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Welcome to the Weekender!

I hope you all enjoyed this week’s heatwave, which corresponded nicely with the return of restaurant and bar patios here in the city. I don’t know about you, but I’m a little bit sunburnt!

The weather’s not the only thing heating up, as the city’s housing market continued its run of strong sales activity last month. We’ve got the full statistical recap right here, plus a breakdown of the City of Calgary’s new Guide for Local Area Planning and a deep dive on the history of the conversation pit – the Mad Men-era living room orientation that has come back in a big way thanks to COVID-19.

Let’s dive right in!

This week in CREB®Now

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A brief history of the conversation pit: why interest in this ’70s design staple has skyrocketed in the age of COVID-19

Everything old is new again, and in the world of home design, the latest “retro” style to make a comeback is the conversation pit. Check out the story to learn more about the conversation pit’s rise and fall (and rise), and why this nostalgia-inducing design feature is perfect for moving past the loneliness of the pandemic.

May 2021: Inventory rises, but sellers’ market conditions persist

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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Guide for Local Area Planning prepares Calgary communities for growth

After much consultation, many misconceptions and a touch of controversy, the City of Calgary’s Guidebook for Great Communities has transformed into the Guide for Local Area Planning. Read on to learn how this planning document is already being put to work in communities across the city.

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Five cheap ways to boost your home’s curb appeal

If you’re hoping to sell your home, don’t forget about curb appeal! We’re all taught not to judge a book by its cover, but that’s exactly what prospective buyers will do if your home’s exterior isn’t up to snuff. Thankfully, there are many quick and inexpensive ways to ensure your property makes a great first impression.

The funnies

Well, I know what I’ll be watching this summer.

Additional reading

Have a great weekend!