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Please visit our Open House at 106 660 EAU CLAIRE AVE SW in CALGARY.
Open House on Saturday, December 1, 2012 1:00 pm
***Open House Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1 - 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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I have sold a property at 2407 32 ST SW in CALGARY.
This is an EXCELLENT DEVELOPMENT SITE or with a little TLC, a REVENUE PROPERTY or your NEXT HOME !! Located on a QUIET INNER CITY street, this 1028 sq. ft. bungalow is situated on a 50 x 125 ft. DOUBLE LOT. This home features on the main floor a large living room, kitchen with dining room, 2 good sized bedrooms along with a 3 pc. bath. The basement is fully developed with a large family room, third bedroom, a 3 pc. bath / laundry room and a large storage room. Outside you'll find a large, rear double detached garage ( drywalled & insulated ) and plenty of mature trees & shrubs along with a large rear deck. Call today for your showing !!
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The Christmas season is a time of giving, and our Calgary & Okotoks Real Estate Team loves to give... that is no secret!

 

We are going to giveaway a $100 Home Depot gift card to one of our lucky Facebook friends! All you have to do to be entered to win, is LIKE our Facebook fan page. And if you SHARE our giveaway photo on Facebook, your name will be entered 2x to win! Let the sharing and giving begin! 

 

 

The draw will be made on December 15, 2012. The winner will be contacted and announced the same day. Good luck! 

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I have listed a new property at 2407 32 ST SW in CALGARY.
This is an EXCELLENT DEVELOPMENT SITE or with a little TLC, a REVENUE PROPERTY or your NEXT HOME !! Located on a QUIET INNER CITY street, this 1028 sq. ft. bungalow is situated on a 50 x 125 ft. DOUBLE LOT. This home features on the main floor a large living room, kitchen with dining room, 2 good sized bedrooms along with a 3 pc. bath. The basement is fully developed with a large family room, third bedroom, a 3 pc. bath / laundry room and a large storage room. Outside you'll find a large, rear double detached garage ( drywalled & insulated ) and plenty of mature trees & shrubs along with a large rear deck. Call today for your showing !!
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Our Okotoks Real Estate Team has developed a reputation of giving back to the community, so naturally we are happy to offer you another opportunity to help out those in need in and around Okotoks. 

 

On November 7 the Western Wheel Cares charity fundraising campaign was launched. This is the first of what the local newspaper hopes will be many initiatives to give back to the community. 

 

As part of their contribution back to the Okotoks & Foothills community, the Western Wheel will handle the administration and promotion of this event which will see the funds raised shared amongst the following charities:  

 

- The Okotoks & District Food Bank

- The Foothills Country Hospice

- The Sheep River Health Trust

- Rowan House Emergency Shelter

 

Friend of The Jay Magnussen Real Estate Team, Robyn Duplisea who is in Ad Sales at the Western Wheel, said "We are seeking your support as individuals and businesses to donate and also to help spread the word.

We are hoping various groups, businesses and individuals will get involved as well, to challenge each other to match their donations and help make this a successful annual fundraising event for our community."

 

All donors names and the amount donated will be published in the Western Wheel, updated weekly (unless anonymity is requested). They also welcome donations on behalf of other individuals as a Christmas gift.

 

Donations will be accepted from until December 31, 2012.

 

To participate you can call the Western Wheel office Monday to Friday from 9-5pm and make a donation using your credit card. They will also accept donations in person at their office via debit, cash and cheques. Or visit www.westernwheel.com to donate using PayPal.

 

#9 McRae Street or mailed to Box 150, Okotoks, AB T1S 2A2

403-938-6397

 

All donations of $10 or more will receive a 2012 official tax receipt at the end of the campaign. For more information please contact gwolf@okotoks.greatwest.ca.

 

It's all about Neighbours helping Neighbours and your support is greatly appreciated by all. We thank you on behalf of our Remax Real Estate Team and this years charities for your generous donations.

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Please visit our Open House at 106 660 EAU CLAIRE AVE SW in CALGARY.
Open House on Sunday, November 18, 2012 1:00 pm
***Open House Saturday, Nov. 17 1 - 4 pm & Sunday, Nov. 18 from 1-3:30 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, November 17, 2012 1:00 pm
***Open House Saturday, Nov. 17 1 - 4 pm & Sunday, Nov. 18 from 1-3:30 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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RE/MAX and other real estate experts are predicting that the housing market will remain strong through 2013. The Calgary Herald reports the average MLS sale price increased by 2.5% in 2012 and RE/MAX predicts it will rise another 2% in 2013. 

 

This is coupled with the fact that mortgage rates have recently dropped to an astonishing low, with a five year fixed rate as good as 2.99 percent - with variable rates offering an even lower current percentage. 

 

Although these ultra-low rates may be temporary promotions to encourage people to take on a mortgage, overall long-term real estate borrowing rates are at their lowest in Canadian history. In other words, it just won't get much better than this. 

 

If you've been thinking about buying, the first step is to get pre-qualified for a mortgage. Our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team would be happy to recommend you to one of our most trusted and experienced mortgage brokers who can get you qualified in a few easy steps!  

 

Market conditions are presenting an excellent opportunity for people or couples who have a solid down payment (5% or more) and are ready to make a commitment - there's no time like the present!

 

Jay Magnussen, RE/MAX First Realtor says "Keep in mind that the market may or may not become more favourable in the coming months or years, that's just how markets work - ups & downs. While predictions and forecasts are reassuring, if you want to buy, try to avoid being distracted by market predictions and focus on present and current prices and market factors as well as your personal situation - no one has a crystal ball for real estate. " 

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Our Okotoks Real Estate Team loves the holiday season, and we like to share information about holiday events around the Okotoks and Calgary areas for  you to enjoy! We also like to attend many of these wonderful events, so if you recognize us from our Calgary & Okotoks real estate team bio page - please say HI! 


Light Up Okotoks – Light Up Okotoks is a local celebration to kick off the Christmas season in our quaint town. The lighting of the Community Christmas Tree & light show will take place at The Plaza at 7 pm. You can also take in the festivities at the many local shops and street vendors with late night shopping until 9 pm!  There will be craft sales at the Elks Hall and Okotoks Public Library. 

 

There will be an ice sculpture demo in front of the Municipal Centre. Warm up in the Okotoks Art Gallery & Okotoks Museum with some hot chocolate and cookies.  There will be children’s crafts in the attic and photos with Santa. With horse drawn wagon rides, fire pits, carollers, dancers and live reindeer it will be a very festive night. Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable donation to the Food Bank. To finish off the night, enjoy the fireworks set off from Lineham Park – visible from anywhere around the downtown area. Visit www.Okotoks.ca for more info and the official Light Up Okotoks schedle. 


Okotoks Tree of Warmth – Our Okotoks real estate team would like to encourage you to share the warmth of our Okotoks community this holiday season with the Town of Okotoks Tree of Warmth. Starting on the night of Light Up Okotoks (Nov 16) you can bring in your new scarves, gloves, and toques to the Okotoks Art Gallery to decorate our Tree of Warmth. All of the items collected will be donated to local and regional charities.  


Holiday Helpers – Need help this holiday season? The Okotoks Holiday Helper program was implemented to help and provides assistance with basic needs – including utility bill payments, groceries, and transportation – to Okotoks families. Families may apply in person at the Family Resource Centre (located in the Okotoks Health and Wellness Centre). You can apply between Nov 14 – Nov 30, for more info email: holidayhelpers@okotoks.ca

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Remembrance Day, November 11 marks a very important day for every Canadian. 


On this day especially and throughout the year we remember our veterans and soldiers of the past & present, for they are the ones who have and continue to defend our country. 


CLICK HERE for a list of Remembrance Day events around Calgary. 


We remember you, and we honour you.


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If you are currently renting a home or condo in Okotoks, there is no time like the present to turn your rent payment into a mortgage payment and purchase a home


Okotoks rental vacancy rates have plummeted over the past year with the vacancy rate close to zero percent. This is coupled with local affordable housing groups saying rent in the town has spiked between $200 and $400 for a single family home in 2012. 


CTV News Report - Rental rates hit rock bottom in Okotoks


CBC News Report - Okotoks rental vacancy rates plummet  


There are plenty of instances where renting makes more sense for your personal circumstances than home ownership.... But if owning a home in Okotoks is something you've considered and you need some more information and guidance about the Okotoks housing market conditions, house prices in Okotoks, costs associated with owning a home and other - our Okotoks Real Estate Team can help.    


USE THIS TOOL from CanadaMortgage.com to compare figures for renting a home to purchasing a home.  

 

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Please visit our Open House at 106 660 EAU CLAIRE AVE SW in CALGARY.
Open House on Saturday, November 10, 2012 1:00 pm
***Open House Saturday, Nov. 10 1-3:30 pm & Sunday, Nov. 11 1:30 -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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Do you enjoy the hussle & bustle, the handmade goods, the local artists & artisans of Christmas Markets? Our local real estate team, especially Kim & Savannah, enjoys visitng events like this during the holidayseason.  

 

Calgary and its surrounding communities - Okotoks, Millarville, Airdrie, Cochrane & more - have plenty to offer and you can find all of the dates & locations conveniently laid on a calendar on this website: www.calgarycraftsales.com.

 

This website offers a calendar of local markets and crafts sales where you can find unique Christmas gifts, delicious foods and take pride in supporting local businesses this season!  

 

If you plan on attending the Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market - don't forget to print you discount coupon which can be found in our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Blog posting

 

Also, if you're planning on listing your house for sale during the holidays, check out our real estate tips for staging you home during the holidays

 

Happy Holiday shopping! 

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Visit our Calgary & Okotoks Real Estate Team Facebook page to find a coupon for discounted admission to the 2012 Spruce Meadows International Chrsitmas Market held over 2 weekends (Nov 16-18 & Nov 23-25). Or see below. 

 

If you enjoy Christmas Markets as much as our local real estate team - A LOT - you'll want to check out this blog post about other local Christmas Markets in and around Calgary!  

 

For more information, exhibitors, location and hours CLICK HERE

 

 

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On Sunday, November 4 time reverts to standard time at 2 a.m.


 

Twice a year, when Daylight Saving Time begins or ends, make it a habit to not only change your clocks, but do a few other semi-annual tasks that will improve safety in your home...

 

  • Check (and if need replace) the batteries in your smoke detectors & carbon monoxide alarms. Replace any smoke alarms older than ten years. Replace any CO alarms older than five years.
     
  • Prepare a disaster supply kit for your house (water, food, flashlights, batteries, blankets). Once you've created this kit, use the semi-annual time change to check its contents (including testing/replacing flashlight batteries).
     
  • Make a "winter car-emergency kit" and put it in your vehicle(include mittens, toques, flares, flashlight, emergency blanket, non-perishable snacks, etc.) It's a good idea to carry a car-emergency kit year-round, but be sure to add cold-weather gear to your general car-emergency kit each fall. Like a Boy Scout - "Be Prepared!
     
  • Check home & outbuilding storage areas for hazardous materials. Discard in an appropriate manner any that are outdated, no longer used, or in poor condition. Move any which are within reach of kids or pets. 
     
  • Check & discard expired medications or other products in your medicine cabinet. 
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Please visit our Open House at 26 Summit Pointe DR in DE WINTON.
Open House on Sunday, November 4, 2012 1:00 pm
*OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY NOV 4th 1-4* This custom built home has over 6000 sq ft of living space. Quality and thought were put into every detail of this home - custom walnut cabinetry, solid walnut core 8 ft doors, rounded drywall edges, painted ceiling boarders, tray ceilings, walnut columns, extensive built ins, 3 zone in floor heating on main floor with in floor heating in the basement and many more details. This home has recently been painted top to bottom with new travertine flooring installed on the main floor. Relax outside and enjoy the south facing views of Heritage Pointe Golf Course, backing onto the 9th tee box. The downstairs offers a media room, fitness room, wine room, complete wet-bar, bedroom and steam shower bath and more fantastic views from the walk-out basement. Upstairs are three additional bedrooms, two enjoy their own private sink area and the third large room has plenty of room for a generous sitting area. It's hard to find a family home of this size and quality, this is a must see.
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I have sold a property at 429 20 DISCOVERY RIDGE CLOSE SW in CALGARY.
Beautiful corner condo on the 4th floor of the prestigious Wedgewoods of Discovery Ridge! Nestled in Griffith Woods natural area this condo complex offers privacy and serene views. Features 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Open concept kitchen, dining and family area with a large master bedroom and ensuite bath. In suite laundry. There is also a full gym along with a billiards and party room to enjoy. Close access to many amenities such as Westhills shopping centre. Many nature trails and golf courses in surrounding area. Titled parking stall and plenty of storage space. Come view this immaculate condo today!
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