Monthly Archives: July 2014

Three Keys to Every Great Neighborhood

What makes Okotoks such a great community. Certain areas of towns and cities generate an elusive vibe that sets the mind at ease and makes even strangers feel welcome. This sense of community is difficult to define and even harder to quantify. Often, it just inexplicably feels like home.

Thanks to research by urban planners and real-estate agents, though, the uncanny has been pinned down. Whether it’s for Okotoks real estate or anywhere else on the globe, here is a list of essential elements for a thriving and vibrant neighborhood.

The Make-up of a Great Neighborhood

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Beauty Within the Beast: Seeing a Home’s True Potential

Spot the true potential of any Okotoks real estate property with these helpful tips..Prospective homebuyers often let a bad first-impression deter them, but what many don’t realize is that those uncomfortable vibes can come from problems that are easily remedied. A drab house with an unkempt lawn and dated style can be turned around into a cozy, modern home with minimal investment.

In order to prevent you from overlooking an Okotoks real estate property that just needs a small make-over, here’s a couple easily-tackled areas to keep an eye out for:

How to Spot True Potential in a Property

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Okotoks Recycling Program Continues to Expand

Learn about Okotoks' growing recycling program. Okotoks real estate owners continue to become greener every year. Fifty percent of eligible households subscribe to the Curb It curbside recycling program, with more jumping on board every week.

The handy curbside service provides 240 L bins for unsorted recyclables including plastics, metals, and paper products. Each month, 88 tons of material has been spared from an eternal resting place in a landfill, instead being processed to make handy materials like rayon and post-consumer plastics.

The new carts only cost $8.45 per month and are estimated to save hundreds a year on extra garbage bags and waste-disposal surcharges. Also, the luxury of no longer having to sort various recyclables has been met with enthusiasm.

What you Need to Know About Okotoks’ Recycling Program

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Just listed home for sale in Cochrane

We have just listed this beautiful Cochrane home for sale

New home for sale 40 WEST EDGE ROAD COCHRANE T4C 1J4  MLS C3627394:- Are you looking for a home in Cochrane situated in the perfect quiet location? Close to walking paths, fishing ponds, playgrounds, schools and local amenities? Then look no further. This home has incredible flexibility for you or your guests. With a WALK-UP basement entrance this home has endless possibilities for the next owner. Benefits include, high vaulted ceilings, HARDWOOD flooring, main floor laundry (or you could move the laundry down stairs into the basement ), large open plan KITCHEN with eating area that is ideal for entertaining. Relax in the large MASTER bedroom with a 4 piece bath (including a deep Jacuzzi tub) and corner shower. The BASEMENT is a fantastic size and fully developed. Imagine this as an area for the older kids or for those game nights with friends. With a WALK-UP entrance, two great size bedrooms and an additional KITCHEN to prepare the snacks this home will certainly appeal to you. Well maintained over the years with the ROOF being replaced around 2008 this home is move in ready. The only thing missing from this home is YOU?

To view this home please contact Okotoks Realtor Samantha Clement

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Calgary Condo Sales Remain Strong Despite Tight Market

Calgary real estate is experiencing a healthy return from last year's floods.
If you plan on shopping for a condo in Calgary anytime soon, your search may be a tad more challenging than you anticipated. A recent article in the The Globe and Mail reported that Calgarians who are in the market for a condo will find themselves having fewer choices to pick from. According to the article, less than 500 available new condos were listed for sale as of April, and only 15 new condos were on the market.

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Just Listed – Beautiful Bungalow in Turner Valley

We have just listed for sale this beautiful Bungalow in Turner Valley Alberta

Are you looking for a well maintained property in Turner Valley offering flexible accommodation and close to all the local amenities? Then this could be the property for you. Although classed as a condo there have been NO CONDO FEES, since this property was built. Each property acts independently of each other. This well designed bungalow is ideal for first time buyers, downsizers and all those in between!. With a large LIVING ROOM, a great size kitchen that overlooks the DECK and yard, NEW FENCING, a large MASTER bedroom with a 4 PIECE EN-SUITE, a second BEDROOM and so much STORAGE! The attached OVERSIZE SINGLE garage is an added bonus did I mention STORAGE?? The BASEMENT is permitted and offers a great entertaining area. Benefits include a large BEDROOM with a 4 piece en-suite, a huge REC area and even a STORAGE ROOM. Recent updates include roof in 2012 and hot water thank in 2011. Yes this home is move in ready.

To view this home or any other houses for sale please call Realtor Samantha Clement 403 605 7200

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Real Estate Okotoks – New Condo For Sale

NOW SOLD – We have Just Listed this Condo for sale in Okotoks

Are you looking for a Condo for sale in a convenient DOWNTOWN Okotoks location, a Condo that is close to the stores and the hub of Okotoks? This property is right in the heart of Downtown Okotoks and benefits from TWO LARGE BEDROOMS and IN SUITE LAUNDRY. This Okotoks Condo has HARDWOOD flooring throughout the main floor and enjoys lots of natural light flooding through making this an ideal place to relax and call home. Additional benefits include a main floor 2 piece bath, plenty of in suite storage, and a large open concept KITCHEN with a large eating bar. The LIVING ROOM has plenty of space for all your furniture and to take the chill off in the winter evenings a great FIREPLACE. The BALCONY is an amazing place to relax and unwind after the day, but also it is a great place to view all the events the town has to offer, this has to be one of the best locations to enjoy events like Okotoks Parade and Light Up Okotoks. Upstairs the MASTER bedroom is huge and will not disappoint. The SECOND bedroom offers a great walk in closet and lots of flexibility for your needs. These units do not come up often so make sure this one is on your list. The only thing missing is YOU!

If you would like to view this property or any other homes for sale in Okotoks please use this link to contact me.

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Best Places to Get Lunch in Okotoks

Experience the great food that Okotoks has to offer.
Nothing brightens the rest of your day like a good meal around lunchtime. Filling up your belly with tasty vittles can relax your body and mind as nourishing energy re-enters the system.

One of the great things about purchasing a home from the Okotoks real estate market is that there is no shortage of amazing restaurants available nearby. Many of them are a great place to stop in for a quick bite in the middle of the day.

While it would be impossible to list every good restaurant to visit in Okotoks, here are some of the ones that are more popular with the locals.

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Calgary Real Estate Back Afloat After Last Year’s Flood

Calgary's real estate is bouncing back despite the flood of 2013.
After sudden rains caused the Bow and Elbow Rivers to spill their banks last year, it seemed like the Calgary real estate market would never recover. Instead, home investors have now begun to snap up luxury properties at significantly reduced closing prices.

Flood-impacted areas saw home prices drop more than $200,000 on average. This plummet in value was mostly caused by a lack of buyer confidence. Buyers were wary of neighborhoods most-affected by flooding, and they avoided making purchases lest some other freak natural occurrence reared its ugly head.

Calgary’s Real Estate One Year After the Flood

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