Kirby Cox's Calgary Real Estate Blog

During February, our city has one of the year's best festivals happening — YYC Hot Chocolate Fest! Cafes and restaurants all over Calgary create unique hot chocolate beverages, all vying for the coveted title of the city's best. But the best part is, all the proceeds go towards Meals on Wheels. 

If you are looking for a delicious way to spend the Family Day long weekend, here is where you can take in YYC Hot Chocolate Fest in northwest Calgary: 

  • Euphoria Cafe 124, 5403 Crowchild Trail NW, the drink is 'Cirque du Chocolate'
  • Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria: 5149 Country Hills Boulevard NW, the drink is 'Nutella Mocha'
  • Hexagon Boardgame Cafe: 1140 Kensington Road NW, the drink is 'Matcha Koro'
  • Higher Ground Cafe: 1121 Kensington Road
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The University District Calgary

Noble in The University District is a new townhouse and condo development currently under development at 32 Avenue NW, Calgary.  This exciting new project by Truman in Northwest Calgary is scheduled to be complete in late 2018. The University District is a collaboration of residential, retail and office buildings along with dining, shopping and entertainment venues all within a tranquil setting with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains.  

Noble Condos & Townhomes: Contemporary Architecture & Affordable Pricing

With over 15 fabulously designed floor plans for one to choose from, Noble by Truman offers a perfect combination of versatility, sophistication, and affordable pricing. There are a wide variety of

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At yesterday's 2018 CREB Forecast, the sentiment from industry experts was that this year is expected to be much of the same trends from 2017 when it comes to housing. As the January statistics were released by CREB, we can see that this has so far been true for real estate in Calgary. 

With the new mortgage rules also in effect, January sales activity has remained relative to last year at this time, and we expect to see that trend continue. Here is a brief look at January 2018:

  • Citywide unadjusted prices totaled $432,300 which is 0.25 per cent below last year.
  • Homes prices between $300,000 and $399,999 saw an increase in activity
  • Price declines were more pronounced in apartment and attached homes

This will be an adjustment to

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As of earlier this week, northwest Calgary is officially home to the biggest YMCA facility in the world! The 284,000 square-foot facility opened its doors on Monday at 11300 Rocky Ridge Road NW, and it's an amazing addition to our city and the northwest quadrant. 

The new YMCA is incredible, and if you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, here is what you have to look forward to: 

  • 8-lane 25-metre pool, wave pool with a waterslide, lazy river and hot tub
  • One NHL-sized rink and one leisure rink
  • Three full-sized gymnasiums
  • Fully-equipped strength and conditioning centre, with functional training area and state-of-the-art equipment
  • Four-lane, 180-metre indoor running track
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Three fitness and activity
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This week, Royal LePage released their House Price Survey results, which showed many encouraging trends for real estate in Canada and Calgary. For instance, 2017 saw strong growth in the housing sector and looking forward in 2018, condos will be the ultimate choice for affordability. 

“To prospective homeowners in our largest cities, condominiums represent the last bastion of affordability,” said Phil Soper, president and CEO, Royal LePage. “This is especially true for first-time buyers whose purchasing power has been reduced by tightening mortgage regulations.” c

For the last couple of years, the condo market has been saturated, due to an influx of inventory. While this hasn't been overly favourable to condo sellers (though pricing is

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If you currently have your home listed, or are thinking of putting it up for sale soon, don't let the cold weather turn you off from hitting the market. With a few simple tips, your home can be warm and inviting for all the prospective buyers in the marketplace this winter. 

  • Take advantage of the holidays: curb appeal is an important part of peaking interest in your home before a buyer even steps inside, and this time of year offers extra opportunities to add to your exterior. Adding some Christmas decorations or a wreath on the door can add a cozy feel that will allow a prospective buyer to picture themselves living in your home. Not to mention, the red and green look stunning against that white blanket of snow!
  • Make sure that fireplace is
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Last week, the Royal LePage Market Survey Forecast was released, with some notable predictions for the year ahead in real estate in Canada. The survey measures home prices in 53 major Canadian cities, and in terms of nationwide predictions, the average home price in Canada is expected to jump 4.9 per cent to $661,919 by the end of 2018.

One of the most significant regulatory interventions in the housing industry in years is the incoming Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) mortgage financing stress test, which will take effect on January 1, 2018. The stress test targets existing and prospective homeowners applying for a mortgage, requiring them to meet stricter criteria when seeking new financing. With a large number of

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With the holiday season officially upon us here in Calgary, there are many opportunities to take in some festive cheer and celebrate all things Christmas. If you're looking for some family-friendly ways to get into the holiday spirit, here's where you can find festivities in northwest Calgary:

  • Santa as BassPro: you can see Santa at BassPro in CrossIron Mills from now until December 24th, details here. 
  • Santa at Market Mall: Santa will also be at Market Mall now through December 24th, details here. 
  • Candy Cane Lane in Tuscany: take the family on a tour of holiday lights in the community of Tuscany, now through December 25th, details here. 
  • Lions Festival of Lights: this is the 31st annual installation of this massive lights display along
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We’ve all seen those signs around town and perhaps in our own neighborhood. If you’re thinking about selling your Calgary home in the near future you might be thinking this is a great way to save some money -- but is it really?

While keeping those commission dollars in your pocket instead of a Real Estate Agent's is definitely tempting, not all homeowners are up to the challenge of selling their own home. Even if it’s a straightforward transaction, there is plenty of legal paperwork as well as advertising and marketing challenges to take care of. For most people these three items alone are a deterrent to selling your own home. A home is a financial investment so it makes sense to use a professional REALTOR®.

Access to MLS®

REALTORS® have access

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For many Calgarians, the holidays can be an especially stressful and hard time. For clients of the Calgary Food Bank, this is especially true. Your support is more important than ever, and Kirby Cox & Associates is proud to support Calgary Food Bank as well. Here's how you can help: 

  • Donate Food: Drop off non-perishable food in Calgary Food Bank donation bins at any major grocery store in your neighborhood. Drop off fresh or non-perishable donations directly to the Calgary Food Bank warehouse at 5000 - 11 Street SE, Door #3 at the loading bay.
  • Donate Money: You can donate online here You can call 403-253-2059 for more information about donations
  • Donate Time: There is an increased need for volunteers now through December 24th for special
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