable, Quotable, Quotes!

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” 
Walt Whitman

“Simple can be harder than complex: you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.” 
Steve Jobs

“Stay true to yourself. An original is worth more than a copy.” 
Suzy Kassem

 

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