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Dec. 22, 2017 | Mario Toneguzzi

Santa Claus is coming to town

Dear Santa,

I know you're pretty busy these days getting ready for your epic journey. You must receive millions of letters. I can't imagine how time-consuming it is for you, but if you have a chance, please read mine.

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June 29, 2017 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Law of the land

Professional legal help can benefit any real estate transaction

Buying or selling a home is a process that benefits greatly from professional help, and that especially true on the legal side of things.

Calgary Legal Guidance (clg.ab.ca) has information on selling and buying real estate in its Dial-A-Law series, including the role a lawyer plays.

Jeffrey Kahane of Kahane Law Office in Calgary says most people don't get a lawyer involved until the conditions of a sales agreement are waived, "because then you've got a firm deal."

Although they are a novelty in Calgary due to our short summers, pools can add value to a property. Photo courtesy of Oasis Pools & Spas Ltd.
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April 27, 2017 | Kathleen Renne

Taking the plunge

Owning a home with an indoor or outdoor pool is a rarity in Calgary. If you dream of owning a backyard lagoon, here are some considerations before you dive in.


Imagine having your own private swimming pool – a place to entertain, exercise or just kick back and listen to the soothing sounds of moving water.


Lynn Lucyshyn, owner of Oasis Pools & Spas, says pools are a luxury few Calgarians enjoy. Her company installs as many as 12 pools in a good year, but as few as three in slower years.


According to CREB®, only 167 properties listing pools as a feature were sold in 2016. In that same year, the average sale price of a detached home with an indoor or outdoor pool was $974,388.


CREB® president David P. Brown says buying a home is a personal decision, but waiting too long creates risks. CREB®Now photo
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Jan. 10, 2017 | Jamie Zachary

Q&A with 2017 CREB® president David P. Brown

Real estate veteran to take reins of member organization

The New Year will welcome a new president for CREB® and its 5,200-plus members as local real estate veteran David P. Brown takes the reins during what's expected to be a year of transition for the industry.

CREB®Now caught up with Brown to talk about everything from his financial background to what advice he has for prospective homebuyers.

Manjit Minhas - who is CEO and co-founder of Minhas Breweries & Distillery, as well as a Dragon on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, will be  the keynote speaker at the 2017 CREB® Forecast and Tradeshow.
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Dec. 16, 2016 | Jamie Zachary

'People need to plan to weather storms:' Minhas

CREB®Now sits down with 2017 CREB® Forecast and Tradeshow keynote speaker Manjit Minhas

Manjit Minhas is a name brand – literally. She's CEO and co-founder of Minhas Breweries & Distillery, makers of Boxer Lager, Lazy Mutt Ale and Huber Bock. And for the past two years, she's gained national fame as a Dragon on CBC's Dragon's Den. In January, Minhas will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 CREB® Forecast and Tradeshow.

CREB®Now recently had the opportunity to sit down with her to get a sneak peek at what she plans to talk about.

Royal LePage Benchmark is collecting new unwrapped toys and cash donations for the Children’s Cottage Society and Brenda's House until Dec. 9. Photo courtesy Royal LePage Benchmark
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Dec. 07, 2016 | Shelley Boettcher

Season of giving

Real estate industry steps up to help Calgarians in need

The holiday season is here, and, for many people, that means food, family, Christmas lights, a visit from Santa and piles of presents under the tree.

But not everyone is so lucky, especially given Alberta's tough economy.

That's why many real estate professionals are stepping up their volunteer efforts this year to put some joy into the lives of their fellow Albertans.

Nick Medwid, who has been retired for more than a decade, recalled his time as CREB® president in 1991 was busy as many large Canadian companies moved their eastern-based headquarter out west that year. Photo by Michelle Hofer/For CREB®Now
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Nov. 19, 2016 | Cailynn Klingbeil

55 Years of Calgary Real Estate: 1991 CREB® President Nick Medwid

Former CREB® president Nick Medwid said all eyes were on Calgary in 1991

Nick Medwid recalls Calgary's housing market in 1991 as a bit of a blur.

In the midst of a national downturn that year, all eyes turned to the city as several major companies uprooted their Canadian headquarters from out east and relocated to the heart of the new west.

Kent Lyle said few were spared from the National Energy Program's impacts in 1981. Photo by Michelle Hofer/for CREB®Now
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Nov. 19, 2016 | Cailynn Klingbeil

55 Years of Calgary Real Estate: 1981 CREB® President Kent Lyle

Former CREB® president Kent Lyle remembers impacts of National Energy Program like it was yesterday

It's perhaps the most contentious three words in Alberta's history: National Energy Program.

The early 1980s in the province are synonymous with the controversial federal initiative, which redistributed Alberta's oil wealth and, in turn, lead to a regional recession that few have since forgotten.

Clair J Cote Jr. currently lives in Canmore, where he retired after working in the Calgary real estate industry for decades. Photo by Michelle Hofer/for CREB®Now
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Sept. 14, 2016 | Cailynn Klingbeil

55 years of Calgary Real Estate: 1974 CREB® president Clair J. Cote Jr.

Clair J. Cote Jr. follows in father's historic footsteps by leading CREB® through 1974

When Clair J. Cote Jr. became CREB®'s president in 1974, Calgary was partway through a decade marked by unprecedented growth, both in business and real estate development.

The year prior, the Arab oil embargo set off the first global energy crisis, leading to efforts in Alberta to lessen the dependence on foreign oil. Calgary, where oil companies were headquartered, prospered.

For Cote, the 1970s stand out as a time in which his brokerage, which started in 1964, grew.

Curb Appeal will be based on feedback from real estate professionals and house stagers on how and why landscape influences home sales. Photo courtesy Donna Balzer/For CREB®Now.
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July 25, 2016 | Donna Balzer

Curb Appeal in Calgary

Your chance to get involved in new local book

newDonnawebCalgary real estate professional Lori Olijnyk remembers a particular home home in Calgary's hot inner city: "It had a large 50-foot lot with a dilapidated picket fence that might have been white at one time. Rolls of chicken wire actually had a bird in it. [The] grass was overgrown and the walkway was crumbling."

In other words, it was a mess, and it failed the curb appeal test. The curb appeal was so bad it was hard to get prospective buyers out of the car and into the home.

"A bad first impression is difficult to overcome," said Olijnyk.

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