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The Itssold.ca Team #1 at Century 21 Bamber

The Itssold.ca Team was the top team at Century 21 Bamber for April, August, September and October 2013. A big thank you to our past clients, referral partners and family for making this a banner year for the Itssold.ca Team Calgary!

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Saturday, November 2, 2013 - Itssold.ca Team #1 for October

The Itssold.ca Team was the top team at Century 21 Bamber for October 2013. A big thank you to our past clients, referral partners and family for making this a banner year for the Itssold.ca Team Calgary!

posted in General at Sat, 02 Nov 2013 09:47:56 -0600



Monday, January 28, 2013 - Calgary Housing Market "Seriously Unaffordable"

CALGARY ? An international study on housing affordability lists Calgary?s market as ?seriously unaffordable?. The 9th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, which covers 337 metropolitan areas in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, employs the median multiple to rate housing affordability. The median multiple is the median house price divided by gross before tax annual median household income. The report said ...

posted in General at Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:57:35 -0700



Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - Prospective Home Buyers In Alberta Confident In The Market

CALGARY ? A national survey of prospective homebuyers, who intend to buy within the next 24 months, indicates nearly one-in-five in Alberta are single people. The RE/MAX Canadian Homebuying Trends Survey 2013-2014, released on Tuesday, said 42 per cent are couples and 38 per cent are families. The report also indicated 22 per cent of them are first-time buyers, 32 per cent second-time buyers and 47 per cent multi-time buyers. ?Today?s real estate consumer is more experienced and financially ... Full Article...

posted in General at Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:35:01 -0700



Monday, January 21, 2013 - What's In Store For 2013 | Home Decorating

What's trending in homes this year? Our crystal ball readers reveal all. House design The shift from traditional to more modern, urban design will continue to accelerate. "Cleaner lines, big open spaces" are the order of the day, according to Shawn Bellman, director of marketing at Rich-craft Homes. In keeping with that trend, the company - which has not abandoned its traditional lines - recently launched new executive towns with a strongly modern, urban sensibility; it will also introduce a ... Full Article...

posted in General at Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:23:10 -0700



Friday, January 18, 2013 - Rekey All The Locks In The House You Just Bought

Buying a home is an exciting venture, but there can often be security risks attached to the purchase. I'm referring to those risks that are inherited - either from the builder or the previous homeowner. Keys are a perfect example. It's exciting to receive the keys to a new home, but you need to ask yourself whether they're the only keys to the house. Did the previous homeowner loan keys to caregivers, family members, neighbours or cleaning companies that may not have been returned? This is why ... Full Article...

posted in General at Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:21:39 -0700



Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - Alberta's Economy 2013: Five Trends To Watch

CALGARY, AB, Jan. 13, 2013/ Troy Media/ ? The start of the year is a good time to look forward and make predictions about what?s coming up. And, as always, Alberta?s economy has some thrilling and chilling events in store. Here?s a Top Five list of trends to watch: No. 5: Improvements in the forestry sector. It?s been a miserable run of it for Alberta?s forestry producers over the last decade or so. If it wasn?t a high Canadian dollar, it was Mountain Pine Beetles, forest fires, trade disputes ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:02:43 -0700



Monday, January 14, 2013 - Century 21 Bamber - #2 in Canada!

Congratulations to George Bamber of Century 21 Bamber Ltd. (Calgary) for achieving #2 producing Century 21 office in Canada! The itsSOLD.ca Team is very proud to be part of the #2 office in Canada!

posted in General at Mon, 14 Jan 2013 23:43:15 -0700



Monday, January 14, 2013 - Calgary Region Building Permits Up More Than 10% From Last Year

CALGARY ? The value of building permits in the Calgary region was $372.1 million in November, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported Thursday that permits in the Calgary census metropolitan area were down 5.9 per cent from the previous month but up 10.8 per cent from a year ago. In Alberta, building permits hit $1.2 billion in November, up 1.5 per cent on a monthly basis and an increase of 26.3 per cent from November 2011. Residential permits in the province rose by 6.6 per ... Full Article...

posted in General at Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:35:26 -0700



Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 6 Tips For Buying A Fixxer-Upper

Several years ago, when the housing market was mired in the worst recession since the Great Depression, buyers shied away from houses that needed work. The buyers who weren't put off from buying completely were interested only in turnkey homes that were in move-in condition. It was too risky for most buyers to buy a house that needed work. But, now that the housing market appears to be recovering, buying a home to fix up seems more reasonable, but is not without risk. There are basically two ... Full Article...

posted in General at Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:04:25 -0700



Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - Home Builders Face Major Challenge

  BY MYKE THOMAS  ,CALGARY SUNFIRST POSTED: SATURDAY, JANUARY 05, 2013 02:05 AM MST Usually when 20 people are asked their opinions about something, there is a great deal of disagreement and debate. But when 20 Calgary-and-area home builders and land developers were asked late last year how they thought 2013 would unfold, there was 100% agreement: Steady as she goes, with modest increases in sales and new home starts. Bill Bobyk, vice-president of the Sterling Group, pretty much sums it up. ?We ... Full Article...

posted in General at Wed, 09 Jan 2013 22:29:21 -0700



Monday, January 7, 2013 - Sam Pynn Gives Step-By-Step Advice on How to Choose Colour

Sam Pynn Gives Step-by-Step Advice on How to Choose ColourBY: SAMANTHA PYNNSHARESHARE ON EMAILEMAILPRINT When it comes to colour ? I like them all. That said, colour forecasting and trend reports make me a little nervous. I loveseeing what's hot with the arrival of every new year, but ultimately, I believe colours for your home should be chosen because you love them. WHAT NOT TO DO Yes, choosing colour can be nerve wracking. I?ve watched people at paint stores choose colour from a one-inch ...

posted in General at Mon, 07 Jan 2013 22:16:57 -0700



Sunday, January 6, 2013 - Calgary Luxury Home Market Sets Record Year

CALGARY ? Calgary?s luxury home market has been on fire this year and that flame is expected to continue burning into 2013. Sales of properties valued at more than $1 million set a record in 2012 and the increase in sales in this market from last year is taking place at a higher pace than overall residential MLS sales in the city. Shayna Nackoney-Skauge, a realtor with RE/MAX Rocky View Real Estate, says buyers these days seem to be more confident about the economy as the activity level for ... Full Article...

posted in General at Sun, 06 Jan 2013 16:01:02 -0700



Thursday, January 3, 2013 - Immigrants Flock To Alberta

CALGARY, AB, Jan. 2, 2013/ Troy Media/ ? Final numbers aren?t in, but odds are this province has never, not even during the boom years, welcomed more new Albertans than in 2012. This isn?t surprising, as its labour market has been the best in the country and housing costs are relatively affordable. The stage is set for the trend to continue in 2013 and beyond. Through the first three quarters of 2012, almost 56,000 more individuals came to Alberta than left the province. This is 6,000 more than ... Full Article...

posted in General at Thu, 03 Jan 2013 13:08:40 -0700



Thursday, January 3, 2013 - #1 Team for December!

The itsSOLD.ca Team is the #1 Team at Century 21 Bamber for December. We would like to thank our clients,family and referral partners for your amazing support. The itsSOLD.ca Team is looking forward to a great 2013!

posted in General at Thu, 03 Jan 2013 10:28:10 -0700



Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - The Guide To Home Safety

Nobody is 100 per cent protected all the time. That's a fact of life. But are you as prepared as you can be to prevent disaster and protect your family? Is your home safe? Most of us would answer yes, but there are always things that we can do better, be more aware of and inform our family and friends about. So even if you think you score a perfect 10 when it comes to protection ? read our tips on fire safety, childproofing, and outdoor safety ? because what you don't know can hurt you. Fire ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 01 Jan 2013 10:14:26 -0700



Monday, December 31, 2012 - Top 10 Financial Mistakes Young People Make

  Whether you?re a young person who recently graduated, just getting your career started or finally moving out on your own, it can be hard to keep track of your personal finances. Some of the biggest mistakes are also the most common and can seriously cost you in the long term. Here are the top ten, along with some tips on how to avoid them. 1. Misunderstanding credit cards Services like Paypass are making them even easier to use. But credit cards are often misunderstood by young people, with ... Full Article...

posted in General at Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:35:57 -0700



Monday, December 17, 2012 - What is Home Staging?

A proven real estate strategy, used by successful home sellers and realtors around the world, home staging is the art of preparing and packaging a home for sale. Restage will work with the Homeowner to oversee all projects agreed upon, as they are being completed by the contractors of the homeowners choice. After all contractors are finished we will then STAGE (as described above). ?CURB APPEAL? FOR THE WHOLE HOME!Once a home is listed for sale, it becomes more than just a home; it becomes a ... Full Article...

posted in General at Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:33:00 -0700



Saturday, December 15, 2012 - Help Children Build a Solid Financial Foundation

Did you know that November was financial literacy month in Canada? Two years ago, the government proclaimed November Financial Literacy Month. The intention is to raise awareness of the importance of acting knowledgeably and with confidence when managing personal financial affairs. HOW DO YOU LEARN ABOUT MONEY? How do most people learn about financial literacy? For most of us, dealing properly with money does not come naturally. It's not like we are born with this natural ability; there is no ... Full Article...

posted in General at Sat, 15 Dec 2012 14:39:04 -0700



Thursday, December 13, 2012 - Calgary Apartment Vacancy Rate Decreases in 2012

CALGARY ? The apartment vacancy rate in the Calgary region averaged 1.3 per cent in October, down from 1.9 per cent last year, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.?s Fall Rental Market Survey released Thursday. ?Employment growth and higher incomes, supported by Calgary?s expanding economy, continued to attract migrants and increased demand for rental units,? said Richard Cho, senior market analyst in Calgary for the CMHC. The apartment crunch will likely continue as the CMHC is ...

posted in General at Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:04:35 -0700



Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - Boom in Resale Housing Market Just Outside Calgary

CALGARY ? The resale housing market in towns just outside the City of Calgary has seen a boom in sales this year. According to the Calgary Real Estate Board, year-to-date MLS sales in the surrounding communities market has ballooned to 4,878 up to the end of November, a hike of 39.05 per cent compared with the same period in 2011. In comparison, year-to-date sales of 20,128 in the City of Calgary are up 15.21 per cent compared with last year. ?I think what?s happening is the buyers can?t find ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 11 Dec 2012 23:31:21 -0700



Monday, December 10, 2012 - Pace of New Home Construction Moderates in Calgary Region

CALGARY ? The pace of new home construction in the Calgary region moderated in November, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. The agency said housing starts in the Calgary census metropolitan area were down to 990 during the month, off from 1,106 a year ago. Multi-family starts dropped to 479 units from 660 in November 2011 but single-detached starts rose to 511 from 446 last year. Richard Cho, senior market analyst in Calgary for the CMHC, said the pace of total housing starts in ... Full Article...

posted in General at Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:28:14 -0700



Thursday, December 6, 2012 - Property Values Near West LRT Line Have More Calgary Owners Looking To Sell

As the west LRT opening looms, Ann Zee is seeing her neighbours move away. Zee lives in a condominium within walking distance of the 45 Street station. She said many of the other condo owners are planning to sell their homes to capitalize on higher property values. ?This is a great inner-city location and being right next to the LRT station is such a plus,? she said. Properties within one kilometre of new transportation hubs typically see their values go up, according to Jared Chamberlain, real ... Full Article...

posted in General at Thu, 06 Dec 2012 20:14:04 -0700



Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - Colling House Prices In Parts Of Canada Not Entirely A Negative For Economy: CIBC

CALGARY ? A cooling in house prices in some parts of Canada may not be all bad news for the country?s economy as cheaper real estate may free up retail spending power for prospective first-time home buyers, finds a new report from CIBC World Markets. The report, released Thursday, said that while the evident slowing in Canadian home sales will take a bite out of domestic economic growth by reducing new housing starts and related sales of furniture and appliances, a gradual retreat in prices may ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 04 Dec 2012 10:31:21 -0700



Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 34% of Calgary Condo Buyers Not Conifdent They Could Afford Condo Fee Increase

CALGARY ? Many Calgary condo owners are not aware that their monthly condo fees can increase at any time, says a report released Thursday by TD Canada Trust. A survey of condo buyers in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver found that 66 per cent of buyers in Calgary didn?t realize condo fees could increase at any time. It also found that 34 per cent of them are not confident they could afford a condo fee increase. Among all four markets surveyed, 68 per cent of condo buyers didn?t realize ... Full Article...

posted in General at Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:15:47 -0700



Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - Condo Buyers: Beware the Developers' Suite

This is it! This is where I want to live. I'm home suite home. Why? Because this master suite is perfect. It's sweeter than all the other suites. Just look at the cove ceilings, the quarter sawn oak floors, the fabulous panelled and architecturally detailed wall treatments. It is gorgeous, clean, organized, but warm and inviting. The antique glass doors are sensational. There are curved walls and niches designed for display. And in the bathroom are sleek and sophisticated tiles and sconces. The ... Full Article...

posted in General at Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:43:13 -0700



Monday, November 26, 2012 - Prices Up For Repeat Home Sales In Calgary

CALGARY ? Prices for repeat home sales in Calgary rose from a year ago, according to the Teranet-National Bank House Price Index released on Wednesday. In October, Calgary prices were up 3.5 per cent compared with October 2011 while prices at the national level rose by 3.4 per cent in the 11 markets surveyed. The index is estimated by tracking observed or registered home prices over time using data collected from public land registries. All dwellings that have been sold at least twice are ...

posted in General at Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:46:48 -0700



Friday, November 23, 2012 - Different Ways To Insure A Mortgage

Our home is one of the biggest and most important financial assets we own in our lifetime, and our mortgage is typically one of our biggest debts. Recently, Jack and Shannon asked me if it was better to buy mortgage insurance through the bank or if they should purchase a term life insurance policy through their insurance broker. Here are some factors for Jack and Shannon to think about. The death benefit With mortgage insurance, the death benefit declines as the mortgage balance declines and ... Full Article...

posted in General at Fri, 23 Nov 2012 15:30:09 -0700



Friday, November 16, 2012 - Albertans Believe Financial Plan Critical In Buying A Home

CALGARY ? A new study released Friday by BMO Financial Group says the vast majority of Albertans believe a financial plan is critical when saving for and buying a home. The survey indicated 89 per cent of people in the province felt that way compared with 86 per cent across the country. According to the report: 85 per cent of Albertans with a financial plan (same nationally) are confident that their plan will help them achieve their financial goals; 78 per cent of Albertans (compared with 82 ... Full Article...

posted in General at Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:28:58 -0700



Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - Calgary Building Permits Dip In October

CALGARY ? The estimated value of building permits in the city dipped in October by 14 per cent from a year ago. According to City of Calgary data, total building permits for the month had a value of $274.612 million, down from $317.749 million in October 2011. Residential permits were down 12 per cent from a year ago to $184.859 million and non-residential permits fell by 16 per cent to $89.753 million. Year-to-date, total building permits have increased by three per cent to $3.899 billion ...

posted in General at Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:03:37 -0700



Thursday, November 8, 2012 - Calgary Region Housing Starts Stable Compared With Last Year

CALGARY ? Housing starts in the Calgary region remained at the same level as a year ago in October, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. The agency reported Thursday that total starts in the Calgary census metropolitan area of 980 were down just one unit compared with October 2011. Single-detached units rose by eight per cent during the month to 440 units while multi-family starts dipped by six per cent to 540. Read more: ...

posted in General at Thu, 08 Nov 2012 23:05:32 -0700



Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Calgary and Edmonton displace Toronto and Vancouver as top real estate markets Read more: http://ww

CALGARY ? Calgary and Edmonton have displaced Toronto and Vancouver as the top-ranked cities for overall real estate prospects, according to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2013 report released Tuesday. The report, by PwC and the Urban Land Institute, said the Canadian real estate market is expected to remain steady with ?modestly good? investment and development prospects across most property sectors for 2013, reflecting expectations of solid supply and demand. Calgary was the top-ranked ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:11:48 -0700



Friday, November 2, 2012 - Calgary Luxury Homes Set Record This Year

CALGARY ? Sales of luxury homes in Calgary?s resale housing market has already set a record this year, surpassing the boom of 2007. The city experienced a record-breaking month in October with 51 MLS sales of properties over $1 million in Calgary, which was the most ever for an October, and that pushed year-to-date sales in the luxury market to 459, one more than previous record set in 2007 for the entire year. Read more: ...

posted in General at Fri, 02 Nov 2012 23:10:20 -0600



Thursday, November 1, 2012 - Western Canadians Look to Home Equity for Retirement Funds

CALGARY ? More residents of Western Canada, including Alberta, than in Canada consider the equity they are building in their home as an alternative source of funding for retirement, says a report released today by the BMO Retirement Institute. The report said 39 per cent of Western Canadian residents, which included Alberta and British Columbia, believe that living comfortably in retirement is the most important financial accomplishment to achieve over a lifetime. Nationally, it was 32 per ...

posted in General at Thu, 01 Nov 2012 11:15:28 -0600



Saturday, October 27, 2012 - Strong Economic Growth ForcastFor Alberta Into 2013

CALGARY ? Alberta?s economy continues to lead the pack across a range of indicators and solid growth will persist in 2013, supported by robust oilsands investment, says Scotiabank?s Global Forecast. The bank is forecasting the province will lead Canadian economic growth with 3.4 per cent this year followed by 3.0 per cent in 2013. Employment growth of 3.1 per cent this year and 1.7 per cent in 2013 will also be the best in the country, according to the report. Warren Jestin, senior ...

posted in General at Sat, 27 Oct 2012 12:06:02 -0600



Monday, October 22, 2012 - Globe report says Flaherty would like Canada Mortgage and Housing privatized

TORONTO ? The Globe and Mail reports that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty would like to privatize Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. within five to 10 years. The Globe?s story is based on remarks Flaherty made during an interview. The story notes Flaherty has introduced reforms to limit the government?s exposure to Canada?s mortgage insurance business, which CMHC dominates. The Globe reports Flaherty would like to go even further and get out of the mortgage insurance business entirely. © Copyright ... Full Article...

posted in General at Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:50:05 -0600



Friday, October 19, 2012 - Condos Have Recycling Options

Residents in high-rise condo buildings and many other types of multi-family homes are not part of the City of Calgary?s recycling program and until now have been pretty much left to their own devices when it came to recycling. Now, to make up its shortfall, the city has announced the Know Your Recycling Options campaign, aimed at ensuring Calgarians who live in apartments, condos and other multi-family residences know there are options available for recycling. ?The city continues to operate 48 ... Full Article...

posted in General at Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:35:47 -0600



Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - Suspect data driving up home prices: Report

A national database which estimates the worth of houses may contain errors that have fuelled inflation in the Canadian property market, where a steady rise in home prices has fanned fears of a bubble, a newspaper reported. Banks, appraisers and mortgage insurers are increasingly concerned about the database, run by the nation?s biggest mortgage insurer, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp, the Globe and Mail said in a report on its website late Wednesday. Home prices have soared in Canada, raising ... Full Article...

posted in General at Wed, 17 Oct 2012 00:16:51 -0600



Monday, October 15, 2012 - New Housing Construction Positive For Calgary Region In Short-Term

CALGARY ? Short-term expectations for housing starts in the Calgary region are positive, according to the Conference Board of Canada. The board said Monday that in the Calgary census metropolitan area in September the seasonally-adjusted annual rate of new home construction was 11,022 units. That was up from 8,846 a year ago. However, the board said long-term expectations for the Calgary region were negative. Short-term expectations are based on residential permits while long-term expectations ... Full Article...

posted in General at Mon, 15 Oct 2012 20:35:36 -0600



Friday, October 12, 2012 - Real estate industry to discuss key challenges at CREB Futures Summit

CALGARY - Leaders in the residential real estate industry will be meeting at Spruce Meadows on Monday to discuss the future of the industry. Bob Jablonski, president of the Calgary Real Estate Board, said the CREB Futures Summit is an important gathering at an important time for the industry. Well, according to CREB, for the first nine months of this year, total MLS residential sales under the board?s jurisdiction reached 21,837 transactions, up 19.92 per cent from the same period a year ...

posted in General at Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:33:55 -0600



Thursday, October 11, 2012 - Allied Properties REIT Expands Porttfolio In Calgary

CALGARY ? Just over two years ago Toronto-based Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust decided to expand its portfolio outside the borders of Ontario. The REIT, which focuses on a niche market of older inner-city buildings, started buying properties in Calgary. After the sale of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Demcor buildings close in November, the REIT?s Calgary portfolio will include 14 properties comprising 607,344 square feet. ?We have an appetite for more,? said Tom Burns, ... Full Article...

posted in General at Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:13:23 -0600



Thursday, September 27, 2012 - Trend in single homebuyers

With an increasing trend in one-person households in Canada, more people these days are buying homes on their own. According to TD Canada Trust research, 47 per cent of first-time homebuyers in Alberta buy their first home on their own (without a co-purchaser). In Canada, that percentage is 43 per cent. Jessy Bilodeau, mobile mortgage specialist with TD Canada Trust in Calgary, said with interest rates still at a low level more young professionals are getting into the real estate ...

posted in General at Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:38:24 -0600



Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - Calgary Housing Starts In August Down From Last Year

CALGARY ? Total housing starts in the Calgary census metropolitan area dipped in August compared with last year but yearly totals continue to be at elevated levels, according to data released Tuesday by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. The agency said starts in the region of 1,039 were down 16 per cent from August 2011. The single-detached category saw a two-per-cent gain to 505 units while the multi-family sector fell by 28 per cent to 534 units. However on a year-to-date basis, total starts ... Full Article...

posted in General at Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:53:35 -0600



Monday, September 10, 2012 - Calgary Region Building Permits Rise From A Year Ago

CALGARY ? The value of building permits in the Calgary census metropolitan area increased by 5.8 per cent in July compared with a year ago, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported Friday that building permits in the Calgary region were $393.8 million. However, on a monthly basis that was down by 0.6 per cent. In Alberta, total permits of $1.1 billion during the month were down 3.4 per cent from the previous month but up 0.5 per cent year-over-year. In the residential sector, ... Full Article...

posted in General at Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:15:21 -0600



Sunday, September 9, 2012 - City Growth Slows While Town Sales Continue To Soar

Calgary, Sept. 4, 2012 ? Following several months of higher than expected sales growth, Calgary residential sales in August totaled 1,725 units, a 10-per-cent increase over last year. ?While the sales grow remains strong, it is slower than previous five months in part due to the lack of new listings in the City?s single family market,? said Bob Jablonski, CREB® President.  ?With fewer products to choose from, many consumers are holding off on transacting or turning to surrounding towns, the new ... Full Article...

posted in General at Sun, 09 Sep 2012 10:49:21 -0600



Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - Close to one-quarter of Canadians willing to enter into house 'bidding war': BMO report Read more:

About a quarter of Canadians say they are willing to enter into a "bidding war" in Canada's housing market and pay up to 120 per cent of the asking price, according to a BMO report released Thursday. The BMO Buying Report said Canadian respondents in the Prairies, Ontario and Alberta are more willing to enter into a bidding war than those in Quebec and Atlantic Canada. In the survey, 22 per cent of Canadians said they were willing to enter into a bidding war when making an offer on a home. "Of ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 04 Sep 2012 10:18:42 -0600



Monday, September 3, 2012 - Calgarys ReSale Housing Market Shines

August MLS sales rise by nearly 9% and average prices increase nearly 4% CALGARY ? Calgary?s resale housing market continued to shine in August as it heads into the fall on a pace to surpass last year?s level of activity. In August, MLS sales and average prices in the city have risen compared with a year ago. ?Calgary?s market continues to shine because of its plentiful economy not just in Calgary but throughout the province and alluring housing affordability,? said Tanya Eklund, a realtor in ... Full Article...

posted in General at Mon, 03 Sep 2012 12:55:02 -0600



Monday, August 27, 2012 - CMHC Could Be Pulled Out Of Mortgage Insurance Business, Flaherty Says

  Garry Marr | Apr 27, 2012 6:33 PM ET | Last Updated: Apr 27, 2012 7:33 PM ETMore from Garry Marr | @DustyWallet Finance Minister Jim Flaherty would consider taking Canada Mortgage Housing Corp. out of the mortgage default insurance business he told the National Post?s editorial board. ?I don?t think it?s essential that a government financial institution provide mortgage insurance in Canada??Over time, I don?t think it?s essential that a government financial institution provide mortgage ...

posted in General at Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:50:01 -0600



Sunday, August 26, 2012 - Resale Growth Expected To Slow

The city's resale housing market is expected to grow at a slower pace for the rest of the year, says the Calgary Real Estate Board. The first seven months of this year saw strong sales activity, outperforming expectations, says the board?s 2012 Calgary Housing Market Update report. But recent mortgage rule changes, combined with tight supplies of homes in the single-family housing market, will likely push sales down slightly in terms of the entire year, it says. The tighter market is behind a ... Full Article...

posted in General at Sun, 26 Aug 2012 20:26:20 -0600



Thursday, August 23, 2012 - How Much Home Can You Afford?

Excerpted from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.'s Homebuying Step by Step The first step in determining the price you can afford to pay for a home is to get a clear picture of your current financial situation. Be aware of your monthly payments on any loans or credit cards, and of your total gross (before taxes) monthly household income. Lending institutions follow two simple affordability rules to determine how much you can pay. The first affordability rule is that your monthly housing costs ... Full Article...

posted in General at Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:10:27 -0600



Sunday, August 19, 2012 - Pace Within Alberta Set To Top Prairies

Construction starts of homes of all kinds in Alberta are expected to rise 23 per cent this year compared to 2011, says a federal agency. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. expects shovels in the ground on 31,800 homes by the end of this year ? the highest total of the prairie provinces. By the end of the year, construction starts of detached single-family homes are expected to climb 15 per cent to 17,600 new units, while starts of multi-family homes are expected to increase by 35 per cent to ... Full Article...

posted in General at Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:17:13 -0600



Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - Resale Market Conitnuees To Rebound

Calgary?s condo resale market has been on the rise since the start of 2012 and continued its torrid pace in July. Resale totals for condo apartments and townhouses in the city last month is up 17.5 per cent from July 2011. There were 550 condo units sold last month compared to only 454 in July last year, says the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB). ?While the economic risks continue to weigh on the market, many consumers continue to see employment opportunities in the city,? says CREB chief ...

posted in General at Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:25:18 -0600



Monday, August 13, 2012 - Housing Starts Spike

Housing starts in Calgary have been on the rise since the start of 2012 and continued in July. Last month, 734 units broke ground in Calgary, up 40 per cent on the 526 starts in July 2011, reports the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. ?Calgary has seen increased demand for housing due to our strong provincial economy including better job opportunities and higher wages,? says Charron Ungar, president of the Canadian Home Builders? Association ? Calgary Region. Many areas across the province also ... Full Article...

posted in General at Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:18:32 -0600



Saturday, August 11, 2012 - Hot Market Watch Shifts To Alberta

CALGARY, AB - The bright lights of the ?Canadian real estate market? are dimming in Toronto and Vancouver and focusing on Alberta?s two largest cities, says an economic research paper from Laurentian Bank Securities. The markets in Canada?s two largest cities have been red hot in the last several years; so hot, new mortgage regulations introduced last month were designed specifically to cool them down for fear of a housing bubble bursting. Since the onslaught of the recession, Calgary and ...

posted in General at Sat, 11 Aug 2012 09:25:29 -0600



Thursday, August 9, 2012 - Financial Advisors Unconvinced That New Mortgage Rules Are Better...

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty recently introduced changes to the mortgage rules, ostensibly as a means of reining in runaway consumer debt. But just how effective do financial advisors feel the changes will be at achieving this goal? And how will the new rules affect those who often need large-size mortgages the most: first-time buyers, especially those with young families? Most of the changes focus on government-insured mortgages, those backed by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. - a legal ... Full Article...

posted in General at Thu, 09 Aug 2012 15:46:02 -0600



Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - Calgary Resale Market on The Upswing

Single-family home resale sales rose about 21 per cent in July over the same period last year.Photograph by: Calgary Herald , ArchiveThe upswing on resale activity of single-family homes in Calgary continued in July. Last month, 1,386 single-family homes changed hands in Calgary, a 21.37 per cent increase on the 1,142 units sold in July of last year, says the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB). Changes to Canada?s mortgage rules earlier this year fuelled talks of a national housing correction, ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 07 Aug 2012 13:12:46 -0600



Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - Top 2 Team in Century 21 Bamber For July

The itsSOLD.ca Team Calgary is the top 2 team at Century 21 Bamber for July 2012.

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Monday, July 16, 2012 - Strong Sale Suggest Calgary to Top Country

By Myke Thomas ,Calgary SunFirst posted: Saturday, July 14, 2012 02:00 AM MDTCALGARY, AB - With talk the housing markets in Toronto and Vancouver are on the decline, talk about the Calgary market is upbeat, says a report from Royal LePage.The House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast shows varied year-over-year price increases for the housing types surveyed in Calgary. In the second quarter, detached bungalows posted the largest average year-over-year price increase, rising 5% to ...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - OPEN HOUSE Sat Jan 14 2-4pm

Executive Style Bungalow minutes from Calgary South City limits on prestigious Dunbow Road. An excellent home for a large family with 4 bedrooms on the main level(one currently used as an office) The gourmet kitchen has granite countertops,center island, Massive Kitchenaide Stainless steel fridge & full size upright freezer, an eating bar & sunny breakfast nook with patio doors to a 1000 sq ft south deck.  The master retreat has mountain views & a spa like ensuite with double shower, whirlpool ... Full Article...

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - Top Team for March

Thank you to all of our past clients, friends, family and referral partners for helping Robert and Diana McIntyre the itsSOLD.ca team become the #1 team in Calgary's #1 office for March. Referrals are the greatest form of compliment. If you or you  know of someone buying or selling in and around Calgary and you want them to work with a Top Team have them give us a call at 403-710-2877 or toll free 1-877-710-2877.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 146 Crystalridge Dr Okotoks, AB


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Thursday, February 18, 2010 - New Mortgage Rules Article

This is a good article from Rob Carrick of the Globe on the new rules coming this spring. Click Here

posted in General at Thu, 18 Feb 2010 10:09:12 -0700



Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - Government of Canada Takes Action to Strengthen Housing Financing

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced a number of measured steps to support the long-term stability of Canada's housing market and continue to encourage home ownership for Canadians. Click Here for full story http://www.fin.gc.ca/n10/10-011-eng.asp

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Friday, February 5, 2010 - Calgary Selling

7% of homes sold over list price in January 2010. 2.1% of homes sold over list in January 2009.

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