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Calgary Real Estate Statistics for June 2019

Media release: Buyers' market continues with oversupply decreasing

Declines in new listings coming onto the market in June, helping to scale down the oversupply of homes in Calgary.

Roughly a 19 per cent decrease in new listings year-over-year. Compared to last year sales activity slowed this month by six per cent, but the decline in new listings caused inventory to decrease by 13 per cent in comparison to elevated levels last year.

As CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie states “So far, the housing market has generally behaved as expected this year. Sales activity remains just below last year’s levels, prices have eased and supply is starting to adjust to the lower level of sales."

“However, it is mostly product priced under $500,000 that is trending towards more balanced conditions.”

With the market still in favour of the buyer - showing 4.3 months of supply - oversupply has decreased and...

Canada Day Festivities in Calgary 2019

Canada Day Parade

Canada Day Festivities in Calgary 2019

The national day of Canada is Canada Day which celebrates the anniversary of July 1, 1867, the date of the Constitutional Act, 1867, joining three separate colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire. Is a federal statutory holiday. Called Dominion Day originally, the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. 

Across the country many communities will host organized celebrations for Canada Day. Join the Canada Day Long Weekend celebrations in and around Calgary to honour Canada's 152nd birthday with many outdoor public events, such as parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, fireworks, and concerts on July 1, 2019.

Fireworks...

La Brezza Ristorante: Their Story

Who They Are

La Brezza, meaning ocean breeze, is considered one of Calgary’s finest Italian restaurants. Opened in 1987 and still in its original location —once the owner’s house, La Brezza continues to offer an elegantly simple Italian cuisine, emphasizing traditional home-cooked goodness.

You can enjoy a satisfying lunch and dinner menu with daily specials and in which you can indulge. They pride themselves in offering great food, great service, and a warm, relaxing atmosphere. And hope to see you soon!

Their Story

It was 1981, and their founder Marco Abdi had just moved to Calgary from Somalia by way of Italy. He arrived with just a few dollars in his pocket and promptly got a job as a caretaker at a medical building in inner city Bridgeland. He lived across the street...

Happy Father's Day: We Love You Dad!

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Happy Father's Day to All Dads

With Father's Day coming soon, we need to start thinking about the greatest ways to express gratitude to our dads. As well as the usual card or gift, you may want to post a shout-out to him on your social media. Because of course, all dads deserve to be honoured.

Father's Day only happens once a year, and gives you the perfect opportunity to acknowledge your dad and tell him how special he is to you. Take this time to find the words either in a message or in a card that lets your dad know that you appreciate him throughout the year.

He has made many sacrifices in his life to provide for...

Calgary Real Estate Statistics for May 2019

Media release: Improvements in sales activity for the second consecutive month

A decrease in new listings and sales growth in May. Easing the pressure on inventory levels, finishing the month at 7,467 units, a decrease of 12 per cent in comparison to last year.

Months of supply down to just under four months due to improved sales and relative inventory levels. Although improved from five months of supply recorded last May, oversupply remains.

May citywide sales totalled 1,921 units, an 11 per cent increase over levels last year. Yet, sales maintain at 10 per cent below trends longer-term. Growth in sales was chiefly directed by homes worth under $500,000.

CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie states, “While sales activity remains low based on historical activity for May, the easing prices have brought some people back to market, while also preventing some others from listing their homes.” 

“This has started...

Ways to Celebrate Mom on Mother's Day 2019

Happy Mother's Day

Mother’s Day

Mom - Mother - Mum - Mama

Mother’s Day is coming this weekend. You know you want to honour your Mom for all that she’s done for you in your lifetime but maybe you’re feeling you just don’t know where to begin. Oh oh guilt starts creeping in.

Honouring another human being is not about feeling guilty. It’s about standing for what you know about them. What makes them feel alive? Put your complete attention on your Mom. Really get to know your Mom.

What if you just spent an hour listening to your Mom? 

Ask open ended questions, get curious like the child you once were. Be playful in your questions. Get to know...

Simple Ways to Create a More Attractive Television Space

Designing a TV room - DYI Tv Room

Designing a TV room can be a fun way to express your creativity while also developing a space that is sure to get a significant amount of use. At the same time, in order to offer the best sound and visual experience possible, you will likely need to add a great many different electronics components to your setup. Unfortunately, this can result in a large number of unsightly cords that are not only unattractive but potentially dangerous as well. In order to keep your cords and wires safely out of sight while also keeping them and your electronics easily accessible, you might want to consider implementing these simple tricks when designing your TV room. 

Dealing with the TV 

When it comes to the television, you have...

Calgary Real Estate Statistics for April 2019

Media release: Modest inventory declines exhibited for April

City of Calgary, May 1, 2019

The number of new listings coming onto the market remains to be less in comparison to levels in 2018. As well as in sales activities, which have not shown any symbolic changes.

Compared to last year new listings have eased marginally, enough to help to scale down inventory levels overall.

With the supply levels showing modest improvement assisting in additional declines of months of supply in April to 4.6 months. Levels remain to represent an oversupply in the market, but also reflect an improvement from the start of last years nearly seven months of supply.

As CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie states, “Demand remains relatively weak in the resale market. However, if supply levels continue to adjust, this could help reduce the amount of oversupply and eventually support some price stability." 

Total residential...

Why Use A REALTOR®: When Buying or Selling a Home

Why Use A REALTOR®: When Buying or Selling a Home

Real estate transactions are one of the biggest financial investments most people encounter in their lifetime. Seeing the small upside cost and the large downside risk, it would be unwise to consider a deal in real estate without the professional assistance of a REALTOR®.

Whether buying or selling, you’re involved in a complex process requiring many professionals. One of these professionals is a REALTOR®, who’s responsible for making the transaction as efficient and as easy as possible for you. Your REALTOR® will ensure the transaction is completed competently and professionally. You can get advice from someone with an in-depth knowledge of the local housing market. And you can count on the help of a professional who has committed to serve you with integrity and competence....

Calgary Real Estate Statistics for March 2019

Media release: Despite improved sales activity for affordable product oversupply continues

City of Calgary, April 1, 2019

Compared to last year March saw a modest decline in city wide sales activity. Yet, for the more affordable product in the detached and attached section, sales have increased.

Sales dropped to 3,108 units in the first-quarter. This being 28 per cent below usual levels of activity and nine percent below last year. Changes in the markets lower end has not outweighed easing over the higher cost product.

Declines in pricing and comparatively slow sales activity have impacted the number of new listings. Compared to last year's levels and long-term trends, new listings have eased for the second consecutive month, although it was not enough to prevent a gain in inventory.

“If new listings continue to slow compared to sales, it...