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Beautiful Alberta – Check out this Video by Outsider

Sun, 18 Feb by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

https://www.facebook.com/followoutsider/videos/385018268637798/

Check out this Link: http://www.searchcalgaryhomes.ca/moving-to-calgary-from-overseas if you are moving to Alberta and/or Calgary.

Calgary Walkout Basement – Is it for You?

Mon, 05 Feb by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

 I have sold many homes in Calgary, with and without walkout basement. Buyers need to determine if a walkout is going to fit into their lifestyle and meet their families needs. Lets take Mom & Dad and three children under ten, ages 3, 5 and 7. There is a “stay at home Mom” at the moment and wants to let her children go into the fenced backyard and watch them play on the lawn while she is busy in the kitchen on the main floor. The kitchen overlooks the backyard and has a door for direct access for her and the children. So in this case a walk out basement does not work! She also has a dog that also wants quick access to the yard. There are many situations where parents with young children and pets where the walkout basement does not work and is not practical. So buyers need to pay special attention when buying a Calgary home with a walkout.

Families with teenage children however can benefit from the walkout basement, it gives a third level where teenage’s can hang out with their friends and there is often 1 or 2 bedrooms in the basement. Or the buyer may want to rent out the walkout area to a tenant as a basement suite, since it has a separate entrance and may be able to walk to rear garage. For these reasons and the added benefits of a third level with family space and good lighting we do have a large demand for walkouts. But they are not for all families.

You do pay more in Calgary for a house with a walkout basement. We can do a search for Calgary homes that have finished walkout basements, just contact Geoff Antrum, REALTOR® at 403 608 5682, or Matt Antrum, REALTOR®  at 403 608 5684). We both work at CIR REALTY in Calgary. Or email at: gantrum@cirrealty.ca

We can quickly prepare a search for you for walkout basement homes in Calgary.

Please check out our websites at:  www.searchcalgaryhomes.ca and www.matthewantrum.alberta.cirrealty.ca

Calgary Starter Homes $300,000 and Up, No Condo Fees

Wed, 31 Jan by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

 Please check out Calgary Starter Homes, $300,000 and up, with no Condo Fees.

Call us at 403 608 5682 for showing times and questions.

We have new and resale, Calgary Starter homes ranging from $300,000 to $460,000.  Ask about homes Below Market Value.

What is My Calgary Home Worth?

Tue, 30 Jan by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

Planning to Sell Your Calgary Home?

What are the Top Two Question Sellers want to know before Selling their home?

1) What is My House or Condo Worth right now? We can give you the market valuation for your home.
Let you know the locak market conditions and how we can market your home.

2) What do I have to do to get my home ready to sell? We have the answer and will list key features of your home that will maximise the dollar value of your home. Its not always about major renovations, but can be more about presentation and staging.

Discount & Savings: We can keep the costs under control for Sellers. Here are two ways to save: Buy Your Next Home with Us & Receive Discount to Sell Your Present Home! Savings: If we list your home and bring a buyer we can save you money. We can explain at the Home Evaluation.

Detached sales activity boosts February housing market Feb. 2017

Thu, 02 Mar by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

DetachCIR_newLogo_finaled sales activity boosts February housing market Feb. 2017

Calgary Housing Market Report , March 1, 2017 – After the first two months of the year, Calgary’s detached sector continues to drive a slow transition in the housing market. February sales totaled 1,342 units, which is still 19 per cent below long-term averages, but an improvement over the past two years. As sales kept trending upward, detached inventory levels continued to ease in February. These conditions caused months of supply to fall to 2.4 months, putting less downward pressure on pricing. Unadjusted detached benchmark prices totaled $501,900 in February, which is one per cent lower than prices recorded last year, but slightly higher than January figures. “There seems to be a new sense of optimism these days,” said CREB® president David P. Brown. “Some sellers are feeling upbeat about the changing landscape and the improved chances of selling their home. Other people are looking at the spring market with caution and wondering if we’re going to see a higher than expected surge of listings. While there’s less product on the market right now, sellers still need to be realistic with their pricing.” The amount of excess inventory eased in the overall market in February, setting the stage for a transition to a more stable market this year. Months of supply totaled 3.4 months, down from five months over last February. At the same time, the sales-to-new-listings ratio trended from a near record February low of 39 per cent last year to 55 per cent this February. With sales improving and new listings and inventories contracting—two key measures of market balance, there’s good evidence to show that the housing market has started a trend toward more balanced conditions. “The transition in the housing market appears to be underway,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lure. “However, it is important to note that this change is primarily being driven by improvements in the detached market and stability in the labour market.” “It will take some time for these conditions to translate into all housing segments and achieve price recovery,” said Lurie. “But all indicators continue to point toward a slow transition from a contracting market toward one that is stabilizing at lower levels.”

Thinking of Selling Your Calgary Home

Wed, 18 Jan by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

ThinCIR_newLogo_finalking of Selling Your Calgary Home?
Do I Buy first then sell? Or Sell then Buy?
There are three options to look at and choose.
Sellers need to think very carefull about the option they choose.

Option 1: Low Risk: Sell Your Home First then Buy Your Next Home
This option is the safe financial approach for most clients. Put your property on the market and wait for a firm sale, i.e. when all conditions have been removed. Ensure you have a 2 to 3 month possession date so you have time to find a new property.

This ensures you know what funds are coming from the sale of your home.
The sold price is fixed and you can make an offer on a home with confidence.

You only need to have two basic conditions when buying with Option 1:
1) Homes Inspection
2) Finance Condition
Sellers do not like a Sale of Buyers Home Condition and Option 1 does not require this condition.

Option 1 allows you to make an Offer that is more aggressive and the seller will more likely negotiate with you.

Option 2: High Risk: Buy Your Next Home and List your Home

If you have funds beyond your present home this option works.
However if the funds for the home you are buying come from your present home then this is high risk.

Option 3: High Risk: Make an Offer on your next home that is conditional upon sale of your home. Can cost you money and frustration! No Deal!

This can be costly since the seller will not generally drop price of home a significant amount. The deal does not usually go through due to sale of your home not completing on time. The seller may not even look at your offer due to this condition, especially in competing bids.

Need a Home Evaluation please click on this link:
http://www.searchcalgaryhomes.ca/free_market_evaluation.php

What Are The New Canadian Mortgage Rules?

Wed, 02 Nov by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

What Are The New Mortgage Rules?  As of 17th October 2016.

  1. The government will restrict insurance on mortgages to loans on owner-occupied dwellings with amortization periods less than or equal to 25 years, purchase prices (not loan amounts) of less than $1 million, and for borrowers who meet a minimum credit score standard of 600.
  2. All insured mortgages in Canada (i.e. any mortgage where the borrower puts less than 20% down OR portfolio insured mortgages – i.e bulk insured loans with MORE than 20% down) will be underwritten using posted rates to qualify borrowers based on their income. For perspective, based on today’s rates, that means a borrower that could qualify for a mortgage at a 5-year fixed rate of 2.29% now will have to qualify – as of the 17th of October – at the qualifying rate of 4.64%.
  3. Foreign buyers will need to prove that a home they sell is their primary residence to avoid capital gains tax exemption abuse.

For example, if you have an annual household income of $60,000 and all other variables remain the same, the difference between the old rules and the new rules are a $338,000 home vs. a $272,000 home. Your purchasing power just went down by $66,000.

Another example, a home buyer currently qualified to purchase with 10% down for a mortgage of $527,000. After October 17th, this home buyer would qualify for a $420,000 mortgage. This equates to a 20% drop in buying power. (All things being equal in terms of property taxes, income, debts, etc).

Useful Tip: If you’re a homebuyer and you have a pre-approval, then talk to your mortgage broker because the numbers you qualify for probably just changed. It maybe more difficult for Sellers to find a quailifed Buyer, and it may affect property prices in Alberta, we will have to wait and see.

Some of this information was provided by First Foundation, please check out this link for more information.
http://www.firstfoundation.ca/blog/canadian-mortgage-rule-changes-august-2016-winners-and-losers/

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 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.

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.