Welcome to the inaugural edition of the CREB®Now Weekender! Every week, this newsletter will arrive chock full of news, stories and musings from the world of real estate and housing, all served up with our signature blend of analysis and levity. For now, it will only be available here at crebnow.com, but soon you’ll be able to have it delivered straight to your inbox – stay tuned for subscription details!
Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, someone who dabbles in real estate or a seasoned investor, there will be something for you here, and my hope is that you’ll come away from each reading feeling informed and entertained in equal measure.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in…
This week in CREB®Now
Come for the fantastic photo of the longtime Flames defenceman enjoying one of his favourite hobbies, stay for the details of how he furnished his first Calgary home (hint: a vending machine was involved).
Hey sellers: you might not be able to hold open houses, but virtual tours are on the rise and great photos are more important than ever – staging matters!
Just in case you were looking for one way to cut down on anxiety inducing trips to the grocery store.
If you’re like me, you might be struggling to get your hockey fix while the NHL season is on hold due to COVID-19. In the meantime, now’s a great time to catch up on all our first-home stories from former members of the Calgary Flames. Here are a few to get you started:
Turning over a new leaf
Everyone is struggling right now, so it was really heartening to see this story about vacant commercial spaces in Alberta and Saskatchewan temporarily turning into pop-up garden shops, including three locations in Calgary. This creative strategy – a product of collaboration between Darvonda Nurseries and the staff at Avison Young’s Calgary office – will help the western Canadian company sell a variety of plants and other items that were destined for big box stores before the COVID-19 outbreak.
Hopefully, this will be merely one of many innovative ideas to come out of the real estate community in the coming months, as individuals and businesses continue to adapt to the new COVID-19 landscape.
My kingdom for a balcony
My apartment doesn’t have a balcony – likely an unfortunate consequence of it being converted from a commercial to residential space many years ago – so I have no way to enjoy a bit of fresh air without leaving my building. As you can probably imagine, this has become a somewhat harrowing experience in recent months.
When my girlfriend and I moved in, we convinced ourselves the lack of private outdoor space wouldn’t be a big deal, with justifications running the gamut from “Calgary barely has a summer anyway” to “There are plenty of nice parks nearby.” Five years later, we’re still here and this one missing amenity has become a massive gripe for us both. At the very least, it’s good to know we’re not alone.
It feels like there is a lesson to be learned here about the importance of amenities when choosing a home. Namely, to anticipate how your needs might change and recognize that an amenity that might not be a “must have” for you now could become one in the future. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself for not anticipating a global pandemic, though.
- Global News Calgary – Calgary home sales slump to recent record lows in April amid COVID-19 pandemic
- CBC Calgary – City of Calgary’s public engagement work goes virtual during pandemic
- CBC Edmonton – Real estate agents replace face-to-face with masks, gloves and pandemic-friendly virtual skills
- CBC Hamilton – Here’s how COVID-19 is changing what people want from the design of their homes
Have a great weekend!