Stories Tagged - Technology
Sept. 14, 2016 | Cailynn Klingbeil
Alan Tennant summarizes Calgary's resale residential housing market in 1998 in one word: stable.
"I recall doing monthly statistic releases throughout the year, and trying to find new ways to state 'stable,'" said Tennant, who was CREB®'s president that year. "I remember [the market] now more fondly than I did at the time. Back then, it seemed almost boring."
Sept. 14, 2016 | Cailynn Klingbeil
Corinne Lyall is all too familiar with many of the challenges currently facing homebuyers and sellers in Calgary. She served as CREB®'s president just last year when the economic downturn was arguably at its strongest, is currently past president on the board of directors for the real estate member organization and is broker at her own firm Royal Lepage Benchmark.
Yet her message today is the same as it was when she had the gavel in hand: real estate is personal.
Aug. 23, 2016 | Cailynn Klingbeil
A self-described "eternal optimist," Wayne McAlister still couldn't be blamed for looking back at 1995 with some degree of pessimism.
After all, as CREB®'s president that year, he oversaw Calgary's housing industry at a time when employment uncertainty had waned for years, resulting in weak consumer confidence and a painfully slow market.
"There was a downturn in the early '90s, with oil down – dramatically low – and the whole economy was feeling the pinch," he said. "(By 1995), we were still experiencing an economic downturn. There was some good, some bad that year."
Aug. 22, 2016 | Miles Durie
Ahh, summer in the city. What a great time to be a homeowner, right? Step out your door and survey your domain, listen to the birds, smell the flowers and greenery — then plan your evening barbecue.
But wait. There's a flipside to all that. Did you water the lawn and garden? Does it need mowing before you can enjoy it? Better get it done, because tonight you're going to have to hover over the grill to make sure your steaks are done to perfection, while your friends and family enjoy the results of your backyard labour.
Well, we all know technology can't solve every problem, but it can certainly help reduce the stress and time you devote to looking after your outdoor living space.
Aug. 22, 2016 | Cailynn Klingbeil
When Rosalee Krygier took on the president's role at CREB® in 2003, the industry had just finished a record-breaking year.
Though the 2003 market didn't quite reach the frenetic pace of the year before, it was still a strong year.
"It was really balanced," Krygier said. "It was good, steady, not a controversial market."
Aug. 08, 2016 | CREBNow
Technology with its roots in video gaming is now making it increasingly easy to tour a home, or any other space, without leaving your couch.
Online home tours photographed with a 3D camera like the Matterport Pro are so close to being there, about the only thing you can't do is reach out and touch the walls. It's the maturing of technology that was first brought to the mass market in an Xbox game controller.
"Around 2010, 3D cameras were becoming available to detect gestures — the Microsoft Kinect being the best-known example," said Bill Brown, the CEO of Matterport, a Silicon Valley firm that specializes in immersive 3D media, including hardware, software and real-world uses for the technology.
July 25, 2016 | Miles Durie
Randy Larkam sits at his desk in southeast Calgary looking at the sunny backyard of his vacation home in Arizona. The image on his computer screen is overlaid with several transparent tinted rectangles
As we watch, a caretaker enters the frame and checks the pool and surrounding patio.
"There she is," said Larkam. "Right on time, too."
The coloured areas on-screen show the motion detection fields of the cameras that monitor the yard. They can be adjusted in real time just by clicking and dragging.
This ain't your dad's burglar alarm.
June 30, 2016 | Miles Durie
"It's cool, yeah. But will it save me money?"
For most of us, that's the obvious question when it comes to technology products for the home.
The answer may very well be yes. If you are a homeowner, a little research will show you that spending a little up front can reduce energy bills, insurance premiums and hassles down the road.
June 11, 2016 | Miles Durie
It's a typical evening at home. Netflix is streaming on the big screen; the kids are downstairs playing on online game while blasting tunes from Spotify or Apple Music.
Mom is at her laptop catching up on some work through a VPN connection to her company's internal network, while dad's watching YouTube on his smartphone. Someone's probably checking Facebook, too.
And most, maybe all, of this is happening without a wired connection.
Wireless Internet is everywhere in our homes, but homeowners may rely in it more than they need to, say industry experts.
Dec. 06, 2015 | Cody Stuart
Even though it's nearly winter, Calgary just got a little greener.
Mattamy Homes, North America's largest privately owned homebuilder, has opened its first net- zero home in the city.
The first of five such homes set to be added to the northeast community of Cityscape are part of a national project that will double the number of net-zero homes – energy-efficient residences that generate as much energy as they consume on an annual basis – in Canada.