By: Tom Bushey

3D Virtual Tour:
#432 - 3111 34 Avenue NW, Calgary

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By: Tom Bushey

Calgary Secondary Suites Registry

Tags: Buying a Home in Calgary

Legal and safe secondary suites in Calgary appear on The City of Calgary’s registry. These suites have been inspected, and have met the numerous safety requirements under Alberta’s building code at the time the work allowed under the building permit was completed. Only suites that meet these safety requirements appear on the registry, and have been issued a numbered sticker that corres...Read More

By: Tom Bushey

Renegotiate After a Home Inspection?

Tags: Buying a Home in Calgary

Alright, you have a conditional purchase contract in place on a home and one of the conditions is for the satisfactory review of the property through a home inspection. One of the mistakes that some buyers make is assuming when their licensed home inspector finds issues with a home (and they always do) that they have an opportunity to renegotiate the purchase price with the seller prior to releas...Read More

By: Tom Bushey

Should I call the Seller's Agent?

Tags: Buying a Home in Calgary

A little while ago, I was wondering... why do consumers and potential home buyers call the agent that represents the seller in order to see a home and potentially make an offer on it? Well there are probably lots of reasons. Here may be a few: 1. They think buying a house is like buying a car: You have to go to each and every car dealership and dirt lot to see all the inventory. 2. They think t...Read More

By: Tom Bushey

Are you being watched? Do you know who may be listening?

Tags: Buying a Home in Calgary, Selling a Home in Calgary

In visiting a number of homes, recently, we have noticed video and/or audio capture devices that were actively monitoring the premises. What this means to us is there is an increase in the number of home sellers that are actively recording their real estate agents, prospective buyers and their buyer agents during the course of open houses or private showing appointments. This is something we were...Read More

By: Tom Bushey

We Found The House of Our Dreams Only To Find Out that it is already Conditionally Sold. Is it worth making a Backup Offer?

Tags: Buying a Home in Calgary

The simple answer is: YES. Backup offers are becoming more common and are often successful. In the last downturn of the real estate market, buyers were having a difficult time in qualifying for mortgage loans and the same thing has been happening this year. While not a huge number of deals fall apart, in difficult times they seem to double in quantity. In a short 3-month period that year, we comp...Read More

By: Tom Bushey

A Few Sure Signs That It's Time to Change Realtors

Tags: Selling a Home in Calgary

Your home isn’t selling and yet the current, local real estate market is really quite active. You naturally ask yourself, “Why?” Sadly, not all real estate agents are equal. Some agents ONLY use the classic 3 P’s of real estate marketing: Put a sign in the yard, Put the home in the local MLS System, and Pray that the home sells. But there are also some other sure si...Read More

By: Tom Bushey

DocuSign: Did You Know, Everyday 40% of Signers are Signing Electronically for the First Time?

Tags: Buying a Home in Calgary, Selling a Home in Calgary

[Photo Source: DocuSign's Canadian website] No Pen? No Problem. Sign documents or request signatures anytime, anywhere. You don’t need to print or scan — just use the device at your fingertips. DocuSign makes it easy. Currently, about 265k new users are joining each weekday and 110k are joining each weekend day. Showing that user growth is predictably stable, this ratio ha...Read More

By: Tom Bushey

Has Your Real Estate Agent Upgraded their Photography?

Tags: Selling a Home in Calgary

  If you have your home for sale, are you getting effective marketing as part of your agent's offering? I have been including floor plans and multiple 360° virtual tours as part of the included marketing services for all listings for sale for the last several years. I have always found them to be really effective in communicating the home and its wonderful features. However, like man...Read More

By: Tom Bushey

Buyer's Representation Agreement, or Do I Even Need a Buyers Agent?

Tags: Buying a Home in Calgary

Buying a Home? Learn why Tom Bushey recommends a Buyer's Representation Agreement to protect you throughout the home buying process. If you're searching for a home or property in Alberta, at some point YOU WILL BE ASKED to sign a Buyer's Representation Agreement (or, sign an acknowledgement that you're foregoing any representation). We regularly receive questions about why this i...Read More

By: Tom Bushey

Are You Getting Effective Real Estate Marketing?

Tags: Selling a Home in Calgary

If you have your home for sale, are you getting effective marketing as part of your agent's offering? Here's an example of what you can ask your agent to include in the marketing of your home! With this marketing option, we can actively advertise YOUR HOME on many of these popular websites: For recent property listings where we've been on the market for just 30 days, we regularly...Read More

By: Tom Bushey

3D Virtual Tour:
#408 - 80 Point McKay Crescent NW

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By: Tom Bushey

Do You Have a 9 PM Routine?

Tags: Public Awareness

Public Service Announcement: Have you completed a 9 PM Routine lately? Source: YouTube. Used under standard YouTube licence terms. ...Read More

By: Tom Bushey

What is a Clause Sale?

Tags: Buying a Home in Calgary

I was asked recently, just what is a "Clause Sale"? Wow, that is a term I haven't heard in quite some time, but it makes sense that we, as Realtors, would start seeing it again with the Calgary real estate market being as slow as it is. (i.e. Both the new and resale markets). So, what is a "clause sale"? Let's start off with the fact that both terms and conditions in...Read More

By: Tom Bushey

Condo Document Review Companies in Calgary

Tags: Buying a Home in Calgary, Condominiums, Home Inspections

A Condominium Document Review is one of the many standard conditions that can be entered on an offer to purchase for Alberta real estate. This condition is inserted to protect the buyer's interests when buying property with condominium ownership. In many cases reviewing the condominium documents is far more important than even doing a home inspection with a licensed property inspector. There a...Read More