Excited to start off this new year with new goals, new referrals and new clients. Thank you for helping me achieve # 4 Top Producer last month and # 7 Top Producer Overall for 2013 out of my office. I am proud to say that I managed to stay on page 1 of Calgary Real Estate in the Google ranking and launch my new websitewww.NancyBall.ca which in turn has led to quicker sales and more exposure for my listings. I ensure MLS listings get updated every hour on my website.
Speaking of listings, we are looking for more listings as our month to date active listings is approx 21% below this time last year. If you or anyone you know are thinking of selling, this is a great time! With the lack of listings, buyers are desperately seeking and jumping at any good listings as soon as they hit the market! The decrease in Days on Market from 53 days in January 2013 to 42 days in January 2014 reflects this shortage of listings - that's a 20% decrease!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about buying or selling your home. I would love to chat!
Wishing you all the best for 2014!
Tight Housing Market in 2013 Fuels Price Growth
Sales enjoy second consecutive year of double-digit growth
December’s 8 per cent year-over-year increase in sales volume in the city of Calgary capped a year that saw an 11 per cent growth in sales volume for the entire 12 months.
City residential sales totaled 1,172 units in December, bringing total sold units for 2013 to 23,489. Prices for the year were up by 8.6 per cent over 2012. » Click Here
Top 10 Interior Design Trends for 2014
With home décor, as with fashion, looks come and go. Here, 11 pros opine on what's out and in for 2014
What's out for 2014 Illustration by gluekit for The Wall Street Journal
1. Ikat prints: Historically used "to dress the grandest pashas, the ikat pattern has become a patchy print on kitchen towels," said Los Angeles-based designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Laguna Beach designer Sheldon Harte agreed: "You know it's over when it's showing up on paper plates at CVS."
What's in for 2014 Illustration by gluekit for The Wall Street Journal
1. Macramé and fiber-art wall hangings: "It's sculpture for your wall that adds texture and replaces wallpaper or fine art you can't afford," said Ms. Burnham. "And we haven't seen it since the 1970s. I think it's time." Early adopters include the Ace Hotel chain and architect Barbara Bestor. » Click Here
Space Station Cameras Will Soon Broadcast Your Neighbourhood
A couple of high-definition cameras recently delivered to the International Space Station are set to start broadcasting near-live images of Earth for free — at a magnification where you can see vehicles and crowds.
The cameras are the property of Urthecast, a Canadian company that plans to start its free broadcast in early 2014. The cameras can see everything from 51 degrees north to 51 degrees south — sorry, Alaska, Scandinavia, and most of the UK, you won't be featured. Everyone else will be able to see their neighbourhood drift by in surprisingly high resolution, surprisingly frequently. (The ISS orbits the planet 19 times a day.) » Click Here
East Village Dream Becoming a Reality
CALGARY - The four cranes rise from the ground and reach skyward just east of Calgary’s downtown City Hall building.
They are a clear sign of progress in the long-discussed East Village development on almost 20 hectares of land located in a prime spot near the heart of the city.
The master plan calls for about 13 residential buildings. The entire East Village project will be about 63 per cent residential development and 37 per cent retail, office, civic and cultural development. It will have about 3,900 condo/townhome units. Total development is estimated at about four million square feet with an estimated development value of $3 billion at build out. Full build out is expected by 2025-27 depending on market conditions.» Click Here
Top 10 Mortgage Tips for 2014
A peek at the year ahead: Our Top Ten Mortgage Tips for 2014!
Your home may be the biggest investment you’ll ever make. That means you want to be smart with your mortgage. Although we can’t say for sure what mortgage rates will do – or how the housing market will shift – we have compiled our top tips for the year ahead; sensible strategies for today’s homebuyers and owners. » Click Here
UPCOMING 2014 EVENTS
Jan 10 - 12 The Motorcycle Show - Calgary
Jan 11 Canadian Olympic Team Block Party
Jan 12 The Great Bellydance Shop & Swap
Jan 12 Bridal Fantasy
Jan 15 CREB Forecast Conference & Tradeshow
Jan 17 - 19 Homexpo
Jan 17 - 26 Ice Magic Festival
Jan 21 Malanka 2014
Jan 23 - Apr 21 Cars of the Big and Small Screen
Jan 25 - Feb 8 Banff Film Festival
Jan 26 The Wedding Fair
Jan 30 - Feb 2 Calgary RV Expo
Jan 31 Chinese New Year
Jan 31 - Feb 1 African Hunting Expo
Feb 1 - 28 YYC Hot Chocolate Fest
Feb 6 - 9 Calgary Boat Show
Feb 9 Bliss Wedding Fair
Feb 13 - 17 Family Quest Heritage Park
Feb 17 Family Day
Feb 21 - 22 Winefest Calgary
Feb 21 - 23 World of Wheels
Feb 22 Fish Creek CommUnity Fair
Feb 22 Coldest Night of the Year
Feb 23 Wedding Envy
Feb 27 - Mar 2 Calgary Home & Garden Show
Mar 9 Spring Forward DST
Mar 15 Calgary Moms Trade Fair
Mar 12 - 16 Auto & Truck Show
Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day
Mar 22 - 23 The Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show
Mar 22 - 23 Calgary Golf Show
Mar 22 - 23 Calgary Health Show
Mar 29 - 30 Gluten Free Expo
New Year's Resolutions of Funny Cats
A little help to offer some motivation to kickstart your New Year's resolution for 2014 » Click Here