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Welcome to the Weekender!
Even in a good year, January isn’t the cheeriest month – the weather is cold, the daylight is fleeting and fairer days are still a long way off. COVID-19 hasn’t helped, making this January even darker and drearier than normal.
But hey, let’s try to focus on the positives: outdoor gatherings of 10-or-fewer people are once again allowed here in Alberta, the Flames have won two in a row, and the international COVID-19 vaccine rollout is well underway. (That rollout has been far from efficient, but we’ll have to take our wins where we can get them.)
Now, let’s get to the news!
This week in CREB®Now
As I mentioned earlier, thanks to COVID-19, this winter’s batch of seasonal affective disorder is particularly potent. If you’re looking for something to lift your spirits and brighten up your home, might I suggest investing in a couple houseplants? The options listed here are extremely forgiving – no green thumb necessary!
The Bank of Canada has pledged to keep interest rates low for the duration of 2021. Find out what that means for the Calgary housing market, as well as homeowners and prospective buyers.
Not everyone is a pro when it comes to DIY improvement projects and maintenance – and that’s OK! But if you own your home, you should have the basic skills and tools necessary for simple fixes. If you’re lacking in that department, we’ve got you covered.
Looking for design inspiration to give your home a whole new vibe this year? Look no further!
do you ever think about how there are houses in new england with like walls just full of razorblades bc some maniacs were like "this will be a normal solution to disposable razors" pic.twitter.com/hp2dl17z2x
— bea (@beackupburner) January 16, 2021
It’s not just homes in New England either. This is a pretty common feature in older homes, so if yours was built before 1970, your walls might be full of razor blades.
- Calgary Herald – After parking permit kerfuffle, council keeps current system in place until 2023
- CBC Calgary – Key station on Green Line could have unique street access
- CBC Calgary – Little fear of rate hikes despite expected economic surge: Bank of Canada
- Financial Post – Bank of Canada maintains interest rate: Read the official statement
- Financial Post – Canadians piling on mortgage debt as hot housing market continues
- Mortgage Broker News – Data shows extent of COVID-19 financial disruption on Canadian households
- Calgary Herald – Notley promises plan for downtown Calgary under NDP government
- Calgary Herald – Three Calgary community associations, two non-profits among buyers of city’s cancelled mobile skate parks
- Calgary Herald – Bowness residents, city spar over proposed flood berm
- Financial Post – Why the Bank of Canada could be among the first to raise interest rates
- Financial Post – Private-sector mortgage insurers say they’re gaining market share in wake of CMHC tightening rules
- Toronto Star – CMHC reports annual pace of housing starts down in December
Have a great weekend!