Tucked away just south of the Bow River (and Tuscany) and north of the Trans Canada Highway, the community of Valley Ridge has developed over recent years. Close to the city and minutes from Canada Olympic Park, it is also at the gateway to the city and a quick drive to Canmore and Banff.


Home to the Valley Ridge Golf Club, many homes provide unique and beautiful backyard views.


View properties for sale in Valley Ridge.

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If anyone was out looking at houses this weekend, they must have been rather serious about buying a house. I mean, who else would brave inches of snow, freezing temperatures and icy streets.

That being said, there wasn't a large inventory of homes for them to look at so if you are interested in selling your home and you present a warm, cared for home at a well priced value, you will see interest. With the record number of sales of luxury homes, this is especially true for unique and exceptional estate properties.

I've spoken to a few families now that are considering waiting until the spring to either list or buy a home. While the spring sees more movement in terms of volume of sales, there are also more buyers and sellers out there so I always suggest people make the move when they find the right home or when it's the best time for them. Otherwise, begin the preparations early so that when you do feel the time is right, you are ready to move forward.

If you are selling a home this winter, remember to turn up the thermostat a bit, put out a large front mat and clear the driveway. We can't see your beautiful landscaping so set out a book of photos to show off your summer garden and deck.

The numbers:

Residential sales in the City of Calgary have increased by 15 per cent on a year-to-date basis, and were up 8-per-cent in November compared to the same month in 2011.


Nearly eight consecutive months of double-digit, year-over-year sales growth has caused inventory levels to decline because new listings have not kept up. However, the ratio between sales and inventory indicates the market remains in balanced territory.

Read the full CREB Press Release and Statistics Package

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This is the time of year, when things slow down on the real estate front as people are focusing more on the holidays and upcoming events, but although some take a break, there are many other buyers and sellers out there that continue to sell or look to buy a new home. While listings are slowing down, Calgary remains a unique market in Canada right now with many moving to our city in search of job opportunities and economic prospects.  Along with local families either moving out of rental properties or just making a change, over 1400 properties changed hands in November and hundreds will follow in December.


This is also the time of year when new clients call as they begin their preparations and often ask if they should wait until spring. It really depends on your situation but if you consider the time to find a home, complete an inspection, and then wait the more standard 30-60 day possession period, you most likely would be moving early in the new year anyway. If your plans are to move in by March, getting prepared now would make sense so that you are prepared to move ahead in the new year. In my view, it really is more about the right home than whether the offer was signed in December or March. Keep an eye on new listings and if you find the right property, then lets make it yours.


As a seller, the winter months have a different set of challenges than the summer. There is no weeding or moving of the lawn, but it would be best to clear the walk and driveway or snow and ice.   Holiday lights replace flower displays.  Holiday bouquets replace fresh summer flowers. A warm fireplace and a large front mat are welcome accessories.  There are less buyers, so most likely less showings, but maybe those braving the elements are a more serious crowd than visits to a summer open house.  Know your market, your competition and present your home at its best.  

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