Every year, it seems the holidays sneak up on us—and every year, that brings with it the dreaded last-minute gift panic. Finding a present that hits all the right notes can be surprisingly stressful, even when it comes to people you’ve known for years.


But have no fear! We’ve lined up a list of gifts for every “type” on your list. And since we work in real estate, they’re all centred around home life. From the coffee snob to the sports enthusiast, these presents...

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I have listed a new property at 276 Cove DRIVE in Chestermere.
Great Value! This 3-bedroom + 2 den, 2.5 bath home is located on a treed corner lot in The Cove, just steps from the beach and amenities at Chestermere Lake. A large entry and curved staircase greet you as you enter this 1985 sq ft family home. A main floor den is located just off the entry, perfect if you see clients at home. Continue down the hall and you'll find a generous living room with a cozy gas fireplace and a...
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Homebuyers today are facing a huge dilemma. There simply aren’t enough homes for sale.1

Nationwide, the number of newly listed homes dipped slightly in September, down 1.6% from August. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, that’s only about 2.1 months of inventory, which is far less than the five to six months that is generally needed to strike a healthy balance between supply and demand.2

Given the limited number of available properties, if you’re a buyer in today...

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A break and enter occurs every 90 seconds in Canada.1 Fortunately, there are some proven tactics you can use to decrease your likelihood of a home invasion.

Most burglars won’t go to extreme lengths to enter your home. They are looking for easy access with minimal risk. A monitored security system can be an effective deterrent—homes without one are 300% more likely to be burglarized—but it isn’t the only way to protect your property.The strategies below can help...

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Selling your home when you still need to shop for a new one can feel daunting to even the most seasoned homeowner – and especially when the demand for new homes keeps rising, but the supply feels like it's dwindling.¹ If you're already feeling drained by the complex logistics of trying to sell and buy a new home all at once, you're not alone.

Searching for a new home can be exciting, but many homebuyers admit that it can also be stressful, especially if you live in an unpredictable market...

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In a July release, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported that home sales had fallen for three months in a row after reaching an all-time high in March. So could one of the world’s hottest real estate markets finally be headed for a downturn?

We wouldn’t bet on it. That’s because even though sales have slowed, it was still the strongest June on record—and 13% higher than last year. “Don’t be fooled — this is still an extremely strong level of demand,” Bank of Montreal Economist Robert Kavcic told CBC News.

So what can we expect from Canadian real estate? Here are five factors that illustrate where the housing market is today and is likely heading tomorrow.



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Move-up vs. second home: the pandemic has changed the way many of us live, work, and attend school—and those changes have impacted our priorities when it comes to choosing a home.

According to a recent survey by The Harris Poll, 75% of respondents who have begun working remotely would like to continue doing so—and 66% would consider moving if they no longer had to commute as often. Some of the top reasons were to gain a dedicated office space (31%), a larger home (30%), and more rooms...

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The interest rate on Canada’s most popular mortgage, the five-year fixed rate, has fallen to its lowest level in history – but what does that mean for homeowners and buyers?

In early June, HSBC made headlines when it began offering Canadians a five-year fixed-rate mortgage below 2%. Multiple brokers followed suit, and some are now advertising even lower rates.1 And while many Canadians have rushed to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity, others question the hype. Are today...

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These days, it seems like everyone’s looking for ways to cut costs and stretch their household budget. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your household expenses without making radical changes to your standard of living. When combined, these small adjustments can add up to significant savings each month.

Here are 20 things you can start doing today to lower your bills, secure better deals, and begin working toward your financial goals.

  1. Refinance Your Mortgage –...
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So, you signed and accepted a Purchase Contract and you’re off to celebrate! Not so fast, my friend – your sale isn’t final until the last condition is waived. Here are six reasons why real estate sales fall apart:

#1 Mortgage Approval Problems

Even buyers who take the time to get pre-approved can be declined for a mortgage. Some “pre-approvals” are just loosely calculated pre-qualifications. The lender hasn’t verified the buyer’s income or confirmed that...

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