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Bryon Howard's musing on all things real estate, focusing on the opportunities in Alberta and Calgary.
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Pent-up demand, population growth, tight inventory levels, and the longest economic expansion since World War II collectively fueled one of the best decades on record for residential real estate in Canada, according to a report released by RE/MAX.RE/MAX Decade in Review 1997 - 2007 found that maj...
02/21/2008
The Economic Research Center studies recessions.Between 1962 and 2007 the following countries have been in recession x% of the time:Germany - 37%Japan - 18%Italy - 18%US - 13%Britain - 10%Canada - 8%What is a recession?A recession occurs when an economy grows at less than 0 ... or negative ... ov...
02/05/2008
Suncor recently announced it will spend $21B in an oilsands expansion that will add 200,000 barrels a day of crude oil output by 2012. Based on $60 barrel oil, the new Royalty regime, Suncor expects a healthy 15% return on capital investment.Meanwhile, CIBC says oil will hit $150 in five years.
02/05/2008
I have done a lot of renovations over the past few years. I still don't pretend to know how to do it right.Currently I have someone laying flooring in a rental property in Altadore, Calgary, AB. I hired him as he is a friend, and I've seen his work.  It is nothing stellar ... but fine for my rent...
01/28/2008
I've recently read the "Four Hour Work Week" by Tim Ferris. Tim is a big promoter of Outsourcing your life.This evening, I posted two ads, in my first attempt to outsource my life ... and hire independent contractors. The below ad was posted on Craigslist. It's a fun attempt at trying to get some...
01/21/2008
Diane Francis, editor-at-large for National Post, and expert on recognizing opportunities and pitfalls facing Canadian businesses, stated yesterday at CREB's FORECAST 2008 Conference, that she believes the Canadian Dollar will stay at parity in 2008 ... but will increase to even $1.50 in the next...
01/17/2008
I study the economic fundamentals on buying Calgary, Alberta real estate nearly everyday.Yesterday I attended CREB's (Calgary Real Estate Board) Forecast 2008 Conference and Trade Show. Our feature Speaker was Diane Francis, broadcaster, best-selling author, and editor-at-large for The National P...
01/17/2008
The stats are out ... and Single Family Homes in Calgary appreciated 16.62% in 2007. Condo's increased by 20.41% ... for combined appreciation of 18.62%! The year-to-date average price of a single family Calgary metro home in 2007 was $472,230, and the year to-date average price of a metro condom...
01/04/2008
The northeast is in celebration mode ... the McKnight Westwinds CTrain opens on Monday.Serving residents of Saddle Ridge, Martindale, Taradale, Westwinds, Castleridge, Falconridge and Coral Springs, the 2.8 km extension of the northeast LRT (light rail transit) line to McKknight Westwinds will pr...
12/14/2007
The International Avenue BRZ (Business Revitalization Zone) has beenworking hard along side University of Calgary's faculty of environmental design ... in improving the physical environment of the 35-block strip known as 17th Ave SE.One of the first projects is about to see the start of construct...
12/14/2007
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