How and Why to Buy a Home in a Changing Market

Right now is a great time to buy a home or investment property. But there’s also a lot of misinformation being spread by the media. This report sets the record straight to help you avoid costly mistakes and make the most of today’s changing market conditions.

A Special Report Prepared by Realtor® Shantel Campbell Realty Group

Economic times have changed. The real estate marketplace has changed … and there’s a world of opportunity out there for home buyers and real estate investors looking to purchase property. But to truly make the most of your investment dollar, you need to know what to expect from this changing marketplace.

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Spring is almost here and with it, spring cleaning! This season marks a fantastic opportunity to clear the clutter from your home and get a fresh start on the rest of the year. Take this chance to get a jumpstart on your spring cleaning so that when those warmer temperatures and longer days come, you will have more time to enjoy them! These three commonly cluttered spots are a great place to get started on your spring cleaning.

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Short Drive From Red Deer!

Beautiful homes for sale within a short drive from Red Deer, the hub of Central Alberta! Conveniently located and close to excellent amenities of Blackfalds. The drive has been clocked to be approximately 20 minutes to the downtown core of Red Deer, and 10 minutes to Red Deer’s Northern edge. Make the short commute to one of the Meadowlarks or one of the 2-Story Kingfishers. Close to schools, the fitness and recreational center (The Abbey Centre), and restaurants.

Take a virtual walk – through the apartment- style Meadowlark… starting at $199,900

Or, a virtual tour walk- through the 2- Story townhome with attached garage Kingfisher….$259,900



Located a mere 10 minutes drive from Red Deer, the town of Blackfalds is a unique community within the Central Alberta region known for having a young demographic makeup and also an extraordinarily high level of community involvement and engagement. The affordable housing market in Blackfalds has attracted many young, growing families and first time home buyers. The majority of the population is in their 20s or 30s, and many are families with young children, making Blackfalds an family-focused community. Around 9,300 people currently live in Blackfalds, and the real estate market contains approximately 3,300 homes.

An extremely active and vibrant town, Blackfalds residents are encouraged to socialize and get involved in community events. People take pride in both their own homes and the public spaces around them. Blackfald’s family focus has given rise to a selection of outstanding community facilities, including some of the best parks and playground spaces available in Central Alberta. The skate park, water spray park, All Star Park, and trail system are all popular outdoor destinations, while the Community Hall and Multi Plex facilities frequently feature community events. The new Blackfalds Fieldhouse will provide residents with even more opportunity to stay active.

Community-wide special events encourage Blackfalds residents to get to know their neighbours, and one of the most popular events is Blackfalds Days, held every year in June. Featuring a soapbox derby, community dinner, youth dance, parade and other family-friendly events, Blackfalds Days is one of the post popular yearly festivals. There are also a large number of clubs and community organizations for both children and adults in Blackfalds, including Brownie and Scout troops and sports teams. In particular, the Blackfalds & District Agricultural Society has played an important roll in shaping the culture of the community, having hosted many dance socials and dinners.

Contact Shantel Campbell Realtor with Royal LePage Network Realty @ 403-396-0721 for more info or to schedule a showing.

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Exterior Home Staging: A Checklist To Prepare Your Home For Sale: Improving Your Home’s Saleability

Front Door

  • Replace or repaint worn front door to create a good impression.
  • Polish or add brass knocker.
  • Make sure front door has a working peephole.
  • Check doorbell and repair or replace as necessary.
  • Replace worn mailbox.
  • Make sure house number is clearly visible and attractive.
  • Polish, repair and/or replace all door handles and locks.  Make sure all outside doors have deadbolts or other safety locks.

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Things To Consider When Investing In A Rental Property in Red Deer!

Purchasing a rental property is a great investment, if you buy the right one(s)! There is a lot to consider when purchasing a rental property. Consider things like the neighbourhood it’s in and the type of tenants it will attract. Is it near schools (being close to the college will attract college students as renters)? Is it a high crime area? Is it close to amenities, like shopping, recreation facilities, transit, etc? What is the amount of vacancies and/or listings in the area? If it is quite high, there may be problems with attracting tenants to this area. Read this article for Top 10 Features Of A Profitable Rental Property. Continue reading

Your House Hunting Wish List

As I’ve mentioned more than a few times, you need to be clear on your WANTS and NEEDS when house hunting!  What you NEED in a home and cannot live without is different from what you WANT in a home and isn’t completely necessary.  It is smart to compose such a list when you are ready to start house hunting, keeping in mind that the list may change from time to time after looking at different homes. Continue reading