What does it mean when a Realtor talks about doing a CMA for you?

A CMA or Comparative Market Analysis is the how the listing pricing of your home can be determined.  To correctly determine the current market value of a home takes lots of practice and a great deal of experience.  There quite a few pieces to the puzzle that make up a good CMA!


An experienced and knowledgable Realtor should take many things into consideration when completing their CMA on a property.  If a Realtor can have complete confidence when completing a CMA for a seller on what the value of their home is after walking through your home for just 10 minutes, you may want to reconsider using that Realtor for the position of selling your home!  A great Realtor will analyze and mark down all of the data collected in the walkthrough of your home very thoroughly.  In doing this the Realtor will be able to give you a more accurate price so that your home sells within a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars of Realtors suggested list price!  The days on the market will also decrease thus allowing you to sell your house faster.  Remember a listing that sits on the market longer is harder to sell, and can wind up selling for less than market value.


Statistics have shown that...

  • Fair market value pricing will enable you to reach 95% of the buyers searching in your homes criteria. 
  • Just 15% above fair market value will decrease your buyer pool to 20% 


With this in mind, it shows just how important it is to have your house priced right.  


An Experiences Realtor should take into consideration the following when completing a CMA for your home.


  • Active Listings
  • Pending Listings
  • Sold Listings
  • Expired, cancelled, withdrawn, and off market listings

What to look for in a CMA Report

  • Similar square footage
  • Similar age and construction type
  • Similar amenities and upgrades
  • Similar location

A comparative market analysis will make the process of pricing your home easier. Once your home is competitively priced, the odds of selling in a timely manner increase exponentially.


I have sold a property at 9 12 WOODSIDE RISE NW in AIRDRIE.
Bungalow style townhouse (+19) complex with a single attached garage located in the community of Woodside! This complex is fully fenced, nicely landscaped & maintained. Enjoy the clubhouse for social or private family gatherings for a minimal fee. The main floor features an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, two skylights, plant ledges, plenty of cabinetry, and a nice sized eating area. Great plan with a main floor den - or 2nd bedroom, excellent master with a new window and a BRAND NEW BATHROOM - so nice. The home is very upgraded with newer appliances including the washer and dryer. You will love the rear deck - complete with an electric awning!!! Easy to view - easy possession!!!!

I have sold a property at 12 SHAWBROOKE CRT SW in CALGARY.
This is it - The BEST OF THE BEST - best location - best price!! Excellent home - great floor plan- wonderful kitchen with patio doors of the dining room- leading to a large rear deck - and backs to a green space - very private...Dramatic Great Room - with a gas fireplace - very cozy!!The upper floor has three great bedrooms and the master has a large walk- in closet - and a cheater door to the 4 piece bath -so nice. This unit has TWO parking stalls- WOW. For once in you life get much more than you bargained for - be the first to view this outstanding home!!

What are young buyers looking for when buying a new home?

Generation Y (or the under 35 Crowd) are the second largest group of home buyers in the market right now and they have a very particular criteria when looking for a home.  Below are some of the most important thnings that Generation Y are looking for when buying a home.

A Modern Kitchen and Bathroom

Generation Y buyers often do not have a lot of disposable income at the ready to pay for renovations, at the same time they also tend to want a more modern look to their homes and the bathrooms and especially the kitchen are selling features of a home so it’s important that they have functional and inviting bathroom and kitchen spaces from the very start.  If you have a modern kitchen and bathroom and the work is already done for them, then your house will sell faster than a home they have to put extra money into.  

An open floor plan

Entertaining in an open and inviting spaec is more important to Generation Y than having a formal Dining room, in fact Generation Y prefer open spaces with no separation between kitchen, living room, and dining room.  An open concept makes it easier to entertain everyone at once.  It can also make homes with smaller square footage appear larger.  If you have a seperation between rooms it would benifit you to open that space up.  Just by removing one wall can make your home seem larger, open and more inviting.  

An officeA home office in a lot of cases are very desirable as more employers are offering work-from-home options, and there are also plenty of freelancers and telecommuters among Generation Y.  An office in the home for work could be essentialand necessary for Generation Y buyers.  Even if you don't have an office in your home staging a bedroom as an office is a great solution.

Friendly location
Schools and a friendly neighborhood are key when Generation Y look for a home.  Green spaces, walking trails and bike paths are just some of the important factors when Generation Y looks for a home. With gas prices on the rise, some Generation Y prefer walking, biking, or using public transit for their commutes.  What is the walk score in your neighborhhod?  If you dont know you can check it out here! 

Energy savings - Eco Friendly
Generation Y are often more cognizent of energy efficiant and eco-friendly homes. This includes energy-efficient appliances and windows, and good quality insulation.  These can make a huge difference when it is time to sell.  An easy way to make your home energy efficiant would be buying new energy efficiant appliances which can help your home sell faster and for more money. 








Some of these changes can be easily completed some a bit more complex.  Decide how much money you want to spend when getting your house ready to sell, but remember if you put money into the right renovations you can recover your expenses and still sell for more than what you could have previously.


If you need advice on what to you need to do to sell your home for top dollar contact Lawrence today!  


Is it time for you to Invest in Calgary Real Estate? 

The Calgary Condo Market is booming according to this latest news article in the Calgary Herald.  This is not shocking considering the way the housing and condo market is performing right now.  Considering the migration of population into Alberta and Calgary in particular this was somewhat predictable. It's a great time to invest in the condo rental market, especially with migration of people into the province and the city.  If you are already an investor or you are thinking of buying investment property, now seems like as good a time as any to get started!


CALGARY - It is reminiscent of the condo boom of a few years ago but today’s real estate construction frenzy has one major difference.


Nearly half of all proposed or under construction developments in the downtown area are for rental use.

Figures supplied to the Herald from the Altus Group Limited indicate there are 2,184 proposed condo units, 2,038 in the pre-construction stage and 1,762 under construction for a total of 5,984 in the combined area of Eau Claire, West End, East Village, Downtown and the Beltline.


Proposed developments include those publicly announced but not having submitted an application for development approval. Pre-construction consists of projects with development approval submissions. And under construction refers to projects with a building permit in place and site excavation started. For rental units, there are 2,116 in the proposed stage, 2,638 in the pre-construction stage, and 828 under construction for a total of 5,582 units.


The Altus report also said there are 575 units under pre-construction and 306 under construction that have yet to be determined as to their use.


Ian Meredith, consultant with residential advisory services with the Altus Group, said that with a total of 12,447 units, and assuming an average of two people per unit, it would be equivalent of the population of Okotoks in an area basically between the Bow River and 17th Avenue.


“It’s a significant number no doubt,” said Meredith. “Basically what it’s telling us is that Calgary is a strong growth market nationally and an excellent place to invest and there’s a mix of condominium developers looking to capitalize on the current market and rental developers looking to capitalize on the long-term growth position of the market.


“The rental segment has been a growing segment . . . (Construction) is comparative to the peak of the last development cycle around late 2006, 2007. The difference though is that this time around we’re seeing half of those 12,500 units made up of rentals. We saw no rentals during the last cycle.”


He said a large portion of the net migration numbers to Calgary are made up of professionals, earning high incomes, moving to the inner-city. Another factor is that the decision to purchase a home is being delayed along with family formation. And people born after 1981 appear to be less accepting of a suburban lifestyle than the generations that preceeded them.


Lai Sing Louie, regional economist for the Prairies and Territories region with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., said net migration to the Calgary census metropolitan area in 2013 was a record 45,168.

“Net migration is a key driver of housing demand. Rental market conditions usually tighten when migration is on the rise,” he said. “Due to the large influx of people over the past two years, Calgary has been experiencing low vacancy rates and rising rents.


“Most people have a plan or very good idea of where they will live when they get to Calgary. A key segment of the housing market is the rental market. Most people rent before purchasing a home. Over time, migrants tend to have a similar homeownership profile as those born here. When Calgary experiences high levels of migration, this tends to impact the rental market immediately and supports housing demand in the resale and new home market. When looking to buy, condominium apartments tend to have a price advantage over single-detached homes. For some, it is also about location and lifestyle. Combined, these factors make condominium ownership an attractive choice.”


According to the CMHC, net migration in the Calgary region was 31,996 in 2012. Previous to the past two years, the biggest net migration figure was in 2006 at 25,120 people.


© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald



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