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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, Realtor.ca 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.

Thinking of selling your Calgary Home or Condo please check out these links:

http://www.searchcalgaryhomes.ca/selling-your-calgary-home
http://www.searchcalgaryhomes.ca/free_market_evaluation.php

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.

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

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

 

Wanted: Full Time REALTOR® to Join Our Team

Wed, 26 Mar by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)
Wanted: Full Time REALTOR® to Join Our Team
Are you looking for Buyer/Seller leads? We are looking for a Licensed REALTOR® (less than 5 years) to join our team of three REALTORS®. We need a  REALTOR® that is full time in residential real estate. Must be motivated and have the ability to close 3 or more deals per month, and work all over Calgary and area. 2014 could be your year to expand and improve your business. Ideally we are looking for a  based in south Calgary.
Check us out at http://www.searchcalgaryhomes.ca  and http://www.AntrumRealEstate.com
Please contact Geoff Antrum, REALTOR® at CIR REALTY.
403 608 5682
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Breaking into Calgary Housing Market in 2014

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

Breaking into Calgary Housing Market in 2014. What Do Buyers Need to Know

Calgary Homes & Condos are selling more rapidly than 2009 to 2012.

It’s a Calgary Seller’s market in 2014, similar story as 2013.

Housing Inventory is down: less number of homes for Buyers to choose from.

So good quality homes that are priced right will not be on the market for very long. A matter of days in a few key areas of Calgary. There can be multiple Offers and homes can sell at List price. Buyers who keep waiting for a home to drop in price can be disappointed since it could easily sell if it’s close to market value. This is where Buyers need a  REALTOR® to guide them on price and market value. Buyers can get caught up in the hype and over pay. So speak to your REALTOR® about market value for community you are buying in.  Ask your REALTOR® what is the Average Drop Price for Calgary community you are planning to buy in.

Calgary Buyers who procrastinate & are indecisive will miss out!  If you see a home or condo that stands out from the crowd and looks like great value, don’t wait. The 2014 market is fast and many buyers will be looking at the same property, for the same reasons. A REALTOR®  can help Buyers make an informed decision in a fast market that is in the interest of the Buyer.

Calgary Market Conditions                    2013                 2014 (Forecast)

  • Seller’s Market                        Yes                  Yes
  • Single Family Home Price Gain         7.8%                 3.8%
  • Net Migration to Calgary              19,000              15,000
  • Rental Vacancy Rate                    1.0%                 1.2%
  • Calgary  GDP                           3.4%                 3.7%
  • USA GDP                                1.6%                 2.5%

(Data taken from CREB 2014 Economic Outlook & Regional Housing Forecast)

Please check out our website at  www.searchcalgaryhomes.ca
Geoff Antrum  REALTOR® at CIR REALTY 403 608 5682
Matt Antrum REALTOR® at CIR REALTY 403 608 5684

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Just Sold A Family Home in Sherwood NW Calgary

Mon, 16 Dec by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

Just sold 402 Sherwood Place in NW Calgary. Great family home built in 2010 and well priced for the
Calgary Market. Sherwood is a newer community just north of Beacon Hill and has some new homes for sale as well.
Its very close to Stoney Trail and Sarcee Trail.

Are you looking to buy a family homes in Sherwood or NW Calgary please call Geoff Antrum, 403 608 5682 or Matt Antrum
at 403 608 5684. Buyers can also check out homes for sale at www.searchcalgaryhomes.ca.

Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum are REALTORS®  at CIR Realty.

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Citadel Townhouse For Sale : 158 Citadel Meadow Gardens for $329,900

Sat, 14 Dec by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

Great Townhouse located in Citadel in NW Calgary, with approx. 1,500 sq. feet of finished living space. It includes 3 Bedrooms, large Master bedroom, finished basement, new high end laminate on main floor, new carpet in finished basement. Freshly painted home & ready to move in. Walking distance to schools (Public & Catholic in Citadel), parks, trails, and bus stop. Close To Major Shops and all amenities, including Walmart, Canadian Superstore, Crowfoot Shopping Center, Royal Oak Mall, Library, YMCA, Crowfoot C Train. Call Geoff Antrum today for a viewing at 403 608 5682. Price: 4329,900.

Link to Property Photos and Description: http://www.searchcalgaryhomes.ca/listing/calgary/c3589045-158-citadel-Meadow Gardenmeadow-gd-nw

 

How To Negotiate a Successful Offer – Calgary Buyers and Sellers Need Balance!

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

How To Negotiate a Successful Offer – Calgary Buyers & Sellers Need Balance!

  • Seller & Buyer need to be motivated and willing to negotiate an Offer that is fair to both parties.
    If a balance is reached the Buyer and Seller are more likely be successful.
  • Seller & Buyer must be aware of Calgary Housing Market. Is it a Buyer’s market?
    Is it a Seller’s market? Or is it a balanced market? Talk to your REALTOR®.
  • Both parties need to know what comparable homes are selling for in community.
    And how does the property being negotiated “fit in” to the local community sold data?
  • If one party feels as though the other party is not acting in good faith and is not
    negotiating in an equitable manner no successful Offer will be agreed.
  • Buyers & Sellers need to be objective and put themselves in the other person’s position before they act.
    For agreement both parties have to be prepared to compromise.
  • Finally, listen to your REALTORS® recommendations, who will give you guidance on
    the negotiations and lead you to a successful accepted Offer. Please check out our website at  www.searchcalgaryhomes.ca
    REALTOR® Matt Antrum at CIR REALTY 403 608 5684
    REALTOR®: Geoff Antrum at CIR REALTY 403 608 5682

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Buying a Home with CIR REALTY in Calgary in 2013 and 2014

Tue, 10 Dec by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

Calgary 2013 Housing Market. What Buyers need to Know?
Homes & Condos under $500,000 are selling faster than past few years. Its a Sellers market. So good quality homes that are priced right will not be on the market for very long. A matter of days in a few key areas of Calgary. There can be multiple Offers and homes can sell at List price. Buyers who keep waiting for a home to drop in price can be disappointed since it could easily sell if its close to market value. This is where Buyers need a REALTOR®  to guide them on price and market value. Buyers can get caught up in the hype and over pay. So speak to your REALTOR® about market value for community you are buying in. Ask your REALTOR® what is the Average Drop Price for community you are planning to buy in.

What do we anticipate for the 2014 Calgary Real Estate Market?  The following extract from a BMO News Article sums up the forecast for Calgary in 2014……

” Calgary has reclaimed its title as the strongest major housing market in the country after correcting several years ago, says a new report released by BMO Economics. The report, Canadian Housing Update: Tale of Four Cities, examined the state of the housing markets in Canada’s four largest cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. Sal Guatieri, senior economist with BMO Capital Markets, said listings are lean in the city, giving sellers the upper hand right now on prices.“Three main factors. Strong economy. Strong population growth. And good affordability. Those are all driving Calgary’s housing market now and likely in the future,” said Guatieri.

“We don’t see bad things happening to Calgary’s economy any time soon, barring a big drop in oil prices for example. And we think Alberta for one will definitely lead economic growth perhaps for the next couple of years riding the energy boom. As a result, Canadians from across the country will likely continue to migrate to Alberta and Calgary looking for work. That can always support the housing market.”

Calgary is an exciting city to live in. Geoff Antrum and Matt Antrum are here to assist Buyers and Sellers make real estate investment choices that are based on the clients
best interests. Please call us and check out our website at  www.SearchCalgaryHomes.ca

CIR REALTY is Alberta’s largest independent real estate brokerage that offers residential, commercial and investment real estate services. Geoff Antrum (403 608 5682) & Matt Antrum (403 608 5684) are REALTORS® at CIR REALTY and we specialize in residential sale in Calgary and area.

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Inglewood Calgary is the Place to Live

Sat, 12 Oct by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

If you are a Fitness Fanatic this is the place for you. You must check out the Gym and Fitness Area.

We have a New Listing in Inglewood at: # 613 35 Inglewood Park SE, Calgary.

*OPEN HOUSE SUN OCT 13 2-4p* Welcome to the fantastic combination of inner city urban living and natural park like surroundings. Located only minutes from downtown, Sobow offers the sophisticated lifestyle and convenience that’s unmatched. This impeccable modern residence comes with a long list of amenities. Take your fitness resolution to the next level with a state of the art 13,000 sq ft gym complete with a aerobics studio and a sauna! You can now entertain your guests with style in the   elaborate party room that is sure to impress everyone.  Commuting within the city couldn’t be easier with the   incredible connections within Calgary provided by Deerfoot & Blackfoot Tr. Spend the weekends attending shops and local events in this unique community. This spacious penthouse unit includes a convenient underground titled parking that’s located next to the elevator and offers one of the largest storage units in the complex The hardwood floor and granite are just some of the upgrades that will wow you!

This property is Listed by Karim Hassam & Geoff Antrum at CIR REALTY, please contact Karim at 403 689 9594.

You can view this property at http://www.searchcalgaryhomes.ca/listing/calgary/c3588431-613-35-inglewood-pa-se

Antrum Real Estate Team: Geoff Antrum and Matt Antrum are  REALTORS® at CIR Realty.

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