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Planning to buy a home? Why wait until the New Year. Here are just a couple of the reasons why buying a home during the holidays can be an advantage.

1. Less competition. Fewer transactions occur over the holiday season and that means when you find your perfect home, you are less likely to get into a bidding war, and can usually score a better deal.

2. People are in the holiday spirit. People are more inclined to help others out during the holiday season and that could work in your favour when it comes to negotiating the deal.

3. Tax breaks. At the end of the year, everyone is looking for ways to lower their taxes. Buying a new home is one way to get some breaks before tax season.

4. Motivated sellers. Whether its relocating for a new job

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Inventory Levels

*The above image shows how inventory levels are typically much lower in December (Seller's Market)

vs. inventory levels in January (Buyer's Market)*

Thinking of listing your home for sale? Here are 10 reasons why listing during the holidays is better than waiting until January.

1. While there may be fewer buyers out there, people that are looking for a home during the holidays are serious buyers and are ready to buy.

2. There are fewer homes for buyers to look at during the holidays, which means there is less competition for you as a seller. Less competition = more money.

3. After the holidays, the supply of listings increases substantially, which lowers the demand for your home. More competition = less money.

4. Your home shows

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There is lots going on around the city of Calgary during the Holidays. Here is a list of just some of the events:


The International Christmas Market returns to Spruce Meadows again this year.

Held over three weekends in November, you can enjoy all the Christmas spirit as the holiday nears just around the corner.

With over 250 vendors, explore a number of different items from local, hand-crafted pieces, to various imported items from around the world.

Great entertainment for the whole family and a festive environment with nearly 75km of Christmas lights strung up to help get you all in the holiday mood.

Tickets are $12 at the door, or $2 off when you purchase in advance online. Children 12 and under and

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It should come as no surprise that Calgary's Real Estate Market is being impacted by a weakness in the overall economy.

City of Calgary Average Sold Price

"Elevated inventory levels in October contributed to a second consecutive month of price declines in Calgary’s resale residential housing market... The steepest declines occurred in the apartment sector, where the benchmark price fell to $288,300, a 0.8 per cent decline from September and nearly four per cent from the same time last year... Aggregate prices in both the detached and attached sector also recorded both monthly and yearly declines, but were moderate compared to apartments due to less severe drops in absorption levels." - CREB Nov.2 2015

Apartment Average Sold Price

Attached Average Sold Price

Detached Average Sold Price

More than half (67.48%) of all sales year to date in Calgary are

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Lest we forget. November 11th is a day when we commemorate the lives of those lost in times of conflict and war. We honour and thank the many men and women who have served and are still serving on behalf of our country. Calgarians can participate in the day by wearing a poppy to acknowledge lives lost in war, reading John McCrae’s “In Flanders Field”, or by attending a Remembrance Day service. Here is a list of some ceremonies happening around the city of Calgary.

Field of Crosses Memorial Project – At sunrise each morning from November 1st to November 11th there is a flag raising ceremony at the Field of Crosses including a bugler and a piper. At sunset the flags are lowered. Remembrance Day ceremony begins at 10:45am. Located on Memorial Dr.

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So you’ve picked out your dream home, figured out the mortgage, hired the appropriate professionals, and you’re ready to move. Have you put aside money for the actual move?

There are many hidden costs when it comes to moving, and we at Smart Calgary Homes want you to be prepared. Here are 10 common unexpected costs of moving:

1. Boxes: you can only raid the liquor store for boxes so many times. Chances are, you’ll have to pick up some boxes at a storage shop, or even some rubber bins (which are handy, but pricey).

2. Packing supplies: aside from boxes, you’ll need packing tape as well as bubble, plastic, and foam wrap.

3. Cleaning: after your move you’ll want to clean up your old place, and you’ll likely want to clean your new place (especially after all of…
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The holiday season is here, and this year we think it should be all about spending time with the ones you love over a good meal – without the stress of entertaining.

Instead of hosting a traditional dinner, why not opt for a fun and casual potluck? First up, think of how many people you plan to invite. Next, plan a menu. How many appetizers, main dishes, salads, sides, and desserts will you need? Is there something specific you’d like your guests to make?

When you call your friends and family to invite them over, make a note of what they plan to bring. This will make sure that there’s enough food for everyone and that there's a nice variety.

Your job: the day before, bake up some dinner rolls. Even if you’re an inexperienced baker, you can do it. Plus,…
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We’ve got the best home-related links from the web this week, covering everything Real Estate, Mortgages, Home Décor, Renovating, DIY Projects, Entertaining, Gardening, and of course, Our Favourite Pin! Read on and have a great week!

If you’re planning on listing your home on the Calgary real estate market, take a look at the condition of your windows first. New windows are a big selling feature, and can really increase your home’s value. Read more on this here, from Style at Home.


Buying a home is a big decision, so it’s important to make sure you know what you’re getting in to! This great article from Stockhouse has a mortgage breakdown from TD Canada Trust that will put everything into perspective.

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There’s no doubt that autumn is upon us; the leaves are turning colour and the grass is getting drier. It’s a fantastic time to get your garden ready for the colder months – and, subsequently, the spring.
Here are seven tips that will help you get your garden ready for fall and winter, and prepare it for a beautiful spring:

1. Continue to water and mow your lawn until the frost arrives. This allows your lawn to remain healthy and continue its growth in the spring.

2. Cover up your garden with mulch. Doing this not only protects it from the cold, but also the rapid changes in temperature that Alberta winters can bring.

3. Bring in your herbs. You can still use them throughout the year, and replant them outdoors when the weather allows for it.

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Are you planning to get a cat or dog, or do you already have one and are moving? It’s important to pet-proof your home and make sure that your furry loved ones are safe. Here are five simple, but crucial steps to pet-proofing your home:


1. Add childproof (and, apparently pet-proof) latches to cupboards with harmful products (cleansers, etc.).

2. Move poisonous houseplants out of reach. Find out which ones are harmful here.

3. Keep trash lids on tight. What is garbage to you may look like a gourmet dinner to your pet.

4. Keep pesticides or any rodent poison completely out of reach from your pet.

5. Unplug electrical cords when not in use.

How do you pet-proof your home? Head to our Facebook page and let us know!

Photo: Natural Urban Pets
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