CREB® forecasts challenges for 2018 market, but optimism remains on the horizon

(January 31, 2018)

While Calgary is officially out of a long period of economic downturn, the path to recovery is expected to be bumpy.The impact of stricter lending criteria and higher interest rates is likely to offset the modest improvements in the economy."Housing market conditions are expected to remain relatively unchanged in 2018," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie."The market will continue adjusting... read more.

Eye-Catching Patterns, Textures, and Pops of Color Dominate This NYC Apartment

(January 20, 2018, posted in General)

pop culture

This surprising, 1,600-square-foot apartment is housed in a converted Greek Orthodox Church in New York City’s notable Greenwich Village neighborhood. The existing apartment space was usable, but the design was lacking. “The owner wanted a comfortable, relaxing environment, but also someplace he could work from. It was a bit of a scary challenge to take this project on while the owner w... read more.

A Montana Ranch Makes a Big Impact with Subtle Details

(January 07, 2018)

big sky subtlety...

For Lisa Kanning, it’s all about the details. And when it came to her clients’ sprawling Montana alpine ranch situated on 160 acres, creating interest beyond the breathtaking setting was of the utmost importance. “I love to design a home so that when someone walks into a room, it takes them a few minutes to really take it all in,” says the Brooklyn-based designer. “I want them t... read more.

It’s all in the details

(January 05, 2018)

Thoughtful Design Brings Harmony to This Beachfront Beauty

“Details distinguish a home from looking amateurish to looking like a professional did it,” says Kelly Deck, director of Vancouver, British Columbia-based Kelly Deck Design and host of the HGTV series Take It Outside. With so much professional experience under her belt, Deck understands a thing or two about flawlessly executing details.

Her... read more.

Higher Sales Numbers Paired with Higher Inventory gives you...

(January 05, 2018, posted in Statistics)

It was a pleasant surprise in December that the Holiday Season not only brought cheer and goodwill (and frigid temperatures that we are glad to see gone), but with it higher sales numbers than we have seen in the previous couple of years in the same month. While we did see an increase in sales, there was also an increase in the listing inventory which helped push our absorption rate up to 4.29 mon... read more.

Did Your Pipes Freeze?

(January 03, 2018, posted in General)

Here is What You Need to Do

If you come home to find the pipes in your home have frozen despite your best preventive measures, what is your first step? Don’t panic. Just because they’re frozen doesn’t mean they’ve already burst. Here’s what you can do:

If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.

Do not use electrical appliances in areas of standi... read more.

Launching 12 Months of Homeowner Giveaways!

(January 03, 2018, posted in General)

Starting this month, as part of our Best My Nest Homeownership Program, CIR REALTY will be giving away 12 months of prizes from 12 of our Best My Nest Partners, all focused on making your home a better and more beautiful place to live in.

There will be a new draw every month, but you will have to return to the contest website every month in order to enter to win the new prize. This means you have a... read more.

Two sides of the story

(January 02, 2018, posted in Statistics)

Sales activity for all product types improved in December and pushed monthly sales to long-term averages for the second month in a row.

However, new listings also rose, keeping inventory elevated compared to typical levels for December. With more supply remaining compared to sales, benchmark prices edged down for the fifth consecutive month.  

"Many of the economic indicators continue to post modest i... read more.