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Recognizing potential major expenses in a new home

May 24th, 2013 by wiebegroup@shaw.ca

When you see a new home you like on the market, it’s easy to get distracted

by all the features you love – the wrap-around backyard deck or the

spacious rec room with plenty of space for entertaining. You just need to

make sure that in all that excitement you don’t overlook any expensive

maintenance issues that could be just around the corner.

 

Nothing lasts forever. The major components of every home – from the

furnace to the roof shingles – need to be replaced eventually. Knowing

when such maintenance issues are likely to arise can help you make a

smarter decision about the home you’re considering.

 

How do you do that?

 

When viewing a property, ask for the age of the major components of the

home, such as the roof shingles, furnace, air conditioner, water heater, and

appliances. Roof shingles may look merely weathered in spots – and you

might think they have years of service left – when, in fact, they’re due to be

replaced in a year.

 

Also pay close attention to the backyard deck, fencing, flooring, and

windows. Do any of those components look aged, worn, and in need of

repair or replacement sometime soon?

 

Finally, don’t forget to check the kitchen and bathrooms. Sinks, faucets,

bathtubs, showers, and cabinetry have a life-span of about 10-15 years.

 

Of course, there are things you can’t see, such as wiring, plumbing, venting,

and other components of a property that may require maintenance soon.

That’s why it’s so important to make any offer to purchase a home

conditional on passing an inspection by a qualified home inspector.

 

Want more ideas on buying the right home for you? Call today.

How to Prepare for the Spring Housing Market

March 5th, 2012 by wiebegroup@shaw.ca

Spring is the time of year when sellers and buyers gear up for what has traditionally been the most important season for buying or selling a home. Following are some ways to prepare:

Sellers

Sellers should be aware that there’s a lot of competition for buyers in the spring. That means sellers should do everything possible to differentiate their home from others, including the following:

-Polish windows and floors, rake the yard, mow the lawn, and add flowers in containers.
-Wash blinds and curtains and have carpeting cleaned.
-If a seller has spent the winter renovating to sell, new pictures should be taken to show the renovated space to best advantage. Be sure to add the new information to the feature sheets and advertising of real estate agents.
-Consign dark linens and towels to storage and add bright or pastel accents in baths and bedrooms.

Buyers

Buyers should have a good idea of what they want, how much they can spend and the neighbourhoods they’re interested in. Buyers should also:

-Have a network of experts in place, such as a real estate agent, lawyer, home inspector and mortgage broker.
-Obtain a copy of their credit report, and if there are errors, clear them up.
-Approach several lenders for preapproval.
-Decide before shopping for a home the most they’re prepared to pay, and resist the urge to pay more.

2011 Market Review & 2012 Forecast

January 31st, 2012 by wiebegroup@shaw.ca

2011 Calgary Real Estate Board Market Review

The Calgary Real Estate Board reported that Calgary residential MLS sales in 2011 increased by eight per cent over the previous year. Total sales reached 18,568 for 2011 compared with 17,267 in 2010. Sales activity remained 17 per cent below the long-run average but monthly figures point toward the trend of this gap narrowing.By the end of June 2011, year-to-date sales activity had only increased by two per cent compared to the second half of the year, where residential sales improved by 15 per cent.Condo sales totalled 5,382 in 2011, a four per cent increase over the previous year. The single-family average price in 2011 reached $466,402, a one per cent increase over the previous year. The average price for condos at $287,172 remained one per cent lower than 2010.

2012 Calgary Real Estate Board Forecast

In their recent annual forecast, the Calgary Real Estate Board predicted single-family home sales would jump 12.2 per cent in 2012 to 14,8000 transactions while the average sale price would increase by 2.1 per cent to $476,000.It also forecasts year-over-year sales growth of 5.9 per cent for condominiums to 5,700 units with the average price increasing by 1.7 per cent to $292,000.

7 Things that Will Stop Your House Selling

December 6th, 2011 by wiebegroup@shaw.ca

Below is a list of 7 common issues that can affect the sale of your home. All these issues are within the control of the homeowner and can be rectified, often with minimal effort and cost.

Poor curb appeal
Buyers won’t even go inside if the outside of the house looks unappealing. So clean up your front yard by tidying plants and pulling up weeds. Make sure the outside of your home looks well cared-for by painting the trim, mowing the lawn and placing attractive potted plants by the door.

Unpleasant Odors
You may not even notice bad odors, but buyers surely will. Smoking and pets are the prime causes, so smoke outside while you are selling your house and consider what to do with your animals. Allow the house to air out thoroughly before viewings – don’t just try to mask the odor with another scent.

Loud and Scary Pets
Apart from the odor of some animals, a big dog or noisy bird can be off-putting to some buyers. So keep your dog away when you have viewings so your potential buyers aren’t distracted or, worse, scared.

Signs of Damp
Problems with damp are a big turn-off to many buyers. Make sure your basement doesn’t smell damp and there are no signs of damp on the walls. It’s much better to fix problems now than wait until buyers point them out to you.

Dirt and Grime
Although dirt is usually only cosmetic, it deters buyers, who will start to think the house isn’t well cared for. So make sure your kitchen and bathroom, in particular, are clean.

Bad Décor
Although your home’s décor shouldn’t matter, to many buyers it does. That’s because many want a house they can move into right away. So replace any tired or out-of-date carpets or wallpapers with a more neutral, modern scheme.

Wrong Price
If your house it too expensive compared to similar properties on the market, you’ll turn away viewers. So take your agent’s advice when it comes to setting a price for your home

The “J” Team is now The Wiebe Group

June 7th, 2011 by wiebegroup@shaw.ca

New Name, New Look, New Location

Same Team, Same Commitment to Service!

We have some exciting news! Jack, Matthew and Judy have undergone an exciting new rebranding. We have made these changes to reflect Matthew’s full partnership with us and Judy’s new role as our Executive Assistant.

New Name

We will now be known as The Wiebe Group

Our new email addresses are:

Jack: jackwiebegroup@shaw.ca

Matthew: wiebegroup@shaw.ca

Judy: judywiebegroup@shaw.ca

New Look

Take a minute to view our new website at www.wiebegroup.net

Check out the great MLS search features and the link to our Facebook page and blog.

We have included our new logo below!

New Location

Real Estate Professionals Inc. has relocated their NW office to:

202, 5403 Crowchild Trail, NW Calgary AB

(in the Crowchild Square Plaza on the south side of Crowchild Trail and 53 Avenue, NW)

The Wiebe Group will be located there in our new private office.

Same Team, Same Commitment

Our overriding motivation for these changes is to continue to provide excellent service to our clients in purchasing and selling real estate.

Thank you for your continued support of our business!

Welcome!

June 7th, 2011 by wiebegroup@shaw.ca

Welcome to our new and improved website! Keep your eye here for real estate news and market updates!

Matthew & Jack Wiebe, Real Estate Professionals Inc.
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