Please visit our Open House at 940 TUSCANY DR NW in Calgary.
Open House on Saturday, July 20, 2019 1:30PM - 4:00PM
A large front porch invites you into this beautiful Tuscany family home. The open layout is enhanced by the natural light streaming in through large windows, while archways add a touch of character and define the kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is spacious, with a walk-through pantry and an eating bar island. Textured vinyl flooring in high traffic areas is durable and easy to clean. The master suite is massive, with gorgeous ensuite and walk-in closet. Two large additional bedrooms and another bathroom upstairs provide plenty of room for the entire family. The walk out basement is partially finished with an office or hobby room and a bathroom, with the rest awaiting your ideas. The south backyard is a private oasis, and the pathway entrance to the side means only one direct neighbour! The exterior was painted and re-shingled in 2015, and rough-ins are in place for A/C. This home sits on a quiet street just steps to schools and walking distance to golfing, parks, and shopping. See it today!
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Homeward Bound - Referral Club News July 2019

 

How To Entertain Like a Pro

Summer guests can make our houses feel like Christmas in July - and by that we mean happy, festive...and packed with people! Whether you’re enjoying the quiet indoors, or soaking up that outside time, we have some super simple tips to take your entertaining to the next level.


Prep in advance

This might seem obvious, but if you are entertaining and have to leave the party to chop veggies, you’d better hope your guests are good at entertaining themselves! Slice, dice, and marinate everything beforehand so you spend minimal time cooking and more visiting with your company. If you really want future you to thank present you, pick up aluminum pans. They are reusable, or recyclable if you want to save yourself from washing dishes!

Feed kids and pets first

The best way to have an enjoyable evening with an adult crowd is to get kids and pets full and sleepy early. Then, instead of bugging you for dinner, they can play or relax by themselves and you can enjoy dinner or visit without interruptions.

Plan out where you’ll spend time

You know that if you don’t take your guests to a sitting area everyone ends up hanging out in the kitchen, right? So decide where you want everyone to be and make it super comfortable and inviting. Also, make sure it’s close enough to where you’re cooking that you can pop in and out quickly if you aren’t in sight the whole time. For larger groups, consider multiple spaces so smaller clusters can mingle for more varied and comfortable conversation.

Set The Mood

Part of keeping a gathering lively is keeping that conversation going. Play background music or have sports on TV on mute. Place a few strategic possible activities or conversation starters around the gathering area. You’ll have endless topics and any lulls will be filled with music instead of silence. Your guests will love how your get togethers are always so relaxed and fun!

Get a screen door

Go away bugs! Airflow and open doors are a midsummer night's dream come true, but staying up all night trying to catch the mosquito buzzing by your ear is a nightmare! Invest in a magnetic closure screen door so you, your pets, and your guests and go in and out easily and the bugs stay where they belong. The added bonus is that these screens open easily so you only need one hand to get through it.

Bonus Tip! Have the best bathroom

The number one rule when entertaining is to have extra toilet paper in the bathroom so your guests never have to call for help. Add an extra hand towel so if one gets damp you can swap out to a dry one easily. Stock the bathroom with lotion, and bonus points if you add other simple toiletries in a drawer or basket for the just-in-case moments!
 
 

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Please visit our Open House at 3017 25 ST SW in Calgary.
Open House on Saturday, July 13, 2019 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Updated Cape Cod style home on a huge lot with massive west facing backyard in Richmond. The elegant main floor offers hardwood floors & an abundance of natural light. The living room & dining room flow seamlessly together making entertaining a breeze, while the updated kitchen will inspire any chef w/gas stove, peninsula breakfast bar island, loads of sleek cabinetry & clever storage. The convenient mud room is beautifully updated w/ample room for all seasons. Main floor bedroom is the ideal office or guest space. The upper level features 3 spacious & charming bedrooms. The lower level has a colossal rec room for family & play room & additional space that can easily be developed as walk-out, 5th bedroom & bath. The backyard oasis is a sunny retreat surrounded by mature trees, huge deck, vast amount of grassy play area & separate patio area for visiting with friends. This unbeatable location is just blocks from trendy Marda Loop & Richmond Golf Course. See additional comments for upgrade list. Kitchen renovated in 2013. Furnace replaced in 2009 New hot water heater in 2018 Newer washer and dryer in 2009 Many windows and doors replace (about ½) in 2013 Large 120’ x 50’ lot rarely seen in inner-city communities could easily accommodate a 3 car garage with a carriage/lane house/ guest suite or develop the basement with a walk-out. Close to many schools, parks & transit
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I have listed a new property at 940 TUSCANY DR NW in Calgary.
A large front porch invites you into this beautiful Tuscany family home. The open layout is enhanced by the natural light streaming in through large windows, while archways add a touch of character and define the kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is spacious, with a walk-through pantry and an eating bar island. Textured vinyl flooring in high traffic areas is durable and easy to clean. The master suite is massive, with gorgeous ensuite and walk-in closet. Two large additional bedrooms and another bathroom upstairs provide plenty of room for the entire family. The walk out basement is partially finished with an office or hobby room and a bathroom, with the rest awaiting your ideas. The south backyard is a private oasis, and the pathway entrance to the side means only one direct neighbour! The exterior was painted and re-shingled in 2015, and rough-ins are in place for A/C. This home sits on a quiet street just steps to schools and walking distance to golfing, parks, and shopping. See it today!
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I have listed a new property at 1804 650 10 ST SW in Calgary.
Everything you've wanted in a condo is right here. This clean and bright unit offers a spacious open floor plan perfect for entertaining, and enjoy gorgeous river views from the floor to ceiling windows as you relax by the living room fireplace. The sun room is begging for your home office set up or your instagram-worthy decor. A large master looks out through the sun room, so you’ll enjoy stunning views of Prince’s Island Park from any room! Axxis is one of Downtown’s most popular buildings, and offers fully soundproof units, state of the art security, a full fitness facility, a meeting room, and a beautiful 2-tiered courtyard with almost a quarter acre of green space, a gazebo and sitting areas. On your way to the LRT station, you’ll walk past a cafe where you can pick up coffee on the way to work. You’ll also be seconds from shopping, restaurants, and the river path, or pop over the bridge into Kensington. Create your ultimate haven in the city in this amazing home.
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I have listed a new property at 3450 15 ST SW in Calgary.
This stunning bi-level is in a unique stacked style four-plex. The lower level is a bright open living area looking out to the patio. A chef’s kitchen features high end appliances and a peninsula island with an eating bar. Undermount lighting and windows over the cabinets highlight the tile work and create a beautiful, bright space. A powder room is a convenient design aspect. The upper level is reserved for two spacious bedrooms, each with their own ensuite. The master is spectacular, with large windows, a private balcony, and dual closets. The ensuite is luxurious and spa-like, with dual sinks, soaker tub and glass shower. An enclosed patio provides a quiet and protected outdoor oasis, with no yard work required! A detached garage provides off-street parking and additional storage. This home is located in one of Calgary’s most popular areas, and is just a half block from 33 Ave. Enjoy the various shops, amenities, and attractions of Marda Loop has to offer and live the ultimate inner city lifestyle.
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CALGARY SUN

Myke Thomas

June 22, 2019 


The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI), announced in the federal government’s budget earlier this year, will come into effect on Sept. 2, with the first closing on Nov. 1, 2019.


The program will “help middle-class families get on the housing ladder,” says Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, allowing eligible first-time home buyers who have the minimum down payment for an insured mortgage with CMHC, Genworth or Canada Guaranty, to apply to finance a portion of their home purchase through a form of shared equity mortgage with the Government of Canada.


For existing homes, the incentive will be five percent, while for new homes there is a five percent or 10 percent option, with the larger share for new homes designed to boost housing supply, according to the government.

There are, of course, rules. The incentive is available only to first-time home buyers with a qualified annual income of no more than $120,000 and the insured mortgage plus the incentive amount cannot be greater than four times the buyer’s qualified annual household income.


There are no ongoing repayments required, the incentive is not interest bearing, and the borrower can repay the incentive at any time without a pre-payment penalty. The buyer must repay the incentive after 25 years, or if the property is sold, whichever comes first.


Essentially, the government becomes a partner in the home-buying process, says James Laird, co-founder of Ratehub Inc. and president of CanWise Financial.


“CMHC has confirmed that the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive program will be an ownership stake in the property of qualified home buyers, whereby the government will participate in appreciation of the property and, in the case of the property devaluing, depreciation as well,” says Laird, adding participants in the program could be forced into a smaller home, or not the type of home they may have wanted. “The key issue remains qualifying, and this program diminishes the amount that a first-time home buyer can qualify for by about 15 to 20 percent. This is because the program limits the mortgage amount to four times the households’ income, whereas those not participating in the program can actually qualify for a mortgage that is 4.5 to 4.7 times their income.”


Laird does the math.


“A household with $100,000 of income, putting a minimum downpayment of five percent, can currently qualify for a home valued at $479,888 with a $2,265.75 monthly mortgage payment,” he says. “The maximum purchase price for the same household, if they participate in the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive program, drops to $404,858.29 with a five percent minimum downpayment. The total mortgage amount would then be $400,000 or four times their household income.”


The government says the FTHBI will reduce monthly mortgage payments for first-time buyers without increasing their downpayment.


Laird does some more math.


“If the household took a five percent incentive from the government for resales, their mortgage amount goes to $378,947.37, and the monthly payment is now $1,810.90,” he says.


“If the household took a 10 percent incentive from the government for new homes, their mortgage amount goes to $357,894.73 and the monthly payment is now $1,710.29.”


Jesse Davies, of Jesse Davies and Associates, ReMax, expects the program to help first-timers get into the market — but not all markets.


“The government is offering an interest-free loan to first-time home buyers who may be lacking a down payment for a home they otherwise couldn’t qualify for or afford. It will definitely help first-time home buyers consider homeownership,” says Davies. “It will have more of an effect on markets like Calgary, Montreal and Edmonton where the average home price is still attainable for first-time buyers with an annual income under $120,000. Markets like Vancouver and Toronto, where the average home price is unattainable by a first-time home buyer, will have little effect.”


And yet, it’s the Toronto and Vancouver markets that need to increase the supply of new homes, which the government says the FTHBI will do, but I digress.


Most first-time buyers may not easily understand the program, says Davies.


“There are contingencies on maximum purchase price dependent on the down payment amount as well as income ceilings,” he says. “Buyers should speak with a local mortgage broker to see if they qualify for the program, or a local realtor or new homes salesperson on the pros and cons of the program. There are qualified brokers who are there to help the public understand these programs and whether or not it will be best suited for their personal situation.”

And, there’s at least one other, very important consideration, says Davies.


“I think it is important for buyers to understand the ramifications of a profit or loss share with the government,” he says. “A $20,000 loan could be worth a payback to the government of $40,000 to $60,000 when the time comes to sell at the maturity of their loan. If you look at long-term real estate price averages, it’s hard to find data where the price of real estate has dropped. The government obviously knows this and is willing to bet our tax dollars on it. This incentive could give a short-term boost to markets that have been seeing prices tumble for months, but is this short-term boost worth the risk the government is taking on by leveraging our tax dollars on real estate loans for a short-term gain?”


Source: https://calgarysun.com/life/homes/first-time-home-buyer-incentive-program-kicks-in-on-sept-2

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I have listed a new property at 402 626 15 AV SW in Calgary.
Welcome to The Mariposa! This pet friendly building is one of the most popular in the area with clean, bright units and a fantastic location just off 17th Ave. You’ll notice the large south-facing windows as soon as you walk into this lovely condo. A pocket kitchen features an eating bar, which adds to the open element of the living area and provides additional cabinets above. The living and dining rooms are spacious and bright, with a layout that works with any furniture configuration. Plus, an office or reading nook features panoramic views of the Beltline. A good sized master offers plenty of closet space, and a second bedroom is ideal for your guests. In-suite laundry and storage, and indoor parking are additional bonuses. An amazing roof top deck is perfect to watch the stars, or the Stampede fireworks! Steps to 17th Ave’s best spots, this condo is an amazing opportunity for the buyer who embraces the inner city lifestyle. This is the ONLY unit currently for sale in this building, don’t miss out!
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I have listed a new property at 6 1603 37 ST SW in Calgary.
Spacious and open, with tons of natural light, this condo feels more like a bungalow. Gorgeous hardwood and knockdown ceilings in the living and dining rooms are lovely details. The galley kitchen features a diner window overlooking the dining area, and a window to outside allows additional light in while you cook, as well as increased airflow. Both bedrooms are large and feature full size closets. Front and back doors allow easy access to the shops across the street or the covered parking area behind the building. The location of this home is amazing. Steps to Walmart, Safeway, and various restaurants and amenities, it is also just across the parking lot from the C-train station and steps to bus stops. Nearby parks, pathways, and schools make this one of this most walkable areas in the city! Book your showing today!
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Please visit our Open House at 3017 25 ST SW in Calgary.
Open House on Sunday, July 7, 2019 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Updated Cape Cod style home on a huge lot with massive west facing backyard in Richmond. The elegant main floor offers hardwood floors & an abundance of natural light. The living room & dining room flow seamlessly together making entertaining a breeze, while the updated kitchen will inspire any chef w/gas stove, peninsula breakfast bar island, loads of sleek cabinetry & clever storage. The convenient mud room is beautifully updated w/ample room for all seasons. Main floor bedroom is the ideal office or guest space. The upper level features 3 spacious & charming bedrooms. The lower level has a colossal rec room for family & play room & additional space that can easily be developed as walk-out, 5th bedroom & bath. The backyard oasis is a sunny retreat surrounded by mature trees, huge deck, vast amount of grassy play area & separate patio area for visiting with friends. This unbeatable location is just blocks from trendy Marda Loop & Richmond Golf Course. See additional comments for upgrade list. Kitchen renovated in 2013. Furnace replaced in 2009 New hot water heater in 2018 Newer washer and dryer in 2009 Many windows and doors replace (about ½) in 2013 Large 120’ x 50’ lot rarely seen in inner-city communities could easily accommodate a 3 car garage with a carriage/lane house/ guest suite or develop the basement with a walk-out. Close to many schools, parks & transit
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July 4th! Happy Independence Day to our American friends. I hope you had an amazing Canada Day weekend, and are all geared up for the start of Stampede 2019 tomorrow!


Let's dive right into it...The market is what the market is.....a buyer's market. The total number of homes that changed hands in June 2019 was down another 6% over June 2018, a trend we have seen continue for the past 18 months. The good news is the drops aren't as drastic as they were last year compared to the year before.


Benchmark prices have dropped again year over year by another 4%, leaving us around $425,000.00 in the city. A far cry from where we were 5 years ago.


The best news is that inventory has actually declined by 13% due to more people holding off listing their homes. Further good news is that homes priced under $500,000.00 are seeing more balanced sales conditions, however, if you are over $500,000.00 it's a tough market to find a buyer in.


OUR STREET VIEW


I'm not surprised that new listings are way down. Remember that most people get talked into 5 year mortgages when they buy a new home...5 years ago the market was on fire, and there was a buying frenzy here. A lot of those mortgages come due this year, which is when people typically start thinking of moving. However, with prices dropping as much as they have, people just can't afford to sell right now. They are losing way too much money. For every 4 listing presentations we are doing, I would say 1 person can actually afford to sell without losing a ton of money. Tough market for sure.


On the buying side, there are deals to be had. Prices are substantially off of 5 years ago, and sellers are starting to get the message that price is king. Now, as a buyer, if a house is listed correctly it should sell within 4% of list price. You can't expect to go in and steal something for 10-15% off. That just doesn't happen. Those discounts are already factored in to the current market. You have to think about the total saving you are getting from the peak of the market 5 years ago, compared to today....not what the house is listed for today, and then asking for another 25% off. You'll never buy a house if that is your mindset. Be realistic, have a long term strategy, and buying in this market could pay off big time down the road.


I hope you have a great Stampede, and a fantastic July! Thanks, as always, for taking the time to read.


Cheers,


KR


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HOUSING MARKET FACTS

Detached

  • Detached sales in June declined by nine per cent compared to last year, causing year-to-date sales to ease by nearly three per cent. The decline in sales was mostly driven by homes priced above $500,000.
  • Detached homes priced under $500,000 have recorded improvements in sales and oversupply reductions. The tightening in the lower end of the market will likely start to support price growth in this sector of the market.
  • Despite city wide year-to-date sales declines, activity improved in both the South and North West districts of the city. Sales did ease across other districts, but in some of the most affordable districts (North East and East) supply-to-demand ratios are improving compared to last year. This is pushing those markets toward more balanced conditions.
  • Despite slower sales activity, the amount of inventory declined by nearly 18 per cent. The reduction in inventories occurred throughout all districts.
  • Prices have remained relatively stable over the past few months, with some modest monthly improvements. However, the oversupply scenario has left prices nearly four per cent below last year’s levels. 

Apartment

  • Apartment condominium sales eased in June, causing year-to-date sales to total 1,292 units. This is over seven per cent below last year’s levels. Over the same time frame, new listings eased by over 15 per cent, helping reduce some of the resale inventory in the market.
  • Resale inventory levels have declined, but the months of supply continue to remain elevated at 6.8 months. Combined with elevated inventories in the competing rental and new-home markets, this continues to weigh on resale pricing. 
  • June’s benchmark price was $250,200, three per cent below last year’s levels. This is resulting in a total price adjustment of over 17 per cent since 2014.

Attached

  • Unlike other property types, sales activity for attached product continued to improve in June. Year-to-date sales total 1,955 units, nearly three per cent above last year’s levels. Improvements were driven mostly by growth in demand for semi-detached product. Attached sales improved across all districts except the North West and West.
  • New listings have eased compared to last year, which is starting to reduce oversupply in the market. Like all other sectors, the attached market remains oversupplied and this is impacting prices.
  • June’s benchmark prices were $399,700 for semi-detached and $286,300 for row product. Respectively, this represents year-over-year declines of 3.3 and 5.4 per cent. 

 

REGIONAL MARKET FACTS

Airdrie

  • After the first half of the year, sales activity remained relatively stable. New listings have declined, which is helping to reduce the amount of inventory on the market and move towards more balanced conditions.
  • The market may be trending towards more balanced conditions, but oversupply continues to weigh on prices. The benchmark price was $334,800 in June, comparable to last month, but nearly three per cent below last year’s levels. 

Cochrane

  • Sales activity in the area remained relatively stable compared to last year and consistent with longer-term trends. New listings have eased, helping to reduce inventory in the market and the amount of oversupply.
  • Despite some recent adjustments, the market continues to favour the buyer, placing downward pressure on prices. The benchmark price was $404,000 in June, similar to last month and over five per cent below last year’s levels.

Okotoks

  • Sales have remained stable compared to last year, but they are still below longer-term averages. However, new listings are starting to adjust, which is continuing to push down inventory levels and cause the market to move towards more balanced conditions.
  • As the market moves towards more balanced conditions, this should help create more stability in pricing. As of June, benchmark prices were $414,900, 1.6 per cent higher than last month, but still 4.1 per cent below last year’s levels.



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Please visit our Open House at 63 LAKE CRIMSON CL SE in Calgary.
Open House on Sunday, June 30, 2019 1:30PM - 4:00PM
This home has been beautifully updated and maintained, inside and out. The renovated main floor was designed by Alykhan Velji, with a spacious and bright kitchen, high ceilings and an oversize L-shaped granite island. Rich woods and marble tile are a lovely contrast with light coloured paint. Numerous windows offer peaceful views from every room, and bring in natural light. On the next level, a bedroom makes an ideal office, and French doors from the living area lead to the deck. The upper level contains three more bedrooms including a master with a private ensuite. A fifth bedroom in the basement is ideal for a larger family or overnight guests. The backyard is a gardener’s paradise, with mature foliage creating a private oasis. Solar panels and a greenhouse allow you to live a sustainable lifestyle and grow your own food. Upgrades include a new water heater, dishwasher and built-in irrigation. Beautiful Fish Creek Park and Lake Bonavista are at your doorstep and this quiet street is near all amenities.
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Please visit our Open House at 3682 DOUGLAS WOODS HT SE in Calgary.
Open House on Sunday, June 30, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Every inch of this immaculate home is clean, bright, and well maintained. High ceilings and architectural details throughout open up the space and provide and interesting visual element. Original hardwood is in great shape, and warm tones give this home a welcoming feel. The kitchen offers a breakfast bar island and an eating nook that looks out over the back yard. A spacious master includes an ensuite complete with a glassed-in shower and jetted tub. The lower level is beautifully finished and is as bright and warm as the main floor, featuring a second fireplace and wet bar. Home theatre, games room, gym; this space is large enough to fit all three! A third bedroom and bathroom on this level are convenient for older children or guests. The back yard is a stunning oasis, with a deck and a cobbled patio, as well as a large grass area that is beautifully sheltered and landscaped with mature trees. This lovely home is walking distance to parks, the golf course, and only minutes all 130th Avenue amenities.
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Homeward Bound June 2019 - Referral Club News!


 

5 Tips to Create Your Ultimate Outdoor Oasis

 
The weather is heating up and the forecast looks promising for a long and beautiful summer season. Maximize your relaxation and enjoyment this season by setting up your outdoor space to suit your lifestyle!
 
Your Multipurpose Space
 
When you start designing your space, think about the way you currently use your outdoor area, or they way you would like to use it. Do you need room for a grill and dining area? Would a patio get in the way of fetch with the dogs? Would that unused spot be a good place for a playhouse for the kids? Your yard needs to be functional for your lifestyle, and planning ahead will help you make it beautiful as well.
 
Think Functionality

They run. They play. They Dig. Pets and kids are tough on yards. Designating a space where play areas or a dog run might go is a great way to keep your landscaping tidy while having space for all your uses. Do you love the sun? You may want to think about an umbrella or shade tree so you can spend more time outside even if it’s hot. Is sustainability your thing? You might even choose to plant food instead of flowers!
 
Maximize your Time

How much time and effort do you want to put in to developing your perfect back yard? And then how much time do you have to maintain it? Opt for plants and surfaces that match your yard care style. Depending on whether you have a green thumb or a brown thumb the foliage you choose needs to support your privacy and sun/shade goals and it also needs to be something you can maintain. 
 
Match Your Style

Do you like modern, or rustic? Are you a neighbourly neighbour, or peace and quiet? What time of day do you spend the most time in your yard? These questions will help you decide on the best patio, plant, and privacy options for you and your family.
 
Options for Every Budget

Always begin with a budget! Professional landscaping can add up quickly, so knowing what you can DIY and what you’ll need help with ensures your dollars are spent where they matter most. Hardscaping options are endless, and there is something available for every size budget. You can save more by choosing plants that grow quickly from seeds or spread out to cover more area, filling in space with brick, mulch or gravel instead of greenery, and by repurposing items for outdoor use.
 
Bonus Tip! Don’t Forget Your Accessories!

The details will really make your outdoor space come alive, and they don’t have to be extravagant or expensive. Maybe it’s a unique table or cooler, or an up-cycled item used as a plant pot. Would string lights look amazing, or is the fire pit your focal point? Once you have the form and function, adding accessories will bring out your personality.
 

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For every referral we receive, we donate $100 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Find out more at www.krgroupreferrals.ca


Why We Support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

My niece, Rayah was diagnosed at the age of two, and I have watched her suffer through pokes and lifestyle restrictions from that young age. I am always in awe of her bright and sassy personality and her will to thrive and outdo herself constantly. She is now 10 and acts just like a regular kid, and my wish is that through the support of JDRF, one day she will be able to live life symptom, needle, and worry free!


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Home Buyers - Can't Find What You Are Looking For? It May Not Be Online....It May Be in Our Pocket!


We are always on the lookout for homes for our buyers, and lots of times, they aren't listed yet, or never make it to the market. We call these "pocket" listings....and we always have a selection of off market homes that you can't find on the internet. Foreclosures, Distress Sales, Fixer Uppers, Homes that are coming to market, but aren't quite ready...You can access our exclusive list of homes by clicking here and typing in Off Market Homes in the notes section.


Have a fantastic Week!


Cheers,


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I have listed a new property at 3682 DOUGLAS WOODS HT SE in Calgary.
Every inch of this immaculate home is clean, bright, and well maintained. High ceilings and architectural details throughout open up the space and provide and interesting visual element. Original hardwood is in great shape, and warm tones give this home a welcoming feel. The kitchen offers a breakfast bar island and an eating nook that looks out over the back yard. A spacious master includes an ensuite complete with a glassed-in shower and jetted tub. The lower level is beautifully finished and is as bright and warm as the main floor, featuring a second fireplace and wet bar. Home theatre, games room, gym; this space is large enough to fit all three! A third bedroom and bathroom on this level are convenient for older children or guests. The back yard is a stunning oasis, with a deck and a cobbled patio, as well as a large grass area that is beautifully sheltered and landscaped with mature trees. This lovely home is walking distance to parks, the golf course, and only minutes all 130th Avenue amenities.
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I have listed a new property at 305 521 57 AV SW in Calgary.
Welcome to Chinook Manor, a clean and well located 45+ building. This unit is an extremely well cared for original on the third floor. The kitchen is spacious and features a retro diner-style booth. The living and dining areas are bright and open, and the balcony has the privacy of mature trees next to it. Two large bedrooms allow space for your overnight guests. The bathroom has a feature tub and shower, also in a vintage style. This complex is amazingly located only one block from Chinook Centre and walking distance to every imaginable amenity including the c-train. Sandy Beach, Stanley Park and Rockyview Hospital are also nearby. Here is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy life in a quiet, well run building in one of Calgary’s best areas. See it today!
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