2014 – Robyn Moser & Associates Christmas Display Contest – WINNERS

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“Wow” is about the only word that comes to mind when we think about the displays we saw last night in Hidden Valley & Hanson Ranch. The amount of Christmas spirit & community “togetherness” really brought the reason we do this event, to life. Our judges sure did have their work cut out for them, but they did their job and we were pleased to announce the top three displays for our annual contest.

Allison Lockhart - Judge

Allison Lockhart – Judge

This year, we were lucky enough to have four judges along for the ride with us: Travis Dergousoff (Alberta’s Strongest Man), Allison Lockhart (Canada’s Strongest Woman), Rae Croteau Jr (Chuckwagon Driver) & the big jolly man himself, Santa!

2014 Judges - Rae Croteau Jr, Santa, Allison Lockhart & Travis Dergousoff

2014 Judges – Rae Croteau Jr, Santa, Allison Lockhart & Travis Dergousoff

This year we are pleased to announce our winners:

2014 Robyn Moser & Associates Christmas Display Contest Winner!

2014 Robyn Moser & Associates Christmas Display Contest Winner!

2014 Robyn Moser & Associate Christmas Display Contest Winner!

2014 Robyn Moser & Associate Christmas Display Contest Winner!

FIRST PLACE: 79 Hidden Valley Park NW – 39/40
SECOND PLACE: 138 Hidden Ranch Hill NW – 38.5/40
THIRD PLACE: 147 Hidden Ranch Place NW – 34/40
4. 503 Hidden Vale Place NW – 33.5/40
5. 54 Hidden Ranch Boulevard NW – 32.5/40
6. 116 Hidden Ranch Hill NW – 31.5/40
7. 428 Hidden Valley Grove NW – 31/40
8. 133 Hidden Cove NW – 30/40
9. 14 Hidden Ridge Bay NW – 29/40
10. 137 Hidden Cove NW – 28.5/40

2014 Robyn Moser & Associates Christmas Display Contest Second Place Winner

2014 Robyn Moser & Associates Christmas Display Contest Second Place Winner

And our honorable mentions this year go to…. anyone who even put a single lightbulb out! We noticed there were more houses with lights this year than any other year! The community looks phenomenal and instead of singling out individuals, this year the community deserves a huge nod for their efforts!

We were on CBC news: Check it out here (scroll to approx. 17:33) – http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Calgary/ID/2641301109/

Robyn Moser on CBC News Calgary

Robyn Moser on CBC News Calgary

 

Weekly Real Estate Update: Mon Dec 8 – Mon Dec 15

Calgary

3765 homes for sale in metro Calgary
1580 homes sold in the last 30 days
2.38 months worth of inventory
42% of the homes statistically to sell in the next 30 days
Market Conditions: Sellers
Average List Price : $497,486
Average Sale Price : $486,264
Average days on market : 40
Average list to sale price ratio : 97.7%

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Edmonton

2987 homes for sale in metro Edmonton
803 homes sold in the last 30 days
3.72 months worth of inventory
Market conditions : Balanced
27% of the homes statistically to sell in the next 30 days
Average List Price : $381,542
Average Sale Price : $373,372
Average days on market : 52
Average list to sale price ratio : 97.9%

Weekly Real Estate Update: Mon Dec 1 – Mon Dec 8

Calgary

3830 homes for sale in metro Calgary
1644 homes sold in the last 30 days
2.33 months worth of inventory
43% of the homes statistically to sell in the next 30 days
Market Conditions: Sellers
Average List Price : $496,956
Average Sale Price : $486,568
Average days on market : 38
Average list to sale price ratio : 98%

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Edmonton

3018 homes for sale in metro Edmonton
899 homes sold in the last 30 days
3.36 months worth of inventory
Market conditions : Balanced
30% of the homes statistically to sell in the next 30 days
Average List Price : $386,921
Average Sale Price : $376,117
Average days on market : 45
Average list to sale price ratio : 97.2%

Graph of Calgary’s last 7 days of activity is attached

Survey Says…

Property surveys aren’t just for when disputes between neighbors arise. Below are a few other occasions when having a survey performed is well worth the (modest) expense.

  • You’re seriously considering buying that house: How big is the lot? Where does it being and end? Are there any registered easements on the property? Or any encroachments? All these questions are crucial for buyers, and the answers are provided in a property survey. Surveys lend buyers peace of mind by illustrating exactly what buyers would – and wouldn’t – be getting for their money.
  • You’ve decided to sell your house: By getting a property survey done before going on market, you and your representative will know exactly what you are – and aren’t – selling, and be able to address any issues raised prior to listing. That means a smoother, shorter path to closing (especially for a buyer whose offer is contingent on a survey), making property surveys a helpful marketing tool.
  • You’re thinking of making improvements to your property: In addition to boundary lines, property surveys show the location of utility equipment like power cables and gas pipes. Knowing where these things are before you begin a project can save you a lot of heartache and expense; you don’t want to put up that fence or shed only to find out that it’s actually on your neighbors property

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Paint & Paper Prep

You’ve finally found the perfect print or paint colour and are itching to give that room a facelift! Not so fast, though – surface preparation is key to being happy with your results; as such, problems like the following need to be addressed before you go applying that wallpaper or fresh coat of paint.

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  • Popped nails, holes, and cracks: Wallpaper might disguise these problems, but painting over them can actually make them more noticeable. Small imperfections like popped nails can be hard to see, though; to make them more apparent, hold a bright light up to your walls and mark them with painter’s tape or pencil so you can find and fix them later. How you make the repairs will depend on the size and nature of the hole or crack, as well as on the material the wall is made from.
  • Textured Walls: A technique often used to hide imperfections like those mentioned above, texturing is achieved by manipulating joint compound with patterning tools like sponges or brushes, or by applying textured paint. Smoothing textured walls is a laborious process, but it can be done. Either you remove the texturing by softening and loosening it with water then scraping or sanding it off, or you fill the surface by applying thing layers of joint compound in a process known as skim coating.
  • Stuck-on Wallpaper: Today’s wallpapers are much easier to remove, but if you’re up against the old stuff, you have messy work ahead. What can’t be scraped off may need to be steamed off or chemically removed. You’ll want to score the problem paper so the steam or chemical remover can better penetrate the paper and break down it’s adhesive. You can use a utility knife, but there is also a tool made just for this purpose, called a wallpaper perforate, that can help move the job along.
  • Boldly Colored Walls: Bright or dark colours can show through lighter paint layers and even some wallpapers. The good news is you won’t need to limit your choices to what will effectively mask what’s underneath or apply multiple coats of new paint – if you apply primer first. A coat of high-hiding primer goes a long way towards achieving results that are more true to colour with fewer coats. You can even have your primer tinted to match your new colour, ,making it even easier to cover up the old colour.
  • Dirt: Even if they aren’t newly covered in drywall dust as a result of your hole-repairing or texture-removing, your walls still hold dirt from everyday wear-and-tear – grease, cigarette smoke, pet dancer, and particulate are some examples. If you skip cleaning, you’ll seal the dirt in, making for walls that aren’t as smooth and that have a harder time holding onto paint or wallpaper. Available at your local home improvement store, trisodium phosphate (TSP) is a powerful cleaner that also etches your walls so your paint or wallpaper will better adhere to them. Just mix with water, scrub onto walls, and rinse.

If I’d Only Known…

Buying a home can seem complex and often confusing business. These are four aspects of the process buyers wish they had better understood before hey purchased their homes.

  • Home-Financing Options: Unfortunately for many buyers, it’s not until after they’ve purchased that they realize how little they knew about financing, from conventional fixed – and adjustable-rate mortgages, to government programs, to alternatives like seller financing, there are more options than you might think. Before you commit to anything, work with your mortgage representative to discuss the options that fit best with your financial situation and long-term plans.
  • Apply for a Mortgage Loan: A lack of knowledge about the difference between pre-approval and pre-qualification, what information and documentation they needed to satisfy, and what they shouldn’t have done when applying for a loan has unnecessarily slowed down the home-buying process for many an inadequately informed buyer.
  • Closing Costs: There’s a lot to pay for in addition to a property’s purchase price, including legal fees, property taxes, title insurance and homeowner’s insurance. Buyers often find themselves caught by surprise at the last minute, scrambling to come up with the required funds or even unable to complete the transaction.
  • How Long it can Take: A lot of buyers believed it would take them less time to navigate their way through the home-buying process than it actually did. Finding just the right home takes time; once the hunt is over, buyers still need to be patient as they go from having their offer accepted to sealing the deal by signing those closing documents.

Weekly Real Estate Update

Calgary

3916 homes for sale in metro Calgary
1806 homes sold in the last 30 days
2.16 months worth of inventory
46.1% of the homes statistically to sell in the next 30 days
Market Conditions: Sellers
Average List Price : $495,744
Average Sale Price : $485,600
Average days on market : 38
Average list to sale price ratio : 98%

Calgary Market Watch Graph”
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Edmonton
3125 homes for sale in metro Edmonton
954 homes sold in the last 30 days
3.27 months worth of inventory
Market conditions : Balanced
30.5% of the homes statistically to sell in the next 30 days
Average List Price : $390,820
Average Sale Price : $380,355
Average days on market : 50
Average list to sale
Price ratio : 97.3%