Monthly Archives: November 2014

Buying Appliances for Your New Home

kitchen appliances

These days it is becoming very popular for appliances to come with homes. It can be a big stress relief when you buy new Okotoks real estate and do not have to worry about having a refrigerator, microwave and oven. For many people, the process of redecorating includes replacing those hand-me-down appliances with shiny new gadgets.

When replacing old appliances, there are a lot of factors to consider. Keeping a few important tips in mind can help you avoid major pitfalls and mistakes. Here is some advice for making sure your new purchases stand the test of time.
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Your Pet and Your New Home

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The process of moving all of your things in to a new home can be both exciting and stressful. When you have a pet to move along with you, the process takes on a whole new level.

Pets are easily stressed, and moving upsets their whole world. Too much upheaval can lead to serious physical health problems for animals. Here are some things to keep in mind when you move into your new Okotoks real estate property with the family pet.

Update Their Records

Make sure that all of your pet’s records are up-to-date. This means making sure their license and tags show your new address, and that you know where your new vet is located.

Make an appointment to have your pet meet their new vet as soon as you can. Be sure you have all of their medical records from their old vet.

Access to Necessities

Be sure that you have everything you might need for your pet on hand. This means feeding dishes, food, toys, bedding, litter boxes and anything else your pet may need to feel safe and comfortable. The more familiar things your pet has around them, the easier it will be for them to adapt to their new surroundings.

If your pet has medical needs, be sure any prescriptions are freshly filled. You may not be able to get to your new vet right away. Having enough medication on hand can save a lot of headache.

Avoid Chaos

Chaos and stress go hand in hand. For pets, this can be a very bad thing.

Keep your pets secluded during the most active parts of the move. This will shelter them from confusion and make them feel safe. For dogs, crating them is a good idea. For cats, use a large pet carrier. Put some treats or a favorite blanket or toy in with them.

When the time comes to introduce your pet to their new home, do it gradually. Let them get used to each room for a few hours to a day before moving them to the next. Some pets will be eager to explore and claim their new area; others will be frightened and timid. Your pet will explore the new space at their own speed. Do not force it on them.

The key when moving your pets after buying a new home is to keep them feeling calm, safe and secure. By following a few common-sense tips, keeping important items handy and isolating your pet from chaos you will ensure a stress-free transition. If you are ready to purchase a new home, we are ready to help. Give us a call today!



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Home Sales and Pets: What to Do?


You are ready to sell your home. Everything clean and shiny, the clutter is put away and the staging is set just right. So what are you supposed to do with your pets?

No homeowner wants to get rid of their pets; they are a part of your family. Pets and home sales do not go well together. What can you do with your pets when the time comes to begin showing your home to potential buyers?

The Problem of Pets

For many homeowners with pets, it is unthinkable that someone may not love animals like they do. There are many people out there who are uncomfortable, allergic or even afraid around animals.

As much as you love your pet, there is no way to predict how it will react around strangers. The last thing you need is to have your animal companion bite or scratch a potential home buyer.

Hiding the Signs

Few pet owners are willing to board their pets elsewhere while their home is on the market. If you can afford, it this really is the best solution.

If a kennel or pet-sitter is not in the cards for you, do everything you can to hide the signs of your pets’ presence in your home. Do not leave food dishes out. Make sure that any litter boxes are immaculately clean and kept well out of sight. Put away the pet toys.

Pet odors are a fact of life, and many owners do not even smell them. Have your carpets professionally cleaned and use enzyme cleaners all over the home to keep these odors at a minimum.

Air fresheners can be problematic for people with allergies. Avoid them if possible unless they are of an “allergen reducer” variety. Clean your house every day, including a thorough vacuuming.

Hiding Your Pets

Hiding your pets is a trickier prospect. When marketing your home, do not post photos of your pets in any of the rooms in your home. Remove any photos of your pets. Keep cages and carriers covered and out of the way.

If you can, take your pets with you when you leave the house during a showing. If this is not possible, keep your pets in a carrier or covered kennel and issue warnings that they are there to avoid accidental contact. Even a cat can get aggressive with strangers. Never assume that because your pet is nice to you, they are nice to everyone.

Everyone wants top dollar for their home. In order to be certain that you present your house in its best light, you should hide any signs of pet ownership. When you are ready to sell your Okotoks real estate, give us a call. We are here to help.

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Selling Your Home for the First Time

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The real estate market today is different than it ever has been before. In many cases, homes are selling for more than the asking price, thanks to bidding wars and a persistent seller’s market.

There are a lot of pitfalls in the current climate. Buyers who are not careful can end up with unforeseen problems. Here are some important tips and tricks for getting the most out of your first-time Okotoks real estate sale.
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Home-Buyer Secrets

Happy Couple Holding House Key with Home Text On The Key.When buying a new home, there are a lot of little details to keep in mind. Everyone knows that it is a good idea to get pre-approved for a mortgage and to have a home inspection done.

There are a few other secrets that some home-buyers shopping for Okotoks real estate may not consider. These are important pieces of advice that can make the difference between a fun experience and a nightmare in home buying.

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Smartphone Apps and Home Buyers

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In the digital age, there is almost nothing that a mobile app cannot improve. Once, buying Okotoks real estate meant pouring through classified ads or driving around target neighborhoods and looking for signs reading “FOR SALE.”

Some people still do this; it is a quaint and old-fashioned way to house hunt which can be fun. There are faster and more efficient means of house hunting nowadays in the form of mobile apps. Here are a few of the best.

Doorsteps Swipe

A newer mobile app that just went live this year, the Doorsteps Swipe app is designed to be fun to use as well as educational. It is targeted at home buyers just beginning their house hunt. The app allows people to target specific regions and swipe listings to create a profile of likes and dislikes.

As they go through the process, home seekers can view a summary of their profile and begin to learn the ins and outs of buying a home.


Homesnap is designed for both new and advanced buyers. Users can take a photo of a potential home from within the app, which then calls up a wealth of information about the property. Data includes recent sale prices, bedrooms and bathrooms, tax information, school district and more.

This app is excellent for agents and clients to share information and interact regarding potential properties.

Market Snapshot

This app provides community and school reports and can send detailed information about the neighborhood, individual properties, or real estate agent insights straight to your email.

The advantage of this app is the ability to view real-time market statistics, wherever you are. It displays neighborhood trends regarding properties for sale and detailed information about every listing.

Close It!

Described as the Turbo Tax of real estate, this app is designed to help buyers work out their finances for any home purchase. It provides financial estimates from cash to close, including mortgage estimates and settlement statements. The buyer needs only to enter the price of the property and its jurisdiction.


An advanced mortgage calculator, iPMT helps with any financing issue a buyer can imagine. It allows you to incorporate tax information and other fees. It can break down a payment schedule for a mortgage. It even allows a buyer to quickly calculate the difference between their offer and a seller’s counter-offer in terms of monthly payment.

These apps make the process of buying a home much more convenient and easy. If you are ready to begin your search for a new house, please give us a call today!

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