Want to know what’s happening in our Calgary real estate market?

If you like to stay up to date on what’s going on in the Calgary real estate market so that you can make informed decisions, click the link below for an excellent overview of CREB’s latest summary of Calgary’s residential monthly statistics:

http://www.creb.com/-/media/Public/CREBcom/Housing_Statistics/Calgary_Monthly_Stats.pdf?la=en

For more information about the current market or for details about the Calgary Real Estate Monthly Statistics, get in touch with Bill Brandsma at 403-932-4433.

Bill Brandsma Real Estate – specializing in Calgary and the surrounding area.

Affordable & clever design ideas for your outdoor space

Yep, we’re well into the lazy, hazy days of summer!

Check out these DIY tips and tricks to improve your backyard decor and patio space. They will add charm and practicality and turn your outdoor space into a cute and cozy place you’ll love to lounge and entertain in all summer long.

For 25 So-Simple, So-Cute DIYs to Decorate Your Backyard visit http://bit.ly/2uBB75F
Courtesy of Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping

From the instant curved brick fire pit and shoe holder pocket plant hanger, to the tea tin citronella candle and cheery flower colanders, you’ll be impressed and intrigued and motivated to put your very own DIY skills into action in your backyard space!

What’s the mortgage affordability process?

When buying a home, 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 Bill Brandsma at 403-932-4433 to arrange an appointment.

HOT NEW SEMI-DETACHED LISTING!

349 Fireside Blvd. Cochrane, Alberta

Immaculate, modern fully developed semi-detached home located in a quiet location in the district of Fireside – ready for you to move in!

Features include:

  • large covered front entry
  • living room with cozy gas fireplace
  • hardwood floors and 9 ft ceilings thruout the main level
  • large working kitchen & eating area
  • granite counters & stainless steel appliances
  • rear door leading to west facing deck and private backyard
  • upper level offers 3 bedrooms, 4 pc. bathroom
  • master includes a walk-thru closet and 3 pc. ensuite
  • lower level rec room
  • sits on a beautifully landscaped yard
  • paved back alley and parking stall for 2 vehicles

More pics, info, and price: http://billbrandsma.com/listings-2/115-349-fireside-blvd-cochrane/
Call Bill today at 403-932-4433.

Bill Brandsma Real Estate – specializing in Calgary and the surrounding area.

Canada Celebrates a Milestone 150 Years

In honour of Canada 150, festivities will be taking place all over Calgary to get you into the celebratory spirit!

Lots of fun, food and fanfare for kids of all ages! From the Music Mile in the Inglewood, East Village, and Victoria Park neighbourhoods, to Princess Island, local parks and museums, Fort Calgary, the Science Centre, the Calgary Zoo, and so much more…

Come on out and join in on the fun ; ) For more details visit: http://www.visitcalgary.com/maps-tools/inside-guide/celebrate-canada-150

Price your home RIGHT from the start for a timely sale

As we all know, the real estate market changes every day and the location of your home always affects its value. Comparing recent home sales in your neighborhood and in the surrounding areas can help you determine the value of your home.

Contact Bill Brandsma Real Estate, specializing in Calgary and the surrounding area, at 403-932-4433 for information to help you maximize your sale price and minimize the time it takes to sell your house.

Water Valley Gem with rustic wood flooring & real country charm

Key features:

– 3 bed/2 bath bungalow on 2.37 acres
– nice working kitchen with large windows
– cozy large living room with wood burning fireplace
– 3 season sun room
– large front deck
– large rear deck with gas line for the BBQ
– basement partially developed
– separate workshop that could be converted into a guest cabin
– single attached garage
– beautiful outdoor living space

More pics, info, and price: http://billbrandsma.com/listings-2/113-water-valley-gem/  
Call Bill today at 403-932-4433.

Bill Brandsma Real Estate – specializing in Calgary and the surrounding area.

Preparing to downsize this summer?

Whether for practical reasons or financial reasons, downsizing your home is a big step. Is it right for you? Consider these 7 factors courtesy of HGTV.

http://bit.ly/2qljrFs

For more information about preparing to downsize your home, get in touch with Bill Brandsma at 403-932-4433. He’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Bill Brandsma Real Estate – specializing in Calgary and the surrounding area.

Hot New Listing!

Bi-level for Sale at 67 Stenlea Gate, Carstairs, Alberta

Located in the desired area of Stonebridge Glen, this luxurious home has a large front entry, amazing kitchen with huge island and granite counter-tops, a spacious dining room with doors leading to screened in sun room, a huge living room with cozy fireplace, a large master bedroom with a 5 pc. ensuite, beautiful hardwood floors and upgraded carpets and so much more…

If you’re looking for a lovely family home that backs on to green space, this is definitely a must-see! For more details view http://billbrandsma.com/listings-2/114-67-stenlea-gate-carstairs/ or contact Bill Brandsma at 403-932-4433.

Bill Brandsma Real Estate  – specializing in Calgary and the surrounding area.

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