Calgary Bowness Montgomery Real Estate Home News - Blog Archive: December, 2021

Happy New Year's Eve, everyone! We hope you enjoy a fun, safe evening ringing in 2022! Just like last year, I think everyone is more than ready to begin a new year. Hopefully this one brings us a step closer to some normality after a tumultuous two years. 

Here are some fun facts about New Year's Eve to get you pumped up for tonight:

  • The very first New Year's Eve was celebrated 4,000 years by the ancient Babylonians.
  • Celebrating with friends and family is a tradition because legend has it the first people you see will either give you good or bad luck; make sure you look at someone who likes you!
  • The first ball drop in Times Square New York was in 1907. They used the ball, covered in 25 watt bulbs, because of a fireworks ban. Now the…

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With Christmas over, Calgarians are buckling back down and tightening their purse strings. With this in mind, here are some fun and free activities to enjoy in the wintertime: 

  • Kananaskis Hiking: Calgary is at the doorstep of the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Whether you are a seasoned climber or a novice hiker, there are trails for all skill levels and age groups. Places like the grotto offer an incredible peak into the indigenous hieroglyphics, and there is even a cold war bunker you can hike up to in Heart Creek. You don't have to scale a mountain, but it is nice to get some fresh air and enjoy everything the mountains have to offer. Pack a lunch and some snacks and enjoy!
  • Studio Bell: Much like the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville,…

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Merry Christmas from all of us here at Team Ken Richter. 

During this holiday season we are thankful to each and every one of you, our valued clients, for an incredible year. We look forward to working with you again in 2022 and all the years to come!

Have a fantastic Christmas celebrating with loved ones!

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Christmas is this weekend! Are you scrambling for a last minute gift idea? Don't worry, you're not alone. Here are some ideas for the different people in your life:

  • For your Nerdy co-worker:  A subscription to LootCrate, which is a box delivered monthly that is filled with fandom paraphernalia. With exclusive collectors items, comics, t-shirts and more this is a sure winner and the gift the keeps giving every month.
  • For that niece you are trying to reconnect with: A boss babe mug from Indigo and Mindy Kaling's book "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" Hot tip: read the book before you wrap it. It is hilarious and insightful, and your niece will think you are the coolest. 
  • For your child's piano teacher: A Starbucks gift card and mug…

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The holidays are full of parties and events. Here are some of our best tips on how to host a stress-free gathering:

1). Give yourself some time. While last minute parties are all fun and games, they typically lead to incredible amounts of unnecessary stress. Typically two weeks notice is an appropriate amount of time for yourself and guests, however since the holidays are such a busy time we recommend sending invites at least three weeks before the big day.

2). Plan ahead. Make your shopping lists, start crafting the decor and prepare as much food as early on as possible. Lots of desserts, like pies and cookies, can be made in advance. Even some main course items can be made ahead of time. The more you can get done before the event, the less…

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When people start to think about buying a home, they normally opt for the springtime to be their point of entry. After all, everyone knows that the spring and summer are the busiest times of the year for the real estate market. Everyone wants to move during their summer holiday, when the weather is warm, and the market is booming. However, these people are overlooking the value of waiting for winter. More specifically, for right before the end of the year...

Buying a home now, at year's end, comes with many benefits. Here are some top ones, according to

  • Builder Upgrades: "If you’re buying a house that is brand new, there’s a good chance builders may push to close the books on their year—and meet quotas. They may offer upgrades or…

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The holidays are quickly approaching, which means Christmas parties and get-togethers are on the horizon. While nothing can stop the excitement of the holidays, as we head into our second holiday season in the midst of a pandemic, many people are experiencing increased levels of anxiety, too. A holiday get together isn't as simple as they once were. 

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 poses a threat to many people's holiday plans as governments around the world are introducing stricter gathering limits. Many are worried we could see a shut down similar to that of 2020's March lockdown. While Omicron has not proven itself to be a harder hit of COVID, it has proven itself to be much easier to catch; even if you are double vaccinated. This is frustrating…

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Happy Holidays, Calgary!

This is truly the most wonderful time of the year, with so much to do and coziness abounding.  If you're looking for something to get you out of the house and get in the holiday spirit, check out one of the following events:

December 1 - January 2
Calgary ZooLights
December 1 - 23
A Christmas Carol with Rosebud Theatre
December 5
University District’s Northwestival 2021
December 6
Last Day of Hanukkah
December 10
Tea With Mrs. Claus
December 11
Christmas in the Village Night Market
December 16
A Beary Merry Holiday Party
December 16
Ivy, Mistletoe and Music: A Blue Jay Sessions Holiday Dinner
December 17
Wrap Night with the Bowness Community Association
December 18
December 21
December Solstice
December 24
Christmas Eve
December 25

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The Calgary Real Estate Board has released their summary of what happened in the market last month, November 2021. It was a busy one, staying on trend with a year of frantic market activity that has surprised and delighted everyone. Calgary has seen a real estate boom that has allowed sellers to finally sell their properties, and buyers to settle into new homes. While this boom is slowing down, as is typical this time of the year as people are busy with the holidays, Calgary's future remains bright.

Here are the highlights from the Calgary Real Estate Board's report: 

  • "New listings in November totaled 1,989 units."
  • "Inventory levels dropped to 3,922 units and the months of supply dipped below two months."
  • "It is not unusual to see new…

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