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Clients have asked me if I've seen an uptick in people wanting to move to rural, small town Alberta. It might make sense for some people, either as they've realized they might not NEEDED at their desk, are worried about Covid, want a slower pace of life, or simply the savings that come with leaving the big city.

 

I explore the various options, how I'd choose which towns to live in, and what you could get buy for a LOT less than your current home is likely worth.

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Devon Davidson – MaxWell Devonshire Realty

Banisha Sandhu – MaxWell Polaris

Malkit Sran – Maxwell Polaris

Hirdejot Mander – MaxWell Polaris

Nancy Dere – Akande – MaxWell Elite (Welcome Back)

 

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JayMan is the first major builder in Alberta that has fully endorsed solar. Kudos to them for taking a big step. And it's gotten lots of press coverage, along with all the sales people in the showhomes pushing it as a feature.

 

But is it worth it?  And, how do we measure what something is worth?

  1. Is it just financial returns
  2. Are you willing to buy for the environment alone (ignoring the disposal and manufacturing of the panels)
  3. Or is it the self sufficiency aspect of knowing that you are WHOLLY reliant on the grid / others?

In terms of the last point, the self sufficiency, I like being self sufficient.  But in Alberta, even the biggest installation that could fit on my roof is NOT going to enable me to go off-grid in December. 

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Not much is written about HOW - TO successfully flip homes in Calgary.  Most agents just point you to some cheap homes, and say, fix them, sell them for more.  I think there has to be more to it.  More science.  More of a guide.  More steps.  So, I set out to start.  This is what I do for my FLIP clients.  Your agent might have other concepts, but this is what I consider advanced.

Here are my rules:

  1. buy in a good location
    1. ensure the home isn't on a major road and/or backs to major road.
  2. focus on the older areas. Think of the homes we grew up in or our grandparents owned.  Typically large lots.  Typically bungalows
  3. use area VALUE CHARTS to quickly identify which areas are possible to flip
  4. next, ensure that even if the value chart
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 Keith Faria - MaxWell Polaris

Ryan Lee - MaxWell Progressive

Darren Soltes - MaxWell Canyon Creek

Daniel Isidoro - MaxWell Polaris

Melesa Starcheski - MaxWell Real Estate Solutions

Raman Sarao - MaxWell Polaris

Pardeep (Bobby) Randhawa - MaxWell Progressive Realty

Peter Sandhu - MaxWell Polaris

Jonathan Kosak -MaxWell Challenge Realty (Welcome Back)

Alma Hadzic - MaxWell Polaris

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Dennis  Lemon - MaxWell Canyon Creek

Carroll Hnybida - MaxWell Progressive

Renee Acorn - MaxWell Canyon Creek

Joshy Madassery - MaxWell Devonshire Realty

Lee Renneberg - MaxWell Capital Realty

Leo Scaracelli - MaxWell Capital Realty

Noah De Roy - MaxWell Capital Realty

Ashley Boles - MaxWell NetWork Realty

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To Renovate or Not? 

It’s difficult to determine whether or not it’ll be worth your time and money to renovate your home or just leave it be and sell it. Both options, depending on the circumstances, have good and bad, pros and cons. With all the options considered, the choice can sometimes be difficult. Below are a few things to consider when making your decision on renovating and/or moving.

First and foremost, what types of changes or upgrades would you like to make? Always make a list of the changes you’d like to see in your home. Be sure to include everything that you would need in order to complete the renovation. It’s important not to concentrate on the cost at this time, but what it is that you truly would like done.

Once you have

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Sean Furlong - MaxWell Canyon Creek

Clarissa Morales - MaxWell Capital Realty

Francis  Fan - MaxWell Polaris

Tammie Savage - MaxWell Progressive

Michael Caputo - MaxWell Progressive 

Shawn Blanchard - MaxWell Devonshire Realty (Lethbridge)

Jen Haukedal - MaxWell Polaris

Jay Love - MaxWell Polaris 

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Sorry to hear that another business is closing down in Calgary. Buon Giorno was one of my favorite restaurants and I'm sure that it was an iconic Italian restaurant in Calgary, loved by many others. It was opened in 1987 and later the restaurant was owned by Gabriele Battistessa for decades. The renowned Italian chef Gabriele Battistessa established the restaurant very well and brought it up to its finest and he retired in June 2016 but sadly only a few months later passed away after battle with cancer. The property was sold to Arlington Street Investments, and they found another person to continue the restaurant for nearly four years until now. Beginning of last year, the City granted the application for change of use for a Cannabis Store for this

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