Okotoks Curbside Recycling Program

Okotoks recycling program

Okotoks recycling

Okotoks Recycling Program

The Town of Okotoks and the people who live in this amazing town are on track to meet the 80% material diversion target from the landfill by 2020. The full plan can be downloaded here

Twelve months after introducing a mandatory curbside recycling program for all Okotoks home owners, the waste material diversion has increased by more than 30%.

Back in October 2016, every home in Okotoks was provided with a blue recycling cart and a green organics recycling cart to go with our normal black waste cart. When the new carts were delivered all Okotoks residents were given an opt out option and less than 2% opted out. This means Okotokian’s are very green and we take our waste disposal very seriously.
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Darcy a New Okotoks Community

New community of Darcy Okotoks

New Community of Darcy Okotoks

A New Community is Coming to Okotoks

Quick update on the new community of DARCY situated on the North West side of Okotoks.

Phase One will be up and running in Spring 2018 when the Show Homes open. This new Okotoks Community will comprise of 280 acres of open space, mixed housing, 2 K9 schools, retail outlets, commercial premises and office space.

Phase One will consist of laned homes and paired homes. Two builders have been selected for the laned homes and they are Pacesetter by Sterling Homes and Trico Homes.  The lots sizes will range from 28-32 feet in width and around 111 feet deep. Due to the back lanes it will mean these properties have the option of a rear detached garage.
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11 Realtor Insider Tips You Must Read to Sell a Home

Are you thinking about selling your Okotoks home? Use these insider Realtor tips to sell any home quickly.

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Top Realtor Tips to sell your Okotoks Home

Kerb appeal

The home buying process starts the moment a buyer pulls up outside your property. Make sure the grass is cut or the driveway and path is cleared of snow. If it’s an evening showing and you have outside light, switch them on as lights are welcoming. Make sure windows and doors are clean and any flaking paint has been touched up. Don’t leave flyers or local papers piling up by the door. Hanging flower baskets can add a lovely touch of colour.

De-clutter and clean

The first thing any seller should do is declutter and clean the home. A decluttered home makes the home appear much larger and this is more inviting to a potential home buyer. A decluttered home is also much easier to keep clean as it only takes a few minutes to run round with a duster and vacuum.
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Light Up Okotoks 2017

Light Up Okotoks November 17

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Light Up Okotoks November 17 2017

One of my favorite events of the year is Light Up Okotoks and this year it will be held on Friday November 17th, 2017. Head on down to Okotoks and join the wonderful people of Okotoks as they to kick off the run up to Christmas.

The actual lighting of the Christmas Tree will happen at 7pm but you will find many performances activities starting at 5:30pm. Santa arrives at 6.50pm so make sure you don’t miss this highlight of the evening.
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The best time of the year to sell your Okotoks home

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Best time of the year to sell a home in Okotoks

What is the Best Time of the Year to List your Okotoks Alberta Home for Sale?

I’m often asked when is the best time of the year to sell a home in Okotoks or what is the best month or the best day of week to list the house. I’ve written this article to help answer this common question.

When is the Best Time of the Year to Sell a Home?

If you have the luxury of time on your side, and you can plan in advance, there are better times of the year to list a home for sale in Okotoks. This applies to all types of homes from Single Family Homes to Condo’s and Acreages. The optimal time to sell a home for the best possible price is when inventory is at it’s lowest point and buyers are out looking.
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Homes sold in Okotoks for the month of March 2017

Okotoks property prices by community fro the month of March 2017. This is a high level overview of home prices by community in Okotoks Alberta. The report shows the list to sold price adjustment and how many days the property was on market. If you would like to know the current market value of you home send me a text at 403.605.7200 or complete my online Okotoks Home Evaluation Request and I will send you a detailed report.
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Light Up Okotoks Nov 18 2016

Light Up Okotoks November 18 2016 5.30pm to 9pm

Light up Okotoks

  • Downtown Plaza Live Shows from 5.30pm to 8pm
  • Santa will arrive at 6.50pm
  • Christmas Tree Lights will be turned on at 7pm
  • Fire Pits 5.30pm to 9pm
  • Food Trucks 5.30pm to 9pm
  • Wagon Rides 6pm to 8.30pm
  • Late Night Shopping to 9pm
  • Fireworks at Lineham Park 9pm

Dont forget to support those in need:

  • Okotoks Food Bank 18 wheeler
  • Fire Department BBQ
  • Western Wheel 50/50
  • Decorate the Tree of Warmth fpr loca charities
  • Food donations for the veterans
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Okotoks house price outlook 2016

2016 housing market outlook, Okotoks house prices.

smiling couple in front of sold homeWhen the economy is struggling I am often asked what impact will this have on house prices in Okotoks and will I be able to sell my home. The short answer is house prices in Calgary and Okotoks typically follow oil prices. When oil prices are down, the Alberta housing market is down and we enter a buyers market and when oil prices are up, demand for housing is up and we enter a sellers market.

If you are looking to sell your home in Okotoks or Calgary in 2016, price will be the ultimate sales tool. The golden window to sell a home is within the first 4 weeks and setting the correct price will be key to this success. If you want to know the current market value of your home I can provide you with all the market information you need and a suggested list price.

So how do you set the correct list price?

Market research, experience and measuring your home against similar homes that have sold recently is the secret. You need to work with a Realtor who monitors the market on a daily basis and keeps you up to date on every movement. Success in a slow market comes from staying ahead of market trends. This approach does work and I sold every home that I listed in 2015. Adopting a lazy strategy of simply following what everybody else does can be risky and you end up missing active the buyers.

What are the experts saying ?

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) believes the average price of a home in Alberta, will fall 2.5% next year due to struggling oil prices. In November 2015 the average Calgary home sold for $445,800 which is down 1.99% from November 2014.

Timeframe and Property

On a positive note, it is widely predicted the Bank of Canada may cut interest rates in January and this would help boost struggling home sales. However a recently announced federal reforms to mortgage lending will have a negative effect on homes that sell for $500,000 or more. The new mortgage lending rules come into effect on February 15th and are intended to target the heated Vancouver and Toronto markets which are the most expensive markets in Canada.

  • The minimum down payment will increase from 5% to 10% for the portion of a home purchase above $500,000
  • This rule change will likely impact approximately 10% of all home sales in Calgary and Okotoks.

So what does this all mean for the Calgary and Okotoks housing market in 2016?

At the moment the housing market is performing as expected given the scale of the oil price slide. The number of people migrating to Calgary and the surrounding areas is slowing and the demand on both rentals and resale homes will decline over the next quarter. The bargain hunters will remain active and most resale activity will be in homes priced in the lower third of the market.

  • If you need to sell your Okotoks home, don’t panic we can sell your home.
  • If you want to buy, there are some great homes for sale and although the market may go down history shows us it always comes back and we have to live somewhere.
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