Calgary Bowness Montgomery Real Estate Home News - Blog Archive: November, 2023

Its been a very warm fall-to-winter transition here in Calgary, Alberta, but we all know that won't last forever...

The colder months bring unique challenges that require homeowners to take proactive steps to protect their homes from the harsh weather conditions. Here are essential tips for maintaining a safe and well-cared-for property during the winter season.

  1. Inspect and Maintain Heating Systems: Before winter sets in with full force, have your heating systems, including furnaces, boilers, and chimneys, professionally inspected and serviced. Also make sure to clean or replace air filters regularly to ensure optimal performance.
  2. Protect Pipes from Freezing: Prevent pipes from freezing by insulating them. Shut off exterior faucets and…

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The holiday season, typically associated with joy and celebration, can also bring about heightened stress, anxiety, and emotional challenges for many individuals. Balancing various commitments, family dynamics, and societal expectations can take a toll on mental health during this time. Prioritizing mental well-being amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays is essential for a healthier, more fulfilling season. You don't want to spend the upcoming holiday season sick or stressed.

Here are some ways to keep your mental health in good shape during the holidays:

  1. Be Gracious on Yourself: Be kind to yourself. Acknowledge that it's okay to feel overwhelmed or stressed during the holidays. Set realistic expectations and don't pressure yourself to…

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The surge in remote work has revolutionized not just our professional lives but also our housing preferences and choices. As more companies adopt flexible work arrangements, the concept of the traditional office job tied to a specific location for you to live at is fading. This shift in work culture impacts the housing market significantly. Here are some of the ripple effects:

  1. A Need for Home Office Spaces: With remote work becoming the norm for many, the demand for dedicated home office spaces has skyrocketed. Buyers and renters seek properties with designated areas suitable for work—a quiet space conducive to productivity, whether it's a separate room, nook, or converted space.
  2. A move back to the suburbs and rural properties: The allure of…

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Black Friday, a massive shopping event originating in the United States the Friday following American Thanksgiving, has become increasingly popular in Canada. This annual extravaganza offers Canadians fantastic deals and discounts across a wide array of products. To make the most of this shopping frenzy, here are top tips to navigate Black Friday as a Canadian shopper:

  1. Sign Up for Alerts and Newsletters: Subscribe to newsletters and sign up for alerts from your favorite retailers. Many stores offer exclusive discounts and early access to deals for subscribers.
  2. Set a Budget: Create a budget and stick to it. Black Friday deals can be enticing, but it's important not to overspend. Prioritize your purchases and focus on the items you truly need.

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The classic saying "location, location, location" is a classic for a reason. The importance of location cannot be overstated; it profoundly influences the value, demand, and potential return on investment of a property. Understanding the role of location in real estate investment is crucial for making informed and profitable decisions in the market. 

So, why is location so important? Here are the top 5 reasons:

  1. Property Value: Location significantly impacts a property's value. Desirable locations—such as those with proximity to amenities, good schools, public transport, and low crime rates—tend to command higher property prices. Conversely, less favorable locations might result in lower property values, impacting potential profits for…

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Remembrance Day is tomorrow. Each year we look forward to the opportunity to stand in remembrance of the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe and free. We strongly encourage everyone to take a moment this weekend to honor those who have fallen and those who remain. 

Laurence Binyan wrote, "they shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.” And so we shall. 

Click here for a list of all of the ceremonies happening across the city tomorrow, and make sure to wear your poppies in solidarity with our heroes,; past, present, and future. 

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The stats are in! Here are some of the highlights from the Calgary Real Estate Board's latest report:

  • "... with 2,171 sales, levels were 17 per cent higher than last year and amongst the highest levels reported for October" (Calgary Real Estate Board)
  • " Sales activity has been boosted mainly through gains in apartment condominium sales" (Calgary Real Estate Board)
  • "New listings also improved this month compared to last year, reaching 2,684 units" (Calgary Real Estate Board)
  • "... months of supply [is at] one and a half months" (Calgary Real Estate Board)
  • "The unadjusted benchmark price in October reached $571,600, a gain over last month and nearly 10 per cent higher than last October" (Calgary Real Estate Board)

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Here are some of the great events happening around the city of Calgary, Alberta this month:

November 8 BCA Planning & Development Committee Meeting
November 11 Remembrance Day
November 11 Shania Twain
November 12 KISS World Tour
November 16 MCA Senior Social
November 17-January 7 Zoolights
November 17 The Hangar Flight Museum's 48th Anniversary 
November 18 Fireside Storytelling at Fort Calgary
November 18 Schoolhouse Christmas
November 18-19 BCA Holiday Craft Fair
November 24 Black Friday
November 24 Locked Library
November 24 MCA Volunteer Appreciation Pub Night
November 24 BCA Arts Wrap-Up Showcase
November 25 Small Business Saturday
November 25-December 17 Once Upon a Christmas at Heritage Park
November 26 Circus Workshop with Bravo Circus
November 27 Cyber…

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