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This one sold pretty quickly ~ in competition ~ over list price! A great testament to well-kept, well-priced properties and the potential for activity in our market. As mentioned in an earlier #marketupdate - sellers are still seeing positive activity when they work closely with their agent and the market data!

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Tax assessments are out. Most will see an increase in property value from the city. "How is that possible with the market looking like it’s going down?"

While assessors don’t compare apples to oranges, they do tend to compare Galas to Macs-which we know are not the same. But, it works for tax purposes. I guess.

Complaint deadline is March 12, 2019-check your assessment for more details.

If you’re want a more pragmatic market value, feel free to ask. We can meet to discuss how yours truly compares to the market right now.

We also blogged about this awhile back since the topic comes up annually: http://ow.ly/sb4U30njxch

#taxassessment #propertytaxes
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Well, with a New Year comes hope - hope that its equal to or better than the last for friends and family.

And tax assessments…
City tax assessments are out. Most will see an increase in property valuations from the city. You may ask, "How is that possible with the markets looking like they are going down?"

When you read the City of Calgary brochure, it tells you that the assessment is AN ESTIMATE of the market value of your property. The assessors look at sales, among other factors to obtain a valuation. The challenge is that assessors don’t go into the neighborhood, nor into any homes to compare properties. So in essence they are not comparing apples to oranges, but they are comparing McIntosh to Galas.

Both are apples and although they are both red, they do not taste the same nor command the same market value.

But, it works for tax purposes. I guess.

The complaint deadline is March 12, 2019-check your assessment for further details.

If you’re interested in knowing what a more pragmatic market value is, feel free to ask. We can sit down with you discuss how yours truly compares to the market right now.

We also blogged about this awhile back since the topic comes up annually: http://ow.ly/klpQ30njwKs

#yycrealestate #taxassessment #propertytaxes
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We worked with a wonderful couple, through the process of right-sizing and moving on to the next chapter in their story. Seeing their excitement and guiding them through the process is what makes it all worthwhile!

We engage with some great resources to help people that are down-sizing and right-sizing their lifestyle. Call us! Team Leesman CARES 403.870.9916



#downsizing #seniormoves #yycseniors #downsizeliving #downsizeyyc #CalgarySeniors #soldinyyc #yycrealtor #seniorsrealestatespecialist #sres
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The updated market snapshot for December 2018 tells us that oversupply continues to prevail. Prices were down by 1% for Dec18 over Nov18 and by more than 3% for Dec18 over Dec17.
“Persistent weakness in the job market and changes in the lending market impacted sales activity in the resale market this year,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.
So what does this mean? Sellers - is it worth it to sell? What if your circumstances dictate that you 'must sell'? With more than 16,000 units selling in 2018 - this means there is still a lot of activity happening in the market. It's a 14% drop in volume, but if you closely review and discuss the market data that your agent provides - and be realistic about it - you're likely to experience a successful sale. Correct pricing and patience is the name of the game right now. It's anyone's guess what the spring market holds as far as activity, pricing and volume. Traditionally, this is considered the most active time of the year. Keep in mind though, as buyer activity increases, so does your competition as a seller.
Want to have a good chat about your pricing and property value? Reach out and let us know - we had a recent listing SELL IN COMPETITION AND OVER LIST.
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What do these numbers mean? Will the market continue dropping as we move into the New Year or is it reaching bottom? That’s anyone's guess.

These numbers indicate that it’s still a strong buyer's market, and that sellers must be very competitive if they truly want to move their property.
However, there are still misconceptions in this kind of market:

Myth #1 - In order to sell, you must be the lowest priced property
No, properly pricing a home to be competitive is critical. But it’s not the only factor.

Myth #2 - As a buyer, I can take my time to pick out the perfect home for me
In every market, homes continue to sell. While you may have more inventory to select from in comparison to a seller's market, it doesn’t mean that well-priced or well-cared for homes in desirable areas, will also last. In fact, the best homes will continue to go onto competition.

Myth #3 - In a buyer's market, I can really negotiate down from the listed price
Even in the slowest seasons, every seller has a motive to sell. Some ‘want’ to sell and some ‘need’ to sell. But, it doesn’t mean every seller is willing to go below reasonable market value.

Myth #4 - If I don't sell, I am stuck
Not necessarily true. Depending on your personal financial situation, you may be in a position to still buy your next home without selling your current house. Many previous potential buyers are back in the rental market instead. Maybe you can rent your home out instead of selling it. Remember though, becoming a landlord comes with its own special package. Understand the risks before hurtling down that track.

In conclusion, looking at the numbers in the market place, it does look bleaker than in previous years. And, it is. But there are options and it is important to discuss your next, best moves with your Realtor®, mortgage and financial advisors.
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We have a new listing to share with you. Just remember - caveat emptor!

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#calgaryrealtor #forsaleinyyc #justlisted #RelentlessMoves
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16 Incredibly Useful Rules Every Organized House Follows
We're pretty organized in our house-not perfect-but we do use many of these tips! Pick just one new one and see if you can stick with it for a few weeks. Then try another. Let us know if you were successful adding one!
http://ow.ly/ZPpY30mDuBb
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How to Price Your Home Like a Savvy Seller
http://ow.ly/tgWu30mDpmo

With our local market in the position it's in right now, it's super important to have a candid conversation about pricing expectations. Overpricing is pretty much never a good idea, but in this market it's a downright death wish for a listing.
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