Just because the summer is over and we're still a couple months away from the holiday season does not mean that we have to retreat to our homes quite yet, or at all. The town of Okotoks is ripe with community events that will keep you, your family, and visitors entertained without the slightest hint of post-summer depression settling in. Each month our Okotoks real estate team makes recommendations to prospective home buyers (potentially soon be new to town) that happen upon our blog. Today, we present to you some "something for everyone" events worth checking out over the first official month of autumn.


October Events in Okotoks:


1. Live Music & Silent Film Night @ Rotary Performing Arts Centre (October 19, 8-10PM)


This event is an absolute can't miss for fans of the roaring 20's and the silent films that graced the screen of its time. Critically acclaimed silent films will be presented amidst a backdrop of original live scores courtesy of famed composer/pianist Robert Bruce. To learn more about this exquisite ode of music, art, and film visit the event site.


2. Yuk Yuk's Stand-Up Comedy @ Rotary Performing Arts Centre (October 5, 8PM)


Once again we send you to the RPAC as the famed Yuk Yuk's Comedy Tour makes its way into Okotoks to make our bellies hurt from laughter. Up to bat on stage will be Jasen Fredrickson who is known for his happy-go-lucky act that wonderfully borders on absurd. The show also features Ian Wallace, a pop culture comedian that comes armed with decades of wisecracks and sarcastic quips. What better way to join the community than by laughing together in unison?


3. Okotoks Garden Club @ Okotoks Public Library (October 7, 6:30-8:15 PM)


Come meet and greet the gardening enthusiasts of the community by checking out the Okotoks Garden Club's harvest themed evening. Topics addressed at this month's event not only include the usual recipe sharing (which families back at home love to taste test!) it will also dive into the specifics of optimum canning, fermentation, blanching, herb drying.


4. Ghost Walk @ Okotoks Museum (October 28, 6-9:30 PM)


While we plan on writing an entire Okotoks Halloween Events article midway thought the month of October we thought we'd include this one eerie fun event for those that want to get the traditionally-on-the-31st activities started a little early. Beginning on the 28th of October will be the 3rd annual Okotoks Ghost Walk tour. The tour is hosted by the Okotoks Museum & Archives in conjunction with the District Historical Society. This is a great way to meet the town, learn about its history, while being served a healthy dose of goosebumps along with it.


If you happened to come across this article and you are considering a move to the Okotoks region we welcome you to contact our Okotoks real estate team anytime. We look forward to having you join us, and the rest of the community, at one of these October events.


I have sold a property at 434 CRYSTAL GREEN MANOR in OKOTOKS.
Are you seeking an immaculate, one of a kind home? Look no further than this 2725 sq ft, 2 story walk-out overlooking Crystal Ridge Golf Club. The main floor features an open great room concept, allowing the living room & eat-in kitchen to flow together. You'll be impressed by the 'Knotty Alder' hardwood floor, leathered granite countertops, custom cabinetry, top of the line appliances, butler pantry, exposed timber ceiling & the thoughtful use of space - no detail has been overlooked! Upstairs you'll find the games room which boasts a billiards area, wet bar & a custom solid wood ceiling -- with sound proofed walls & floor. The den & master suite are behind leaded glass doors including a 5 pc ensuite with steam shower & custom walk-in closet. The lower walk-out level boasts a high gloss acid wash cement floor with in-floor heating, 4 big bedrooms, 2 baths, family room & ample storage. Outside is a double garage, large rear deck, exposed aggregate patio & more. Call for full spec package & more info.

I have sold a property at 1301 201 BRAEGLEN CLOSE SW in CALGARY.
Brand new stainless steel appliances & freshly painted throughout - updates made to this lovely 2 bedroom condo located in Braeside. Situated on the 3rd floor in this secure building (intercom-buzzer access), this condo offers a spacious living room featuring patio doors to the private balcony, a kitchen with brand new stainless steel appliances, dining room, 2 bedrooms, a 4 piece bath & storage room. This quiet building, with concrete construction, offers an elevator, 2 assigned indoor parking stalls, visitor parking & an extra storage locker on the ground floor. Conveniently located close to leisure center, shopping, public transit, restaurants, parks & more.

This weekend our Remax Real Estate Team will be taking in the sights and wonder in High River.


High River will playing host to the 2013 Canadian Hot Air Balloon Championships, seeing 15 hot air balloon pilots from across Canada completing for a coveted spot at the World Championships in Brazil in 2014. Not to be missed is the iconic REMAX hot air balloon!!! 



There will be competition flights every morning & evening coinciding with sunrise and sunset - with additional `Fiesta Balloon Flights`by some impressive balloons including a Darth Vader balloon from Belgium. Also a sight to see is the `Night Glow` (shown above) where all of the balloons line up and inflate, illuminate by their flame againsty the night sky, but do not take flight. This gives spectators a uniue opportunity to see the balloons close up! 


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The competition as well as Fiesta balloon flights (non-competing balloons) will be flying through the High River skies from Sept 25-29. CLICK HERE to view a schedule of events, some amazing hot air balloon photos & more.

Or you can following along on Facebook by liking the 2013 Hot Air Balloon Championships fan page.  


Also worth a read is this interesting article featured in the Calgary Herlad about the upcoming hot air balloon event.  

Simultanesouly, the 10th Annual River City (High River) Show & Shine will be held on Saturday, September 29. Consistently being deemed the biggest & best show & shine car show in Alberta, you can see classic, antiques, motorcycles & more.  

CLICK HERE to visit the River City Classic`s Car Club website for more inforation on the Annual Show n Shine or if you`re interested in becoming a member. 


Investment property for rentPurchasing real estate in Calgary or pruchasing a home in Okotoks has been a profitable option for investors for a very long time.


Many southern Alberta investors have made hundreds of thousands of dollars (in some cases millions) by purchasing properties, building equity, and then selling for a profit.  


If you have questions about how to start building your real estate portfolio just ask Okotoks Realtor Jay Magnussen - an expert on the local rental market and a real estate investor himself! 


Here are four key considerations when deciding to invest in housing in Calgary or Okotoks:

1) Affordability


Purchasing a property and renting it out to cover the mortgage may seem like an attractive opportunity, but as the old saying goes "don't bite off more than you can chew."  One of the most common ways to lose money in an investment property is to fail to rent the property out and then not being able to afford the monthly payments. Try to budget so you can afford to pay the mortgage on a monthly basis even if you can't rent it out (due to some unforeseen circumstance).

2) Location


Location is one of the most important points to consider when purchasing a property for investment purposes. Look for nearby rent-drivers, such as colleges/universities (MRU, SAIT, UofC), public transportation, highways and other attractions. Of course, the better the location is, the more expensive the property will be, but the easier it will be to rent.

3) Condition of the property


Don't let the cosmetics of a prospective property put you off. Put on your investor hat and look at everything with a dollars-and-cents point of view. Ask yourself, "What can I do to improve this place?" or, "How will adding this or fixing that impact the value of the property?" Plus, if a property meets most of your criteria but isn't the prettiest looking home on the street, you may be able to get it for a lower price.

4) Do your research


Study the local market or ask our team of Okotoks Realtors for advice, consistently review the stats and look at the properties available in your target area. You never know when the right property at the right price will present itself. Our Remax real estate team can set up an automated search will will send you homes for sale as soon as they are listed to keep you in the know about the cost of property.


I have listed a new property at 37 WESTRIDGE DR in OKOTOKS.
A " MUST SEE " HOME !! This beautifully maintained, 3 bedroom, 1300+ sq. ft. 3 level split located in the community of Westridge shouldn't be missed. The main floor features an inviting living room ( WITH HARDWOOD FLOORS AND VAULTED CEILING )with garage access. On the upper level you'll find the bright, sunny kitchen ( WITH STAINLESS APPLIANCES, GRANITE COUNTERS & BACKSPLASH ), dining room ( WITH HARDWOOD FLOORS ), den, breakfast nook along with 2 bedroom, including the master suite ( WITH 4 PC. ENSUITE ) as well as a family 4 PC. BATH. The lower level has a huge, open family room ( WITH GAS FIREPLACE ), 3rd bedroom, a 4 pc bath and laundry room along with PLENTY of crawlspace storage. Outside you'll find a double attached front garage ( DRYWALLED & INSULATED ), custom rear deck, pond with fountain and a private fire pit area as well as a large RV PARKING PAD. New SHINGLES, WINDOWS & WINDOW COVERINGS are also in place. Come and see all it has to offer !

I have listed a new property at 369 BANISTER DR in OKOTOKS.
A HOME FOR YOU IN CRYSTAL SHORES! This BRIGHT, SUNNY, 1900+ sq ft 2 story, 3 + 1 bedroom is just located close to SCHOOLS, RECREATION FACILITIES and the LAKE AT CRYSTAL SHORES. The main floor features hardwood and tile flooring an open great room design with the large living room, kitchen (WITH A 2 TIER ISLAND) and dining nook (WITH ACCESS TO THE REAR DECK) all flowing together under 9' ceilings. Upstairs you will find an oversized bonus room (WITH HARDWOOD FLOORING & GAS FIREPLACE), 3 bedrooms, including the master suite (WITH 4 PC. ENSUITE) and a family 4 piece bath. The basement is fully developed with a family room, the 4th bedroom and an office/flex room. Outside there is a double attached front garage and large rear deck and yard. CALL TODAY FOR YOUR PERSONAL SHOWING!

I have listed a new property at 1301 201 BRAEGLEN CLOSE SW in CALGARY.
Brand new stainless steel appliances & freshly painted throughout - updates made to this lovely 2 bedroom condo located in Braeside. Situated on the 3rd floor in this secure building (intercom-buzzer access), this condo offers a spacious living room featuring patio doors to the private balcony, a kitchen with brand new stainless steel appliances, dining room, 2 bedrooms, a 4 piece bath & storage room. This quiet building, with concrete construction, offers an elevator, 2 assigned indoor parking stalls, visitor parking & an extra storage locker on the ground floor. Conveniently located close to leisure center, shopping, public transit, restaurants, parks & more.
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