Movember, the days of folks growing a funky moustache to raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer Canada, are almost over. You have to wonder if everyone knows about Movember or are just perplexed why so many moustaches have suddenly appeared. 

 

My husband and his team have been wearing their moustaches proudly all month and the team photo will definetly be worth a chuckle.  Thank you to everyone who has donated to the team to date. So far they have raised over $1450!

 

If you haven't had a chance to donate yet, but want to contribute, please go to  http://ca.movember.com/ and click 'Donate' and then search for Glen Furtado or team 'TI-LRT Division'.

 

All funds raised go directly to Prostate Cancer Canada.
 

Cheers,

Monika

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Are you going to bid on the Flames tickets, overnight in Banff, rounds at Lynx ridge or the other items at the fundraiser for the Tuscany Community Garden on Nov 27th?
 
Location: Last Straw
Date: November 27th
Time: 7:00 - 10:00 pm
 
 
More information regarding the Tuscany Community Garden and the Tuscany Community Assocation can be found on their websites.
 
Happy Bidding!
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Improving your home's building envelope is the most cost-effective way to conserve energy and save money. Blocking air leaks will reduce drafts and heat loss, protect the building, and minimize noise and dust from entering.
 
In a previous post I provided some resources for sealing leaks and reducing heating costs.
 
If you are able, replacing single pane windows with more efficient ones is a good investment. There are many options with windows and in our climate double or triple pane windows with Low-E are a great option. Where you put different types of windows depends on the orientation of your home so talk to an expert. Some detailed information on windows on the Natural Resources Canada Site under the Residential Section.
 
If replacing your windows is not an option, you might want to consider your window coverings. There are newer products on the market that can reduce heat loss from windows by as much as 50% including a "honeycomb within a honeycomb" design currently produced by Hunter Douglas which creates more air pockets for insulation.
Kirstin Hogg with Normandeau Interiors (403-801-6434) has made available complimentary consultations to folks. Give her a call if you would like to see the new options available.
 

Info courtesy of livegreencalgary.com  and Kirstin Hogg of Normandeau Interiors.

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Lots of folks inquire about the new LRT station to be built in by 2014 in Tuscany/ Royal Oak/ Rocky Ridge.
 
The City of Calgary website provides detailed information such as landscape plans, planning information and site design.
 
As well, they recently published the proprosed bus routes for the new station.  It is in draft but it will give folks a great idea of what to expect.  It also shows all the existing routes so you can see how your commute will look today and in a couple of years with the opening of our new LRT station.
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The evening news was interesting last night. There was a segment about the real estate numbers moving downwards last month followed by the projected boom next year in the oilpatch as well as the growing concern there may not be enough workers available to meet the demand. The economy is showing signs of recovery yet, as usual, the real estate market takes a little while to reflect the change. Folks are hesitant and folks want to buy at the bottom. The one thing to remember is that as the prices go down so does inventory.
 
In the recent weeks I've been working with a lot of buyers. I am finding folks are able to afford more of the things on their wishlists such as larger homes, upgrade finishings, preferred views as well as access to neighbourhoods that were previously out of reach. Couple the reduction in prices this year with 5 year fixed rate mortgages being offered at 3.69%, the current market is a great opportunity to buyers.  While some homes are sitting, a number of buyers have seen their preferred homes sell. The timing for your purchase is up to you.
 
I`ve also spoken to a  number of folks considering listing their homes for sale. Timing is everything and while some have chosen to wait until spring, others are pondering their options. This is a time for careful pricing, exceptional marketing and staging/presentation that leaves a buyer feeling with that "I want to live here" feeling.
 
The numbers for October were not reflective of the more positive turn in September. Notable numbers and quote from the CREB update:
 
The number of single family home sales in the month of October 2010 shrank by 7 per cent at 888, compared with September 2010, when sales were 958.  The number of condominium sales for the month of October 2010 was 310. This was a decrease of 15 per cent from the 366 condominium transactions recorded in September 2010.
 
The average price of a single family home in the city of Calgary in October 2010 was $444,744, showing a 3 per cent decrease from September 2010, when the average price was $460,278, and a 4 per cent decrease from October 2009, when the average price was $462,465. The average price of a condominium in the city of Calgary in October 2010 was $287,793, showing a 1 per cent increase from September 2010, when the average price was $284,028 and no significant change over last year, when the average price was $289,155.
 

The median price of a single family home in the city of Calgary for October 2010 was $387,900, showing a 1 per cent decrease from September 2010 when the median price was $390,000. This was a 5 per cent decrease from October 2009, when the median price was $410,000. The median price of a condominium in October 2010 was $255,000, showing a 4 per cent decrease from September 2010, when the median price was $265,000, and a 3 per cent decrease from October 2009, when it was $263,500.

“Our average price is being buoyed by more sales in the million dollars plus category. Despite a slowdown in certain market segments, homes sold in the city of Calgary at a million dollars or more have actually seen an increase of more than 15 per cent when compared to the same time one year ago.  This boost in sales is, indeed, a bright spot in our current market,” says Scott.
 
Single family listings in the city of Calgary added for the month of October 2010 totalled 1,765, a decrease of 22 per cent from September 2010 when 2,252 new listings were added, and showing a decrease of 3 per cent from October 2009, when 1,819 new listings came to the market.
 

Condominium new listings in the city of Calgary added for October 2010 were 721, down 22 per cent from September 2010, when the MLS® saw 921 condo listings coming to the market. This is a decrease of 16 per cent from October 2009, when new condominium listings added were 859.

As always, feel free to contact me anytime regarding your real estate questions, properties of interest or future plans. I am happy to provide you the personal service you need to meet your goals.
 

Cheers,
Monika


 

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