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April 28, 2022 | CREB

Five tips for first-time homebuyers

For most of us, buying a home will be the biggest purchasing decision we make in our lifetime. Adding to the weight of that decision is going through it the first time.

Carolyn Kemp says she toured close to 50 homes with her Realtor before finding the perfect home in Marda Loop. Photo by Andrea Cox / For CREB®Now

April 20, 2017 | Andrea Cox

In the Loop

Myron Hildebrand, who’s purchased numerous homes directly from builders, says it gave him more control over the final product. Photo by Tyler Klinkhammer / For CREB®Now

March 07, 2017 | Kathleen Renne

Buying from a builder

Buying directly from a builder has many advantages and a few potential drawbacks

Myron Hildebrand is no stranger to working with builders. His current home is proof of that experience, having hired Sunset Homes to execute the build on his semi detached space, which he intends to turn into two investment properties.

"Buying from a builder, you have so much more control over the final product," said Hildebrand. "It's a fun process to go through."


Aug. 28, 2015 | Cody Stuart

On the move

Calgary homeowners capitalizing on market by going bigger

When Stephanie and Robert Morgan decided to make a step up from their Evanston home, their biggest concern was space for them and their growing family.

After looking at several "lateral" options that would have seen them gain little in the way of square footage, the Morgans decided to make the jump to something significantly bigger

"We really wanted a place that would feel like a home for each member of our family – somewhere where we could each have our own space but also enjoy the common areas without tripping over each other," said Elizabeth, who, along with husband Robert, shares the home with their four-year old daughter.


Feb. 26, 2015 | Nolan Matthias

Waiting may be more expensive than buying now

Low interest rates are already a deal

nolan Last week was a busy one for Mortgage360. The long weekend and positive housing reports from several  sources, including CMHC, seems to have thrust buyers back into the real estate market, with many of our  clients writing offers.

While some buyers are sensing the market is calmer than many of the over-hyped media reports would have you believe, there are still a large number of Calgarians sitting on the sidelines waiting to see how the recent blip in our economy plays out.

What many of these fence-sitters fail to realize, however, is that waiting and seeing could end up costing them more money in the long run, even if prices were to drop 10 to 15 per cent.

Nov. 05, 2012 | CREBNow

Is a Remediated Grow-Op Home Really Safe

Everyone would agree that growops are not a good thing for any neighbourhood. But from a REALTOR® perspective, it's even more of a conundrum. As a REALTOR®, we represent the buyer or the seller to the best of our ability using all of the resources to sell or buy that home. When it comes to grow-ops, we want to work with the seller to ensure the property is safe, but how do we really know?


Oct. 26, 2012 | Cody Stuart

46% of Canadians Intend to Buy Property

In a Housing Confidence report released by BMO, 46 per cent of Canadian homeowners intend to buy a property in the next five years.

The intentions signal a high level of confidence in the Canadian housing market. An increase in process how-ever, could change the minds of potential buyers.
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Oct. 23, 2012 | CREBNow

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Sept. 18, 2012 | CREBNow

CREB® Home Smarts

Nearly half of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada come from our homes. They can be smarter than that.

We want our homes to be comfortable, safe, clean, healthy and to have the smallest environmental footprint possible. That's why consumers, homebuilders, homeowners, property managers, REALTORS®, local governments and schools are all focusing on building homes and buildings that serve people better.

Aug. 02, 2012 | CREBNow

Bucking the Trend

There were 1,936 residential units sold in Calgary in July representing a 21.3 per cent increase over 2011, a testament to the fact the city continues to buck national housing sale trends.

"Recent mortgage rule changes prompted much discussion of a national housing correction," said Ann-Marie Lurie, CREB® economist.

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