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Today is Black Friday. Unfortunately, while this celebration of big sales and slashed prices might get you a sweet deal on a TV, you’re unlikely to find a home at 50 per cent off. The good news is the real estate news I’m about to share with you is completely free – now there’s a deal!

This week in CREB®Now

Cochrane’s Men of Vision statue looks out over the town, where COVID-19 has fuelled an increase in home sales this year.
Courtesy of the Town of Cochrane

COVID-19 is boosting home sales in Calgary suburbs, surrounding areas – will that momentum last?

Housing market statistics from the last several months have made it clear COVID-19 is pushing some Calgary-area homebuyers outward to the city’s newest suburbs and surrounding areas. What is less clear is whether this is a lasting shift in consumer preference or a flash in the pan that will disappear along with the virus. Only time will tell, but for now, industry observers have a few theories.

The Theodore, Graywood Developments’ new Kensington condo development, is scheduled for completion by summer 2022.
Courtesy of Graywood Developments

Graywood Developments signals confidence in Calgary market with two new condo projects

Calgary’s condominium apartment sector has experienced its fair share of struggles over the last several years, and the COVID-19 pandemic’s tendency to push buyers toward spacious, detached homes hasn’t helped. However, one developer is confidently forging ahead with two new condo projects in the inner city. Read on to find out why Graywood Developments is betting on Calgary.

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REALTORS® Care Week: highlighting housing- and shelter-related charitable work in the Calgary community

REALTORS® Care Week ends today and we’re capping off the event with this story, which highlights six non-profit organizations in the Calgary community that provide vital housing and shelter services to those in need.


Photo illustration by Haley Steel

Fleeting fun: remembering Calgary’s Bonzai waterslide park

Sick of winter weather already? (Yes, I know winter doesn’t technically start for another 24 days.) Longing for the warm embrace of summer? Unfortunately, I can’t change the seasons on a whim, but this story should provide just the right dose of hot-weather escapism that you’ll need to get you through the next few months.

The funnies

It looks like the photos from the original tweet have been taken down, but you can still see them here. If you showed me this house without telling me who lived there, my guess would have been a Bond-film supervillain. Or maybe a family of robots.

Additional reading

Have a great weekend!