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Ten Key Opportunities (Tips) To Selling Your Calgary Home

Fri, 09 Mar by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

Ten Key Opportunities (Tips) To Selling Your Home Quickly!

1) Price Your Home Right! Your home must be priced at market value for Calgary, your community and street. This is the most important tip of all. If you don’t do this your home will sit on the market and become an old listing, buyers will become suspicious and think there is something wrong with the property. Your Realtor has the responsibility to prepare you a detailed Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home, so you know the market value range of your home. The List Price has to be accounted for when doing the CMA.

2) Choose a Listing REALTOR that will get the job done & energize you the Seller to complete these key Tips. I understand that it is not always possible to do every tip. For example if you have tenants it can be a challenge to sell your property. You may want to wait until tenants have moved out! Or market the property to Investors/Landlords that want to buy a property with a paying tenant!

3) Property Presentation is a Must. The properties that sell quickly are staged, de-cluttered, and cleaned ready for selling. Inside and out!

4) Online Marketing Works. Your Realtor must have an online presence and know how to do online marketing to attract buyers. Google, social media, Kijiji, websites, Facebook, and many more online tools.

5) Professional Photographs. How do you get buyers to come to your property? Make sure the photographs have been done professionally and are shown on as many websites as possible. The property need exposure.

6) Property Repairs. The seller should not put off repairs & maintenance jobs that need to be done for selling. Such as ceiling stains, loose door handles, painting where required. Renovations may be necessary. But be careful, are you going to get your money back? Discuss with your Realtor any expensive renovations to determine if it makes financial sense.

7) Negotiating with Buyers. When an Offer comes in ensure you look at all offers and you are reasonable and negotiate in “good faith”.  Be sensible when Home inspection comes back with issues that the seller should have sorted out. Price reduction may be necessary to close the deal if there are repair issues, such as roof repairs!

8) Seller must allow showings! Sellers need to allow their REALTOR to make appointments and not continually turn away buyers. This can be stressful for sellers but if the house is not shown to buyers it will not sell.

9) Remove Pets & People. Pets should be removed for all showings. Buyers are put off property very quickly when pets are in the house. Seller ideally should not be at home.

10) No bad smells! Here are the worst sort of smells that put off buyers: cigarette smell, pet urine smell, spicy food smells, smelly/moldy carpets and smelly basements.

Finally, Listen to Your REALTOR. Selling your property can be stressful. However if you follow these tips and listen to your Realtor then the job of selling you home can be done in an efficient way and you can move onto your next home. The selling process does need the Seller and the Listing Realtor to work together as a “Team” so things are not forgotten and Selling Your Home is achieved.

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We are here to help you Sell Your Calgary Home with less stress!
Geoff Antrum (403 608 5682) Matt Antrum (403 608 5684) at CIR REALTY.

Moving to Calgary in Alberta Canada in 2018

Sat, 24 Feb by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

Are you planning to move to Calgary in Alberta Canada?
Please check out this video and also Calgary Homes for Sale

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:

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

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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.

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Calgary Housing Forecast: A slow transition for 2017

Thu, 12 Jan by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

Calgary Housing Forecast: A slow transition for 2017

After calgary_skyline_bow2_0 updatea long period of economic downturn, Calgary’s housing market is expected to see some price stability in 2017, but not across all market segments and property types. Both detached and attached prices remain unchanged over 2016 levels, while apartment is forecasted to contract by another two per cent.

“The transition in the housing market will be a slow process,” said CREB®chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “We are entering the year with high unemployment rates and the possibility that job growth will not occur until the latter portion of 2017. These conditions will continue to weigh on housing demand, but supply is adjusting to weaker sales activity, which will eventually translate into price stability.”

City-wide sales are forecasted to total 18,335 units in 2017, a three per cent gain over 2016, but 12 per cent below long-term averages. This modest demand change will merge with declining listings and easing inventory in the new home market to support more balanced conditions and prevent further downward pressure on prices.

“This year is about moving away from extremely challenging conditions,” said 2017 CREB® president David P. Brown. “The transition is going to take some time, which means sellers need to stick with the fundamentals of pricing their homes correctly against other comparable product in the market. There’s still lots of choice out there for buyers, but major price declines are unlikely in most segments.”

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.

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:
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.