And the winner is…

The 2017 ROAR Awards recognize local REALTORS® in five categories

The real estate industry has a reason to celebrate. On May 27, top local REALTORS® gathered for CREB®’s annual ROAR Awards, an event that’s unlike any other in the business.

The ROARs, which stand for Recognizing our Accomplished REALTORS® (ROAR) Awards, recognize those who demonstrate role model-calibre performance and unwavering professionalism in the real estate industry.

Recipients are honoured in five categories, including Commitment to Education, Community Impact, Marketing Excellence, Mentorship Distinction, and The People’s Realtor.

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Borrowing made easy

First-time Home Buyers’ Plan offers a path to ownership

A house can be a great investment, but saving enough for a down payment can be difficult. The Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP), offered by the Government of Canada, is a program that aids the purchase of a first home by allowing part of a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) to be withdrawn as a tax-free down payment in cash.

“This is about the only program that is available now through the federal government,” said David P. Brown, president of CREB®. (more…)

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Living with the Carbon Tax

Energy panel weighs in on the nuts and bolts of the controversial carbon tax

Alberta’s carbon tax is one of the most important policy changes in the province’s recent history. How Alberta adapts to the tax will undoubtedly shape its economic landscape for years to come.

In effect since January, the $20-a-tonne tax remains a highly contentious topic from both economic and environmental perspectives. Since its implementation, politicians, businesses, and consumers have worried what the additional tax will do to an already fragile Alberta economy and to Albertans.

Some groups, like the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, for example, claim the average household could pay more than $2,500 per year as a result of direct costs, such as household energy use, and indirect costs from increased costs to business operations.

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A strong arts community for a strong city

The 2017 Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions celebrates the power of art

Beyond bricks and mortar, it’s culture that speaks to the heart of the city. The annual Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions is proof the arts community is not only alive, but thriving in Calgary.

This year’s sold out lunch, held on March 22, once again brought together Calgary’s business and art communities to recognize the important relationships that foster artistic achievement.

“We see leaders in our community create canvases for dreams to take shape,” said Randy Ferguson, COO of Strategic Group, the Champion sponsor of the Mayor’s Lunch. “That is what makes a great city. Not a good or a functional city, but a great city. One that people learn from, admire, and replicate.”

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