Barry Klatt and Cynthia Culhane

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With all the bad press that our beautiful city has been receiving lately, we thought it would be the perfect time to highlight why over a million of us call Calgary home.  

 

Situated in between beautiful British Columbia and the great plains of Saskatchewan, Calgary, Alberta offers the best of both worlds. To the west, we have gorgeous views of the mountains, abundance of ski hills just at our doorstep, and plenty of recreation such as hiking, canoeing, camping, and fishing. We have made the mountains near Banff and the Kananaskis County our home for long weekends and family getaways year round. Our red and white Wild Rose Country plates are often found all around our sister province of British Columbia due to the short commute between the major citiies (Calgary to Vancouver 972.5 kms which should take you roughly about 10.5 hours drive through the scenic route). 

 

To the east, we are in awe of the radiant sunrises over the prairies and land that stretches for miles and miles. The land also offers a vast array of breathtaking lakes such as (to name just a few of many): 

 

Pigeon Lake
Lesser Slave Lake
Lac la Biche
Gull Lake
Morraine Lake
Lake Louise
Sylvan Lake
Maligne Lake
Lake Minnewanka
Winefred Lake
Jackfish Lake
Waterton Lake
Crimson Lake
Peyto Lake
Lake Newell
Beaver Lake 

 

For a complete list of Alberta Lakes visit www.travelalberta.com

 

If you prefer to stay in the city, there are numerous local attractions to keep one entertained!  Hey, what other city offers you skiing and snowboarding within the city limits? Here are just a few:

 

Calgary Stampede

Fish Creek Provincial Park
Calgary Zoo
Heritage Park
Calaway Park

Glenbow Museum
Canada Olympic Park
Telus Spark
Glenbow Museum
Fish Creek Provincial Park
Devonian Gardens
Aero Space Museum
Olympic Oval
Chinook Centre
Dinosaur Provincial Park

TOTAL POPULATION:  for 2014 is 1,195,194 

Calgary’s population grew from 1,156,686 in April 2013 to 1,195,194 in April 2014. This represents an increase of 3.33% or 38,508 residents.

Saddleridge leads the way in growth with a population increase of 2,373 residents. Seven other communities also had an increase of more than 1,000 residents. The communities with a population increase of more than 1,000 are:

Auburn Bay (2,242 additional residents)
Cranston (1,858 additional residents)
Skyview Ranch (1,759 additional residents)
Evanston (1,704 additional residents)

Panorama Hills (1,384 additional residents)
Aspen Woods (1,095 additional residents)
Beltline (1,091 additional residents)

Ward 3 96,133 8.45% change
Ward 5 96,489 1.19% change
Ward 12 94,933 9.26% change
Ward 2 83,609 6.08%

10 Largest Communities by Population in 2013

1 PANORAMA HILLS 25,130
2 EVERGREEN 21,386
3 BELTLINE 21,357
4 TUSCANY 19,465
5 TARADALE 18,681
6 SADDLE RIDGE 17,775
7 MCKENZIE TOWNE 17,737
8 COVENTRY HILLS 16,941
9 EDGEMONT 16,052
10 CRANSTON 15,354

Top 3 Highest Age Groups in Calgary:

Ages 25-34 210,851
Ages 35-44 199,356
Ages 45-54 169,705
with the minority being 75+ at 49,512 residents and 15-19 at 66,379 residents.

 

Click here for more statistical information about our population: http://www.calgary.ca/CA/city-clerks/Documents/Election-and-information-services/Census2014/Final%202014%20Census%20Results%20book.pdf 

 

So if you are just travelling or passing through, we hope you enjoy your stay and feel free to stop by, say Hi and talk to some of the locals. You never know, you might become of the tens of thousands of people moving to our wonderful city next year!

 

We hope you enjoy your stay! And for all your real estate needs, please contact for friendly neighbourhood Realtors®, Barry Klatt and Cynthia Culhane of CIR Realty.

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Housing sales are forecasted to ease by four per cent this year, due to market uncertainty and changes in economic climate, while prices are expected to remain relatively stable with a modest increase of 1.58 per cent on an annual basis, CREB® said today in its annual forecast.

 

Although sales levels are expected to ease, previously tight conditions throughout 2014 indicate that rising supply would push the market into more balanced conditions, supporting price stability in 2015. However, CREB® warns there are multiple risk factors attached to this forecast, which estimates a total of 24,503 homes will be sold in the city this year.

 

“The housing risks lie mainly with employment levels and net migration, both of which can be more severely impacted by a prolonged period of weakness in the energy sector,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “There is also the impact that energy prices have on consumer confidence. If energy prices stay low throughout the year, concern regarding job stability could cause consumers to delay unnecessary changes regarding housing.”

 

The report notes that while sales activity is expected to ease in 2015, it remains consistent with long-term levels. By comparison, sales in 2014 were nearly 15 per cent higher than the long-term trends for the city.

 

“The economic situation is far better today than what is was in 2009, where the fallout of the financial crises resulted in a U.S. recession, weakness in energy sectors, a pullback in investment and ultimately job losses in Calgary,” said Lurie. “With economic indicators remaining more positive in this period, the pullback in housing is not expected to mirror activity during the 2009-2010 period.”

 

CREB®’s forecast also notes that housing activity can vary significantly depending on location, price range and property type. For example, in 2014, there were less detached homes within city limits available in the lower price ranges. This caused many consumers who were looking for lower priced product to move to the attached and apartment sectors within city limits as well as other surrounding areas. Many consumers turned to the larger surrounding areas of Airdrie, Cochrane, Okotkoks and Chestermere, which all recorded record levels of sales in 2014.

 

“With more supply in the market expected this year, buyers will likely have more alternatives in all price ranges,” said 2015 CREB® president Corinne Lyall. “It’s a nice scenario for buyers, but it also means that sellers will likely have to adjust their price expectations and be realistic about the amount of time their home will be on the market.” 

 

“A REALTOR® can help navigate market conditions and real estate options, which are always unique to each consumer,” said Lyall. “While challenges in the market can raise concerns for buyers and sellers, it really comes down to their personal situation and knowing what’s right for them. Real estate is truly local.”

 

For the entire CREB® forecast, visit: creb.com.

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