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Welcome to the Weekender!

For reasons I probably don’t need to rehash, it might feel like March 2020 never ended. Yet, somehow, March 2021 is only a couple days away. I would say spring is almost here, but “spring” doesn’t usually arrive in Calgary until May, so we’re all going to have to sit tight for a little bit longer. Thank goodness for chinooks.

Anyways, I’ve got a full slate of real estate news and analysis for you this week, so without further ado, let’s get to the good stuff!

This week in CREB®Now

The R. B. Bennett House in Upper Mount Royal.
Courtesy of the City of Calgary

Historical Home Spotlight: R.B. Bennett House

This unique Upper Mount Royal home was at one point owned by Canada’s 11th prime minister, Richard Bedford Bennett, but he never lived there. Read the full story to find out why!

Cube, Strategic Group’s office-to-residential conversion project in the Beltline, is one example of adaptive reuse in action.
Courtesy of Strategic Group

What’s old is new again: adaptive reuse one solution to Calgary’s downtown office vacancies

The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary recently published a paper detailling how office-to-residential conversions could help ease the burden of high vacancy rates in the downtown Calgary office market. Check out the story to learn more about how these projects work and see examples of adaptive reuse in action.

SOLA, a new “smart” condo development in Kensington, is one example of how developers are shaking up their offerings to stand out in a crowded marketplace.
Courtesy of the Ocgrow Group of Companies

Adapt or die: Calgary condo developers embrace innovation and affordability to succeed in crowded COVID-19 market

Sales of detached homes in the Calgary area have been booming lately, but the same can’t be said of homes in the apartment condominium market. Find out how local developers are shifting gears with their latest projects to stand out from the crowd and attract discerning buyers.

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The sound of silence: understanding STC ratings can help homebuyers avoid noisy neighbours

If you live in a condo or townhome and you can hear your neighbours’ every move, it might not be their fault – it might be your shared wall. Read on to learn more about STC ratings and how a highly rated partition wall can keep you, and your neighbours, happy.

The funnies

Looks glamourous!

Additional reading

Have a great weekend!