Purchase plus improvements introductionpurchase plus improvements mortgage

Purchasing a previously owned home, that hasn’t been recently renovated, can mean that the new owners want to put some work into freshening things up.  Home renovations have been very popular this year as Canadians moved to larger homes and set themselves up for move favourable work from home situations.


Many of our client’s who utilize our partners at Spire Mortgage's use what’s called a, “purchase plus improvements” mortgage to help make sure that they were borrowing the cost of the renovations at the very best rate.  Purchase plus improvements mortgages can be a super useful tool for clients but they come with a little bit of fine print as well.  Let’s take a quick look at the pro’s and cons. 

Pros of a…

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Not all home-buying and selling experiences go as smoothly as they do on HGTV. We've definitely heard of some cases where home buyers are left with questions, concerns and regrets. To help you with this exciting time in your life, our social media team polled previous home buyers online to find out the top ten things Albertans wish their REALTORS® had told them, so you can feel better prepared and ready for this next step.

Not everything comes with the house

“One of my friends bought a multi-million-dollar home and when they arrived on possession day, they found out the previous owners took all of the appliances. Apparently, it was missed in the contract!” – Haleigh 

“Confirm whether every single item that's unattached to the home is staying or…

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It’s totally understandable to be excited if you’re moving into a new house. However, take a moment to think about what to do before moving into a new house. For your own safety, security MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSEand  peace of mind, it’s well worth taking care of a few things before you start your move.

Here’s a list of things to do when moving into a new house:

1. Get to know your circuit breaker box and main water valve

When the power goes out or you blow a fuse, you’ll want to know which breakers correspond to what areas in your home. You can test this by having one person stand at the breaker box and the other checking to see if turning circuit breakers on or off changes anything throughout the house. 

You’ll also want to know where your main water valve is if you…

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August 2021 Calgary Real Estate Statistics Recap

The Calgary market continues to trend towards being more balanced after a major kick off at the beginning of the year. CALGARY REAL ESTATE STATISTICS AUGUST 2021

Year over year trends are seeing major increases in areas like sales, new listings, and prices (across the board for all property types) it is important to note that we're coming off a COVID 2020 real estate year which did bring the market to a bit of pause for many buyers and sellers, this pent up demand has translated into a hot market for 2021. 

“Sales have far exceeded expectations throughout most of the pandemic, driven mostly by demand for detached homes. At the same time, supply could not keep pace and conditions shifted to favor the seller, something that has not happened…

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