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Mortgage expert Bob Reader joins me once again to discuss interest rates. Today I’m joined once again by Bob Reader, a veteran of the mortgage industry, to talk about the present and future of interest rates in our real estate market.There are plenty of misconceptions out there regarding this topic that we’ll clarify. Current rates are so low that …
 
This week, Turner Prize winning artist and musician Martin Creed joins Jools and Jim for a run out in his trusty Fiat Panda. Martin invites Jools and Jim to revel in the endless possibility of travel and provides a philosophical reading of the importance of learning to drive. Jim gets the measure of late-learner Martin, while Jools offers up a pott…
 
In the driver’s seat this week is actress, producer and singer-songwriter Rita Wilson, talking vintage cars, autograph collections and an extravagant dinner with an unexpected host. As the conversation takes them all around the world, the three lament the decline of proper map-reading and Jim provides a novel method of sprucing up your car. Jools q…
 
Former racing driver and Formula One world champion Damon Hill puts the pedal to the metal and joins Jools and Jim in this week’s episode. Damon looks back on the lure of American motorcyclist, and a childhood spent surrounded by racing drivers; plus an amused Jim and Jools learn racing drivers don’t drive flashy cars. After discussing speed, speed…
 
Singer-songwriter – and podcast royalty – Jessie Ware takes the driver’s seat in this week’s episode: talking nudist beaches, UHT milk and driving playlist democracy. A frequent guest and even one-time co-host of Later… with Jools Holland, self-confessed “boyracer” Jessie also hosts hit podcast Table Manners with her mum, Lennie. After dosing up on…
 
Jools and Jim log on to Zoom for a remote catch-up with Griff Rhys Jones, who transports them off the road and onto the water. More accustomed to sailing the seas than classic cars, the comedian and broadcaster recalls childhood holidays spent on his father’s hand-built boat, as well as problems with pronunciation while filming Three Men in a Boat …
 
This week Jools and Jim take a spin with veteran musician, composer and producer Nitin Sawnhey, taking comfort in living “the brochure-style life”. Jools quizzes Nitin on his early career writing and performing comedy, and they discuss arachnophobia, meeting world leaders and riding an elephant. The Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement award recipient…
 
Here are 10 mistakes not to make that will trip up your home-buying plans.The market’s starting to heat up already here in 2021, and we’re seeing more action in the Calgary region than we’ve seen since 2014. Unfortunately, people are getting a little overeager and making some silly mistakes. Here are 10 you should avoid at all costs:1. Don’t take a…
 
In this episode, Jools and Jim are joined by actress and comedian Sally Phillips as the three take to the skies to revel in the glamorous golden age of executive air travel. Co-creator and writer of seminal sketch comedy show Smack the Pony, Sally shares stories of a childhood spent driving through the desert listening to The Goon Show; and Jim and…
 
Home sellers “mark” their territory without even knowing it. I’ll explain how.What does prepping your home for the market have to do with a dog marking its territory? I’ll get to that in a little bit, but first I want to touch on home improvements. The majority of people who don’t contact me early enough for a consultation make some poor assumption…
 
This week Jools and Jim take a ride with lyricist, musician and Squeeze frontman Chris Difford. The Grammy-nominated and twice Ivor Novello winning songwriter recalls Jim calling bingo for Squeeze at the Royal Albert Hall, and Jools thinks back to a rather novel ashtray in Chris’ teenage bedroom. Friends for close to half a century, Chris and Jools…
 
Little Voice legend Jane Horrocks locks her bike up outside and joins Jools and Jim for a chat. The Olivier, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated actress and singer reminisces over singing on the hills of Lancashire and flying on Concorde, and she tells Jim and Jools about her “slow but angry” approach to the road. Jim recounts hitchhiking to the Isle …
 
In this week’s episode, Jools and Jim are joined by comedian and second half of Vic and Bob, Bob Mortimer. The three take a look back on the rules of their short-lived “Gentleman’s Motorcycle Club”, plus Jim and Bob recall having a gun pulled on them on a doomed motorcycling trip in California. We learn about Bob's early life as a dustbin man, and …
 
Should you sell your home now or wait? Let me give you some insight.In the past, I probably would have advised you to wait until the snow is gone to sell your home when things are a bit greener and your home will look its best in photos. However, there are a few things working in your favor if you decide to sell right now.For one, interest rates ha…
 
Here’s what you need to know about Calgary real estate as we begin 2021.We had a pretty slow start in real estate last year, but we finished 2020 strong with December sales the highest they have been since 2007.There were a lot of economic challenges including oil prices and unemployment rates. Then COVID and the lockdowns hit, slowing things down …
 
Put on your seatbelt, check your mirrors and join Jools Holland and Jim Moir for their new podcast – Joyride! Be it by car, train, plane or boat, each week they take a trip with a special showbiz guest: sharing stories, revelations and memories on this tribute to transport. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
I have five tips for those looking to sell this holiday season.It’s the holiday season once again, and that means I’m hearing a familiar question from both buyers and sellers: Do properties move during this time of year? The answer is yes, plenty of properties sell over the holiday stretch. In fact, it can be a particularly great time to buy or sel…
 
Here’s the story of how my clients were able to sell quickly in a slow-moving segment.I’m joined today by Darren and Melissa, wonderful clients of mine whose home I recently had the honor of selling. They’ve graciously agreed to share some details of it so that you can benefit from their experience and have a successful sale of your own.Darren and …
 
When selling, staging and curb appeal should elicit emotions from buyers.What does Dr. Sheldon Cooper from “The Big Bang Theory” have to do with curb appeal and staging?People purchase homes based on emotion, then rationalize with logic afterward. Therefore, you should make the walk-through a positive emotional experience for buyers. You want buyer…
 
Halloween will be here before you know it, so today I’ll share some quick tips that will help you and your family have a fun, safe holiday. Skeletons, spiderwebs, and Jack-o’-lanterns galore are popping up all over our neighborhoods, and that can only mean one thing: Halloween is just around the corner. If your preparations so far have involved sto…
 
Here’s why we utilize 3D tours for our home sales.Today I’m sharing three huge perks of 3D virtual tours and how they can help you solve the challenges of selling in any market.1. It’s like doing an open house 24 hours a day, seven days a week without even having to leave the house. It lets buyers take a look at your home at their own pace. For exa…
 
Is real estate really like how you see it on reality TV shows?Many consumers and would-be real estate agents have been disappointed, stressed out, and even financially harmed by having real estate reality shows as the basis for their education and belief systems. A lot of people know that what’s on TV isn’t a reflection of reality and use their com…
 
If you’re struggling with mortgage payments, we have information for you.Bob Reader of Canadian Mortgage Professionals joins me today as my special guest. Believe it or not, he just completed his 10,000th mortgage, so he’s definitely a mortgage expert. I brought him on because last time, we talked about how crazy sales in our area are—but it’s not …
 
Find out what the media still isn’t saying about the Calgary region's real estate sales.Today I’m sharing the latest real estate market statistics for Calgary and nearby areas. We anticipated that sales would be relatively strong in July and August, primarily because of the pent-up demand brought on by the pandemic. Boy, were we right!The sales lev…
 
Here’s how to tackle a home sale prudently from start to finish.How do we move sellers from ‘Just Listed’ to ‘Sold’ so quickly?What you want to avoid is a price reduction, or adding a stigma to your property by having it expire on the market. We’ve taken over a number of properties that have expired two or three times and we’ve managed to sell them…
 
Here’s what you should know about Calgary real estate.After three months of COVID-19 weighing heavily on the housing market, sales activity has continued to trend up from the previous months. Monthly sales are nearly 2% lower than the activity recorded last year. However, this represents a significant improvement compared to the past several months…
 
Learn how our Virtual Insiders Program can keep you safe amid COVID-19.If you can’t wait to make a move, we understand and are here to help. We’re changing the way people in the Calgary area buy houses. Our Virtual Insiders Program can keep you safe during this health crisis while also allowing you to see homes like never before. Buying a home shou…
 
As we continue to navigate the real estate market during a pandemic, it’s clear that business is still being done. Here’s how we’re helping buyers and sellers remain safe.A lot of people have been asking me the same two questions: “Are properties selling in Calgary?” and “How can I sell right now and reduce my risks?” To answer the first question, …
 
If there is anything our team can do to serve or support you, please reach out to us.Licensed real estate agents have been deemed an essential service and brokerages are encouraged to remain open.Homes are still selling and our closings are still going smoothly. We have had four in about the last week and there were no hitches or delays or issues w…
 
The 2020 Dream Vacation Sweepstakes from Maxwell has begun. Could you be the second consecutive winner from our office?There has been a lot of bad news intruding on our daily lives lately. Today you have a chance to do something completely different, as I have some great news to share.What would you do with $5,000? I want to invite you to enter the…
 
How should you respond to receiving a lowball offer? Here are a few tricks and tips for navigating this sometimes awkward situation. Whenever you receive an offer, respond promptly and keep the momentum going. When receiving an offer, sellers have the option to accept it, reject it, or counter it, and there is a time to do each of these things. Mos…
 
Today Barry Malesh from A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections joins me to provide you with some tips on how to prepare your home for the winter.Calgarians are getting ready for winter—they’re preparing their cars and their garages are swamped with snow tires. But what about their houses? Barry Malesh from A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections is here to gi…
 
Our team has access to a secret set of listings that you won’t find on the MLS. Today I am going to share with you, not one but three of our top coming soon listings before they are out on the MLS and available for purchase to anyone else.Have you been, or do you know someone who is, frustrated because you keep just missing out on the best deals? Y…
 
To have a successful home purchase, there are certain buyer fears you need to overcome. As a buyer, if you can acknowledge your fears about the home buying process, you can overcome them and move forward with your purchase with clarity, courage, and commitment.What kind of fears do buyers usually have? Here are four of the most common:1. Fear of lo…
 
There are three signs you need to watch out for to know whether your home is overpriced. If you’re putting your home on the market, it’s important that you price it correctly from the start. Overpricing it can cost you tens of thousands of dollars—not just in terms of carrying costs, but because you’ll end up chasing the market downward.A lot of pe…
 
Having great photos of your home is a great way to start the home sale process. Here’s why. In today’s competitive market, you need to do everything right in order to sell. One of those things is capturing the right photographs of your home. We look at bad real estate pictures every week, and that’s not where you want to be. We’re joined by a real …
 
Two of the four keys to marketing your home are product and promotion, and here’s how you can focus on each. As we know, product and promotion are two of the four keys to marketing your home (the others being pricing and distribution), but how can you make sure you focus on these two keys so that your home sells quickly and for top dollar?If you fo…
 
The spring market has arrived, so here are a few key tips that will have your home ready to sell quickly and for top dollar once you list it. How can you prepare your home for the spring market? There are a few simple tips to remember.First, keep in mind that nothing is more important than curb appeal. In the video above, I’m at the home of one of …
 
Today I’ll be doing a SWOT analysis of the Calgary real estate market—that is, identifying its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, as well as what they’ll mean to you. The Calgary Real Estate Board released their 2019 forecast a few weeks ago, and in the past, I haven’t been in full alignment with the numbers they’ve put out. Last ye…
 
Here’s what to avoid during your home renovation. When renovating your home, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Joining me today is Ian Galvin of Velao Projects, a home restoration and remodeling company. Ian has over 30 years of residential construction experience, and we’ll be discussing three of the biggest mistakes you can make during…
 
The new year is almost here and we’re excited about what we have planned in 2019. Here’s what you need to know. I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all the best for 2019, as well as share a unique idea that might make this your best year yet.2018 was a challenging year for many people. How was it for you? I’d love to hear. Hopefully, you’ve …
 
Fellow Realtor Sarah Johnston joins me today to talk about how politics are affecting our Calgary market. Today I have the pleasure of sitting down with fellow MaxWell Realtor Sarah Johnston to talk a little bit about how politics and policy are affecting the Calgary real estate market.Sarah recently attended the NAR Annual in Boston, Massachusetts…
 
If you put adequate care into understanding and addressing your clients’ needs, market conditions won’t matter nearly as much as you might think. I recently took a trip down to Phoenix, Arizona, so today’s message comes to you straight from the States. With everything going on in our Calgary real estate market, though, some might think I’m out of m…
 
Are there men in your life you trust and can turn to for support and wisdom when you need it most? Have you heard of MDI? Eric Mortimer is the Calgary Division Coordinator of Mentor Discover Inspire, an international men’s organization consisting of hundreds of men’s teams throughout North America and is open to any adult man who seeks to live a pu…
 
I am at Sherwin Williams to talk with assistant manager Alex about how to choose the right paint for your home and have it look its best. You have sent us a lot of questions lately, so today I’ll the answer one of the most commonly asked: “What should I do to prepare my home for sale?”One of the answers is often to paint, which is why I have Alex, …
 
Today I am explaining the differences between the three types of values that your home is assigned. What is the difference between assessed value, appraised value, and market value?First, let’s talk about assessed value. The City of Calgary assesses homes using an algorithm. When a property sells, they use this to help calculate what the nearby pro…
 
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