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Calgary Home Trends - The Double Master

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 As the make-up of today’s families change so does the way families live in our city and the type of real estate purchased in Calgary.  Hence the rise of homes with duo or double master bedrooms.  Lifestyle often dictates architectural style and that’s what we’re beginning to see in Calgary homes. 

Why They’re Referred to as Master Bedrooms 

Looking back through history, the largest and grandest chamber or bedroom in a home, was used by the owner or master of the estate.  The French term was “chambre des maitres”.    The term when applied to new home construction really came into its own in the 1920s, when houses in urban neighbourhoods began to feature one bedroom that was larger than the others in...

2018 Real Estate Predictions in Calgary

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It’s a fresh New Year, full of promise and optimism especially when it comes to Calgary Real Estate.  What will happen with house prices?  Will condo prices ever pick up after a 10-year slump?  And, now that I’ve waited for the recession to end, should I sell this year?

As I write this, we’ve all just learned that Amazon  has chosen not to relocate a facility for its HQ2 in Calgary.  We didn’t even make the short list of 20 different cities (like Toronto did).  I read a few predictions about 2018 from various Calgarians at the end of December that declared that Amazon and the reported 50,000 new jobs that would come with it would boost our real estate market.  So, nothing to do now...

Community Ponds Add Real Estate Value in Calgary but BEWARE

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We love to tout storm water ponds as community features when selling homes in Calgary. Listed on feature sheets as community benefits, today’s storm water ponds are surrounded by graceful bull rushes and native grasses gently blowing in the breeze, attracting water fowl and reflecting with the red and orange hues of a setting sun.

This time of year as the ponds freeze over, seemingly presenting an opportunity for some old-fashioned 3 on 3 pond hockey, the community ponds can turn from treasure to tragedy real quick.  Because even if we were to sustain temperatures of -20 for weeks at...

November sales in Calgary Real Estate up 15% over last year

Nov 2017 Calgary real estate stats

When more mortgage rules were announced for uninsured mortgages last month, I thought it might precipitate a spike in real estate sales in Calgary.  People just don’t want to pay higher interest rates, and with the threat of new buyers being forced into homes in a lower price bracket, and in a neighbourhood they didn’t want to live in, people reacted.

The November 2017 stats were released on Dec 1 by the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) showing that sales are up 15% over November 2016 - proving my point.  Real estate sales were up to 1,411 units, with improvement in numbers across the board.  The majority though were in homes priced under half a million dollars.

Why Sales Are Moving

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Calgary Home Owners Warned About Deadly Radon Gas

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Your little piece of Calgary real estate could quietly be killing you.

The soil on the Canadian prairies has some of the highest concentrations of naturally occurring radon gas in the country.  There’s no odour – no taste and no hissing sound as it seeps into your home.  While scientists have been compiling data on the prevalence of radon in Calgary since the 1970s, there is still not enough data to truly give us the whole picture.  But the preliminary findings are enough that every Calgary home owner should take action.

I watched some news stories this week about radon gas in the city and a new campaign called ...

Little change in October 2017 Calgary real estate market

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Last month’s Calgary real estate statistics show the market in our city is in maintenance-mode.  No worse and no better when you look at Calgary as a whole.  A little worse in some areas and a little better in some.

The Good News

Starting on a positive note, October was a good month if you are selling a semi-detached home.  Duplexes or “paired homes” as some marketers are starting to call them, have seen the best improvement this year in terms of price gains.  The average price for a semi-detached home was $419,400 which is 3% more than 2016 levels.  Demand is up across the city for semi-detached.  It’s the only product that has experienced...

Canadian RRSP Home Buyers Plan

If you are interested in purchasing a home in Calgary, ( search Calgary MLS Homes for sale) you might want to take advantage of the Home Buyer’s Plan option that has been made available by the federal government. With this plan, you can use up to $25,000 of your RRSP savings to help finance the down payment on your home. Or, if you are a couple that is looking to buy a home in Calgary, you can use your RRSP savings for up to $50,000 toward a down payment. Before you take advantage of this option, however, it is important to understand how to qualify as well as the pros and cons of utilizing your RRSP savings as a down payment on a home. 

How to Qualify to Use RRSP Funds for a Down Payment on a Home 

In order to use your RRSP funds toward a down payment on a...

Another Round of Mortgage Rules affect Calgary Homes for Sale

new-mortgage-rules-calgary-homes-for-saleAnother round of mortgage tightening is coming, meaning, more people looking for Calgary homes for sale will be forced to by less house.

It was just announced that the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) will be implementing more stringent guidelines and implementing yet another stress test to make sure new home buyers have enough capacity to replay their mortgages.

This follows on the heels of last year’s new mortgage rules which were also implemented to make sure new home buyers can deal with possible increases in interest rates when renewal time comes.  It reduced the purchasing power of many people in Calgary looking for their first home.

When they come into effect

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Sept 2017 sales dip in an otherwise better year for Calgary real estate

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We just got the stats for September 2017 and sales slipped a little in Calgary real estate last month.  The good news is that we had some good numbers in the first six months of 2017 and this activity managed to boost our year-to-date average up by 7% over 2016.  It’s still 11% under those long-term averages, and I agree with the Calgary Real Estate Board's take on the market – with more listings coming in and sales slowing in this last quarter of the year, we’re going to have to work hard to maintain our optimism!

There was a bump in inventory last month – we were up by 6,861 units – with attached properties and apartment condos setting a record for the highest inventory ever.  That means, from...

Luxury Calgary real estate listings slowly recovering

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Fall forecast is for moderate sales and stabilizing prices

I wouldn’t say that million-dollar-plus home buyers are lining up to snap up some premiere Calgary real estate listings, but they’re certainly expressing some sincere interest.

A forecast by one of Canada’s luxury real estate firms has issued some promising statistics though.  Over the summer, there were 112 luxury homes featured in Calgary real estate listings for over $1 million that sold to some pretty special buyers.  Single-family home sales in this sector and some fairly opulent attached home sales (think Altadore or West Hillhurst)...