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Developer Report – March, 2017

March 7, 2017Market Snapshot Two months into the year, Calgary’s real estate market seems to be experiencing a noticeable shift in momentum, with a consistent rise in optimism and a slow and steady return to more balanced numbers across all sectors. February sales totaled 1,342 units, which is still 19% below historical averages, but an improvement over the past two years, hinting that worst … [Read more...]

Developer Report – February, 2017

February 8, 2017Market SnapshotWhat a difference a year makes! The first month of 2017 marked improvements in all sectors, despite January typically being a relatively sluggish month for activity. With an overall drop in inventory levels by 18% compared to 2016, current numbers hint towards more balanced conditions in the upcoming months.It is important to remember however, that January … [Read more...]

Altadore Market Forecast

As the oil and gas industry slowly begins its rebound from the economic downturn over the past two years, we are cautiously optimistic that the worst is behind us. With predictions for a progressively stronger job market over the next four years, we are hopeful that the promise of increased economic stability will create a greater demand for housing throughout Calgary.With increased … [Read more...]

Holiday Food Drive Extravaganza!

The snow is falling, Christmas music is playing, and the Holiday season is fast approaching. We at the Urban Upgrade Real Estate Team have decided this is the perfect time to give back to our community!Over the next few weeks we will be channelling our holiday spirit in an effort to collect non-perishable food donations for the Calgary Food Bank in advance of the holiday season.Our food … [Read more...]

Breaking Ground

Ground has officially been broken on site of the highly anticipated URBAN LOOP TOWNHOMES by SAGEBROOK DEVELOPMENTS! - with the existing structure removed contractors are on site and construction has begun! This exciting new development located only steps from bustling Marda Loop will showcase all of the quality we expect from a Sagebrook project. Boasting contemporary open floor plans and high … [Read more...]

Marketing Excellence Award

Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of attending the annual ROAR awards, a ceremony hosted by the Calgary Real Estate Board that recognizes the achievements of fellow realtors within our community. We are proud to announce that Thomas Ferianec along with our team here at were officially recognized for being the recipients of the 2016 ROAR Award for Marketing Excellence."A … [Read more...]

2016 Forecast

The annual Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) forecast breakfast was this morning, and while the outlook reiterated much of what has been proliferate as late in the media, there were some interesting take-aways.Firstly, CREB, like everyone else, is predicting modest price declines across all sectors due to a slower than expected recovery in commodity prices, namely oil – estimating an average of … [Read more...]

Live in the Loop from $2,408/month

ARE YOU IN THE LOOP!?!?We are proud to officially announce that the Marda 35 Townhomes are now officially 100% complete and move-in ready! Live only steps to parks, schools, shopping and public transit, these homes offers outstanding access to amenities amid the vibrant community appeal of Marda Loop. Featuring bright open concept floorplans with soaring 10-foot ceilings - townhome living … [Read more...]

What is Quarter Sawn Wood?

If you’ve been shopping around for a new home or custom infill, you may have noticed the words “quarter-sawn wood” being mentioned as a finishing detail. We’ve noticed quite a few questions coming up at our showhomes centered around this detail so we feel it’s appropriate to shed some light on the topic. Wood can be sourced from different types of trees, may appear in different styles and can … [Read more...]

Custom Home Building Seminar

Sagebrook Developments & Phase One Design Present: THE CUSTOM HOME BUILDING SEMINAR!Are you considering BUILDING a CUSTOM HOME?Building a new custom home can be a very rewarding experience for you and your family - but where do you start?Join us for our next monthly intimate Information Sessions Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 & Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 from 6:00-8:00pm - Save your … [Read more...]

Breaking News!

Valued clients and friends, We have some exciting news to share! NewInfills Marketing and Sales has recently merged with Frances Dares and Associates, a leading real estate team in Calgary. Together, we will be known as the Urban Upgrade Real Estate Team, servicing both new and resale properties throughout Calgary and surrounding areas.  This new partnership will allow us to market your home … [Read more...]

New Flames Arena Announced

Yesterday, the official release of CalgaryNEXT wowed the city of Calgary, its residents and hockey fans worldwide. A proposed multi-purpose stadium, events centre and Flames arena in West Village accompanies a variety of uses and has the potential to transform the city. Calgary Sports and Entertainment President and CEO, Ken King, has massive plans for an $890 million facility to be the new home … [Read more...]

Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood

If you’ve been shopping around for a new home, you may have noticed the increasing popularity of engineered hardwood flooring. This is especially true in the inner city infill market, where many builders are adopting this flooring style over traditional hardwood styles. With its rise in popularity, we're beginning to notice a lot of questions being asked about the difference between engineered … [Read more...]

Hosting a Perfect Open House

The tradition of open houses has long been around and for good reason. For buyers completing the open house circuit, it can be a great way to shop around and get a good feel for the real estate market. For those planning to build their own custom new infill, it can provide the needed inspiration that goes into choosing design features and finishings. Lastly, for those looking to sell their home, … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – April 1st, 2015

Calgary, April 1, 2015 – Elevated inventory levels and low sales for three consecutive months caused unadjusted benchmark prices to ease by 0.44 per cent in March, relative to the previous month, for a total of $454,300. Based on first quarter statistics, conditions are consistent with buyers’ market conditions.Typical home prices have declined by 0.59 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – March 2nd, 2015

Calgary, March 2, 2015 – Year-over-year new listings growth eased from 37 per cent last month to nine per cent in February. However, as sales activity remained below long term averages for the month, Calgary inventory levels rose to 5,474 units in February. “While housing supply levels continue to be higher than we have seen in this market for some time, they remain below February 2008 record … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – February 2nd, 2015

Calgary, February 2, 2015 – Low oil prices throughout January, combined with a shifting outlook in the energy sector, caused unease for consumers. As a result, monthly housing sales activity fell to levels not seen in five years. “Economic conditions this year are expected to be weaker than original estimates provided in December 2014," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “This change is … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – January 2nd, 2015

Calgary, January 2, 2015 – It was a record setting year for Calgary’s condominium apartment and townhouse sectors, as sales reached new annual highs despite year-over-year residential sales declines of 7.5 per cent in December. Single family sales totaled 708 units in December, a year- over-year decline of 8.3 per cent. Meanwhile, total condominium sales also declined by six per cent over the same … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – December 1st, 2014

Calgary, December 1, 2014 – Calgary’s residential resale housing market posted relatively strong November activity reaching 1,782 units, a three per cent increase over the previous year, and nearly 13 per cent above long term averages. “Relative to other major centres, economic growth in Calgary remains one of the strongest in the country,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “Employment … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – November 3rd, 2014

Calgary, November 3, 2014 – Continued double-digit gains in the condominium apartment sector helped to fuel a 10 per cent increase in Calgary’s residential resale housing market in October. Overall sales for the month totaled 2,147 units, compared with 1,948 during the same period last year. “Two consecutive years of relatively strong employment and population growth, combined with rising wages … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – October 1st, 2014

Calgary, October 1, 2014 – Calgary’s condo sectors continue to set the pace for the city’s residential resale housing market, which recorded 2,148 sales in September, nearly 12 per cent higher than the same period last year. “September’s sales growth was stronger than expected, due largely to a surge in condominium apartment and townhouse sales,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie, who … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – September 2nd, 2014

Calgary, September 2, 2014 – Strong gains in Calgary’s condominium apartment and townhouse sectors sparked a 3.4 per cent year-over-year growth in residential resale housing sales activity for August. A total of 2,267 units exchanged hands in the city during the month, compared to 2,192 during the same period in 2013. The condominium apartment and townhouse sectors saw the biggest gains, … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – August 1st, 2014

Calgary, August 1, 2014 – Residential sales this month totaled 2,336 units, a record level for July activity. However, year-over-year sales growth slowed to 3.18 per cent. “While July’s sales growth seems like a dramatic departure from the double-digit gains recorded in the first half of this year, it is in comparison to exceptionally strong sales during the same period last year,” said CREB® … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – July 2nd, 2014

Calgary, July 2, 2014 – Both residential sales and listings in Calgary increased at double-digit rates in June compared to the same period a year prior due to continued strong buyer demand, yet partially overstated in comparison to 2013 when floods impacted housing activity throughout the second half of that month. Residential sales totaled 2,670 units this June, a 16 per cent increase over last … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – June 2nd, 2014

Calgary, June 2, 2014 – Residential sales in the city of Calgary totaled 2,948 units in May, a 16 per cent increase over the previous year. Sales last month were well above long-term trends and are the highest May activity on record. “Strong sales activity is a reflection of improving fundamental conditions such as a growing population, favourable lending rates and rising wages,” says CREB® chief … [Read more...]

Attached vs Detached Infills – Differences

There are several differences between attached and detached infill homes. The most apparent difference between the two is that attached infill homes are constructed in pairs and share a common wall with one another. Detached infill homes on the other hand do not share a common wall and do not necessarily have to be constructed in pairs. Pairs of attached infill homes are most commonly constructed … [Read more...]

City of Calgary Infill Permitting Process

Introduced within the boundaries of Calgary’s most established neighborhoods, Infill homes offer a high degree of customization for buyers, yet demand a unique sensitivity to context and community. The City of Calgary has well-defined guidelines for the process of planning and constructing Infills. Generally, a new Infill is built on a residential street among existing older homes.  Whether … [Read more...]

Calgary Infill Construction Financing

Buyers familiar with mortgage applications for pre-existing properties may find the process of financing custom constructions surprisingly complex – even daunting. While certainly more involved, the experience need not be intimidating. With a basic grasp of the steps to expect, buyers can move forward with confidence. A buyer’s ultimate approval depends on a variety of considerations not … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – May 1st, 2014

Calgary, May 1, 2014 – Following a slow start to the year, improved weather and price gains supported new listings growth. New residential listings in April totaled 3,754 units, an eight per cent increase over the previous year. Meanwhile sales activity totaled 2,545 units for the month, a seven per cent increase over April 2013. “Throughout 2014, the condominium apartment market has recorded new … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – April 1st, 2014

Calgary, April 1, 2014 – Residential sales activity improved across all sectors in March. However, declining new listings in the single family sector combined with further gains in sales activity decreased single family inventory to the lowest March level since 2006. “There are several factors contributing to the growth in housing demand, including the inflow of people to our province over the … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – March 3rd, 2014

Calgary, March 3, 2014 – Following double digit gains last month, sales growth in the city of Calgary totaled 1,854 units, or an 8.68 per cent increase over the same period in 2013. Slower sales growth resulted in a reduction of listings in the single family sector. However, single family sales still totalled 1,230 units, a 1.9 per cent increase over the previous year. “Demand growth in the single … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – February 3rd, 2014

Calgary, February 3, 2014 – On the heels of a strong year of sales growth, January sales in the city of Calgary totaled 1,440 units, a 17 per cent increase over the previous year. “Sales growth continues at the double digit pace seen over the later portion of 2013, mostly due to the gains in the condominium sector,” said CREB® chief economist Ann- Marie Lurie. “While these are the highest January … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – January 2nd, 2014

Calgary, January 2, 2014 – December’s 8 per cent year-over-year increase in sales volume in the city of Calgary capped a year that saw an 11 per cent growth in sales volume for the entire 12 months.City residential sales totaled 1,172 units in December, bringing total sold units for 2013 to 23,489. Prices for the year were up by 8.6 per cent over 2012. “Sales growth exceeded expectations … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – December 2nd, 2013

Calgary, December 2, 2013 – City residential sales totalled 1,730 units in November, a 19 per cent increase in sales volume over the previous year. Following another month of strong activity, year-to-date sales totalled 22,322 units, 11 per cent higher than long-term trends.CREB® President Becky Walters said it appears that several factors are motivating buyers. “Many first-time homebuyers … [Read more...]

Home Prices are Booming and so is the Calgary Infill Business

Check out a great article on our cities booming Infill business: CLICK HERE … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – November 1st, 2013

Calgary, November 1, 2013 – Residential sales activity totaled 1,953 units in October, an 18 per cent rise over 2012 and pushing year-to- date volume increases to just over 10 per cent. However, on a year-to-date basis, city wide sales remain far below transactions levels recorded throughout 2005 – 2007. “Some people have noticed that properties are selling quicker, and at times above list,” said … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – October 1st, 2013

Calgary, October 1, 2013 – City of Calgary residential sales totaled 1,923 units in September, 19 per cent higher than last year and 14 per cent higher than long-term averages for the month. While sales activity over the past three months has been above long-term trends, it was less so in September than in July and August. “The impact of the floods likely boosted sales throughout July and … [Read more...]

6th Annual – Vino for Bambinos

Hayati Children’s Foundation organizers have a penchant for raising the bar- only to soar above it. From record-breaking start (100% sell-out in little over an hour) to record-breaking finish (44.4% increase in funds raised over last year), Hayati Children's Foundation's 6th annual “Vino for Bambinos” wine & auction fundraiser was its coolest, hottest ticket yet. A local charity with a … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – August 1st, 2013

Calgary, August 1, 2013 – City of Calgary residential sales totaled 2,268 units in July, a 17 per cent increase over the previous year and up more than six per cent so far this year. The flood that devastated the Calgary area on June 20 likely contributed to pulling forward sales activity, said Ann-Marie Lurie, CREB® chief economist. “Some of this activity is related to the displaced renters and … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – July 2nd, 2013

Calgary, July 2, 2013 – Sales activity in June exceeded growth expectations. City of Calgary monthly residential sales totaled 2,317, a six per cent increase over June 2012 figures, and nearly five per cent higher than levels recorded in the first half of 2012. However, the impact of recent flooding is expected to trickle into the housing statistics over coming months. “While sales and prices … [Read more...]

The Alberta Flood Effect On Real Estate – Preliminary Analysis

By Don R. CampbellIt sure didn’t take long for the questions to start coming in on how the flooding will affect the real estate market. While we at the Real Estate Investment Network were focusing on doing whatever we can to provide updates/answers/an information hub/support/insurance info throughout the weekend – in the background the real estate questions began to come in.Of course, we … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – June 3rd, 2013

Calgary, June 3, 2013 – City of Calgary residential monthly sales improved over the previous year, mostly driven by increased demand in the condominium market. Sales activity in all categories totalled 2,544 units for the month, a seven per cent increase over May 2012 figures. “We’re back to normal levels of activity,” said Becky Walters, president of CREB®’s board of directors. “Last spring was … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – May 1st, 2013

Calgary, May 1, 2013 –The benchmark price of single- family homes reached a new high of $452,900 in April, as market conditions that favour the seller finally drove prices above the unadjusted peak in 2007.“It’s really encouraging to see that the Calgary market remains strong,” said Becky Walters, CREB® President. “It’s reassuring to both buyers and sellers to see that this area is … [Read more...]

What’s Hot in the Heart of the Home

Prepare for a surge in grey colour schemes, transitional design and touch-activated faucets this year, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association's annual design trends report. The eagerly anticipated yearly forecast, which was released recently by the New Jersey-based NKBA, is compiled from a survey of more than 300 member designers in both the U.S. and Canada.  And, surprisingly, … [Read more...]

Right Here – Calgary Destination Video

This video showcases Calgary's unique energy and community vibe and shows that Calgary is no longer a big small city but rather an emerging global city. You need to be Right Here to be part of the energy. Music by: Jocelyn & Lisa Lyrics by: Mike Shields … [Read more...]

CREB Statistics – April 2nd, 2013

Calgary, April 2, 2013 –The inventory of active homes for sale in Calgary are the lowest March levels in more than five years. The decline in new listings hampered resale sales growth, which declined by more than two per cent in March compared to March 2012.  New listings in March are five per cent lower than levels recorded in 2012, and five per cent lower after the first quarter. The overall … [Read more...]

How do Home Warranty Programs Work?

Warranty Programs for new homes provide important protection for the Purchaser, the Builder, and the Bank. They provide protection for the Purchaser throughout the entire building process, from purchase to possession. They also provide clear guidelines and rules for how potential problems or changes in the home are dealt with after the Purchaser has moved in. Here is how Warranty Programs work. … [Read more...]

The Growth of the Real Estate Industry Online

The number of Americans on the Internet has more than doubled in the past ten years. According to statistics released by Google, around 40% United States population had Internet access in 2000. Today, that number is above 80%. The Internet is now part of the daily lives' of the majority of U.S. consumers, changing the way we live, work, play and shop. Many industries now have established sizeable … [Read more...]

About Party Walls

A party wall or common wall is built between semi-detached homes and it is built to address two concerns for both sets of homeowners:  fire protection, and sound protection between the two units. To conform to Alberta Building Code, a party wall must achieve a Sound Transmission Classification (STC) of at least 50, and a Fire Rating of one hour.  Also, there needs to be a one inch clear airspace … [Read more...]

Inner-City Real Estate Prices Skyrocketing’ Thanks to Walkability

CALGARY — Proximity to amenities – an area’s accessibility – has become one of the key determinants of a residential property’s value, according to the Real Estate Investment Network.And a neighbourhood’s ‘walkability’ to those amenities is becoming increasingly more important to potential homebuyers. REIN says the latest research shows that there is indeed an association between a … [Read more...]