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October 2012

Found 9 blog entries for October 2012.

Happy HaloweenBooo.....It's Halloween again! Haunted houses in Calgary are set up to welcome trick-or-treaters, all dressed up in ghoulish costumes, and ready to have fun! For a safe and enjoyable event, here are some tips from CBC news that we have found useful for all parents to read:

  • With the weather getting colder in Autumn, buying a bigger size costume, that allows room for layers of warm clothing underneath it, is highly recommended! Halloween is all about costumes and wearing a heavy coat will spoil much of the kids fun!  Also, avoid any tripping hazard by making sure no part of the costume is too long and dragging behind them. 
  •  While masks are very popular in Halloween, they pose a safety issue by limiting the peripheral vision. Parents should choose
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New Brighton market reportResidential sales activity in New Brighton by the end of the third quarter of 2012 continues to rise with 199 total sold units, compared to 129 in 2011, and 128 in 2010. 

  • Single Family Home sales reached 166 sold units between January and September 2012, with an average sold price of $390,988, and a median sold price of $395,000, compared to 107 sold single family homes in the first nine months of 2011, that have an average sold price of $381,792, and a median sold price of $389,000.

Click here for a printable version of New Brighton Market Report 

   New Brighton Single Family Homes Average Price   New Brighton Single Family Home Median Price    New Brighton Calgary Number of listings September 2012
    Average Sold Price                                    Median Sold Price                                    Number of Listings

  • Condo/Townhouse sold units during the same period of 2012
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Calgary Luxury Homes Calgary real estate continues to shine in 2012 following many encouraging reports from different resources that all paint a rosy picture when it comes to the future of the housing market in the province. With the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) recent expectation of Alberta to lead the nation's real estate growth in 2013, it was no surprise when the latest news from the luxury homes market attested to the upward movement in the housing sales activity in the province! 

In the Calgary region alone, sales of luxury homes priced at $1 million or more, between January and September 2012 rose to 601, a 12% increase from the 537 homes sold over the same period last year. Calgary seized the lion's share with 411 sold homes priced upwards of $1 million

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Ranche Restaurant in CalgaryNestled into the spectacular views of Fish Creek provincial park, the Ranche Restaurant in Calgary offers its guests a truly Alberta, Rocky Mountain cuisine in its beautifully restored historic ranch built by William Roper Hull in 1896. The menu choices feature locally raised caribou, elk and bison with seasonal vegetables and yummy desserts, complemented by an expansive selection of wine and spirits that will, for sure, appeal to everybody's taste and style! Enjoy the elegant atmosphere of the Grand Salon with its old, classic decor, and cozy, wood burning fireplace; or reserve your own dining room for a more private dinner experience! Try not to miss the restaurant's spacious patio In warm summer days, where you can bask your eyes in the picturesque

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Calgary Homes for Sale Housing starts in the Calgary area have increased over last year, according to the latest report released from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

The CMHC is reporting 1,012 total housing starts in Calgary for September, 25% up from the 810 in September of last year. The Single Family Homes' share reached 514 new builds, an increase from the same period last year, that saw 417 starts; followed by the Condo/Townhouse development,  with 471 new units breaking the ground, compared to 393 in September last year.  

Between January and September 2012,  the Calgary Census Metropolitan Area saw 10,002 total housing starts, a significant 59% increase over the same time period last year, with 6,325 starts. “With our province, and ultimately our

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  • Auburn Bay Real Estate Market Report  September 2012 CalgaryTotal residential sales in Auburn Bay by the end of 2012 third quarter reached 148 sold units, a 38% increase over the 107 sales during the same period last year.
  • The Single Family Home share was 134 sold units with an average sold price of $454,664, and a median sold price of $450,000, compared to 101 sold single family homes in the first nine months of 2011, that have average and median sold prices of $468,949, and $430,000 respectively.
  • Condo/Townhouse sold units during the same period of 2012 totaled 14 sales, more than double the 6 units sold in 2011. The 14 sold condos/townhouses in Auburn Bay changed hands with an average sold price of $284,774 compared to $214,466 in 2011, and a median sold price that increased to $300,932 from the $220,450
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Check out our comprehensive list of Calgary schools, read a brief description, and click on the links for more information on each one of them!
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Calgary Board of Education

Calgary Board of Education administers all public schools in Calgary. The board offers a wide range of learning choices that include, in addition to the fundamental Alberta Mandate Curriculum, other programs such as Academic Enrichment, High School Upgrading, Careers and Technology, Alternative programs, and Programming for students with Exceptional Needs.
Language programs at CBE are numerous and feature: Bilingual Programs, French immersion,  Spanish Bilingual Program, Chinese (Mandarin), and German Bilingual Program. 
Homeschooling parents can choose between two available

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Happy Thanksgiving from Calgary Home Team

Did you Know:

  • The origin of Thanksgiving in Canada dates back to 1578 when the first ceremony was held by the English explorer Martin Frobisher in Newfoudland to celebrate his successful arrival to North America after sailing across the Atlantic in a long and risky journey. 
  • Celebrated on the second Monday of October, it is a national public holiday in Canada,  not statutory though in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
  • Like its American counterpart, the traditional holiday feast in Canada usually includes a roast turkey, in addition to corns and delicious pumpkin pies; first introduced on Thanksgiving dinner tables in early nineteenth century. 
  • Whole Turkey sales reached three million in 2011, according to Toronto Sun,
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Calgary real estate statistics September 2012Boosted by decreasing home ownership costs and strong provincial economic growth that were accompanied by falling unemployment rate and improving consumers' confidence, Calgary real estate sales continue to rise in the third quarter of 2012, defying a national housing market trend.

Compared to last year, the 17,018 total residential sales after the first three quarters of the year revealed a 15% improvement in sales growth in Calgary, with "no indication that market is poised for a correction, " according to CREB's latest regional housing market report. Calgary saw a total of 1,617 properties changing hands in September 2012, up 11% from the 1,461sold units reported in the same month last year.  

On a year-over year basis, Calgary single family home

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