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Calgary Real Estate Concierge Blog

By Linda James

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - The Housing Market Remains Unchanged in January

Sluggish sales activity and inventory gains place dipping pressure on costs Calgary, Feb. 1, 2016 ? Calgary?s housing market is starting 2016 firmly in buyers? market territory, much the same as last year ended. ?The recent slide in energy prices has raised concerns about near-term recovery prospects for the city,? said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. ?Energy market uncertainty and a soft labour market are weighing on many aspects of our economy, including the housing sector.? City ...
posted in General at Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:39:36 -0700

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - Been planning on a Home-Based Business?

Forget that long commute and the structured 9-5 work day.  Make it a thing of the past by starting up your own home-based business, where you can work at home and be your own boss.  More and more people are leaving the office setting behind for the comfort of their own home.  Two types of home occupations are allowed in Calgary. The first type is a Class 1 Home Occupation which has no effect on the surrounding neighbourhood. This type is allowed in all residential neighbourhoods. Some Class 1 ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:10:54 -0700

Monday, January 18, 2016 - A DIY Backyard Ice Rink

Nothing is more Canadian than passing the time of a long, cold winter on a backyard ice rink.  Sadly, there is a perception homemade rinks are difficult to make and even harder to maintain.  Now with an array of products and how to videos available online, now it can be a simple project well worth a little effort for a ton of fun. Before you begin, you?ll need to consider a few things: How big of a rink do you want and where will you put it?The bigger the rink, the more the materials and ...
posted in General at Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:22:08 -0700

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - Housing fair defined by slow demand

Higher supply levels placed plunging pressure on prices in December Calgary, Jan. 4, 2016 ? With the focus shifting toward the holiday season, December sales activity slowed to 878 units in the city, 18 per cent below last year at this time and well below the five and 10-year averages. As a result, the unadjusted benchmark price dipped to $448,800, a 0.42 per cent decline over the previous month and 2.33 year over year. CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie noted December followed a pattern ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:33:23 -0700

Monday, January 4, 2016 - Calgary January 2016 Events

Let?s welcome 2016 and be merry!  - High Performance Rodeo ? Thursday, January 7 ? Sunday, January 31 - The Motorcycle Show Calgary ? Wednesday, January 8 ? Sunday, January 10 - Water Polo Canada - NCL 16U Boy's & Girl's ? Friday, January 15 ?Sunday, January 17 - Home Expo 2016 ? Friday, January 15 ?Sunday, January 17 - The Wedding Fair ? Sunday, January 17 - Chestermere Winterfest ? Saturday, January 23 - Calgary RV Expo and Sale ? Thursday, January 28 ? Sunday, January 31  
posted in General at Mon, 04 Jan 2016 12:55:09 -0700

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - CALGARY NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS

Celebrating New Year impressively!  - New Year?s Eve Family Pool Celebration - New Year's Eve Outdoor Celebration - Zoo Year?s Eve - Cheers 2 New Years 2016 - NYE Ultimate Cowboy Rodeo and Cabaret  - Airdrie News Year's Eve Fireworks 
posted in General at Wed, 23 Dec 2015 09:00:31 -0700

Monday, December 14, 2015 - The holiday season to make your home remarkable

The holidays are joyful but also swarming of school concerts, parties, visits to Santa and shopping trips to the mall.  However, if your home is on the market this time of the year you can know the spirited buyers out there are serious. Seeing your home decked out for the holidays just might make them want to ring in the New Year there as their own home Try these tips to get buyers in the buying spirit:Pure and Simple.  Adding reindeer and snowmen figurines to an already cluttered home, will ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:25:01 -0700

Friday, December 11, 2015 - Holiday Events

    - Once Upon a Christmas - Saturday, November 21 to Sunday, December 20   - Lion?s Festival of Lights ? Saturday, November 28, 2015 to Friday, January 8, 2016   - Christmas at Spruce Meadows - Saturday, December 5 to Sunday, January 3, 2016   - The CP Holiday Train ? Friday, December 11   - The Christmas Carol Project - Monday, December 21 to Wednesday, December 23   - ZOOLIGHTS ? Friday, November 27, 2015 to Saturday, January 2, 2016  
posted in General at Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:29:00 -0700

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - Situations of Housing Market favour purchasers

Weak sales movement comparative to inventory places downward pressure on prices     Calgary, Dec. 1, 2015 ? Persistently high inventory levels within Calgary?s residential resale housing market, combined with weak sales activity, contributed to buyers' conditions in November. Monthly sales totaled 1,263 units, a 28 per cent decline from last year and nearly 20 per cent below the 10-year average. Meanwhile, the amount of new listings in the market increased by five per cent over last November, ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 03 Dec 2015 07:56:00 -0700

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - For the second consecutive month, prices dropped

  Sales movement remains well below lasting averages   Calgary, Nov. 2, 2015 ? Elevated inventory levels in October contributed to a second consecutive month of price declines in Calgary?s resale residential housing market. Benchmark prices declined 0.7 per cent from the previous month, and 1.2 per cent from the same time last year, to $453,100. ?Persistent weakness in the overall economy continued to impact housing demand in Calgary as October sales were nearly 16 per cent below long-term ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:35:05 -0700

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - Calgary Events on November 2015

Come and join us!  Startup Canada ? Monday, 9 November   Canadian Jazz Festival ? Thursday, November 12 to Sunday, November 15   Calgary European Film Festival ? Thursday, November 12 to Sunday, November 15   Calgary Creative Arts Guild 25th Annual Show ? Saturday, November 14  Just For Laughs Canadian Comedy Tour 2015 ? Sunday, November 15   New Brighton Christmas Craft Market ? Saturday, November 21   Festival of Crafts ? Thursday, November 26 to Sunday, November 29   Alvin and the ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 03 Nov 2015 08:20:34 -0700

Friday, October 30, 2015 - An Essential Table of Home Winterizing

Attic Insulation ? 12-15 inches minimum of even insulation is needed to keep heat in the house and money in your pocket. Have your R-value checked by a professional if needed. Change Air Filter ? For healthy, indoor air, change your air filter once a month in the winter months. Your furnace has to work twice as hard with an air-borne allergen clogged filter. Vacuum Vents ? Take off the covers and hoses to your dryer, bathroom and stove vents and suction out lint and debris. This will increase ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 30 Oct 2015 08:42:16 -0600

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - So far the Lowest and Highest Price Paid for Homes in 2015

These data are based on MLS Sales in Year 2015 so far for the lowest and highest price paid for homes so far in 2015 give you a sense of the wide range of possibilities in the city. Indeed, our local housing market is diverse and constantly evolving. - Apartment Condos - Least expensive - $88,000 - Size: 282 sq. ft. in ApplewoodMost Expensive - $3,769,500 - Size: 2,960 sq. ft. in Mission - Townhouses - Least expensive - $135,000 - Size: 1,238 sq. ft. in Penbrooke Most Expensive - $1,850,000 - ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:09:48 -0600

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - October 2015 - Events

Come and join us!   Illuminasia, Lantern & Garden Festival ? Thursday, September 17 to Sunday, November 1 Screamfest ? October 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, and 31st YYComedy Festival ? Monday, October 12 to Saturday, October 17 Royal West ? Thursday, OCTOBER 22 to Saturday, October 31 Rocky Mountain Dancesport Grand Prix ? Friday, October 23 to Sunday October 25 Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival ? Saturday, October 31 to Sunday, November 8 
posted in General at Thu, 15 Oct 2015 08:06:02 -0600

Friday, October 9, 2015 - Prices ease as expected

Inventories rise as sales activity softens further   Calgary, Oct. 1, 2015 ? Following four months of relative stability, unadjusted benchmark prices eased as expected in September to $456,300, a 0.26 per cent decline compared with last year.   Most of this aggregate moderation was due to price declines in the apartment sector brought on by higher-than-average inventory levels.   ?Overall sales activity relative to new listings caused a softening in absorption rates, which resulted ...
posted in General at Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:32:13 -0600

Friday, October 2, 2015 - Sell First or Buy First?

As a current homeowner, you might be planning you next move to a new home. You are now stuck with the dilemma of whether to buy or sell your existing home first.  You could try to buy a home with a condition that says the purchase is subject to the sale of your existing home but in most markets that will give you a huge disadvantage when competing with other buyers.  Truth be told, there are rewards and drawbacks with either choice. It is in your best interest to keep the following in mind to ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:47:49 -0600

Friday, September 25, 2015 - Ultimate Home Staging Checklist

    Staging a home to sell is a conscious effort to prepare your home a step above the competing listings on the market. You want a potential buyer to walk into your home and feel like they have to have it! Staging is not easy to do but with some effort the results could truly pay off. Here?s a checklist on how to impress from curb to closet: ? Cut and water the lawn, and trim and prune all trees and shrubs? Remove pet waste, leaves, and weeds from the yard along with tools, toys and other ...
posted in General at Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:02:38 -0600

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - Calgary September 2015 Events

Calgary Home + Design Show ? Thursday, September 17 ? Sunday, September 20 Calgary ArtWalk Festival ? Saturday, September 19 ? Sunday, September 20 Calgary International Film Festival ? Wednesday, September 23 ? Sunday, October 4 
posted in General at Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:37:51 -0600

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - Inventory levels rise. August sales activity falls below long-term averages

Calgary?s residential resale housing market recorded further easing in absorption rates in August due to weaker sales activity.Sales in the city declined by 27 per cent to 1,643 units last month relative to the same time last year, and 12 per cent below 10-year averages.?Persistent weakness in the energy sector weighed on sales activity this month, which once again retracted to levels well below the norm for the city,? said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.The residential unadjusted ...
posted in General at Wed, 09 Sep 2015 15:12:34 -0600

Monday, August 24, 2015 - CALGARY'S MOVING RESOURCE AND DIRECTORY

If you are moving or have ever moved, you know there are several calls to make in order to coordinate your change of address and services.   We?ve put together a list that you can use as a quick reference for moving, or for any other reason: UTILITIES:ATCO GAS     403-245-7888  www.atcogas.com DIRECT ENERGY     1- 866-420-3174  www.directenergy.com EPCOR      403-310-4300  www.epcor.ca ENMAX       403-310-2010   www.enmax.com  PHONE AND CABLE:TELUS       403-310-2255  www.telus.net SHAW CABLE & ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:49:58 -0600

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - Calgary Events - August 2015

?    The Lion King, the Musical ? Tuesday, Aug 11th to Sunday, Sep 6th?    Opera in the Village ? Thursday, August 13th ? Saturday, August 22nd?    Globalfest ? Thursday, August 20th to Saturday, August 29th?    BBQ on the Bow ? Saturday, September 5th and Sunday, September 6th
posted in General at Tue, 18 Aug 2015 11:46:08 -0600

Friday, August 14, 2015 - Market Remains Balanced Despite Easing In Absorption Rates

Supply gain in apartment sector threatens to impact price.

Declines in residential housing sales activity eased in July, creating, when combined with stable inventory levels, no change to the month-over-month price.

Year-over-year sales fell by 14 per cent to 1,995 units in July, compared to a 17.8 per cent decrease the previous month. Despite the decline, sales activity during the month was consistent with the 10-year average.

While sales decline eased, so too did the decline in new listings, causing the unadjusted sales-to-new listings ratio to edge down to 67 per cent in July and months of supply to increase to 2.53 months.

“As weakness in the energy sector continues, this is trickling into several other aspects of our local economy, including our housing market,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

Despite weaker absorption rates, market conditions remained relatively balanced and helped maintain month-over-month stability in benchmark prices, which remained unchanged from the previous month at $455,400.

“Often, the focus is on home prices. In fact, Calgary has recorded significant gains in home prices over the past several years,” said Lurie. “And despite the recent retraction, we have not seen all those previous gains eroded.”

While benchmark prices exhibited some month-over-month resilience, they still declined by 0.15 per cent annually and one per cent lower than levels recorded in January. It represents the first time since 2011 that benchmark prices have posted a year-over-year decline.

Lurie attributes most of the year-over-year decline to the apartment sector, where prices fell by 1.61 per cent to $293,300 – nearly two per cent lower than the price at the beginning of the year – due to weak demand and growing supply.

Year-to-date new listings in the apartment sector declined by 4.6 per, while sales declined by 29 per cent over the same period, resulting in inventory gains. By July, the months of supply pushed up to 3.77 months compared to three months in June.

“The relatively weak demand for apartment product, combined with rising supply, continued to place downward pressure on prices for the second month in a row,” said Lurie.

CREB® president Corinne Lyall noted Calgary’s housing market is continuing to see some nuances in supply between the different segments of the market.

“These differences are really important to understand as it relates to consumer expectations,” she said. “Some buyers expect they will get major price reductions in this market, but that’s not always the case. In some areas, supply levels are more balanced with demand and that creates price stability.”

Meanwhile, detached home prices remained steady month-over-month at $515,300. While absorption rates eased in the sector, conditions remained relatively balanced.

“Many clients are optimistic about the long-term outlook and are less concerned about short-term fluctuations in the housing market,” said Lyall.

“They’re focused on taking the time they need to make the right choices for their lifestyle. Saying that, it’s important to stay current and become educated with the market dynamics in the communities where they may be making real estate decisions.”

posted in General at Fri, 14 Aug 2015 09:14:51 -0600

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Cool Hot Tubs for Summer Fun

No need to go on vacation to enjoy the summer. Bring the fun home with these amazing hot tubs!
posted in General at Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:55:58 -0600

Monday, July 20, 2015 - Calgary's Summer Festival Scene

Calgary?s Summer Festival Scene rivals any other, with performers and artists embarking on our city each year to put on a great time.  It wouldn?t be summer without checking out at least a couple of the events, and the sites, sounds and culinary adventures they have to offer.Calgary Folk Music Festival July 23rd-26thRevel in one of the ?7 musical wonders of the world? (Globe and Mail) at Prince?s Island Park. 76 artists from 16 countries on 8 stages in concerts and magical collaborative ...
posted in General at Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:01:11 -0600

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - Cost of Buying a Home, Plan your Budget Wisely

There are many costs associated with buying your first home or your dream home. There are upfront costs and ongoing costs that you need to consider when planning your home-buying budget. Upfront costs may include: - Down Payment ? This needs to be ready at time of purchase and its source to be verifiable by the bank.- Initial and Additional Deposits - This is part of your down payment and has to be accessible when you're placing an offer on a property.- Home Inspection - Costs of a home ...
posted in General at Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:40:27 -0600

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