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New Legislation for 'Common Law' Couples and How Property is Divided

Property division laws for two people living in a relationship of interdependence, such as a common-law couple, changed on January 1, 2020.

In Alberta, when a married couple divorces, both spouses are entitled to a portion of the marital property according to the Matrimonial Property Act, RSA 2000, c M-8. This legislation provides the courts the framework for the distribution of marital property between spouses. 

Before January 1, 2020, this did not apply to common-law couples. The Matrimonial Property Act only applied to married spouses or former married spouses. But now most Canadian jurisdictions, including Alberta, recognize that persons in common-law relationships, or "Adult Interdependent Relationship," are entitled to property division rights if the relationship breaks down.

Bill 28, the Family Statutes Amendment Act, 2018, received approval on December 11,...

Calgary’s 2020 Real Estate Market Expected To See More Stable Conditions

Calgary has endured job losses, wage decreases, and toughening national housing policy since the crash of oil prices. All these factors have added to the more moderate sales environment, excess supply, and citywide price adjustments of more than 10 percent.

As Calgary goes into the sixth year of this cycle, there are signs of adjustments to these conditions in the housing market.

"Job growth, combined with recent easing in mortgage rates and price declines, is starting to bring some purchasers back into the lower end of the market," said Ann-Marie Lurie, CREB® chief economist.

"We are seeing more transactions in the $500,000-and-below price point for residential homes."

Preference for consumers toward the lower-priced product is expected to remain at the cost of continued vulnerability in the higher end of the market. Nevertheless, as the under-$500,000 market, indicates a more significant percentage of total activity, the increases in this sector will...

Calgary Real Estate Statistics for December 2019

Calgary real estate market wraps up December 2019 exhibiting further signs of stability

Following weak sales activity last year, December sales increased to levels that were more consistent with activity reported over the past five years. 

Annual sales were driven up by one percent, with a stronger showing in the second half of 2019.

“Price declines, lower mortgage rates and some modest improvements in full-time employment helped support some demand growth in the city. Reductions in supply are also contributing to the slow adjustment to more stable conditions in the housing market,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

“As oversupply in the market continues to ease, we should start to see more stabilization in prices. However, conditions continue to favour the buyer and this is weighing on prices.”

Unadjusted benchmark prices for December were $418,500, one...

What to Know About the First-Time Home Buyers Incentive

Details Released Regarding the First-Time Buyer Program

To clear up some of the confusion and specify the requirements and guidelines, below are key dates for program role out and points to be aware of:

Important Dates:

  • The first date purchases are eligible to qualify for the home buyers incentive are September 2nd. The first closings on the program are November 1st.
  • Buyers who purchase property before September 2nd are not eligible for the program, even if the closing happens after September 2nd.

Eligible Buyers:

  • First-time buyers must have saved at least the minimum 5% down payment. 
  • To count as a first-time buyer, client or their spouse cannot have owned a property in the last 4 years. Technically they could have owned a home before to qualify for the program, but not within the past 4 years
  • If a person is going through a divorce or ending a common law...

Where to dine in Calgary during the Holidays

Seasons eatings to all!

Calgary Real Estate Statistics for November 2019

Calgary housing market continues to favour the buyer 

So far this year, residential sales year-to-date in Calgary remains just above levels last year due to increases in the attached sector.

Nevertheless, sales activity in November decreased over levels last year, chiefly due to pullbacks in the apartment sector.

While new listings eased relative to sales, causing inventories to ease and oversupply to reduced slightly compared to levels last year.

“Achieving more stable conditions will take time. Sales activity has been settling in at lower levels and is likely being influenced by the economic conditions and uncertainty weighing on our market,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

“While the amount of supply in the market continues to ease, the persistent oversupply continues to weigh on prices.”

Citywide, as of November, the unadjusted benchmark price was $419,100....

Outdoor Ice Skating in the City of Calgary

City of Calgary Outdoor Rinks

Outdoor Ice Skating in the City of Calgary

The City of Calgary outdoor skating rinks are seasonal and typically open mid to late December through February. Except for Olympic Plaza which, is generally open from mid-November to mid-March because of its refrigerated ice surface.

Ice conditions, of course, can change with the weather and rinks may close if conditions decline or maintenance is required.

The following outdoor skating rinks are maintained by The City:

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Remembrance Day: Lest We Forget

Honour and Remember

Canadian Flag

Remembrance Day is a day all Canadians remember the men and women who served and sacrificed for our great country. It is a day we pause, give thanks, and remember.

Since 1931 the Remembrance Day Ceremony has played a significant role in Canadian history. Every year, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we gather together in our city halls, schools, memorial parks, community halls, workplaces, and our homes. And we take a moment to honour those who have served. During a minute of silence, we acknowledge sacrifices made, remember those who have fallen, and recognize the courage of those who still serve. 

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Calgary Real Estate Statistics for October 2019

City of Calgary Total Sales October 2019

Homes below $500,000 shifting towards balanced conditions

October sales activity increased by almost 10 percent in comparison to last year, guided by progress in the attached and apartment sectors.

New listings also eased, helping to decrease inventory levels and market oversupply. Although there's a shift towards stable conditions, the market remains oversupplied and prices continued to linger below levels last year.

"Employment has shifted in the city, with job growth occurring in our non-traditional sectors and often at a different pay scale. This is consistent with the shift to more affordable housing product," said CREB®...

Third Quarter Calgary Housing Market Update 2019

Elevated sales guided by affordable product and inventory decline

The third-quarter hustle continues to show signs of growth. Comparable to last quarter, a great deal of the advancement in the market has been guided by supply corrections.

Nonetheless, the housing market has also improved this quarter from solid year-over-year growth in sales activity. A decline in prices has likely supported some of the boosts in demand. Additionally, sales growth has been guided by products priced less than $500,000.

“This is a market with divergent trends. The lower end of the market is recording improving sales and easing supply. This is supporting more stability in prices. However, at the higher end of the market we continue to see slower sales and rising supply,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

“Persistent struggles in the overall economy have caused a shift in salary expectations, along with adjustments...