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Featured Listing: Castle in Coral Springs

Fri, 17 Feb by kernickhomes

The Calgary Real Estate Market is warming up again and just in time! This week’s featured listing is a Shangri-La found in Calgary’s North East community of Coral Springs. This home is located in a highly coveted Cul-De-Sac and at 2 storey’s high and close to 2500 sf, this Castle in Coral Springs needs to be seen in person. Featured Listing

Let’s get to the logistics:

  • Flowing hardwood floors throughout the main level
  • Spacious living room
  • Large bright windows
  • Up to Date kitchen
  • Modern cabinetry
  • Large eating nook for the entire family
  • Upstairs Bonus Room
  • Illegal suite complete with kitchen, bedroom and 3 piece bath
  • 4 bedrooms total (one in the basement)
  • Master Bedroom with walk-in closet and en-suite
  • Double Garage Attached

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Anyone will tell you that in real estate that private islands in the Caribbean or anywhere in the Pacific are highly sought after. It might not be the blue crystal waters off of the Bahamas, however, this home has it’s own island in the kitchen. Perfect for entertaining guests and for everyday life events such as breakfast. With beautiful modern cabinetry surrounding the kitchen, you’ll quickly forget about blue skies or for that matter, any stresses you have. If you need a change of scenery, the bonus room is a perfect 2nd destination in the home, which easily can house all your home media equipment.

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This large home is perfect for a large family. With 3 bedrooms located upstairs, including a master bedroom with walk-in closet, space will not be an issue for a family with children. The fully finished basement has a kitchen, bedroom and a 3 piece bathroom. It’s perfect for grown up kids that never leave home and can also generate rental income.

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No dream home is complete without a nice spacious backyard with a large deck that looks over luscious green grass that is on par with top golf courses! Feel free to host epic barbecues and backyard celebrations accordingly.

If our featured listing has caught your eye and you’re in the market for a new home, contact kernickhomes@gmail.com today to book a viewing of this Coral Springs home. 

Summer in the City: Calgary Real Estate Demand is Down

Thu, 04 Aug by kernickhomes

The recent City census data indicates that there is a decline in net migration levels and add to the mix, the continued slumping economy, it’s not surprising the Calgary Real Estate Market continues to have low sales activity.

  • Total housing sales activity= 1,741 units (down 12.6% from last year)
  • 20th consecutive month of year-over-year sales declines
  • Residential benchmark price= $440,000 (down 4.2% from last year)
  • Apartment benchmark price= $277,000 (down 6.6% from last year)
  • Detached benchmark price= $502,300 (down 3.4% from last year)

The slower sales activity and the decreased number in new listings, ultimately prevented further inventory gains. Detached home prices are balancing out, however; the same can’t be said for the apartment sector which, has seen a 6th straight month of an increase in inventory and continues to have major price declines.

The lack of sales activity in Calgary’s housing market is reflective of the state of the City’s economy. With increased unemployment and the above mentioned decline in net migration, people aren’t exactly running out to buy homes. Homebuyers and sellers are engaged in a cat and mouse game. Buyers are looking for further price decreases and greater incentives from builders before placing an offer. In the meantime, some home sellers aren’t listing homes according to market value. We can safely say, it’s good to be a homebuyer in Calgary right now.

As a longstanding professional in Calgary’s Real Estate Market, I’m not surprised by the latest statistics. Although the sales activity in the housing market is on the low side, doesn’t mean that homes are being bought and sold, it just takes a little more work! Combinations of marketing strategy, correct pricing and most important, networking, homes in our city can be bought and sold. For more information on what’s available on the Calgary Real Estate Market or if you would like to list your home, contact me today at kernickhomes@gmail.com

Turning the Corner: Calgary Real Estate Market is Improving

Tue, 05 Jul by kernickhomes

In the month of July there’s two things Calgarians love talking about: The Calgary Stampede and Real Estate. It just so happens, that both aren’t doing so well. There seems to be less hype and fewer corporate parties for the Stampede. Meanwhile, the Real Estate Market has been in slow motion all year. We can’t speak for the Stampede, however; the Calgary housing market has finally showed some signs of improvement.

The Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) reports that prices continued to slide in the month of June. That doesn’t sound so great… does it? Here’s the silver lining– experts thought that the decline in prices in the month of June were going to be greater than they are. Since the economic downturn, the Calgary real estate market hasn’t been in a zen-like balanced state. In the last month, the difference between new listings, standing inventory and home sales became more balanced. What does this mean? Hopefully new listings won’t stay on the market for long periods of time.

It’s important to note, that even with a balanced housing market, “it’s very likely that pricing challenges will persist in the housing market until economic conditions start to improve” according to CREB chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

It sounds like a broken record and perhaps it is because Calgary remains a buyer’s market. Benchmark prices for detached homes were $502,400 in the month of June, which was .4% higher than the previous month and still down 3.4% from this time last year. Price reductions for listings has given homebuyers all kinds of advantages. For example, Calgarians that thought they could never afford buying a home, have the opportunity to enter the market. Move-up buyers, have been able to purchase homes that they thought they could never afford.

Here at The Home Team, we’ve weathered all kinds of storms in Calgary’s real estate market. This small turn in the housing market have us feeling optimistic for the second half of the year. If you want to explore your options, whether you’re a move-up buyer or a first time buyer or you want to sell your home, feel free to contact me today in Calgary at kernickhomes@gmail.com

 

Over The Hills and Not So Far Away: Featured Listing in Hillview Estates

Thu, 23 Jun by kernickhomes

Calgary Real Estate

Let’s face it, living in the big city isn’t for everyone. Luckily, just over the hills and not so far away, you’ll find another one of The Home Team’s featured listing in the scenic town of Strathmore. And just like a Cadillac, this home is fully loaded! Everything from fully finished walkout basement to a double attached garage to covered patio and a deck! Continue reading below to find out more about this featured listing in Hillview Estates.

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This fully loaded home is move-in ready. Check out a few of the features:

  • Hardwood floors
  • Open concept layout
  • New stainless steel appliance package
  • Gas fireplace in the living room
  • 3 Bedrooms located upstairs
  • 4 piece bathroom with jetted tub
  • Large walk-in closet in the master bedroom
  • Large landing at the top of the stairs (works great for an office/computer area)
  • Fully finished walkout basement
  • Covered patio
  • Large deck above the kitchen
  • Double attached garage with built in storage

If you’re a golf player, you’re game is going to get a lot better. If you don’t play golf and are thinking of starting, you’re in luck, this Hillview Home is situated between two golf courses. Speaking of lush greens, this home also has great views from the large deck off of the kitchen and the covered patio below. The fully developed basement has an immense rec/media/fitness room, bottom line, all your recreation needs are covered. The basement also has a 4 piece bathroom.

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Another highlight of this Strathmore home is the maple kitchen for chefs and non-chefs alike! New stainless steel appliances, an island, ceramic backsplash and is open to the both the living room and the dinning area.

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If you’re a lover of golf or just love Strathmore and have always wanted to relocate, this is your chance. If our featured listing in Hillview Estates has caught your eye and you’d like to book a viewing or want more information, feel free to contact me today in Calgary at kernickhomes@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Parks and Recreation: Featured Listing in Airdrie

Wed, 22 Jun by kernickhomes

Calgary Airdrie Featured Listing

If you’re a fan of Parks and Recreation (we’re not talking about the show) you’re going to want to check out the Home Team’s Featured Listing in Airdrie! And if you’re a fan of the show “Parks and Recreation“… you’re going to want to check out our featured listing! Our featured listing is found on a Pie Lot Walk-Out in the Canals of Airdrie and clocks in at over2,200 feet this grand detached-home is priced at $449,000 and is perfect for any homebuyer.

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Our featured listing backs onto the pathway system and can be found smack-dab in the middle of two parks! One of which has a beautiful waterfall!

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Listing Highlights

  • Master Suite with walk-in
  • Master Suite has 4 piece en-suite (With a Jetted Tub)
  • 2 additional large bedrooms upstairs
  • Spacious Bonus Room (can be used as a separate room, has a door and closet)
  • Open Concept Living Room
  • Hardwood on the Main Floor and Dining Room
  • Large Kitchen with ceramic tile, island, breakfast ledge, stainless steel appliances
  • Gas fireplace
  • Additional room on the main level can be used as an office
  • Home has 3 Full 4 piece bathrooms
  • Large private deck with amazing views of green space

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Our featured listing has all the space you need, with a master suite and two large bedrooms upstairs to a bonus room and wide open living room on the main level.

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As mentioned above, our featured listing is priced for every type of homebuyer. With the current buyer’s market, homes like our featured listing in Airdrie offer a great opportunity for both first time and move-up buyers to not only get into the market, but with low prices, have the chance to buy their dream homes. The city of Airdrie has been growing and flourishing for over two decades now. Airdrie is not just for single families anymore. Every demographic from young single professionals to couples have decided to call communities in Airdrie home. It might be away from the big city, however, at the same time, it’s an easy commute to Calgary. To book a viewing or for more information on the Home Team’s Featured Listing, feel free to email me today in Calgary at kernickhomes@gmail.com

Number Crunching: Calgary Real Estate News–May Performance

Tue, 07 Jun by kernickhomes

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water (cue the Jaws theme music) and oil prices began moving upwards, it seems as though the Calgary real estate market unfortunately remains stationary. The city and the province as a whole has seen high unemployment, wage decreases and job losses in new sectors. Even with increase in oil prices, the weakness in the labour market has greater impact on the housing market. Continue reading as I break down the numbers for the month of May.

Calgary Real Estate Numbers

  • Inventory on the rise for the 5 straight month in 2016
  • Inventory levels increased by 14% to a total of 6,148
  • Sales slowed to 1,923 units for the month
  • Increase in housing supply for rental, new home and resale markets
  • Apartment resale supply is at 22% below the May high of 2,055 units in 2008
  • Apartment benchmark price is $278,500
  • Apartment benchmark monthly and year-over-year decline of 0.7% and 5.6% respectively
  • Detached home prices totaled $500,500
  • Attached home prices totaled $332,100

Supply & Demand

The continued increase of supply and the slow sales numbers continues to create a strong buyer’s market in Calgary. Every area of the housing market has seen an increase in units, however; it’s the apartment sector and attached homes that have the seen the biggest inventory growth. The apartment sector alone has seen 10 consecutive months of inventory increase.

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What Does It All Mean?

For sectors such as apartments, the increased inventory is not the only factor that makes selling difficult. Since the overall market is seeing lower prices, people reselling their condos are competing with attractive and affordable properties in the detached and attached sectors. Apartment sellers also have to compete with new homes, especially since builders are offering variety of incentives to buyers. Ultimately, home buyers have a smorgasbord of properties to choose from and if you’re selling, you need to have an aggressive strategy.

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Final Note

The buyer’s market continues to be a great time for anyone looking to make a splash in Calgary’s housing market. With price reductions at all levels, first time buyer’s no longer have limited choices. With continued lower prices and increased inventory levels, people are still waiting for prices to continue to drop, however; there has been recent talk of interest rate increases. Timing the market and getting in at the very bottom is a very difficult and ultimately it’s guessing game. My advice to home sellers is to ensure you’re agressively priced, and have a seasoned agent with a comprehensive marketing strategy that gets your home seen by the most potential buyers. If you’re looking to buy or sell in Calgary’s competitive buyer’s market, feel free to email me today at kernickhomes@gmail.com

 

Number Crunching: Calgary Real Estate News–April Performance

Wed, 04 May by kernickhomes

The story of Calgary’s Real Estate Market for the month of April is, imbalance. The math is simple, with a decrease in year-over-year sales and an increase in new listings, there’s a lot of homes on the market. It’s buyer’s market out there and the choices of properties are plentiful! The downtown core has it’s highest vacancy for office space and an increase in unemployment are continued signs of a slow economy in Alberta, and things don’t look like they are changing. With that said, with realistic expectations and proper adjustments, selling your home is still a viable option. Continue reading as I break down the numbers for the month of April.

 Calgary Real Estate Numbers

  • Benchmark Price $441,000
  • Benchmark Price down 0.4% from last month and down 3.4% from last year
  • 7th consecutive month of price declines
  • Year-to-date sales down 19% for the Apartment Sector
  • Year-to-date sales down 13% for the Attached Homes

 

Supply & Demand

Another month in Calgary’s housing market saw further increase in inventory. Not much has changed, it remains a buyer’s market across the board. With continued decline in sales (especially in the condo market) new listings join homes that have been on the market for months. It’s not all bad news, the Detached sector (although down 4% in sales activity from last year) had an improved sale to new listing ration in April, which prevented further inventory increase and is headed towards a more balanced level.

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What Does It All Mean?

With 7 months of price declines, homeowners either have to reconsider selling their home or have to adjust listing price according to market realities. The Catch-22 is; home buyers are still waiting for prices to decline further or simply bottom out. Home buyers are thinking, if a home has already reduced it’s listing price once then why not wait for it to drop again.

 

 

 

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Final Note

The buyer’s market in Calgary is a great time for both move-up buyers and for people looking to enter the housing market for the first time. Sellers need to either reconsider their listing or consider prices that are competitive in both the sector (condo, attached or detached) and neighbourhood. May and June tend to have the most activity market activity, and you need to have strategic marketing plans to ensure your home at the right price. If you’re looking to enter Calgary’s housing market for the first time, move-up, or sell your home, contact me today at kernickhomes@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Featured Listing: McKenzie Town Condo

Mon, 02 May by kernickhomes

Calgary Condo Living

Calgary Condo

Gyms, restaurants and parks are just a few social activities close to our newest featured listing. Welcome to Condo Living in McKenzie Towne! Clocking in at 900 square feet, this two bedroom, main-level corner unit is perfect for people that love condo-living! Continue reading to find out more about our featured listing.

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When it comes to condos, one of the first questions people ask is “What’s the parking situation?” our featured listing has 2 Titled Parking Stalls. Whether you have 2 vehicles or need a spot for visiting friends, you’re covered! One parking spot underground and the other is above ground.

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Kitchen

This McKenzie Towne Condo features a magazine worthy Modern Espresso Kitchen. The kitchen has Quartz Counters, Eating Bar, Luxury Cabinets capped with crown moldings, Cabinet Lights and a full Stainless Steel Appliances Package. Completing the kitchen is the beautiful Glass Mosaic backsplash.

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Living Room

The kitchen looks out onto the open-plan living room, that is perfect design for entertaining and for everyday life! The entrance way into the home has oversized Tile Flooring.

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Bedrooms

This stylish condo is designed for privacy, with a guest bedroom located on one side and the master bedroom on the other. The master bedroom boasts a large spacious walk through closet. The master bedroom has a 3 piece-ensuite bathroom, which includes High End Tile, Quartz Counters, Espresso Vanity and an immense Tiled Shower. Not to be outdone, the 4-piece guest bathroom boasts a gorgeous tub/shower combination.

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If you like your condo both Stylish & Contemporary, our featured listing in McKenzie Towne Condo is perfect. It also includes In-Suite Laundry and Storage, with additional storage in a locker located in the parkade. For more information or if you’d like to view this 2 bedroom condo, feel free to contact me today at kernickhomes@gmail.com

Featured Listing: 2 Storey Detached Home in Okotoks

Thu, 28 Apr by kernickhomes

Your golf game is about to get a lot better and so is your life! Our latest featured listing is something you’re going to want to see in person. Continue reading for more information on this 2 Storey Detached Home for sale in Crystal Shores, Okotoks.

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Golfers Paradise

This home is like a fully loaded Cadillac, we don’t even know where to start. Space is NOT an issue, this home clocks in at over 3,300+ square feet. A lofted bonus room looks onto the living room which just happens to have 18 feet ceilings! There are miles of upgraded wide-plank maple hardwood flooring and ceramic tile. The property backs onto the Crystalridge Golf Course and you’ll have great views of the luscious greens either through the large windows in the home or from the two-tiered deck outside.

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The Upper Level

There are 3 bedrooms located upstairs. The Master Bedroom has a walk-in closet fit for a King & Queen and also has a 5 piece en-suite bathroom. The upper level also has a 4-piece bathroom and a conveniently placed laundry room.

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Chef’s Kitchen

If you love to cook, this kitchen is for you. If you don’t like to cook, you’ll be inspired to learn! Our featured listing has an an immense kitchen equipped with high-end stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, spacious island, breakfast bar and beautiful maple cabinetry.

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Epic Rec Room (basement)

This is not your ordinary basement! 9 feet ceilings, fire place and a custom built granite-top bar. There is an additional bedroom & bathroom in the basement, perfect for kids that don’t want to leave home and for guests!

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Additional features include:

  • Air Conditioning
  • High Efficiency Furnace
  • Gas Fire Place
  • Custom Drapery
  • Full Lake Privileges
  • Close proximity to Parks, Schools and Shopping

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A home of this stature needs to be seen in person. It’s a perfect move-up home and you don’t need to be a golf fanatic to love it! To book a viewing or if you want more information on this 2 Storey Detached Home in Okotoks, contact me today in Calgary at kernickhomes@gmail.com

Featured Listing: Character Home in Parkdale

Fri, 15 Apr by kernickhomes

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With unseasonably warm weather becoming the norm in Calgary, the Bow River pathway is a hub of activity all year long. Wouldn’t you want to live close by? Good news, our latest  featured listing is a beautiful character home located in Parkdale. Close to the river, Foothills hospital and the downtown core, when it comes to location, we have you covered. Continue reading to find out more about this week’s featured listing.

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  • 1,626 sq. ft.
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Skylights
  • Master suite with 4 piece en-suite
  • Curved staircase
  • Remodelled kitchen
  • Legal 1-bedroom suite
  • Front & Back balconies
  • Oversized single parking garage

 

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Calgary Character Home

This character home has been kept in pristine condition and the exterior of the home is surrounded by trees, allowing for complete privacy. The main floor has a large living room and a remodeled kitchen. The main level also has 2 bedrooms and a full bathroom. This property also has a legal 1-bedroom suite that has its own separate entrance via the shared laundry/mudroom. With Foothills hospital just a few blocks away and easy access to the downtown core, you will easily find professionals or healthcare workers wanting to rent out the 1-bedroom suite. This property also boasts plenty of parking. The oversized single parking garage has new insulation, wiring, overhead door and opener. In addition to the garage, there is a parking stall located in the back and is large enough to accommodate an RV. Find the complete specs for our featured listing here.

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If you’ve always wanted to live in Parkdale and want to take our featured listing for test drive, contact me today in Calgary at kernickhomes@gmail.com

Number Crunching: Calgary Real Estate News–March Performance

Mon, 04 Apr by kernickhomes

With increased unemployment and steady increase of inventory, Calgary’s real estate market saw another month of slow home sales in the month of March. Current listings are seeing price reductions (especially for homes valued over $700,000) however, sales are still slow. Experts believe that home buyers are waiting for even further reductions before buying, ultimately waiting for the market to bottom out. With that said, let’s take a look at the numbers for the month of March.

Calgary Real Estate Numbers

  • Benchmark price totaled $442,800
  • Benchmark down 0.49% from February and down 3.51% from 2015
  • Total home sales 1,588
  • Total home sales down 11% from March 2015 and down 28% than long-term averages for the month
  • Apartment sales totaled 554, down 17% from last year
  • Apartment benchmark price totaled $281,000
  • Home prices for Detached & Attached sector are down 4%

Supply & Demand

  • Housing supply gains in most price ranges
  • Inventory levels increased 7% (6,084 units)
  • Increased inventory leading to price reductions

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What Does It All Mean?

Essentially, it’s going to remain a buyer’s market. Alberta’s unemployment rate (7.9%) is at the highest levels since the early 90’s and Calgary’s unemployment rate (8.4%) is even higher than the provincial average. All the industries in the city are feeling the effects of the slumping economy and the housing market is no exception.

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Final Note

Calgary’s real estate market continues to remain a buyer’s market, a theme that has continued for the past five months. Another positive for home buyers is that the current market is an opportunity to move-up into higher end homes, which have seen large price reductions. Whether it’s real estate or stocks, trying to get into any market at the bottom is tricky. With low listing prices and price reductions new home buyers and move-up buyers have a everything to gain in this market.

 

If you’re looking to buy a new home or a home owner that wants to move-up, feel free to email me today at kernickhomes@gmail.com

Featured Listing: Two Storey Townhouse in New Brighton

Fri, 18 Mar by kernickhomes

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Two Storey Townhouse in South Calgary

What can you say about our newest featured listing? A Calgary home this nice, sells itself! This Cadillac of townhouses is an end unit in quiet and great neighborhood. Continue reading the blog below for details on this 2 Storey Townhouse.

With a brand new Hospital in the South and a variety of new businesses flourishing, property value in New Brighton has nowhere to go but UP. Walking up to the gated front yard you can’t help but notice the stately brickwork that is exclusive only to the end units; when you hear of beautiful masonry, this is the home you imagine.Calgary Townhouse

Home Features

  • Sunken living room
  • High ceilings
  • Open Dining & Kitchen areas
  • Dark hardwood on main levelFE
  • Maple Cabinetry in the kitchen
  • 3 Bedrooms on upper level
  • Large basement perfect for rec-room
  • 1,203 sq.ft
  • Attached Double Garage

 

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This end-unit has windows on three sides which allows for ample sunlight to pour in. The townhouse was only built in 2008 and is still fairly new. It has been a non-smoking home and has been kept in immaculate condition. No matter if you’re a first time home buyer or moving up from an apartment condo, a home this new and in the desired neighborhood of New Brighton is a great investment.

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Click here to find out more information about this featured listing in New Brighton. If you have any questions or would like to request a viewing, feel free to contact me in Calgary at kernickhomes@gmail.com

 

Featured Listing: Single Family Townhouse in Temple

Tue, 08 Mar by kernickhomes

Enter the Calgary Real Estate Market

One of the benefits of the current Calgary’s buyer’s market is the opportunity for new homeowners to finally buy their first homes. Home prices are at affordable listing prices and this week, my featured listing is a 2 Storey Townhouse for sale in the northeast community of Temple.

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3 Words: “No Condo Fees”

When it comes to condos and townhouses, the number one hesitation homebuyers have is condo fees. Problem solved. This townhouse has No Condo Fees! Now that I have your attention, let’s look at some of the features of this single family home.

  • Large living room
  • 3 bedrooms upstairs
  • Fully bathroom upstairs
  • Large bright west facing kitchen
  • Ample cabinetry
  • Fully finished basement with large Rec/Family room
  • Laundry/Storage room
  • New roof shingles (from 2012)
  • New Furnace & Hot Water Tank (2010)
  • New tiling in the front landing area
  • West windows of the home are tinted (keeps the home nice and cool during the summer)
  • Two parking pads (one spot is large enough to accommodate an RV)

 

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Single Family Home

This Temple townhouse is close to schools, public transit, playgrounds and at under $250,000 this is a great starter home for any single family. To find out more about this home or to book a viewing, contact me today at kernickhomes@gmail.com

 

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Number Crunching: Calgary Real Estate News–February Performance

Thu, 03 Mar by kernickhomes

With a climbing unemployment rate and few signs of the economy turning around, the month of February saw continued decline in Calgary home sales. The low volume of sales in February did not come as a surprise to anyone in the real estate industry. Continue reading this week’s blog as I break down the numbers for February.

YYC Numbers

  • Total Sales: 1,121 down 37% lower than long-term averages for the month
  • February Unadjusted benchmark prices = $445,000
  • Benchmark prices down .63% from January
  • Benchmark prices down 3.45% from last year
  • Inventory levels remain high at 5,681 units
  • Detached benchmark price was $504,400 (down .71% from January)
  • Detached and apartment sales down and are at lowest February levels in over 10 years

Supply & Demand

  • Decreased amount of new listings but inventory levels still remain high
  • Decreased home sales and increased inventory = Lower Prices
  • Steady increase of inventory and No change predicted in the economy over the next few months means, continued buyer’s market

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What Does It All Mean?

In the current market sellers need to have realistic and strategic pricing for their homes. Everyone wants to make massive profits when selling real estate, but  home sellers have to price their homes according to current market condition. For example, if a homebuyer’s range is at $30,000 less than your listed price, they won’t even consider putting in an offer. The number of units for sale in a given neighborhood will also help determine prices.

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Final Note

February was an extension of January, which meant lower sales and higher inventory. The continued good news is that homebuyers have tons of selection and with the lower prices allows for many first time buyers to enter the market. If you want to compete in the buyer’s market, listing prices, as I mentioned above, needs to be strategic, realistic and fair.

To find out more about the market or any other real estate matter feel free to contact me at kernickhomes@gmail.com

The Real Estate Classic: Half Duplex

Tue, 23 Feb by kernickhomes

To buy or not to buy… a duplex that is. As far as I’m concerned, the duplex or the half-duplex is a Calgary real estate classic! Quick Google searches will have you convinced that duplexes are geared towards investment properties. However, I believe that if you’re a first time homebuyer that wants to jump into the housing market, you can’t go wrong with the half-duplex.

The Half Duplex

It’s seemingly harder to become a homeowner now days, especially with stricter mortgage laws, larger down payments for homes over $500,000 and a slow economy. We would all love our first home to be extravagant, but the reality is that we all have different starting points. In the attached-homes market, the half-duplex are always affordable and are a great first home investment. Two major advantages of buying a half duplex are:

  1. You can buy into a nice area at a lower price
  2. No condo fees

I’ve known many clients that have entered the Calgary market with a half-duplex and after their property increased in value, they went on to buy great move-up homes. As first time homeowners (especially small families) you want to have affordable options that are not just limited to condos. The half-duplex satisfies the needs for more square footage and having an actual backyard.

The Duplex as an Investment Property

Buying a duplex as an investment property is always a great idea. Whether you live on one side of the property and have tenants on the other or if you rent out both sides, either way, it’s a solid investment. As with any investment property, always do your due diligence when it comes to the rental market and which neighborhoods are more desirable to potential tenants. It’s also popular for parents to rent out one side of a duplex to their kids. Since more and more kids refuse to leave their parent’s basements, moving into one side of a duplex is both a great kick in the pants and a good way for parents to have their basements back.

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It’s a great time to enter Calgary’s housing market and become a homeowner. And if you’re not ready to enter the market but are planning on doing so in the near future, remember to consider the YYC classic: the half-duplex. Whether you’re looking to buy your first home, purchasing an investment property or you want to know where you stand in the current market, feel free to contact me today at kernickhomes@gmail.com.

If you'd like to arrange a viewing of any listings you see on this site, or learn more about your options in the Calgary Real Estate market, the Kernick Home Team is ready to help with your search. Please contact us by email or call/text 403-875-7629 for assistance.

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    This was my second time working with Kelly. His dedication and experience made the process easier during a difficult...

    Tom Jones Jul 26, 2013
  • Found on Google

    When I planned on moving to Calgary from Fort McMurray I had no idea where to start. I didn't know people here in...

    Caroline Christopherson Apr 14, 2013
  • From Quebec to Calgary

    My wife and I had just arrived from out of province and were looking for a little place for us and our two kids and...

    Richard & Melanie Boutin Mar 25, 2013
  • First Time Condo Buyers

    My husband and I were looking to purchase our first home, and Kelly came highly recommended. Kelly went above and...

    Cody & Mandee Bird Mar 25, 2013
  • Would Refer to Anyone

    I would refer Kelly as a Realtor to anyone who asked based on my past experiences. He helped me shop around and find...

    Dana Johnston Mar 21, 2013
  • Organized and Dedicated

    Kelly is a VERY organized Realtor who works hard for everyone. I have seen first hand his dedication to helping...

    John Mayberry Aug 20, 2012
  • Kelly Found My Perfect House

    Kelly found my perfect house and was a joy to work with - what else could you ask for in a real estate professional!...

    Jane Shupe Aug 20, 2012
  • Helpful & Pleasant to Work With

    Kelly was very helpful, full of knowledge, very pleasant to work with, and was always ready to answer any...

    Angela Cartwright Aug 20, 2012
  • Always There to Answer My Questions

    It was awesome that Kelly did stuff at my fast pace. He was always there to answer my questions and if he didn't have...

    Amy Tran Aug 20, 2012
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