Corinne Lyall said changing market conditions benefited the buyer when she was CREB® president in 2015. Photo by Michelle Hofer/For CREB®Now

Getting personal

Former CREB® president Corinne Lyall focused on different drivers behind housing market in 2015

Corinne Lyall is all too familiar with many of the challenges currently facing homebuyers and sellers in Calgary. She served as CREB®’s president just last year when the economic downturn was arguably at its strongest, is currently past president on the board of directors for the real estate member organization and is broker at her own firm Royal Lepage Benchmark.

Yet her message today is the same as it was when she had the gavel in hand: real estate is personal.

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Deadheading involves cutting flowers off after they fade to encourage more flowers. Photo by Donna Balzer/For CREB®Now

Deadheading boosts blooms

But beware of Calgary’s famous hail belt

newDonnawebWhat’s with crazy gardening terms like “deadheading?” It sounds like something done in a dark alley, in private, after midnight.

Patrick Horner, a reader and fairly new gardener, wasn’t sure at first, but he figured out from an online search that it meant cutting flowers off after they fade to encourage more flowers. He sent me an email: “If I am deadheading [my dianthus], what do I remove?”

Horner’s plant in question is a perennial dianthus – a hardy dwarf relative of the common-cut flower the carnation. If he deadheads it, it may bloom again a bit this season, and will certainly bloom more heavily next year because it won’t use up its energy making seeds this year.

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The new bridge over Macleoad Trail at 61st Avenue S.W. will include accessibility features such as elevators and escalators, have a covered four-metre walkway and a connection directly into the second level of Chinook Centre. Illustration courtesy City of Calgary

City reveals design for Chinook Centre pedestrian bridge

Construction to start in September

The City of Calgary has unveiled the final design for a new $13-million pedestrian bridge over Macloed Trail by 61st Avenue S.W.

The new bridge will include accessibility features such as elevators and escalators, have a covered four-metre walkway and a connection directly into the second level of Chinook Centre.

According to the City, the overpass will create a safe, accessible and convenient crossing for the more than 2,000 pedestrians that cross over Macleod Trail every day.

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Westmark Holdings general manager Paul Gerla envisions the Cooper's Town Promenade commercial area that's current being developed will be vibrant, functional open-air plaza to harmonize with existing community. Photo by Carl Patzel/For CREB®Now

Open for business

Commercial development in Airdrie steady despite downturn

Paul Gerla has long had a vision to develop a vibrant neighbourhood shopping destination in Airdrie’s flourishing southwest quadrant.

And he wasn’t about to let a downturn in the provincial economy distract him.

“When we evaluate a project like this, we think in terms of decades, not necessarily what’s happening today,” said Gerla, general manager of WestMark Holding Ltd., which is behind a new five-hectare Cooper’s Town Promenade commercial district in the upscale Cooper’s Crossing community.

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Inner-city high rises like Park Point are serving a growing niche of downsizers. Illustration courtesy Qualex-Landmark

Boomers making their mark

Condo developers respond to ‘downsizing’ needs

As the largest segment of the population in North America, baby boomers have shaped our world more than any other age group. And their impact on housing is profound.

Now, while this generation, born between 1946 and 1964, is becoming increasingly gray, the real estate industry is responding to their needs for housing.

Many developers in Alberta are turning their attention to high-density high-rises in centrally located neighbourhoods to reflect boomers’ demand for stylish, worry-free living, said Parham Mahboubi, vice-president of planning and marketing at Qualex-Landmark — a Vancouver-based development firm which is the force behind Park Point in the Beltline along 12th Avenue S.W.

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