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April 28, 2021 | Natalie Noble

Year one of COVID-19 pandemic brought sweeping changes to Calgary real estate and the way business is done

Whatever "new normal" is coming, the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped many aspects of the real estate industry in Calgary and across Canada. From changes to the way homes are built, bought and sold, to shifts in buyer priorities and the economic forces at play, it's been a wild ride for REALTORS®, builders, homebuyers and everyone in between.

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March 16, 2021 | Josh Skapin

Detached-home sellers are in the driver's seat, as low mortgage rates fuel demand across Calgary

Enticing discount mortgage rates have helped put Calgary's detached home market in rare form.

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Feb. 22, 2021 | Andrea Cox

Tips for buyers and sellers in what promises to be an active spring housing market

With spring on the horizon – bringing warmer days, blooming flowers, plenty of sunshine and increased optimism – Calgary's real estate market is poised for a flurry of activity.

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Feb. 01, 2021 | Mario Toneguzzi

Rock-bottom interest rates throughout 2021 could nudge even more Calgarians into the housing market

Historically low interest rates are helping boost the residential real estate market in Calgary and across the country, with the trend expected to continue throughout 2021.

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Dec. 22, 2020 | Tyler Difley

New year, new you: real estate resolutions for 2021

In a normal year, crafting a few New Year's resolutions can be a fun way to identify opportunities for personal growth and development in the year ahead. However, 2020 has not been a normal year by any stretch.

Given the circumstances, you could certainly be forgiven for deciding that 2021 requires no loftier pledge than "I will make it through this year in one piece." But if you are still looking for some self-improvement suggestions, here are a few real estate resolutions to set you up for success next year:
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Dec. 22, 2020 | Josh Skapin

CMHC program can save "green" borrowers up to 25 per cent on mortgage insurance premiums

Along with lowering monthly utility bills, green home features can also cut costs for homeowners by reducing their mortgage insurance premium.

Depending on the home's degree of energy efficiency, up to a quarter of a borrower's premium can be covered by a rebate through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) Green Home program.
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Sept. 25, 2020 | George Johnson

My First Home: Jim "Bearcat" Murray, longtime Calgary Flames athletic trainer

Now 88 years young, the ol' potlicker himself, Jim "Bearcat" Murray, long ago passed into the realm of legend hereabouts.

Nearly a quarter-century since retiring from the Calgary Flames as the only NHL athletic trainer with his own fan club (boasting Boston and Montreal chapters), Murray – recognizable by his bald head, generous moustache and ready grin – continues to be an icon.

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Sept. 09, 2020 | Tyler Difley

Industry vocabulary: an introduction to the language of mortgages

If you're a first-time homebuyer, many aspects of the purchase process can be confusing and stressful, including financing. While the mechanics of a mortgage are relatively simple, choosing the right mortgage product can be far from it, as many of the choices available to buyers are obscured by complex and unfamiliar terminology.

To help you cut through the jargon, here's an alphabetical list of common mortgage terms and their definitions:
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Aug. 26, 2020 | Tyler Difley

Four must-listen Canadian podcasts for beginner and veteran real estate investors

Whether you want to try your hand at real estate investing for the first time or you already own multiple properties, there's always room to learn new strategies and insights that could make you more successful. If you are looking to up your investment game, these four podcasts are a great place to start.

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June 10, 2020 | Tyler Difley

CMHC tightens lending requirements for insured mortgages

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is changing its underwriting policies for insured mortgages.

Starting July 1, new applicants for CMHC's mortgage default insurance will have to meet the following criteria:

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