People have been stopping me on the street, asking what "I Champion Your interests!" is all about. Hear it from a spot by radio 106.5 Mountain FM, our local Canmore Radio Station:

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Getting a dream house is often on everyone’s bucket list. Now that you have decided to buy a house, you need to be really careful so that you get what you really want. Many places may look totally attractive and you may think it’s the one, with a much deeper evaluation you may come to realize certain faults. Here are a few tips to prioritize in your property hunt:

Which part of your dream you can live without?

Nothing is really ever pure perfection, something’s we get others we don’t. The important thing is to prioritize what it is that you want and what is not so essential. Relax this does not mean you have to quit on that one thing; you could do some construction work and fix it into your dream house. A house like this means you go beyond imagination, way and way beyond what your current life can term as normal.

Things that you love

Some of us love water, they thus prefer waking up to the oceans morning breeze and taking walks on the beach at night, burying your...
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Every once in a while, maybe once in a year, we feel like running away to escape reality. Vacations mostly involve lying in hotels and skipping from place to place. This however comes with some disadvantages though we get to escape we do get to achieve full relaxation. Hotels involve large bills, from charges per night or just room service orders. Your vacation ends up harming you pockets.

This does not have to be the case you could easily buy a vacation house. If you do not consider buying as an option you could also rent out. Renting gives you the idea that you own a place for while that way you will get settled in quite easily. Buying however, is the best option, it seems as a waste of money, but you need to consider the fact that you could rent it out when you are not using. The house may even end up paying for itself.

Before you buy any real estate there are several factors to consider. If you are smart you get the best out of your money. Your vacation house becomes a home away from...
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This is one of the biggest steps we make in life. Renting out gets tiresome at a point and worrying about rent every month is not so great. So you decide to buy a house, you are ready but remember that being a home owner also comes with responsibilities so are you ready to take them up? The process is not only a physical aspect but also emotional. To ensure you do not make any reckless mistakes you will need a team of professionals to walk the path with you. Several things to do before signing that check are:

Come up with a workable budget

Review your finances and come up with the amount of money to spend in the whole process. When buying a house you not only need money for the purchase, hiring realtors and visiting the houses also costs you money. So establish the approximate cost and all will be okay.

Get a realtor

You cannot always be aware of all the houses on offer and what they cost. Hiring a realtor provides you with a person to do research for you. You need a professional to take...
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The fact is that real agents generally tend to get a bad reputation for a number of different reasons, the most common being that they are considered self-serving and unprofessional. However if you think about it for a moment it is not difficult to find unprofessional staff in practically every business sector. If you talk to people who have a bad opinion of certain real estate agents, they will also go on to tell you about top notch real estate agents who are real professionals and should be examples to those who they consider slackers.

What are the key benefits the real professionals bring to the table? This is simply that they help the sellers earn more money from the sale of the property, and then on the other hand they help buyers get the best return on their investment.

So your key challenge, if you live in Canmore, is to find these top quality Canmore real estate agents when it is time to sell or buy a home. Would you like some useful tips? If any of the following gimmicks are ever...
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As the peak selling season is in full swing, you need to make sure that you don’t miss the bus when the slow summer days come, the heat rises and you are left with your property firmly stuck in your hands. As you consider your disappointment, you need to accept that you cannot realistically sell your house in Canmore until the autumn.

Any plans you may have had to move permanently to your next destination will need to be put on hold. If you have had to move away for work, most likely, you will need to find temporary accommodation while you have to wait for your home to be bought.

While you want to sell your home quickly, there should be no reason to drop the price very much below your property’s achievable market value to get a fast sale. If you want to maximize your return play the smart game, follow these smart moves to ensure that you get the best deal and can make your sale as fast and as profitable as possible. Now even if you are not able to sell in the high season, even...
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So, the housing market has now recovered and it seems that this recovery will continue. Before you march out to find that great vacation property, take a moment to heed some good advice. Keep these wise tips in your mind to help you ensure that you can select from the best vacation homes for sale in Canmore.

It may seem a long time ago that many Canadians decided to abandon or shelve their plans to consider a vacation home when the housing market collapsed. Now, however, home prices have been enjoying a steady rise month after month at about 0.5% monthly. In Canada you can once again begin playing with the idea of getting back into the vacation property market or even entering it for the first time.
What will be the most appealing factors that you are looking for in a vacation home? If it is a tropical palm tree lined sandy beach then Canmore is not for you. But if you are looking for a location you can easily get to just by driving there that gives you access to snow covered mountains,...
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Buying a home in Canmore can be the most rewarding and exciting purchase you will ever make. However, depending on what your current circumstances are, buying may not be the best option for you. While it is true that everyone would love to own their own home, this is not always possible when you consider the huge investment necessary. There is also the issue of practicality when buying the home. When looking at homes, you need to determine whether you should buy or rent the property. In order to help make the best decision, you need to ask yourself some important questions.

Is this something you really want to do right now?

The first question that you should ask yourself is whether you want to buy a home right now. Do you want to own a home or do you have other priorities? Owning a home is a matter of choice and you are the only one who can decide whether home ownership is a priority to you. If you decide that owning a home is important to you, you need to start thinking about how you spend...

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Buying your first home can feel intimidating, but the truth is that the process is much easier than you think. You can find a home that suits your needs as long as you know how and where to look. Getting the services of a real estate agent, mortgage representative and lawyer will go a long way in ensuring that you get exactly what you need. You should not hesitate to ask as many questions as you need to help you make the right choice. Following are some tips that will help you to find your dream condo.

Determine what you want

Before you kick off your search, you should make sure that you know exactly what you want. Determine your priorities before you start condo hunting and come up with a list of your requirements. Some of the issues that you need to think about are the location, amenities, price and the number and approximate size of bedrooms and bathrooms. You should also consider how soon you are planning to move. The "Condominium Buyer’s Guide" that is available from the Canada...

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How is the Real Estate Market in Canmore doing?

A lot of people have been asking me this question since the beginning of the year. Obviously the dropping oil prices have created a lot of uncertainty in a market which is strongly influenced by buyers from Alberta. 2013 and 2014 were two strong years for Real Estate in Canmore with ongoing price increases and between 450 – 500 sales every year. But how about 2015?

While Jan 2014 saw 25 closings, Jan 2015 saw only 13 closings which is about 50%

While Feb 2014 saw 35 closings, Feb 2015 saw 25 closings which is about 70%

March 2014 has seen 52 closings. To date (16.03.2015) we have 13 unconditional properties and 14 conditional sales. Considering that we still have another two weeks, we might still catch up with the numbers of 2014. 

At the end of January the Bank of Canada surprisingly decreased interest rates which in consequence made mortgages more affordable.

So what is happening?

The drop in oil price did have a significant influence....

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