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Happy Labour Day long weekend and welcome to the Weekender!

Campaign season is in full swing for both the upcoming municipal and federal elections. While housing affordability has taken centre stage in the platforms of the leading federal parties, the vote happening closer to home might have an even greater impact on real estate.

This October’s municipal election could be one of the most significant in Calgary’s history, with the mayor’s chair and 10 of 14 council seats wide open and up for grabs after the incumbents chose not to run. Our local government is about to include a lot of new faces, so now’s the time to get to know some of the contenders.

If you’d like to learn more about where Calgary’s leading mayoral candidates stand on the most pressing issues surrounding real estate and housing, register for CREB®’s 2021 Mayoral Forum livestream on Sept. 14. Registration is free and open to all members of the public. To register, click here.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we can dig into the news from this week, including new grant funding available for local housing and shelter non-profits, as well as an overview of Calgary-and-area housing market activity from the month of August.

Let’s dive right in!

This week in CREB®Now

Courtesy of CREB® REALTOR® Community Foundation

Calgary-and-area REALTOR® community to invest $100,000 in local housing and shelter initiatives

CREB® REALTOR® Community Foundation has opened up applications for its 2021 Community and Transformation Grant programs. Read on to learn more about the grants, which organizations are eligible and previous recipients.

August 2021: market continues shift toward more balanced conditions after torrid start to the year

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.

ICYMI

CREB® CEO Alan Tennant (left) moderated the discussion, as Bill Smith, Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Andre Chabot shared their views on housing-related issues.
Cody Stuart / CREB®Now

Courageous conversations: candidates spar at CREB® mayoral forum

In preparation for this year’s event, let’s take a trip down memory lane to the 2017 Mayoral Forum, when Mayor Naheed Nenshi squared off with challengers Bill Smith and Andre Chabot over topics that ranged from campaign donors and arena negotiations to secondary suites.

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Have a great weekend!