Spring forward this weekend!

Daylight savings time is coming up this weekend so get ready to spring forward!

At 2 a.m. on Sunday March 9 our clocks are readjusted forward by an hour.

This adjustment will take place automatically on smartphones, computers and tablets, but for those still living with non-automated devices on your wrists or shelves you will have to manually upgrade the time to stay current.

Sorry to say we’ll lose an hour of sleep because of the change, but it also means we’re one hour closer to spring…ahhhhh.

Calgary Real Estate Stats – February 2014

SALES GROWTH BOOSTED BY CONDOMINIUM ACTIVITY

Lack of choice in single family sector impacts sale growth.

If you like to stay up to date on what’s going on in the Calgary real estate market, click here for an excellent overview:

 http://www.creb.com/public/documents/statistics/2014/package/res-stats-2014_February.pdf

For more information or details about the January Calgary Real Estate Monthly Statistics, get in touch with Bill Brandsma Real Estate, specializing in Calgary and the surrounding area. Call 403-253-5678.

Calgary Home & Garden Show

Spring is just around the corner! It’s time to get ready for this year’s Calgary Home & Garden Show. Hundreds of exhibitors, retailers and industry experts, will showcase products and tips for anything and everything pertaining to home improvement, organization and renovation.

Celebrity guest speaker from HGTV’s Leave It To Bryan and House of Bryan, Bryan Baeumler, will be featured and is ready to share a wealth of knowledge, experience and inspirational ideas.

Don’t miss out! The Calgary Home & Garden Show is your most trusted resource for every home enhancement project, inside & out. The show runs from February 27 – March 2, 2014 at at the Big Four Building at Stampede Park in Calgary.

Calgary Real Estate Stats - January 2014

POSITIVE START TO THE NEW YEAR

Sales activity and prices improve over 2013

If you like to stay up to date on what’s going on in the Calgary real estate market, click here for an excellent overview:

http://www.creb.com/public/documents/statistics/2014/package/res-stats-2014_January.pdf

For more information or details about the January Calgary Real Estate Monthly Statistics, get in touch with Bill Brandsma Real Estate, specializing in Calgary and the surrounding area. Call 403-253-5678.

Enjoy Family Day…

Family Day is a day to take part in activities aimed at the whole family.

There are plenty of fun things to do with your family right here in Calgary for the Family Day holiday Monday February 16th. There is no shortage of activities downtown or in the burbs for people to explore.

If you love the outdoors, consider a day on the slopes or a skate on the pond, an afternoon at the zoo or on the pathways, to name a few.

Or maybe you prefer the indoors and that’s OK too! There are tons of things from which to choose. You could play board games at home, catch a movie, walk the mall, enjoy a concert, or even have a blast learning at the Science Centre.

For those who just love to kick back you could share a chat over a special coffee, or enjoy a leisurely meal at your favourite hangout. Whatever you do, celebrate in style…

Make your Family Day long weekend fun, full of belly laughter, amazing and memorable. After all, that’s why this one’s dedicated to families everywhere…

Bill Brandsma Real Estate wishes everyone a safe & enjoyable Family Day Holiday.

 

What’s the Value of Your Home?

The Real Estate market is constantly changing, making it difficult to assess the current value of your home.

Bill Brandsma knows real estate. He has been selling properties in Calgary and the surrounding area for over 22 years. As a trained real estate professional, Bill has extensive knowledge and the right tools to determine your home’s value.

FREE Market Evaluation

Bill is proud to offer prospective customers a free market evaluation of their home and property. Get an accurate idea of current market value for your home before you sell.

Call 403-253-5678 today for a current confidential evaluation by a proven professional. You will get unmatched commitment to turning your dreams into reality.

Buying a Home – What Can You Afford?

It’s important to start out by knowing what mortgage you can comfortably afford. You should meet with a lender or mortgage broker to establish how much of a mortgage you can actually qualify for. Going through the mortgage pre-qualification process before you begin your home search will bring your house hunting into focus and give you a better idea of the homes that fit into your price range.

Not only that, mortgage rates vary considerably and it is obviously to your short- and long-term advantage that you shop around for the best rate, terms and options.

You don’t want to sacrifice lifestyle for a house. Determine how much of a home (mortgage) you can afford by considering the following and doing your homework. You won’t regret it!

  • Your annual household income.
  • Your down-payment (you should have 5% of the purchase price of the home for the down payment, but ideally even more).
  • Your debt-load.
  • Your interest rate.
  • Your monthly mortgage payment.
  • Your amortization period (length of time required to pay off the loan).
  • Your closing costs.
  • Your property taxes.
  • Your homeowner’s insurance.
  • Your home maintenance costs.

A good place to begin is with the affordability calculator (in the right hand sidebar). It will help you determine the maximum mortgage you can afford and will give you an idea of what monthly mortgage payment to expect.

Click Buying – Step 3: Calculate Your Costs for more detailed information. If you’d like to discuss mortgage affordability call 403-253-5678 to arrange an appointment.

Household Tip of the Month

Maximize your energy savings (lower monthly bills!) without sacrificing comfort. Install a programmable thermostat that can be set to automatically turn heat on and off. Lower the temperature at night or while you’re at school/work and return it to the desired setting before you wake or arrive home. They’re easy to install. All you need is a few simple tools and about 20 minutes!

If you’re looking to buy or sell Real Estate in Calgary & the Surrounding Area contact Bill Brandsma Real Estate at 403-253-5678. We’re experienced and ready to help you reach your real estate goals!

Calgary Real Estate Stats – December 2013

TIGHT MARKET CONDITIONS SUPPORT PRICE GROWTH

Sales enjoy second consecutive year of double-digit growth

If you like to stay up to date on what’s going on in the Calgary real estate market, click here for an excellent overview:

http://www.creb.com/public/documents/statistics/2013/package/res-stats-2013_December.pdf

For more information or details about the December Calgary Real Estate Monthly Statistics, get in touch with Bill Brandsma Real Estate, specializing in Calgary and the surrounding area. Call 403-253-5678.

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