Calgary & Okotoks Real Estate Blog, Presented by The Jay Magnussen Real Estate Team

Real Estate Agent - RE/MAX First
We are a professional real estate team with Remax First and we bring you this real estate industry blog focusing on realty issues, tips and advice for the Calgary & Okotoks region in Alberta, Canada.
Sometimes in the Real Estate world there are terms used that the average person may not know, so let's look at a few of them. Amortization: The period of time it takes to reduce a debt to zero when payments are made regularly. Amortization periods are 15, 20 or 25 years. Chattels: Articles of mov...
Having attended and watched hundreds of home inspections, I've had the opportunity to see the good, the bad, and the ugly ones. Some inspectors really know their stuff, and can catch problems in a house the average person wouldn't. Others don't know what their doing, but somehow seem to get by on...
What if you put your home on the market and then change your mind about selling.  Do you still have to sell your home EVEN if you get an offer that matches everything EXACTLY as you asked (date, asking price, inclusions, exclusions)? The answer is... NO! No you do not, but the general public doe...
Come check out the annual Okotoks Parade of Garage Sales this Saturday, May 21 with HUNDREDS of garage sales all over town.... While you're out - stop in at our OPEN HOUSE at 64 Crystal Ridge Cres. being held from 9:00 am - 12;00 noon and check out this beautiful 2310 square foot 5 bedroom family...
Question: How can I compare my monthly rental payments to mortgage payments? Answer: Of course, the amount of your mortgage payments will depend on the price of the home you buy, the size of your down payment, prevailing mortgage rates, and the term and amortization you choose. But it's actually ...
In today's real estate market, sellers are looking for more ways to set their homes apart from the droves of other properties for sale. But how do you get buyers to look twice when your home is comparable to other listings in your neighborhood in the same price range?Here's a thought: Go green. M...
RE/MAX has become one of just three fundraising sponsors to reach $100 million in total donations to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.In a final push to reach the $100 million mark, RE/MAX real estate agents defied a global recession to raise more than $7 million through the Miracle Home pro...
Have you thought about your homeowners insurance lately?If not, maybe you should...Chances are the subject hasn't crossed your mind since you purchased your policy. And while buy and hold may work for some investments, it may not be the best strategy when it comes to homeowners insurance. A poli...
You may have heard or read advice that suggests you should wait until next year to buy a home because prices are likely to go even lower than they are now...That may or may not be true. Who is to say? But even supposing prices do decline further, will you really be ahead by delaying your purchase...
Have Small Rooms? Create an Illusion of More Space Do you have a small room or rooms that you'd like to seem larger? One solution is to de-clutter the space. But if you're not prepared to toss out your grandmother's antique furniture, it might be time to try some decorating tips that will help y...

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