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MLS Listings Calgary: 37% Increase in Listings, Prices Still Stable

CALGARY REAL ESTATE NEWS - In spite of new MLS listings increasing by 37% in relation to January, Calgary homes for sale prices are still stable amid surplus.

 Crystal Tost, Top 3 Calgary REMAX REALTOR® of 2014, sells another home this monthCalgary Home Sold By Calgary Real Estate Agent Crystal Tost

A report on sales by ...

Calgary Oil Crisis 2015 Is Little Worry To Many Businesses

CALGARY REAL ESTATE NEWS - Since the price of oil decreased, many of us Calgarians are concerned about the big effects this shift will have on the economy and Calgary real estate. Many people and various businesses however, are showing little worry. I read a great article by Claudia Cattaneo on her take of the oil boom decrease and how many are ot too concerned. I want to share some of that information with you on my blog.

Business As Usual In Calgary...For Some

In Calgary, its business as usual during the oil crisis of 2015: there has been no drop in sales for most luxury items such as jet charters and luxury automobiles; and Calgary bars and restaurants are still doing well. All of these factors look promising to us Calgarians. There is a downside though: some believe that the...

Calgary Real Estate January 2015 Monthly Housing Statistics

Calgary Real Estate Stats January 2015

CALGARY REAL ESTATE NEWS - A combination of uncertainty regarding employment opportunities within the energy sector and the low oil prices experienced throughout the month of January has resulted in a general unease among consumers. As a result, monthly sales within the Calgary housing market fell to a level that has not been seen for the past five years. Furthermore, sales were more than 35 percent lower than the 10 year average as they fell across all three of Calgary’s sectors. Unfortunately, with economic conditions expected to fall short of the predictions that were made in December, this trend is not likely to reverse anytime soon.

While the number of sales declined in the Calgary real estate market, the number of new listings increased by 39 percent....

Calgary Real Estate December 2014 Monthly Housing Statistics

Calgary Real Estate Stats December 2015CALGARY REAL ESTATE NEWS - Despite a December Dip in Sales, 2014 Was a Good Year for the Calgary Real Estate Market 

While the Calgary housing market experienced a 7.5 percent decline when comparing December 2014 to December of the previous year, the story was far different when considering only the condominium and townhouse sectors. In fact, it was a records-setting year in these sectors, with sales increasing by 9.3 percent to reach a new annual high.

According to the latest CREB® report, monthly sales activity experienced a bit of a slowdown in December. This phenomenon is not unusual, however, as consumers typically begin to shift their attention away from the housing market and more toward the holiday season. Nonetheless, annual condominium apartment...

Calgary Real Estate: Buy/Sell Now in Oil Crisis? Answered!

CALGARY REAL ESTATE NEWS - Calgary real estate and Alberta’s oil price pain is at the forefront of debate in the news and in our communities. News outlets are saying it’s looking like a gloomy time for Calgary and some are saying don’t worry about it. As a resident of Calgary and a top award winning Calgary real estate agent for 18 years helping buyers and sellers with excellent results, I will give my take on this situation.

Alberta Oil Drill during Oil Crisis...

Calgary Real Estate Forecast for 2015

Calgary Real Estate Sales Expected To Drop With Stabilized Prices

CALGARY REAL ESTATE NEWS - The Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB® ) released its Calgary real estate forecast for 2015 (PDF available for download), and the results are a bit of a mixed bag. While housing sales are expected to drop off a bit in 2015, the forecast predicts that prices will remain relatively stable. As a result of the drop in sales, the Calgary real estate market is likely to experience more balanced conditions. There are, however,...

Fun Things to Do In Calgary: Glenbow Museum

As an award winning Calgary real estate agent with 5 star reviews on Google and resident of this great booming city, I have great knowledge of fun things to do in this city. If you’re looking for houses for sale in Calgary you’re wondering what’s fun to do here? Well in Downtown Calgary there is the Glenbow Museum. If you’re wondering “museum and fun?” Read on and see how fun it is.

Glenbow Museum

Address: 130 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P3, Canada (Downtown)
Phone Number: 403-268-4100
Fax: 403-265-9769
Email: info@glenbow.org

The Glenbow Museum is one of Western Canada's largest museums. It is located in downtown Calgary in the heart of Calgary's Cultural District, across from...

Fun Things to Do In Calgary: Devonian Gardens

As a top rated Calgary real estate agent and resident, I know firsthand the perks of living in this great city. Whether you’re a resident or thinking of having your dream home here, one of the fun things to do here is in Downtown Calgary by the name of Devonian Gardens.

Devonian Gardens

Address: 4th Floor, 317 - 7 Ave. S.W. Calgary, AB, Canada
Phone Number: 403-268-CITY (2489)

The Devonian Gardens is an indoor attraction sporting a “tropical oasis” and no entrance fee. There are many reasons to go, and no solid reasons not to experience these radiant gardens. First, let me share a little history about Devonian Gardens. J.H. Cook Architects and Engineers created Devonian Gardens who donated it to the City of Calgary by the ...

Calgary Real Estate Housing Statistics November 2014

CALGARY REAL ESTATE NEWS - Welcome to the November 2014 edition of housing statistics showcasing the Calgary real estate market. I have embedded a PDF at the end of this article which is also packed with information, graphs and statistics to peruse and enjoy.

  • Calgary has the strongest economy in the country with impressive job growth which makes it a hotspot for people to move to for a great quality of life and vast opportunities.
  • Calgary real estate listings are outpacing sales. With more properties available to purchase, along with it come better prices.
  • Calgary apartments (condominiums) and townhouse sectors have the biggest gains in November, with growth at 19%.
  • Due to increased listings, properties under $400,000 are more available as condominium apartments than single-family homes.
  • Statistics display that now...

Rent To Own Calgary Real Estate Advice

Rent to own in the Calgary real estate market can be a precarious situation. Protect yourself and your investment by reading below before partaking into a rent to own situation.

  • Follow my tips on avoiding a rent to own scams in the Calgary housing market.
  • Avoid scams in Calgary real estate pertaining to rent to own by hiring professional help such as a lawyer and appraiser.
  • Houses for sale in Calgary and abroad require a minimum of 5% of the total price as a down payment.
  • Calgary houses for sale in a rent to own situation does not usually benefit a buyer if they are not properly prepared.
  • At the time of this posting (Fall 2014) the Calgary real estate market is very much a seller’s market. In that regard most sellers would not offer a rent to own situation or do so in your favor.
  • Avoid rent to own mistakes like a client of mine. They were over mortgaged about $100,000 more than...
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Calgary Real Estate Award Winning Realtor
6020 1A St SW #10, SW Calgary, AB T2H 0G3
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What Past Clients Have Said

  I just happened to stumble upon Crystal's website when searching Calgary homes at a time when I was thinking of moving back to the city from my 19 year stint in "Silicon Valley", CA. I was just trying to get a feel for the Calgary real estate market and hadn't yet decided whether or not to move back. I asked Crystal's advice/experience with buying property with a rental suite in the basement to help with mortgage payments, and even though I was very clear that I hadn't yet decided to move back to Calgary, she still took the time to fill me in over e-mail in the pros and cons of purchasing such properties. I appreciated that she never "hounded" me during that month to find out whether or not I was going to be moving back (and obtain my business) -- she only responded when I had specific questions for her. Once I decided to make the move back to Calgary, I knew that Crystal was the realtor I wanted to work with. I found a house listed on her site and sent her (and my sister) to view it for me and get their thorough evaluation. She also took video of the house which certainly helped me to get a better feel for what I'd be purchasing! She was instrumental in coming up with a strategic and cunning plan to win over another (unexpected) bid for the house of my dreams, and then further negotiate a reduced price for me afterwards. Crystal also set me up with a fantastic home inspector (Stirling Davidson) and has followed up with him for me after I moved in to assist me with some minor "issues" I came across -- all part of his service. Such an awesome member of her team! Crystal was a fabulous and very professional representative for me in the purchase of my new, wonderful home in Mount Pleasant and I would recommend her in a heartbeat...  

— Leanne Mackenzie
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