55 Years of Calgary Real Estate: 2012 CREB® President Bob Jablonski

Former CREB® president Bob Jablonski recalls 2012 as the year it started to turn around

Bob Jablonski doesn’t have to look back too far to remember the last time Calgary’s economy was booming.

During his year as CREB® president in 2012, the city was running at a full sprint due to good fortunes in the oil patch. Completion of the new West LRT, The Bow and Peace Bridge were just three of the many major initiatives that came to fruition in Calgary that year, noted Jablonski, who remembered, “the city was getting big and busy.”

For many, particularly those in the real estate sector, the good news was overdue. Calgary’s housing market had slumped since the 2008 financial crisis, not recovering at the same pace as other Canadian cities.

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55 Years of Calgary Real Estate: 1981 CREB® President Kent Lyle

Former CREB® president Kent Lyle remembers impacts of National Energy Program like it was yesterday

It’s perhaps the most contentious three words in Alberta’s history: National Energy Program.

The early 1980s in the province are synonymous with the controversial federal initiative, which redistributed Alberta’s oil wealth and, in turn, lead to a regional recession that few have since forgotten.

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55 Years of Calgary Real Estate: 2002 CREB® President Joyce Travis

Former CREB® president Joyce Travis remembered moving beyond 9/11, adapting to circumstances

Four months after devastating terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, left thousands dead in the U.S., the pain was still palatable – even as far as Calgary.

“Everybody was just shell shocked,” said Travis, who, amid that atmosphere of uncertainty, took over as president of CREB®.

In Calgary, the attack led to hesitancy that was manifested, at least early on, by a sluggish housing market. Travis said consumers were reluctant to make major decisions, such as buying or selling a house.

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55 Years of Calgary Real Estate: 1996 CREB® President Jim Ross

CREB® past president Jim Ross labels digital revolution in 1996 as a game-changer

It was the cusp of the modern-day tech revolution, and Jim Ross had the best seat in the house.

“The Internet was quite new, and we were just coming to grips with the best way to head down that road,” said the CREB® past president, who guided the local real estate industry in 1996 through increasing demand for digital alternatives. “At that time, we had no idea what the impact of the Internet would be, how universal it would become.

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