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Found 147 blog entries published by John Mayberry.

Working for CIR REALTY here in Calgary certainly has its perks and it's because of promotions like our “In My Backyard Contest” that truly makes it a rewarding company to be a part of. In case you haven't heard, CIR REALTY will be giving away FOUR $5,000 grants to local community projects and initiatives this fall, and just about any project or community initiative is eligible. 

Contest entries will be taken anytime between September 5th and October 10th and the winners will ALL be decided by public votes. Specific details are as follows: 

All entires must fit into one of the four following categories: 

  • Locally Registered Non-Profit 
  • Community Facility Improvement 
  • Youth Extracurricular 
  • Local Sustainability & Conservation 

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Beltline Neighbourhood CalgaryIt’s been a tough year for the Calgary real estate market no matter where you turn, and even though year-to-date sales in the City Centre district have dropped to the lowest volume seen since 1999, one particular area appears to not only be outperforming other neighbourhoods in City Centre, but also many other parts of Calgary overall. 

According to reports, the Beltline neighbourhood, which lies between 9th Avenue and 17th Avenue SW, is enjoying a pleasant spike in year-to-date sales so far in 2106, up roughly 46% and accounting for over 15% of all transactions in the entire City Centre area. 

While the neighbourhood may have the most inventory and condos for sale in Beltline may sit on the market for a slightly longer average than other properties

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The Concord Condos CalgaryAs we continue to navigate the rough waters of the Calgary real estate market right now, condos in City Centre might be one of the few bright spots we have to cling to. Just last week, two luxury condo sales at The River were labeled as the highest prices paid for a Calgary condo listed on the MLS in 2016, and condos over at The Concord are now just over 60% sold according to the building website. 

Arguably the city’s premier luxury condo building, The Concord is about as spectacular as it gets for downtown Calgary living spaces. The superb location just off the banks of the Bow River provide exquisite views of both the riverfront and the surrounding cityscape, while the interior finishes found inside the building are truly redefining luxury as we know

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Luxury Calgary Condos Setting RecordsWhile the economic challenges facing our city are still prevalent, the luxury condo market in Calgary still seems to be gaining momentum heading into the traditionally busy fall season now just a couple months away. According to reports, two more condos over at The River have recently sold, one for $5,145,000 and the other for $8,389,500. Outside of just a jaw-dropping price tag, each of these final sales prices are significant in that they mark the highest prices paid for a Calgary condo on the MLS over the last three years.

Since The River was first unveiled by developers, it’s been one of the highest-profile condo buildings to hit downtown Calgary in recent memory. Standing 15 stories high and only including 38 units, The River is also considered one

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Walkable Neighbourhoods in CalgaryEvery individual home buyer has certain preferences or characteristics they value when it comes time to shop for a new home, but anymore, walkability is usually something that’s high up just about everybody’s wish list more often than not. Whether it’s the desire to cut down on daily commute times, the convenience of having plenty of shopping or dining nearby, or just the benefit of staying more active, living in one of Calgary’s more walkable neighbourhoods certainly has plenty of benefits.

For years, Calgary wasn’t really thought of as being a walkable city, while city planners and developers continued to build communities that were specifically designed for automobiles. Even today, driving still plays a dominate role in how Calgarians travel throughout

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Calgary Real Estate Market NewsAlthough market conditions are still slow moving, prices for detached homes in Calgary rose slightly in June for the first time in 8 months. According to numbers released from The Calgary Real Estate Board, the benchmark price for detached homes in Calgary jumped ever-so-slightly to $502,400, which marks a 0.4 increase from May to June.

Although the gain is minimal, progress is still progress, especially considering prices for detached homes are still 3.4% lower than they were a year ago.

Now several days removed from the month of June, the total number of sales last month tallied 2,028, or about a 7% decline from this time last year. Inventory is also up, with just under 6,000 units being listed during the month of June. And for those keeping track,

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Calgary Real Estate For Sale

Why Make Changes to Calgary's MLS® System?

Calgary Communities & DistrictsBeing able to distinguish certain parts of town from the other is a critical component to finding a home you want in a location that also fits all your lifestyle demands. And although the City of Calgary has devised a list of community names and districts that help shape these boundaries, the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB®) hasn’t always aligned its data with such specifications.

Enter significant changes made in 2016.

Effective January 5th, CREB® has re-aligned the MLS® system to provide clarity and consistency for all existing communities in Calgary, which coincide with what the city recognizes as well. For a closer look at specific changes made or how the 8 new districts are defined, continue reading

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Calgary Real Estate Market

It’s no secret the drop in oil prices has had a significant impact on Alberta’s economy, especially in the real estate sector. According to recent statistics, home sales in Calgary alone are down nearly 30%, consequently bringing prices down and creating a fairly robust buyers market across the board. But while now may be as good of time as any to buy a home or condo in Calgary from cost perspective, the problem for many is that consumer confidence has also taken a hit during Alberta’s most recent economic downturn.

Office vacancies continue to rise after thousands of layoffs occurred in the city, and unfortunately for anybody currently looking for employment, job growth in Calgary also seems to have come to a standstill.

Not everyone is feeling the pain

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A new year is a time for new beginnings, which is why CIR Realty and the amazing designers over at ReStage Home Staging are giving away a FULL MASTER BEDROOM MAKEOVER, valued at over $10,000!


Starting today, all you have to do to enter is visit www.cirrealty.ca and fill out the online form. Yep, it’s really that simple. No purchase is necessary and if you might be looking to sell your home in 2016, what better way to drive up interest and value than to totally remodel your master suite into a stylish cozy retreat home buyers won’t be able to turn down?

The MASTER BEDROOM MAKEOVER content closes on February 7th and the final drawing will be announced on February 11th, just in time for Valentine’s Day, so don't delay and enter today!

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Although living in Calgary has plenty of advantages, it’s hard to fully capture the pristine Canadian landscape that surrounds much of the Alberta area from the heart of the big city. Depending on lifestyle needs and wants, some home buyers prefer the bright lights and hustle-and-bustle of downtown Calgary, while others want that quiet rural atmosphere that’s all about the surrounding scenery.

If you’re someone who might be looking for the latter, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is now available on the Calgary real estate market, but only for those with some seriously deep pockets. Occupying 242 acres of stunning property in the Municipal District of Rural Foothills M.D., the famed and historic ranch at 254002 Highway 22, which of course was once owned

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