What is the value of a local specialist?

By: Mark Lukwinski

What is the value of a local specialist?

Tags: Real Estate, Calgary, Area Specialist, Realtor, House pricing

How many times have you come across advertisements in local papers, magazines, bus benches, direct mail, and online where Realtors claim to be local specialists?  Unfortunately anyone can state anything they want however the question is, what makes them the specialist?  A local specialist is someone who knows the neighbourhood intimately, most-likely lives in the community, contributes a...Read More

IMPACT Magazine

By: Mark Lukwinski

IMPACT Magazine

Tags: IMPACT Magazine, Fitness, YYC, YYCfit, Health, Calgary

As in the past couple of months, we have profiled an established business on the Calgary scene and this week we have the honor of sharing some thoughts from Elaine Kupser, the founder and publisher of Calgary's iconic fitness glossy, IMPACT Magazine. Read along to learn more about this magazine dedicated to all things fitness and health-related over the last almost three decades. Ho...Read More

10 Staging Secrets From the Pros for a Quick Home Sale at Top Dollar

By: Mark Lukwinski

10 Staging Secrets From the Pros for a Quick Home Sale at Top Dollar

Tags: Calgary, Real Estate, Staging, Selling, Preparation

According to the National Association of Realtors, staging a home prior to listing it can result in a faster and more profitable sale. In fact, the Real Estate Staging Association estimates that professionally staged properties spend 73 percent less time on the market, receive more foot traffic, and typically sell for more money.   Source: National Association of Realtors     ...Read More

Smart ways to spend your Tax return

By: Mark Lukwinski

Smart ways to spend your Tax return

Tags: Canada Revenue Agency, Tax Return, Taxes

Tax season is upon us and it’s that time of year where we need to file our tax returns. Some of you may be getting a great refund while others will be paying the government more for the last fiscal year. If you’re one of the lucky ones to receive a hefty tax refund, here are some smart things you can do with your money that the government gives back to you. Though you may be tempted to...Read More

Benefits of selling your home in Spring

By: Mark Lukwinski

Benefits of selling your home in Spring

Tags: Spring, For Sale, Calgary Listings

It seems the worst of winter is truly behind us now but just by saying that, we hope we haven’t jinxed anything. With the change of the seasons, our busy time is just ramping up because when the weather warms up, spring arrives and more homes change title at this time of year.   When winter blankets our city and, we prefer to hunker down in our homes to keep warm, stay indoors and avoi...Read More

Home Care Calendar - A Seasonal Guide to Maintaining Your Home

By: Mark Lukwinski

Home Care Calendar - A Seasonal Guide to Maintaining Your Home

Tags: Home, House Maintenance, Schedule, Calendar, Real Estate

From summer vacations to winter holidays, it seems each season offers the perfect excuse to put off our to-do list. But be careful, homeowners: neglecting your home’s maintenance could put your personal safety—and one of your largest financial investments—at serious risk.   In no time at all, small problems can lead to extensive and expensive repairs. And even if you avoid a...Read More

Calgary Market Statistics - March 2018

By: Mark Lukwinski

Calgary Market Statistics - March 2018

Tags: Calgary, Housing, Market, Statistics, March 2018, Real Estate

As expected, slow sales this quarter have persisted through March in the City of Calgary. This is not a surprise, after stronger growth in sales at the end of last year following the announced changes to the lending market. First quarter sales totaled 3,423 units, nearly 18 per cent below last year's levels and 24 per cent below long-term averages. Easing sales and modest gains in new listing...Read More

How big is an acre, anyway?

By: Mark Lukwinski

How big is an acre, anyway?

Tags: acres, rural, calgary, rural real estate, springbank, bearspaw, okotoks

Recently we’ve had some listings of the rural kind on acreage properties, as well as we have been taking clients outside of the city to look for their dream homes. This has prompted us to dig in a little deeper to the definitions of an acreage and what all that means. Here goes!   There is no specific shape to an acreage-it can be circular, square, triangular, or rectangular in shape. T...Read More

Diner Deluxe in Aspen Landing

By: Mark Lukwinski

Diner Deluxe in Aspen Landing

Tags: Diner Deluxe, Aspen Landing, Calgary, brunch, YYC

Last month we featured Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters because of their success on Calgary's culture scene. As part of our monthly feature on businesses in Calgary, this month, we bring to you Diner Deluxe, located in Aspen Landing and two other locations. We chatted with Ryan Turbide to get his insight on what makes his restaurant such a local favourite and we highly recommend you ventur...Read More

The Home Buyer versus the Home Seller

By: Mark Lukwinski

The Home Buyer versus the Home Seller

Tags: Buying, Selling, For Sale, Sold, Calgary Real Estate

As realtors, we spend all our time dealing with listings and our clients. Each client is unique, as is each listing. It comes as no surprise then that the needs and priorities of our buyers are different than those of our selling clients. The factors that open doors for one client will be entirely different than those from another.   For our Buyers, the factors that are of most importance are...Read More