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More for less

Communities surrounding Calgary see double-digit sales growth in the first quarter of the year

kelsey hipkin reporter/photographer *All statistics based on monthly data compiled by CREB ® via MLS ® activity. Getting more for less can mean a lot to a first time homebuyer. When it came to the purchase of their first home, engaged couple Kristie Bogle and Erin Dorscht set their sights on Bogle?s hometown of Airdrie. ?I just kept seeing all these signs, crazy cheap new developments throughout [Airdrie] and I came home one day and was like ?Look how cheap this is compared to what we?re paying in Calgary?,? said Dorscht. Over the past nine months communities surrounding Calgary recorded double-digit sales growth in resale housing. In the first quarter of this year, 44 per cent of new single-family home listings in surrounding areas were priced below $400,000. In contrast, only 23 per cent of single-family homes in Calgary were available under this price point. ?Besides lifestyle preference, homebuyers are attracted to communities outside of Calgary because of the relative price advantage,? said CREB® President Bill Kirk. ?These communities provide alternatives for price sensitive consumers and a selection of home options that may not be available in Calgary.? At 25 and 27 respectively, Bogle and Dorscht wanted to live somewhere that allowed them to build their life together as newlyweds while still being able to do things they enjoy, like traveling, without being weighed down by hefty mortgage payments or monthly rent cheques.

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MLS $472,465 $483,519 $502,065 $489,271 $478,528 $475,272 $468,360 $492,777 $488,311 $496,636 $496,579 $518,452 towns A3 $518,392 $510,834 ® AVERAGE PRICE* MAR ?12 ? MAR ?14 $521,887 $527,162 $524,900 $517,234 $512,359 $516,244 $516,447 $527,764 $520,686 $550,312 $556,402

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New city manager announced for Calgary

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City of Calgary has welcomed Jeff Fielding as the new city manager. The search for the position spread internationally before Fielding, who has been in the business of municipal government since 1978, was selected. ?It was important we cast a wide net to find the best person to lead this organization. Council and I are very pleased to find such a qualified candidate in Jeff Fielding,? said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. municipal A3 kelsey hipkin, Reporter/Photographer Erin Dorscht and fiancé Kristie Bogle made the decision to buy their first home in Airdrie. Airdrie posted its fourth consecutive quarter of double digit sales.

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