Condominium sales set a new record for August activity

Posted by Nancy Ball on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 2:09pm.

Hello Everyone,

Well the weather has been a little crazy here in Calgary which is similar to the real estate market as things have not slowed down.  Hope everyone’s trees are doing okay as it has been so sad to see all the damage the snow did and if you have any questions about who is responsible for tree removal please see

Thank you to those who have been referring my name to their friends, family and neighbours as my phone has been ringing with people getting ready to list and getting prepared for 2015.  I really appreciate the support and know I will do my best to earn their business.

I also got to stage and help design a few homes this month for clients which is a nice break from my every day.  It is rewarding to get a phone call when clients are happy with the design and staging ideas I pass along.  Are you stuck with a design dilemma or need help picking out the right tile or paint?  Give me a shout as I am celebrating 9 years with my company, First Glance Home Staging.  

Hoping all of you get time to enjoy this summer weather while we still have it.




Condominium sales set a new record for August activity


Sales activity improves for condominium product, while declining in the single-family sector

Calgary, September 2, 2014 – Strong gains in Calgary’s condominium apartment and townhouse sectors sparked a 3.4 per cent year-over-year growth in residential resale housing sales activity for August. Read more »


First-time buyers fuelling housing market in Calgary

CALGARY - First-time homebuyers have accounted for roughly half of home sales in recent years and continue to be a strong part of the Canadian housing market, according to a new report.

The report from the Altus Group said that on average first-time buyers purchase homes that are below the overall average selling price - about 10 per cent less for purchases between 2009-2013 in Calgary and for Canada on a whole. Read more »




Hi-tech home security ensures peace of mind

Technology has changed the home security business to the benefit of homeowners.

According to Patrice De Luca, vice-president of marketing and customer care for Reliance Protectron Security Services, the latest advancements in home security systems are leaving homeowners with a greater sense of peace of mind that their home is being protected while they’re away.  Read more »


Home too stinky to sell?

Like most people, I am an animal lover, but just not when I am helping clients buy and sell houses. The reason for this selective affection for our domesticated four-legged friends is simple — pets stink and potential buyers don’t want to purchase stinky houses. Read more »


Cork flooring delivers on eco-chic style and comfort

(NC) There was a time when homeowners were forced to choose between beauty, function and responsible sourcing. Not so now, according to famed architect and designer, Vern Yip. As a long-time champion of sustainable design, the HGTV star is constantly looking for eco-friendly materials with a fashion-forward appeal that can adapt to any aesthetic. Read more »


Let a Hundred McMansions Bloom

In the Dianshan Lake region, less than 40 miles west of central Shanghai, the appetite for speculative real estate has driven developers into China’s most fertile land, the Yangtze Delta. Only about half of the luxury villas like those on the following pages, which can be as big as 6,300 square feet and sell for as much as $1.5 million, are occupied — mostly as second homes. The rest sit empty, as the housing sector staggers under a surplus. The photographer George Steinmetz, who visited the area last fall, describes the transition as converting “rice farms to high-end McMansions.” As that process plays out, the country’s domestic rice consumption is setto soon outpace rice production. Read more »

5 ways to feel truly grateful this Thanksgiving


Take a look at these five ways to grow gratitude this Thanksgiving: Read more »

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