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Fun Winter Activities To Do in Calgary

Fun Winter Activities To Do in Calgary

It's that time of year to get outside and enjoy winter and all the fun activities it has to offer us here in Calgary. Whether you decide to go ice skating, tubing, skiing, snowshoeing or grab a hot chocolate and see the downtown winter light festival. You will want to get outdoors and enjoy winter in all its glory. Here is a list of amazing and fun activities to do in Calgary this winter season.

Ice Skating

Bowness Park, 8900 48th Avenue NW

Bowness Park is located along the Bow River between Stoney Tr. and 85 St. NW. A shallow lagoon runs along the park's southern edge, which has always been the centre piece of the park. The City crews meticulously make a wonderful skating rink from it once the temperature is cold enough. But you also could just come with a picnic lunch and sit next to the gas-fired fire pits and enjoy the ambience....

Calgary Real Estate Market Statistics for January 2019

New Year Begins With Slow Start 

City of Calgary, Tost Realty Group, February 1, 2019

As challenges related to the economy continue into the 2019 year, the market as a whole is still on the slow side.  January sales totalled 804 units, sitting at 16 per cent below last year, and 21 percent below long-term monthly averages. 

Chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie stated last week that:  “The slow start to the year does not come as a surprise, as concerns about job losses and the state of the energy sector weigh on consumers.  We anticipate that the slow market conditions will persist throughout much of the first quarter."

The number of new listings entering the market is still comparable to last year's data, but those levels have increased beyond normal sales activity.  Higher inventory levels are the main culprit for this occurrence. Elevated inventories in relation to sales were the cause...

Calgary Real Estate Market Statistics for December 2018

Soft Job Market and Restrictions on Lending Influenced 2018's Real Estate Market

City of Calgary, Tost Realty Group, January 2, 2019

As oversupply is still a pertinent issue, prices during December slowed by one per cent, and are currently situated at over three percent below this time last year. 

CREB chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie stated last month that “Persistent weakness in the job market and changes in the lending market impacted sales activity in the resale market this year”. This definitely contributed to a heightened supply in the resale market, resulting in a decline in price. 

Sales in December sat at a total of 794 units, a 21 per cent decline over the previous year. Overall year-to-date sales in the city sat at a total of 16, 144 units, a 14 per cent dip from two years ago, and 20 percent below previously standing long-term averages.

The Inventory levels statistic for December...

Calgary Real Estate Market Statistics For November 2018

Economic Conditions Continue to Challenge Vitality of Resale Market 

City of Calgary, Dec. 3, 2018 

Sales during the month of November sat at a total of 1,171 units, remaining below long-standing averages. 

For the year up to this point, monitored sales activity has rang in at 15,349 units, displaying a 14 per cent decline over last year, and nearly 20 per cent below standing averages. 

During November, New listings eased by seven per cent compared to last year. Due to this substantial shift in new listings, further inventory gains have been prevented. Overall inventory is currently at 6,501 units, remaining slightly above the 5,683 units in inventory seen last year, and 32 percent higher than in a typical November.  

Throughout the month of November, the citywide benchmark price was $422,600, hovering near one percent lower than last month, and at 3 percent lower than levels seen during...

Calgary's Healthy Alternative To Achieve The Golden Glow: Blush Spray Tanning

/userfiles/419/image/Tost_Realty_Group_Photos_2018/brenna_2.pngNo matter what line of work you are in, or what general direction your life is headed, we can all agree that looking your absolute best is probably at the top of your priorities. When we feel good about ourselves, that is when we perform at our peak, and our friends and loved ones will mention that they notice when we truly have a “glow” about us. For Calgary entrepreneur Brenna Lamont, spray tanning is not just a business, it is her lifelong passion. She opened Blush Spray after having her son five years ago: she not only wanted to provide an income but spend as much time as possible with her family, a common reason for people to become their own boss.

While growing up, Brenna used tanning beds to achieve her desired golden glow, but she did not realize...

Calgary “Best-in-Care-Of-The-Planet” Business Spotlight: Epicure's Shalan Jaye

/userfiles/419/image/Tost_Realty_Group_Photos_2018/IMG_8475.JPGClean eating has been an important staple of daily living in Calgary for many years: as much of the bounty that ends up on tables province-wide comes from nearby areas, Alberta residents have long loved gathering at the table together. It is truly a “three-course solution” at hand to educate and inspire communities to gravitate towards healthier eating and living, and accomplishing in under half an hour is simply a dream come true! Shalan Jaye is a Calgary resident who fully understands and embraces the difficulty of preparing meals within a certain time and budget: she began her Epicure business a decade ago while...

Calgary Real Estate Market Statistics For October 2018

Oversupplied Market Ultimately Weighs on Prices 

City of Calgary, November 1, 2018 

Inventory levels are elevated when compared alongside sales, which is causing Calgary housing prices to ease a bit more. 

Benchmark prices in the entire city during October totalled $426,300, which is a downward trend for the fifth month in a row. This resulted ultimately in a year-over-year decline of 2.9 percent. 

Chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie of CREB claimed avidly that job growth in the city remained a dire concern, as unemployment levels remain well above expected. The overall cost of ownership continuing to rise also will ultimately provide a burden of weight on the housing market and demand. 

Overall sales and inventories totaled 7,345 and 1,322 during the month of October. Typical monthly levels usually hover around 5.6, and while there is a bit of slowing in listing growth, this ultimately prevents further inventory risings. Currently the month of October, levels...

Primo Prairie Skies and Paramount Landscapes: Two Little Bells Photography

/userfiles/419/image/Tost_Realty_Group_Photos_2018/2017-TOSTteam-213.jpgRobert Adams once said, “No place is boring, as long as you have had a good night's sleep, and a pocket full of unexposed film. Even though times have changed and moved forward rapidly into the digital realm, there are still a few talented folks out there who display raw prowess in the arena of capturing jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring images. As the holidays approach rapidly and many of us in Calgary think about wonderful memories from the past and present, we are always looking for the best ways to hold on to these cherished times.

Christel Chow began her journey into photography with her husband's...

Expanding Calgary’s Livable Space Through CFB Calgary Redevelopment

Expanding Calgary’s Livable Space Through CFB Calgary Redevelopment 

Redevelopment of CFB Calgary to a place to have your Calgary Home

Development plans throughout Calgary often have interesting histories, but one of the most interesting and comprehensive development stories can be traced back to 1996 when the federal budget called for closing CFB Calgary and other bases throughout the country. Not only did this decision change how Canadian Forces bases were used, but it also created a significant amount of land that could be put to use for different purposes. It was from this change in the federal budget that many of Calgary’s new residential developments were born. 

Making the Decision to Close CFB Calgary 

While the 1996 federal budget called for closing the CFB Calgary,...

Calgary's Best and Boldest Chickpea-based Delight: MotherMayIBake

/userfiles/419/image/Tost_Realty_Group_Photos_2018/hummus1.JPGWhen we look for people to spotlight here at the Tost Realty Group, we are always excited by those who seem to up the ante for local quality, while challenging and stoking creativity among others along the way. We have seen enough of the “run of the mill” products that may go through typical boom and bust cycles, and are always on the hunt for those that are above average in every single way. Nada Choufi has long shared her passion for food via the blog ...