“In this Market it Speaks Volumes “

Wed, 19 Sep by Ken MacAulay

We contacted Ken MacAulay when we decided to list our house, as he is the resident expert realtor on all things Elbow Valley West.  Ken met with us and immediately put our minds at ease and came up with some good options for a plan of attack.  Ken was very attentive throughout the whole experience and took care of many, many details including organizing touch-ups, repairs, and inspections on top of hosting open houses and photo shoots.  In the end, Ken got us full list price in only 3 weeks on the market, and in this market, it speaks volumes!!  Thank you, Ken!!!

Paul & Mel

Calgary to Provide Waste Water Servicing to Elbow Valley West – Courtesy of The Rockyview Weekly

Thu, 19 Jul by Ken MacAulay

Calgary to provide wastewater service to Elbow Valley West

Rocky View County (RVC) council authorized the administration to enter into a Master Servicing Agreement with the City of Calgary for wastewater services to the Elbow Valley West development at a regular meeting July 10.

Stuart Jewison, manager of Utility Services, said the City of Calgary approved the extension of wastewater to the area May 28, on the condition the development be included in a Master Servicing Agreement between the municipalities.

“Prior to this approval, the City and County administrations had been working on completing a Master Servicing Agreement to replace a number of existing servicing agreements currently in place that are considered to be a bit outdated and not reflective of current operating environments,” he said.

The new agreement would include the Bearspaw School, the Bearspaw/Glendale Community Centre and the Elbow Valley/Pinebrook area, which currently receive services from the City of Calgary. With the council’s decision, Elbow Valley West will also be added to the agreement.

Jewison said the agreement resolves a persistent servicing hardship for Elbow Valley West and will lead to cost savings for RVC. According to his report, the County has made several requests since 2005 to Calgary for an extension of the Elbow Valley service area to include the adjacent Elbow Valley West development. Those requests were repeatedly denied, he said, until the City came around in May.

Currently, according to Jewison, Elbow Valley West is serviced through a wastewater collection system that discharges into holding tanks that are hauled away and disposed of at an approved wastewater treatment facility. The County owns the facility and charges the Elbow Valley West Condominium Corporation a fee to recover expenses related to the collection system. Homeowners in Elbow Valley West accrue a cost of approximately $500 to $600 per home per month as a result.

Reeve Greg Boehlke called the agreement with Calgary a “good news story.”

“I’m really happy to see this come forward,” he said. “This is a longstanding issue for folks out there, and hopefully this puts an end to it and they get some relief.”

Prior to making a motion to enter into the Master Servicing Agreement, Coun. Kevin Hanson said Elbow Valley West serves as a reminder that council’s decisions do have tangible consequences.

“This community of 118 people have spent over $2 million on hauling sewage, approaching $2.5 million, and, related to that, over $600,000 in civil suit legal fees,” he said. “When we are approving subdivisions and looking for interesting ways to solve problems, this is the kind of bad news story that can result when things don’t turn out exactly as planned.”

Hanson’s motion was carried unanimously. Coun. Mark Kamachi was absent from the meeting.

Look Forward , Never Back !

Wed, 11 Jul by Ken MacAulay

A real smart client I had many years ago always use to say ” Don’t Look Back as all you are going to get is a Sore Neck “!

That is so true when you are thinking of Buying or selling your home!

There has never been a better time to Buy or move up in the area.

We seem to constantly reflect on  2005-06 busy markets when we home prices sky-rocket. This was not a true market. This was fueled solely form the re-location of Imperial Oil form Toronto.

So why are we waiting for this market to re-occur …”get over it”. If you are looking to move – then as the Nike ad says ” Just Do It ”



New Day in YYC!

Thu, 05 Jul by Ken MacAulay

I hope everyone had a terrific Canada Day Weekend!

Recently when I am listing homes where we now have over 8000 current listings and in a “Buyers Market, “it would be in the best interest of Sellers to price their home 5% below the Market Evaluation. Why ? you may ask. It is going to take awhile to sell these properties and if you want to stay ahead of the market ..as it is dropping quicker than we can say “where is our pipeline” You will thank me for it sooner than be angry at me later ..if you don’t listen!

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 .

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