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We have monthly updates with real estate market statistics, weekly updates on Alberta's economic outlook, tips for those of you thinking of either buying or selling, community topics, and other insightful information.

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-Luke & the McLaren Real Estate Team-

Oct. 8, 2019

Testimonial: Kattina M.

I came across Luke McLaren by accident and am so happy to have found such an amazing team! The biggest aspect about the team that spoke to me is that it is a family run business, parents and adult children working together. There is an amazing feeling of love and respect that I wasn’t expecting. I felt like they really cared about me, that my well-being was their utmost priority. Lisa was wonderful, honest and funny and was ready every day to go out and look for my perfect house. Each step they were with me, answered every question with grace and helped me with each decision. I am in my beautiful new home, my little piece of heaven, thanks to the McLaren Real Estate Team.

Posted in Buying a Home
Sept. 26, 2019

Testimonial: Thomas W.

Finding a realtor was no problem, but as this was a new process for me and I was looking to purchase my first home I needed not just any realtor, but the right realtor who could educate and guide me through the process. Without a doubt, Luke was that realtor. At the beginning of this process, I had some less favorable experiences with other realtors, that's when I found the McLaren Real Estate Group. They are an amazing team that coached me through the entire process and answered all my questions. Micah also gave fantastic tours and was always early with everything organized and ready. I felt very comfortable and did not feel pressured at all which personally, was the most important factor to me. So you have to ask yourself, are you looking for just any realtor who can get the job done, or are you looking for the right realtor who is going to surpass your expectations.

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Aug. 26, 2019

Testimonial: Nick & Chayce D.

When we first started looking for a house we were working with a different real estate agent. She never got back to us when we needed her to and ignored us regularly. 

We are so happy we found Luke, Lisa, and their whole team. They were so unbelievably helpful in our home search. Not only did they get back to us fast but they worked hard for us. We weren’t the easiest clients as we had very specific needs. Lisa showed us house after house and was happy to do it. She was amazing with our kids and a joy to have around.  Luke fought to get us into the house we are in now and we couldn’t appreciate it more!

 

We would recommend them to anyone and will definitely be using them if we are ever in the market again.

Posted in Testimonials
Aug. 1, 2019

Testimonial: Alexandria & Danny R.

My husband and I were very impressed with the personal and real interactions with everyone that we worked with in the McLaren Real Estate team. We loved that they were a local and family based business. Luke, Lisa, and Hannah were all very honest about the properties that we looked at, and Sarah was always available to answer any questions that we had about the administrative side of things. They made buying our first house a lot less stressful than we thought it would be. We will definitely be recommending their team to our family and friends in the Calgary area. 

Posted in Testimonials
July 16, 2019

Market Stats For July 2019

*Please Note:  Information contained herein is courtesy of the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB)

CALGARY MARKET SUMMARY - JULY 2019

 

July 2019 – (Click on the image below to watch the market update video)

Some good news and some not great news - but...the good news is winning!

The not great news:  Over-all sales are down by six percent when compared with last year, and benchmark prices are down over four percent to $425,700 compared with last year. However, with fewer new listings coming to the market in June, the oversupply of homes has continued to decline. Some good news:  Year-over-year, new listings coming to market saw a decrease of nearly 19 percent, and the impact of fewer new listings resulted in inventories falling by around 15 percent compared to last year. We are seeing continued absorption of the chronic oversupply. So, even though sales activity remains below last year’s levels and prices have continued to ease, the lower supply of inventory is slowing down the price declines.  When we drill down a little deeper, we see it is primarily homes under $500,000 where the stabilization is occurring.  Homes priced over $500,000 are generally still facing challenging conditions. Most today continue to repeat that it is a buyer's market - well...yes and no.  Even with 4.2 months of supply of inventory, if you're a seller, and if you pick the right real estate team with the right strategy, you can make it a seller's market for you. Click on our seller's link here, fill it out, get a free home market valuation, and let us show you how we can create your own seller's market.  If you're a buyer, register here on our site and let us show you how we can represent you and find you the perfect property and negotiate a great deal on your behalf!

 

May 15, 2019

Testimonial: Norma-Jean R.

My partner and I were first time home buyers, so everything was new and a little scary for us. Luke, Lisa and the whole family made the process smooth and enjoyable. They were very patient with us as we looked at many, many houses, and were always so accommodating. We never felt rushed or pressured in anyway and knew that in the negotiation process they were looking out for our best interests.  We couldn’t be happier with our new home and would for sure recommend the McLaren Real estate team to anyone thinking of purchasing in Calgary and surrounding area.

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April 29, 2019

Testimonial: John & Natalie S.

Excellent service, we had a very short visit to find our condo and Lisa spent two days showing us 9 various condos. Lisa found homes that met our criteria, and with Luke's assistance on the negotiation.  We are extremely pleased with the service, and Sarah's assistance on the documentation. Thanks.

Posted in Testimonials
April 12, 2019

Testimonial: Trevor & Amber B.

As first time home buyers we began with our research for Airdrie homes and were contacted by the McLaren team. We had just received our pre-approval and wanted to see what was available. Lisa was great. She drove out to Airdrie to show us 2 homes and we were able to get to know each other. Things happened very quickly for us as we fell in love, instantly, with a home. Lisa was amazing enough to make another drive out to see comparables before we signed and submitted an offer! The entire team made buying our first home easy!! We would highly recommend the McLaren Team!

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Jan. 7, 2019

Testimonial: Raj & Prasuna R.

Service with a smile. Lisa showed us many houses and condos, very patiently and cheerfully, over a 6 month period. We did change our criteria numerous times, but Lisa kept on adapting and persevered. Lisa was always prompt and well prepared at the showings. Lisa and her company were very professional, diligent and focused, with the final sale and closing.  Yes, I would recommend Lisa and the McLaren group.

Posted in Testimonials
Jan. 2, 2019

Testimonial: David & Yvonne J.

We have nothing but the highest praise for the McLaren Real Estate team.  Selling our home in Calgary and relocating to Didsbury after almost 20 years in the same home, initially, felt very overwhelming. However the care, compassion and expertise provided to us was second to none. The team was always a step ahead of us and provided tremendous support, suggestions and referrals that were just what we needed. From market analysis and staging to negotiation advice and all the little details around making the transition from the big city to country living, the McLaren family were gracious and professional and everything fell into place with minimal stress.  We can't offer enough positive feedback for the entire process and would recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell. Thank you again for your dedication to helping us achieve our dreams.

 

David & Yvonne J

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