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How to Create a Pet-Friendly Backyard

A dog-friendly backyard isn't just a luxury; it's a necessity for pet owners who want to ensure their pets are safe, healthy, and entertained. Here's how you can create the best outdoor space for your dog, combining fun, safety, and practicality.

1. Secure Fencing: Safety First

Why it matters: The first step to a dog-friendly backyard is ensuring your pet can't escape. A secure fence keeps your dog safe from potential dangers and prevents them from wandering off.

What to do:

  • Height: Ensure your fence is high enough (at least 6 feet for large breeds) to prevent your dog from jumping over.
  • Material: Choose sturdy materials like wood, vinyl, or chain-link. For smaller dogs, ensure there are no gaps they can squeeze through.
  • Maintenance: Regularly check for and repair any gaps, holes, or weak spots.

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2. Shaded Areas: Protection from the Elements

Why it matters: Dogs can overheat quickly, especially in hot weather. Providing shaded areas allows them to cool off and stay comfortable.

What to do:...

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New property listed in Sunnyside, Calgary

I have listed a new property at 935 5 STREET NW in Calgary. See details here

Inner city opportunity! Nestled up against the hill and located on a gorgeous tree lined street, this large 2 storey home may well be what you have been seeking all along. Great curb appeal and meticulous landscaping dominate. All weather decking beautiful vegetation out front will have your wanting more. Foyer opens to the living and dining room, making it perfect for entertaining. Vaulted ceiling in the living room invites maximum natural lighting and gives it a large feel. Kitchen boasts plenty of cupboard space and opens to the breakfast nook and family room, which comes complete with a 2 sided fireplace to the west facing sunroom. A great spot for your morning coffee. Upper level boasts a generous sized primary bedroom with 5 piece ensuite and walk in closet with built-ins. Completing the upper level are upper laundry, a second bedroom, full bathroom and open loft area, which can be converted into another bedroom...

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MAY 2024 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

The month of May showed a resilient market with strong resale home sales, slightly below last year's record but well above long-term trends. Sales declined in lower-priced detached and semi-detached homes due to limited supply. According to Ann-Marie Lurie, Chief Economist at CREB®, new listing inventories have increased, mainly in higher price ranges, supported by a strong economy. However, these did not offset the decline in lower-priced sales. Inventory levels, though improved, remain low, favoring sellers. Price growth continued city-wide, with the benchmark price rising compared to both last month and last year.

*data sourced from the CREB (Calgary Real Estate Board) monthly stats

May 2024 CREB Calgary Real Estate Full Report

May 2024 CREB Calgary REGION Real Estate Full Report

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New property listed in Airdrie, Airdrie

I have listed a new property at 15 102 Canoe SQUARE SW in Airdrie. See details here

Welcome to Morningside Landing in the heart of Airdrie! Complete with 3 bedrooms above grade and a professionally developed living area on the lower level, this awesome space has plenty of room for the growing and extended family. A private side entrance introduces you to an open concept main floor plan. Kitchen includes loads of cupboard space and stainless steel appliances (new stove) and an attached island which overlooks the dining and living room areas. Enjoy cozy nights watching the big screen curled up in front of the fireplace. Completing the main floor are a 2 piece bathroom and back patio area for a summer BBQ. Upper level boasts 3 bedrooms and a bonus room for the home office. Spacious primary bedroom has built-ins and a cheater ensuite. Stunning fully developed lower level is a perfect place for extended family. Vinyl plank flooring dominates this open area including cabinets, a sink, stainless...

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New property listed in Palliser, Calgary

I have listed a new property at 327 2144 Paliswood ROAD SW in Calgary. See details here

PREMIUM LOCATION IN THIS COMPLEX. This immaculate, quiet and spacious condo at Courtyards West Park in Palliser boasts 2 private treed view balconies (south and east exposure) making it feel like you are no longer in the city. A peaceful setting like this cannot be overlooked. Prepare to be impressed with the many EXTENSIVE renovations that have been implemented throughout the entire living area of this bright and open concept layout, which boasts plenty of natural lighting and engineered hardwood flooring throughout. Dream kitchen includes a tasteful combination of quartz countertops, upgraded Bosch dishwasher and stainless steel appliances, gorgeous cabinetry and two pantries. This area opens up to the dining and living room with a featured tiled gas fireplace. The dining room flows to the living area making it perfect for family gatherings. Enjoy warm summer days dining on the main east facing balcony...

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MINI GOLF IN AND AROUND CALGARY

There are several places to head out to enjoy a round of mini-golf in and around Calgary. 

Let us know if we have missed any! We'd love to check them out.

1. Winsport (C.O.P. Canada Olympic Park) – NW Calgary. A family favorite. There are some challenging holes as this course is built onto the side of the hill.  A beautiful spot tucked into the trees. 

Reservations are highly recommended. 

The course incorporates stairs and bridges which may be challenging for some individuals.

Where to park and find the mini golf course at Winsport. or Google Map

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2. Stone Creek Adventure Golf – Country Hills Blvd (on the east side of Deerfoot at 999 Country Hills Blvd NE) – NE Calgary.  Another family favorite, it is also well treed.  A lot of water and vintage decor add to the atmosphere at this 18 hole course. Picnic tables and cafeteria style snacks.

There is also a driving range at this location.

999 Country Hills Blvd NE, Calgary, AB...

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APRIL 2024 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

Sales are still higher than usual for April. The increase in sales came from more affordable, high-density products. Sales in detached homes were the same as last year.

Inventory remains low. Consequently, prices continued to rise.

Lower-priced homes saw a 29% decline in supply, while higher-priced properties experienced growth in listings. This shift is attributed to high-interest rates, which are prompting demand for affordable homes and increasing listings for higher-priced ones.

*data sourced from the CREB (Calgary Real Estate Board) monthly stats

February 2024 CREB Calgary Real Estate Full Report

February 2024 CREB Calgary REGION Real Estate Full Report

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New property listed in Beltline, Calgary

I have listed a new property at 402 1123 13 AVENUE SW in Calgary. See details here

Welcome to Executive Estates! Located on a peaceful street right across the road from Connaught School, access to anywhere is quick and convenient. This beautiful and secure building has a super clean common area leading up to the unit on the 4th floor. Spacious condo is dominated by hardwood and ceramic tile flooring. Kitchen includes tasteful maple cabinets along with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and under mount sink. Living room boasts plenty of natural light with sunny south exposure along with access to the private balcony, making it perfect to enjoy your morning coffee. Completing this well kept unit are a good sized bedroom, full bathroom, in suite laundry, assigned storage and parking. Steps to downtown and all restaurants/shops on 17th  Ave, this is a great opportunity for those looking to get into the market or investor.   

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New property listed in Citadel, Calgary

I have listed a new property at 209 Citadel POINT NW in Calgary. See details here

BEAUTIFUL CORNER TOWNHOME IN A PRIME CITADEL LOCATION! Boasting awesome curb appeal and two parking stalls directly in front of the unit, this well maintained home may well be what you have been seeking all along. Main level includes a spacious living room complete with a cozy fireplace for those cool nights. Kitchen overlooks the dining room and includes plenty of cupboard space and all appliances. Enjoy a summer BBQ in your private yard, overlooking a gorgeous greenspace and pathway. No neighbours to the back.....what a treat! Completing the main level are a half bathroom and foyer. Generous sized primary bedroom is the highlight of the upper level, which also has two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom. The unspoiled lower level includes 4 windows and a rough in for another bathroom. Furnace and laundry are tucked away nicely for this great space awaiting your creative development ideas. Easy access...

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New property listed in Rocky Ridge, Calgary

I have listed a new property at 113 345 Rocky Vista PARK NW in Calgary. See details here

Beautifully maintained corner unit at Pavilions of Rocky Ridge! Located at the back corner of the complex, this quiet and private 2 bedroom/2 bathroom plan is perfect for a couple looking to downsize or young professionals getting into the market. Generous foyer leads to the open concept living room, dining room, and kitchen making it perfect for entertaining. Kitchen includes a tasteful combination of upgraded stainless steel and black appliances with plenty of maple cabinets. Enjoy quiet nights watching the big screen curled up in front of the stone corner fireplace. Super private patio with awesome morning sunlight, natural gas hookup for the BBQ, storage, and easy access to the path system. Spacious primary bedroom includes a full ensuite and large walk-in closet. Second bedroom is at the other end of the condo and is right beside the main bathroom. In suite laundry room with more storage is icing...

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New property listed in Copperfield, Calgary

I have listed a new property at 59 Copperstone DRIVE SE in Calgary. See details here

YOUR SEARCH IS OVER! Backing onto a wetland reserve, this lovingly cared for and original owner home is a special opportunity to get into the desirable community of Copperfield. Gorgeous curb appeal will have you wanting more and the interior will certainly not disappoint. Total open concept main level is highlighted by a dream kitchen, which has plenty of cupboard space, upgraded stainless steel appliances, corner pantry and island with raised breakfast bar. The kitchen overlooks the dining and living room areas making it perfect for entertaining. Enjoy cool nights curled up in front of the tasteful tile surround gas fireplace. Sunny southwest exposure allows for maximum natural light and warm BBQ days on the raised deck. Completing the main level are a half bathroom and large foyer. Upper level boasts 3 good sized bedrooms, bonus room, full bathroom and upper laundry. Generous sized primary bedroom includes...

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House vs Townhouse vs Condo

Buying a house, townhome, or condo each offers distinct advantages and considerations in both the short and long term.

Short-Term Differences:

1. Cost: Generally, condos and townhomes are more affordable upfront compared to single-family houses. Condos tend to be the most budget-friendly option due to shared expenses and smaller individual space. Townhomes often fall in between condos and houses in terms of cost.

 2. Maintenance: Condos typically have lower maintenance, responsibilities such as exterior maintenance, landscaping, and common area upkeep are managed by the homeowner's association (HOA) through monthly condo fees. Townhomes may also have shared maintenance responsibilities but usually involve more private maintenance compared to condos. Houses require the most maintenance as the homeowner is responsible for all upkeep.

 3. Community Living: Condos and townhomes often provide a sense of community and shared amenities like pools, gyms, and clubhouses. Houses may offer...

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New property listed in Acadia, Calgary

I have listed a new property at 613 Agate CRESCENT SE in Calgary. See details here

Home ownership in desirable Acadia! Located on a quiet street across from St. Cecilia School, this completely renovated and well maintained bungalow may well be what you have been seeking all along. Gorgeous curb appeal will have you wanting more and the interior will most certainly not disappoint. The main level foyer opens to the generous sized living and dining room areas, making it perfect for entertaining or having a morning coffee while you enjoy the fantastic sunrises. Kitchen includes white cabinets, granite countertops, updated stainless steel appliances, tasteful backsplash, undermount dual sinks and space for a kitchen table. Completing the main level are a huge primary bedroom with dream 5 piece ensuite, a second bedroom and another full bathroom. Hardwood and ceramic tile dominate. Cool in summer and warm in winter, the fully developed basement maximizes total living space with a large family...

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FEBRUARY 2024 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

In February, low inventory and high demand continued to push prices up in Calgary. Despite a rise in new listings, sales increased by almost 23%, keeping the sales-to-new-listings ratio at 79%, maintaining inventories at historic lows. The tight supply and increased sales led to the months of supply falling to just over one month, resembling levels seen last spring. Ann-Marie Lurie, Chief Economist at CREB®, noted that strong demand and low supply are driving price gains, particularly for homes under $500,000, which saw inventories drop by 31%. Higher-priced homes are seeing rising supply, leading to more balanced conditions in that segment. The East district saw the highest year-over-year price growth at 25%, while the City Centre reported the slowest growth at under five percent.

*Data sourced from CREB (Calgary Real Estate Board)

February 2024 CREB Calgary Real Estate Full Report

February 2024 CREB Calgary REGION Real Estate Full Report


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New property listed in Woodbine, Calgary

I have listed a new property at 375 Woodbriar CIRCLE SW in Calgary. See details here

Beautiful family home on a corner lot in Woodbriar Estates! Situated on a super quiet street and backing onto the path system leading to Woodbriar Park, this 2491 square foot may well be what you have been seeking all along. Gorgeous curb appeal of this well maintained home will have you wanting more. Main level includes plenty of space for your growing family. Formal dining room opens to the living room making it perfect for entertaining guests. Dream kitchen has loads of cupboard space and has seen its share of upgrades with black appliances, granite countertops, island, and corner pantry. A convenient office nook in the kitchen provides the perfect spot for handling household bills, recipes or work from home tasks. Breakfast nook opens to the deck and private backyard oasis, which has plenty of tree coverage along with a high end hot tub and shed. Family room is a great spot to settle in for the evening...

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Tips for creating Productivity and Comfort in your Home Office

In the era of remote work, having a functional and comfortable home office is paramount for success. Whether you're a seasoned remote worker or just starting out, optimizing your workspace can significantly impact your productivity and well-being.

1. Adequate Lighting: Proper lighting is key to reducing eye strain and enhancing productivity. Aim for a combination of natural light and artificial lighting sources to brighten up your workspace. Position your desk near a window to benefit from natural light during the day, and invest in adjustable desk lamps for task lighting in the evenings.

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2. Office Chair: Invest in a high-quality ergonomic office chair that provides adequate support for your back, neck, and arms. Look for adjustable features such as seat height, lumbar support, and armrests to ensure proper posture and comfort during long hours of work.

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3. Identify a Workspace: Designate a specific area in your home as your dedicated workspace. Choose a quiet and clutter-free corner where...

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New property listed in McKenzie Towne, Calgary

I have listed a new property at 16 Elgin Meadows MANOR SE in Calgary. See details here

Making home ownership a reality. This spectacular family home is situated in desirable McKenzie Towne. Located on a quiet street and easy access out of the neighbourhood, this 1516 square foot home may well be what you have been seeking along. Boasting awesome curb appeal and a good sized yard for the kids, this 3 bedroom home will check all of the boxes for you. You will immediately be greeted by a large and dramatic foyer which moves into a total open concept floor plan complete with 9' ceilings. Dream kitchen includes loads of cupboard space, upgraded stainless steel appliances, island with breakfast bar, and corner pantry. The kitchen opens up to the dining and living room areas, making it perfect for entertaining. Curl up in front of the big screen and the cozy fireplace on those cool winter nights. The dining room will accommodate a larger table and opens up to the deck in the sunny south facing...

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New property listed in McKenzie Towne, Calgary

I have listed a new property at 1212 4975 130 AVENUE SE in Calgary. See details here

Home ownership can now be a reality! This 2 bedroom condo is located on the second floor and faces north (not courtyard), providing both security and privacy. Open concept throughout makes it perfect for entertaining with the kitchen looking right out to the living and dining areas. Enjoy a summer BBQ on the balcony. Both bedrooms are generous in size and include their very own full ensuite bathrooms. In suite laundry room provides ample storage. This condo includes all 5 appliances and all utilities are covered in the condo fees. 2 parking stalls are literally icing on the cake. The indoor stall is titled and the outdoor stall is assigned and right out the front door. Steps to all shopping, restaurants, and shops at South Trail Crossing. Show and sell.

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The Silent Danger of Radon Gas in Your Home

In the realm of home safety, certain dangers lurk beneath our notice. One such hidden hazard is radon gas – a colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas that can seep into homes and pose serious health risks. 

As uranium breaks down, it releases radon gas, which can then enter homes through cracks and openings in the foundation, walls, and floors. Once indoors, radon can accumulate to dangerous levels, exposing inhabitants to increased health risks.

Prolonged exposure to elevated radon levels is associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, making it the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. The danger lies in the fact that radon is undetectable by human senses, making it crucial for homeowners to actively test for its presence.

Homeowners can easily test for radon using radon test kits, available at most home improvement stores, Amazon or through professional radon testing services (google or see below for links). Short-term tests typically last between...

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DECEMBER 2023 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

*Data sourced from CREB (Calgary Real Estate Board)

Strong migration and low supply drive Calgary housing prices in 2023 - Sales in 2023 did ease relative to last year's peak, but with 27,416 sales, levels were still far higher than long-term trends and activity reported before the pandemic. While sales stayed relatively strong, there was a notable shift in activity toward more affordable apartment condominiums style homes. “Higher lending rates dampened housing demand this year, but thanks to strong migration levels, housing demand remained relatively strong, especially for affordable options in our market,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “At the same time, supply levels were low compared to the demand throughout the year, resulting in stronger than expected price growth.” Inventory levels were persistently below long-term trends for the city throughout most of the year, averaging a 44 per cent decline over the 10-year average. We also saw the...

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New property listed in Castleridge, Calgary

I have listed a new property at 139 Castledale WAY NE in Calgary. See details here

Well maintained family home located on a quiet street within the community of Castleridge. This 3 level split boasts an open concept plan and includes 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Kitchen has plenty of cupboard space and includes all appliances. A generous eating area opens to a south facing deck for the BBQ. Spacious living room invites ample natural lighting and is a great place to curl up in front of the big screen. Completing the main level are 2 bedrooms and a full cheater ensuite. Lower level includes a large family room with wood burning fireplace, a third bedroom, another full bathroom and a dedicated laundry room with space for extra storage. Shingles and siding are 4 years old along with a newer furnace. A significant feature of this home is the oversized double garage and private back yard. Steps to area shopping, golf and restaurants, and public transit. Close to Deerfoot and a short downtown...

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NOVEMBER 2023 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

Calgary Real Estate Board: "Gains in new listings occurred across most price ranges, but the most significant gains occurred from homes priced over $600,000. Despite the year-over-year jump in new listings, inventory levels remained low thanks to relatively strong sales. With 1,787 sales in November, the sales to new listings ratio remained high at 80 per cent, and the months of supply remained below two months. “Like other large cities, new listings have been increasing,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “However, in Calgary, the gains have not been enough to change the low inventory situation thanks to strong demand. Our market continues to favour the seller, driving further price growth.” "

November 2023 CREB Calgary Real Estate Full Report

November 2023 CREB Calgary REGION Real Estate Full Report

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New property listed in Windsor Park, Calgary

I have listed a new property at 509 55 AVENUE SW in Calgary. See details here

QUALITY. It is difficult to accurately describe this brand new 3 storey and all of the amazing features that it offers. Contemporary curb appeal will have you wanting more. The main level is a total open concept plan from front to back. Highlighted by the centerpiece dream kitchen, this space is perfect for entertaining guests. The kitchen includes high quality stainless steel appliances, plenty white cabinetry, quartz countertops with undermount sink and a large island with breakfast bar. A formal dining area will accommodate a large table for family gatherings. Enjoy cool fall nights curled up in front of the fireplace of the living room. 9 foot ceilings and engineered hardwood dominate. Enjoy a BBQ on the sunny south facing deck with natural gas hookup. The upper level includes 3 generous sized bedrooms and a dedicated upper laundry room. Primary bedroom has awesome views through the large window along with...

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New property listed in Abbeydale, Calgary

I have listed a new property at 58 Aberdare CRESCENT NE in Calgary. See details here

Located on a quiet street in Abbeydale , this well maintained bungalow screams potential with a total of 5 bedrooms (3 up and 2 down) making it perfect for a larger family or a potential live up and rent down scenario. Main level includes a generous sized living and dining room combination along with 3 bedrooms and a full bathroom. Newer flooring dominates. Kitchen completes the main level, which includes newer cabinets and room for a breakfast bistro table to enjoy your morning coffee. Lower level is fully developed and includes a spacious living room, 2 bedrooms, a full bathroom, and additional kitchen. Common area laundry is also located on the lower level. This home also boasts newer shingles, furnace, and hot water tank. Large backyard can accommodate a future garage and still allow plenty of space for the kids to play. Steps to a neighborhood park , right around the corner to area schools and an easy...

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OCTOBER 2023 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

With a low inventory, the seller's market continues. 

Calgary Real Estate Board: “October sales activity slowed over the last month in alignment with typical seasonal patterns. However, sales levels were 17 per cent higher than last year and amongst the highest levels reported for October."

October 2023 CREB Calgary Real Estate Full Report

October 2023 CREB Calgary REGION Real Estate Full Report

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Building an Infill in Calgary

Building an infill property in Calgary involves several steps, including planning, permits, construction, and compliance with local regulations. Here's a general overview of how to build an infill property in Calgary:

  1. Feasibility and Research:

    • Identify a suitable infill lot in an established neighborhood.
    • Research the zoning regulations, land use bylaws, and any development policies that apply to the area. You can contact the City of Calgary's Planning and Development department for information on the specific property and its zoning.
  2. Engage Professionals:

    • Hire an architect or designer to create plans for your infill property that adhere to the local zoning regulations and reflect your vision.
  3. Financing and Budget:

    • Secure financing for the project. This may involve obtaining construction loans or securing investment partners.
    • Develop a detailed budget that includes construction costs, permits, design fees, and other expenses.
  4. Pre-Application Meeting:

    • Schedule a pre-application meeting with...
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Condo Living

Condo living in Calgary, as in many other urban areas, offers several benefits that appeal to a variety of individuals and lifestyles. Here are some of the advantages of living in a condo in Calgary:

  1. Location and Accessibility: Condos are often situated in prime locations within the city, providing easy access to amenities, public transportation, restaurants, and entertainment. This can be especially convenient for those who work or socialize in the downtown area.

  2. Low Maintenance: Condo owners typically pay monthly fees that cover maintenance and repair costs for the common areas and exterior of the building. This means you won't have to worry about mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, or dealing with major repairs, which is ideal for individuals with busy schedules or those looking to downsize.

  3. Amenities: Many condo developments offer a range of amenities, such as fitness centers, swimming pools, communal spaces, and even concierge services. These amenities can enhance your quality of life...

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REAL ESTATE INVESTING

Generating a real estate portfolio quickly involves a combination of strategic planning, efficient execution, and a focus on scaling your investments. Here are some steps to consider for fast-tracking the creation of a real estate portfolio:

Define Your Investment Strategy: Determine your investment objectives, such as property types (residential, commercial, multifamily, etc.), location preferences, and target returns. Having a clear strategy will help you focus your efforts and identify suitable opportunities. Research the difference between long- and short-term rentals – higher rates in short term, require more time.

Build a Network: Connect with real estate agents, accountants and lenders, who can provide valuable insights, potential deals, and financing options. Building a network with trades, almost every aspect of real estate will require trades at some point. 

Access Financing: Secure financing options that align with your investment goals. Explore traditional mortgages,...

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JUNE 2023 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

Another record-high month for Calgary, with low inventory.

Calgary Real Estate Board: “The demand for housing remains robust, bolstered by a healthy labour market and increased migration levels, which helps offset the impact of higher lending rates,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “Although we have seen some recent improvements in new listings, particularly for apartment condominiums, it is not enough to cause any substantial change from the low inventory situation in our city. While new home starts are on the rise, it will take time to observe their impact on supply.” With a supply of just over one month, the current market conditions continue to favour sellers, placing upward pressure on home prices. 

June 2023 CREB Calgary Real Estate Full Report

June 2023 CREB Calgary REGION Real Estate Full Report

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MAY 2023 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

May sales reach record high.

Calgary Real Estate Board: Thanks to a significant gain in apartment condominium sales, May sales rose to 3,120, a new record high for the month. While the monthly gains have not outweighed earlier declines, this does reflect a shift from the declines reported at the start of the year. At the same time, we continue to see fewer new listings on the market than last year, causing inventory levels to fall. With a sales-to-new-listings ratio of 85 per cent and months of supply of one month, conditions continue to favour the seller placing further upward pressure on home prices. “Calgary’s housing market continues to exceed expectations with the recent gain in sales activity this month,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “The higher interest rate environment and recent rental rate gains have driven more consumers to seek apartment condominium units. In addition, the recent rise in new apartment listings has provided enough...

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Garage Door Upgrade

A new garage door can be a complete refresh. Updating your garage door can improve the look and functionality of your home. 

If your garage door is in great working condition, a new paint could give it the boost it needs. 

Return on investment when replacing an old, warped, paint pealing door is typically close to 100% and will stand the test of time. A renovation worth doing even if you are not planning on moving in the next five years.

Check out the difference online before taking the plunge.

Amarr Door Design is a fantastic and super easy process.

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Tips for Eco Friendly Yards in Calgary

Calgary, like many other cities, is becoming increasingly conscious of the importance of sustainable and eco-friendly practices. Here are some tips for creating an eco-friendly yard in Calgary:

  1. Choose native plants: Native plants are well-suited to Calgary's climate and require less water and maintenance than non-native plants. They also provide a habitat for local wildlife.  Eco friendly yard
  2. Composting is an excellent way to reduce waste and create nutrient-rich soil for your garden. You can create your own compost or purchase it from a local garden store. The City of Calgary gives away compost from the green bin program for free – although you need to book a time slot for pick up. Details on when / how to book:  https://www.calgary.ca/waste/residential/green-cart-compost-giveaway.htmlEco friendly yard
  3. Install a rain barrel: A rain barrel collects rainwater from your roof, which you can then use to water your plants. This helps conserve water and reduces your reliance on the municipal water...
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Maintaining your Deck, Extend the lifespan of you Deck

A deck is a valuable addition to any home, but it also requires regular maintenance to ensure maximum durability. Here are some tips to help you maintain your deck:

  1. Clean your deck regularly: Sweep your deck regularly to remove dirt, debris, and leaves. Use a garden hose or pressure washer (low setting) to clean your deck annually. You can also use a deck cleaner to remove any stains or discolorations.Deck Maintenance
  2. Inspect your deck: Inspect your deck regularly for any signs of damage, such as cracks, splinters, or rot. Replace any damaged or rotten boards to ensure the safety of your deck.Deck Maintenance
  3. Seal or stain your deck: Apply a sealer or stain to protect your deck from moisture and UV rays. Choose a product that is specifically designed for your type of decking material.Deck Maintenance
  4. Check the hardware: Check the hardware on your deck, such as screws and bolts, to ensure they are tight and secure. Replace any rusty or corroded hardware to prevent accidents.Deck Maintenance
  5. Trim surrounding foliage: Trim any trees or bushes surrounding...
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Curb Appeal: 10 tips to add value to your home right now.

Great curb appeal will add value to your home, whether you are selling or not.  If the houses on the street appear well kept, property values will be better than in an unkempt neighbourhood.  When houses on your street sell for more money, the value of your home will increase. Keeping your house tidy on the outside will help theirs sell for more money. Ready to sell or not these are great tips to keep up the curb appeal, from budget friendly to splurges they will increase the value of your home, now and years to come.

Here are some tips to help you create curb appeal for your home:

    1. Start with the landscaping: A well-manicured lawn, trimmed hedges, and colorful flowers can make a big difference in the appearance of your home. Consider hiring a landscaper to help design and maintain your yard. 

      Ensure that it is weed free (no dandelions popping up) and not dried out & brown. Water, weed, and cut the grass. It is also important to trim the grass for a polished & finished...

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APRIL 2023 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

Prices reach record high.

Calgary Real Estate Board: This month, persistent sellers’ market conditions placed further upward pressure on home prices. After four months of persistent gains, the total unadjusted benchmark price reached $550,800, nearly two per cent higher than last month and a new monthly record high for the city. “While sales activity is performing as expected, the steeper pullback in new listings has ensured that supply levels remain low,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “The limited supply choice is causing more buyers to place offers above the list price, contributing to the stronger than expected gains in home prices.” In April, sales reached 2,690 units compared to the 3,133 new listings. With a salesto-new-listings ratio of 86 per cent, inventories declined by 34 per cent compared to last year and are over 45 per cent below long-term averages for April. While sales have eased by 21 per cent compared to last year, the...

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JANUARY 2023 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORT

CREB Report: The level of new listings in January fell to the lowest levels seen since the late 90s. While new listings fell in nearly every price range, the pace of decline was higher for lower-priced properties. At the same time, sales activity did slow compared to the high levels reported last year but remained consistent with long-term trends. However, there has been a shift in the composition of sales as detached homes only comprised 47 per cent of all sales. “Higher lending rates are causing many buyers to seek out lower-priced products in our market,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “However, the higher rates are likely also preventing some move-up activity in the market impacting supply growth for lowerpriced homes. This is causing differing conditions in the housing market based on price range.” With 2,451 units available in inventory, levels remain 43 per cent lower than long-term trends for the month. While overall inventory levels are slightly...

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DECEMBER 2022 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

Calgary Real Estate Reports "December sales eased, however, slowing sales over the second half of 2022 were not enough to offset earlier gains as sales reached a record high of 29,672 units in 2022.Over the past several months, the pullback in sales was also met with a significant pullback in new listings, causing further declines in inventory levels. As of December, there were 2,214 units available in Inventory, making it the lowest level of inventory reported for December in over a decade. “Housing market conditions have changed significantly throughout the year, as sales activity slowed following steep rate gains throughout the later part of the year,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “However, Calgary continues to report activity that is better than levels seen before the pandemic and higher than long-term trends for the city. At the same time, we have faced persistently low inventory levels, which have prevented a more significant adjustment in home...

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NOVEMBER 2022 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

Calgary Real Estate Board Report: Residential sales in the city slowed to 1,648 units, a year-over-year decline of 22 per cent, but 12 per cent above the 10-year average. The pullback in sales over the past six months was not enough to erase gains from earlier in the year as year-to-date sales remain nearly 10 per cent above last year’s record high. The year-to-date sales growth has been driven by a surge in both apartment condominium and row sales. “Easing sales have been driven mostly by declines in the detached sector of the market. Higher lending rates are impacting purchasers buying power and limited supply choice in the lower price ranges of the detached market is likely causing many purchasers to place buying decisions on hold.” A decline in sales was met with a pullback in new listings and inventories fell to the lowest level reported in November since 2005. The pullback in both sales and new listings kept the months of supply relatively tight at below two months....

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OCTOBER 2022 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

Calgary Real Estate Board reports: Sales remain stonger than pre-covid levels. October sales eased compared to last year’s levels, mostly due to slower activity in the detached sector. However, with 1,857 sales this month, levels are still stronger than long-term trends and activity reported prior to the pandemic. Year-to-date sales have reached 26,823 and with only two months to go, 2022 will likely post a record year in terms of sales. “Calgary hasn’t seen the same degree of pullback in housing sales like other parts of Canada, thanks to persistently strong demand for our higher density product,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “While our city is not immune to the impact that inflation and higher rates are having, strong employment growth, positive migration flows and a stronger commodity market are helping offset some of that impact.” New listings also trended down this month causing the sales-to-new-listings ratio to rise to 85 per...

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SEPTEMBER 2022 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

Calgary Board of Real Estate "City of Calgary, October 3, 2022 - Strong sales for condominium apartment and row properties was not enough to offset declines reported for other property types. This caused city sales to ease by nearly 12 per cent compared to last year. However, with 1,901 sales in September, activity is still far stronger than levels achieved prior to the pandemic and is well above long-term trends for September. Despite recent pullbacks in sales and thanks to strong levels earlier in the year, year-to-date sales remain 15 per cent higher than last year’s levels. “While demand is easing especially for higher priced detached and semi-detached product, purchasers are still active in the affordable segments of the market, cushioning much of the impact on sales,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “At the same time, we are seeing new listings ease, preventing the market from becoming oversupplied and supporting more balanced conditions.”...

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AUGUST 2022 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

Supply levels ease with fewer new listings in August 

Calgary Real Estate Board: City of Calgary, August sales activity was comparable to the strong levels recorded last year and well above long-term trends for the month. While sales have remained relatively strong, there continues to be a shift towards more affordable options as the year-over-year pullback in detached sales was nearly matched by gains for multi-family product types. “While higher lending rates have slowed activity in the detached market, we are still seeing homebuyers shift to more affordable options which is keeping sales activity relatively strong,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “This makes Calgary different than some of the larger cities in the country which have recorded significant pullbacks in sales.” At the same time, new listings continue to trend down, preventing any supply gains or a substantial shift in the months of supply. Despite year-over-year gains in new listings,...

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JULY 2022 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

CREB: City of Calgary, August 2, 2022 - Significant slowdowns in the detached and semi-detached market were nearly offset by sales growth in the apartment and row sectors. This left July sales three per cent lower than levels recorded last year. While this is the second month where sales activity has slowed, total residential sales this month are still amongst the strongest levels recorded in our market. “Rising lending rates are causing shifts within the market and, as a result, new listings for higher-priced product are on the rise relative to sales activity,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “Meanwhile, there continues to be a lack of supply for lower-priced detached and semi-detached product. This is driving consumers who are looking for affordable homes to purchase apartment- and row-style properties.” Residential new listings in the city declined compared to what was seen in 2021, but when considering the dynamics between price ranges, we are...

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JUNE 2022 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

Market starts to shift as sales slow -

JUNE 2022 CREB City of Calgary real estate board:

Sales activity in June eased relative to the past several months and with 2,842 sales, levels declined by two per cent over last year’s record high. While sales activity has remained relatively strong for June levels, the decline was driven by a pullback in detached and semi-detached home sales. “As expected, higher interest rates are starting to have an impact on home sales. This is helping shift the market toward more balanced conditions and taking some of the pressure off prices,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “While we are starting to see some transition, it is important to note that in Calgary year-todate sales are still at record levels and prices are still far above expectations for the year.” This pullback in sales was not met with the same level of pullback in new listings. This caused inventories to trend up over previous months. These shifts...

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MAY 2022 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

Market continues to favour the seller despite slowing sales 

May 2022 CREB City of Calgary real estate board:

For the second month in a row, sales activity trended down after alltime record high sales in March. While activity in the market slowed down in May, with 3,071 sales, levels are still slightly higher than last year’s record high and are far stronger than typical levels of activity recorded in May. “It’s not a surprise to see sales ease from the exceptionally strong levels seen earlier in the year. Many buyers were eager to get into the market ahead of the rate gains that we are now seeing,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “While higher lending rates are weighing on sales activity, the market is still struggling with supply levels and rising prices which could also be contributing to slower sales, especially in the detached market. Nonetheless, if this shift continues, we could begin to see more balanced conditions in the market...

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APRIL 2022 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

April 2022 CREB City of Calgary real estate board:

Sellers' market conditions continue in April.

Following an all-time record high month of sales in March, activity slowed down in April. However, with 3,401 sales this month, it was still a gain of six per cent over last year and a record high for the month of April. “Despite some of the monthly pullback, it is important to note that sales remain exceptionally strong and are likely being limited due to supply choice in the market,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “While further rate increases will likely start to dampen demand later this year, more pullbacks in new listings this month are ensuring the market continues to favour the seller, resulting in further price gains. New listings trended down relative to last month and levels recorded last year. With the sales-to-new listings ratio remaining above 74 per cent, there was not much of a shift in overall inventory levels. With 4,850 units in inventory,...
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FEBRUARY 2022 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

February 2022 CREB City of Calgary real estate board:

City of Calgary, March 1, 2022 - Thanks to a surge in new listings, sales activity reached a record high for the month of February with 3,305 sales. The rise in new listings caused adjusted inventories to rise above last months levels. However, with only one month of supply, the market continues to favour the seller. “Sales have been somewhat restricted by the lack of supply choice in the market. While sellers did respond with a record level of new listings this month, the demand has been so strong that the housing market continues to remain undersupplied causing further price gains” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. The total residential benchmark price for the city rose by nearly six per cent over January levels and was over 16 per cent higher than levels recorded last February. Much of the growth has been driven by the detached segment of the market which has not seen conditions this tight in over 15 years....

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JANUARY 2022 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

January 2022 CREB City of Calgary real estate starts are in.


We saw a month filled with low inventory on detached and semi-detached homes causing many sales to go into competing offers, pushing the average price of detached homes from $559,202 last January to $624,161 this January.


City of Calgary, February 1, 2022 - Thanks to persistently strong sales, inventory levels were the lowest levels seen since 2006. This caused the months of supply to remain exceptionally low for this time of year at 1.3 months. The tight market conditions contributed to further upward pressure on prices. The unadjusted benchmark price in January reached $472,300, a monthly gain of nearly two per cent and a year-over-year gain of 12 per cent. “Expected gains in lending rates are contributing to persistently strong demand in the housing market, as purchasers are eager to get ahead of any increases,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “We did see more listings this month, but it did...

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DECEMBER 2021 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

December 2021 CREB City of Calgary real estate starts are in.

A number of factors are keeping inventory low particularlyin the single family homes... concerns over rising interest rates, material and labour shortages creating supply issues on new home builds, demand for larger homes.

We are seeing some of the lowest inventory levels ever in detached homes.

CREB: City of Calgary  - Thanks to exceptionally high sales in December, 2021 was a record year for home sales. Calgary sales reached 27,686 units this year, nearly 72 per cent higher than last year and over 44 per cent higher than the 10-year average. “Concerns over inflation and rising lending rates likely created more urgency with buyers over the past few months. However, as is the case in many other cities, the supply has not kept pace with the demand causing strong price growth,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. As of December, the unadjusted benchmark price rose by nearly one per cent over last month...

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NOVEMBER 2021 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

Calgary Real Estate Board "Persistent sellers’ market conditions drive up prices"

"Driven by growth in demand for all property types, there were 2,110 sales in November, just shy of the record for the month set in 2005. “Lending rates are expected to increase next year, which has created a sense of urgency among purchasers who want to get into the housing market before rates rise,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “At the same time, supply levels have struggled to keep pace, causing tight conditions and additional price gains.” New listings in November totalled 1,989 units, which was fewer than the number of sales this month. With a sales-to-new-listings ratio of over 100 per cent, inventory levels dropped to 3,922 units and the months of supply dipped below two months. It is not unusual to see new listings and inventories trend down at this time of year, but slower sales are also typical. Instead, sales have remained at roughly the same levels...

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OCTOBER 2021 CALGARY AND REGION REAL ESTATE MARKET REPORTS

Calgary Real Estate Board "Market continues to favour the seller in October  - There were 2,186 sales in October, a record high for the month and over 35 per cent higher than longer-term averages. Year-to-date sales are on pace to hit new record highs and are currently 61 per cent higher than average activity recorded over the past five years and 42 per cent higher than 10-year averages. “Moving into the fourth quarter, the pace of housing demand continues to exceed expectations in the city,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “Much of the persistent strength is likely related to improving confidence in future economic prospects, as well as a sense of urgency among consumers to take advantage of the low-lending-rate environment.” New listings have improved relative to last year, but stronger sales caused further easing in inventory levels, which remain 16 per cent lower than last year and longer-term averages for the month. Supply levels have...

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