JUST LISTED : 88 Prominence View SW

Bright & well-kept San Francisco-style end unit townhome with double turrets. Surrounded and backing on to a green belt, uniquely situated in Capilano Gardens. Features include a tiled foyer with mirrored entry closet, cherry oak built-ins & cabinetry, rich oak flooring, neutral carpeting & a large south-facing deck with an expansive and very private view.

This two-storey townhouse offers grade-level foyer with access to double tandem garage. The kitchen includes a wall pantry & island, turret-style breakfast nook with a magnificent view, granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. The open concept living/dining room has a marble-faced gas fireplace and built in bookcases. The main floor also has a 1/2 bath and laundry.

The upper floor has open hall plan with built-in cabinetry, den with large windows, spacious master bedroom retreat with mirrored by-pass doors into a semi walk-in closet, ample 2nd bedroom, plus large 5-piece bath with corner jetted tub.

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JUST LISTED : 114 Covehaven Court NE

In the respected Covehaven section of Coventry Hills, family living has never been more comfortable. A stunning vaulted entry leads to an open plan living/kitchen/dining, perfect for entertaining or hanging out with family. Kitchen aesthetics have been newly updated to suit the modern palette, and an attractive half-bath sits conveniently right around the corner. Completing this level is a bonus front room perfect for media, hobbies or a home office.

Upstairs is made for relaxation with three bedrooms and two more bathrooms, featuring an enormous master with 4pc ensuite. More unique charm includes: a gas fire place in the living room, a large fenced yard with storage and space for 4 (!) cars, and a private backyard play structure that can only be described as awesome.

Add close proximity to exciting amenities like theatres, shopping, restaurants, the VIVO Rec Center and a short drive to the airport, and you’re sure to please everyone under your roof.

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JUST LISTED : 1313 Lake Fraser Court SE

This one bedroom bungalow style condo is sure to impress! Step in and be greeted with the abundance of natural light and a gorgeous fireplace. The open floor plan living and dining room is spacious and bright. You can easily see all the upgrades in your new home!

The kitchen features warm honey brown shaker-style maple cabinets and plenty of smart storage space. The upgraded granite is almost a piece of artwork with it’s natural beauty and durability. All the appliances are included, even a new garburator.

The master bedroom is a very large space with room for dressers, an armchair and even more. All that space and a dramatic, full-mirrored walk-through closet that brings a touch of elegance and luxury to the master retreat. Your private 4-piece bathroom has a linen closet and lots of additional storage.

Both bathrooms feature contemporary design optimized for style and functionality, and a full stacking washer-dryer set is tucked neatly into powder room.

There is a good sized covered balcony that overlooks a quiet green space and is very private for your barbecuing and summer enjoyment. Also included is a titled parking spot and an assigned separate storage unit.

The entire condo was recently painted a neutral, colour palette which means that it is move-in-ready yet adding personality is easy and fun. Lots of upgrades were added when this condo was purchased and the original owner has maintained this unit with pride.

Bonavista Estates is well known for it’s wide range of amenities, including a theatre room, party room, exercise room, dining space for large functions and even a car wash bay.

Well managed, convenient location and all the comforts come standard at the highly sought-after Bonavista Estates; get all that and more in this unique, attractive, move-in-ready condo.

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JUST LISTED : #41 1055 72 AV NW

Safe, serene and sunny living comes standard in the excellently maintained and professionally managed Huntington Ridge Complex.

This 3 bedroom and 1 and a half bathroom townhouse boasts a private, west facing back patio, living room balcony with sliding doors, and single attached garage. There is a large living room and an abundance of storage.

Natural light spills into every room and gleams off the bright white kitchen and the golden hardwood flooring. The bright finishes and fixtures throughout the home bring a blissful atmosphere to each room.

Fresh paint and brand new carpets mean you get a bright blank canvas to make your own, and with an unbeatable location, this spot is perfect for first time homeowners, and seasoned investors alike. Walk to the playground across the way in less than a minute, or chill out with the SHAW cable TV package included in your low, $307 condo fee.

Discover ideal family living today in comfortable Huntington Ridge! Welcome Home!

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JUST LISTED : 171 Elgin Terrace SE

This Cardel “Ellsworth Towne” family home mixes classic comforts and sensible design with appealing modern twists. As natural light streams through generous windows on the main floor, your 9” ceilings will seem even higher.

A sun-lit dining nook adds interest and appeal to the otherwise open plan dining area, and the attractive tiled floor adds style and function to your main living space. A corner gas fire place and kitchen island with 2-person breakfast bar top off the room with cozy charm.

A separate front den/office, a 2pc bathroom and conveniently placed laundry room complete this level.

Upstairs, you’ll find a sun-lit bonus room perfect for hobbies or play, and a balcony. Spa-like fixtures beckon from the master ensuite, like the glass shower and jet tub. Two additional bedrooms and 4pc bathroom complete the upper floor.

The lower floor is partly finished, but is home to a seriously cool rec room. Back lane gives you access to your beautiful backyard, large deck and double detached garage.

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4 Features Home Buyers Check

Selling or thinking of selling your home? Here are the 4 major points buyers focus on when looking at a house:

Bathrooms.

A lot of time is spent in bathrooms. Time doing hair and makeup, showering or having baths to relax as well as occasionally taking time to read a magazine or book. Considering this we know that buyers will be very critical of the details – is it bright? Are the mirrors the right size? Is there enough counter space? Is there a soaker tub?

The main goal is to allow them to be able to picture themselves living in the space. The best way to do that is by making sure the room is in tip-top shape and staged correctly. Check that the grout is clean in the bath or shower, amenities are unused and a fresh loofa or bar of soap is in the shower. These little details will keep the room feeling fresh and give potential buyers the opportunity to imagine the space as their own.

Living space.

This is the space that is lived in the most and often used for entertaining. Maximize the space here – remove extra clutter to keep it open for easy mobility. Keep pillows, blankets and the like to a minimum so that there is space to sit and relax. Take care to dust the mantle and all ledges so that when buyers take a second to sit and observe they are not distracted by dust.

Kitchen.

Many people consider this the most important space in the house! This room will be used for entertaining, cooking meals, and serving holiday feasts. Function is the key selling point here. Make certain to remove any clutter, take away any small appliances that do not increase the décor or fit the persona of the kitchen. Ensure everything is clean, including the inside of the fridge, as it will assist the buyer in envisioning themselves cooking and entertaining.

Smells.

The senses have a huge impact on what a buyer thinks and how they remember a home. Make sure there is no overwhelming scents guarantying the buyer takes away their memories of the space – not just how it smelled. A helpful tip is to place a dab of vanilla on a light bulb or two throughout the house to give it a welcoming smell that is not overpowering.

Overall, make certain your home is appealing to the senses, clean, and clutter-free. This will ensure it leaves a lasting positive impression on possible home buyers!

Just Listed : 43 Edelweiss Crescent NW

Welcome to this classic, original owner home in the desirable community of Edgemont. This home has been loved and is simply perfect for raising your own family. Perched on a quiet crescent, facing a green space with sweeping unobstructed views of Nose Hill Park, this home is located on a prime lot and provides the ultimate privacy. There are many fine details in this well built, fully developed estate home. As you enter the generous foyer, you are greeted by soaring vaulted ceilings and a grand staircase. The main floor features a formal living & dining room, a bright white kitchen and a large eating nook. The family room has an elegant marble fireplace as its focal point. On the second floor, there is a large open loft with built in office cabinetry and 3 great-sized bedrooms. The oversized master retreat includes a walk-in closet and ensuite bath with a relaxing jetted tub, double vanities and a separate shower. Delight in your beautiful backyard with its sun bathed deck and yard! Other features include a large attached garage, finished basement + much more!

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Home prices down, but NOT out!!

Calgary home prices continue to slide in most areas of the market, but not at the rate that many might expect. This is partly due to June’s resiliency in the detached and semi-detached sectors of the market, where sales compared to new listings and standing inventory started returning to more balanced levels.

“The detached market has been gradually moving towards more balanced conditions, helping to prevent price levels from declining at the faster rates we saw in the previous two quarters,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “While this is welcomed news for sellers, it’s very likely that pricing challenges will persist in the housing market until economic conditions start to improve.”

Detached benchmark prices totaled $502,400, which is 0.4 per cent higher than last month, but 3.4 per cent lower than last year’s levels. This is the first time in eight months that detached prices recorded a monthly gain, helping ease the quarterly decline from 2.2 per cent in the first quarter to 0.7 per cent in the second quarter.

Overall sales activity remained relatively weak in June, falling by seven per cent to 2,028 units. Inventory levels went in the other direction and continued to climb in June to 5,973 units, 16 per cent higher than last year. Both the attached and apartment segments of the market have recorded inventory gains around 30 per cent, far greater than the year-over-year increase of five per cent in the detached sector.

Higher inventories and weaker demand continue to have a larger impact on pricing in the apartment and row sectors. June apartment prices slid by another 0.1 per cent over last month, pushing the average year-to-date benchmark price down 5.3 per cent below last year. Attached product experienced a monthly slide of 0.3 per cent, mostly due to steeper price declines in row style product.

“The price adjustments that we’ve seen in the past year have allowed some buyers to get into homes that were previously unattainable,” said CREB® president Cliff Stevenson. “This is especially true for homeowners with financial stability and a good amount of equity in their home. With so much choice out there, it’s giving consumers an opportunity to find their ideal home at a price they can afford.”

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Luxury Home Sales Rebound

Segment rallies as overall market continues to face challenges

Once considered out for the count, Calgary’s luxury housing sector has seemingly rallied, posting a double-digit sales increase so far in 2016, according to new statistics.

Home sales in the city valued at more than $1 million totalled 118 over the first three months of the year – up more than 20 per cent from 98 during the same period last year. In March, $1-million-plus sales totalled 54, up from 49 in 2015.

This comes as CREB® released its most recent monthly housing summary, showing overall sales in the city this year have declined so far this year by nearly 10 per cent.

“While the $1-million-plus segment accounts for a small share of the activity, there has certainly been some improvement in sales over last year,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

City Centre recorded 60 million-plus sales during the first quarter, a 13 per cent increase compared to 2015. The North West district also posted positive numbers, a 100 per cent increase to 10 sales, while the South East gained 11 sales, up 450 per cent from two during the same time the previous year.

CREB® president Cliff Stevenson theorizes the more robust activity was due to sellers in this sector readjusting pricing in response to market conditions.

“Price reductions in the $1-million plus segment of the market are often higher because the home is worth more money, so even a small percentage drop is going represent a larger sum compared to the mid-range of the market,” he said. “These kinds of price declines can pique a buyer’s interest when considering the idea of moving up into that next home and price point.”

Calgary’s luxury new home sector is also showing positive signs. Brookfield Residential senior vice-president of housing Allan Klassen said he’s seen a noticeable bump in activity within the last month when compared to previous periods.

“It was certainly slow up until March for the previous four to five months …, but it has really started to turn the corner over the last 30 days,” said the industry veteran, who also oversees the luxury Albi Homes division, recently named a finalist in 11 categories of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s (CHBA) 2016 National Awards for Housing Excellence.

Klassen noted in the last 30 days, Albi has posted its best numbers in eight months, with six sales valued at more than $1 million in March alone, and four more in April.

“The foot traffic to our show homes has been down, but the quality of traffic has gone up significantly,” he said. “I don’t want to start holding a parade, but there certainly seems to be some activity out there.”

As for the rest of the market, overall sales so far this year have fallen to 3,483 units, a nearly 10 per cent drop from 3,861 last year. In March sales dipped by 11 per cent to 1,588 units from 1,777 recorded during the same time last year.

“With no improvement in the labour market, it’s no surprise that we continue to face downward pressure on housing sales activity and prices,” said Lurie, noting provincial unemployment rates are at the highest level recorded since the early 1990s.

“WHILE THE $1-MILLION-PLUS SEGMENT ACCOUNTS FOR A SMALL SHARE OF THE ACTIVITY, THERE HAS CERTAINLY BEEN SOME IMPROVEMENT IN SALES OVER LAST YEAR.”

New listings, meanwhile increased over the same period by more than three per cent to 3,227 units. Weak absorption caused months of supply to increase by more than 19 per cent to 3.8 months, as the city’s benchmark price decreased by 0.49 per cent from February and 3.51 per from levels recorded last year to $442,800.

Months of supply represents the amount of time it would take to sell current inventory. Since the start of the year, it has averaged around five months.

The attached sector saw the steepest decline in March, with sales falling by nearly 18 per cent to 326 units. This in contrast to a nearly seven per cent year-over-year increase reported in February.

New listings in the sector increased year-over-year by six per cent, causing inventory to edge up and months of supply to jump by more than 40 per cent to 4.5 months. As a result, the benchmark price fell by 3.3 per cent to $336,500.

Apartments also continued to struggle, with prices dropping by nearly five per cent from last month, and nearly one per cent from the same time last year, to $281,300.

The price decline was due to rising inventory in the sector, jumping by eight per cent to 1,534 units as sales fell by nearly 15 per cent last month to 257 units and listings gaining 1.5 per cent to 682 units.

Months of supply in the sector has now increased to nearly six months.

The detached sector, which represents more than half of all sales in the city, saw similar declines in March. The benchmark price fell by 0.4 per cent from February and 3.3 per cent from March 2015, as sales fell by nearly seven per cent to 1,005 units and listings increased by nearly three per cent to 1,821 units.

Inventory edged up slightly on a year-over-year basis to 1.7 per cent, while months of supply jumped more than nine per cent to just over three months.

“Homebuyers continue to wait and see if there are going to be further declines in home prices before making an offer,” said Stevenson. “Timing the bottom of the market is proving to be quite a challenge in the housing market we are faced with now.”

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Apr 9, 2016 by: Jamie Zachary CREBNow