April 2021 Calgary Real Estate Newsletter


What’s your Calgary Home Worth in Today’s Market?

We Offer Free Calgary Home Evaluations

If you own a stock, you can probably go online and quickly look up its current value. What about your home? That, too, is an important investment and probably your most valuable one. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could “look up” its current value in just a few minutes?

Well, despite all the Calgary real estate data available on the internet these days, there is no site that will calculate your home’s true market value – at least not accurately. So, if you were to put your home up for sale tomorrow, how would you determine what it would likely sell for?

Your home’s probable selling price is influenced by the following factors:

  • The type and style of your home.
  • The condition of your home. (Is it “move in” ready?)
  • How well your home shows? (Is it staged?)
  • The desirability of the neighbourhood.
  • Recent selling prices of similar homes in the area.
  • The current demand for a home like yours.

All these factors, especially recent solds in the area, need to be considered in order to come up with the price range within which your property will likely sell. Why is this information important? If you plan on listing soon, the benefits of knowing the probable selling price is obvious. But even if your plans to move are far down the road, it’s still a good idea to know what your home is worth – today. That information enables you to plan ahead and make better decisions. It’s something worth thinking about. We Offer Free Calgary Home Evaluations.


Should You Worry About Competition?

Buying A Calgary Home

Buying a Calgary home is different than purchasing most other “products” in one important respect: agreeing to the price tag doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the property! There may be competing offers.

Fortunately, there is plenty that can be done to increase your chances of getting the home you want. The most effective strategy is to be proactive. Get alerted to and go to see properties that match your criteria the moment they come on the market. That way, you’ll get a jump on competing buyers. When you find a home you want, go in at the right price. You don’t want to pay too much, but your offer does need to signal to the seller that you’re serious. Effective offer presentation and negotiation also play vital roles. Having your offer presented with expertise and skill by Jerry Charlton will maximize your chances of getting the deal. Yes, competing offers can make you anxious. But, if you have the right expert working on your behalf, you can breathe a little easier.


New Decking Options for Calgary Home Owners

Calgary Home Deck Options

When you decide it’s time to install or replace a deck surface, you may find there are more choices than you had expected. There are many new materials and installation options that have come to the market over just the past few years.

For example, in addition to traditional wood decking, there are contemporary synthetic and composite materials that possess properties that are remarkably similar to natural wood species – in terms of texture, appearance, density and workability. However, these materials offer superior durability in tough weather conditions and a wider range of colours than natural surfaces. In addition, manufactured decking surfaces provide barefoot comfort without the worry of splinters, as well as water-shedding properties that help improve traction after a rainstorm. Synthetic materials are also very popular when it comes to railings and steps thanks to innovative installation systems that are easy enough for most industrious homeowners to tackle. Many offer pre-cut and/or interlocking pieces. As well, certain aluminum installations are enjoying renewed popularity thanks to new options that are clad in vinyl for extended protection and reduced maintenance.


Notable, Quotable, Quotes!

“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.”
Roy E. Disney


“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
John F. Kennedy


“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
Barbara De Angelis

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March 2021 Calgary Real Estate Newsletter


Picking the Ideal Calgary Community for your Next Home

Picking The Right Calgary Community For Your Next Home

Imagine moving to a neighbourhood that has something you really want, like a nearby golf course, more wooded areas and walking / hiking trails, or a faster commute to work. How would that impact your lifestyle?

Chances are, it would have a big impact! In fact, your choice of Calgary neighbourhood plays a huge role in your overall enjoyment of your home.

Of course, you might love living where you are right now, but if you’re looking for a change, here are some tips for finding a new area that fits your desired lifestyle:

Make a list. Write down all the things you want in a neighbourhood. For example, you might want to live in a bustling urban setting with nearby access to public transit, theatre, and shopping. Or, you might want just the opposite! The point is to clearly define your ideal neighbourhood.

Go on weekend scouting missions. Check out neighbourhoods that closely fit your criteria. Go for a walk. Check out the local amenities (parks, shopping, nearby golf course, etc.) Look at the types of homes in the area.

Talk to the neighbours. When visiting a targeted neighbourhood, try to chat with a few of the residents. If you see someone walking a dog, for example, say hello. Strike up a conversation. Get an idea of what it’s like to live in the area.

Get the facts. There is a lot of data available on City of Calgary neighbourhoods, including crime statistics, demographics, and more.

Check affordability. There’s no sense trying to get into an area where the homes are priced way beyond what you’re willing to spend. Conversely, you might be surprised by the type of neighbourhood you can afford. Find out.

Finally, the best way to find a home in the neighbourhood of your dreams is to get expert help from a Realtor like Jerry Charlton. If you’re looking for that, call today.


What to Do When Closing Dates Don’t Match

Closing Dates For Calgary Real Estate Deals

If you want to sell your current Calgary property and purchase your next dream home, you might be wondering whether the closing dates need to be on the same day. 

You might even be worried that you’ll lose a property if the closing dates overlap, or you’ll be put out on the street if the dates are far apart!

For the most part, these concerns are unfounded. Thousands of properties change hands every day and usually everything works out just fine. In fact, it’s amazing how often closing dates actually do match!

But, what happens if the closing date of the home you want to buy is days or weeks earlier than the closing date of your own property?

Most lenders anticipate this situation and offer something called “Bridge Financing.” It is a special loan that allows you to purchase the property with the earlier closing date. When your current property closes, the bridge financing ends and your new mortgage – if you need one – begins on the new home.

Alternatively, if the home you want has a later closing date, we will work together to explore options, such as a short-term rental on Rentfaster.ca.


Make a “Great Things” List

Your Homes Awesome List

What’s great about your home? Is it the spacious foyer and generous main floor closet space? Is it the beautiful washroom? Is it the playground that is only a short walking distance away?

Although some Calgary properties may look similar at first glance, every home is unique – with features and characteristics that make it special. If you’re considering putting your home on the market, make a list of all the great things about your property that potential Calgary Home Buyers will want to know.

Start by thinking about the most desirable features of your home. Write down what you really love about the house and the surrounding area.

Next, think about what comments friends and other visitors to your home have made. Have you ever heard anyone say something like, “I really love your kitchen!” or, “This is such a quiet street”? Those are indications that potential buyers will like those features and characteristics too.

Once you have your list, let’s talk. Together, we’ll review all the great things about your home and area, and decide how to market them effectively. We Offer Free Calgary Home Evaluations


Notable, Quotable, Quotes!

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”
Ayn Rand

A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.”
Bo Bennett

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
J.K. Rowling

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February 2021 Calgary Real Estate Newsletter


Balancing the Emotional and Practical Sides of Buying a Home in Calgary

Buying A Calgary Home - Practical Guide

Imagine this scenario... You’re shopping for a new Calgary home. You drive to visit a recent MLS® listing. As you walk through the front door, you’re impressed. Every room looks fantastic. You see yourself relaxing on the spacious patio, cooking in the modern kitchen, and enjoying evenings with the family in the cozy living room.

Your emotions are on overdrive. This is your dream home!

Should you make an offer? Probably. In fact, you should make that decision quickly in case there are other interested buyers.

However, your decision shouldn’t be guided purely by emotion. You want to make sure you take practical matters into consideration too.

For example, you’ll want to consider:

  • Is the property within your price range?
  • Does it have everything you need?
  • Do you like the neighbourhood?
  • How old is the property? Are there items, such as the furnace, that may need to be replaced soon?
  • Will it need any major repairs or upgrades?
  • What are the average monthly costs of carrying the home? (Property taxes, utilities, etc.)

Once you’ve considered the purchase of the home from a practical standpoint, you’ll have a lot more confidence in your decision when you make an offer.

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Create More Space in your Calgary Kitchen

Dream Kitchen For Your Calgary Home

Need more storage space in your kitchen for your growing collection of cookware, tableware, and supplies? You don’t have to do a renovation or even add a new table or cupboard. Here are a few simple ideas:

Pantry dividers. These enable you to store baking sheets, cutting boards and platters in an upright position, effectively doubling the storage capacity of that area.

Removable wine rack. This is simply an X made with wood and then slid into a cabinet space. You can make one yourself or find one that’s the right size at a kitchenware or home improvement store near you.

Hanging baskets. These are ideal for storing cooking utensils, fruit, vegetables, pasta and other items.

Hanging rod. This is similar to a towel rack, except you use S-shaped hooks – which you can find at any home improvement store – to hang pots, pans and other items. Restaurant kitchens often use these.

High shelving. A shelf installed high up the wall – near the ceiling – that wraps around the kitchen and dining area, can easily double your storage space.

There are many other products on the market that can help you make the most of your kitchen space. Look for options at your Calgary Home Improvement and Kitchenware stores.


How To Avoid Moisture Problems in Your Home

How To Avoid Moisture Problems

There are many hidden sources of moisture in your home that can lead to serious problems, such as mould.

To keep moisture levels in check, consider these tips:

  • Bathrooms are an obvious source of moisture build-up. Contractor and TV personality Mike Holmes recommends keeping the fan going for at least half an hour after a shower.
  • Check regularly for water infiltration around window and door sills, as well as other intakes into the home, such as dryer vents and cable wiring.
  • Determine the humidity level in your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it should be 30-60%. (Keep in mind that humidity may vary greatly from room to room.)
  • Regularly inspect the caulking around sinks, tubs and showers. Even a tiny break can cause water to leak gradually into the wall or floor, causing damage you may not notice for months.
  • Clean up wet spills as soon as possible. Be particularly careful with hardwood floors, as water can seep through and become trapped.
  • Repair leaking faucets and pipes immediately. Even a small drip can add significant moisture inside a vanity or kitchen cupboard.

Being mindful of moisture today can help you avoid potentially high repair bills later on.


Notable, Quotable, Quotes!

“Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.”
Norman Vincent Peale

“You can have everything you want…if you help enough other people get what they want!”
Zig Ziglar

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
Maya Angelou

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January 2021 Calgary Real Estate Newsletter


4 Reasons to Consider Selling Your Calgary Home

4 Reasons To Consider Selling Your Home in Calgary

Why do people decide to move? 

Unless it’s a requirement, such as a job relocation, the research tells us that you, like many homeowners, may decide to sell at some point for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Your home is no longer a good fit. You may have outgrown your current home and need something bigger, maybe with an additional bedroom. Or, the opposite may be true. You may want to downsize into something smaller – and cash in some of the home equity you’ve built up.
  • You’ve got your eye on a different neighbourhood. Have you ever driven through an area and thought, “I’d love to live here”? You may think that it’s out-of-reach for you at this time. Is it? You never know until you work the numbers. You might, in fact, qualify for a home in that neighbourhood today!
  • You want to be closer to something. Many homeowners would love to live closer to work, family, favourite hobbies, the country, etc. Moving to a home that’s near to one of those “somethings” can have a positive impact on your lifestyle.
  • It’s time for a change. Sometimes a homeowner just wants a change: new surroundings, a fresh start. Who says you need a “practical” reason to sell? If you’re looking to get into a new home just because you feel like it, that’s your choice. In fact, that may be the best reason of all to sell. You may simply want to move.

Do any of these reasons resonate for you? If so, now is the time to start preparing. Even if you don’t anticipate moving for several months, this is the best time to get the process started. Free Calgary Home Evaluations.


Be Prepared for Calgary Power Failures

Be Prepared For Calgary Power Failures

We are all vulnerable to unexpected power disruptions, but with a few advance preparations, potential inconveniences and dangers can be avoided or at least minimized. 

As a starting point, every home should have emergency supplies that include basics such as candles and matches, flashlight(s) and fresh batteries, a first-aid kit, and at least one large jug of fresh water.

If possible, it is advisable to have an even more extensive emergency kit. Consider keeping a stock of dried foods and/or canned goods, all-weather emergency blankets, waterproof clothing and footwear, as well as cash for consumables such as fuel and food supplies.

Anyone requiring medications should always renew them before running too low to ensure sufficient supply. Likewise, all battery-powered devices should be kept charged – including computers, cell phones and mobility vehicles.

For some, the inconveniences of a power-outage outweigh the cost of installing a gas-powered generator. Whether you’re ready to incur that expense or simply plan to stock up on supplies, it’s always wise to take steps that will see you and your loved ones through a power failure.


How Much To Spend on Your Next Calgary Home?

Calculate How Much To Spend on Your Next Home in Calgary

Even if you’re not thinking about selling your home, you might be wondering how much of a new home you could afford. You might see a house for sale in a nice area, and think, “Could I get into a house like that?”

Why not find out?

It only takes a few calculations to determine how much of a new home you qualify to buy. The calculation involves estimating how much you can get for your house on today’s market; determining what type of home you want and establishing what a house like that would currently sell for; and then taking into consideration your income, savings and other financial resources.

Once you put it all together, you’ll have a price range within which you can confidently shop for a new home.

This exercise might surprise you. You might find out you can afford to get into a home and neighbourhood you’ve always dreamed about. It’s worth finding out!


Notable, Quotable, Quotes!

“If we have the attitude that it is going to be a great day, it usually is.
Catherine Pulsifer

“Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.”
Norman Vincent Peale

“Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.”
Tim Fargo

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December 2020 Calgary Real Estate Newsletter


Avoiding the #1 Cause of Calgary Home Seller Stress

Avoid The Stress of Selling A Calgary House

Do you know what causes the most common source of stress when selling your home? Is it scheduling buyer viewings? Is it the length of time it takes for your property to sell? Is it an offer that falls through?

Those things can, indeed, cause some worry! But, the number one source of stress is actually simple to avoid. It’s not understanding the home selling process. 

Even if you’re no stranger to moving, you should review the process involved in selling your current home before you list it. If you don’t, you might end up exposing yourself to anxiety that could have been easily avoided.

Say, for example, you’re concerned that your home has been listed for too long. It’s been a week and no good offers have come in. Well, if you knew, in advance, how long a home like yours typically takes to sell, then you probably would know not to worry.

It’s important that you start the process by understanding what to expect. What happens when your home is first listed? How are buyers scheduled to see your property? What happens when an offer comes in?

That’s why we will always review the selling process before you list and make sure all your questions are answered.


Window Treatment Ideas that Help Sell Your Home

Window Covers Help Sell Homes

If you’re selling your Calgary home in the near future, your window treatments – curtains, blinds, etc. – will often be included with the property. They are an important selling feature. So, when a prospective buyer views your home, looks at the front window with its gorgeous draperies, and says, “Wow!”, that’s a good thing.

If you’re thinking of upgrading your window treatments in preparation for selling, here are a few ideas:

  • Buyers love to see vertical blinds on sliding patio doors. Installing these is a DIY-friendly project.
  • You may have a window that, for whatever reason, doesn’t need a curtain or blind. That’s fine. But, if you want to dress it up, consider a nice-looking valance.
  • If you have a window that looks dark, heavy or otherwise “over curtained”, strip it down.
  • Removing an inner curtain, for example, can dramatically lighten up the window as well as the entire room.
  • Replace any worn or stained curtains. There are many affordable, mid-quality curtains available that look terrific. Alternatively, try sending stained curtains to the cleaners.

Window coverings may seem minor when preparing your home for sale, but they make a difference in how your home looks overall.


Beware of “The Dip” When Setting Goals

Selling Goals for Calgary Home Owners

If you’ve ever run a marathon or watched one, you’ve probably noticed that no one quits at the beginning. They don’t quit near the end either. If anything, they run faster! So, at what point are people most likely to drop out?

The middle.

The middle is the toughest part of any marathon or, indeed, anything major you want to accomplish. In his book, The Dip, author Seth Godin states that the middle is the point in any project or goal where failure is most likely.

Have you set a new year’s goal? If so, beware of the dip! 

How do you do that? Prepare for it.

If you want to lose weight, for example, you’ll be most enthusiastic, and get the most encouragement from friends and family in January. But, what happens in March? At that point, the initial burst of motivation and support will have likely waned. That’s when it becomes tough to keep going.

There are several things you can do to get through the dip. One is to celebrate milestones. When you’re halfway to your goal, tell your friends and family. Get some high fives! You can also remind yourself that your goal is important to you and renew your determination to achieve it.

So don’t give up in the middle. Keep pushing through. After all, when the end is in sight, it will be a wonderful sight to behold.


Notable, Quotable, Quotes!

“Failure doesn’t come from not reaching your goal, but from having no goal to reach.”
Benjamin Mays

“You have to put in many, many, many tiny efforts that nobody sees or appreciates before you achieve anything worthwhile.”
Brian Tracy

“Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.”
Doug Ivester

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