Why Use Me As Your Realtor? Great Question!

You don't need me or any other Realtor to help you find and buy a home or sell a home these days. Everything you need is just a google search away. It's actually surprising that Realtors are still in business and doing over 95% of all transactions.

So why do people still use Realtors?

The number one reason is we know what we are doing start to finish.

We do this every day of the week. We've been there done that.

We have seen the good, bad, and ugly.

We will tell you Not To buy a property if we have valid reasons.

We are not emotionally attached and bring sound reasoning to the situation.

We are good at what we do and you get the benefit of our experience in the Real Estate Industry since 2002.

Call me Jerry Charlton 403 831 0842 for a free consultation whether your buying, selling, or investing in Real Estate. 

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5 Things For Home Sellers To Think About5 Headaches for Homeowners Selling a Home in Calgary

The Legal Stuff

Calgary Home Seller are on the hook for anything that they knew about and didn't disclose to the buyers. Trying to hide potential problems until the deal closes is not a good strategy. The new house owners can and will sue you. Disclose, Disclose, Disclose is the best way to avoid messy legal stuff. 

Calgary Home Buyer Demands

It's a Calgary Home Buyers Market right now. More homes for sale than willing, eager qualified home buyers. When the buyers are in control of the Calgary Alberta Real Estate Market, they make demands. The first is they demand a lower price. They demand possession on their preferred best date. They demand repairs and cleaning before possession or huge adjustment to the price as a penalty. They demand every little thing in a Home Inspection be fixed at your cost. Calgary Home Buyers make demands, be prepared. 

Cleaning, Cleaning, Cleaning!

Nothing turns a buyer off quicker than a home that looks lived in. The first impression is the place wasn't taken care of. The next thought in a Calgary Home Buyers mind is they can knock down the price because it looks lived in. No sense arguing that as a homeowner, you do actually live in your home and that gives it a lived-in look. Your fighting a losing battle with the home buyers. Better to CLEAN The HOUSE like you don't live there anymore. You'll get less buyer resistance and less Calgary Home Buyer Demands.

Repair Surprises

The buyers are going to get a Home Inspection. A Home Inspection turns into a To-Do list. Your To-Do list or the buyers are walking. Better to get a Pre Sale Home Inspection and fix the to-do list or price the house so the buyers can taker care of the To-Do list. Repair Surprises never turn out well. Get ahead of the Calgary Home Buyer Demands with your own Home Inspection.

Home Curb Appeal

Get this wrong, and you are paddling your canoe against the current. First Impressions are lasting impressions. Curb Appeal is what they think of your house and what they think their family and friends will think if they buy your house. Do not overlook this. I've seen identical homes compete with each other, and the one with the plants out front won. Cut the grass, paint the front door, change the hardware, powerwash, do what needs to be done. Make your house look better than your neighbors, and you will win that part of the beauty contest. 


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Get The Facts About Calgary Alberta Real Estate CommissionsQuestions People Ask About Calgary Alberta Realtor® Real Estate Fees and Commissions

  • Can I sell my house in Calgary on MLS® and pay no Realtor® Fees?
  • How are Realtor® Fees Calculated In Alberta?
  • Does The Buyer Pay A Realtor® Commission in Alberta?
  • Who pays the Realtor® Fee, the home buyer or the home seller?
  • Why are Calgary Real Estate Commissions so high?
  • Are 1% and 2% Realty Companies Legit?
  • What Calgary Realty Company has the lowest Commissions?
  • Are CIR Realty and Exp Realty Discount Brokerages?
  • Are Remax Commissions worth it?
  • How is the Realtor® Commission Calculated?
  • Can You Negotiate your Realtors® Commission?
  • How much are closing costs in Alberta?
  • Is there GST on Realtor® Fees in Alberta?
  • Does the Buyer pay Realtor® Fees in Canada?
  • How much are lawyer fees when buying a Calgary Alberta house?
  • What percentage do most Realtors® charge?
  • Are commissions paid on gross or net?
  • How do you solve commission problems?
  • How does Calgary Alberta Real Estate Commissions work?
  • Do Realtors keep 100% of the commission they collect in Calgary?


Answers to Questions People Ask About Calgary Alberta Realtor® Real Estate Fees & Commissions

Legally there is no such thing as set in stone non-negotiable Calgary Alberta Canada Realtor® Fees and Commissions.

Real Estate Fees are up for negotiation between Calgary Home Sellers, Calgary Home Buyers, and Calgary Realtors®.

The selling price of any home on the Alberta MLS® System included the Real Estate Commissions plus GST. The fee could have been zero, or 1%, or 2%, or $2,500, or $8,550, or 7% on the first $100,000 and 3.5% on the balance of the sale price, or any other creative commission calculation you could imagine.

The point is there is no set fee for Real Estate Commissions in Calgary Alberta, Canada.

Remax, Century 21, Royale Lepage, CIR Realty, Exp Realty, Sotheby's, 1% Realty, 2% Realty, 3% Realty, and the hundreds of other Alberta Real Estate Companies are prohibited by law from fixing commissions rates.

The above companies and their Realtors® all want your business and will negotiate your Real Estate Commissions.

Calgary Home Buyers pay 100% of the Reator® Fees because it's included in the Home Selling Price. It's like the mark-up on any product you buy at a retail store.

Some Calgary Realtors® claim they won't negotiate commissions. There are Real Estate Trainers and Coaches that charge Realtors® thousands of dollars to learn how to "Protect Commissions." Talk to a few Reatlors® and you hear the same old scripts. How if they are not tough on commissions with you, they won't be tough on Calgary Buyers on the home price. Blah, Blah, Blah.....

The bottom line is All Realtor® Commissions in Calgary Alberta Canada are Negotiable.

You can get a 1% Commission deal from a Remax Realtor just as easy as from the company that calls itself 1% Realty. 2% Commissions are offered by Century 21 Realtors® just as often as from the company called 2% Realty.

Brand means nothing in Real Estate, Calgary Home Prices Rule Everything.

Feel free to contact me anytime you want the Truth About Calgary Alberta Real Estate Fees and Commissions.

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Manage The Stress of Selling A Calgary HouseHow to Manage Stress When Selling a Home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Selling a home can be stressful. A lot is riding on a successful home sale. Many homeowners spend the time selling their home sitting "on pins and needles," as they say. It's hard not to worry. From the moment that a home is put up for sale, homeowners ask themselves: what will we do if the house doesn't sell for enough money? What if it takes far too long to sell?

These questions and concerns are real. There are certain things that you can do to make the home selling process go more smoothly.

If you're a Calgary homeowner who would like to sell your home sometime in the coming months, you can make the process easier on yourself by working with an experienced professional realtor. Below, we've listed ten stressors that homeowners experience when selling their home, and a few suggestions that homeowners can do to manage these fears.

1. Selling The House Within the Your Timeframe

Most Calgary homeowners need to sell their home on a deadline. If they can't sell their home by that time, they could experience hardships that could lead to losing money.

What You Can Do About It.

Homes tend to sell quickly at certain times of the year. Putting the house up for sale at a time of year when buyers are looking can help the home sell faster. Home Sellers can also help their home sell more quickly by pricing the house right.

A house that is priced too high for its worth could take a long time to attract the right buyer, and may never attract the right buyer if it remains priced too high. Incorrect pricing should be avoided by working with a Calgary real estate professional who understands the local real estate market and knows how to analyze the prices of comparable homes.

2. Selling Your Home for the Desired Price

Most home sellers have a target price range they're aiming for when they put their house on the Calgary Real Estate Market. They often feel anxiety when they wonder what will happen if they don't sell their home for the right price. When an offer comes in below the expected price, this can create feelings of hesitation and concern. Do you accept the offer or not?

What You Can Do About It

Here is another reason to work with a real estate professional who knows how to analyze the price of comparable local homes. An experienced, capable real estate professional can help set expectations, so homeowners know what to expect when they put their home on the market. Although a local real estate agent is not able to predict the future, they can often help home sellers decide what price is realistic, so hopefully, the owners won't be expecting a price that is much higher than it should be.

3. Handling Home Improvements & Home Selling Preparation

Homeowners often feel a lot of pressure to make their house look "perfect" without really knowing what buyers want. They often put effort into home improvements without knowing whether those improvements will pay off.

What You Can Do About It

Homeowners can assuage these concerns by setting up a consultation with their real estate professional before listing their home. Their real estate professional can give them advice that can help them decide what home improvements are essential to do now.

4. Fear of Offers To Buy Your Home Falling Through

Once an offer does come through, it takes a while before the home is officially sold. During that time, the offer can always fall through. Homeowners who are in a hurry to sell their home quickly often feel the anxiety that they will not be able to stop the offer from falling apart.

What You Can Do About It

An excellent real estate professional can help with any negotiations that could prevent the home sale from falling apart. An experienced negotiator can help keep buyers interested — even if their enthusiasm for the home buying process begins to wane.

5. Timing the Sale of the Home with the Purchase of a New Home

Selling a home and buying a home at the same time can be an exceptionally touchy process. Usually, home sellers want to sell the house shortly before the purchase of their new home is final. Home sellers often feel worried that their home will either sell too soon before the purchase of their new home or that their home will take a long time to sell after their new home has been bought. Both situations can lead to financial hardship for the homeowner.

What You Can Do About It

Homeowners who want to time the sale of their new home purchase properly should work with an experienced real estate professional for both the sale of their old home and the purchase of their new home. Having a partner who can help them at both ends of the transaction can help with the timing.

6. Anxiety Over the Unknowns in the Home Selling Process & Timeline

Relieve Stress While Selling Your Home

Lack of control over the selling process and timeline can make some homeowners feel like they're out of control generally, which can lead to overall feelings of anxiety.

What You Can Do About It

Homeowners who feel anxiety over the home selling process and timeline should write down a list of questions for their real estate professional at the start of the home selling process to help them feel like they know what to expect throughout the transaction. It's crucial to find a real estate agent who is an excellent communicator who can help the home seller understand what's happening throughout the home selling process. Most home sellers have a greater feeling of control over the selling process if they know what to anticipate every step of the way.

7. Being Unsure if Home Buyers are Interested

Sometimes when a house sits on the market for a long time, home sellers may become concerned that buyers are not interested in their house. This can happen for many reasons. If the house is priced incorrectly, or if the house is not in good condition, then buyers can be hard to bring to the table.

What You Can Do About It

Often, sellers find it hard to believe that their home is not attractive to buyers. Sellers expect their house to be attractive to buyers because it is attractive to the sellers. This kind of perspective can make it difficult for sellers to make their home more appealing to buyers. Sometimes, painting a room can be helpful. Other times, the house needs to be repriced. For home sellers, the best way to attract buyers is to work with a real estate professional who can make recommendations for repairs or changes that can bring buyers running.

8. Handling Negotiations with Calgary Home Buyers

Negotiating with buyers is one of the critical parts of selling a home, but many homeowners have little or no experience selling much of anything. This makes negotiating with buyers stressful because most home sellers feel unprepared and unable to handle the negotiations themselves.

What You Can Do About It

The best thing that home sellers can do to negotiate with their buyers is to work with a trustworthy real estate professional. It's also important to listen to that real estate professional as they often advise sellers. However, it is the seller who is ultimately in control of many of the actions that the real estate professional takes when trying to sell the house. Working together as a team, the real estate professional and a home seller can help make the negotiating process better overall.

9. Difficulty Keeping the Home Clean for Home Buyer Showings

Sometimes, it takes several home showings before a buyer makes an offer on a home. In between those tours and showings, home sellers often spend hours cleaning and staging their house. This can lead to wasted time, stress over keeping the house looking its best, and even fights among people in the household as everyone feels pressure to keep their home looking its best.

What You Can Do About It

For many homeowners, the solution to staging and preparing the house between home showings is to have the house professionally cleaned regularly. Some homeowners will even hire landscapers to cut their grass, water their plants, and weed their garden to boost curb appeal. Having professional resources on hand can help take the anxiety out of maintaining a home.

It's also helpful to work with a real estate professional. A capable and skilled real estate professional can make recommendations that can help homeowners know where to direct their energy when staging their home. This can help homeowners feel some sense of relief that, even if their home is not in perfect condition when home buyers come to see the home, the house is still tailored to the needs and tastes of home buyers. This can help make the experience of preparing for home showings and tours easier overall.

10. Getting Out of the House for Showings to Calgary Home Buyers

During tours and open houses, the homeowner leaves their home open for anyone who wants to come in and take a look at their possessions. For some homeowners, doing this can be very challenging. Leaving the home open for anyone to wander in means making the house vulnerable to scrutiny and perhaps even security concerns. This is not easy for some homeowners.

What You Can Do About It

There are many things that home sellers can do to assuage their concerns. To begin with, listening to their real estate professional about staging tactics can leave the house seeming less vulnerable overall. Most staging tactics involve putting away personal items that would make the home look a little less generic and a little more intimate. Not only does this make the house more secure, but it can also lead to more significant offers from home buyers.

Also, it's essential to work with a real estate professional who will keep a watch over the belongings in the house while potential buyers are touring the house. This helps keep the items safe and can even help keep the house itself safe.

How to Work With a Calgary Alberta Real Estate Agent to Eliminate The Home Selling Stress

Work with a Local Calgary Real Estate Agent/Professional

When the time comes to sell your Calgary Alberta home, the most important thing you can do to make the home selling process easier overall is to work with a real estate professional. Your local real estate professional can help you by providing advice and guidance throughout the home selling process, interacting with potential Calgary Home Buyers, and by serving as your guide while the house is being sold. By working with a real estate professional, you can alleviate much of the anxiety you might feel while the selling process is underway.

Contact Us 403 831 0842 to Help You Sell Your Calgary Home

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How are you searching for a Calgary home today and how is that working for you?

I'm guessing you are searching the internet and bouncing from page to page and site to site looking for your Calgary Alberta Dream Home. This is what most people do. Some home buyers only use a few Calgary Real Estate Listings Websites, some only use Realtor.ca.

Realtor.ca is the 2nd best method of finding a Calgary home for you and your family. You can get listing alerts sent to you that work similar to our Calgary Alberta Canada Reverse Home Finder System.

The best method is to cut out the middle man. In this case, the Middle Man is Realtor.ca. You see Realtor.ca pulls all the MLS® Listings across Canada from 100's of local Canadian Real Estate Boards. They get the Calgary Alberta Canada MLS® Listings from the Calgary Real Estate Board.

As a Calgary Real Estate Board Member and Local Calgary Realtor®, we have access to all local MLS® Listings first. Before anybody else or any other real estate website in Canada, we have all the details, pictures and pricing.

How To Make the Calgary Homes Come Looking For You....

It's pretty easy to get the same listings you find on Realtor.ca before Realtor.ca gets them. It's fun to know you are seeing a new Calgary Alberta MLS® listing before most people eventually stumble across it. It's great to know you are not tied to a computer frantically searching for your new Calgary home as your time to move runs out. It's extremely valuable to know you will never miss out on the Hot New Calgary Listings! 

Contact us Direct 403 831 0842 to get started with our Calgary Alberta Reverse Home Finder System Today

Calgary Alberta Canada Reverse Home Finder System

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What is your Calgary Alberta Canada Home Worth Today?What is your house worth today?

Calgary Alberta Home Values & Appraisals.

A Calgary House Appraisal is a snapshot in time that looks at all currently available sales data on similar homes. Location and condition are the next most important factors in assessing a home's value.

Ask three real estate agents in Calgary for their opinion of the value of your house and you will get three different answers. 

Ask your Calgary bank or mortgage company or your insurance company and you should have three more estimates of the valuation of your home.

Ask your friends and neighbors opinions and you will get even more assessment values.

We offer free Smile, no-obligation Current Market Analysis of any property in Calgary.

Many of our clients are signed up for an annual property appraisal report sent out on the day of their choice. Feel free to ask for your annual CMA report. 403 831 0842 Jerry

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Free Calgary Alberta Home Evaluations 403 831 0842

How long were you a Willing Qualified Buyer until you bought your present home?

How long have you been out of the real estate market since buying your home?

The truth is Willing Qualified Calgary Home Buyers in today's market are;

  1. Harder to find
  2. Have lots of choices
  3. Are not in the market very long
  4. Are looking for a great house at a great price
  5. Not looking at over market value priced properties
  6. Not looking at advertising from Realtors advertising Realtors

The truth is Willing Qualified Calgary Home Buyers Compare Prices Only!

While they look at all the other properties in their Buying Power target range.

The truth is Willing Qualified Calgary Home Buyers are Shoppers!

Buyers are out going through homes and comparing what you have to offer compared to all other options including doing nothing. Right now, in Calgary Alberta Canada, there are lots of active listings. Every property is jumping up and down, shouting loud and waving their arms trying to get the attention of the few Willing Qualified Buyers.

The odds of selling are stacked against all properties that are not priced competitively.

Testing the market is a complete waste of time. Those days are gone for the foreseeable future.

Willing Qualified Buyers first step is to search for homes MLS® Listed by Price.

The next step is to browse the pictures.

Then explore the details and history of only the short list of properties meeting their criteria.

Next Willing Qualified Calgary Home Buyers ask to book appointments to see the short list of homes with the goal of eliminating all but one!

The most important thing to get right when selling a home is PRICE. If a home was on the market and didn’t sell it’s because the Price didn’t meet the buyer’s perception of value.

Price is what you pay. Value is what you get. Two loonies are for sale. One is offered at $1.05, the other at 95 cents.

It’s obvious which one will sell quickly, and which one will sit on the shelve forever or be taken off the market?

Real Estate is the same, offer value and you sell quickly, over price and never sell.

I offer Free Honest Calgary Alberta Home Evaluations! 403 831 0842

“Buying A Listing” means telling you your home is worth more than it would ever sell for. The idea is to get price reductions from you until it does get to the price a Willing Qualified Calgary Home Buyer will pay. I don’t do that!

It takes me a bit of time to prepare an Honest Opinion of Current Calgary Market Value, but I don’t mind.

Call me if you would like an Honest Opinion of Current Market Value of your Calgary Alberta Home. 403 831 0842

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Haysboro Calgary Alberta is at the intersections of Mcleod Trail and Heritage Drive on one side and 14St SW and Southland Drive on the SW corner.

Haysboro is home to the Calgary Heritage LRT Station. Heritage Park and Calgary Glenmore Reservoir are right next door.

Haysboro Calgary Alberta still features many traditional bungalow-style homes built in the 1960's on huge lots. A mature community with wide streets and big trees. Haysboro offers that country feeling with the benefit of all the big city amenities.

For more information on Haysboro Calgary Alberta Homes for Sale and Haysboro Homes Sold Contact Us Today. 

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Selling Your Calgary Home in 2020

1. Setting the Right Selling Price.

When setting a selling price for your Calgary Alberta property, the listing level must strike a balance between the seller’s need to achieve the best possible return and the buyer’s need to get good value.

With many years of experience selling homes, a professional Calgary Real Estate Agent can help you set a price that will accomplish both objectives.

Establishing market value for a Calgary Alberta Home.

The market value of your property is determined in exactly the same way as any other commodity – what a buyer is willing to pay for it in today’s Calgary market. Despite the price you paid originally or the value of any improvements you may have made, the value is determined by local Calgary market forces.

We offer Free Home Evaluations on all Calgary Homes.

Call or Text 403 831 0842 Jerry Charlton.

What's Your Calgary Alberta Home Worth Today?

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How Do You Find Properties to Fix n Flip in Calgary?

You need a Property Finding System. A System that sends you properties including Calgary foreclosures and Calgary bank-owned properties that match your search criteria.

A great Property Finding System will give you confidence in your buying price and your selling price.

The truth is right now your competition has seen every property currently listed. If there were great deals on the market today they would be gone already. We have more home buyers than home sellers.

Which is why you need a great system to find what you are looking for. #1 is to call us. We will plug your criteria into the Calgary MLS® Computers so that every time a new listing gets added you will get an email with the listing details.

Over time you will get to know the market for the type of property you are interested in. You will get to know the selling prices, which for house flippers is just as important as the buying price!

Knowing the selling price for the type of Calgary properties you choose to work with allows you to work backward to arrive at the purchase price you need.

Using our Calgary Property Finding System we set up for you will save you time and money.

You will always get the Best New Listings before anybody only looking on public websites.

Your Property Finding System gives you the same advantage Realtors have in finding new hot properties.

Your Property Finding System makes the deals come to you. You will know before most Realtors know!

We Offer Free Consultations for anyone interested in finding and flipping homes in Calgary Alberta Canada.  

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The Steps to Buying A Bank Owned Foreclosure

1. Select the Property and Your Realtor
2. Decide On Your Offer Price, Your Possession Date, Your Conditions
3. Your Realtor presents Your Offer To Purchase to the Banks law firm
4. Your Offer To Purchase can be Accepted, Rejected or Negotiated
5. Your Offer To Purchase is Accepted
6. You can Waive or Not Waive Your Conditions
7. You Waived Conditions creating a Firm Sale
8. You get the Keys on Your Possession Date
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Court Ordered Foreclosures
Three Things To Know about Court Ordered Foreclosures.

1. You will not get a counter-offer from the Court of Queens Bench Foreclosure Listing.

2. The Court of Queens Bench sets the Possession Date for the accepted offer.

3. The property is still redeemable by the owner while the property is listed by the Court of Queens Bench. 

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Kingsland Calgary Alberta is bounded by Mcleod Trail, Glenmore Trail, Elbow Drive and Heritage Drive.

Established in 1957 on the edge of Calgary at the time, Kingsland Calgary is now considered inner-city.

You will find a wide variety of home styles in Kingsland. Condos, Townhouses, Duplexes, Low Rise Apartments, High Rise Apartments can all be found here.

Kingsland Calgary Alberta Canada Homes For Sale and Kingsland Homes Sold.

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