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Suburban condo living offers a wealth of benefits without inner-city prices.

Feb. 16, 2017 | Kathleen Renne

Fringe benefits

Suburban condos appeal to those looking for good value

After renting a condo in Marda Loop for the past ten years, Kerri-Lyn Ouellette is moving: She's buying a condo in the suburbs. Her choice? Hopewell Residential's Sandgate development in Mahogany.

"Marda Loop isn't affordable for a single woman with a middle income. Condos in the suburbs, however, are affordable," said Ouellette, adding that Sandgate condos start in the $190s range.

Ouellette says market conditions played a primary role in her decision to buy now.

Julie-Ann Nasiri, the 2016 People's REALTOR®, says receiving her award was one of the proudest moments of her life.

Feb. 16, 2017 | CREBNow

For the people, by the people

Nominate a deserving people's REALTOR® today

Honest. Dedicated. Personable.

While those adjectives may describe the perfect best friend, they also outline the character traits of the People's REALTOR® – a prestigious award that recognizes real estate professionals whose client-first mentality shatters expectations.

Part of CREB®'s annual ROAR Awards, candidates for the People's REALTOR® Award are nominated by the public for being the best of the best in the eyes of their clients.

Bright, cheerful colours can make your house pop and inspire a happy mood.

Feb. 16, 2017 | Kathleen Renne

Colour your world

Interior design experts set to hit the Home + Garden stage in March

Tiffany Pratt loves colour.

An interior designer, stylist and host of HGTV Canada's Home to Win and Buy It, Fix It, Sell It, she's also a self-proclaimed "rainbow hunter" and "rainbow thrower." Even her vibrantly hued hair, which takes inspiration from the rainbow, attests to her passion for palettes.

It's no surprise, then, that colour will take centre stage when Pratt makes her debut at this year's Calgary Home + Garden Show.

Feb. 07, 2017 | Donna Balzer

Even plants need a spa day

How to freshen up houseplants in the shower


newDonnawebDo you have a layer of dust on your indoor plants from the pre-Obama era?


As the sun shines on my plants, I can see it's been too long. If I can write my name on the leaves in dust, I know it's time to send my greenery to the shower.


Light levels are so low in February in Calgary that any extra interference, like dust, slows houseplants down and blocks the already limited light. If leaf tips are browning or whole leaves yellowing, the plant is probably cutting its losses by getting rid of the lazy leaves that are too shaded to give back.


In nature, regular rains wash leaves clean, but in your apartment or house, plants need a helping hand.


According to Toronto-based Convergence Consulting Group, almost 26 per cent of Canadian households today do not have a traditional TV subscription.

Jan. 28, 2017 | Miles Durie

CUTTING THE CORD

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More Canadian homes are abandoning conventional TV services

If you're the New Year's resolution-making type — and more than half of us are, statistically speaking — it's likely that better financial decision-making is one of your goals for 2017.


You're not alone; spending less money was one of the top three resolutions in a survey done earlier this month by the Statistic Brain Research Institute in the U.S.


So it follows that you'd be interested in saving anywhere from around $50 to $100-plus a month by making a simple change that would have virtually no impact on your quality of life, right?


Inglewood was named the Greatest Neighbourhood in Canada in 2015 by Great Places in Canada. CREB®Now file photo

Jan. 20, 2017 | CREBNow

The 'In' crowd

Inner-city communities offering residents plenty to get excited about

From the historic streets of Inglewood to the shopping district along 17th Avenue, Calgary's inner city represents an eclectic and ever-changing mix of stories, style and substance. After all, these are areas where 100-year-old brick buildings seamlessly interchange with high-rise construction cranes.

Yet for those who live in Calgary`s inner city, it isn't just their surroundings and amenities that make it special. It's the people.

"Sure we have our night markets, Christmas celebrations and kitschy shops, but what makes Ramsay and Inglewood an exceptional place to live are the people," said local resident Natalia Jezierska.

Calgary-based interior designer Amanda Hamilton recommends staying away from 'hot trends,' and instead create personal spaces in the home. Photo by Adrian Shellard/For CREB®Now

Jan. 19, 2017 | Kathleen Renne

What's hot for homes in 2017

Local designers offer advice on how to create personal spaces

One could describe Calgary-based interior designer Amanda Hamilton as trend averse.

"Focusing on trends is a sure way to date your home," she said, pointing to dwellings from the 1980s that show their vintage via their yellow-oak interiors and brass details. "We don't follow trends. Trends are interesting for people who are into fast design."

Hamilton added current economic conditions can also further influence trends' relevance.

Jon Mook, executive vice-president of industrial division for Barclay Street Real Estate, said absorption in Calgary's industrial sector ended the year in a positive position, and vacancy has turned the corner. Photo by Wil Andruschak/For CREB®Now

Jan. 19, 2017 | CREBNow

Poised for growth

Calgary's industrial market shows signs of turning the corner

While Calgary's downtown office sector and its plunging vacancy rates overshadowed all commercial real estate activity in 2016, the city's industrial market has better weathered the storm and is poised to grow in 2017, say experts.

According to Barclay Street Real Estate, vacancy for the industrial real estate sector finished 2016 at 7.76 per cent. It had peaked at 7.8 per cent in the third quarter of the year. In 2015, it was 6.57 per cent.

"Absorption was a negative 127,373 square feet for Q3. This was the only quarter of negative absorption we have had since the '90s," said Jon Mook, executive vice-president of Barclay Street Real Estate's industrial division.

Industry experts believe proposed drywall tariffs will eventually be passed onto homebuyers, adding about $1,000 to $2,000 to the price of a home.

Jan. 19, 2017 | Joel Schlesinger

Tearing down trade walls

Homebuilders hope recommendations to lower duties will lead to lower cost for industry, consumers

Recent recommendations by a federal trade tribunal have the homebuilding industry hopeful that high duties on U.S. drywall imports will soon come to an end.

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal issued its Statement of Reasons Jan. 19 outlining why it found drywall duties on U.S. imports are negatively impacting Western Canada's housing industry. Yet it also found U.S. manufacturers were indeed dumping drywall into the Canadian market, an unfair advantage over domestic manufacturers.

ATB Financial chief economist Todd Hirsch. CREB®Now file photo

Jan. 11, 2017 | Joel Schlesinger

Barriers to recovery

Report notes mortgage lending rule changes could spell trouble for city's housing market

Recent changes by the federal government to mortgage lending rules will likely serve as headwinds for the city's recovering real estate market in the coming year, said CREB® in its 2017 Economic Outlook and Regional Housing Forecast.

Since 2008, the federal government has been tightening mortgage lending rules.

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