Why you should list your home and then go on vacation


If you're getting ready to list your home, your To Do list is probably longer than normal. Replacing things like electrical outlet plates and cleaning behind the stove - they're not sexy chores, and they take more time than you realize. Why do people care about the little things?! 
 
Let's face it, listing your home is exhausting - can someone transport us to the world where people trust how good your home looks in the photos? And then make a full cash offer?

I wish. Once you list your home, the day to day upkeep to preserve it in its pristine condition can be frustrating, especially if you have kids who seem to magically forget you're trying to sell your house when they walk through the house in their filthy soccer cleats. 
 
If your plan is to get your home on the market later this Spring, consider this. Once you pick your listing date, why not plan to get out of dodge for a vacation after. In the first two weeks that you list your home, you'll get tons of action and interest, impromptu showings and weekends of Open Houses. So instead of waking up every day thinking about all the things you have to clean in case you have some buyers come through later that day, just take off. Grab the kids. Head to the mountains. Go camping. Go glamping! Give yourself a break after you've spent all that time making sure your home is picture perfect. Give yourself a break after you list your home! 
 
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20% off any service at Golf Performance Canada!
 
 
We're not all about real estate - have you heard of the KR Group Referral Club? It's a huge list of local businesses that offer special discounts and promotions to our Club members. In fact, it's probably one of the easiest ways for you to shop local and save money. Just in time for Spring (we hope) this month, you can receive 20% off any service at Golf Performance Canada.

Use the promo code KR GROUP when you book to get your discount, and you're one step closer to not having to buy beers after every round of golf. 

With thousands of clients in our Referral Club, it's a prime opportunity to market your business to a great group of people. If you're interested in being a part of the fun, give us a shout - we're always on the lookout for new businesses to promote and offer our Referral Club members a special perk. 
What other perks do our Referral Club members get? One for the heart - when you refer a friend or neighbour to KR Group, we make $100 donation to the Canadian Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation...and we'll also send you a personal cheque for $100.00 on any referral that ends in a closed transaction to say thank you!

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Please visit our Open House at 104 KINNIBURGH CR in Chestermere.
Open House on Sunday, April 15, 2018 1:00PM - 3:30PM
This stunning Kinniburgh show home is now available! Vaulted ceilings and an open sided stairwell provide beautiful light throughout the home. A formal living room with a marble tiled feature fireplace opens into a sun drenched kitchen, dining room with wet bar, and second living area thanks to the wall of windows on the south side of the home. The kitchen palette of whites and silvers creates a pristine and luxurious space perfectly made for entertaining. The walkthrough pantry is perfect for bringing groceries in from the garage. The master suite is spacious and features a walk in closet with built ins. The ensuite offers beautiful granite and double sinks plus a tiled shower and soaker tub. The other bedrooms both also include ensuites, one of which is a cheater style shared with the bonus room. An undeveloped basement is set up for a future rec room, two more bedrooms, and roughed in for a 3 piece bath. This home is on a corner lot backing onto a playground and just a short drive from all amenities.
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I have listed a new property at 2206 215 13 AV SW in Calgary.
Live the downtown lifestyle in this perfectly located Beltline condo! Soak up Calgary’s beautiful sunrises and a view of downtown through the floor to ceiling windows that make up the entire East wall of this unit. You’ll also get a great view of the fireworks during Stampede from your balcony! Chocolate hardwood floors and granite combine with contemporary accents like the opaque glass sliding door and glass tile backsplash for a stylish yet comfortable space. A cheater ensuite and built in desk are space saving solutions that maximize your living area in this well designed condo. Located within easy walking distance of the Stampede grounds and multitudes of restaurants, pubs, and other amenities, this home offers the perfect base for an active young professional who loves the unique Calgary vibe.
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I have listed a new property at 130 ROCKBLUFF CL NW in Calgary.
Gorgeous, immaculate, and affordable; this Rocky Ridge beauty has it all! Each room is touched by sunlight in this bright, open layout. 2016 renovations include the main floor, kitchen, bathrooms and a new roof. Durable vinyl plank flooring is ideal for a busy family and provides an attractive base for any decor style. Maple cabinets contrast with smoke coloured subway tiles and white quartz for a warm yet elegant kitchen that can easily transition from weekday lunch prep to showcasing your culinary skills for an evening dinner party. A pristine master includes a fantastic ensuite, complete with a soaker tub and a double shower. The upper level includes two additional bedrooms as well a loft perfect for the home office or a play area. Mature trees in the yard include apple, plum, and cherry, creating a private retreat in summer, and you can see the mountains as you relax on the back deck! Just blocks from shopping and steps from a playground, this lovely home is the perfect place to raise your family.
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Please visit our Open House at 130 ROCKBLUFF CL NW in Calgary.
Open House on Saturday, April 14, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Gorgeous, immaculate, and affordable; this Rocky Ridge beauty has it all! Each room is touched by sunlight in this bright, open layout. 2016 renovations include the main floor, kitchen, bathrooms and a new roof. Durable vinyl plank flooring is ideal for a busy family and provides an attractive base for any decor style. Maple cabinets contrast with smoke coloured subway tiles and white quartz for a warm yet elegant kitchen that can easily transition from weekday lunch prep to showcasing your culinary skills for an evening dinner party. A pristine master includes a fantastic ensuite, complete with a soaker tub and a double shower. The upper level includes two additional bedrooms as well a loft perfect for the home office or a play area. Mature trees in the yard include apple, plum, and cherry, creating a private retreat in summer, and you can see the mountains as you relax on the back deck! Just blocks from shopping and steps from a playground, this lovely home is the perfect place to raise your family.
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Please visit our Open House at 2029 49 AV SW in Calgary.
Open House on Saturday, April 14, 2018 1:00PM - 3:30PM
49th Ave is the only street in Altadore with 138' deep lots. This gives you 20 more feet of backyard over a regular infill lot. This one has SOUTH EXPOSURE ON 35'x138'! A Tremendous amount of updates in this house. The updated kitchen includes expansive cabinets, a walk in pantry, elite appliances, subway tiles and granite to create a pristine and luxurious space. Above cabinet windows, under-mount lighting, and a pendant chandelier over the island enhance open feel. Lovely hardwood and new carpet and tile throughout the home compliment the wood accents. The master suite features vaulted ceilings, a massive walk-in closet, and a high end spa-like ensuite .There are two more beds up, two beds down, and completely re done bathrooms throughout the house. Downstairs is the ultimate entertaining area with a wet bar and built ins for any size TV, and a separate playroom to boot. The landscaped yard includes a beautiful stone built in dual BBQ, cobblestone patio, and a sport court. See attached list of upgrades.
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Please visit our Open House at 2029 49 AV SW in Calgary.
Open House on Sunday, April 15, 2018 2:00PM - 4:30PM
49th Ave is the only street in Altadore with 138' deep lots. This gives you 20 more feet of backyard over a regular infill lot. This one has SOUTH EXPOSURE ON 35'x138'! A Tremendous amount of updates in this house. The updated kitchen includes expansive cabinets, a walk in pantry, elite appliances, subway tiles and granite to create a pristine and luxurious space. Above cabinet windows, under-mount lighting, and a pendant chandelier over the island enhance open feel. Lovely hardwood and new carpet and tile throughout the home compliment the wood accents. The master suite features vaulted ceilings, a massive walk-in closet, and a high end spa-like ensuite .There are two more beds up, two beds down, and completely re done bathrooms throughout the house. Downstairs is the ultimate entertaining area with a wet bar and built ins for any size TV, and a separate playroom to boot. The landscaped yard includes a beautiful stone built in dual BBQ, cobblestone patio, and a sport court. See attached list of upgrades.
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I have listed a new property at 4831 WAVERLEY DR SW in Calgary.
Fantastic holding or revenue property on an RC-2 lot in Westgate! Three bedrooms and a spacious kitchen on the main floor provide ample space for a small family. The basement is outfitted with a suite; the perfect mortgage helper! A single garage is also a great feature for potential rental income or additional storage. Situated on a large lot, this home offers great possibilities for future development, with short term revenue stability. Located just blocks from Westbrook Mall, and with easy access to the river pathways and transit, the convenience factor can’t be beat. If you are looking to invest for the future, or to supplement your mortgage payment, this home has fantastic value for you!
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I have listed a new property at 219 VALLEY POINTE PL NW in Calgary.
This Valley Ridge home offers the best of Calgary, located just on the edge of the city’s sprawl with unobstructed westward views. A bright, open main floor features easy to clean tile flooring, a den, and a fireplace. Espresso, cream, and silver combine in the kitchen for an upscale modern look perfect for entertaining, and the island has ample seating. Granite lends polish to the space, plus a full pantry is ideal for organized storage. The upstairs bedrooms are spacious and also have tiled floors. A luxurious master ensuite is outfitted with a granite vanity, soaker tub, and glass shower. The upper bonus room is great for relaxing, or head down to the walkout basement for movie night. A lower patio and upper deck overlook the large yard, so you can enjoy a country sunset across the fields behind. Proximity to 16th Ave ensures easy access to all amenities plus prime ability to escape to the mountains, and the sound wall provides noise mitigation as well as a decorative touch to the yard.
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I have listed a new property at 8 DISCOVERY VALLEY CV SW in Calgary.
Wouldn't it be amazing to relax and unwind in the serene gated community of Discovery Valley Cove in Discovery Ridge? This luxurious community features the best city amenities with the feel of an alpine resort. The home is thoughtfully laid out to bring natural light into every room. Pristine hardwood and carpet form a perfect backdrop for your decor and enhance the bright and airy feel. The kitchen is stunning and functional in rich dark woods, sleek granite and stainless steel, plus a full pantry and breakfast bar. Cozy up in front of either main floor fireplace and watch the snow fall, or head to the media room for movie night. The secluded master features large windows, a walk in closet and a spa-like ensuite. The walkout lower level contains the other bedrooms as well as a great rec area. Steps from Griffiths Woods and with a full fledged community centre, you'll never need to leave, but if you do you're only minutes from Calgary proper, transit and schools. It's time to move up to your dream home.
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Please visit our Open House at 289 RAINBOW FALLS WY in Chestermere.
Open House on Saturday, April 7, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Rainbow Falls Way is one of the most desirable streets in Chestermere, and this exquisitely finished home is jaw-dropping. An interesting main floor layout features open to above spaces, a breezeway style dining room, and a walk-through pantry with a prep sink. Unique high-end lighting throughout the home offers a beautiful conversation piece in every room. Restaurant quality kitchen appliances and fixtures combine with stunning details to create a space ideal for entertaining. The master suite is bright and serene, and the ensuite is spectacular. A glass and tile shower is the showpiece, and his and hers sinks and closets are luxurious and efficient. A pocket door leads from the master closet to the upstairs laundry for the ultimate convenience. Three additional bedrooms on this level, one with an ensuite, make this home perfect for a growing family. The upper bonus room and the walkout basement both include a wet bar, plus a fully wired theatre room is ready for movie night! This home truly has it all!
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Please visit our Open House at 104 KINNIBURGH CR in Chestermere.
Open House on Saturday, April 7, 2018 10:30AM - 12:30PM
This stunning Kinniburgh show home is now available! Vaulted ceilings and an open sided stairwell provide beautiful light throughout the home. A formal living room with a marble tiled feature fireplace opens into a sun drenched kitchen, dining room with wet bar, and second living area thanks to the wall of windows on the south side of the home. The kitchen palette of whites and silvers creates a pristine and luxurious space perfectly made for entertaining. The walkthrough pantry is perfect for bringing groceries in from the garage. The master suite is spacious and features a walk in closet with built ins. The ensuite offers beautiful granite and double sinks plus a tiled shower and soaker tub. The other bedrooms both also include ensuites, one of which is a cheater style shared with the bonus room. An undeveloped basement is set up for a future rec room, two more bedrooms, and roughed in for a 3 piece bath. This home is on a corner lot backing onto a playground and just a short drive from all amenities.
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Where Are You Springtime?.....A street view of Calgary Real Estate

 

Thanks for taking the time to read...much appreciated.

 

Here we are at the start of April, and the biggest question we are asked right now is what has happened to the real estate market? Is it the new mortgage rules that have affected sales? Is it the eternal winter where nobody wants to leave their house and look at places for fear of frostbite? Is this just the new reality of living in Calgary?

Spring has not sprung seasonally or in the real estate market. My take is that it's a combination of all three of these things. For the second month in a row, we have seen sales numbers down 20+% over the previous year at the same time. That is a really significant number of homes not selling.

 

However, there are still quite a few that are....and how come? Well, there will always be a buyer pool, no matter how good or bad the market is. It's just a matter of the size of the pool. Now, if you are searching for a buyer for your home, and you are competing with a larger than average number of properties on the market, value becomes the key. You are fighting for the next buyer, because you don't know if there is another one coming after that. You don't want your neighbour to beat you on value. It's a competition...a race if you will to get the next buyer before someone else does. How do you win that race? 1) Be the prettiest house 2) Be the best price for the product. People with choice will turn your home away for the slightest of reasons. There is no practicality to residential sales. It's all feel and emotion. Make the buyer feel that your house is the best, for the best price. You win.

 

A strategy that is working for us to stay relevant is scheduled price reductions. We are setting out a pricing plan for our sellers that includes scheduled reductions. If you make your house the prettiest, and it's not selling, I guarantee it's a price problem. It's a simple formula to sell a house....Stage it right, market it properly, keep the price moving to stay relevant. More than ever, it doesn't matter what you need to get for your home, it's about getting a buyer....and the buyer's hold the cards.

 

Our hope is that 90 days from now, the snow will be gone, people in the city will have gotten into a better mood, and the spring market will just have been delayed a little bit....

 

Now, the positive news is if you are a BUYER!!!! You have a world of choice out there right now, and there isn't nearly as much pressure to "make a decision" as there is in other markets or even compared to a year ago here. You can take your time to shop, be selective, negotiate favourable terms, and really get what you want instead of having to settle....it's a fantastic time to get into something new to you!

 

Here are some quick highlights for you on this months market......

 

1. A total of 1,374 units sold in the city last month, down 27 per cent from 1,890 units a year ago.


2. Overall inventory reached 6,371 units in March, up 24 per cent from the 5,124 units recorded in March 2017.


3. With slow sales and climbing inventory, there was nearly five months of supply on the market in March, up 71 per cent from 2.71 months a year ago.


4. The condo segment continued to struggle with excess supply in the resale, new home and rental market during the first three months of 2018, which impacted prices. In the first quarter, condo prices averaged $256,567, one per cent below the fourth quarter of 2017 and three per cent below levels recorded in the first quarter of 2017.


For the whole stats rundown, click the link below.

 

If anyone you know needs more information, or help navigating this crazy market, give us a shout...we're always ready to help....

 

Have a great April, and stay warm!

 
 
 
 
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Ken Rigel Group
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Please visit our Open House at 103 AMIENS CR SW in Calgary.
Open House on Sunday, April 8, 2018 1:00PM - 3:30PM
A covered porch and window shutters exude an almost Southern charm as you walk up to this lovely Garrison Woods home. A classic layout is updated with a clean and bright palette to really showcase the beautiful windows and original hardwood floors. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances, a large double sink, and an eating bar. Sleek dark granite counters and tile flooring balance the bright white cabinets. The large dining room leads out to the deck for the perfect grilling set up. Four bedrooms on the upper level give this home a rare and desirable floor plan. Downstairs, a bright and open finished basement offers plenty of room for entertainment, plus additional storage. This home sides onto a park and a play area, so gatherings on the large deck have the added benefit of looking out over a great view. Walking distance to Marda Loop, shopping, and only five minutes to downtown, this is a unique opportunity to own in an amazing location. Book your showing today!
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I have listed a new property at 289 RAINBOW FALLS WY in Chestermere.
Rainbow Falls Way is one of the most desirable streets in Chestermere, and this exquisitely finished home is jaw-dropping. An interesting main floor layout features open to above spaces, a breezeway style dining room, and a walk-through pantry with a prep sink. Unique high-end lighting throughout the home offers a beautiful conversation piece in every room. Restaurant quality kitchen appliances and fixtures combine with stunning details to create a space ideal for entertaining. The master suite is bright and serene, and the ensuite is spectacular. A glass and tile shower is the showpiece, and his and hers sinks and closets are luxurious and efficient. A pocket door leads from the master closet to the upstairs laundry for the ultimate convenience. Three additional bedrooms on this level, one with an ensuite, make this home perfect for a growing family. The upper bonus room and the walkout basement both include a wet bar, plus a fully wired theatre room is ready for movie night! This home truly has it all!
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