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March 01, 2019

Get real with Todd Talbot

Get expert real estate tips from Todd Talbot at the Calgary Home + Garden Show

Pepper Rodriguez

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Todd Talbot loves to perform. Under the bright lights of stage and studio, the HGTV star is an engaging, lively entertainer. But even the veteran performer had some difficulty doing the pas de deux in high heels.

When asked for this interview to share something people might not know about him, the ebullient co-host of the popular Love It Or List It Vancouver replied: “I played the Sugar Plum Fairy — in drag — for a CBC Christmas special of ‘The Nutcracker’. I have huge respect for anyone willing to wear high heels...and other uncomfortable

That mischievous humour has endeared Todd to fans of that show he co-hosts with Jillian Harris, but under that funny man stuff is some real expertise in real estate, which he will be sharing at this year’s Calgary Home + Garden Show.

His fun-loving personality has equipped him for a career in showbiz, but an entrepreneurial streak and a sharp analytical mind has also made him successful in business. An entrepreneur from a young age, Todd’s company currently owns and manages multiple residential properties as well as several real estate ventures in
renovation, marketing and design. Todd also leads an experienced team helping clients buy and sell homes.

He will be sharing his advise in traversing the murky real estate waters of the soft housing market in Calgary, especially, the money side of it.

“Everyone shies away from talking about money...not me! Renovations and real estate are some of life biggest decisions whether you are 16 or 60. I’m extreeemely passionate about arming people with information to help get it right,” he tells New Home Living.

“Knowing the 2019 pantone colour of the year (living coral) won’t protect your investment. It’s a high stakes game to renovate, buy or sell real estate. I’ll be sharing my perspective on how to approach those decisions in relation to the current market. I’ll be answering Calgarians’ questions, including everything you felt like you
couldn’t ask your contractor, designer, architect, realtor or mortgage advisor. Plus life on HGTV and a few good laughs!”

He does recognize that there is uncertainty in the housing market these days with the new mortgage rules, the slowing economy and the uptick in interest rates. But he sees opportunity in the mix, too.

“A lot of home buyers are worried that the market will drop further and they scared to purchase now.  People are always trying to time the market to their advantage, which is a great instinct. The downside is that you can’t do that very accurately. I have seen many people miss out on opportunities because they stood on the
sidelines. My advice is to remind people that real estate is a long-term investment and to analyze your goals and timeline rather than get fixated on the current market conditions. I do believe that in the coming years we will see increased value for properties is great areas so be strategic and negotiate hard.”

But the old realtor adage: “location, location, location” is still the smartest way to get ahead of the game, he says, adding that picking location over looks is the way to go.

“I like to prioritize location over size and then also look for a property that you can add value. It’s important to really understand what is MOST important to your lifestyle and don’t overspend. With rising interest rates mortgage debt can be a huge burden. I watch people buy too much house because of the idea it represents and
regret the purchase because it’s not the right fit. I’m always looking for ways to lower costs through creative design solutions, financing, and even sharing costs through rentals or partnerships, etcetera.”

He also says to not force the issue; maybe staying put in your old home is the best solution and renovate instead of moving.

“Contrary to my role on TV I believe that it’s often a smarter financial choice to make the space you already have work better. Sometimes the space is fine it’s just dated and run down so you fall out of love. Set a budget to tackle one space a time and look for ways to fall back in love with it.

“The second biggest complaint is lack of space. The first area to attack is ‘stuff’ and ‘storage’ it’s amazing how often this solves the problem of square footage. Almost every home I go into has too much stuff.”

But there are opportunities out there if you are set on buying a new home.

“In a buyers’ market you have the negotiating power as well as time on your side. We haven’t seen that in many years. It allows you to find the perfect fit and negotiate the best price. If there is anything eliminates mistakes it’s to take your time!”

See Todd on the Home + Garden Stage on Saturday, March 2 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, March 3 at 12 p.m. to pick his brain on your next real estate move, and maybe on tips on how to dance in high heels.

2019 Calgary Home + Garden Show headliners

The 38th annual Calgary Home + Garden Show opens bigger and better this year with even more headliners, as the city’s biggest home + garden trade show continues to inform and entertain and wow.

HGTV Canada star Todd Talbot of Love it or List it Vancouver will return to Calgary to headline the Main Stage at the annual Calgary Home + Garden Show, taking place February 28 - March 3, 2019 at the BMO Centre & Corral at Stampede Park.

“We are so excited to welcome Todd back to Calgary, along with an outstanding line-up of celebrities and local experts, to inspire homeowners to tackle their indoor and outdoor spaces this spring,” says Teri Salazar, Show Manager for Marketplace Events, producers of the Calgary Home + Garden Show. “Todd is known for his
no-nonsense real estate advice and his practical approach to making the most of your home. He’ll be tailoring that insight for Calgary homeowners when he takes to the stage at the Home + Garden Show.”

Joining Todd on the Main Stage is HGTV Canada gardening and outdoor lifestyle expert Carson Arthur from Home to Win, along with a lineup of local favourites, more than 550 exhibitors and an outstanding list of new features designed to whip any home and garden into shape.

She adds that Calgary Home + Garden is more popular than ever. “We have found that consumers are more interested in renovations then before – because maybe it doesn’t make sense to sell their house and buy a new one in this economy, so they are staying put and making their current homes work for them by doing either
minor or major renovations.”

Salazar also says that the annual event — the biggest of its kind in the city — is a good place to find new design inspirations. “People love to see what new products and solutions are out there right now. We also are noticing a shifting trend with DIY’ers, and so they can come to the show and get expert advice or ideas for how to do projects on their own.”

For more information, or to buy tickets online and save $2, visit

Get to the BMO Centre early and save!

The first 400 visitors on Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1 will receive free parking with proof of ticket or purchase.

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