HOA fees when buying a home or Calgary downtown condos

HOA is the acronym for Home Owners Association. This is a fee charged to each of the home owners in the communcalgary downtown condosity to maintain its public areas. This money is usually for community memberships, or maintenance of a park or lake and is paid by the home owners once per year.

Most HOA fees are found on the title of the property under a restrictive covenant. You may also find that the closer you are to the amenity the higher the HOA is. This is a mandatory fee for the home home owners so make sure that this fee is paid up to date by the seller when buying the property.


Are Calgary downtown condos dog friendly?

When living in a single family home you own the dwelling and the land and have very few restrictions. Although when you live in a condo there can be living restriction decided upon by the condo board. One of which is whether you can have a pet or not.Calgary downtown condos

While working with your real estate agent make sure he/she knows you have pets or have the intention of getting a pet, even the type and size is important. The reason is that all condo buildings have restrictions on these critters.

Buying a house in Calgary? Look at the fence for community engagement

At the Cornerstone Youth Centre, Nixon said that since this connection is lacking where they live, this is the place they can get it. This is where they can play with other kids, talk about their problems and feel connected.

Where my house is, I know my neighbours across the street and across the alley. I know my neighbours to the east, since their boy loves to come over and play with mine. And the neighbour to the west I’ve yet to meet since they just moved in. I’m still going to get my fortress fence, although I’ll be sure to invite my neighbours over to the other side of this great wall to create community.

Calgary Inner City Real Estate Update October 2014

For the 2 Storey homes in October, we saw a ratio of 1:4.54, so about 4 months of inventory which has been consistent since at least June. The 2 bedroom condos have just over three months of inventory, a bit higher than in June which had 2.5 months of inventory. The higher the ratio the more time buyers have to make a decision on a property and the more choice they have.

The inner city condo market fluctuates most throughout the year having peaks in the spring and again in the fall. Whereas the single family home market still has fluctuations around the same times although more subtle. Looking at the graph, the best times to sell would be March through to June, and then late August and September.

Increase the potential of your Calgary home for sale at evening showings

Entrance Lighting. Nothing’s worse than moving from the street light to complete darkness, switching on the flashlight app and trying to find the lock box. Front door lighting is very important! You really don’t want anyone tripping on the uneven sidewalk or the steps. Go a step further with lighting and buy solar lights that can be staked into the ground along the front walk. This looks amazing!

Ambiance Lighting. Once we walk in the door searching for the first light switch can be frustrating and even more so when there is no lighting to make it any easier. At times I feel like a prowler with my flashlight. Set the lighting for a relaxing evening by putting on some lamps in the living room, under counter lights in the kitchen, dim the light in the dining room, and turn on the end table lamps in the bedrooms.

10 tips for attracting more buyers when selling in Calgary

The MLS (multiple listing service) is a real estate agent’s greatest marketing tool, since that is where most buyers go online to find properties for sale. When they bring up the information on your property this is the threshold to view or not to view.

Before the property information goes live there is an opportunity to review all the details that potential buyers will see. Take this time to review it and make adjustments if needed. You want to make sure that all information is correct so that the buyer isn’t mislead or that you’re offering something that can’t be delivered.

Are schools important for selling your home in Calgary?

A community evolves over time and changes it’s needs. The community that I live in was established in the 1960’s and many of the original owners are at an age where they need to sell their property for something more manageable. With this, younger families are coming in. We have four schools in our neighbourhood, and a few years back the school board wanted to shut down one of our schools. I was part of the group to keep it open knowing that there were changes coming in the demographics of our community. We were successful and now the school that they wanted to close is near capacity.