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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.

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

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.

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.”

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.

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

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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Sell Calgary Home

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

How do I Sell my Calgary Home quickly? We have many sellers ask this question.

Here are some useful tips on how to sell your Calgary home quickly and for top price.

1) Price your home correctly. Listen to your  REALTOR® and find out what the market value is for your Calgary home.

2) Choose a Real Estate Office (Brokerage) that will look after your interests and listen to your needs.

3) Choose a REALTOR® who can market your Calgary home to a wide audience. Internet marketing and Google are key features to look for.

4) Make sure the REALTOR® uses a Professional photographer for the property and Virtual Tours are included.

5)  REALTOR® Services vary from very little to top of the line in Calgary. We can fine tune our  REALTOR® services for each seller.
We offer a Budet, Premium and Elite Service packages to out clients.

Please check out our website at for more information on selling your Calgary home.

Matt Antrum and Geoff Antrum are REALTORS® at CIR REALTY and we can offer many services to Calgary Sellers.

Matt Antrum can be reached at 403 608 5684 and Geoff Antrum can be reached at 403 608 5682.

The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS®, MLS®,  are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Used under license.

CIR REALTY and Value Added for Calgary Buyers & Sellers

Mon, 29 Apr by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

CIR REALTY and Value Added for Calgary Buyers & Sellers
How do you choose a   REALTOR® in Calgary? Its all about value and what the  REALTOR® and the Brokerage  (CIR REALTY) can give their clients.
What can we bring to the table for Calgary Buyers and Sellers is the key question.

Please check out our website for Calgary Homes For Sale and “Thinking of Selling Your Home”  pages.

Here are key features when you are planning to sell your Calgary Home:

1) Online Marketing: MLS® and Google marketing are essential to sell your home

2) Professional Photographs of Your Home will attract Buyers online to come and view your home

3) Your Home needs to be on multiple Calgary Real Estate Websites

4) Make sure your home is ready for viewing by Buyers

Please contact Geoff Antrum ( REALTOR®) and Matt Antrum ( REALTOR®) at CIR REALTY to buy or sell your next Calgary Home.
Please check out our website:
We have all MLS® Calgary Homes For Sale and you can search all Calgary homes for sale.

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Selling Your Calgary Home with CIR REALTY

Sat, 20 Apr by Geoff Antrum & Matt Antrum (Father & Son Team)

Selling Your Calgary Home with CIR REALTY.
Why would you choose CIR Realty to Sell Your  Calgary Home?

CIR Realty attracts Calgary Home Sellers due to six key marketing reasons:

1)  Highly trained staff and REALTORS® provide professional service that is recognized in the industry.
2)  CIR REALTY is the Top Office (Brokerage) in Calgary in terms of sales.
3)  CIR REALTY has an online Internet presence that is significant in the Calgary area
4)  CIR REALTY has TV and radio adverts that attract Calgary Buyers
5)  International Marketing is a major part of  CIR REALTY’s business
6)   CIR REALTY provides full coverage of Calgary, town’s and rural areas surrounding Calgary.

Please check out our website at  if you are thinking of selling your Calgary home.
We can customize our services to meet all Sellers needs in the residential market. Ask for a free home evaluation.

Geoff Antrum (REALTOR®) and Matt Antrum REALTOR®) work with CIR REALTY to provide our clients with the service they want and need to sell their Calgary Home.
We are a Father and Son Team that provides an experience that is professional and geared towards the clients needs & interests.


Geoff Antrum: Cell 403 608 5682  Matt Antrum: Cell 403 608 5684


The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS®, MLS®,  are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Used under license.