Global News, just came out with a great article on Renting vs Buying that is a very good read.  We have a website set up specifically for first time home buyers at RentStinks.ca that is set up to help anyone who is considering purchasing their first home.  They key is to be properly prepared and not pressured into your first purchased. I have a number of tools that can guide new buyers, so please don't hesitate to get in touch, as I am more than happy to help.

Read full post

With rents skyrocketing in Calgary, is it maybe time to consider that you could purchase your own home and make the same payments as you do to your landlord?  Visit RentStinks.com to see if it might be worth considering getting into the housing market rather than paying someone elses mortgage. 

 

Following is an excerpt from Global News. For the full article, click here.

 

TORONTO – Are you a renter? If so, you may want to avoid Vancouver and think about moving to Sherbrooke.

 

According to new data collected in April by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the highest average monthly rents for two-bedroom, primary purpose-built apartments were in Vancouver ($1,274), Calgary ($1,267) and Toronto ($1,241).

 

On the other end of the spectrum were Quebec cities Saguenay ($562), Trois-Rivières ($571) and Sherbrooke ($594).

 

The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment across Canada was $930 according to the data, which is based on a survey of Canada’s 35 major centres.

 

The average vacancy rate stayed at 2.7 per cent, the same as April 2013. Edmonton and Calgary (1.4 per cent each) and Kelowna (1.5 per cent) had the lowest vacancy rate, while Moncton (10.7 per cent), Saint John (10.0 per cent) and Charlottetown (8.7 per cent) had the highest.

 

“The stability of the national vacancy rate is due to supply and demand factors,” Bruno Duhamel, Manager of Economic and Housing Analysis, said a statement released by the CMHC.

 

The CMHC conducts its Rental Market Survey in April and October in all centres across Canada with a population of 10,000 or greater. Data collected is released in June and December.

The spring survey covers apartment and row structures containing at least three rental units. Unlike the fall survey, it does not include information on smaller geographic zones within centres or secondary rental markets (rented condominium apartments, single detached, semi-detached, duplexes or accessory apartments).

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Secondary Suites Grant Program:

Getting Started

What is the Grant Program?

The Secondary Suite Grant Program offers a grant of up to $25,000 to cover up to 70 % of the costs of developing or upgrading a legal secondary suite. It was launched in April 2009 and will run until December 2012.

How can I apply?

·         Check out your eligibility by answering the questions below.

·         Grant Program Brochure: download & read.

·         Grant Application Form: download, complete, sign and return.

·         Grant Agreement: download, complete, sign and return.

·         Questions? Call Jacquie Mercier Mc-Murrer on 403-268-5406.

If you answer YES to these questions then you are eligible to apply for the Grant Program…

·         Is your property within a land-use district that allows a secondary suite?
Visit calgary.ca/myproperty to find out what your land-use district is.
Visit calgary.ca/secondarysuites to find out if your land-use district allows secondary suites.

·         Is your property a single detached home?
(i.e. You don't share any walls with a neighbour)

·         Are you the registered property owner?

·         Do you live in the primary home?

·         Are you prepared to rent out your suite at no more than the maximum rent for 5 years?

·         Are you prepared to accept all the terms of the Grant Agreement?

What do I have to agree to?

·         You must contribute a minimum of 30% of the costs of developing or upgrading your suite.

·         The rent you charge must be no more than the average market rent for a similar property in Calgary. This is currently $855 (including utilities). This information is updated each year in the Calgary Mortgage and Housing Corporation rental review - www.cmhc.ca.

·         You must enter into the Grant Agreement and your suite must be available for rent for 5 years.

·         You must live in the home throughout the Grant Agreement term.

·         You must provide information annually to show that your suite was available for rent at no more than an average market rent.

What is a secondary suite?

A secondary suite (also known as a basement suite, mother-in-law suite or granny suite) is a self-contained living space located on the same property as a detached house. It has a separate entrance, cooking, sleeping and bathing facilities. For more information, go to calgary.ca/secondarysuites.

Is a secondary suite a good idea for me?

Developing or upgrading a secondary suite may take some time to complete and require a significant financial investment by you. You should gather as much information as possible before making your decision about whether to move ahead. Download more information from the right hand side of this page that can help you.
 
A secondary suite works well for some tenants while providing welcome additional income for landlords. Tenants often enjoy living in a residential neighbourhood with a backyard, access to laundry, close to schools and parks and they may get along well with you as their landlord. However, it does not work well for everyone.
 

You can often avoid conflicts about noise, utility costs, privacy, sharing the backyard, laundry, etc. by ensuring you have an agreement in writing, which you've discussed in advance and that both you and your tenant have signed. As a landlord you have rights and responsibilities, which you need to be aware of before you make the decision to rent out your suite. You can get more information from servicealberta.ca, landlordandtenant.org, and calapt.org.

Why is The City offering a Grant Program?

The City of Calgary is offering a Secondary Suites Grant Program as part of the Enterprise Housing Program. The Enterprise Housing Program is designed to incent the private and non-profit sectors to produce housing that is affordable.

 

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I currently have pre-approved clients that are looking to purchase rental properties immediately. 
 
We are looking for properties with basement suites or a property that could easily be converted to include a downstairs suite.
 
Location anywhere in Calgary. Willing to spend up to $400,000.00.
 
Please contact me at natasha@househuntingadventures.com if you have any properties you feel may fit my clients needs.
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Global News, just came out with a great article on Renting vs Buying that is a very good read.  We have a website set up specifically for first time home buyers at RentStinks.ca that is set up to help anyone who is considering purchasing their first home.  They key is to be properly prepared and not pressured into your first purchased. I have a number of tools that can guide new buyers, so please don't hesitate to get in touch, as I am more than happy to help.

Read full post

With rents skyrocketing in Calgary, is it maybe time to consider that you could purchase your own home and make the same payments as you do to your landlord?  Visit RentStinks.com to see if it might be worth considering getting into the housing market rather than paying someone elses mortgage. 

 

Following is an excerpt from Global News. For the full article, click here.

 

TORONTO – Are you a renter? If so, you may want to avoid Vancouver and think about moving to Sherbrooke.

 

According to new data collected in April by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the highest average monthly rents for two-bedroom, primary purpose-built apartments were in Vancouver ($1,274), Calgary ($1,267) and Toronto ($1,241).

 

On the other end of the spectrum were Quebec cities Saguenay ($562), Trois-Rivières ($571) and Sherbrooke ($594).

 

The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment across Canada was $930 according to the data, which is based on a survey of Canada’s 35 major centres.

 

The average vacancy rate stayed at 2.7 per cent, the same as April 2013. Edmonton and Calgary (1.4 per cent each) and Kelowna (1.5 per cent) had the lowest vacancy rate, while Moncton (10.7 per cent), Saint John (10.0 per cent) and Charlottetown (8.7 per cent) had the highest.

 

“The stability of the national vacancy rate is due to supply and demand factors,” Bruno Duhamel, Manager of Economic and Housing Analysis, said a statement released by the CMHC.

 

The CMHC conducts its Rental Market Survey in April and October in all centres across Canada with a population of 10,000 or greater. Data collected is released in June and December.

The spring survey covers apartment and row structures containing at least three rental units. Unlike the fall survey, it does not include information on smaller geographic zones within centres or secondary rental markets (rented condominium apartments, single detached, semi-detached, duplexes or accessory apartments).

Read full post

 

Secondary Suites Grant Program:

Getting Started

What is the Grant Program?

The Secondary Suite Grant Program offers a grant of up to $25,000 to cover up to 70 % of the costs of developing or upgrading a legal secondary suite. It was launched in April 2009 and will run until December 2012.

How can I apply?

·         Check out your eligibility by answering the questions below.

·         Grant Program Brochure: download & read.

·         Grant Application Form: download, complete, sign and return.

·         Grant Agreement: download, complete, sign and return.

·         Questions? Call Jacquie Mercier Mc-Murrer on 403-268-5406.

If you answer YES to these questions then you are eligible to apply for the Grant Program…

·         Is your property within a land-use district that allows a secondary suite?
Visit calgary.ca/myproperty to find out what your land-use district is.
Visit calgary.ca/secondarysuites to find out if your land-use district allows secondary suites.

·         Is your property a single detached home?
(i.e. You don't share any walls with a neighbour)

·         Are you the registered property owner?

·         Do you live in the primary home?

·         Are you prepared to rent out your suite at no more than the maximum rent for 5 years?

·         Are you prepared to accept all the terms of the Grant Agreement?

What do I have to agree to?

·         You must contribute a minimum of 30% of the costs of developing or upgrading your suite.

·         The rent you charge must be no more than the average market rent for a similar property in Calgary. This is currently $855 (including utilities). This information is updated each year in the Calgary Mortgage and Housing Corporation rental review - www.cmhc.ca.

·         You must enter into the Grant Agreement and your suite must be available for rent for 5 years.

·         You must live in the home throughout the Grant Agreement term.

·         You must provide information annually to show that your suite was available for rent at no more than an average market rent.

What is a secondary suite?

A secondary suite (also known as a basement suite, mother-in-law suite or granny suite) is a self-contained living space located on the same property as a detached house. It has a separate entrance, cooking, sleeping and bathing facilities. For more information, go to calgary.ca/secondarysuites.

Is a secondary suite a good idea for me?

Developing or upgrading a secondary suite may take some time to complete and require a significant financial investment by you. You should gather as much information as possible before making your decision about whether to move ahead. Download more information from the right hand side of this page that can help you.
 
A secondary suite works well for some tenants while providing welcome additional income for landlords. Tenants often enjoy living in a residential neighbourhood with a backyard, access to laundry, close to schools and parks and they may get along well with you as their landlord. However, it does not work well for everyone.
 

You can often avoid conflicts about noise, utility costs, privacy, sharing the backyard, laundry, etc. by ensuring you have an agreement in writing, which you've discussed in advance and that both you and your tenant have signed. As a landlord you have rights and responsibilities, which you need to be aware of before you make the decision to rent out your suite. You can get more information from servicealberta.ca, landlordandtenant.org, and calapt.org.

Why is The City offering a Grant Program?

The City of Calgary is offering a Secondary Suites Grant Program as part of the Enterprise Housing Program. The Enterprise Housing Program is designed to incent the private and non-profit sectors to produce housing that is affordable.

 

Read full post

I currently have pre-approved clients that are looking to purchase rental properties immediately. 
 
We are looking for properties with basement suites or a property that could easily be converted to include a downstairs suite.
 
Location anywhere in Calgary. Willing to spend up to $400,000.00.
 
Please contact me at natasha@househuntingadventures.com if you have any properties you feel may fit my clients needs.
Read full post
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