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Welcome to the Weekender!

CREB®’s annual Forecast event was held (virtually) earlier this week. As always, one of the highlights was CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie’s presentation, covering the housing market forecast for Calgary and region in 2021.

The full forecast report is now available here, so check it out if you want to learn what to expect in the year ahead. The report will also be available in an easily digestible format on crebnow.com starting early next week.

In the meantime, I’ve got a great slate of stories to share from the week that was, so let’s get you caught up!

This week in CREB®Now

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Brighten up: four easy ways to take your home’s lighting to the next level

In the dead of Calgary winter, where we all find ourselves trapped currently, it’s dark all the time. There’s little we can do about the lack of sun, but we can make the most of the lighting inside our homes. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re basking in a cozy glow of your own making when the sun sets at 4 p.m.

An artist’s rendering of the 17th Avenue S.E. extension and Victoria Park/Stampede Station rebuild project.
Courtesy of Calgary Municipal Land Corp.

Transit commuters won’t be derailed during upgrades to Victoria Park LRT and 17th Avenue

Exciting things are happening around Stampede Park, including upgrades to the Victoria Park CTrain station and an extension to nearby 17th Avenue S.E. Check out the full story for all the project details and to find out how pedestrians, transit users and drivers will be affected during construction.

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Safety first: why radon mitigation systems should be installed in more Canadian homes

Say hello to our newest guest columnist, Millenium Plus Homes president and CEO Shameer Gaidhar. His first column highlights the importance of radon mitigation systems for Calgary homeowners and homebuyers.

ICYMI

High Park is located on the roof of a Beltline parkade.
Courtesy of the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association

Something from nothing: Calgary’s Flyover Park and High Park create value from overlooked spaces

Find out how two new inner-city parks illustrate the power of creative thinking when it comes to increasing the number of recreational spaces in Calgary’s core.

The funnies

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

Now, they may not add a “dash of irreverence” to a room, but if you are looking to purchase some houseplants, check out our guide to some of the most low-maintenance options.

Additional reading

Have a great weekend!