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Welcome to the Weekender!

March has arrived and spring is in the air! The spring market, traditionally a very busy period for real estate transactions, is almost here. In fact, you could say it’s already arrived based on last month’s housing market activity (more on that later).

This week’s stories include a recap of February’s housing market statistics from Calgary and surrounding areas, advice for buyers and sellers looking to test the spring market, and a look at the origins of the puzzling “Pittsburgh Potties” – strange, standalone toilets that appear in the basements of some pre-WWII homes.

Let’s dive right in!

This week in CREB®Now

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Tips for buyers and sellers in what promises to be an active spring housing market

If the last couple months are any indication, we’re in for an extremely busy spring market here in the Calgary area. If you’re hoping to buy or sell a home during this peak period, make sure you check out these tips first to set yourself up for success.

February 2021: sellers’ market leads to rising prices

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.

According to Twitter user @OddPittsburgh, this “Pittsburgh Potty” photo dates back to 1922.

Plumbing the depths of history: why some old homes have a random basement toilet

It turns out these toilets aren’t so random after all – check out the full story to learn more about this curious design choice and why it made sense in early 20th century homes.

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Calgary’s 2021 Real Estate Forecast

Wondering what might be in store for the Calgary housing market throughout the rest of 2021? Nobody has a crystal ball, but CREB®’s 2021 Forecast report – packed with insights and analysis from CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie – is the next best thing!

The funnies

Another day, another creepy home listing going viral. If you’re wondering why, I’ll let you see for yourself.

Additional reading

Have a great weekend!