When The Calgary Snow Turns to Water?

Thu, 08 Mar by Ken MacAulay

After the year 2018 has been to date we have had a Cold & Snowy Winter. By Monday March-12th it is supposed to go to +15C.If this happens we are going to be in for some “Serious Wet Conditions”. As homeowners there are a few exterior & interior items I would like for you to look at beforehand;

1- Make Sure all the eavestroughs are clear of ice & debris. The water coming off your roof has somewhere to go, 6-10 feet away from your foundation preferably.

2-“Safely ” take any excess snow off your roof .,( if you can’t do it call a pro ) there are a few in the Yellow Pages or on Kijiji. Make sure you get some references & don’t pay them till you are satisfied the job is done.

3- Check & make sure your sump pump is working correctly. I would even head to Home Depot or Lowes & pick up a spare & the necessary piping to hook it up if you need it in a hurry.Take a pic of your existing setup & show the folks at the plumbing dept of your favourite suppliers.Maybe PU a sump pump alarm as well.

We all are still too familiar with what the floods did to our City in 2013 … Let’s be ready this time.


Great Ideas To Update Kitchen Cabinets

Tue, 30 Jan by Ken MacAulay

If you are looking to get a pro to do this , please contact me , I have a company that does an amazing job !

Radon Mitigation System – Quote

Wed, 17 Jan by Ken MacAulay

After attending a CREB event last week where Dr. Aaron Goodarzi spoke on the topic. I got down to business and contacted Pat at Radon Controls to book an appointment to come to my home and give me a quote to possibly install a Radon mitigation system . I have  a digital Radon detection device set up in my home for the last several months . So I wanted a professional  analysis on the reading … which by the way measured 147 bq/m3 over the long term ( meaning winter months ).

The WHO states that anything over 100 bq/m3 should be mitigated , even though Health Canada states that  200 bq/m3 is acceptable .

Pat & her partner Len from Radon Controls Inc.came by and we chatted for about 30 mins , we figured out the best location for the system and what is involved … It takes them about 5-6 hrs to install the system so I will keep you in the loop ..

Remember , to Please get your home tested … Winter is the best time …

Radon Rant- # 4

Fri, 15 Dec by Ken MacAulay
You all know ..I like to Rant .. but when it is a Health Matter .. I get “The Rant -On “!
Today I had a meeting with James Oshanek from Basement Systems who do a lot of Radon Testing & Mitigation in the Calgary Area .He was telling me some of the areas in Calgary that are highest in Radon gas are … Signal Hill – up to “5000 “Bq/m3. Aspen – 500-800 Bg/m3 . Patterson -800 Bg/m3 , Edgemont – 1500 Bg/m3 … Okotoks – 500 Remember the International standard is 100 Bg/m3. the Canadian Std is – 200..
Give your family a great X-mas present … get your Home Tested ..
Basement Systems office # is 403-720-0616 ..,Radon Controls- 403-475-0303..what are you waiting for … call …

Latest Radon Info from Dr Aaron Goodarzi of The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute .

Fri, 01 Dec by Ken MacAulay

Just had a great conversation with Dr Aaron Goodarzi from The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute , discussing the need for Radon testing in Alberta Homes .The day is coming sooner than later I hope when mandatory Radon testing & mitigation is mandatory for every Listing & Purchase contract in Alberta , so lets be pro-active folks . It is documented that 16% of all Lung Cancer in Canada is caused by Radon Gas .They have a great website that you can sign on for more info & take part in their survey the web site is … evictradon.ca and for further info there e-mail address is radon@ucalgary.ca. Lets do our very best to Stop Lung Cancer !


Calgary Inner City Condos …. “The Soliare “

Mon, 27 Nov by Ken MacAulay

To continue on with my last post on Executive Inner City Condos . I have a few buildings that are high on my list as well as the Avenue & Arriva,

The Solaire is another one that is high on my list which is located at 888 4 Ave Sw . Along with amazing river & mountain views from the NW , West & SW units of this building . The floor plates are nice , Built buy the well know Calgary Builders The LaCaille  Group , who are responsible for….The Vogue , Five West , Chateau LaCaille & the LaCaille Park Place . The attention to quality is second to none. Great size hallways , amazing finishing , not to much in the way of amenities but enough to make it all work . What I do believe is  necessary  in all there buildings is a full time Concierge  . If you are going to have a Class- A building this is a must . Situated on the west end of Eau-Claire this building is in a great location . Despsite having the YYC Fire Dept on the ground floor ..it is a great place to call home .

Luxury Inner City Condos !

Wed, 15 Nov by Ken MacAulay
I have been searching the past week or so for Inner City Luxury Condos with some Out of Town Clients . I am amazed what value there is in the properties up to $1m , Great floor space , some over 2000 sq ft , with lots of amenities , great locations and when the latest new build ( The Concorde) building is finished the values will increase substantially.. As the Concorde is selling for over 1K / square ft .
Buildings like The Avenue in the West End , The Guardian in the East Village are both in my top 3 .

New Calgary Condo Buildings are “Very Impressive “

Thu, 09 Nov by Ken MacAulay

Recently , I have been working with clients who are re-locating to our Great City of Calgary ab .I have been quite impressed with the larger sq footage condos in the Calgary Inner City .. units that are over 1200 sq. feet in size are amazing .. Not only do I think the value is terrific for the Buyer .. also the spec is way above the average .. With more buildings on the way .. it is refreshing to see the developer have gone beyond the average.Such new building’s as The Concorde in Eau-Claire are in a class of their own .. amazing location along the Bow River with terrific Floor plans & amenities . The Guardian in Victoria Park is another , location , floor plans and such amenities as s a ate of the art Gym as well as a large lounge area , wood working shop are ticking all the boxes to the demo-graphic that are choosing to move there …  Developers ..Please Keep it up! i

Lakeview & Wildwood – “Two of my Favorite Communities in Calgary “

Fri, 03 Nov by Ken MacAulay

Just a few weeks ago I was looking for an Inner City Home for some you young clients of mine. Their criteria was an older home, large lot ( as they had 3 dogs) , close to the Core , a place where they could run, ride their bikes and walk their dogs .

As I was looking a new listing came to market ..it was priced in the $600-630,000 range with an large SW back yard with  a home although a rental for a number of years was in great shape with an oversized detached double garage .

I knew there was a home not far from this one that just went “Pending” that had a lot not quite 400 sq. ft larger  than this for almost $1m so I got my clients there ASAP.

As you may have figured there were a few showings the first day it was on market ( 10 I believe ) my clients ” liked the home ” but it was at the top of there comfort level . Despite this and the info I gave them they decided to write an offer … so did 3 other Realtors . We were in competing offers that same evening … the property  “Sold for almost $65k over list price with no conditions  “

Needless to say my clients did not get the property but they made a great effort to do so ..& we found them a home that was a bite under their budget a week later …


1- 50 Ft lot  frontage

2-RC-1 zoning , ( lots of room to build your dream home ) compared to other communities that are overcrowded & overpriced ..

3 Close to either the Glenmore Reservoir , The Weasel-Head or Edworthy Park

4- Short commute to the Core via either Crow-Child or Bow Trail

5- Quiet & kid friendly

6- Walking distance  to  to great schools .

7- I believe when the West Leg of  Stoney Trail  is finished Lakeview will be even more attractive to Buyers ,, so there is some appreciated value built -in the day it opens.

So if you are looking for a great place to live in Calgary ..these are your best bets in my opinion ..



Kens Take On – CREB’s YYC Stats for Sept-2017

Mon, 02 Oct by Ken MacAulay

The Big Picture – According to CREB’s Latest Stats – Sept-2017 

Inventory increases and sales drop in September, but overall sales for the year remain higher than last year.  ( Kens Comments ) 
Strong gains in the first-half of 2017 has put the Calgary year-to-date sales at seven per cent above last years’ levels and 11 per cent below long-term averages, but challenges remain with easing sales and rising new listings. ( pent up demand from 2016 ) 
Inventories rose across all property types to 6,861 units, while both apartment and attached-style properties saw the highest inventory on record for the month of September.
“The recent rise in inventories is preventing further price recovery as sales activity has moderated over recent months. This does not come as a surprise as sales activity is expected to remain modest by historical standards until moresubstantial economic improvements take hold,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.
“Some may consider this a setback, but it is important to note that recent movements are balancing out the higher than expected gains that occurred in the first-half of the year.”
“There are several factors influencing new listings. Given the falling prices over the past two years, some sellers were waiting for market conditions to improve prior to listing their homes. More stability in the market hasprompted many of those sellers to no longer delay their listing decision,” said CREB® president David P. Brown.
New listings in September totalled 3,266 units, a year-over-year gain of nearly 10 per cent.( Sellers are finally realizing after a 2 year drop the YYC RE Market is not bouncing back like they thought )
“In some segments, rising new home inventories are also impacting total housing supply. Ultimately, prices are affected. However, this inventory also opens up opportunity for buyers to step up into a home that was financially unattainable.” ( Especially first time or move-up Buyers ) 
As of September, unadjusted benchmark prices totaled $441,500. This is 0.2 per cent below last month, but nearly one per cent above last year. Downward price pressure this month occurred across most product types.However, year-to-date benchmark prices in the detached sector remain comparable to last year. ( This is the indicator CREB & I like to use on a monthly bases , which means the detached market is relatively flat)  
Prices in the detached sector remain relatively stable compared to last year.
Condominium apartment prices remain4% below2016 levels and twelve per cent below 2014 highs.This sector continues to struggle with price declines resulting from excess supply as months of supply pushed above eight months.
Prices in the detached sector remain relatively stable compared to last year.
Condominium apartment prices remain four per cent below 2016 levels and twelve per cent below 2014 highs. This sector continues to struggle with price declines resulting from excess supply as months of supply pushed above eight months. (According to the Aug 2017 stats from CMHC .. the new condo starts in YYC , 2745 units  in 2016 & 2520 units  in 2017 with another 1028 un-occupied, may make you believe there maybe a glut of condos on the Market soon … )


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