Market on the mend

The arrow is pointing upwards for Calgary housing market as recovery continues

It’s been a tough couple of years for Calgary’s housing market, as it slowly recovers from the collapse of oil prices that started in 2014.

That pain created some deep wounds for the city’s economy, which shed thousands of jobs and plunged into a recession for both 2015 and 2016. The light at the end of the tunnel began to materialize this year, and the recovery is expected to fully take hold in 2018.

That’s good news for the real estate market, as job growth will fuel demand going forward.

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City hall free-for-all

On Oct. 16, Calgarians will go to the polls to determine the city’s mayor, councillors and school board trustees. In the competition for the mayor’s chair, a three-man race has emerged between incumbent Mayor Naheed Nenshi, veteran city councillor Andre Chabot, and local lawyer and former Alberta Progressive Conservative party president Bill Smith.

Nenshi, Chabot and Smith recently sat down with CREB®Now’s Mario Toneguzzi to discuss some of the most important real estate and housing-related issues impacting Calgarians, now and in the future.

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To buy, or not to buy?

That is the question, but there is no easy answer that’s right for everyone

It’s an age-old question that still gets hotly debated, particularly by young adults who are determining where they are going to live: should I rent or should I buy?

It’s not an easy question to answer, and there are no clear right or wrong answers.

“One of the big things to contemplate is your time focus, because when you do buy a home, it is a long-term commitment. It does involve a five-year mortgage that’s amortized over 25 years,” said Tim Gensey, a market analyst with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) in Calgary. “On the other hand, renting allows you to be a lot more flexible. You have to really consider where you are in your life and what your needs are.

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Come on in

Open houses are still an important tool in the REALTOR®’s arsenal

Open houses remain a valid and valuable way to sell properties, even in this day and age of virtual reality.
While the technological tools available today to give maximum exposure to a listing have made it easier for potential homebuyers to window shop from anywhere, the physical presence of an open house still can’t be replaced.

CREB® president David P. Brown says opinions about open houses are often divided. Some REALTORS® love them, while others can’t stand them.

“But how we do it has changed a fair bit I believe,” said Brown. “Social media has got to be the biggest thing. Before, if we were going to have an open house we might hand deliver a few flyers or something around the neighbourhood – put up some signs and that was it.

“Now, we post it all over.”

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