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April 03, 2020 | Barb Livingstone

The new-home upgrades that provide the most bang for your buck

Solar panels, smart-home technology, quartz countertops, luxury vinyl flooring, lots of storage, and secondary suites above the garage or in the basement are all valuable upgrades that provide a lot of bang for your buck when building a new home.

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April 03, 2020 | Geoff Geddes

Additional costs to consider before you close on a new-home purchase

While budgets, like rules, are often made to be broken, there are some additional costs associated with the purchase of a new home that buyers should keep in mind to avoid breaking the bank.

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March 27, 2020 | Andrea Cox

New-home purchase incentives put on hold, while builders and buyers take wait-and-see approach

As we head into what is traditionally one of the hottest seasons for real estate – with homebuilders launching purchase incentives, promotions, new communities and new showhome models – there is a distinct air of uncertainty due to the outbreak of COVID-19 sweeping the globe.

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March 20, 2020 | Barb Livingstone

Construction collateral: navigating the deposit process for new-build home purchases

A deposit is the first financial hurdle a homebuyer needs to clear when buying a pre-construction home.

That deposit is generally five per cent of a home's total value for a purchase of less than $500,000, but it can be as high as 20 per cent for a $1-million-plus home. Those funds are a pre-construction commitment to the builder to take that condo or single-family home off the market. That money also gets put toward your eventual down payment.

Courtesy Qualico Communities

March 20, 2020 | Barb Livingstone

Qualico Communities hopes to break ground on two new neighbourhood projects later this year

This spring promises to bring changes to both Calgary's natural and built landscapes, as two new developments from Qualico Communities sprout up in some of the most desirable areas of the city.

Together Ambleton in the northwest and Alpine Park (temporary name) in the southwest will see 6,500 to 7,200 new residents and are at various stages of planning and construction approvals, says Clark Piechotta, Qualico's associate director of development.

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March 13, 2020 | Gerald Vander Pyl

New Calgary community Hudson at Creekstone promises to put nature first

The new southwest community of Hudson in Creekstone makes the most of its spectacular setting – perched on a ridge overlooking the Pine Creek coulee with the Rocky Mountains in the distance.

Dennis Inglis, development manager with Highfield Land Management, says the community's location alongside a protected reserve means its scenic surroundings are here to stay, unlike some new communities where development eventually encroaches on natural lands.

Courtesy Qualico Communities

March 13, 2020 | Andrea Cox

Precedence and Rivercrest add innovative new-build product to Cochrane's housing mix

Some would say the town of Cochrane offers the best of everything. Nestled into the foothills, this picturesque community of just under 30,000 people offers untouched nature, beautiful mountain views and small-town appeal, in addition to a full suite of amenities.

The town's friendly vibe is attracting young families and downsizers alike, and many new communities are stepping up to meet the demand with a variety of innovative home designs.

Courtesy Brookfield Residential

March 13, 2020 | Geoff Geddes

New Rockland Park community offers inside track to outdoor living

If you think year-round outdoor living is out of reach for Calgarians, you haven't paid a visit to the new community of Rockland Park.

As northwest Calgary's first master-planned community in more than 10 years, Rockland Park draws on open spaces, well-tended parks, and a network of trails and pathways to craft a four-season recreation hub.

A showhome parade in Anthem United's new Wedderburn community in Okotoks.
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March 13, 2020 | Jim Zang

Okotoks growth: Alberta's largest small town continues to buck downward housing trend

Ten minutes south of Calgary in the town of Okotoks, homebuyers and builders continue to buck the regional trend of declining housing starts.

In fact, the growing town of just over 29,000 people (based on the 2018 civic census) saw an increase in housing starts in 2019 that is expected to continue into 2020, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Courtesy Tristar Communities

March 13, 2020 | Mario Toneguzzi

Belvedere brings new homes and amenities to Calgary's eastern edge

All the approvals are in place and all systems are go for the new southeast community of Belvedere, which will deliver more than 1,500 homes in the coming years.

Moez Moledina, general manager for Belvedere developer Tristar Communities, said the intention is to start stripping and grading the site by the middle of April or as soon as the weather allows.

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