2016 CREB® President Cliff Stevenson

CREB® president Cliff Stevenson focuses on the positives during challenging year in real estate

Cliff Stevenson could be forgiven for being downbeat. After all, he’s led Calgary’s real estate industry through one of its most difficult years in decades.

Instead, during a recent interview, the 2016 CREB® president is confident and animated. While he doesn’t downplay the current challenges his industry is facing amid slumping oil prices, he doesn’t dwell on them either.

“It’s been a challenging year and a continuation of a challenging 2015, as the economy has driven the housing market in further decline,” Stevenson said.

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55 Years of Calgary Real Estate: 1988 CREB® President Jerry Roberts

1988 CREB® president Jerry Roberts recalls Winter Olympics arriving at the right time for Calgarians

Like many Calgarians, the first thing Jerry Roberts remembers about 1988 was the Winter Olympics.

The international sporting event transformed Calgary, as 1,423 athletes from 57 nations competed in 46 events over 16 days in February 1988.

But perhaps more importantly, it put Calgary, then a city of 675,000 and the first Canadian city to host a Winter Olympic Games, on the world map, said Roberts, who was president of CREB® that year.

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55 Years of Calgary Real Estate: 1985 CREB® President Jim Moore

Current economic challenges harken back to past president’s term

The early 1980s in Alberta were a memorable and challenging time for anyone who lived through them.

Characterized by a severe global recession, widespread housing foreclosures, bankruptcies and unemployment, by the time Jim Moore was president of the Calgary Real Estate Board in 1985, market conditions remained difficult but some changes were afoot.

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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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