Varsity townhouse

JUST LISTED : #45, 3519 49 ST NW

Location! Location! Location! Immaculate and beautifully renovated multi-level, 875 sqft, 2-bed townhouse in Varsity.

This home features an open living space with bright windows, a warm colour palette & gleaming new floors. The open dining area leads to a private sunny balcony with personal access to the courtyard! The kitchen offers an attractive newer white kitchen with updated glass mosaic tiles. The main floor also has a spacious family room with large windows providing an abundance of natural sunlight.

The lower level offers a large master bedroom with walk-in-closet plus another good-sized bedroom, with big windows. There is also a huge 4-pc bathroom, that is white and bright. This property is complete with in-suite laundry, a large storage room, plus an assigned parking stall close to the entrance.

Condominium amenities include a sauna/fitness room. And condo fees include heat and water/sewer. Perfect for first time buyers and a fantastic opportunity to get into the real estate market, don’t miss out!

For more information check out the virtual tour here

  

  

JUST LISTED : 1204, 2200 Woodview Drive SW

Welcome Home to 1204, 2200 Woodview Drive SW, Calgary!

Quartz Counter tops. Check! Brand new kitchen. Check! Brand new GE Stainless Steel Appliances. Check! Trendy vinyl plank floor. Check! In-suite new laundry. Check! Low condo fees. Check! This place checks all your boxes, and for under $250,000? WOW!

This fully remodeled single-level townhouse is perfect for first time home buyers or the savvy investor. Open the front door and fall in love with the warm and welcoming feel of this home. The open concept living room is beautifully lit with natural light, and the kitchen is a showstopper. White shaker style cabinets, large subway tiles and under mount sink.

The bathroom has faux marble tile surrounding the deep tub and plenty of storage in the vanity.

The master bedroom is huge with a walk-in closet, motion-sensor light and custom built-ins. The 2nd bedroom also has a generous closet with built-ins!

Storage not a problem here, with a pantry and extra space in the furnace room. Did I mention a newer furnace/hot water tank? You’ll be the envy of your friends!

View the virtual tour here

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Calgary Home and Garden Show

Calgary Home and Garden Show

In partnership with Renée Huse of DLC Elevations Mortgage, YYC RED SHOE REALTOR will be at the 2018 Calgary Home and Garden Show all weekend providing on the fly real estate market analyses for your property.

 

Ask Me: Monique Morrison, YYC Red Shoe Realtor
Working with a positive outlook, I enhance the real estate experience with an honest, knowledgeable and collaborative commitment to you.  Together let’s find you the perfect place to call HOME.
www.moniquemorrison.com

 

Ask Me: Renee Huse, Mortgage Agent
With access to over 70 different lenders I specialize in offering the most competitive rates and specific advice for your unique mortgage needs. And Bonus! My services are free to you.
www.reneehuse.com

Bring all your questions about your current property, investment property ideas, improvements or just come to chat with us! There will be a great giveaway but  you have to come see us to find out what!

 

Book your appointment time in advance to discuss your home value or get pre-approved for a mortgage

 

DATES/HOURS/LOCATION

Thursday, March 1st Noon – 9pm
Friday, March 2nd Noon – 9pm
Saturday, March 3rd 10am – 9pm
Sunday, March 4th 10am – 6pm

BMO Centre & Corral, Stampede Park

Booth #1208

 

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Calgary Home and Garden Show!

Date Night

Calgary – It’s Date Night!

Calgary is AMAZING!

I know, I might be biased – but there is so much to do in our city.  With everything the city has to offer date night should be easy and more than just dinner and a movie. 

How about these cool local date night ideas:

• Live Improv: Loose Moose Theatre 
• Handmade Pasta Making Lesson: The Spice Chica 
• Murder Mystery Dinner: Fort Calgary 
• Sunday Brunch: Monki Breakfast Club
• Drop in Volleyball: Rally Pointe
• Tacos and Bowling: National on 10th
• Escape Room Experience: Level 1 Escape / Escape Capers YYC 
• Surfset Group Fitness: Revolution Fitness 
• Live Music: There are tons of cool places like Ironwood and Wine Ohs

Everyone is different and the more you can personalize the experience the better it will be for both of you.  Remember that they love you  just spending time together and reminding them how important they are to you will win you major brownie points and fill your heart up with joy.

Or, “Netflix and Chilling” always works too  😉

Love Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day – Pamper Her or Spoil Him

Tis the season of love, tingly feelings and romance.  I adore this time of year, people being all mushy gushy with feelings, open hearts and public displays of affection. I mean, seriously, is there anything cuter than a couple holding hands walking in the snow and not feeling the cold. It doesn’t matter if you are in love with yourself, a partner, your family, your friends or even your pet – sing it from the rooftops during this time of year. It’s OK!

“BEING IN LOVE IS AN AMAZING THING; BUT BEING IN LOVE WITH YOUR BEST FRIEND IS EVERYTHING!”

There seems to be a lot of gift giving this time of year, but celebrating your love for another doesn’t mean you have to spend all your savings. There are many ways you can show you care … I’ve listed some of my ideas below that you can totally steal and take credit for on Valentine’s Day:

Pamper Her
  • Breakfast in bed or meet for breakfast somewhere instead of dinner
  • Send her a sexy text message or tantalizing voicemail
  • Have a romantic Valentine’s Day picnic on the floor. Use some candles and lay a soft blanket on the floor. Put on some soft music and white Christmas lights for additional romantic lighting
  • Share a warm bath with scented oil or bubble bath
  • Together write your love story – how you met and fell in love. Don’t forget “lived happily ever after”
Spoil Him
  • Hide post it notes around the house with cute little sentiments
  • Mail a love letter to his office so it arrives on Valentine’s Day
  • Use lipstick to make hearts and XO’s on the rear view mirror or bathroom mirror. Leave a kiss on his napkin for lunch or dinner
  • Do something together, go skating or tobogganing – its fun, seriously!
  • Break out his favourite board game, puzzle or video game

Asbestos – What We Did!

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and for years prior to 1990 it was a popular in construction Canada wide.  Mainly used for insulating buildings and homes against wintry weather and noise. It has also been used, and, in some cases, continues to be used, in products like:

  • cement and plaster
  • industrial furnaces and heating systems
  • building insulation
  • floor and ceiling tiles
  • house siding

Here we were, looking to renovate a townhouse that was built in the late 1970’s – we were pretty sure that there would be asbestos. Therefore, during our home inspection period we had a testing company come out and grab samples from everywhere that could potentially contain asbestos. We were right, they did detect 2% Chrysotile Asbestos (which is by far the most common form) in the drywall joint compound no where else. The company said that it was often added to the mud as a binding agent – I sure didn’t know that. Anyways, we negotiated with the seller some of the costs and were off the races.

So, you know, Health Canada says there are no significant risks if materials containing asbestos in your home are:
  • tightly bound in products and are in good condition
  • sealed behind walls and floorboards
  • isolated in an attic
  • left undisturbed

Well, we were definitely going to be disturbing those nasty little asbestos fibres, so next came abatement. We hired M.A.R.S. Environmental Services to do the work for us as we wanted it done properly and safely. It was going to take them 2.5 to 3 full days to remediate all the areas that were going to be affected by our renovation plans. That even included around each of the electrical plugs we were either going to move or replace/repair.

Did we learn a lot through the process? Yes. Was it a bit costly and time consuming? Yes. Was it worth it? YES!! The health of my family, and the ability to confidently say it has been remediated when we go to sell, is totally worth it.  I would say that if you are going to be renovating or flipping an older property, get the testing done prior to waiving your conditions for peace of mind and to ensure you still have a profit margin in that flip!

Diamond

Diamond or my down payment?!

What you see with me, is pretty much what you get and let me preface by saying that today was no different.

I picked up my cousin from the airport and then hurried to a coffee meeting I had agreed to with a custom home builder. I didn’t really know what to expect but had been following them on Instagram for awhile. They do some pretty wicked stuff and the properties they feature are like hella’ amazing. So why not, I love a pretty property!

It’s snowy and ugly out today,  so I have my hair in a top knot and with a classic basic b*tch blanket scarf. Little did I know I was arriving at a “coffee meeting” with several other realtors. As a Range Rover, Audi and other expensive cars pulled in I hesitated…. maybe I should just leave, I mean I really don’t have multi-million dollar clients (not yet – haha). But I persisted and walked in – what the hell right?

Oh man, was there bling…. I was there with my $12.99 Costco stretchy jeans and my chucks and ladies were showcasing diamond jewelry worth more that most people have for their down payment. I know there is a perception of this industry and I had just walked into the epitome of it. No joke, I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say one of them had a diamond on her finger that could be worth more than my entire’s year salary.  And I don’t know much about diamonds, but this one practically dwarfed her hand!!

That being said, we all had a tour of the house (which was hella’ amazing) and met the owners (super nice and down to earth people) and learned a little about their business. I felt a bit inadequate to start but then the marketing person took a picture of my shoes in the home and posted it to Instagram, what did I learn? Red chucks for the win.

Glamis Green Townhouse Glamorgan

JUST LISTED : #275, 77 Glamis Green SW

This two-bedroom executive townhome in Glamis Green has an open and modern floorplan offering over 1,000 sq.ft. of living space. Perfect for first time home buyers with discerning taste as it features high-end finishes throughout!

The main level features a large master bedroom, a generous sized second bedroom and a 4 piece bathroom. This floor also features in-suite laundry, with shelving and loads of storage space.

The wide open upper floor is warm and welcoming. Showcasing an elegant kitchen with granite counter tops and a raised breakfast bar. The great room layout is beautifully designed with considerable space for both dining and living. It even boasts a gas fireplace for cozy evenings in curled up with a book. There is also a powder room for your guests.

The windows and patio entrance deliver an abundance of natural light. Being on the top floor allows for your own private patio with a private feeling, perfect for bbq-ing in the summer.

If you are looking for a home that is a quick commute to downtown (only 8kms)? And do you delight in being surrounded by almost every amenity you can think of? Than look no further….Glamis Green is for you! Welcome Home.

For more details click here.

For the virtual tour click here.

Glamis Green Glamorgan   Glamis Green Glamorgan

Glamis Green Glamorgan    Glamis Green Glamorgan

 

About Glamorgan:
Glamorgan is located in SW Calgary, only 8kms from downtown Calgary.  Glamorgan is close to several shopping malls and contains a number of restaurants. There are both public and separate schools in the area. Glamorgan Community Centre offers before and after school care in a comfortable setting, complete with homework tables and computer stations. There is an outdoor ice rink for community shinny games as well as an adjoining pleasure rink. There are a variety of activities such as yoga, Guides, Adult Fitness classes and Karate. The community also offers outdoor soccer, family softball as well as other recreational sports. GCA has a new building situated next to the outdoor rink, called GlamShack and it is the central meeting spot for Grassroots Hockey and Soccer.

JUST LISTED : 88 Prominence View SW

This bright & well-kept San Francisco-style end unit town house with double turrets is located in the beautiful community of Patterson. This home is surrounded and backing on to a green belt, it is uniquely situated in the Capilano Gardens condominium complex. The features include a tiled foyer with mirrored entry closet, gorgeous cherry oak built-ins and cabinetry. There is rich oak flooring throughout the main floor and neutral carpeting upstairs. There is a desirable large south-facing deck that has an expansive and private view. It allows for a wonderful summer retreat for BBQing or hosting friends and family.

This two-storey townhouse offers a grade-level foyer with access to double tandem attached garage. The kitchen includes a wall pantry and island, turret-style breakfast nook with a magnificent view. Don’t forget about the granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. The open concept living/dining room has a marble-faced gas fireplace and built in bookcases. The main floor also has a 1/2 bath and in-suite laundry.

The upper floor has open hall plan with built-in cabinetry and a den with more large windows. The spacious master bedroom retreat features a mirrored by-pass doors into a semi walk-in closet. There is also an ample second bedroom. And a large 5-piece bathroom with a corner jetted tub.

This is one of the most sought after locations and town house in the area. Be sure to call your favourite REALTOR for a tour today.

For more information click here.

For the virtual tour click here.

Patterson 88 Prominence View SW Townhouse   Patterson 88 Prominence View SW Townhouse

Patterson 88 Prominence View SW Townhouse   Patterson 88 Prominence View SW Townhouse

 

About Coach Hill Patterson Heights:

Coach Hill Patterson Heights is a well established community in the city of Calgary. It is located in close proximity to downtown, Canada’ Olympic Park and one of the most geographically unique areas of the city.  Whether it is the rolling hills, bubbling waterfalls, sloped ravines, or natural fauna – this community is beautiful. There are also interesting bike paths and friendly people that make Coach Hill Patterson Heights their home, our community has a lot to be thankful for.

October Calgary Market Statistics

Status quo for Calgary’s housing market

Prices remain similar to last year in Calgary, but ease in October

October’s housing market conditions closely echoed previous month’s trends with easing sales, rising inventories and downward price pressure. Like last month, the monthly activity was not enough to derail gains that occurred earlier in the year.

October sales and inventories in Calgary totaled 1,467 and 6,463 units for a month of supply of 4.4. Several months of elevated supply in comparison to demand has weighed on pricing over the past several months. The city-wide unadjusted benchmark price in October totaled $438,900, 0.6 per cent below last month, but comparable to last year.

“While economic activity has improved in 2017, it will take some time for this to translate into housing market growth. There have been employment gains, but most of this has occurred in areas with traditionally lower income,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

“We also continue to face weak migration, higher lending rates and changes to lending policy. The combination of these factors is impacting housing demand, which is prolonging the pace of recovery.”

Resale inventory gains occurred in each product type and across most districts in the city. The largest gains were in districts with substantial new development growth.

In the detached segment, the largest number of units added to inventory occurred in the $300,000 – $500,000 price range. This represents nearly 42 per cent of all detached inventory. 62 per cent of the inventory in the city-wide market is priced below $500,000.

“There is far more product availability in the lower price ranges now compared to several years ago,” said CREB® president David P. Brown.

“This provides more options for potential buyers concerned about their purchasing power given all the changes in the lending market.”

The largest monthly price change occurred in the apartment condominium sector which recorded an unadjusted monthly decline of 0.8 per cent, resulting in a 13 per cent spread over monthly highs recorded in 2014.

Despite some recent adjustments, prices in the attached and detached segments remain relatively stable compared to last year.

For more details, please feel free to give me a call!