Wishing you all the best for 2015.
Yearly records set as monthly sales decline
Condominium and townhouse sales set a new record for 2014
Calgary, January 2, 2015 – It was a record setting year for Calgary’s condominium apartment and townhouse sectors, as sales reached new annual highs despite year-over-year residential sales declines of 7.5 per cent in December.
Single family sales totaled 708 units in December, a year-over- year decline of 8.3 per cent. Meanwhile, total condominium sales also declined by six per cent over the same time frame, but overall activity remained consistent with long-term averages. Read more »
CREB® forecasts price stability amid easing demand
Housing sales are forecasted to ease by four per cent this year, due to market uncertainty and changes in economic climate, while prices are expected to remain relatively stable with a modest increase of 1.58 per cent on an annual basis, CREB® said today in its annual forecast.
Although sales levels are expected to ease, previously tight conditions throughout 2014 indicate that rising supply would push the market into more balanced conditions, supporting price stability in 2015. However, CREB® warns there are multiple risk factors attached to this forecast, which estimates a total of 24,503 homes will be sold in the city this year. Click Here »
15 Real-Life Home Kitchens That Will Inspire Yours
An elegant, open California kitchen; a tiny, colorful basement kitchen in Boston; an antique-industrial kitchen in Atlanta with a huge window. These are just a few of the many kitchens we shared with you this past year — real home kitchens used by real cooks, many of them avid readers of The Kitchn.
Every space had a personality and style unique to its cook, which is what we love to see. (That, and great design and organizing ideas!) Here are 15 favorites. Read more »
Which Colour Combinations Go Well Together In Staging?
Conventional wisdom says to paint everything white when a home is up for resale — but savvy sellers know color can actually be a smart staging tool.
A well-chosen color scheme in furniture and décor can do more than add appeal to rooms — it can evoke strong emotional responses. Potential buyers may find themselves drawn to a home with restful tones in the bedrooms, for example, and with unified access throughout.
Consider these tips for using colour combinations in staging: Read more »
Record year for real estate outside Calgary
The resale housing market outside the city of Calgary was booming in 2014 with record MLS sales and average prices across the board.
According to the Calgary Real Estate Board, new peaks of activity and prices were set in the following areas: country residential (acreages), towns surrounding the city, Airdrie, Chestermere, Cochrane and Okotoks.
Robert Hogue, senior economist with RBC Economics, said the activity is reflective of a provincial economy that was booming for the most part in 2014 with population growth and strong demand for housing. Also, construction of new homes was trying to keep up with that demand. Read more »
Albertans Loved To Renovate Basements In 2014
Albertans decided to drain their renovation budgets into basements and bathrooms in 2014, a home improvement study has found.
Trustedpros.ca has released home renovation findings across the country, based on searches and quote requests made to their website.
In an effort to increase home values, Albertans put basement renos first, while expensive structural additions were the least popular choice. Read more »
Dates to Remember
Mid Nov - Mar 2015 Sleigh Date Night and Dinner
Jan 7 - Feb 1 Int'l Festival of the Arts
Jan 29 - Feb 1 Calgary RV Show
Jan 30 - Feb 1 MEC Ice Climbing Festival
Feb 3 - 12 2015 Calgary Corporate Challenge Human Bonspiel
Feb 5 - 8 Calgary Boat & Sportsmen's Show
Feb 7 8th Annual Rock for Dimes
Feb 14 Valentine's Day
Feb 14 Family Day at Bow Habitat Station
Feb 14 - 15 2015 Year of the Sheep Chinese New Year Carnival
Feb 16 Family Day
Feb 19 Chinese New Year
Feb 20 - 21 Winefest Calgary
Feb 20 - 22 World of Wheels
Feb 22 Bliss Bridal Show
Feb 26 - Mar 1 Calgary Home & Garden Show
Feb 28 2nd Annual Fish Creek CommUnity Fair
Feb 28 - Mar 8 2015 Tim Hortons Brier
Mar 6 - 15 The Big Taste
Mar 7 Blitz Snowshoe Fun Run
Mar 7 Finding Neverland
Mar 8 DST Spring Forward (Set your clocks forward 1 hour)
Mar 11 - 15 Calgary International Auto & Truck Show
Mar 15 St. Patrick's Day Road Race
Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day
Mar 27 Taste of Bragg Creek
December 2014 Statistics
Single Family: 1985
Single Family: 888
Sold *Last 30 days
Single Family: 708
Benchmark Price *Last 30 days
Single Family: $510,900
Last updated January 2, 2015
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