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Best Upgrades For Rental PropertyUpgrading common spaces can be an effective way to boost your investment property's value and maximize the satisfaction of tenants and property managers. Based on recent stats, the home improvement market is worth more than half a billion dollars, and 60.4 million American households are now using smart home devices. Whether you're a newly becoming a landlord or you're a seasoned pro, these five common-space upgrades will increase tenant comfort and boost the value of your investment.

Try a Fresh Coat of Paint

Giving your common space a fresh coat of paint can add life to a room and create an energizing atmosphere. Prioritize paint in lobby spaces and hallways, as these are often the first places a potential new tenant will see on your property.

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Okotoks Real Estate Market Update [April 2022]

Having the most up-to-date information about the Okotoks real estate market is essential for those ready to buy or sell a home. Our Okotoks market update provides the latest real estate data to give buyers an inside look to best prepare for their upcoming buying or selling journey. Interested in learning more? Keep reading to discover the latest information regarding the real estate market in April 2022 for Okotoks, Alberta.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Real Estate Market in Okotoks: What to Expect Going into May 2022

The total number of sales in Okotoks in April 2022 was 121, reflecting a 9% increase compared to last year and

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Tips For First Time Rental Property OwnersHave you just purchased your first rental property? Investment properties can be a great way to increase your wealth with passive income and real estate appreciation. Being a landlord is a big adjustment, though. If you want your rental property to be a success, you'll need to start with the right advice. Here are the real estate investing tips you need to make money.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Research, Research, Research

Before you even purchase your property, you need to know its worth. Before listing your property, look at the area's real estate market conditions. Pay close attention to trends and fluctuations in the market

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Tips For Investing in Real Estate in Calgary and OkotoksThe pandemic has caused so much uncertainty, as well as tremendous turbulence in the real estate sector. Consequently, it has been more challenging than ever to know whether to make a move or sit tight. That said, thanks to interest rates remaining low, first-time buyers and investors are finding that it is the ideal time to make their move to Canada.

Keep reading to learn about some market insights for anyone thinking of investing in Okotoks and Calgary.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What’s Life Like in Calgary?

Calgary, Alberta, sits about a 3-hour drive north of the U.S. border at Montana and is the fourth-largest city in

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Everything to Know About Buying a New Construction HouseBuying a new construction home is a unique experience. Even if you've bought a pre-built Sandstone home in the past, you may be surprised by the overall process of building a new construction home because it's so different. Before you get started with buying a new construction home, here's what you need to know about the building and overall experience.

Know Your Goals

Before home buyers can get started with the home building process, they must first know their goals for their new home. Usually, this involves sitting down with a spouse or other members of the household to decide what they're looking for in a house. Home buyers should have questions such as:

  • Will we be having children (or more children) in the years to come?
  • Do we want to
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Vacation Home Purchase? Tax and Mortgage Information for Home BuyersBuying a vacation home can be very different from buying a primary residence. Most important to understand is that obtaining a mortgage for a vacation home can be more difficult than obtaining a mortgage for a primary residence. In addition, homeowners who sell their vacation home must pay capital gains taxes. Here's what you need to know about vacation home mortgages and taxes.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with an attorney, tax, or financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Everything to Know About Vacation Home Taxes

Vacation homes affect a homeowner's taxes when they try to sell their property. When a vacation home is sold, the profits made on the sale of the home are called capital gains.

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4 Great Kitchen Renovation ProjectsBefore selling their home, a lot of homeowners will look for home improvement projects to complete. When done correctly, projects like these can  be a selling point and even potentially cause an increase in price if the right buyer comes along. Many homeowners tend to focus on the kitchen due to how much potential there is for improvement and how popular kitchen renovations are. Here are some of the different types of kitchen renovations that Rosemont homeowners may want to consider before selling.

New Countertops

Countertops are one of the most popular kitchen renovations due to how visible the countertops are in the room. Buyers love seeing new countertops, and there is a wide variety of different materials a homeowner can choose fro:

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4 Reasons You Need a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your HomeWhen choosing to sell a home, the homeowner has to consider how they are going to do it. There are two options: the first is hiring a real estate agent, and the second is going For Sale By Owner (FSBO). Going FSBO may seem like it’s a better choice because it puts the seller in charge of every aspect of the sale instead of going through someone else, but it’s actually a bad idea. Here is what all sellers need to know about FSBO and why they need to hire a real estate agent.

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No Professional Help

When a Mountainview homeowner opts to sell a home on their own, they’re committing to doing every part of the

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Guide to Real Estate Investment TypesReal estate is one of the most popular types of investments for those who wish to look beyond traditional stocks and bonds. When getting started in real estate investing, the first step should be researching the options and choosing which is the best fit. There are four broad types of real estate investments, with a few subcategories in each. Each type has pros and cons, along with unique cash-flow cycles, lending conventions and sets of rules and regulations, which means that different ones will be better fits for different investors. The four basic types include:

Residential Properties

Residential real estate includes everything from single-family homes to condos and townhouses to large multifamily properties like apartment complexes. There are

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Everything You Need to Know When Choosing a SidingIf you're thinking about building a Downtown Okotoks home or installing new siding on your home, there are many things you need to consider. Knowing your options, the type of siding that's available, and the pros and cons of all the different kinds can help you choose the right kind of siding for you.

What to Consider When Choosing a Home Siding

When you're trying to choose a home siding for your property, there are many factors to consider.

Maintenance

Some sidings, like wood, need to be repainted or resealed periodically. Other types of siding (like vinyl) only need to be cleaned to maintain their beauty. If you're not willing or able to repaint your siding occasionally, a low-maintenance siding type is better for you.

Cost

Low-cost

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