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Planning a Day Out on Family Day in Calgary

Monday, February 9th, 2015
Photo Credit: KSI Photography

Photo Credit: KSI Photography

Isn’t it great to have a holiday at this time of the year? Even though Family Day has been around for a few years now, it still sneaks up on us as a pleasant surprise halfway through February. Looking for something fun to motivate you to get out of the house? Here are some of Calgary’s best events:

Eau Claire Market Free Family Fun Day – This winter carnival is perfect to keep your kids entertained. Organizers are anticipating a huge turnout this year. You can expect to find an ice carving demonstration, live music and games for kids of all ages. The festivities will take place on February 16th from 11am until 3pm.

Dinosaurs in Motion – This larger-than-life exhibit makes its Canadian debut at Telus Spark from now until summertime. The display includes 14 life-size sculptures created from recycled materials. Youngsters are encouraged to be creative by drawing the dinosaurs. Also, they are urged to learn more about these great creatures from the past through the interactive demonstrations.

Penguin Walks at Calgary Zoo – The penguins are on the loose! Every day at 10am, seven of the King Penguins are let out of their enclosure and escorted by their keepers for a little stroll around the zoo. This adorable routine has become one of the zoo’s best winter attractions. King Penguins, by nature, tend to be more sedentary, but this activity has proven to improve their health and given them something special to look forward to outside the confines of their home.

Free Family Day Swimming – Why not go for a dip? Six of Calgary’s public aquatic centres are open on Family Day from 1 – 2:30 and 3 – 4:30 in the afternoon. Participating locations include Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Canyon Meadows Aquatic Centre, Glenmore Aquatic Centre, Renfrew Aquatic & Recreation Centre, Shouldice Aquatic Centre, and Thornhill Aquatic & Rec Centre.

 

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

 

About Allison James

Allison James has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Looking Forward to a Successful 2015

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Looking Forward to a Successful 2015

 

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays and found plenty of time for rest and relaxation. 2014 was busy and eventful, and it always feels refreshing to turn the page on a brand new year. It’s time for a fresh start and the anticipation to accomplish goals for another twelve months. I like to reflect on what I have achieved last year and what I’d like to improve on this year.  It is another opportunity to push ourselves to a new level of success.

Surround yourself with people who inspire you. As the saying goes, “It’s hard to soar with the eagles if you’re surrounded with turkeys.” Whether your goals are personal or professional, positive people can inspire you to aim high and challenge you to grow. Look for qualities that you admire in your peers and find ways to incorporate those good habits into your routine. Better yet, find a mentor to keep you on track and hold you accountable to stick to your plan.

Attitude is everything. You’ve heard it a thousand times, but being reminded to keep your attitude in check is invaluable advice. Being positive will help you appreciate your successes, combat your personal challenges, and see the potential in the opportunities before you. Take some time every day to give yourself credit for your hard work and be thankful for all the blessings that surround you. Keeping a Gratitude journal can be a great help and inspiration.

Never stop learning. Continuous improvement is the cornerstone of personal growth. Many people leave school and education behind once they begin their careers, but don’t make that mistake. Be sure to allot time in your schedule to keep learning. There are so many ways to expand your mind and enrich your life.  Read a great book, sign up for a cooking class, or plan a vacation to a country you’ve always wanted to explore.  I love to read and travel – both have been great learning experiences for me.

Welcome to 2015! I look forward to connecting with you this year.

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

About Allison James

Allison James has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Closing the Books on Another Great Year

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Closing the Books on Another Great Year

The holidays are finally here. Hopefully you and your family are enjoying the season and taking some time to sit back and relax. It’s a wonderful time of year to unwind and cozy up by the fire with a great book. With another busy year behind us, there is no better reward than a few weeks of carefree relaxation to give us some time to reflect. Once we turn the page on the New Year, we will be recharged and ready to move forward with a renewed enthusiasm.

What do you think of when you look back on 2014? What are your happiest memories and proudest accomplishments? Did you achieve a goal, or surprise yourself with your own strength when you overcame a personal challenge? What are you most thankful for, and what are you looking forward to in the New Year?

New Year’s resolutions have become synonymous with failure, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth trying. Setting goals at any time of year is important for your own personal growth. Don’t be too hard on yourself if things don’t quite turn out the way you want them to. Falling off the wagon is better than never establishing a resolution in the first place.

None of us know what the New Year will bring, but that’s just half the fun. Who knows what kind of surprises the next twelve months have in store for us? As you close the books on 2014, and ring in the New Year on December 31st, may you experience the joy of friends and family around you. I wish you nothing but the best in the New Year. I look forward to connecting with you all in 2015.

 

Happy holidays!

 

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

 

About Allison James

has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Looking Forward to the New Year in a New Home?

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Looking Forward to the New Year in a New Home

 

This is the time of year when many people start to think about moving. It’s a time for new beginnings, fresh starts, and setting out to accomplish your next big goal. Do you picture yourself in a new home in 2015? Here are three great reasons why next year might be the right time for you to make a move.

 

Is your current home meeting your needs?

Sometimes a place is perfect for a little while, but than your needs and lifestyle change. Maybe you’ve transferred to a new job a little farther away. Perhaps the kids are moving on to a new school and you aren’t sure about the one in your area. Maybe it’s something as simple as wanting a larger kitchen or more room to entertain. There are certain things you just can’t change about a home, which means it’s a good time to look for a new one.

 

Will making a move offer additional benefits?

Sometimes selling your home and choosing a new place to live allows you to accomplish other goals or enhances your life in different ways. Is it time to downsize and capitalize on the equity you have built over the years? What about purchasing a property that has room for an income suite so you can become mortgage-free faster? If you feel like your current home is holding you back in one way or another, it’s a great idea to explore your options.

 

Is it time for that next step?
Buying a new home is usually just one part of a larger plan. If you ask most people what they envision for themselves in the next five years, many of them will describe their perfect home among their other personal, financial and professional goals. Accomplishing your goals starts with a plan, and there is no better time than the present to set that plan in motion.

 

Here’s to all the best for you and your family in 2015 – wherever you may find yourself this year!

 

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

 

About Allison James

has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Explaining Calgary’s Non-Disclosure of Conditional Rules

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Explaining Calgary’s Non-Disclosure of Conditional Rules

Last year, the Calgary Real Estate Board made the decision to uphold a rule that is somewhat unique in Canadian real estate. Section 18.02 of the Calgary Real Estate Board’s Rules and Regulations states this: “All conditional sales will be reported at the time of acceptance of a conditional offer sale except where the Seller has given written instruction not to report the conditional sale until conditions are waived in writing.”

So what does this mean for buyers? In the past, when a buying agent looked up a property of interest, they would be able to see if there was currently an offer on the property. In most cases, buyers wouldn’t want to waste their time viewing a home that was “nearly sold”. With this rule in place, there is a certain level of uncertainty in the buying process. As a buyer, if you happen to put an offer on a home that already has one pending, the other buyers may feel pressured to waive their conditions if they know another offer is waiting in the wings.

This rule also emphasises the importance of doing your homework before you buy so that you can offer the shortest possible condition period. Speak to your mortgage professional and have a pre-approval in place, so the underwriting process can move along quickly and you can seal the deal as soon as possible.

What does this mean for sellers? As a seller, this gives you a choice. If you choose to allow your REALTOR® to report a conditional sale once you have one in place, you won’t be bothered with any additional showings. However, if the offer falls through, you may have missed out on potential buyers during the condition period.  Keeping your listing showing as active on the public site while showing it as “under contract” on the Realtor site is one way to handle this – that way, anyone who is truly interested in viewing your house will be able to view it and put in a backup offer.  There is no “right way” to handle this decision. It all comes down to the marketability of your property, the quality of the offer that you have in hand, and your overall real estate strategy. Your REALTOR® is qualified to explain your options and represent your best interest in the transaction.

 

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

 

About Allison James

has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Making the Right Decisions in Competition

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Fragment of a nice house.

For much of this year, inventory in the Calgary real estate market has been quite low. Homes are selling quickly, and often, buyers have struggled to find the right home among a limited supply of listings. Fortunately, listings increased over the summer, and we have entered a much more balanced market. In a high demand market like Calgary, bidding wars have become a very common occurrence. Home buyers recognize great value when they see it, and they are willing to pay top dollar. If you are planning on making a move this year, there are few helpful things to keep in mind if you find yourself competing for a property.

Unlike an auction, you have no way of knowing how much the other buyers are offering and what kind of terms they are requesting from the sellers. Most homes in multiple offers sell for at least full asking price, while others may sell for tens of thousands of dollars more. Don’t allow yourself to get carried away by the competition. Review recent sales in the nieghbourhood with your REALTOR® to make an educated decision about what the home is really worth in its current condition. Offering to pay much more than it’s worth might land you in a tough financing situation if the bank who is providing the mortgage doesn’t feel the same way about the value.

Although the purchase price is the first thing that sellers look at, there are several other important terms at play. Your preferred closing date, conditions, and deposit amount may also make your offer look more favorable to the sellers. If you are able to offer a flexible closing date, be sure to advise your agent. Closing the deal at the seller’s convenience could save them hundreds of dollars in interest payments and accommodation expenses, and could potentially save you money off the purchase price.

Don’t forget, it’s never too early to start your financing process with your mortgage professional.  Prior to searching for a home, get your mortgage approval in order and start collecting your supporting documents. If you need to put a financing condition on your offer, your mortgage professional will have a head start, and they will have the ability to complete it a few days sooner.

Don’t be intimidated by a bidding war.  Once you have your financing established and are ready to make a confident offer on the right home, you should have no problem coming out on top. Making an educated decision at the bargaining table will help you make a purchase that you can feel good about.

 

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

 

About Allison James

has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Living the Condo Lifestyle in Calgary

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Condo Construction

As the price of homes continue to increase in Calgary, more buyers are directing their home search towards the condo market. There are dozens of new developments in the planning stages around the city, and investors from all over the country are setting their sights on Calgary. If you have never lived in a condo before, but are considering this affordable and low-maintenance living option, you will be pleasantly surprised at all of the advantages.

First-time condo owners always have some apprehension about paying condo fees. The key is to find out what that fee includes. Each building is different, and the fees vary depending on the amenities that are included. Keep in mind the fees often include some of your utilities, building maintenance, insurance, and security systems.

Many of the upscale buildings also offer swimming pools, BBQ areas and party rooms. This is the perfect solution for homeowners who are hesitating to downsize because they enjoy entertaining. The amenities are available for the residents to use whenever they need them, sometimes on a rental basis for exclusive use. The shared common areas also foster a sense of community within the building – ideal for active seniors or young professionals looking to make new friends in the city.

One of the best features of many of Calgary’s condo buildings is the location. If you are thinking of going car-free, condo living is the way to go. Is there a downtown neighbourhood that you have always wanted to live in? Condo living allows you to live where you want, on your budget.

What does your ideal neighbourhood look like – dozens of shops and restaurants within walking distance? Condo living promotes an active lifestyle. Many buyers are choosing classy, modern condos that put them right at the heart of the action. Condo living isn’t about compromise. It’s about getting everything you want in a location, at a fraction of the price.

 

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

 

About Allison James

Allison James has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Calgary Fall Real Estate Market Update

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Bow Tower

Although it took a few extra weeks for the summer to get here, it was an exciting season in the Calgary real estate market.  Year to date, sales were up 11% compared to 2013, and home values increased by nearly 7% across the board.

Many sellers were cautious about making a move earlier this year.  There simply weren’t enough listings to choose from and as a result, they were hesitant to put their own home on the market.  Inventory was low, competition was fierce, and many buyers were feeling discouraged that they may not find the right home in their price range.  Fortunately, Calgary has now entered a much more balanced market.  There are more active listings, and the ratio of buyers to sellers is at a comfortable level.

One segment of the market that is on the verge of some significant growth is the condo sector.  As home prices continue to increase, first-time buyers and downsizers are looking for a more affordable alternative.  There are dozens of new developments being planned around the city, many of which offer trendy downtown locations.  The local condo market has captured the attention of investors and developers all across Canada who are scoping out available land for their next exciting project.  If you have been considering purchasing an investment property, stay tuned for some fabulous new opportunities in Calgary.

Another by-product of a rapidly growing economy can be found in Calgary’s luxury home market.  According to CREB, the number of sales that exceeded the $1 million price point has increased by 20% compared to last year, and there is a growing pool of buyers who are entering the luxury home market.  Calgary continues to be one of the most affordable major cities in Canada, and consumers are recognizing the value of investing in a rapidly growing market.

If you are thinking of making a move this year, the timing couldn’t be better.  Homes are selling faster than ever, and there are still plenty of great deals to be found around the city.  Fall may be in the air, but there is still plenty of time to find your new home before the snow flies!

 

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

About Allison James

has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Calgary Neighbourhood Spotlight – Parkdale

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Food trucks

One of my favourite neighbourhoods in the Inner City section of Calgary is Parkdale. Located in the City’s northwest quadrant, Parkdale offers coveted proximity for biking to work plus all the amenities typically found in a downtown area. In addition to providing easy access to Downtown Calgary, shopping, restaurants and major roads, Parkdale is adjacent to the Bow River Pathway System and the Shaganappi and Crowchild Trails. As a bonus, Parkdale did not flood during the June, 2013 floods.

Even though it is an Inner City neighbourhood, Parkdale is primarily residential. Calgary’s 2012 Civic Census figures reflect a population in Parkdale of 2,296 people in 1,020 dwellings. Single family homes and condos here are in high demand and come with healthy price tags. I find these properties to be excellent investments that tend to hold their value even during downturns in the market.

Today, construction in the area is in high gear as Parkdale undergoes a renaissance. Many older single family homes are being renovated or torn down and replaced with newly-constructed attached homes. A Heritage Committee works to preserve older homes with historical significance.

For more than 60 years, the Parkdale Community Association has functioned as a community hub and sponsored social events, sports teams and services for the residents, including a very popular Wednesday afternoon farmers’ market and community gardening activities. The farmers’ market is a year-round enterprise and hosts vendors such as Brenda’s Meat Pies and the Apple Lady.

In 2013, based, in part, on input gathered at a number of public workshops, the City of Calgary approved the Parkdale Village Centre Area Redevelopment Plan. The Plan envisions an enhanced public gathering space with wider sidewalks, improved parking, rain gardens, trees and outdoor seating areas. These improvements are sure to further enhance property values in this popular neighbourhood.

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

About Allison James

has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

What Not to Do When Selling Your House

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Dirty dishes

Everybody knows what not to do when selling your home. It’s common sense – right?  Well, not always. Here are a few of my tips to sellers whose home is being shown. Some of my tips are just general rules for showing homes and others are pulled from my own amusing and very real experiences.

Forget to Take Out the Garbage

Garbage is unsightly and offensive odors leave a strong and lasting impression. Overflowing cans, even in the backyard or garage, are a turn-off.

Go on a Cooking Spree the Morning of an Open House

Limit heavy kitchen use and the accompanying mess and odors while your home is being shown. Stacks of dirty dishes will only serve to hide your beautiful countertop. While you may adore the smell of garlic and onions, not everyone does. Pungent cooking odors should be avoided whenever possible except for boiling cinnamon or homemade bread or cookies which seem to have a universal appeal.

Leave Out All Your Family Photos

Remember that the goal is to depersonalize the space to better enable a buyer to picture themselves living there. You may be justly proud of your kids’ report cards but put them away in a safe place together with the photo albums, diplomas and awards.

Leave Your Pet Home Alone

No matter how well-behaved your beloved little dog is, it’s best to arrange for doggie day care during showings. Many people are allergic, are afraid of animals or simply don’t like them. There are liability issues to consider as pets don’t always welcome strangers invading their turf and can turn nasty. Finally, accidents do happen. Just remember that piles of dog excrement or smelly litter boxes are not likely to ignite a bidding war.

Fail to Cover Your Aquarium Full of Snakes

Believe it or not, some people get jittery when it comes to large snakes. In fact, most people will, so do yourself a favor and send the snakes to a friend’s house. Your potential buyers and your realtor will all appreciate the effort.

Leave Your Sex Toys Out in Full View

I know. It’s nothing to be ashamed of and everyone does it, but please do us all a favor and put your personal pleasure items away. It’s much better to allow the buyers to conjure their own fantasy of living in your home – without the aid of your assistive devices.

Selling a home can be stressful. Remember that you hired an expert for a reason and my goal as a realtor is to sell your home as quickly as possible at the highest price. Pay attention to my tips and before your know it, you’ll be comfortably situated in a new space. Then you can cook any time of day or night, hang every piece of artwork your child ever brought home and even leave your “toys” out if you don’t feel like putting them away.

Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!

About Allison James

has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

Allison James, Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd.
1612 17 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2T 0E3
Tel: 403-245-0773 Toll Free: 403-708-5873 Cell: 403-708-5873 Fax: 403-592-9187
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