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All Blog Entries by John Mayberry

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When it comes to new construction, there are a number of condo buildings in the Calgary area worth considering right now. Here's a closer look at just a few:

The River

The luxury units inside The River provide an upscale lifestyle in the Mission District. With views overlooking the river, the waterfront development offers sophisticated condos and townhouses complete with a green roof, a health club, 24-hour security and upscale finishes throughout the homes.

The Concord

Also along the riverfront, The Concord delivers elegantly designed private residences, estate homes, suites and villas. This exceptional new development consists of dual buildings in the Eau Claire District, complete with a swimming pool, water garden, fitness and even a winter

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New Construction Townhouses CalgaryWith the enjoyment of a convenient address, yet remaining close to some of the most enviable natural attractions in the region, it’s easy to see what makes two new condo and townhouse developments in Calgary so attractive to buyers.

Mosaic Riverstone

Mosaic Riverstone provides luxurious options in townhouse living in Calgary. The new development is close to the Bow River Valley and Fish Creek Park, with expansive floor plans ranging from around 1,400 to upwards of 1,600 square feet of living space.

The single-level townhouses also include attached garages and a number of high-end finishes. Found in Cranston’s Riverstone, the property includes a total of just 64 units.

Fish Creek Exchange

Meanwhile, the residences of Fish Creek Exchange also

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North West Calgary Real EstateWith a range of single-family home options, two luxury communities on Calgary’s northwest side should certainly rise to the top of the list for potential homebuyers.

The Summit of Rock Lake Estates

The first is The Summit of Rock Lake Estates. With spacious homes from a select number of builders, the new homes range in size from around 1,800 square feet to upwards of 3,500 square feet of living space. 

Priced generally starting from the $900,000s, the new construction community provides room for 65 properties on the city’s northwest side.

 Watermark at Bearspaw

In comparison, the third phase of Watermark at Bearspaw is underway, with home sales of the community’s remaining lots. Built up around ponds and streams, the community additionally

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Cranston New Construction Homes For SaleJust steps away from trails and the beauty of Fish Creek Park, three new Calgary communities are under development right now in the unique and rapidly-growing Cranston neighbourhood. Here's a look at each: 

Retreat in Cranston’s Riverstone 

One of these is Retreat in Cranston’s Riverstone. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Bow River Valley, the community offers the convenience of a maintenance-free, townhouse lifestyle. The two- and three- bedroom designs include attached garages, starting at around 740 square feet of living space.

Origins at Cranston

Meanwhile, Origins at Cranston delights prospective new homebuyers with a selection of two- and three-bedroom condos. The residences range from around 900 to upwards of 1,200 square feet in

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Calgary Housing MarketThe end of the year is on track to follow a familiar track as previous months when it comes to Calgary’s housing market. Despite a strong start at the beginning of the year, the market appears to be cooling off, with October ending much the same as September.

A monthly report from the Calgary Real Estate Board shows the month of October delivered rising inventories and slowing sales. As well, there was also a slight decrease for the benchmark price for the month. That’s in line with the same results produced in September of this year.

According to some experts, while economic activity is on the upswing, it hasn’t helped with housing market growth just yet. Other factors such as changes to lending policy and higher lending rates have perhaps also had a

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Duplex Calgary If you’re even considering buying a home in Calgary, there are several things that could easily sway your decision in favour of a duplex.

Affordability

The first reason why you should buy a duplex is that a duplex is not only more affordable than a traditional single-family home, but sometimes includes the same amount of space, often making it a great deal for first-time buyers.

Extra income

If you choose to live in one side of the duplex and rent out the other side, you could also bring in another source of income. This could mean help with traditional monthly expenses or simply paying down your mortgage faster, reducing your interest payments and boosting the equity you hold in the property.

You may even choose to hang on to the property

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Condo Regulations AlbertaNewly detailed regulations translate to an extra layer of protection for buyers of new condos in Alberta. Passed a few years ago, but now getting ready to go into effect, the rules mean condo developers have to spell out more information to potential buyers in their contracts.

The rules call for providing things like floor plans in the contract so there’s a better understanding of future condo fees in the future. The new rules also call for providing a final move-in date so that buyers would then have some room to cancel or renegotiate if that date isn’t met.

In addition, the new regulations give the government more power to fine developers if necessary, or at least to investigate certain offenses. A majority of the new regulations begin January 1,

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Calgary Halloween 2017Halloween is right around the corner and that means it’s time to start planning out not only the big night, but also some of the days leading up to Halloween. We’ve uncovered three of the best Halloween events in Calgary this year.

Ghouls’ Night Out- Heritage Park

The first is a long-standing tradition for the younger crowd at Heritage Park. The annual Ghouls’ Night Out is aimed at those with kids ages nine and younger in search of a fun and safe place to take the kids for some Halloween fun. The event runs from October 26-29 and is free for those ages two and under.

Hollywood Horror- Rocky Ridge

If you’re in search of a slightly more frightening experience, don’t miss out on Hollywood Horror in Rocky Ridge. The event is this year’s attraction

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Calgary ViewsOne of the best ways to experience sweeping views of Calgary is from atop any of the citys stunning condo towers. Three specific locations supply some of the best scenery there is.

Evolution Calgary

Rising up 31 storeys, Evolution sits right in downtown, with generous views of the surrounding area. Found in the East Village, the three-phase project includes walls of windows and enviable private outdoor space.

Verve Calgary

Meanwhile, a rooftop terrace and lounge provide the perfect setting for admiring the views from the Verve Condominiums. The 25-storey high-rise also includes a six-storey podium, with sensational views from the large windows looking out upon the city and the nearby river.

Solaire Calgary

In comparison, the Solaire

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Buying a Home in Calgary In case you haven't heard, buying a home in Calgary next year could soon be significantly less affordable, meaning first time home buyers need to act fast if they want to secure a home loan before the turn of the calendar. So, if you’re in the market to buy your first home in Calgary, we have a few quick tips to put you on the right track.

Get pre-approved

The first thing you’ll need to do is to get pre-approved for a mortgage. This is especially important for your first home because it helps narrow down what you feel comfortable with spending each month, and what you qualify for.

Know the extra costs

Another tip is to make sure you fully understand what goes into owning a home each month in addition to the mortgage payment. This could include

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