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Dennis  Lemon - MaxWell Canyon Creek

Carroll Hnybida - MaxWell Progressive

Renee Acorn - MaxWell Canyon Creek

Joshy Madassery - MaxWell Devonshire Realty

Lee Renneberg - MaxWell Capital Realty

Leo Scaracelli - MaxWell Capital Realty

Noah De Roy - MaxWell Capital Realty

Ashley Boles - MaxWell NetWork Realty

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To Renovate or Not? 

It’s difficult to determine whether or not it’ll be worth your time and money to renovate your home or just leave it be and sell it. Both options, depending on the circumstances, have good and bad, pros and cons. With all the options considered, the choice can sometimes be difficult. Below are a few things to consider when making your decision on renovating and/or moving.

First and foremost, what types of changes or upgrades would you like to make? Always make a list of the changes you’d like to see in your home. Be sure to include everything that you would need in order to complete the renovation. It’s important not to concentrate on the cost at this time, but what it is that you truly would like done.

Once you have

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Sean Furlong - MaxWell Canyon Creek

Clarissa Morales - MaxWell Capital Realty

Francis  Fan - MaxWell Polaris

Tammie Savage - MaxWell Progressive

Michael Caputo - MaxWell Progressive 

Shawn Blanchard - MaxWell Devonshire Realty (Lethbridge)

Jen Haukedal - MaxWell Polaris

Jay Love - MaxWell Polaris 

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Sorry to hear that another business is closing down in Calgary. Buon Giorno was one of my favorite restaurants and I'm sure that it was an iconic Italian restaurant in Calgary, loved by many others. It was opened in 1987 and later the restaurant was owned by Gabriele Battistessa for decades. The renowned Italian chef Gabriele Battistessa established the restaurant very well and brought it up to its finest and he retired in June 2016 but sadly only a few months later passed away after battle with cancer. The property was sold to Arlington Street Investments, and they found another person to continue the restaurant for nearly four years until now. Beginning of last year, the City granted the application for change of use for a Cannabis Store for this

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If you’re in the market to put your home on the market, you are probably looking into whether to hire a real estate agent or not. The main differences between these two options go back to what you’ll save. While you might think you can keep a lot of your hard-invested cash by selling your home alone, this is not necessarily the case. In the long run, it’ll be more beneficial to utilize a realtor versus going the FSBO (for sale by owner – pronounced fizz-bo) route. You’re the only one that can ultimately make this decision but be sure to take a moment to read some highlights on potential outcomes.

 

Save Time

Would you rather spend your weekends off relaxing or hosting an open house? This is

just one of the things a licensed real

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If you’re buying a home for the first time, it can be a little difficult trying to figure out where to start. Here’s a handy to-do list to help you out, and be sure to call me if you have any questions!

  1. Save: Save for a down payment, closing costs, and insurance, and taxes. It is always safe to have 20% of the amount of the home you are trying to buy. So, if you are looking at a $300,000 home, try to have $60,000 saved. The minimum down payment is 5%  

  2. Improve Credit Score: Make sure to stay current on your bills, make no major purchases, don’t cancel any credit cards. A higher credit score means a lower interest rate!

  3. Calculate What You Can Afford: Look for a mortgage calculator online, or give me a call and I

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Rahana Sarif - MaxWell Elite

VernonSamaroo - MaxWell Challenge Realty

Brendan Rost - MaxWell Polaris

Mark Cocks - MaxWell Challenge Realty

Deena Caputo - MaxWell Excel Realty

Donia Panesar - MaxWell Polaris

Shi Chang - MaxWell Polaris

Gillian Sutherland - MaxWell Devonshire Realty

Glenda Sutherland - MaxWell Canyon Creek

Brad Lyons - MaxWell Devonshire Realty

Tracy Vipond - MaxWell Progressive Realty

Okezi Okpei-Ohioze - MaxWell Polaris

Tom Lackner - MaxWell Devonshire Realty (Lethbridge)

Jamal Al-Ghabari - MaxWell Central

 

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People use the equity in their homes for many different reasons. Home equity is often used to pay off other debt, fund home renovations and upgrade projects as well as help purchase other necessities. It’s important to know these few facts when obtaining a Home Equity Line of Credit or HELOC to ensure that this is something you can manage.

  1.        HELOCs do not have fixed rates. This means your monthly payments can fluctuate. The interest rate is determined by the prime rate plus the percentage rate that the bank has set.  Let’s say the interest rate at the bank is prime + 1.5%. If the prime rate is 2%, then take 2% and add 1.5%. This gives you a total interest rate of 3.5%.
  2.        You might be paying way more than expected if the interest
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April 4th, 2020

-Rachel Fung

 

As a Realtor®, mother, wife and daughter, I take your family's safety very seriously.  Out of an abundance of caution my brokerage, MaxWell Polaris, has prepared the following list of suggestions and precautions that we/you can take while we shop for your new home given the evolving situation with COVID-19. 

When selecting homes to view in-person, I qualify the homes by:

  • Thoroughly touring the home online including all photos, videos, virtual tours, and floor plans 
  • Mapping the exact location of the home or even conducting a drive-by 
  • Only selecting homes you are truly considering purchasing 

 

I will also provide you with your own tour sheets so that you do not need to take any from the

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