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Calgary Real Estate Newsletter - August 2012

Summer time in the city!

We're a little more than half way through the summer and what a summer it has been. Awesome weather and some milestone celebrations as we celebrated the Calgary Stampede's 100th Anniversary.

The heat wave is going continue to for a bit longer so I thought I would share with you 3 tips for keeping your home cool and comfortable for the whole family, without air conditioning.

    • Keep Window Coverings Closed - We all love to have that natural light and sun beaming through into the rooms of our homes, but during warm summers like what we're having, this can boost the thermostat an unwanted 15-20 degrees. Close the blinds, curtains or shutters just until the direct sun has passed and is no longer hitting the glass windows. Then you should be clear to let that natural light in again.

    • No Oven Cooking Ater 1:00 PM - Kitchen appliances such as your range or stove top can heat up the house in no time. Try not to use these appliances after 1:00 pm and instead take advantage of the great weather and cook or grill outside. Keep your home cool by moving your cooking to the grill or bar-b-q.

    • Direct Evening/Morning Air Using Fans - In the evening, your house is likely a tad warmer than you would like it. By directing fans to the outside you can pull the warm air from within the house and push it to the outside through the windows. In the mornings you want to do the opposite. Face your fans away from the open windows and they will pull the cooler outside air into your home.

    Calgary Real Estate Market Performance  Updated local market stats for single family home and condos as of August 7, 2012 as released by the Calgary Real Estate Board. Let me know if you have any questions or would like additional information.

    Single Family Homes

      • Active Listings - 3,642

      • New Listings - 1,879

      • Total Sales - 1,384

      • Average Sale Price -$478,436

      • Pending Sales - 192

      • Days on Market - 40

      Condominiums (apartment)

        • Active Listings - 1,161

        • New Listings - 476

        • Total Sales - 311

        • Average Sale Price -$286,230

        • Pending Sales - 62

        • Days on Market - 54

        Condominiums (townhouse)

          • Active Listings - 623

          • New Listings - 305

          • Total Sales - 239

          • Average Sale Price -$303,379

          • Pending Sales - 56

          • Days on Market - 45

          For complete details on the Calgary real estate market for July 2012 please click here.

          Here are a couple of notable articles from our blog since our last newsletter:

          Modern Calgary Homes and Condos for Sale

          Calgary Housing Market Continues to Trend Toward Long Term Stability

          Enjoy the rest of your summer and I'll see you in September.

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          #1 By Craig Simpson at 8/12/2012 6:29 AM

          Great tips for keeping cool. Here is Georgia, forget it... we've had record temps and there is just no cooling us down. One good thing that I have learned is that most of us have AC where a lot of northern places don't have that as standard.. can make for a very hot summer.

          #2 By Maurice Vaughn at 8/20/2012 1:03 PM

          We are finally seeing some relief down here in TN so it's nice to have a little bit of a cool off. These are great tips for anyone during the hot months.

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