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CREB® CEO Alan Tennant holds a photo of his first home, a Falconridge bungalow purchased in 1981.
Terence Leung / CREB®Now
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May 06, 2021 | Alan Tennant

My First Home: Alan Tennant, CREB® CEO

By CREB® CEO Alan Tennant (as told to Terence Leung)


I remember being 23 years old. The year was 1981. I was a Medicine Hat banker with my new wife, Rona, and a new job in Calgary, staring down a brand-new, three-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow. Oh, and a mortgage to pay.

We had two cars (with no garage to put them in) and no way of knowing that four years later, mortgage rates would hit a whopping 18 per cent.

We asked the question many people do now when they contemplate their first home purchase: can we afford it?

Past president Jim Moore now spends his time as CEO and executive director of the Dream Centre. Photo by Michelle Hofer/For CREB®Now
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Dec. 21, 2016 | Cailynn Klingbeil

55 Years of Calgary Real Estate: 1985 CREB® President Jim Moore

Current economic challenges harken back to past president's term

The early 1980s in Alberta were a memorable and challenging time for anyone who lived through them.

Characterized by a severe global recession, widespread housing foreclosures, bankruptcies and unemployment, by the time Jim Moore was president of the Calgary Real Estate Board in 1985, market conditions remained difficult but some changes were afoot.

Former CREB® president Jerry Roberts said the Winter Olympics in 1988 represented a turning point for Calgary and its real estate industry. Photo by Michelle Hofer/For CREB®Now
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Dec. 21, 2016 | Cailynn Klingbeil

55 Years of Calgary Real Estate: 1988 CREB® President Jerry Roberts

1988 CREB® president Jerry Roberts recalls Winter Olympics arriving at the right time for Calgarians

Like many Calgarians, the first thing Jerry Roberts remembers about 1988 was the Winter Olympics.

The international sporting event transformed Calgary, as 1,423 athletes from 57 nations competed in 46 events over 16 days in February 1988.

But perhaps more importantly, it put Calgary, then a city of 675,000 and the first Canadian city to host a Winter Olympic Games, on the world map, said Roberts, who was president of CREB® that year.

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.

Former CREB® president John Fraser, who calls Okotoks home, recalled the Calgary region's real estate market as one marked by a renewed sense of optimism following a decade of obstacles. Photo by Michelle Hofer/For CREB®Now
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Aug. 08, 2016 | Cailynn Klingbeil

55 years of real estate: 1990 CREB® president John Fraser

Former CREB® president John Fraser recalled new sense of hope in 1990 after decade of challenges

A fresh start: that's how many viewed 1990, recalled then-CREB® president John Fraser.

"We had just come out of an extremely difficult period," he said, referencing a decade defined by the National Energy Program, soaring interest rates and growing unemployment in the province.

"In about the mid '80s, things started to improve. And by about 1990, if you can believe it, almost 10 years later, we were almost back to where we were in 1981 in terms of house prices."

Greg Houston said Calgary was still basking in its post-Olympic glow in 1989, 
which provided a bump for the local housing industry. Photo by Michelle Hofer/For CREB®Now
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June 30, 2016 | Cailynn Klingbeil

55 Years of Real Estate: 1989 CREB® Past President Greg Houston

Former CREB® president Greg Houston remembers 1989 as the year it all started to turn around

The boom came back.

After a lengthy slump in the early 1980s, Calgary's real estate market began a resurgence in 1989 – and not a moment too soon, recalls Greg Houston, who was president of CREB® that year.

"1989 was a great year," he said. "Things were looking up. There was stability in the business, after years of foreclosures and people declaring bankruptcies. As far as I was concerned, things were finally turning around."


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