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Secondary suites make homeownership more affordable for cash-strapped buyers

Homes with secondary suites have been a hot topic in Calgary for years, but their appeal for homebuyers looking to generate extra revenue is only growing amid adverse economic conditions.

It is important to find out whether the secondary suite in a home is legal before making any purchase, which can be done by going to the City of Calgary’s website,

If a suite is illegal and a neighbour complains about noise or parking from a tenant, then a bylaw officer can come out and shut you down, meaning you’d have to tell your tenants to leave.

The best place to buy a home with a suite is typically near large employment centres, such as commercial or industrial areas, hospitals, universities, or downtown, as these are the areas where tenants want to live.

When it comes to homeowner demographics, baby boomers or other empty nesters like the rental income a secondary suite can provide, while...

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The improvement of the Calgary housing market continued in December with further stability capping off a stronger second half of the year.

New figures from the Calgary Real Estate Board show that activity returned to levels close to those seen in the past five years with annual sales up 1%.

“Price declines, lower mortgage rates and some modest improvements in full-time employment helped support some demand growth in the city. Reductions in supply are also contributing to the slow adjustment to more stable conditions in the housing market,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

Annually, the attached homes segment was the star performer with sales up by nearly 7% for a total of 3,780 sales. Apartments just outpaced year-ago levels with 2,672 units sold, while detached sales were broadly in line with those of a year earlier.

Price pressures
Overall prices in 2019 declined by 3% year-over-year, marking a 10% decline since the 2014 slowdown in the energy sector.


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Sometimes your recyclables require a little more TLC to ensure that what you are setting out for recycling actually gets recycled, and to prevent problems in the processing facility. Here are some common holiday wrapping materials that people often wonder about:

WRAPPING PAPER: While most wrapping paper can be included with your paper recyclables, please remove ribbons and bows, and exclude any wrapping materials
that are foil-lined. Tissue paper used to wrap presents or fill gift bags can also be included in your paper recycling bag or bin.

GIFT BAGS: Paper gift bags can be included with your paper recyclables. Be sure to remove handles, metal grommets and decorations such as bows and ribbons. Similar to wrapping paper, gift bags with
foil lining or non-paper decoration are not recyclable as they are not compatable with the recycling process.

GREETING CARDS: Greeting cards should be included in your paper recycling, but if your card plays music or a recorded greeting be sure to remove the...

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December 2/2019: Calgary Housing Market Still Favours the Buyer 

City of Calgary, December 2, 2019 – Year-to-date residential sales in the city remain just above last year’s levels due to improvements in the attached sector so far this year.

However, November sales activity eased over last year’s levels, mostly due to pullbacks in the apartment sector. 

Meanwhile, new listings eased enough relative to sales to cause inventories to ease and the amount of oversupply to come down slightly compared to last year’s levels.

“Achieving more stable conditions will take time. Sales activity has been settling in at lower levels and is likely being influenced by the economic conditions and uncertainty weighing on our market,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

“While the amount of supply in the market continues to ease, the persistent oversupply continues to weigh on prices.”

As of November, the citywide unadjusted...

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These are the 10 most expensive Calgary communities in the southwest quadrant, based on year-to-date (YTD) residential average sale price.

1. Bel Aire
Established: 1960
Population: 390
Dwellings: 159
Median pre-tax household income: $401,839
New listings (YTD): 20
Number of residential sales (YTD): 4
Residential average sale price (YTD): $2,000,000
Residential benchmark price (YTD): N/A

2. Britannia
Established: 1956
Population: 690
Dwellings: 313
Median pre-tax household income: $268,603
New listings (YTD): 40
Number of residential sales (YTD): 19
Residential average sale price (YTD): $1,807,237
Residential benchmark price (YTD): $1,342,380

3. Bayview
Established: 1967
Population: 751
Dwellings: 248
Median pre-tax household income: $260,339
New listings (YTD): 22
Number of residential sales (YTD): 9
Residential average sale price (YTD): $1,613,722
Residential benchmark price (YTD): $939,800

4. Elbow Park
Established: 1910
Population: 3,342
Dwellings: 1,195
Median pre-tax household income:...

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