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Welcome to the Weekender!

I hope you’re all enjoying this lovely holiday Friday. I’m sure you have tons of fun (and COVID-safe) activities planned for the long weekend, but make sure you carve out a bit of time in your schedule for the latest batch of news and musings from the world of Calgary real estate.

This week’s must-read articles include a roundup of horror stories from Calgary home inspectors, a closer look at the backyard office trend and a breakdown of March statistics from the Calgary-and-area housing market.

This week in CREB®Now

Skipping a home inspection when purchasing a home can lead to some nasty surprises after you take possession.
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Unearthing the unusual: Calgary home inspectors share their strangest finds

Home inspectors have seen it all, from dangerous DIY electrical work to hidden pest infestations. We asked a couple of Calgary inspectors for their most memorable stories about routine inspections gone awry – the results did not disappoint.

Courtesy of Urban Shed

Convenience and productivity converge in the backyard office, with interest among Calgarians at an all-time high

Even with an end to the COVID-19 pandemic in sight, many Calgarians are upgrading their work-from-home setups for greater comfort, convenience and privacy. One upgrade that has seen its popularity explode is the backyard office. Check out the full story for all the details, including the Calgary companies that are meeting the demand head on and the options that are available for interested homeowners.

March 2021: Calgary housing market sees best March sales in over a decade

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.

Courtesy of Merit Kitchens

SPONSORED: Merit Kitchens turns 50

Merit Kitchens is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021 with an exclusive colour collection and a new door style that draws from the company’s rich history. Check out the full story for all the details.

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A photo of Bonzai waterslide park in all its glory during the summer of 1985.
Courtesy of Wayne Henuset

Fleeting fun: remembering Calgary’s Bonzai waterslide park

Whether it’s because you’re already thinking ahead to warm summer days and a little fun in the sun or you’re all just big fans of nostalgia, many readers have been revisiting our deep dive on Calgary’s Bonzai waterslide park lately. If you haven’t read the story and have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s your chance to get caught up! And you should get caught up, because while its heyday was brief, this summertime hot spot made a major impression on many Calgarians – it was here for a good time, not a long time.

The funnies

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Additional reading

Have a great weekend!