Calgary Real Estate News from Elke Babiuk March 2019   

 
The world of real estate is full of ups and downs so trying to figure out when to buy or sell can be a real challenge. This month's article offers some useful strategies for those who are looking to make a move in today’s ever-changing market.

There are also some great ideas for upcycling old household items into something new and unique as well as a few of the latest tech trends from the recent Las Vegas Electronics Show!

Thanks so much for checking out this month's newsletter. Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments regarding the articles, or real estate in general. It would be great to hear from you!

In this issue...
Calgary Real Estate Market Update 
Housing market feels the chill as oversupply continues.

The effects of Calgary’s economic climate continue to create weak sales activity and elevated inventory in the city’s housing market.

As a result, prices are being affected.

“It is not a surprise that slowing activity in the housing market has persisted into February,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

“There has been no substantial change in the economic climate and concerns regarding potential layoffs in the energy sector are weighing on confidence.”

As of February, citywide benchmark prices were $414,400. This is nearly five per cent below last January, slightly lower than last month’s figures and over 10 per cent below highs recorded in 2014.

While the market remains oversupplied, slower sales and price declines do appear to be influencing sellers. New listings this month eased by eight per cent compared to last year for a total of 2,211 units. However, the 976 sales this month were not enough to substantially impact inventories levels, which remain elevated at 5,885 units.

For more information on neighbourhood specific stats please reach out and I will do my best to provide you with the details!

Is it a Good Buy or Good Bye? 
Will the housing market cool down, level out or gain steam?

No one can say for sure what’s around the corner when it comes to the real estate market but there are steps you can take ahead of time to prepare yourself. If you're currently considering home ownership, here are a few points to consider:

  1. Planning Makes Perfect - It's important to plan ahead so research local amenities and consider features like parks and schools if you’re planning to start a family.

  2. Know the Numbers - Ensure you're financially ready to buy a home. There are many other costs aside from mortgage payments so know what you're getting yourself into.

  3. Stick to Your Budget - Examine your individual needs so that you don’t overextend yourself financially. Make a list of the features that fit your family's lifestyle before looking at homes.



  4. Go Pro - Have a real estate agent help guide you through the entire process. Start with a market evaluation of homes that have recently sold in your area along with an analysis of community trends.

  5. Think Straight - It’s normal for home buyers to experience a full range of emotions during the complex real estate rollercoaster ride. House hunting should be fun though, so don’t take things personally or let your emotions rule every decision.

  6. Inspect the Unexpected - Just because you've checked over the house thoroughly doesn't mean all’s well behind the scenes. Making an offer conditional on a home inspection will help you avoid any nasty, expensive surprises.

An uncertain real estate market can make it difficult to know whether you should hold off purchasing a home in case prices fall, or jump right in before prices skyrocket. One thing’s for sure though. The time to buy is when your budget matches your needs, so always consider your personal circumstances before making a decision. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you ever have any questions!

Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle 
The junk in your attic may be a treasure trove of opportunities!

Upcycling is a popular trend where existing items that would normally make their way to the curb are instead transformed into something useful and stylish. Here are a few creative ideas to help inspire you:

  1. Tub Chair - Cut an old claw foot tub in half and add a few seating pads for a very unique set of chairs.

  2. Bike Sink - Transform an old bicycle into a bike sink and use the basket for towels, plants or toiletries.



  3. Stylish Shelf - Turn an old ladder into a cool spot to hang towels or fix it to the ceiling and hang photos or lanterns from the rungs.

  4. Picture Perfect - Love an old painting but don’t have anywhere to hang it? Just add some handles to create a unique serving tray!

  5. Door Designs - Salvaged doors can be upcycled into tables, headboards or a storage bench. You can even create a folding screen divider by fixing a few of them together.

The opportunities for creative upcycling are endless, so give your old items a new lease on life while adding your own twist to them. Not only will you save money but you’ll also help the environment while injecting some fresh new creativity into your space!

Home Is Where the Smart Is 
Check out the latest and greatest in household smart gadgetry!

Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas introduces new and exciting technology. Here are a few of the latest innovations in smart home gadgetry:

  1. Smart Plank - This smart home hub looks like a smooth and simple piece of wood but it has an integrated touch sensor that will help control your home.



  2. TV Be Gone - Now you can literally not watch TV as the latest models will magically disappear and turn into an attractive piece of furniture when not in use.

  3. Sleep Easy - There’s a new headband for those not getting enough shut-eye. Sensors detect when you enter a deep sleep cycle and then play sounds to help you remain there.

These are just a few of the latest technologies to hit the market. As homes get smarter and more connected, homeowners will continue to benefit by enjoying unprecedented levels of convenience and comfort.

Not meant to solicit clients already under contract.