Real Estate

8 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Winter 

We all knew it was coming - After this weekend, we can probably say that winter is here.  With Calgary quickly becoming a Winter Wonderland, it is time to prepare your home! Here are 8 tips we have put together for you. 1) Furnace Inspection Have your furnace serviced and ducts cleaned (every 2 years) Stock up on furnace filters and change them monthly. It is good practice to write the date...

Protecting Your Home While On Vacation

Vacations are meant to be relaxing... Have you ever got to the airport and suddenly thought "did I lock the back door?" Yep, me too! Labour Day Weekend is the perfect time to pack up and head out on a final family adventure before school, snow and seasonal depression hits in. But what about your new home?  It should be fine while you are gone.   But what if it is not? Leaving home with...

How soon should I pay off my mortgage in Canada?

Many people dream of buying their own house, but once they do, that dream may change to a dream of being debt-free... We all know homes are expensive, and unfortunately, that means most people will need to incur debt to make their purchase. It seems like a fair trade-off – a home for some debt – but having such a large financial obligation hanging over you can be stressful.As a result, most people...

Karen’s Korner – The Final Edition

This will be my last Karen's Korner blog post. The growth I have experienced over the past 7 years - has prepared me for the next step in my real estate career.  It is with deep sorrow - that I use this forum to inform all - that I am leaving my FAMILY at The John Hripko Real Estate Team.  I will embark on this real estate journey alone.  I am ready to pursue the...

Nothing Says “I Love You” More Than A New House Plant!

Valentine's Day is here!.. ...And if you are anything like me, you didn't realize the date until you heard it on the radio on on your Monday morning commute to work! Now you are scrambling to think of a good gift for your partner!(DO NOT PANIC AND GET GAS STATION FLOWERS... YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF BACK IN THE DATING POOL!!)Flowers and Chocolates are always nice, but flowers die and...

This Years Design Trends – Are They Here To Stay?

Author: Karen Keveryga This Years Design Trends - Are They Here To Stay? As you all know - the content of this blog - typically takes shape based on my personal experiences at the time.  I showed a home last night, and my buyer declared strongly - that she HATES barn doors! I laughed of course - personal preference.  However - I do think this is a trend that will go away. See below a list of other...

Investing In Ourselves – To Better Your Experience!

Karen Keveryga - Realtor RLP Benchmark Karen's Korner - November Edition In April 2016, a representative from Richards Robbins (Chris Cummins) presented at our brokerage, Royal LePage Benchmark. His role was to introduce the concepts and benefits of attending an event put on by this organization. I was new to real estate. Started in 2015 during a recession. Was...

The Struggles Of A First Time Buyer

Author: Karen Keveryga The Struggles Of A First Time Buyer Did you know that in the past year - FIRST time home buyers made up 31% of ALL home buyers???? The same as the year prior! 82% of these first time home buyers - are 22 to 30 years.  48% of buyers are 31 to 40 years. Behind these groups, 22% of buyers 40 to 54 years are also getting into the market for the FIRST time. The most common reasons for...

Karen’s Korner – Create Some Kindness!

Karen's Korner often takes shape - with what is happening in my real estate day to day life.  This month - I am going to focus on Kindness. This is a short summary of what I have experienced... JUST over the last week..... Multiple offers on a home within hours of listing.  4 came in with personal letters attached (all would make you cry!)  All realtors were respectful -...

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