I have listed a new property at 4515 16A ST SW in Calgary.
This georgeous Dreamridge Custom Home is situated on a 50' x 124' one of Altadore's best tree-lined streets with an amazing west-facing backyard. With 3,050 sqft above grade plus developed basement, 5 bedrooms (4 up + 1 down) provides ample space for even the busiest of familes. The main foyer featuring exposed beams welcomes you to this incredible home, the main floor has a large office, dedicated dining room, chefs kitchen with adjacent eating nook and living room that open up to the beautiful deck and backyard. Upstairs is unique with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and laundry. The lower level has a dedicated fitness room, theatre room, wine room and the 5th bedroom. The large triple car garage will also impress. This home will not dissappoint, call for your private viewing.
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I have listed a new property at 144 Fortress BA SW in Calgary.
Stunning, majestic, opulent and masterful are the words that come to mind when walking through this beautiful custom 6000sqft home. Featuring a truly amazing kitchen with 12' real quatrz mineral island, 48" Wolf range and Sub-zero fridge, tons of cupboard space, adjacent butlers pantry with wine fridge and sink. The floor plan opens up to the living and dining room with incredible built-in features and an ambiance creating dual sided fireplace. The massive deck of the eating nook is large enough to seat 16 people comfortably with stair access to the side of the home. Completing the main floor is a large mudroom with built-in lockers, storage cabinets and an inviting office/den. The covered porch area is a great place to relax to enjoy your 14,563 sqft pie shaped lot with ravine view. This outdoor living room is fully covered with wood soffit, pot lights, gas fireplace and TV hookup. Make your way upstairs to be treated by a truly huge master bedroom with sitting area, vaulted ceiling, exquisite spa-like ensuite featuring dual sided gas fireplace and enormous closet with built-in island storage. The large bonus room also has a beautiful tile-surrounded gas fireplace and access to the 3pc bathroom off the large second bedroom. The other 2 bedrooms have large walk-in closets and a Jack & Jill 5pc bathroom. The laundry room is conveniently located to service the 4 upstairs bedrooms. The fully developed walkout basement is incredible for entertaining featuring a full sized bar with microwave, dishwasher, wine fridge and sink. The dedicated theatre room is large enough to fit multiple rows of seating, the 5th bedroom has a large window and closet. The basement also includes a fitness room that could be a 6th bedroom if needed, 4pc bathroom with steam shower and huge flex room. Radiant in-floor heating in the basement and triple car attached garage. The yard is fully landscaped with irrigation, security system and cameras, fire pit, built-in shed under the covered porch and 2 air conditioning units.
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I have listed a new property at 73 AUBURN GLEN CM SE in Calgary.
OPEN HOUSE Sun June 18 (2-4pm) Welcome to this truly impeccable Auburn Bay home located steps from the lake, schools and shops. With 2155sqft above grade this upgraded CedarGlen home will impress you from the moment you walk-in. The main floor features hardwood throughout, an open upgraded kitchen, classy living room, sun-drenched eating nook, office and laundry. The upper level treats you to a large master bedroom, spa-like 5pc master ensuite and large walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms, 4pc bathroom and huge bonus room complete the upstairs. Many upgrades in this home are high-end aftermarket light fixtures, upgraded appliances, hardwood throughout the main floor, extensive landscaping including 25 Columnar Aspens, shrubs and wild grass features. The entire home was recently professionally pressure-washed, exterior windows washed and professionally cleaned. You will not find a home in better condition than this unless it is brand new. This home will not last, book your private showing today.
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Please visit our Open House at 73 AUBURN GLEN CM SE in Calgary.
Open House on Sunday, June 18, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM
OPEN HOUSE Sun June 18 (2-4pm) Welcome to this truly impeccable Auburn Bay home located steps from the lake, schools and shops. With 2155sqft above grade this upgraded CedarGlen home will impress you from the moment you walk-in. The main floor features hardwood throughout, an open upgraded kitchen, classy living room, sun-drenched eating nook, office and laundry. The upper level treats you to a large master bedroom, spa-like 5pc master ensuite and large walk-in closet. Two additional bedrooms, 4pc bathroom and huge bonus room complete the upstairs. Many upgrades in this home are high-end aftermarket light fixtures, upgraded appliances, hardwood throughout the main floor, extensive landscaping including 25 Columnar Aspens, shrubs and wild grass features. The entire home was recently professionally pressure-washed, exterior windows washed and professionally cleaned. You will not find a home in better condition than this unless it is brand new. This home will not last, book your private showing today.
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Home prices remained stable in May


Demand for detached housing continues to rise


Fueled by the detached sector, Calgary home prices trended up for the fourth consecutive month, but remain below 2014 highs.

 

"The economic climate is supporting detached housing market recovery," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. 

"Improved demand and easing supply has created more balanced conditions and ultimately some modest price gains. While it will still take some time for prices to recover, the transition in the detached segment is an important first step to stabilization across all segments of the housing market."

 

For the first time since June 2015, prices in the detached sector did not decline on a year-over-year basis.  Unadjusted detached benchmark prices reached $509,000 in May, one per cent higher than last month and May 2016 levels.

Like the detached market, the attached product has moved towards more balanced conditions. This has supported some recent directional shifts in pricing.  However, monthly price declines had fallen by 4.7 per cent over peak levels and year-to-date benchmark prices remain two per cent below last year's levels.

 

"We can really see a slow but sure recovery in the housing market," said CREB® president David P. Brown. 

 

"Demand for detached product is driving a new sense of optimism for consumers as we move further into spring." 

Against this backdrop, the number of new listings rose to 3,866 units in May, which is 17 per cent higher than last year's total for the month. Despite this rise, year-to-date new listings have declined by one per cent over last year.  

 

"With the change in market dynamics, people no longer feel like they may need to settle for a second choice in a property," said Brown. 

 

"There are lots of housing choices in every segment of the market and that made for a good situation in an already active spring market." 

 

The variation in market activity also extends to regional areas outside the city of Calgary. Please go to CREB®'s Regional Report for highlights on regional activity.

 

Click here to view the full City of Calgary monthly stats package. 

 

Click here to view the full Calgary region monthly stats package. 

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I have listed a new property at 2615 17A ST SW in Calgary.
Great inner-city bungalow in Bankview ready to move-in-to, rent out, or plan a duplex development. Located on a knoll with downtown views from a second level would make a new building very desirable. This cute bungalow is in great shape with 2 bedrooms up, large living room, upgraded kitchen and 4pc bath. The lower level has an additional large bedroom, huge recreation room with adjacent laundry room, 3 pc bathroom and one more flex room. A detached single garage is a nice addition to keep your vehicles enclosed. Book your private showing today as this one won't last!
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I have listed a new property at 2402 211 13 AV SE in Calgary.
Breathtaking views of downtown and the mountains from this 24th floor corner unit. Featuring 969 sqft, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in Nuera. This condo offers comfortable, luxurious, and convenient lifestyle with a great open concept layout with oversized kitchen island. This unit has the $24,000 upgrade package including granite throughout, dark stained maple cabinets, upgraded appliances and flooring. The second bedroom features a custom $12,000 murphy bed, wall unit and desk unit that can be used as an office and/or bedroom. The floor to ceiling windows create a panoramic view effect, from which to take in the city lights, Calgary Tower and fireworks, or enjoy the covered balcony. The extra wide secure indoor heated parking can fit 2 cars although designated for 1, extra large separate secure storage is also included. Fully equipped fitness room is located on the second floor as well as the mezzanine level communal patio. This is a gorgeous unit in a great building close to all amenities.
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Victoria Day for many of us is the first official weekend of camping season and an unofficial start to summer-our tents and trailers are prepped for their next seasonal shift, our gardens are cleaned and flowers planted. Naturally, all Canadians welcome this holiday mentally with open arms, and in truth, how can we not?! However, given that today is the actual holiday Monday, it's a good time as any to understand the reason for this day off. 

 

Queen Victoria was the second longest reigning monarch of the UK, with her time on the throne being just recently surpassed by our current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Victoria reigned from the tender age of 18 in 1837 to 1901 and only became Queen after her father's three brothers died, all of whom passed without leaving any surviving legitimate children. She married her first-cousin, Prince Albert, with whom she had nine children. They shared a very close relationship and his passing in the middle of her reign in 1861 plunged her into deep mourning from which she never recovered. She loved to write and rumor has it she wrote around 2500 words a day in her journals, leaving behind 122 volumes of her daily life.

 

Her birthday is May 24th and hence on Victoria Day, we are essentially celebrating her birth. This event was celebrated here in Canada since 1845 and therefore long before Confederation, but it became law in 1901 that the Monday before the 24th of May must be celebrated in her name. Though she was not a large woman (she was only 4ft and 11 inches tall), her legacy speaks volumes and she is remembered as being a Queen who restored the reputation of the monarchy and also reconnected the monarchy with the public through their civic duties which are still very strong and present today. Throughout Canada she is celebrated with parades and fireworks, especially in Victoria, BC, her namesake city. Interestingly enough, Queen Victoria's sixth child, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, is the namesake of our province. Originally there were plans to call our province Louise, however to honor both her daughter and her deceased husband, the name Alberta was instituted. (However, should you find yourself at Lake Lousie today, raise a glass in her name!)

 

Wishing you all a fantastic kick off to your summers, as well as a fun day with your family and friends!

 

Mark

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So, we've decided to have some fun and give away a prize.

 

Throughout the city's Westside, from Cougar Ridge to just south of Aspen, we have several bus benches advertising our services and expertise in the area. We're asking you to take a selfie with one of them and post it to social media (Instagram or Facebook), and just by doing that, you will be entered in a raffle to win $100 to Aspen Wine and Spirits.

 

Here are the official rules:

 

➡︎ Like and follow our page on Facebook (Lukwinski Real Estate) and Instagram (@markonyyc )
➡︎Take a fun selfie at one of our bus benches located throughout Calgary's Westside
➡︎Post to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #MARKonYYCselfie


That's it! We couldn't have made this any easier!

 

We will close this contest on May 28th 2017. We will randomly pick a winner and do an announcement on Monday, May 29th! Good luck and happy snapping, all for the love of wine. 

 

 

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I have listed a new property at 6 HIDDEN CI NW in Calgary.
Pride of ownership throughout this immaculate 4 bedroom home located on a large corner lot in Hidden Valley. With 2845 sqft of developed space, this home is in move-in condition. The main floor features hardwood throughout, a bright kitchen with adjacent eating area that opens to an inviting living room with fireplace feature. The vaulted ceiling continues to the large family room and dining room. Main floor also features a half bath, laundry and den perfect for your home office. The second floor has the master bedroom with 4pc ensuite bathroom and 2 more bedrooms that have a 4 pc bath nearby. The fully developed basement features a wet bar with additional living area, 5 pc bathroom and large bedroom. The large rear deck takes advantage of the sunny yard with new composite no maintenance flooring (Sept 2016), beautiful shed that matches the home and many trees and shrubs to complete the wonderful backyard. New roof shingles installed January 2017 and new hot water tank (June 2016).
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This weekend we celebrate Mother's Day and there is no shortage of events taking place all over Calgary to honor our moms. Click on this link below to see and pick all the various events you can peruse to celebrate your moms and families.

 

Ever wondered how Mother's Day began? A woman by the name of Anna Jarvis started to campaign in the States in 1905 to create a national holiday to honor all mothers after the death of her own mom that same year. Because her mom was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers in the American Civil War, she wanted to honor her mom and all moms because they did more for their children than anyone else. After some obstacles with the US Congress, the first Mother's Day was celebrated in 1908. By 1911, all US States celebrated Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May. Though Jarvis was behind the creation of this day of commemoration, she never liked the vast commercialization of it and protested the way the holiday went. By the early 1920's, Hallmark started creating cards and suggesting gifts to purchase to celebrate moms and well, the rest as they say, is history! 

 

Let us know if there is an event on this list above that you'll be attending with your mom, or perhaps you discovered something else to do. Either way, we wish you all a fantastic day celebrating the matriarch's in your families and lives, especially the ones who are no longer here with us. To all moms of all creatures, we salute you! 

 

Mark

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Please visit our Open House at 1 1604 27 AV SW in Calgary.
Open House on Saturday, May 13, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM
OPEN HOUSE Sat May 13 (1-4pm) Welcome to this bright sun-drenched 3 bedroom end-unit townhome with central air conditioning in the highly sought-after neighbourhood of South Calgary. Close to trendy Marda Loop and 17th Ave. With 3 levels of developed space, this walk-up home features 1318 (RMS) sqft. The upper level has 2 large bedrooms separated by a wonderful 4pc bathroom that has shower & jetted tub and ample closet space. The main floor has an inviting living room with fireplace feature and access to the sunny south facing deck. The bright white kitchen has newer stainless steel appliances, quartz counter-tops and tiled backsplash with adjacent eating nook. The lower level features a third bedroom with 3 pc ensuite bathroom perfect for your favourite guests. The single attached garage is unique in the neighbourhood and adds an element of convenience. Recent upgrades: new Duradeck, siding pressure washed and windows professionally cleaned, and new roof shingles. Don't miss out, priced to sell.
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I have listed a new property at 1 1604 27 AV SW in Calgary.
OPEN HOUSE Sat May 13 (1-4pm) Welcome to this bright sun-drenched 3 bedroom end-unit townhome with central air conditioning in the highly sought-after neighbourhood of South Calgary. Close to trendy Marda Loop and 17th Ave. With 3 levels of developed space, this walk-up home features 1318 (RMS) sqft. The upper level has 2 large bedrooms separated by a wonderful 4pc bathroom that has shower & jetted tub and ample closet space. The main floor has an inviting living room with fireplace feature and access to the sunny south facing deck. The bright white kitchen has newer stainless steel appliances, quartz counter-tops and tiled backsplash with adjacent eating nook. The lower level features a third bedroom with 3 pc ensuite bathroom perfect for your favourite guests. The single attached garage is unique in the neighbourhood and adds an element of convenience. Recent upgrades: new Duradeck, siding pressure washed and windows professionally cleaned, and new roof shingles. Don't miss out, priced to sell.
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Directly south of last week's community profile of South Calgary, we find ourselves looking at the neighborhood of Altadore. Let's dive in!

 

Deemed a trendy inner city neighborhood, Altadore is currently experiencing a gentrification process due to the luxury and high-end semi-detached homes that have been going up in the community over the last several years. Located just south of 34th Ave and trendy Marda Loop and bordered by 50th Avenue in it's most southern region, Altadore is an old neighborhood that was established in 1945. To the east it is bound by Elbow River and to the west by 20th Street. The map below depicts where Altadore is located in Calgary.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we have included with the other zones and communities, we will dissect a little of the demographic information on this community. Looking at Altadore, the last census of 2014 reflected a population of 9,518 in the community, where 18% of the population is under 15 years old, 68% are between 20-64 years, and lastly 10% of the population is over 65 years. Sixty-eight percent of dwellings in Altadore are occupied by owners and a variety of dwelling types are exhibited. In terms of real estate, the majority of homes in Altadore are single-family homes, making up 40% of the neighborhood. Duplexes make up 16% of the community, townhomes are present at 16%, and apartments at 23%. Converted structures come in at 4%.

 

The median age is 37 and is listed as a community that is entirely english-speaking, since 0% of the population doesn't speak English. The median household income is $96,932 and according to CREB so far in 2017, 21 detached homes have sold at an average price of $1,130,667 with a price range of $632,500 to $1,910,000. For attached homes, 32 properties changed Title in 2017 (to date) with an average price of $771,063, where the range low was at $363,000 and the range high was $1,260,000. For more information and as with all our information sources, you can view more concise details by visiting the City of Calgary’s neighborhood profiles, found here.

 

Normally we include a crime map for each area that we profile, but there were issues with the Calgary Police website in generating this map this week, so we will add this information when the site is working again. Apologies!  

 

In terms of placement in the city, Altadore is well placed if you work downtown but also enjoy having quick access to parks and green spaces. Sandy Beach, River Park and Riverdale Park all flank the eastern edge of the community. Being inner-city you are able to access any parts of the city by car but there is so much to offer and access on foot in the community too. From the community, a quick drive west along 33rd or 50th Ave takes you to Crowchild Trail which connects you north and south and to other fast arteries dispersed in the city. 

 

Located on the northern lip of this community is Marda Loop, a collection of different shops and services offering you literally everything you need. Grocery stores, flower shops, banks, dentists, gyms, coffee shops, pet stores, restaurants, pubs, and more are on offer. Marda Loop is great to wander around in and really take in the community. 

 

Schools representing the private sector are found within a short drive's reach if this is something that is attractive to you. Because they're relatively close, all the private schools we have profiled on Calgary's West Side can still be of consideration:  Webber Academy,  Calgary AcademyRundle CollegeWaldorf SchoolCalgary French & International School, and Edge School for Athletes. To this West Island CollegeNorth Point School for BoysBanbury Crossroads School, and Lycee Louis Pasteur schools can also be added as they are close by. 

 

In the Calgary Public School district, Altadore School, Central Memorial High School, and Elboya School are designated elementary and junior high schools.

 

In the Catholic District, St. Michael's SchoolHoly NameSt. Mary's High School, Bishop Carroll, and St. James School are designated in the separate system. 

 

Being centrally-located, there are many places of worship to access from this point in the city. Click on this link to find the right place of worship for your culture and background.

 

As was the case with South Calgary, residents of Altadore are encouraged to join the Marda Loop Communities Association which offers different ways to become a member. The association is very active in organizing monthly and annual events, offering residents plenty of opportunities to get to know one another and get involved in their community. The Marda Gras festival takes place every August and is a popular event where people and events literally spill into the street, bringing the community together. In case you didn't read it in our blog entry last week, the name 'Marda' originates from the blending of two names, Marc and Mada Jenkins who opened the Marda movie theatre back in 1953. Historically, the area has always been very active because it used to be the turn around point for a street-car that used to run to the community from downtown. 

 

That's a wrap for this week on Altadore! Since it is an area known for putting up modern homes, there are a variety of beautiful homes and stunning large lots for you to pick from to find your dream home. If there is anything you'd like to see or if you have any questions, I'm always available to talk or meet up. Enjoy the warmer weather this weekend-get out and soak up some Vitamin D! Tune in next week as we offer suggestions on what to do in our marvelous Calgary for Mother's Day! 

 

 

Mark

 

 

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City-wide prices hold steady as labour market improves


Calgary's housing market continued to show signs of stability in April. With improvements in the labour market and a balanced detached sector, city-wide benchmark prices reached $439,600 in April, similar to the previous month, but 0.90 per cent below last year's levels.

 

"More jobs means less uncertainty for people who are sitting on the fence," said CREB®president David P. Brown. "There also tends to be fewer people who need to sell when employment improves, and that can prevent inventory gains and further price reductions in the market. It's a good scenario for sellers who are entering a spring market that's in better shape than anything we've seen in recent years."

 

While adjustments are still occurring in the apartment condominium sector, the detached segment of the market is improving across all price segments.

 

"Detached product has not faced the same supply pressure as the apartment sector," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. "Detached supply from new construction didn't surpass previous highs. That helped prevent steeper price adjustments in the detached sector when demand eased."

 

The relationship between sales and inventory will be a key driver for pricing in the months ahead. Total transactions improved to 1,917 units in April, while inventories totaled 5,495 units, pushing months of supply below three for the second consecutive month.

 

With sales up and overall market inventory down, months of supply has already pulled back from elevated levels recorded over the past two years. While activity continues to vary by location and product type, more balanced conditions will help to support overall price stability. 

 

"Improvements in the employment situation were necessary to prevent further declines in the housing sector," said Lurie. "However, economic recovery is still expected to be slow, impacting the pace and quality of job growth. Based on current expectations this should translate into a more prolonged period of recovery in the housing market."

 

Click here to view the full City of Calgary monthly stats package. 

 

Click here to view the full Calgary region monthly stats package. 


CREB statistics

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We finished profiling all the neighborhoods on Calgary's West Side and we have started moving a bit more east to profile a few more. This week's blog update is all about South Calgary! Let's dive in and explore this trendy area and why it is so sought-after in Calgary's real estate market. 

 

A trendy inner city neighborhood, South Calgary is bounded by 14th Street in the east, 26th Ave to the north, Crowchild Trail to the west, and 34th Ave to the south. It was annexed by the City in 1907 but remained largely undeveloped until the 1950's. The map below depicts where South Calgary is located. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we have included with the other zones and communities, we will dissect a little of the demographic information on this community. Looking at South Calgary, the last census of 2014 reflected a population of 3,959 in the community, where 9% of the population is under 15 years old, 83% are between 20-64 years, and lastly 5% of the population is over 65 years. Only forty-eight percent of dwellings in South Calgary are occupied by owners and a variety of dwelling types are exhibited. The majority of homes in South Calgary are apartments, making up 48% of the neighborhood. Duplexes make up 18% of the community, townhomes are present at 6%, and single-detached houses at 26%. 

 

The median age is 33 and is listed as a community that is overwhelmingly english-speaking, since only 1% of the population doesn't speak English. The median household income is $69,620 and according to CREB so far in 2017, 10 detached homes have sold at an average price of $792,100 with a price range of $535,000 to $1,625,000. For attached homes, 15 properties changed title in 2017 to date with an average price of $619,900 where the range low was at $350,000 and the range high was $1,120,000. For more information and as with all our information sources, you can view more concise details by visiting the City of Calgary’s neighborhood profiles, found here.

 

Moving onto crime details, below is a map depicting the crime stats over the last 6 months for South Calgary. As seen on the map provided by the Calgary Police website, in the last 6 months, there have only been 2 reported crime incidents, which is highly attractive and sought after when looking at a community to live and invest in. 

 

 

 

 

 

In terms of placement in the city, South Calgary is well placed if you work downtown but also enjoy having quick access to parks and green spaces. Being inner-city you are able to access any parts of the city by car but there is so much to offer and access on foot in the community too. From the community, a quick drive west along 33rd Ave takes you to Crowchild Trail which connects you north and south and to other fast arteries dispersed in the city. 

 

Located on the southern edge of this community is Marda Loop, a collection of different shops and services offering you literally everything you need. Grocery stores, flower shops, banks, dentists, gyms, coffee shops, pet stores, restaurants, pubs, and more are on offer. Marda Loop is great to wander around in and really take in the community. 

 

Schools representing the private sector are found within a short drive's reach if this is something that is attractive to you. Because they're relatively close, all the private schools we have profiled on Calgary's West Side can still be of consideration:  Webber Academy,  Calgary AcademyRundle CollegeWaldorf SchoolCalgary French & International School, and Edge School for Athletes. To this West Island College, North Point School for Boys, Banbury Crossroads School, and Lycee Louis Pasteur schools can also be added as they are close by. 

 

In the Calgary Public School district, Altadore School, Mount Royal School, and Richmond School are designated elementary and junior high schools. Western Canada High School is the designated high school for this community. 

 

In the Catholic District, St. Michael's School, Holy Name, Sacred HeartSt. Mary's High School and St. Monica School are designated in the separate system. 

 

Being centrally-located, there are many places of worship to access from this point in the city. Click on this link to find the right place of worship for your culture and background.

 

Residents of all the communities in South Calgary are encouraged to join the Marda Loop Communities Association which offers different ways to become a member. The association is very active in organizing monthly and annual events, offering residents plenty of opportunities to get to know one another and get involved in their community. The Marda Gras festival takes place every August and is a popular event where people and events literally spill into the street, bringing the community together. The name 'Marda' originates from the blending of two names, Marc and Mada Jenkins who opened the Marda movie theatre back in 1953. Historically, the area has always been very active because it used to be the turn around point for a street-car that used to run to the community from downtown. 

 

That's a wrap for this week on South Calgary! Tune in next week as we move south from this area and profile Altadore. South Calgary has a variety of beautiful houses and locations for you to pick from to find your dream home, so if there is anything you'd like to see or if you have any questions, I'm always available to talk or meet up. Enjoy the warmer weather which is promised to come our way! 

 

 

Mark

 

 

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The provincial government is turning up the heat on incentives to turn down emissions with their new Home Improvement Rebates program, taking effect today.

Homeowners can now apply to receive money back for installations of eligible home improvement products. These rebates will make energy efficient products more affordable for homeowners and lower their power bills after installation.  


Program details: 

Energy Efficiency Alberta, a new Government of Alberta agency, created the Home Improvement Rebates program to promote efficient energy consumption and reduce Alberta’s carbon footprint. The program is designed to support homeowners with the installation of energy-efficient appliances and products to reduce household emissions.

Rebates of up to $3,500 will be granted for eligible products including insulation, water heaters (ENERGY STAR® certified) and triple glaze (low-e, argon) windows. 


Rebate eligibility: 

To receive a rebate for the installation of an eligible home improvement product, homeowners must select an Alberta-based registered contractor from the list provided at efficiencyalberta.ca. The contractor will then guide homeowners through the application process and rebates will be sent directly to homeowners after the completion of each project. 


Rebate program types: 

The Home Improvement Rebate is just one of three rebate types offered by Energy Efficiency Alberta. Below are the different rebates available to Alberta’s homeowners through the Residential Retail Products Program:

  1. Home Improvement Rebates: Rebates for home improvements will be granted to homeowners who buy eligible products installed by a certified Alberta-based contractor. 
  2. Online rebates: Homeowners who buy qualifying refrigerators, smart thermostats and clothes washers can apply for rebates online. 
  3. Instant rebates: Homeowners can receive instant rebates when purchasing eligible home efficiency products at participating retail locations in Alberta. Eligible products include LED lights, programmable thermostats, water-saving devices, smart power bars, and heavy-duty timers. This campaign runs from April 28 until June 11. 

Visit efficiencyalberta.ca for more information on Energy Efficiency Alberta and the Home Improvement Rebate program.


By CREB

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Please visit our Open House at 517 ASPEN MEADOWS HL SW in Calgary.
Open House on Sunday, April 30, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM
OPEN HOUSE Sunday April 30 (1-4pm) Incredible value per square foot in Aspen Woods Estates in this big beautiful "New York" style, 4 level, 2,995 sq.ft loft in West 17 with a private elevator. Featuring a chef's kitchen, Wolf gas range, Subzero cabinet refrigerator, commercial hood fan and quartz stone counter tops. There are two large bedrooms on the second floor, one with a luxurious en suite bath as well as the master suite. The huge master has a large walk-in closet and an expansive, spa like en suite bath. The top floor loft area has exposed brick abound and a full wall wet bar with a wine cooler and built-in media unit. There is a 3rd bedroom on the top floor as well with an adjacent 4 pc bathroom. Balconies adorn every storey of the unit taking advantage of the mountain views. On the lower level is an oversized, heated two car garage and a large storage/mechanical room. Very close to the new West LRT, West Side Rec Center and Aspen Landing Shops.
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Next week is the Federal deadline to submit your personal taxes and then in June, is our municipal deadline to pay our property taxes. Hence, this week we thought we'd look into our property taxes, how they're calculated and where they go.

 

Everyone groans at property tax time simply because parting with our hard-earned money is always hard to do. But, there is good reason for these payments.  In Alberta, our property taxes are collected both provincially and municipally, where about sixty percent of the collected levy stays within our City and forty percent goes to the Government of Alberta. The collective sum is used to fund a variety of things in the City, such as snow removal, street cleaning, street maintenance and repair, garbage collection, management of parks and green spaces, bylaw services, fire, police and emergency services, recreational and arts programs, events and festivals, protection of historical resources and provide access to our 311 information system. Naturally, everyone has an opinion as to how the funds should be spent and hence disagreements arise, however below is a visual breakdown of approximately how property tax dollars are spent every month (City of Calgary, 2017): 

 

Below is another display of how we compare for Calgary's Municipal rate to other cities. Granted, this statistic is from 2012, but it does show that at the time, our municipal contributions were one of the lowest in the country (City of Calgary 2017):

 

In terms of how our property taxes are calculated, every calendar year, our City council determines what funds are needed to run City services. From this calculation, they then remove revenue sources such as business tax, user fees, provincial grants, and licence fees. The amount left over is the amount needed to be raised through property taxes. A tax rate is then established and this is the rate charged for every $1 of assessed property value. In 2017, the combined tax rate is set to be 0.0065008 / $1 assessed value. In 2016, the rate was 0.0061738. 


Lastly, when it comes to assessing your property, the notice you receive in January from the City depicts the amount it would have sold for on July 1st the previous year, as well as includes any improvements to its physical condition as of December 31st. Factors such as age, location, additions, lot size, renovations and sales of similar properties in the vicinity over the last three years are included in determining the assessment of your property. You can of course challenge the assessment you receive by contacting the City before the start of March of each year. 


So, that's your Property Tax bill in a nutshell. As is always the case, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about property taxes and your property. We always enjoy hearing from you! 

 

Mark 

 

 

 

 

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As you start to replace winter sweaters in all your closets with summer tank tops, and as ice skates and toboggans are thrown into storage after their Winter shift, it is easy and natural to focus on the interior of the house for the Great Big Spring Clean. This annual event indicates that we can collectively bid a farewell to colder and shorter days and this is truly something to be excited about.

 

However, care and attention should also be given to the exterior of your home because while we are inside keeping warm from the cold, the outside of our home battles all the elements and frost on our behalf. So, here are some of our tips on things to check into on the outside of your home and yard as you prep for that first inaugural BBQ of the season:

 

Check the exterior of your walls for chipped paint, mold, or splitting wood. To prevent anything from being damaged further, deal with these issues right away. If you have brick on your house exterior, check for mold and mildew and remove them by mixing a simple solution of bleach and water, (1 cup of bleach commands 4 L of water).

 

Clear all your gutters. So many leaves and twigs naturally fall into these lengthy pockets on your roof and this seasonal souvenir needs to be dealt with so not to clog your downspouts and cause water damage to your roof when the rain comes. If heights aren't your thing, there are many companies in the city to help you out.

 

Wash your windows. Grime and dirt will build up throughout the winter season so using warm soapy water (and not just window cleaner) will get the job done. Spring is also a good time to check the lubrication of all moving parts on your windows as well as the condition of your window frames, especially if they're wooden. Give your screens a proper cleaning too-they also get quite dusty and filthy throughout the winter months. 

 

Check your driveway and sidewalks for cracks. If moss is appearing through them already, spray some vinegar and scrub them away. 

 

Once the snow has melted off your roof, it should be checked for any loose shingles or damage, however, that's best left to a roofing company simply because it is safer for you.

 

Warmer weather commands you entertain not in your living room, but on your deck. Oxalic acid, which can be found in any hardware store, can be used to kill any microorganisms on your deck. After 24 hours, you can apply a stain to your deck to get it BBQ ready. Once the floor of your deck is refreshed, you can take out your patio furniture and prep it by wiping it down with soap and water, checking all the screws and fluffing your pillows.

 

Lastly, take some time to remove the layer of dead leaves and grass from your garden. A little of bit of weeding and gardening to expose the lush layers beneath will go a long way in making your yard and garden look spring-ready. Sharpen the blades of your lawn mower and perhaps change the oil too-mow low to remove the dead grass tops before you put out the picnic blankets and anchor in the soccer nets. Here comes the sun (George Harrison was right!), so grab your shades and enjoy the splendor of your Spring-ready yards and homes.

 

Mother Nature gifted us a particularly cold and bitter winter this year, so it truly feels great to be out in the sun in fewer layers. If you have any other tips to share about taking care of the exterior of your home, we'd love to hear them and pass them on to all our readers.

 

 

 

Mark

 

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