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Canada’s luxury real estate market eased into spring with modest sales gains across key metropolitan cities, as the dynamic between ...

March 2024 Housing Market Update
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March 2024 Housing Market Update

March reflects strong seller's market and price increases City of Calgary, April 1, 2024 – March sales rose to 2,664 units, a 10 per ...

February Housing Market Update
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February Housing Market Update

Low inventory and high demand drive price gains in February March 1, 2024 Rising Sales and New Listings | Despite a rise in new listings ...

January 2024 Housing Market Update
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January 2024 Housing Market Update

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Posted by Steven Hill on Dec 12, 2023

Times Are Tough, But Finding Low-Cost Fun Shouldn't Be Here Are Things To Do This Month FOR FREE Legacy’s ...

10 Halloween Safety Tips For Your Home

Posted by Steven Hill on Oct 03, 2023

Home safety for trick or treaters As a responsible homeowner, making your property safe for young trick-or-treaters ...


Sold After Only 3 Days On Market For $11,000 OVER LIST PRICE With 3 Competing Offers!

126 Prestwick Terrace SE Calgary SOLD By Steven Hill | Luxury Calgary Realtor

126 Prestwick Terrace SE Calgary SOLD By Steven Hill | Luxury Calgary Realtor126 Prestwick Terrace SE Calgary SOLD By Steven Hill | Luxury Calgary Realtor126 Prestwick Terrace SE Calgary SOLD By Steven Hill | Luxury Calgary Realtor

126 Prestwick Terrace SE Calgary SOLD By Steven Hill | Luxury Calgary RealtorExcited To Announce The Firm Sale Of This Amazing Family Home In Prestwick! 


My wonderful clients can now enjoy a little piece of mind being sold!

I am sincerely grateful for amazing clients willing to share their story for others.  It has been an honour working with them.



"Steven will be our realtor for life! From selling our downtown condo, to our first family home, his professionalism, humor and hard work has made the task of buying and selling real estate not only seamless but enjoyable. Most recently, he sold our family home in McKenzie Towne in 3 days for 11K above list price. Having 3 young children, showing a home is a huge undertaking and Steve made it easy on us and stress free. We have trust in him that he has our best interest in mind, as both as sellers and buyers and this is probably the most important trait to look for in a realtor. Thank you for all your hard work, we appreciate it more than you know and will recommend you to everyone we talk to!"  

- Brittany


"We first used Steven when we were looking for our first home, after having an uninspiring showing with a different realtor.  During our first meeting, we knew right away that Steven was a man who had our best interest at heart.  Right or wrong, this wasn’t something I was expecting from a realtor.  After going through several different homes, we found one that was perfect in every way, except for the price.  I still don’t know how he did it, but he got the seller’s down to a price that we were comfortable with and we’ve spent almost 7 great years in this house. 

Fast forward to today, with a bigger family now, we’re looking at something that can comfortably accommodate all of us.  There was never any question who we would use as our realtor.  Steven came in and made the whole process so easy.  And just like the first time with this house, we’re still not sure how, but he had it sold within three days at 11k over list price, dealing with three competing offers. 

As we now take the next step and search for what we’re calling our ‘forever home’, Steven continues to impress with his professionalism and knowledge.  There’s nobody we’d rather have in our corner, making one of the biggest purchases we’ll ever make, than Steven.

We’re very fortunate to not only be able to call Steven our realtor, but also our friend!"  

- Josh


For More Information About This Particular Sale or About Selling Your Own Amazing Home With Steven Hill, Please Contact Steven Directly at 403.863.6344 or


6 Common Mistakes Home Buyers Make



4 May 2016, written by SIRC

Home buying is a little like love—when the right one comes along, you know it. Even the most sophisticated buyers can let their hearts rule their head when it comes to real estate. Solid research is key to any successful home buying transaction, so do your homework no matter how enchanting the property. Here are six common mistakes to avoid:

No Home Inspection

Luxury kitchen with stained glass skylights

The house is brand new and built of the finest materials. Everything in it is state-of-the-art. Do you really need an inspection? The answer is, of course, “yes.” It’s always possible something is wrong, even if the dwelling meets local building codes. Thorough scrutiny by a qualified inspector—one who’s a member of a professional association like the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors—is always money well-spent. As with any home inspection, accompany the inspector so you understand why a problem may exist, and ask questions.

In some especially hot markets, such as Vancouver, certain homes are marketed as subject free: no inspections, no financing. That’s always risky. You might win the bidding war, but end up with a very expensive house with structural or other issues. Enlist the help of a qualified REALTOR® to avoid potential issues later on.

Missing Financial Documentation

Purchasing a luxury home may require you to provide more information to a lender—or a seller—than a lesser-priced abode. In addition to the disclosures with which you’re already familiar, the lender may want detailed information from your accountant. The seller may require that any potential buyers provide proof they can indeed afford the property before permitting a viewing. Get your documents in order before starting your search. These include:

  • Tax returns
  • Corporate profit and loss statements, if applicable
  • Other properties
  • Asset statements
  • Cash reserve proof

The extra documentation involved in purchasing a luxury home may mean an extended verification period.

No Zoning Check

Luxury home in Canmore Alberta

You’ve found your piece of heaven with a mesmerizing view and a landscape that looks much the same as it did a century ago. Just make sure you check the zoning before making an offer. That picturesque farm on the corner could soon become the site of the new regional high school, or the zoning may permit new developments on relatively small lots. Even if the new homes are high-end, they change the character of the area. You can often check zoning maps online or inquire at the city hall. There are resources available for most cities, including Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.

If you’re purchasing an equine property, don’t mistake the number of stalls in the barn for the number of horses you can keep on the land. Restrictions are often based on horses per acre.

Not Everything is in Writing

Experienced home buyers know the importance of getting everything in writing before purchasing a home. Still, you might assume that an item, such as lighting, is a fixture and comes with the property. Avoid assumptions, and make sure any appliances you want to remain are staying put, and that attractive fixtures are indeed part of the deal. Request a written breakdown of room sizes and details so you know exactly what you’re getting.

Lifestyle Clash

Twin marble staircases and chandelier in a luxury home

Does the house fit your current and anticipated lifestyle? You might adore the grand staircase and second-floor balustrade, but if you plan to expand your family, that configuration is a nightmare for parents of small children. How much upkeep will the house and grounds require? Practicality often takes a backseat in the presence of beauty.

Unqualified Agent

Even a savvy homebuyer might make the mistake of using an under-qualified agent, one who doesn’t understand the high-end real estate market and who lacks the proper credentials. Sotheby’s International Realty Canada agents not only possess comprehensive knowledge of the local real estate market, but have the expertise and skills to ensure a client does not make these common errors when purchasing a home. Clients receive accurate market and property information, prompt access to coveted properties and the highest level of service and discretion. They also receive exclusive access to some of the best properties on the market—many of which may never be available to the public on MLS.

Ready to start your search? Visit Sotheby’s International Realty Canada to browse listings in your preferred region.


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