Multiple reports have the number of seniors in the country doubling 2011 levels by 2036. CREB®Now illustration

Something about SHARP

Seniors officials praise program designed to promote aging in place

Local seniors’ housing officials are praising a new provincial government program designed to assist seniors who want to “age in place” in their homes rather than having to move.

The Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP), approved earlier this month, offers low-interest, home-equity-based loans to seniors, which can be used for renovations or repairs to make a home more suitable for their needs.

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Jayman’s homes in Mahogany are examples of how 
builders in the city are catering to move-up buyers. Photo courtesy Jayman BUILT.

The next step

Move-up homes driving construction activity, community development, say local housing officials

The head of Calgary’s new home industry believes move-up products have become the go-to sector within Calgary’s residential construction industry, and will be the backbone of new communities moving forward.

Allan Klassen, who is the newly minted chair of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Urban Development Institute Calgary Region, said buyers’ focus over the last several years has been increasingly focused on detached product priced over $500,000.

“It is the prominent driver in terms of overall growth of new construction,” said Klassen, who is also senior vice-president of Calgary housing for Brookfield Residential, which is behind the mixed-use Seton development in the southeast and the recently announced Livingston community in the city’s north.

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Curb Appeal will be based on feedback from real estate professionals and house stagers on how and why landscape influences home sales. Photo courtesy Donna Balzer/For CREB®Now.

Curb Appeal in Calgary

Your chance to get involved in new local book

newDonnawebCalgary real estate professional Lori Olijnyk remembers a particular home home in Calgary’s hot inner city: “It had a large 50-foot lot with a dilapidated picket fence that might have been white at one time. Rolls of chicken wire actually had a bird in it. [The] grass was overgrown and the walkway was crumbling.”

In other words, it was a mess, and it failed the curb appeal test. The curb appeal was so bad it was hard to get prospective buyers out of the car and into the home.

“A bad first impression is difficult to overcome,” said Olijnyk.

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Rise of the office condo

Ownership model opening new doors for developers, businesses

Calgary’s emerging office condo market remains hot this year, according to Barclay Street Real Estate.

The commercial real estate brokerage noted in a report earlier this month that development and sales activity in the local market has been robust thus far in 2016, which, “has led to a fertile market in which developers are diversifying their portfolios among different real estate assets such as office buildings, hotels, mixed-use retail and residential real estate by adding office condo buildings and professional centres to their holdings.”

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The Honeywell Lyric is described as a ‘home automation system designed for 
the new mobile generation.’ Photo courtesy photo courtesy Honeywell.

Sweet security

New-gen systems offer sophisticated safety

A6Randy Larkam sits at his desk in southeast Calgary looking at the sunny backyard of his vacation home in Arizona. The image on his computer screen is overlaid with several transparent tinted rectangles

As we watch, a caretaker enters the frame and checks the pool and surrounding patio.

“There she is,” said Larkam. “Right on time, too.”

The coloured areas on-screen show the motion detection fields of the cameras that monitor the yard. They can be adjusted in real time just by clicking and dragging.

This ain’t your dad’s burglar alarm.

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