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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Year-end sit down with Nenshi

CREB®Now looks back on 2016 with Calgary mayor

CREB®Now had the chance to sit down with Mayor Naheed Nenshi to get his birds-eye view on some of the city’s most pressing issues over the past year, including who he believes is Calgary’s hero for 2016. Here’s what he had to say:

CREB®Now: There has been a lot of discussion regarding the cost of doing business in this city, both in the core and the suburban areas. What is the city doing to minimize their burden in the current economic climate?

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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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55 Years of Real Estate: 1997 CREB® President Patti Beaudry

Former CREB® president Patti Beaudry recalls city’s fast pace in 1997

Former CREB® president Patti Beaudry recalls 1997 as a bright spot in Calgary’s real estate history, in which resale housing activity and prices hit then peak levels and the city’s population experienced a newfound surge.

The economy was vibrant, with new jobs bringing newcomers to the city by planes, trains and automobiles, recalled the 35-year real estate veteran, who guided the organization’s board of directors through its boom year. By year’s end, the city’s population gained 3.3 per cent to 934,300 compared to 2.4 per cent growth the year prior. Three years later, it hit the once-mythical one-million mark.

Calgary’s housing market at the time illustrated the impact of this new wave of new residents. Sales in the resale residential sector jumped more than 20 per cent to 18,423, while prices surged by more than six per cent to $146,788, according to CREB®.

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55 Years of Real Estate: 2011 CREB® president Sano Stante

Secondary suites and sustainability highlight Sano Stante’s year as CREB® president

The year was 2011: Naheed Nenshi was in his first full year as mayor, secondary suites had become part of Calgarians’ daily lexicon and the term “sustainability” had started to creep into community development.

Looking back at it now, then CREB® president Sano Stante noted his year at the helm not only gave him a front-row seat to the action, but an enviable opportunity to influence change.

He noted his work with CREB® in advocating council to legalize secondary suites across the city stands out the most from his year of presidency.

“It’s something I was really proud of,” said Stante.

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