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Are You Looking to Buy a Calgary Infill Home?

Tue, 19 Jul by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

Looking for a Calgary Infill Home? Calgary Infill homes come in many shapes and sizes and are generally in the inner city communities, such as Altadore, West Hillurst, & Killarney. Infill homes can be new builds or homes that are built in the last 30 years. The advantage of the Infill over the suburbs is the closeness to down town, restaurants, shops, bike paths, walking to work, less commute time, etc. Infill homes range in price from $400k to $2,000,000 plus. This website has all the Infill Homes For Sale in Calgary on MLS®. Please check out this link:http://www.searchcalgaryhomes.ca/search/1406
The term “infill” describes a form of development where a new home is built on an older lot and the old structure is removed. Hence, the existing lot is “filled in” with something new.

Calgary Neighborhoods and the Best Rocky Mountain Views

Sun, 10 Jul by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

Calgary Neighborhoods and the Best Rocky Mountain Views
f1a87ec6-29d4-4b5a-b5d5-950116af7072Have you ever wondered which neighborhoods in Calgary have the best Rocky Mountain views?  And, how much additional that view may cost you?

Why is having the Rocky Mountain View important?  Having a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains out your window not only increases the value of your property, it can bring a feeling of peace, serve as a reminder of the great outdoors and also be very pleasing to the eye.

Will the view in each neighborhood be made equal?  No.  Calgary being part of the rolling foothills has many communities built on hillsides giving the opportunity for some homes within a community to have impressive mountain views, while offering other residents perched lower on a hill to have walking pathways to view the mountains if they venture out for a stroll.  Neighborhoods on the north sides of Calgary such as Tuscany, Rocky Ridge, Royal Oak, Arbour Lake, Edgemont, Hawkwood, Scenic Acres and Silver Springs will all have a certain amount of homes with splendid views.   Neighborhoods along the west side of Calgary such as Valley Ridge, Cougar Ridge, West Springs, Aspen Woods and SpringBank Hill will also have many homes offering sprawling Rocky Mountain views.

Houses in these luxury neighborhoods in and around Calgary are almost all guaranteed a panoramic Rocky Mountain view:  Watermark, Bearspaw, SpringBank, and Elbow Valley – as these executive type homes are usually designed with the Rocky Mountain view in mind.

In downtown Calgary, you have a great chance of finding a Rocky Mountain view if you are on the west side of a condo building and at least 20 floors up.

Certain neighborhoods in Calgary are known for having a double whammy – Rocky Mountain views as well as a Calgary Downtown city skyline. Just north of the downtown core, and centrally located you’ll find: Crescent Heights, Briar Hills, St. Andrew Heights and Rosedale with houses perched on the ridge and containing homes with gorgeous Calgary city skyline views with the Rocky Mountains behind it almost covering the entire horizon, a photographers dream.  More unique is Edgemont, in NW Calgary, where the Rocky Mountain sights are off to the right while the City Skyline view is to the left.

Also, for a sweeping, uninterrupted Rocky Mountain View you can expect the price tag of a house to go up from 100K$ – 200K$ to a comparable house with no mountain view.  This number can vary greatly depending on community.  Contact your Realtor for more price specific information!

Living in Calgary and don’t have a Rocky Mountain view at home?  Try going for a stroll or bike ride along the Glenmore Reservoir, or drive out to walk through Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, in these areas and you are sure to have a beautiful back drop of spectacular, rolling mountain peaks!

 

Mortgage Approval Pitfalls

Thu, 23 Jun by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

Mortgage Approval Pitfalls.  We work with Jencor Mortgage (Brooke Bartlett) for new and existing Buyers for mortgage approval. We recommend that buyers read this article about mortgages and approval.  There is a big difference between  “pre-qualification” for a mortgage and a “pre-approval” for a mortgage.

Pre-approval is a lot more detailed process, and includes you taking the time to complete a full mortgage application, providing documentation and allowing your lender to pull a full credit rating (or three). While you are unlikely to have a property in mind at this stage, you should have a general idea of how much you will need to include in your loan. During the pre-approval process, you might even be able to lock in your interest rate. This pre-approval is considered a conditional commitment that allows you to search for a home below the approved loan amount. This can provide a huge advantage to a home buyer, as some loan companies consider your pre-approval as “cash in hand” that you can provide to a potential seller to show your interest in the property and your ability to pay. Having your financing arranged upfront can offer you a tremendous advantage if you get into a competitive bidding situation with another buyer, as you’re one step closer to a mortgage.

http://www.jencormortgage.com/blog/jencor-news/mortgage-pitfalls-%C2%AD-ruin-chances/

 

Secondary Suites in Calgary

Thu, 23 Jun by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

Secondary Suites in Calgary.  Do Calgary citizens want secondary suites? It depends on who you talk to. Many families in the suburbs don’t want the home next to them full of tenants and cars parking everywhere. However there are certain areas in Calgary close to down town that may be ideal for suited homes.

The City needs to look at this carefully. In areas where the lots are very narrow (could be fire hazard) in the newer areas it does not lend it sell to multiple family dwellings. however the areas where there are older bungalows on larger lots then suited basements will work.

Please check out this link for the Calgary Herald update on suites in Calgary.

http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/this-is-terrible-calgary-council-spends-hours-deliberating-secondary-suites

 

Southeast continues to be Calgary’s leader in new construction of single-family homes

Wed, 08 Jun by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

7 things to know about southeast Calgary's residential real estate market

Here are seven facts about activity in the quadrant last month, writes Josh Skapin, at the Calgary Herald.

1. Selection in the quick possession segment cooled off. There were 67 single-family homes that completed construction but were left unabsorbed in the quadrant last month, says Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. This typically reflects spec and show homes. A year earlier, there were 126 of these homes.

2. Prices on spec homes stepped up. The average price on completed but unabsorbed single-family homes in southeast Calgary last month was $726,373, which was the highest in Calgary. In April 2015, the average was $672,954.

3. A stretch of new communities in southeast Calgary had a wide lead on single-family homes under construction. CMHC tracks housing activity by community clusters and one comprised of New Brighton, Copperfield, Cranston, Auburn Bay, and Mahogany had 344 single-family homes underway last month. That was more than 100 clear of the next most active group, including Sherwood and Nolan Hill, which had 230.

Click on link for more information…….

 

 

Family Home in Rocky Ridge

Wed, 08 Jun by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

*PRICE REDUCTION!* This FULLY FINISHED home features 4 bedrooms/4 baths on a quiet street in the popular community of Rocky Ridge . This 2 Storey DETACHED bare land condo offers low condo fees set up for maintenance for lawn & snow removal. Ideal arrangement for the busy life style or anyone who requires these services. Main floor boasts new hardwood flooring, ceramic tile, UPGRADED stainless steel appliances, granite sink, ample counter space, half bath and the convenience of main floor laundry. Upstairs you will find a large master bedroom equipped with a newly updated ENSUITE, 2 additional bedrooms and another FULL bathroom. Beautifully landscaped, fenced backyard comes with a new deck, mature trees, RV Parking, and a double detached garage. Basement is fully developed with a 4th bedroom, 3pc bath, rec room and NEW hot water tank. Close to schools, shopping, the community center and public transportation. No work to be done with this home, just move in and enjoy!

Call Matt Antrum at 403 608 5684.

284 Hawkwood Dr Nw, Calgary For Sale

Wed, 13 Jan by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)
Family Homes For Sale with Finished Walk Out.

Hawkwood Family Homes For Sale with Finished Walk Out, in NW Calgary.

Hawkwood Real Estate, Matt Antrum & Geoff Antrum – CIR Realty  Call at Cell 403 608 5684 for details.

This home has sold. Contact us for the sold price. Welcome to this standout 2 Storey, well maintained home with finished WALKOUT, offering 4 bedrooms, vaulted knockdown ceilings, high efficient furnace, newer roof, central air and new intercom system throughout. Main floor boasts open concept living room w/ traditional fireplace, formal dining with bay window, main floor home office, and main floor laundry. Upstairs you will find 3 good sized bedrooms including a private master bedroom w/ walk-in closet, and 5pc ensuite. Walkout basement has been developed with Rec room, 4th bedroom, full bathroom, and gas fireplace. A bright spacious layout, this home is perfect for the growing family to surround yourself with all the amenities a community needs. Only a short walk to Schools, playgrounds & bus stops. Easy access to the Crowfoot Shopping Center, LRT & the University of Calgary. Don’t miss your opportunity to own this beautiful home at a great value in the established community of Hawkwood.

Calgary Move-Up Buyers! Why it May be a Good Time to Buy and Sell in Calgary in 2016

Sat, 03 Oct by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

CIR_newLogo_final As media outlets are currently busy focusing on Canada’s downturned market, technical recession, and the hit to our economy  due to low oil prices, many Calgarians are receiving the message that “the sky is falling”. However, while we all need  to  sympathize with Albertans who are having difficult times, families also need to look at their own situation and if you need to  “Move-Up” due to an expanding family then you should not be in a “hold mode” due to the negative news.

In reality, this is a very good time to move up in the Calgary housing market. For example, let’s take a young couple living in a townhouse or starter home that want to expand into the larger family home market. The townhouse may not have moved up in price over the past 12 months, however the family home you plan to buy has not moved in price, either. The “price differential” has not change from this time last year, i.e. the family home price minus the townhouse price is essentially the same. Even if home prices have dropped 2% or 3 % in past 12 months, the “price differential” is steady.

The other good news is mortgage rates have come down over the past 12 months. Right now Buyers have the best opportunity for very low mortgage rates. For example, a five year fixed rate has dropped down to 2.50% (today’s rate) from approx. 3.00% (12 months ago). These low mortgage rates can translate into large savings on your overall monthly payments. Are you curious just how much you may save? Please contact us for your pre-approval needs.

Obviously, as a seller you have to be realistic when you list your home and price is key to selling, as this also applies to the home you will be buying.

REALTOR© Tip for Calgary Move Up Buyers: It is optimal to have your home listed with a firm Offer in place before you buy your next home. This reduces stress and allows you to be in financial control. Speak to your REALTOR© about planning the sale of your home and purchase. The timing & planning of your “Move Up” is essential.

New Alberta Government – How Does This Affect Alberta Home Buyers? Its Good News!

Wed, 06 May by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

One major tax that Jim Prentice was planning went under the RADAR for most Albertan’s.

It was part of the PC Budget and dramatic fee hikes coming to Alberta real estate market.

This was one major over reaction by Prentice and would of hit first time buyers very hard.

The tax will rise six times its current level. (What gave anyone the right to raise them by this amount!)

Here is what it will mean for a buyer who purchases a $500,000 new home this summer.

The average price for a standalone house in Calgary for Buyer who takes out a $400,000 mortgage.

Currently, Buyer pays $150 for New Land Title and $140 for Mortgage Registration. Total of $290.

Proposed PC (Prentice) Budget:

Buyer pays $675 for New Land Title and $555 for Mortgage Registration.  Total of $1,230.

This major tax increase was not called for!

Notley (NDP) makes buying a home more affordable by cancelling PC Mortgage Tax hike!

Rachel Notley’s NDP will make homes more affordable for Buyers and families by cancelling the PC plan
to increase Mortgage and Land Title Taxes by 600 percent!

 

Renfrew: Calgary’s Inner City Hot Spot

Thu, 19 Feb by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

Renfrew: Calgary’s Inner City Hot Spot

Imagine being able to walk to work and save yourself the stress of the morning and evening commutes, not to mention the cost of downtown parking. Well, residents of Calgary’s inner city neighbourhood of Renfrew have this luxury.

Renfrew is a picturesque community perched atop an escarpment overlooking Calgary’s downtown core and beautiful Bridgeland area. This trendy neighbourhood has a lot to offer residents with lovely tree-lined streets, walking and biking trails and eclectic dining options, all just minutes from the city centre.

Real estate in Renfrew is a mix of single dwelling homes, condo style apartments, townhouses and luxury infill residences. With such a diverse mix of property, it is possible for even first-time home-buyers to own a home in the inner city. Regal Park, situated in the heart Renfrew, is a condominium townhouse complex that offers affordability, peace and proximity to a wide array of amenities.

Looking for something fun to do with the family? Renfrew is within walking distance of both the Telus Spark Science Centre and the Calgary Zoo. Renfrew also has a great playground area, outdoor tennis-courts, soccer-fields, indoor and outdoor skating rinks and a City-Of-Calgary Recreation Centre which offers fitness-classes and day-camps in addition to an indoor swimming pool, steam-room and hot tub.