REALTOR® Q&A

You asked, we answered

The people have spoken! We asked you for your most pressing real estate questions, then threw them to our expert panel of experienced REALTORS®: John Hripko (Royal LePage Benchmark), Laura O’Connell (RE/MAX House of Real Estate), Sam Crick (RE/MAX Realty Professionals) and David P. Brown (The Real Estate Company Ltd.). (more…)

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Embracing density

Builders and the City work together to rein in urban sprawl

It used to be that mentioning the word “density” would get some Calgarians riled up over plans for a new community they felt had too many homes per hectare, or a condominium project with too many units.
But faced with the alternative of urban sprawl, increasing density is now an established policy for residential development.

In 2009, city council approved a new Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Calgary Transportation Plan (CTP) that address density in both new communities and established areas.

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Fee formula

Demystifying condo fees

We’ve probably all heard someone say they’d love to buy a condominium, but they don’t like the idea of paying condo fees.

“We see that $500 condo fee and ask, ‘what do I get?’ ” said Bernice Winter, CEO of Condo Check, a Calgary company that provides condominium services, including document reviews.

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Betting on Bridgeland

Bucci Developments continues commitment to the community with Radius

Radius has risen in Bridgeland, with less than a year remaining before homeowner occupancy.

And demonstrating its continued faith in the inner-city neighbourhood, builder Bucci Developments is already at work on another proposed mixed-use project.

The roof has been placed on the seven-storey, 201-unit Radius, and cabinets and floorings are now going in, says company vice-president Mike Bucci.

“We took a risk pulling the trigger on construction” during the downturn, he says, but it will be worth it at the end of the day.

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Thinking outside the box

Calgary developers are getting creative in tough condo market

Like much in life, the only constant in the housing market is change. Buyer tastes are ever evolving, and developers of new-build condo projects in Calgary must keep pace.

“Homebuyers today know what they want and need in a new home,” said Nicole McLaws, marketing manager at Hopewell Residential. “They want excellent quality, timeless style, affordable pricing and a location that works for their lifestyle.”

To meet those needs, developers offer a range of floor plan layouts and sizes, with stylish finishings and long-lasting materials. At the same time, they are keeping one eye squarely on the big picture.

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