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Here are some important tips before embarking on a home rennoavtion project

 

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Learn how to improve your water heater’s efficiency and perhaps even lower your utility bills.


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Here are some tips on preparing your yard for Spring

 

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Thinking or developing your basement? Here are some tips on what to consider.

 

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A great article written by Scott McGillivray on investing in Student Rentals.


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Construction starts on single-family homes for the Calgary area in February marked the highest year over year i

ncrease in nearly five years. 


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Find out how to choose the right contractor for your project and set terms that keep both of you accountable and happy.


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Calgary’s housing market continued to find more solid footing in February as sales improved and new listings slowed.


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For those that are looking to move out of the city and experience a more tranquil life with afforadabilty Langdon should be on your shopping list.  There is a great sense of community here and none of the hussle or bussle of city life.  Close enough to Calgary to commute to work but with a pleasant drive home through Alberta's rural landscape such, that by the time you get home, you've unwound from your stressful day.  Now that Stoney Trail is complete on the East, North and South of the city, almost all parts of Calgary are accessible within an hour, and with the completion of the work on Glenmore Trail, the east side of Calgary will be so much more accessible.  Homes here are, by comparison to many parts of Calgary, much larger for your money and, one of the most appealing factors is 'that you're not sitting right in your next door neighbours back yard' - lots are much bigger here and some are as much as a quarter of an acre within the town.  From old and quaint to modern and upgraded there's a home that will meet everyones dreams.  Come out to Langdon - have a look around, and you'll be pleasantly surprised by what you see.

 

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Do solar panels make sens for Alberta home owners and how does the rebate progam work?

 

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After the first two months of the year, Calgary's detached sector continues to drive a slow transition in the housing market. February sales totaled 1,342 units, which is still 19 per cent below long-term averages, but an improvement over the past two years.

 

As sales kept trending upward, detached inventory levels continued to ease in February. These conditions caused months of supply to fall to 2.4 months, putting less downward pressure on pricing. Unadjusted detached benchmark prices totaled $501,900 in February, which is one per cent lower than prices recorded last year, but slightly higher than January figures.

 

"There seems to be a new sense of optimism these days," said CREB® president David P. Brown. "Some sellers are feeling upbeat about the changing landscape and the improved chances of selling their home. Other people are looking at the spring market with caution and wondering if we're going to see a higher than expected surge of listings. While there's less product on the market right now, sellers still need to be realistic with their pricing."

 

The amount of excess inventory eased in the overall market in February, setting the stage for a transition to a more stable market this year. Months of supply totaled 3.4 months, down from five months over last February. At the same time, the sales-to-new-listings ratio trended from a near record February low of 39 per cent last year to 55 per cent this February.

 

With sales improving and new listings and inventories contracting—two key measures of market balance, there's good evidence to show that the housing market has started a trend toward more balanced conditions.

 

 "The transition in the housing market appears to be underway," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lure. "However, it is important to note that this change is primarily being driven by improvements in the detached market and stability in the labour market."

 

"It will take some time for these conditions to translate into all housing segments and achieve price recovery," said Lurie. "But all indicators continue to point toward a slow transition from a contracting market toward one that is stabilizing at lower levels."

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The Home and Garden Show runs from 2 - 5 March at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Calgary.

 

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Although the article relates to real estate in the USA and some of the details may be different to Canadian real estate,  the general principles still apply.  For more details discuss your personal circumstances with your Realtor and mortgage advisor.

 

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Free Home & Garden Show Tickets - Message me to get yours!  Don't forget to give me your address so that I can deliver them to your home

 

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Calgary's apartment and town home market started to recover in January.

 

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Here are 35 super fast fixes and upgrades that you can do to improve your home.

 

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Here's one persons story about the making of a man cave.

 

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What to include in a home renovation contract .

 

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Does your home office or den look like a bomb has exploded in it?  If so, here are some ideas about how to make it look modern, sleak and organized.

 

 

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According to the CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) Calgary saw a decline in the number of new builds in January.

 

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