Calgary Flood 2013 - As a Realtor working with Buyers over the years I’ve come to realize that privacy is of the utmost importance when Buyers are shopping for homes. They love the idea of having plenty of trees in the back yard, lattice up on the decks and a garage they can drive their car into with a remote that they can close before stepping out of the car. Who really wants to have a neighbourly conversation with a grumbling stomach about the weather after a long day at work anyways? Our homes have become our castles and if the city would allow us to build a moat around our property line I’m sure some Buyers would hire the services of a backhoe on the day of possession. I must admit that I’m pretty guilty of this behavior as well after realizing my neighbour across the street speaks with a British accent (We’ve been neighbours for over three years, but what took HIM so long to say hello?). Let’s face it, we live in a world where the Block Parent signs have disappeared and none of us really have a neighbour named “Wilson” that we can confide in on the other side of the fence in our back yard. However, over the past week in Calgary and the surrounding towns I was absolutely floored by how neighbours tore down those walls, unlocked the doors and updated their Facebook status with “We’ll leave the light on for you” like a Motel 6 advertising campaign. Neighbours owning pickup trucks were seen peeling their bumper stickers that read “Yes, this is my truck. No, you can’t borrow it” and replacing them with “Here to help!” We witnessed farmers ditching their fields and picking up stranded neighbours with their combines and in return helicopters were seen herding cattle to higher ground (which I think should become an event at this year’s Calgary Stampede, can you imagine?). What really impresses me is that nearly 100,000 Calgarians were evacuated and displaced, but only roughly 1,500 showed up to the number of emergency shelters across the city. In a city where it’s sometimes impossible to find a born and raised Calgarian (with no shortage of Leafs fans) almost everyone had somewhere to go thanks to the kindness of friends and strangers. We stood centre stage with the world watching (minus Anderson Cooper) and we passed with an A+! Our report card would simply say “Likes to help others”. Thanks Calgary for staying classy, standing tall and keeping the faith! Now, let’s “Cowboy Up”, it’s time for Stampede!

Calgary, Sept. 4, 2012 – Following several months of higher than expected sales growth, Calgary residential sales in August totaled 1,725 units, a 10-per-cent increase over last year.

“While the sales grow remains strong, it is slower than previous five months in part due to the lack of new listings in the City’s single family market,” said Bob Jablonski, CREB® President.  “With fewer products to choose from, many consumers are holding off on transacting or turning to surrounding towns, the new home market and condominiums.”

New listings within the City of Calgary total 2,585 units in August, down 13 per cent from one year ago and down more than four per cent on a year-to-date basis.  Meanwhile, new listings in the surrounding towns have improved by nearly 10 per cent after the first eight months of this year.

“Improving choice, affordable prices, combined with lifestyle factors and the lack of choice in the single family market within city limits, have driven sales growth in towns surrounding the city,” said Jabslonski.  “In general, the area has witnessed sales activity that is comparable to peak sales activity.”

Single family sales totaled 1,169 in August 2012, six per cent above levels recorded in 2011.  Meanwhile, new listings declined by 14 per cent on a year-over-year basis over the same time frame.  This year, demand has far outpaced new additions to supply in the single-family market, causing a significant depletion of standing inventories.  However, the recent decline in sales growth helped ease the pressure on the market, as months of supply have risen to levels more consistent with balanced territory.

While sales growth activity did cool, the upward price pressure on single family homes will not likely ease until the fall.  As of August, the benchmark price for a single family home was $432,600, an eight-per-cent increase over August 2011 levels.  The increase may seem significant, but the prices have leveled off compared to the previous month and remain nearly $20,000 below peak levels recorded in July 2007.

August sales in both condominium apartment and townhouse units recorded year-over-year growth that outpaced the single family market.  Year-to-date apartment sales have improved by nearly 10 per cent over 2011, while the level of new listings remained at levels similar to last year.  The improvement in sales relative to new listings has helped reduce the elevated inventory levels, keeping this market in balanced territory.

The benchmark price of a condominium apartment for the month of August was $248,700, a 3.6-per-cent increase over the previous year.  Meanwhile townhouse style condominiums had a monthly benchmark price of $278,200, only a 2.5-per-cent increase.  While the upward momentum is a signal of continued recovery in the condominium market, the benchmark price for condominiums remains nearly 16 per cent below peak levels.

“Some continue to foresee a scenario where price declines are looming in the local housing market, especially given national trends,” said Ann-Marie Lurie, CREB® Chief Economist.  “There is no question economic concerns can threaten our housing recovery. However, to date Calgary housing market consumers are exhibiting confidence evidenced through the pick-up in sales activity across all housing types.

“The rapid sales growth caused supply levels to drop, particularly in the single family market, resulting in price gains.  While we anticipate recent movements in the single family resale market will take some pressure off the higher-than-expected price growth, another city wide price correction is not expected given current economic growth expectations combined with one of the best affordability climates in the country."

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Thursday, April 24, 2008 - Just Sold - C3309407

Just sold this listing:"JUST REDUCED!!This home has it all and is a must see in the Elgin Village of McKenzie Towne! You will be amazed by the craftsmanship and the designer look that features bulkhead ceilings throughout the main level with impressive archways, rounded corners and a stonefaced fireplace. The extra wide staircase will lead you upstairs to three large bedrooms featuring an ensuite in the master. Fenced and fully landscaped backyard with a west facing deck for your summer ...
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Thursday, April 17, 2008 - New Listing - C3321774

Just added this listing:"With over 1400 square feet of living space this townhouse in Rutland Park is ready for your immediate possession. The hardwood floors and updated kitchen with plenty of cabinet space are sure to impress. The basement is completely renovated with a large family room, a fourth bedroom and a great three piece bathroom which sets it apart from the rest. Just minutes from downtown and a quick walk to Mount Royal College places this home in an excellent location. Call and ... Full Article...
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Sunday, April 13, 2008 - New Listing - C3321187

Just added this listing:"OPEN HOUSE: Sunday MAY 18th,1:30pm - 4pm. This wonderful four level split located on a quiet street in the mature neighborhood of Sandstone is the one you've been looking for. This property has all four levels developed and offers four generous sized bedrooms including a nice three piece ensuite in the master bedroom, a large kitchen with plenty of cabinets and natural stone countertops. The third level has a large livingroom and is ready for entertaining with a great ... Full Article...
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Sunday, April 6, 2008 - Just Sold - C3312277

Just sold this listing:"You don't want to miss out on this one! This spacious 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom bi-level in the wonderful community of Shawnessy is the one you've been waiting for. The main level is very open with a large kitchen featuring ceramic tile floor and marble countertops. Master bedroom is quite spacious with a 3 piece ensuite. The basement is completely developed with two large bedrooms and can be used as a potential mother-in-law suite with a seperate kitchen and bathroom. Call ... Full Article...
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