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Over-the-top decorations may distract buyers, but subtle touches like a simple wreath can make your home feel warm and festive.

The holiday season from November through early January is often considered the least ideal time of year to list your house for sale. But the good news is, the brave few house-hunters who do venture out are serious about buying a house

 

Holidays can be personal on many levels but you want to make sure your decor is neutral. Subtle holiday accents coupled with staging techniques you would employ any time of the year (like de-cluttering, lighting, home improvements) will make buyers want to ring in the new year in your house! Contact us to request your free home staging guide. 

 

Try these tips to get buyers in the right spirit:


Clean & Stage: Before you decorate, your house needs to be staged. If your living room is already piled high with clutter your holiday pieces will only add to the sense of overcrowding.

 

Create a cozy & inviting ambiance: A few subtle touches like plush fabrics & pillows, a lit fireplace, a bowl of pinecones, and an evergreen wreath can create a warm and festive feeling in your home.

 

Keep your color palette in mind: Make sure your holiday collection matches your current decor and is not too bold or doesn't contrast too harshly.

 

Go light on lights: Put down the inflatable snowman! One man's "merry" is another man's "tacky," so tone down the high power light displays while your home is on the market.

 

Choose an appropriate tree: A tall Christmas tree can help show off a two-story great room ceiling but make sure the wide base won't overwhelm the floor space. If your living area is on the small side, save space with a skinny tree. 

 

Clear the clutter: A few decorations can stir the holiday spirit, but don't feel obliged to hang every last ornament. You still want each space to look as spacious as possible. Limit yourself to a few hints of holiday flair. 

 

Are you feeling the stress of listing your house for sale during the holidays? Check out HGTV's Tips to help ease your holiday selling stress! 

 

OUR #1 TIP FOR LISTING YOUR HOUSE FOR SALE DURING THE HOLIDAYS: Enlist the services of one of the best real estate team's in the region - The Jay Magnussen Real Estate Team (plug)! 

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Let the Christmas shopping season begin!!

 

The OKOTOKS MARKET SQUARE is hosting a Christmas Festival on Saturday, November 3 from 10am - 6 pm at the Foothills Centennial Center (204 Community Way, Okotoks). The festival will include an old fashioned Christmas Market, live music, a Santa photo booth, festive foods, local artists & artisans & more! 

 

You can support local artisans, enjoy the custom work of local artists and explore an amazing array of products presented by 80+ local businesses. Fun for all! If arts & handmade goods are not your choice, you can taste some fabulous foods prepared by local restaurants or have some fun while getting your photo taken in the Christmas photo booth.

 

Proceeds will be donated to the Okotoks Food Bank! 

 

CLICK HERE for more information on the Okotoks Market Square Christmas Festival

 

 

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Please visit our Open House at 106 660 EAU CLAIRE AVE SW in CALGARY.
Open House on Sunday, October 28, 2012 1:00 pm
***Open House Sunday, October 28 1-4 pm*** WELCOME TO THE PRINCETON - CALGARY'S PREMIER DOWNTOWN CONDO COMPLEX ! Just steps from the BOW RIVER, PRINCE'S ISLAND PARK & EAU CLAIRE SHOPPING, this SPOTLESS, 1130 sq. ft. LUXURY condo has it all ! This main floor unit features a bright, open concept with the living room ( WITH GAS FIREPLACE & PRIVATE GARDEN PATIO ACCESS ), kitchen ( WITH GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, BREAKFAST BAR & STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES ) and large dining area all flowing together ( OVER HARDWOOD FLOORING & UNDER 9 FT. CEILINGS ). You'll love the large master suite ( WITH GAS FIREPLACE, WALKIN CLOSET & LARGE 5 PC. ENSUITE ) as well as the private den ( WITH A QUEEN SIZE, CUSTOM MURPHY BED & VAULTED CEILING ) along with a 3 pc. bath ( WITH SEPERATE ACCESS TO THE 3 PC. BATH ) and large storage / laundry room. This home also comes with ONE TITLED UNDERGROUND, HEATED PARKING SPACE and a TITLED STORAGE UNIT. Call today for your personal showing !!
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Do you enjoy making a trip to your local farmers market? Well you are not alone. Buying locally grown, fresh produce and other goods is gaining popularity, and it is no surprise since there are so many benefits.

 

Buying from your local farmer allows you to support the local economy and farmers. It means that the food you are eating comes from nearby, and does not require us to waste lots of energy and petroleum to ship the food half-way around the world. You are eating food in your own environment, where it has perfectly-created nutrients for your specific climate and region. You are also supporting the environment by reducing the usage of fossil fuels.

 

Check out 10 FARMERS MARKET SHOPPING TIPS

 

By shopping at the local farmers market, you will eat seasonally, fresh and ripe. This is another great way to increase your overall health. Supermarkets offer too much variety and the food is picked before it has ripened decreasing the vitality. Because it was grown locally, there is a good chance that the apple you buy from the farmer was picked a few days ago. This is virtually impossible in a big supermarket. There is no doubt that locally-grown foods, which are fresher, just simply taste better. You will never be able to eat a carrot from the grocery store again!

 

 

Farmers Markets in Calgary that are open YEAR ROUND:

 

Kingsland Farmers’ Market

Thursday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

7711 Macleod Tr. S., 403-217-2343, 

kfmcalgary.com

 

Calgary Farmers’ Market

Year round, Thursdays to Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

510 77 Ave. S.E., 403-240-9113

calgaryfarmersmarket.ca

 

Parkdale Community Association Farmers' Market

Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

3512 5th Ave. N.W., 403-283-3161

parkdalecommunity.com

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I have sold a property at 2221 32 ST SW in CALGARY.
LIVE, RENT or BUILD !! This 800 sq. ft INNER CITY bungalow located on a quiet street is situated on a 50' x 120' R-C2 LOT offering plenty of options ! The main floor has an open concept with the living room , dining area and kitchen all flowing together (OVER HARDWOOD FLOORING) along with the master bedroom and a 4 pc. bath. The basement is fully developed with 2 more bedrooms and a 3 pc. bath. Outside you'll find a nicely landscaped yard with 2 magnificent WEEPING BIRCH trees in the front, side driveway, patio and an oversized, insulated & drywalled TRIPLE GARAGE / WORKSHOP in the back. Call today for your showing !
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OKOTOKS, AB, is located in one of the fastest growing regions in North America has lifted its population cap to 

accommodate the steady increasing demand for new homes. 


Central Alberta is one of the fastest growing regions in

 North America. High income, low unemployment, low taxes, affordable homes, an industrial boom, and quaint yet burgeoning small towns have households from all over the continent looking to become a part of the surrounding communities. One town in particular, Okotoks, located near the City of Calgary, lifted a long time population cap to accommodate the skyrocketing demand. Prominent Okotoks Realtor Jay Magnussen applauds the inevitable initiative, as long as every effort is made to maintain Okotoks’ charming appeal and sustainable ways. 

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL PRESS RELEASE

 

An excerpt from the press release:

 

Jay Magnussen comments “It’s no secret that what is happening to the rest of Central Alberta’s population would spill into every city and town enjoying the great success of the region. A new growth strategy for Okotoks was inevitable. As long as the city is dedicated to maintaining its model of sustainability we should look at the positive impact that the strategy will have on the town. So far, it seems the city is dedicated to this endeavor and thus we, not just as Okotoks Realtors but as a long standing members of the community, welcome new Okotoks residents with open arms.”


Jay Magnussen and his Okotoks Real Estate team serve as unofficial liaisons to the town of Okotoks and in the eyes of the clients that solicit their services when seeking an Okotoks home they can considered an important part of the growth transition. It goes without saying that many businesses are excited about the town’s commitment to look towards the future, even if some residents are keeping a watchful eye to ensure that Okotoks continues to shine as a beacon of old-world charm in Central Alberta.

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Please visit our Open House at 106 660 EAU CLAIRE AVE SW in CALGARY.
Open House on Sunday, October 21, 2012 12:00 pm
***Open House Sat. Oct. 20 from 1 - 4 pm & Sun Oct. 21 from 12 - 3 pm*** WELCOME TO THE PRINCETON - CALGARY'S PREMIER DOWNTOWN CONDO COMPLEX ! Just steps from the BOW RIVER, PRINCE'S ISLAND PARK & EAU CLAIRE SHOPPING, this SPOTLESS, 1130 sq. ft. LUXURY condo has it all ! This main floor unit features a bright, open concept with the living room ( WITH GAS FIREPLACE & PRIVATE GARDEN PATIO ACCESS ), kitchen ( WITH GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, BREAKFAST BAR & STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES ) and large dining area all flowing together ( OVER HARDWOOD FLOORING & UNDER 9 FT. CEILINGS ). You'll love the large master suite ( WITH GAS FIREPLACE, WALKIN CLOSET & LARGE 5 PC. ENSUITE ) as well as the private den ( WITH A QUEEN SIZE, CUSTOM MURPHY BED & VAULTED CEILING ) along with a 3 pc. bath ( WITH SEPERATE ACCESS TO THE 3 PC. BATH ) and large storage / laundry room. This home also comes with ONE TITLED UNDERGROUND, HEATED PARKING SPACE and a TITLED STORAGE UNIT. Call today for your personal showing !!
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Please visit our Open House at 106 660 EAU CLAIRE AVE SW in CALGARY.
Open House on Saturday, October 20, 2012 1:00 pm
***Open House Sat. Oct. 20 from 1 - 4 pm & Sun Oct. 21 from 12 - 3 pm*** WELCOME TO THE PRINCETON - CALGARY'S PREMIER DOWNTOWN CONDO COMPLEX ! Just steps from the BOW RIVER, PRINCE'S ISLAND PARK & EAU CLAIRE SHOPPING, this SPOTLESS, 1130 sq. ft. LUXURY condo has it all ! This main floor unit features a bright, open concept with the living room ( WITH GAS FIREPLACE & PRIVATE GARDEN PATIO ACCESS ), kitchen ( WITH GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, BREAKFAST BAR & STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES ) and large dining area all flowing together ( OVER HARDWOOD FLOORING & UNDER 9 FT. CEILINGS ). You'll love the large master suite ( WITH GAS FIREPLACE, WALKIN CLOSET & LARGE 5 PC. ENSUITE ) as well as the private den ( WITH A QUEEN SIZE, CUSTOM MURPHY BED & VAULTED CEILING ) along with a 3 pc. bath ( WITH SEPERATE ACCESS TO THE 3 PC. BATH ) and large storage / laundry room. This home also comes with ONE TITLED UNDERGROUND, HEATED PARKING SPACE and a TITLED STORAGE UNIT. Call today for your personal showing !!
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Similar to the list you develop to purchase groceries, why not develop your own list of needs and wants when buying a new home or house hunting. This doesn’t mean you can’t have what you want in your home, but rather, that you have a priority list of the most important features where a NEED would trump a WANT when push came to shove.

You may not be able to obtain all the “want” items on your list, within your budget, but at least you and your real estate agent will have a clearer idea of what to look for. You may have to compromise on a few items to stay in line with your budget. 


Here’s a few examples of needs versus wants: 

NEEDS could include: 
Adequate square footage for comfortable living 
Sufficient bedrooms for your family
Sufficient bathrooms
Comfortable eat-in kitchen
Garage or basement for storage needs
Backyard for children’s play area
Easy access to schools
Etc...


WANTS could include:
Specific carpeting, paint, exterior color
Jacuzzi tub or hot tub 
 Hardwood floors
Bay windows  Built-in entertainment center
Brass lighting fixtures
Skylights
A pretty view

Etc...

 

When developing your lists, try to establish a happy medium of your NEEDS and WANTS. That is, you’ll want to look for a home that includes all of your needs, with as many wants as practical, while remaining within your budget. Once you have this information in hand, your needs will be clearly defined from your wants. Having this knowledge will establish a clear direction for your new home shopping. 

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Please visit our Open House at 106 660 EAU CLAIRE AVE SW in CALGARY.
Open House on Saturday, October 13, 2012 1:00 pm
***Open House Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm*** WELCOME TO THE PRINCETON - CALGARY'S PREMIER DOWNTOWN CONDO COMPLEX ! Just steps from the BOW RIVER, PRINCE'S ISLAND PARK & EAU CLAIRE SHOPPING, this SPOTLESS, 1130 sq. ft. LUXURY condo has it all ! This main floor unit features a bright, open concept with the living room ( WITH GAS FIREPLACE & PRIVATE GARDEN PATIO ACCESS ), kitchen ( WITH GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, BREAKFAST BAR & STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES ) and large dining area all flowing together ( OVER HARDWOOD FLOORING & UNDER 9 FT. CEILINGS ). You'll love the large master suite ( WITH GAS FIREPLACE, WALKIN CLOSET & LARGE 5 PC. ENSUITE ) as well as the private den ( WITH A QUEEN SIZE, CUSTOM MURPHY BED & VAULTED CEILING ) along with a 3 pc. bath ( WITH SEPERATE ACCESS TO THE 3 PC. BATH ) and large storage / laundry room. This home also comes with ONE TITLED UNDERGROUND, HEATED PARKING SPACE and a TITLED STORAGE UNIT. Call today for your personal showing !!
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When it comes to the sale of your home, it is the little things that can go a long way to increasing the price you will receive. Most buyers respond positively to a clean, clutter-free home that is in good condition. The more effort you put into the appearance of your home, the more likely you will receive greater activity and multiple offers.


Over time, we become accustomed to our homes, often overlooking the eyesores and the list of honey-dos that were never completed. Clutter accumulates. We think nothing of the low light and the pale and cracked paint. But someone who is looking for a new place to call home, is considering EVERY detail!! 


Below are numerous smaller, inexpensive things you can do to greatly improve the showing of your home. With a little elbow grease, and a little creativity, it is easy to keep your home in prime showing condition.


Prior to the listing, have a garage sale. The rule is "less is better." Clean. Organize. Discard. Donate. Pack all that you can. Clean out closets and storage areas. Donate old clothes and furniture to local charities. This will create a sense of greater space -- and mean less to move. What about all those books and magazines that you don't want? Perhaps you can donate them to a local library, hospital or charity.


Set the stage. Take full advantage of the areas in your home. Set the table with your best china. Create warmth and coziness in the living room, with a crackling fire. Put a pair of wine glasses and a vase of flowers on the coffee table in front of the fire.


Eliminate the odors. Buyers respond less favorably to smells. Use cleansers of all kinds to make the home smell fresh, from carpet freshener to potpourri. Deodorize your cat’s litter box / scoop litter daily. Put cedar chips inside the closets. Use the sense of smell to your advantage by having fresh-baked cookies or other baked goods on the kitchen table. People have both allergies and concerns when it comes to animals. If you have a pet, make arrangements to have it elsewhere when a home is being shown and remove all signs of having a pet.


Create space. Ensure that all doors, cabinets and drawers open all the way without bumping into anything or sticking. Clean out the entry closet. Move oversized furniture to a storage facility or garage. Entrances to all rooms should have an open flow.


Make the most of your views. Put a screen or a basket of flowers in front of a fireplace if not in use. Make sure there is enough room for visitors to view out the windows. Remove any clutter around window areas. Clean windows.


Create counter space. Store away extra small kitchen appliances. Put away dish racks, soap dishes and other clutter. Remove everything, like magnets and photos, from the refrigerator.


Aim for netural decor. De-personalize your teenager's room, the family room or other areas by removing wild posters or items that could be construed as offensive.


Increase the wattage. Pay attention to the laundry room, kitchen and bathrooms. Prior to showing, turn on the lights in every room.


De-Personalize. Remove family photos and unique personal items such as awards, hobbies, etc. throughout your home. This will make it easier for someone else to imagine themselves living there. 


After you have completed these inexpensive items, stand back. Ask a friend to view your home. What do you feel? Is it warm and inviting? Does it look comfortable and spacious? Is the aroma pleasant? When you create a positive, warm environment it is likely your buyer will feel the same way.


If you would like our opinion of your home's condition prior to selling, contact The Jay Magnussen Real Estate Team for a free, no obligation home evaluation. 

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I have listed a new property at 106 660 EAU CLAIRE AVE SW in CALGARY.
***Open House Sunday, Oct. 7 from 12:00 m- 3:00 pm*** WELCOME TO THE PRINCETON - CALGARY'S PREMIER DOWNTOWN CONDO COMPLEX ! Just steps from the BOW RIVER, PRINCE'S ISLAND PARK & EAU CLAIRE SHOPPING, this SPOTLESS, 1130 sq. ft. LUXURY condo has it all ! This main floor unit features a bright, open concept with the living room ( WITH GAS FIREPLACE & PRIVATE GARDEN PATIO ACCESS ), kitchen ( WITH GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, BREAKFAST BAR & STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES ) and large dining area all flowing together ( OVER HARDWOOD FLOORING & UNDER 9 FT. CEILINGS ). You'll love the large master suite ( WITH GAS FIREPLACE, WALKIN CLOSET & LARGE 5 PC. ENSUITE ) as well as the private den ( WITH A QUEEN SIZE, CUSTOM MURPHY BED & VAULTED CEILING ) along with a 3 pc. bath ( WITH SEPERATE ACCESS TO THE 3 PC. BATH ) and large storage / laundry room. This home also comes with ONE TITLED UNDERGROUND, HEATED PARKING SPACE and a TITLED STORAGE UNIT. Call today for your personal showing !!
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Please visit our Open House at 106 660 EAU CLAIRE AVE SW in CALGARY.
Open House on Sunday, October 7, 2012 12:00 pm
***Open House Sunday, Oct. 7 from 12:00 m- 3:00 pm*** WELCOME TO THE PRINCETON - CALGARY'S PREMIER DOWNTOWN CONDO COMPLEX ! Just steps from the BOW RIVER, PRINCE'S ISLAND PARK & EAU CLAIRE SHOPPING, this SPOTLESS, 1130 sq. ft. LUXURY condo has it all ! This main floor unit features a bright, open concept with the living room ( WITH GAS FIREPLACE & PRIVATE GARDEN PATIO ACCESS ), kitchen ( WITH GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, BREAKFAST BAR & STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES ) and large dining area all flowing together ( OVER HARDWOOD FLOORING & UNDER 9 FT. CEILINGS ). You'll love the large master suite ( WITH GAS FIREPLACE, WALKIN CLOSET & LARGE 5 PC. ENSUITE ) as well as the private den ( WITH A QUEEN SIZE, CUSTOM MURPHY BED & VAULTED CEILING ) along with a 3 pc. bath ( WITH SEPERATE ACCESS TO THE 3 PC. BATH ) and large storage / laundry room. This home also comes with ONE TITLED UNDERGROUND, HEATED PARKING SPACE and a TITLED STORAGE UNIT. Call today for your personal showing !!
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On October 13, 2012 @ 10:30 AM, The Jay Magnussen Real Estate Team will be participating in the 1st Annual Wishmaker Walk for Wishes in support of The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada.

 

Every year, thousands of individuals come together in communities across Canada to walk and raise funds to create the magic of a wish for Canadian children living with life threatening illnesses.

 

 The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada has never refused an eligible child and has granted over 18,000 wishes!  Wish requests continue to increase and they are currently providing 3 wishes a day! So every time you have breakfast, lunch or dinner a wish is being granted to a child.

 

Your support will help grant wishes to thousands of Canadian children.

 

Wishmaker Walk for Wishes

I hope you will join us and help to create the magic of a wish by supporting my efforts in the Wishmaker Walk for Wishes.

 

To sponsor our team online, just follow this link to our secure donations page:

 

http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=3526850&langPref=en-CA

 

You can help The Foundation even more by spreading the word about this exciting event and also by encouraging others to sponsor our team.  

 

Thanks for your generous support!

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Kayben Farms and Olde Towne Okotoks present the 4th Annual Pumpkin & Scarecrow Festival. Fall is a wonderful time of year to spend with family & friends - and enjoy some fresh air! Visit Kayben Farms & Olde Towne Okotoks for some fall activities and entertainment. 

 

The Scarecrows entered into the contest will be on display throughout Olde Towne Okotoks for exhibit and voting. While you are in Olde Towne Okotoks you can enmjoy many of the boutique shops, cafe's and more.

 

To enter a scarecrow into the contest - click here for more info

 

Each Saturday in October Kayben Farms will be open from 10 am - 5 pm for fun, family-friendly fall activities like live music, hay rides, pumpkin patch, pumpkin crafts, corn maze & other children's activities. 

 

If you are going to be in the Okotoks area, and have also been considering a move to this lovely town - why not check out some real estate for sale while you're here. Email us if you have any questions about the Okotoks area or if you would like to see some homes for sale!

 

Check out our 'Explore Okotoks' page for information about the Town of Okotoks, schools in Okotoks, communities or neighbourhoods in Okotoks and more.  

 

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