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January 2019 | issue 229

Wow! Is it just me, or does anyone else think 2018 went by way too fast? I remember wishing everyone a Happy 2018 like it was just last month! “Long days, short years,” as the saying goes, and, boy, are my years getting shorter!


Perhaps it’s just my own perception as I get older that the sands of time seem to run a little faster, and I’m way past the midway point of the hourglass. At any rate, as I look back on the year that was; it makes me still hopeful for the next.

Challenges do await the Calgary homes market in 2019 — higher interest rates, the mortgage stress test, unabsorbed inventory are all contributing factors. But the lingering malaise of a tepid economic rebound is still dampening markets. But some in the industry offer some hope. The Alberta government’s step to control oil output is seen by some in the industry as a step in the right direction, and of course, many see opportunity in the downturn. “If you have the ability to buy now, you should,” is how Brad Remington Homes’ vice-president Bryan Logel sees it. “Prices are crazy low and are holding for now,
there’s plenty of opportunities to own a home out there.”

And there are some beautiful opportunities for owning a condo out there. Just check out our cover feature on RNDSQR, one of the fastest growing condo developers in Calgary. Their latest endeavour, Courtyard 33, brings a new sophistication to the market with an entirely new concept on multi-family design.
Check out our cover story for details.

No-condo-fee townhomes are also big, and Homes by Avi’s new Belmont Street Towns are a great stepping on point for first-time buyers in this new southeast community. While no-condo-fee townhomes from Mattamy Homes in Carrington are a fantastic option in the north.

New multi-family developer, Cruz Developments, is bringing luxury townhomes to Bridgeland in Alvaro, which touts a sophisticated lifestyle in this popular inner-city community. And Aldebaran’s Legends of Legacy has some quick-possession homes that you can have in time for the New Year!

Our feature on the Calgary Renovation Show shines the spotlight on Jamie Banfield who is presenting in Calgary for the first time. He will be talking about ways to beautify the bathroom so be sure to check him out at the show.

I hope that, like us, you’re excited to see what 2019 has in store. Join us for the ride; it’s going to be a lot of fun.

In This Issue

RNDSQR rising

RNDSQR rising

The developers who introduced Calgary to some of the most trend-setting condo and townhome developments,…

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A complete community

A complete community

The foundation of a great community is built on connectivity and Mattamy Homes knows exactly…

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Amazing Alvaro

Amazing Alvaro

Bridgeland is a vibrant, dynamic inner-city community that has everything, and Cruz Developments is adding…

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Reflection of Luxury

Reflection of Luxury

The last time we spoke with Jayman BUILT’s design guru, Bruce Harvey, he had just…

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