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Looking for acreages for sale south of Calgary, AB? This is a video preview of our 48 acre luxury listing in the DeWinton/Okotoks area. For more information on this private acreage retreat or to view the 360° virtual tour, visit

284101 552 HWY W Foothills, AB
MLS c4115565

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Using old smartphones or tablets as a baby monitor or Calgary home security system? You bet!

Some real estate clients showed us what that they set up last year and the results were very impressive.

Check out our latest blog post below for more information!

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Now that it is official, does the mention of "President Trump" make you want to move to Canada? We are here to help with tips and advice on how moving or immigrating to Calgary, Alberta Canada can happen for you!


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An expected dip in the average Calgary sale price of DETACHED HOMES from $558,274 to $541,732 is the biggest change in the 2016 July real estate statistics for Calgary over last month's numbers. However, increases in the average sale prices of other styles of Calgary homes like townhouses (from $397,036 to $408,148) and apartment-style condos (from $310,219 to $352,185) have skewed the numbers a bit resulting in only a 0.14% drop in overall average sale prices.

View our infographic and visit our latest blog post for the full picture.

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Are you thinking about buying or selling a Calgary home? If so, you’re not alone. We have sellers who are downsizing and buyers trying to get settled in a new area before the start of the school year or before work holidays are over. Calgary's less-than-stellar economy and weather this year are making a lot of people rethink their plans.

If You Are Thinking Of Selling Your Calgary Home Or Condo:

1) Do the right thing and pick the agent who HASN'T won you over simply by convincing you that your house is worth more than it really is. Having you sign on the dotted line is free advertising for that agent. It lets them put a sign on your lawn and brag to other homeowners about all of the clients and listings that they have. Overpriced homes sit on the market longer and make buyers and neighbours start to worry and gossip that something is wrong with your house.

2) An experienced Calgary Realtor® will price your house right, advertise your property, negotiate with other agents to get you the best deal and guide you through the piles of legal documents that you will need completed during your real estate transaction.

3) The right professional will also help you get top dollar by hiring a pro photographer (or taking professional photos themselves if they have a photography background). Listings with photos taken with DSLR cameras sell for $4,440 to $14,600 more than listings with amateur photos. (Source: Redfin)

If You Are Buying A Calgary Home:

Using an agent is typically free when you are buying a house or condo in Calgary, Okotoks or other areas. There is no denying that working with an experienced Calgary Realtor® is helpful. The reasons include:

1) If your agent is respected in the industry and has built a strong relationship with other agents and Calgary real estate professionals, they may know of homes or condos for sale before they are even listed online. This can be advantageous for myriad reasons like avoiding multiple offers.

2) A buyer's agent can save you time during your home search because your Realtor® can search for properties based on your search criteria including location, bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, amenities etc. but most importantly, look into things like the history of a property and try to weed out the questionable ones.

3) When you decide to work with a Calgary buyer's agent, you will be working with someone who is experienced in purchasing Calgary properties. Some people don't think that is a big deal until they see all of the legal paperwork involved. A lawyer can also guide you through this process but at an average of $400-$500/hr in the Calgary area, we have been told that it can get very expensive, very quickly, especially when forms have not been completed properly.

The Calgary Real Estate market is busy right now but that doesn’t mean you should wait.

Contact Tess Vostner-Bell or Jason Bell today by calling (403) 278-8899 or connect with them online at

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Interest in moving to Canada is on the rise for a variety of reasons. Some people are drawn to our new prime minister or Canada's historical, multi-cultural reputation. Others are wanting to leave the unrest in their own country for a safer life in Canada.

Whatever your reason, our latest blog highlights what is needed to move to Canada and summarizes things like the various types of residency and the steps needed to apply for Canadian citizenship.

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Receiving a low-ball offer on your Calgary home for sale is considered an insult for some and can make others angry. So here are some tips on dealing with low-ball offers that can maybe turn that frown upside down.

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Tips for Buying a Calgary Home for the First Time Home Buyer

Are you thinking about buying your first Calgary home? If so, you’re not alone. Many people are planning on buying a home right now and you can give yourself the advantage as a home buyer by following some simple tips.

What To Do First Before Buying A Calgary Home

Although you’re excited about buying a home in Calgary, there are a variety of steps that you should follow in order to guarantee that you will be ready to actually start searching for a home.

Step 1 – Know how much of a home you can really afford by writing down a budget and seeing if you will be able to afford a monthly mortgage payment along with your regular bills.

Step 2 – Check your credit score and fix inaccuracies on your credit report if needed.

Step 3 – Pay down debts to 30% of each credit limit.

Step 4 – Know what you’re searching for in a home. This includes location, bedrooms, bathrooms, amenities and square footage.

Step 5 – Get pre-approved for a mortgage loan.

Think About Closing Costs

There’s no denying that buying a Calgary home is exciting, regardless if you’ve bought a home before or not, but one thing you don’t want to forget about is the closing costs that have to be paid because they can amount to thousands of dollars, and you want to make sure that you’re able to pay them before submitting an offer on a home. A few examples of closing costs might be your legal/lawyer fees, a home inspection, GST if buying new and home insurance.

Look For the “Bigger Picture” In a Calgary Home

As you are touring Calgary Homes For Sale, make sure that you keep the “bigger picture” in mind. Don’t get stuck on ignoring homes which might already have everything that you’re searching for because you could find a home with great potential, but you don’t really “see it”. you’re searching for the house that has granite counter tops, hardwood floors and an open concept floor plan.

Make Sure You Choose the Right Realtor®

Since buying a Calgary Home may most likely be one of the most expensive financial transactions of your life it makes sense to hire the most experienced Real Estate agent to help you buy the home of your dreams.

When searching for a Calgary Real Estate agent don’t hesitate to ask them about their experience, references from their previous clients and information about how they will help you find the right home because all of these questions matter when you’re searching for a home.

Think About the Resale Value of Your Home

Last of all another important thing to keep in mind when searching for a home in Calgary is to keep the resale value of the home in mind before you purchase it and one of the best things that you can do to make sure that your home holds its value over the years is to buy a home near a great school.

Learn More

To learn more tips that you can use for searching for a Calgary Home, contact the Vostner Bell Team today by calling us at (403) 278-8899 or connect with us online through our website, 

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Despite a solid income or paying the bills on time, people are often surprised to learn their credit isn't in the best shape. This realization often comes up for homebuyers when they are trying to renew their mortgage or apply for a new one.

Our latest blog post offers some important tips on checking your credit and, if needed, repairing it.
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