GIS Planning along with the Calgary Regional Partnership is making it easier for businesses around the world to find out all of the research information they need to make an informed decision about relocating to the city or investing in real estate here. Calgary's been on the radar for a lot of investors and companies in many different countries around the world that are exploring for a good opportunity. Now they can access information at the touch of a button to see more about this city and what it offers.

This website is the first step towards providing this data so that further planning can occur. Requests for information can be responded to in real time to keep the progress moving forward without any unnecessary slowdowns.

Regional Partnership has been helping to manage growth in Calgary communities since 1999, focusing on making life as good as it can be for future generations. It works with 14 regional municipalities to ensure sustainable growth on a long-term basis. Now, it is also making sure that decision-makers will have access to the critical business information that they need via this website.

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Too many people put off buying their Calgary home due to market fluctuations. They want to make sure that the timing is absolutely perfect before going ahead and making their purchase. They may also be analyzing such things like interest rates and putting off making a decision until the timing is perfect.

One thing that you can bet on is that inflation is always going to rise no matter what is happening with the real estate market here in Calgary. This means that the value of each and every dollar that you have in your pocket right now it's only going to go down. There's no escaping that. It's a fact of life.

All of the banking giants are not concerned about a real estate crash and neither should you be. Real estate rates are unbelievably low right now and the Calgary market is as close to perfect for taking a purchase as it could be. It's not the right time to sit on the fence anymore trying to analyze the situation. It's time to act and to get a home so that you can start building up equity in it.

If you're worried about the interest rates approaching in the near future you should go ahead and get pre-approved for a mortgage at a rate that can be locked in for 120 days. Then you can start shopping with a real estate agent to help you find the perfect place.

Don't put off buying a property any longer. The longer you wait the more inflation is going to rise and there may be some point in the future where home ownership will no longer be a real possibility for you.

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The Globe and Mail has released a new report showing that more women are buying condos than ever before. In some cities the statistics are up as much as 1/3 and developers are taking note. New units are being tailored for both the male and the female population of condo dwellers.

Developers are now focusing more of their attention on the following features that are the most important to the average woman.


Safe location - They like the thought of having a concierge that is overlooking a building that is situated in a safe part of town. 

Fitness center - A lot of women are looking for a condo building that includes a gym as an amenity. 

Enough storage space - Walk-in closets are a big feature for many women that don't want to have to store their clothes and other personal items in a cramped closet space.

Single young women are taking up more and more of the condo buying population these days. According to the report, safety is even more important than the square footage of the condo itself.

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Welcome to the Fairview neighborhood located here in the southeast corner of Calgary. Situated between Blackfoot, Glenmore and Macleod Trails, this is the perfect neighborhood for anyone that wants a place that is well hooked up to the other 3 quadrants of the city. Homes in Fairview are just a hop, skip and a jump to the LRT station and with the Deerfoot Trail to the east it's easy to get to the airport or downtown in minutes.

Most of the houses in the area consist of single family homes along with some semi-detached residences scattered throughout the neighborhood. Parking can be found easily in this neighborhood and the lots are quite generous. Growing families will love this area since it has everything you'd need close by while keeping the rest of Calgary available.

This is a community with a lot of spunk and spirit. The Fairview Community Association runs a number of events that are tailored to meet the needs of both young and old. These events include sports programs, community gatherings and local events. The association also runs the Seniors Snow Shoveling Program, Block Watch as well as many others.

Many of the homes in the neighborhood have been upgraded and modernized while respecting their authentic charm. This is a perfect neighborhood for anyone with the Chinook Centre, Ikea and Costco within a few blocks of the community.

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The Conference Board of Canada is predicting an economic development rate of growth equal to 4.1% for the years 2013 and 2016. Developers will be placing their focus on the retail market and adding needed space while investors will be keeping their eyes on office and multi-residential buildings.

 

Calgary's investment activity is starting out strong for 2013 and is anticipated to flourish even more as the year goes on. With a slow recovery anticipated for Europe's economic recovery, it is expected that international investors will be taking a better look at Alberta, and Calgary in particular, for new opportunities.

 

Calgary has unquestionably made its way into the global spotlight according to the chief executive and president of Calgary Economic Development, Bruce Graham. According to Mr. Graham, this is most evident in investment real estate as well as in gas and oil projects.

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The Canadian Real Estate Association chief economist, Gregory Klump, agrees that the Canadian government is trying to get consumers to take a second look at the reality of getting a mortgage. This is especially true for first-time home buyers that tend to apply for mortgages with a high ratio. A high ratio mortgage is one with a down payment that is lower than 20%. With this type of mortgage the borrower must take out default insurance according to federal law.

As a result, Canadian consumers are getting more informed and doing more research about home purchases than they ever have been before. First-time buyers are taking the time to ask questions and read through information, especially on the Internet, about the responsibilities and implications that go along with a mortgage and home ownership.

Is this is a good thing? While many people think that the government is just stepping on toes again and putting in provisions that are limiting homebuyers from stepping into the real estate world, others take a look at what has happened in the United States lately and know that Ottawa is merely trying to protect Canadian real estate the best means it knows how. 1

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According to the report, 90% of the people buying a new home used the Internet to browse through the properties in their home search. With more and more people using their computer in order to hunt down the house of their dreams, the number of related searches raised 253% over the last 4 years on Google.com.

 

Potential buyers are heading online to not only search for homes but to read through online reviews as well. A lot of people have found that YouTube and other videos also helped with their home searching project.

 

Searchers were particularly interested in gathering information about specific segments in the housing market such as foreclosures and senior housing available. Also popular on the search were tips for first-time buyers.

 

Looking for a home has never been easier than it is now.

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If you're planning on taking some time off after the hectic holiday excitement then you'll enjoy these traveling tips on a budget.  There are certain ways you can save some money when you’re on a holiday to get the most out of it. In some events you'll even get much more out of your trip by keeping your cash in your pocket.

Avoid the tours - Sometimes the tours can be extremely overpriced and often they can be boring as well!

Take a longer vacation - Staying somewhere for two weeks will cost a lot less than taking two separate weeklong vacations in a year.

Eat in the city - Don't stay limited to hotel restaurant food since it can be extremely overpriced. Head out for a brisk morning walk to get your breakfast at a local diner.

As you begin to get connected with the locals they'll let you know where the best dining spots are in town and if you're lucky you may even get invited for a home-cooked meal at someone's house.

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