Courageous conversations

Candidates spar at CREB® mayoral forum

Calgary’s top three mayoral candidates discussed a variety of issues on Sept. 21 at CREB®’s Courageous Conversations, an exclusive forum focusing on housing-related issues critical to REALTORS® and the city.

Candidates Andre Chabot and Bill Smith joined incumbent Naheed Nenshi in CREB®’s W. Frank Johns Auditorium as the candidates took verbal jabs at each other over several issues.

The forum was hosted and moderated by CREB® CEO Alan Tennant. (more…)

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Dollars and cents

The costs associated with selling a home

Deciding to sell your home is a big decision, so it’s always good to remind yourself of what that decision entails, including the associated costs you might incur. Many real estate industry groups have resources available to the public on the home-selling process, such as the Real Estate Council of Alberta’s Home Seller’s Guide. However, most resources don’t specify selling costs, in part because they can vary greatly depending on the individual property and circumstances of the sale. To provide a frame of reference, here is a summary of costs associated with selling a typical $500,000 home in Calgary: (more…)

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Colourful community

Natural and man-made beauty collide in Canyon Meadows

As the late-summer sun lingers long into the evening, the sound of children’s laughter rings out and residents of Canyon Meadows ride their bikes through the tree-lined neighbourhood. It’s a picturesque scene – one that attracted Susan Ortt and her husband Glen to the neighbourhood 25 years ago.

“We were really looking to purchase in a family friendly community close to the bike paths and Fish Creek Park,” said Susan Ortt, who has watched the community mature over the years.

Her children attended the local schools and are now grown, but she is still fully immersed in the community. “I absolutely love my home. It backs right onto Fish Creek Park, and Glen and I really enjoy spending our weekends cycling around the pathways,” she said.

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Love of the land

Extensive amenities and green spaces make Ranchlands a secret gem in Calgary’s northwest

Located at the confluence of Nose Hill Drive and Crowchild Trail in Calgary’s northwest, the community of Ranchlands – developed in the 1970s – retains some of the unique, natural features of its namesake ranching lands.

In the centre of the community, Ranchlands Park sprawls across 12 hectares and provides examples of some of the last remnants of the typical northwest geological formations known as knobs and kettles. Retreating glacial deposits of ice carved these small rounded hilltops (knobs) and depressions (kettles). Much of Calgary’s northwest featured these fields of undulating hills before development reshaped the landscape. (more…)

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Old meets new

Diverse residents and small-town spirit make Tuxedo Park stand out 

Anne Johnson and Jessica Klassen are two Tuxedo Park residents that can’t say enough about the community’s funky vibe and small-town community spirit.

“It’s a really great place to live,” said Johnson, who moved to the neighbourhood four years ago.

Klassen and her husband moved to the neighbourhood in 2004 as newlyweds, purchasing a charming, 1920s-era bungalow with an oversized backyard. They were drawn to the home by the location and the home’s curb appeal, sense of history and great bones. They now have two boys who attend the local elementary school and ride bikes through the tree-lined streets with friends they have known since kindergarten.

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