COVID-19: Buyers and Sellers of Real Estate

Thursday, April 2, 2020Norm Rousseauposted in Newsletter

REALTORS® are considered essential service providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This does not mean that real estate continues as normal. For those consumers who move ahead with buying or selling properties, there are specific steps REALTORS® and consumers can take to protect their health and the health of the greater community.

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If for some reason you have found your self in a position that you would like to sell your home this might be the best time to sell your home safely. The big question is do you sell now or wait out the pandemic? No one knows for sure when it will end or what the market might be like in three month, five months or even by year end 2020.

Even if things are still unclear in a few months the fallout in terms of the economic impact on Alberta and Canada and the US if not worldwide is going to be tremendous.

As professional real estate agents, we have adjusted our usual business processes to ensure adherence to the Guidelines and Directives if the Chief Medical Officer of Health. We have expanded the use of technology, virtual tours and video conferencing limiting face-to-face interaction as much as possible.

It is important to us to preserve the health and safety of the public, and our selves, and we will continue to communicate regularly as we work to navigate through this challenging time.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

“Stay safe”

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020Norm Rousseauposted in CREB Market Statistics

COVID-19 weighing on housing market

Calgary Real Estate Board City of Calgary, April 1, 2020 –

After a strong start to 2020, economic conditions have dramatically changed, as COVID-19 is impacting all aspects of society.

The economic impact is starting to be felt across many industries. This includes the housing market.

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March sales activity started the month strong, but quickly changed, as concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 brought about social distancing measures. This had a heavy impact on businesses and employment.

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Friday, March 6, 2020Norm Rousseauposted in General

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ALL ABOUT EAVES

Tuesday, March 3, 2020Norm Rousseauposted in General

They may not be exciting, but they sure are important. They're your gutters, and what better season than spring to pay them some attention?

Gutters divert rainwater off your roof and away from your house, preventing water from settling around its foundation. A poorly functioning gutter system can cause a host of (serious, expensive) problems for homeowners, including roof damage; mold and mildew; foundation damage; flooded basements and flooded landscaping.

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As extreme weather becomes increasingly common, a good gutter system is even more critical ln safeguarding your house, as it's your best line of defense against heavy rain. Make sure your gutters are properly outfitted and installed so they can withstand high winds, too, without causing further damage to your house. inspect your gutters at least twice yearly. Ensure the hangers, straps, or spikes holding them in place aren't broken or loosely fastened and add extras where you see sagging. Clear gutters, downspouts, and strainers of debris and clogs; consider adding guards to open gutters, Check for leaks, particularly at seams, and holes and rust. lf you notice standing water in your gutters, or they drain slowly, adjust their slope. Install downspout extenders and splash blocks to prevent erosion and carry rainwater further away from your foundation.

Spend a little money and time on maintaining your gutters now, and you could save thousands later!

FEBRUARY 2020 C.R.E.B. UPDATE

Monday, March 2, 2020Norm Rousseauposted in CREB Market Statistics

This month saw a double-digit gain in sales, but last February was one of the slowest levels of activity since the late ’90s.

With the extra day this February, monthly sales totaled 1,197 units. A combination of these two factors resulted in a 23 per cent improvement over last year, but sales remain well below longer-term trends and consistent with the lower levels reported over the past five years.

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“However, this should not diminish the fact that conditions are still improving,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

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