September has arrived, and with it the first signs that fall is on the way. The days are getting shorter, leaves are starting to change colour, (some) kids are heading back to school and the Pumpkin Spice Latte has returned to a Starbucks near you. We may be mired in a global pandemic, but at least we can still track the passage of time during this cursed year based on one ubiquitous coffee chain’s seasonal drink lineup. *Sigh*

Anyway, I’d hate to start this week’s newsletter off on a down note, so here is a reason for optimism: fall is great! It is, in fact, the greatest season, in my opinion.

So, break out your light jackets, dust off your chunky sweaters and start planning a full slate of (COVID-19 safe) autumn activities. Visit a pumpkin patch. Check out a corn maze. Plan the perfect hike to take advantage of larch season. Head to a farmers’ market and pick up a selection of seasonal gourds, decorative or otherwise.

Now for the news!

This week in CREB®Now

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new community of Alpine Park. Stakeholders on hand for the event included Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
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New southwest Calgary community brings inner-city mentality to the suburbs

If you’ve driven down 37th Street S.W. north of Highway 22X recently, you might have seen signs for something called Alpine Park. The development of this new community is now officially underway along the path of the nearly finished Southwest Calgary Ring Road. Read on for all the details!

August 2020: home sales consistent, but COVID-19 impacts continue

Check out the full recap of last month’s housing market activity in Calgary and surrounding areas, featuring commentary from CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

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Four must-listen Canadian podcasts for beginner and veteran real estate investors

If you’re a podcast fan and an aspiring real estate investor, this is the story for you!

ICYMI

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My First Home: Alykhan Velji, designer extraordinaire

If you’re a regular reader of CREB®Now who is interested in interior design, you’ve likely come across many of Alykhan Velji’s design tips and trends on our website. However, if you haven’t read Velji’s “My First Home” story, you’re missing out! Read on to find out how he and his husband found the perfect house and tackled this very personal design project.

The funnies

OK, when we covered virtual staging a couple weeks ago, THIS is not what we had in mind…

Additional reading

Have a great weekend!