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Please visit our Open House at 106 660 EAU CLAIRE AVE SW in CALGARY.
Open House on Sunday, June 2, 2013 1:00 pm
CALGARY'S PREMIER DOWNTOWN CONDO COMPLEX - "THE PRINCETON!" Only steps from the BOW RIVER, PRINCES ISLAND & EAU CLAIRE SHOPPING, this spotless, 1130 sq. ft. LUXURY condo (WITH CENTRAL AIR CON) is waiting just for you! The main floor features a bright, open concept with the living room (WITH GAS FIREPLACE & PRIVATE PATIO ACCESS), kitchen (WITH GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, BREAKFAST BAR & STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES) and dining area all flowing together (UNDER 9 FT. CEILINGS & OVER HARDWOOD FLOORS). You'll be impressed with the large master suite (WITH LARGE WALK-IN CLOSET, GAS FIREPLACE & HUGE 5 PC. ENSUITE). There is a private den that doubles as a 2nd bedroom (WITH A QUEEN SIZE MURPHY BED, VAULTED CEILING & PLENTY OF CLOSET SPACE) along with a 3 pc. bath (WITH SEPERATE ENTRANCE TO THE DEN / BEDROOM). You'll also find a large laundry / storage room. This condo also comes with ONE TITLED, UNDERGROUND, HEATED PARKING SPACE and a large TITLED STORAGE UNIT. Call today!!
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Please visit our Open House at AV W in BRAGG CREEK.
Open House on Saturday, June 1, 2013 12:00 pm
Come and enjoy peaceful country living ! This big, bright, beautifully maintained 2066 sq. ft. 4 bedroom, 2 storey located on 4.22 acres is waiting just for you. The main floor features an open concept with the large living room (WITH GAS FIREPLACE), bright country kitchen (WITH LARGE BREAKFAST BAR) and dining area all flowing together. Upstairs you'll find 4 big bedrooms, including the huge master suite (WITH A 4 PC. ENSUITE) along with a family 4 pc. bath. The lower level is fully developed featuring an oversized family room, private office and plenty of storage space and a roughed in bathroom. Outside you'll find a large wrap around porch / deck and a large double attached front garage. The property is currently set up for horses and has shelters, wood fencing, an automatic waterer and small pond. Call today for your private viewing !!
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I have listed a new property at 19 TUCKER CIR.
A HOME TO CALL YOUR OWN !! This bright, beautiful 1345 sq. ft., 4 level split, townhouse in TUCKER HILL is just what you're looking for ! The lower main level features an open, spacious kitchen ( WITH ISLAND & BREAKFAST BAR ) along with a LARGE breakfast nook ( ALL UNDER VAULTED CEILINGS ) and access to the rear deck ( WITH GAS HOOK-UP FOR YOUR BBQ ). The upper main floor is where you'll find the large living room ( WITH A CORNER GAS FIREPLACE ) along with a combination 2 pc. bath & laundry room. Upstairs there are 2 large bedrooms, including the master suite ( BOTH FEATURE PRIVATE 4 PC. ENSUITES & WALK-IN CLOSETS ) along with a media / flex area. The lower, WALKOUT basement area is fully developed with a family room ( WITH ACCESS TO THE REAR PATIO ) and plenty of storage. This home also boasts a single attached front garage and is close to both SCHOOLS & SHOPPING. Call and book your private showing TODAY !!
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calgary open houseYou have decided to take that first step toward purchasing a home and with excitement, you start visiting some open houses. Don't get too far ahead of yourself...


Your first call should be to The Jay Magnussen Real Estate Team. We can devise a strategy how it's best going to suite your unique situation to move forward and accommodate your lifestyle and needs. Buying a home is likely the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime and should not be taken lightly.    


While aesthetics are important, it's crucial to look beyond the window-dressings and staged furniture, look for yourself before you hire a qualified home inspector. While 


Here are some common problem areas to look for while touring an open house:


General Up-keep 

Ceiling at open house

Is it clean or cleaned up? With many years of experience under our real estate belts, the difference between someone who keeps a clean house regularly and someone who has cleaned it up only to sell it is that the latter has likely not maintained the home and doesn't take as much pride in the home as the former.


Also look for cracks, especially above door frames. This may indicate that the foundation is shifting, which is a much larger issue than a quick patch-up.


Water Leaks 
Check the ceilings for brown stains and paint bubbling. This may indicate water infiltration that can be a costly fix. This will often be seen on the main floor ceiling, below an upstairs bathroom. 


Does Everything Work? 
The buyer may be including appliances but check if they are in good working order. This goes for the air conditioner and heating system as well.


Floors 
Observe if the floors are straight or if they are dipping in the corners. Be sure that laminate floors are not lifting. Depending on the floor type, it could be an easy or expensive fix.


Livingroom at open house

Doors & Windows 
In winter, check for drafts and frosted window panes. This might indicate that the windows are not installed or insulated properly and will impact heating expenses. Look for water damage around windows from lingering condensation. 


Poor Drainage 
Make sure to ask about the age of rain gutters and check to see that they empty far away from the house to prevent water leaking into basements.


Grout & Caulking 
Check for deterioration and discoloration that may indicate mold.


Does it Meet Your Size Needs? 
The home may be beautiful and in good condition, but remember to be aware of cupboard and storage space.

 

With these things in mind, you can visit an open house with open eyes. For a more personal approach contact our Okotoks ReMax Realtors or contact our Calgary ReMax Realtors to have a private viewing of homes that match your needs. Our experienced and diligent real estate pros can help guide you through the process to find a home that is a perfect match!  

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Bragg Creek PriddisNestled in the foothills of the Eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, Priddis boasts stunning views of rolling hills and spectacular scenery.


Neighbouring the Bragg Creek area, it is primarily ranch country, but due to its proximity to the City of Calgary, the Priddis area is becoming increasingly popular for city commuters to live and enjoy the glorious vistas, quiet lifestyle and a friendly and active community atmosphere. Perfect for folks who have a passion for horses and other animals. 

 

A short 15 minute drive to Calgary, Priddis and the Bragg Creek area is the perfect location to enjoy the peace of country living with the convenience of being close to city ammenities. 

 

Home for Sale in Priddis

If you have been contemplating a move to the Priddis or Bragg Creek area, then consider this well kept and charming 2066 square foot, 2 story, 4 bedroom property with 4.22 acres which is currently established to accomodate horses and bosts a small pond. 


Click here for full details, more photos and a virtual tour of this home for sale in Priddis, Alberta.

 

To find Priddis, head west on Highway 22X from Macleod Trail. There you will find the Priddis General Store and the Priddis View & Brew for excellent homemade food and specialty coffees. Priddis Greens Golf Course is also a popular draw for lovers of the game. 


Many events have taken place over the years in Priddis and surrounding communities, most often they are based on sports events, such as polo and racing, hunting, and fishing, tennis, hockey and curling, cricket and golf.

 

 



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I have listed a new property at AV W in BRAGG CREEK.
Come and enjoy peaceful country living ! This big, bright, beautifully maintained 2066 sq. ft. 4 bedroom, 2 storey located on 4.22 acres is waiting just for you. The main floor features an open concept with the large living room (WITH GAS FIREPLACE), bright country kitchen (WITH LARGE BREAKFAST BAR) and dining area all flowing together. Upstairs you'll find 4 big bedrooms, including the huge master suite (WITH A 4 PC. ENSUITE) along with a family 4 pc. bath. The lower level is fully developed featuring an oversized family room, private office and plenty of storage space and a roughed in bathroom. Outside you'll find a large wrap around porch / deck and a large double attached front garage. The property is currently set up for horses and has shelters, wood fencing, an automatic waterer and small pond. Call today for your private viewing !!
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I have sold a property at 146 WOODBEND WAY in OKOTOKS.
LOOK NO FURTHER !! Located on a quiet street this beautifully maintained, 1331 sq. ft., 3 + 1 bedroom bungalow (ON A 50' X 108' FT. LOT) is waiting just for you. The bright, sunny main floor features a large living room & dining room under vaulted ceilings along with a spotless kitchen (WITH STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES) and dining nook all over beautiful hardwood floors. You'll also find 3 bedrooms (WITH NEW CARPETING)including the master suite (WITH A 3 PC. ENSUITE) along with a family 4 pc. bath. The lower level is fully developed with a large L shaped family room (WITH GAS FIREPLACE), the 4th bedroom, a 4 pc. bath, a laundry / mechanical room and a large storage room. Outside you'll find a large double attached front garage, covered rear deck, hot tub, underground sprinkler system and RV parking all just steps from the Okotoks pathway system, schools and shopping. Don't delay....call today !!
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Today's home buyers are more savvy and educated than ever before. When buyers are shopping around for a home they know what they are looking for. They will also be working with a real estate agent who is looking out for their best interest and will have educated them on the value and price of type home they are looking for.

 

Pricing at Market Value


home internet searchPricing your home at ‘market value’ from the outset of the listing is one of the most critical actions you can take to sell your home faster.


Market Value: Home listing prices are based on the current ‘market value’ of the properties. The market value of a property depends on many factors, such as its location, size, proximity, size of lot, design, quality of construction, age, condition, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, garage, etc. The two biggest factors that determines fair market value is the SOLD price of similar homes that have sold in the recent past as well as supply and demand of similar homes. 

 

What to Base Your Price On

 

  1. Current Market Conditions
  2. Comparable Properties Active on the MLS
  3. Comparable Properties Sold on the MLS
  4. Neighborhood & Product Categories
  5. Home Improvements & Upgrades


It must be noted that the value of a property does fluctuate over time. The change in zoning bylaws, economic status, mortgage interest rate, supply and demand conditions in the market will have a major and immediate impact on the value of properties.

 

Pitfalls of Overpricing

 

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Don’t wait to price it right. Many sellers like to believe that they can test a higher price and reduce the price later if there isn’t sufficient interest or if they don’t receive an offer in a predetermined time frame. After 30 or 60 days of your home being overpriced you have lost valuable time and the attention of potential buyers. The longer your home is on the market at an incorrect price the longer it will take to sell.

 

Overpricing your home can cost you more than just money. While you are waiting for the “right buyer” who is willing to pay the inflated price you are continuing to pay for carrying costs such as mortgage payments, utilities, etc. Depending on your personal situation this cost can be compounded by carrying 2 properties. It is also costing you time and effort (often times stress) with the task of preparing your home for showings, vacating your home for showing and putting off moving onto the next phase of your life.

 

Your home can become ‘stale’ on the market. The longer a home sits on the market, buyers will ask questions like “what is wrong with this home?” or make assumptions like “if it hasn’t sold after this long there must be something wrong with it.”

 

The price of a home is the most important factor in gauging if a home has a chance of selling.  An objective analysis of your property and current market conditions will determine how to set a fair market value. To help you understand where to strategically position your home on the market our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team will walk you through a full Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to help determine the best price for your home.

 

Contact our Re/Max Real Estate Team now to request your free,
no obligation CMA on your property. 

 

 

Timing the Market Doesn’t Work

 

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I have listed a new property at 106 660 EAU CLAIRE AVE SW in CALGARY.
**Open House May 5 1-4 pm** CALGARY'S PREMIER DOWNTOWN CONDO COMPLEX - "THE PRINCETON!" Only steps from the BOW RIVER, PRINCES ISLAND & EAU CLAIRE SHOPPING, this spotless, 1130 sq. ft. LUXURY condo (WITH CENTRAL AIR CON) is waiting just for you! The main floor features a bright, open concept with the living room (WITH GAS FIREPLACE & PRIVATE PATIO ACCESS), kitchen (WITH GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, BREAKFAST BAR & STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES) and dining area all flowing together (UNDER 9 FT. CEILINGS & OVER HARDWOOD FLOORS). You'll be impressed with the large master suite (WITH LARGE WALK-IN CLOSET, GAS FIREPLACE & HUGE 5 PC. ENSUITE). There is a private den that doubles as a 2nd bedroom (WITH A QUEEN SIZE MURPHY BED, VAULTED CEILING & PLENTY OF CLOSET SPACE) along with a 3 pc. bath (WITH SEPERATE ENTRANCE TO THE DEN / BEDROOM). You'll also find a large laundry / storage room. This condo also comes with ONE TITLED, UNDERGROUND, HEATED PARKING SPACE and a large TITLED STORAGE UNIT. Don't delay, call today!!
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Please visit our Open House at 106 660 EAU CLAIRE AVE SW in CALGARY.
Open House on Sunday, May 5, 2013 1:00 pm
**Open House May 5 1-4 pm** CALGARY'S PREMIER DOWNTOWN CONDO COMPLEX - "THE PRINCETON!" Only steps from the BOW RIVER, PRINCES ISLAND & EAU CLAIRE SHOPPING, this spotless, 1130 sq. ft. LUXURY condo (WITH CENTRAL AIR CON) is waiting just for you! The main floor features a bright, open concept with the living room (WITH GAS FIREPLACE & PRIVATE PATIO ACCESS), kitchen (WITH GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, BREAKFAST BAR & STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES) and dining area all flowing together (UNDER 9 FT. CEILINGS & OVER HARDWOOD FLOORS). You'll be impressed with the large master suite (WITH LARGE WALK-IN CLOSET, GAS FIREPLACE & HUGE 5 PC. ENSUITE). There is a private den that doubles as a 2nd bedroom (WITH A QUEEN SIZE MURPHY BED, VAULTED CEILING & PLENTY OF CLOSET SPACE) along with a 3 pc. bath (WITH SEPERATE ENTRANCE TO THE DEN / BEDROOM). You'll also find a large laundry / storage room. This condo also comes with ONE TITLED, UNDERGROUND, HEATED PARKING SPACE and a large TITLED STORAGE UNIT. Don't delay, call today!!
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Home Inspection CalgaryHome inspections are often something a buyer wants done prior to purchasing a home. While it is not mandatory in Alberta our professional Real Estate Team would never recommend anyone buy a home without getting it properly inspected. Sure, it costs money but, it’s money well spent on what’s likely one of life’s biggest investments. Home inspections are to a house what a physical is to a person. There’s no pass or fail but, it’s important to know the overall condition of the house before you decide to move forward with the purchase.

 

Pre-Listing Inspections


Too many people think home inspections are just for buyers. Inspections are just as useful for sellers. Pre-listing home inspections provide sellers with an idea of maintenance items that need to be taken care of. That small problem that’s been put off for years may have turned into a large one. If you’re like the majority of sellers the last time you had an inspection done was when you bought the house. New problems may have come up that you’re not aware of.

 

Know The Condition of Your Home


A pre-listing inspection can actually take stress out of the selling process. You know what you’re dealing with upfront. There won’t be surprises coming when the buyer has their inspection completed. If you have taken care of repairs up front it’s less likely you’ll be facing a buyer request to lower the sale price due to repairs or ask for a credit that may be higher than what the actual cost to repair is.

Maintain Your InvestmentHome Inspection Okotoks


Homes inspections are a great way to know what needs attention throughout the time you own your home. Why not get one every couple of years? It’s a professional report informing you of areas that need repair or maintenance in your home. Owning a home is a big investment and one that requires maintenance. Failing to maintain your investment will cost you far more down the road than continual maintenance over the course of living there.

If you would like more information on selling your Okotoks or Calgary home home, contact our Okotoks Real Estate Team or contact or Calgary Real Estate Team to discuss your options.

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Announcement: Trellis Wells Joins The Jay Magnussen Real Estate Team!!!

Okotoks real estate trellis wellsThe Jay Magnussen Real Estate Team is pleased to announce the addition of longtime Okotoks resident Trellis Wells to our team. We’d like to take a few minutes to explain what this means to you, our friends, clients and community.


In today’s challenging Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Market, your choice of Real Estate Professional does matter! For a greater probability of success you need a dedicated team of professionals, one who can guide you through the process.


Growing our team only means that the expertise, professionalism, and unparalleled marketing of The Jay Magnussen Real Estate Team will give you an even greater edge the next time you want to buy or sell real estate.

Find out more about our team at www.SoldbyJ.com.

Trellis has been an Okotoks resident as well as an outstanding business person and community advocate since 2001, winning numerous sales and marketing awards.


Trellis is also a proud mother of 2 - a 10 year old daughter and 7 year old son. “My two amazing kids and all of our endeavors keep me actively connected to our community in many ways”. 

 

Trellis will be assisting the team in a Real Estate Assistant / Marketing role while working towards attaining her Real Estate license.  “I believe that my success will come from my team and my genuine drive to provide the highest customer service and professionalism while working to build a foundation for an ongoing relationship for years to come.”

 

Our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team, along with Trellis, would be delighted to assist you or anyone you know with their next real estate purchase or sale. Your referral is our greatest compliment.

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home for saleCongratulations! You’ve decided that you want to buy your first home. Whatever your motivation, home buying is an exciting step in your life! The best way to enjoy the excitement is to become an educated buyer, so that you will know what to expect along the way.

 

Step 1: Mortgage pre-approval


It’s easy to get excited about finding your first place! Before you get wrapped up in the shopping stage, don’t forget that the most important part of the process is securing your financing. The first thing to do is to get in touch with a mortgage broker. If you don’t already have one you want to work with, ask our professional real estate team for a referral to one of our most trusted mortgage brokers. Pre-approval is a short process that will let you know how much a bank or financial institution will lend you. This step is incredibly beneficial before you begin your shopping, so you won’t waste time looking at homes above or below your price range.

 

Step 2: Be prepared for other related costs


When you buy a home, there will be other costs related to the purchase that can catch you off-guard. The most important cost is your down payment. For most residential transactions, you will require at least 5% of the purchase price for your down payment. In some circumstances the down payment may be higher, but this depends on the property you purchase. 


Other associated costs include legal fees, moving costs, home inspection fees, home insurance, mortgage insurance, deposits for utility accounts, and you may need some additional furniture or appliances for your new home as well. Take some time to look at these costs and set out a budget for yourself to ensure that when they arise, you are prepared for them.

 

Step 3: Separating wants from needs


Before you get out looking at homes, the best way to start your search is to identify what you need in a home, and what you would ideally want to have. Check out our blog post on WANTS vs. NEEDS for more insight. Try making a checklist, starting with things that are a must. As an example: the house must be in town, have 3 bedrooms, at least 2 bathrooms, a finished family room, and a fenced backyard. Once you know what you must have, have some fun and make your “wish list!” It might include things like hardwood floors, a back patio, a rain shower, or a master ensuite.

 

Step 4: Make sure you are represented!


Working with one of our ReMax Realtors is your inside track to finding the right home. We will ensure that you are finding the right home quickly and are well represented in your purchase. A common misconception is that you need to call the Realtor who has the property listed for sale - not true! Because we are licensed real estate professionals, we can gain access to the properties found on the MLS system. 


We work for you! So keep in mind our biggest concern is to make sure you find a home that will work just right for you, at the best price! Our realtors are experienced and skilled at negotiations to get you fair market value, not a penny more. Learn more about our team by visiting our team BIO page.  

 

Step 5: The offer and purchasereal estate documents


Once you have found the home that is perfect for you, the next step is making it yours! As your realtor we will prepare an offer, referred to as an Agreement of Purchase and Sale, and negotiate the terms of the sale on your behalf. Together, you will look at comparable sales in the neighbourhood to determine a fair purchase price to offer the sellers, and which items you may want to be included in the purchase price (such as appliances).

We will also explaine and ensure the to include the appropriate conditions to make sure you are protected during the process. This could include things like a home inspection and/or a financing condition, among others.

 

Step 6: Move in and enjoy your new home


Remember: not everything has to be done right away. Take some time to enjoy this experience: cleaning, painting, and tidying will all be complete in good time. Welcome to the wonderful world of home ownership!


If you have more questions about being a first time home buyer, please feel free to email us, or call 403-650-7332 to speak directly with a PRO to have your questions answered right away! 

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