With so many holidays coming up, you’ve probably got some festive plans for your home – once you can track down all your decorations!
There’s nothing worse than dusting off the décor only to find the string lights tangled and the baubles broken. To help you avoid this in the future, I’m sharing some hacks for storing decorations so you can hang onto them for longer.
Here's how to keep your lights in order, wreaths clean and ornaments in one piece. You’ll never have to worry about replacing your decorations again when you store them smart!
Total residential sales was 2,162 in September, nearing the record high for the month recorded in 2005. Inventory levels eased to 5,607 units, keeping the months of supply below three months.
The total residential benchmark price in Calgary was $457,900, over 8%higher than levels recorded last year.
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Learn to spot the red flags of a suspicious email so the identity thieves never get their big catch!
Here are some tips for identifying fake emails so you can click with confidence and keep your personal information protected. Remember these best practices whenever you run through your inbox!
Have you ever noticed how the strongest communicators are also the best listeners?
To effectively communicate with somebody, you must be able to hear them out and meet them where they’re at.
If you aren’t actively listening, you could be missing a big part of that person’s experience. The tips below offer a few strategies for active listening that will level up your communication in any situation.
Try them out next time you find yourself in a serious conversation with a friend or colleague, and check out how it shifts the dynamic.
Decorating the walls in your home should be fun, but when it comes to hanging larger pieces of art or décor, it’s easy to feel a bit intimidated.
Of course, hanging a small clock can be as simple as sticking a nail in the wall. But what should you do about that wall mirror you just purchased? Or the hanging plant that’s starting to become…well, a sitting plant?
I want to help you make all your wall decorating dreams come true. This lists the tools you’ll need while walking you through simple steps for actually hanging the pieces — and how to plug up the nail holes when you move them. Happy decorating!
How did Calgary go from a weak demand for resale housing to stronger than expected gains?
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For the sixth month in a row, sales in the Calgary market recorded a year-over-year gain.
Sales growth over the past several months has been the strongest seen in the past five years, but the activity has not been strong enough to offset the pullbacks from the spring.
Year-to-date sales remain over three per cent lower than last year’s levels.
New listings continue to slow, reducing inventory in the market. On a year-to-date basis, new listings have eased by nearly ten per cent and are at the lowest level recorded since 2001. This has reduced the oversupply that has been impacting the market for nearly five years.
Tighter conditions in the housing market have contributed to some of the recent gains in benchmark prices. As of November, the benchmark price was $423,600. This is nearly two per cent higher than last year’s levels.
However, conditions vary depending on price range. There is not a lot of supply for affordable homes in each product type because of high demand. This is likely causing differing price trends in the lower end of the market versus the higher end.
HOUSING MARKET FACTS
November sales activity improved across every district, contributing to a year-over-year citywide increase of 26 per cent. Improving sales over the past six months have helped offset some of the pullbacks from earlier in the year, as year-to-date sales were only two per cent lower than last year’s levels.
Like other sectors, inventory in the detached market has also eased due to the sharp decline in new listings. This has kept the months of supply below three months for the past three months. The tighter market conditions are supporting price gains. As of November, the detached benchmark price improved by nearly three per cent compared to last year for a total of $492,000. However, prices did not improve across all districts, as the City Centre continues to record prices that are one per cent lower than last year’s levels.
Activity for this product type does vary significantly depending on location and price range. The pullback in new listings relative to sales has caused significant reductions in inventory for homes priced below $500,000. Higher price ranges have also seen some declining inventory, but the degree of decline has not been as significant. In fact, the market is exhibiting sellers’ market conditions for homes priced below $500,000, while still favouring the buyer for homes priced above $700,000.
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The Alberta government has mandated that professional services businesses, such as lawyers and accountants, be able to work by appointment only. Therefore, the AREA are reinstituting a ban on all in-person open houses for REALTORS® as professional service providers. Showings can continue with appointment only and limited to two family-unit members at a time.
Please continue to adhere to all the best practice safety protocols.
Be mindful of any and all provincial guidelines and local ordinances.
There has been no known COVID-19 transmission from open houses, but an abundance of caution is in the best interest of everyone at this time.
I hope this post finds you well and healthy as we all continue doing our part in social distancing as new cases of COVID-19 continue to impact the Calgary region. Throughout this year, there have been several hurdles we've all had to overcome as we adjust our lives to a new normal.
With that being said, the real estate market has been resilient following a slower than usual second quarter. June and July were the busiest months with 1,747 sales and 1,835 sales respectively.
At the end of September of this year, inventory levels were down when compared to levels in August. This is a good thing because it brings down the number of months inventory is sitting which ultimately begins to strengthen the price. These actions are leading us to the point where we’re beginning to slide into a sellers market.
The benchmark price of detached homes is $468,000, which is up 6.1% when compared to Q1 when the benchmark price was $450,000. Overall, the price of homes is up 1.3% when compared to September 2019.
3,237 sales occurred in Q1 and 5,110 sales occurred in Q3, which is an increase of 50% and tells us that people are actively committed to buying and selling. When looking at YTD sales from 2019 to 2020, sales are down by 9.3%. At the end of September in 2019, 12,956 sales had occurred and at the end of September in 2020, 11,747 sales have occurred.
When looking at the bigger picture, I believe sales and inventory are healthy; we will most likely see the price of homes continue to increase and we'll probably end the year with similar sales numbers to 2019.
Overall, the real estate market in Calgary is in a good place and I think it will remain the same for the next little while. I don’t believe things will return to the way they were when COVID-19 was first becoming a prominent force in our lives because we all have a better understanding of how to manage our processes so we can continue to buy or sell homes.
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Did you know? The Bank of Canada plans to keep interest rate near zero until 2023!
There are no plans to change the benchmark interest rate of 0.25% until inflation reaches 2% and stays there, which isn’t expected until 2023.
With over half a year gone since the beginning of the pandemic, the Bank of Canada has gained a better understanding of how containment measures and support programs affect the Canadian & global economies.
The Canadian economy is predicted to shrink by 5.7% this year, grow 4.2% in 2021 and grow 3.7% in 2022. These predictions are based on the hope that there won’t be a second or third widespread lockdown across the nation and that some sort of vaccine will be implemented.
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