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Whats New? For March….

A message from Lisa… Please remember when you head to bed Saturday night on March 10, to turn your clocks ahead one hour.  Also we remind you to check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. We have 88 Google reviews and counting….  If you feel we have done a great job, please provide us with a review.  If we need improvement, please reach out to …

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A New Year for some new changes…

A Message From Lisa… Change is inevitable and growth is optional…   Citysearch is taking the latter approach. Firstly, a personnel update… please be advised that Gemmah Barrett who has been with Citysearch for about ten years will be on maternity leave effective April 2018.  We are excited for her future addition to her family.  Citysearch anticipates Gemmah ‘back in action’ in early 2019.   Gemmah …

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“Rent Control: Why It Doesn’t Work”

The following information was contained in an email completed by Deloitte LP and posted on the CRRA website. It was sent to MLA’s and Ministers by Landlords in response to the Private Members Bill. Almost 1,000 emails were sent by Alberta residential landlords.  “Bill 202 will create a committee to explore rent regulation, security deposits, and other matters of importance to landlords and tenants.  …

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A new year, a new start…

A Message from Lisa… It is the beginning of a brand-new start… I love January for that reason. The most recent release of CMHC’s Fall Calgary Rental Market Report indicates there was an improvement in the rental market during 2017; although marginal, the vacancy rate decreased to 6.3% from 7% from the previous year. There were also several matters relating to the rental marketplace under …

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6 Holiday Tricks to Try Now!

Spread cheer all around the house with six easy stylist tricks 1. Craft Upcycled Gift Tags Some holiday cards are too pretty or nostalgic just to toss. Give them a second life by turning them into graphic gift tags (and keep the written note intact). Use a large circle punch to create the tag, then punch a smaller hole at the top and thread …

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December’s Message from Lisa

On behalf of all my colleagues here at Citysearch, it is our pleasure to wish you Happy Holidays. Enjoy celebrating the holidays with your friends and family and be sure to keep warm. The Farmer’s Almanac for December is calling for below average temperatures and above average precipitation so we may just have a white Christmas after all! We are pleased that the Globe and …

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Monthly Newsletter

A Message from Lisa… It is shocking the number of Citysearch’s tenants that purchase the home they reside at. This phenomena is a trend at Citysearch and it appears potential purchasers wish to test out the property first by entering into a rental agreement. It makes sense in that once the tenant gets comfortable and is enjoying the property and neighborhood, they later want to purchase …

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Tips for Buying Your First Investment Property

“Property investment is an exciting business or side hustle that has a high income potential. You see it on HGTV and read about it in business and financial news, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Especially as a first-time investor, who’s new to rules, regulations, tactics and strategies. However, when you know what you’re doing and what to look for, you can make a successful business …

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“Tenants Have More Choice Than Ever Before In Ca...

Below is an excerpt from the Calgary Sun explaining the current real estate market. It describes that tenants have more choice than ever as the supply of properties is quite high due to unfavorable market conditions for selling. Read below to see why you should call Citysearch today! “Calgary’s housing market is not yet in full recovery mode. That’s the conclusion of Don Campbell, …

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CRRA Notice: Security Deposit Interest Rate for 2018

The notice dated November 1, 2017 from the Calgary Residential Rental Association states: “The rate of interest to be paid on tenant security deposits by landlords, effective January 1, 2018, is 0%. Landlords must pay interest to their tenants annually at the end of each tenancy year, unless both parties agree otherwise, in which case the interest must be compounded annually. By an Order …

Rental Property Upgrades That Will Pay Off!

Are you interested in upgrades that will help you get more monthly income for your single-family properties? We visited Capitalist Creations and other sites to gather some great suggestions about well-considered repairs and maintenance that can increase the value of your rental property. These simple rental property upgrades maximize your payment and maximize your rental rates, as well. 1. Lay out the welcome mat with landscaping …

How to Avoid Being the Victim of a Rental Scam

6 Ways to Avoid Being the Victim of a Rental Scam So, you’ve found the perfect rental unit in your desired location. It has all of the amenities that you’re looking for, and then some…but could this sweet deal be too good to be true? Most scammers will create fraudulent classified ads for available rental units in areas that are in high demand. These …

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