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CALLING CALGARY HOME

KELSEY HIPKIN, Reporter/Photographer

Two families share their stories of moving from China

KELSEY HIPKIN reporter/photographer Like many first-time homebuyers, Calgarian Helen Yao had three must-have items on her checklist: location, location and location. Yet new to Canada and the real estate process, she didn?t know where to start.

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® 1609 1386 1132 1174 1006 745 879 1209 1480 1611 1766 ?I looked at some homes and some builders, but I had no idea at first. I only wanted to buy a house,? said Yao, who grew up north of Beijing and later moving to Montreal. ?My friends recommend Calgary was a good city because of the oil and the gas, a lot of job opportunities,? she said. ?So I followed my friends here.? At the time, Yao, her husband and young daughter were renting a basement suite in the northwest community of Varisty. ?It was near the [University of Calgary], a good school area. Even though we lived in the basement, everything was OK,? she said. Recognizing she would eventually need more space, Yao and her husband started to look at buying a place of their own. The requirements were simple: it had to be in the city?s south or northwest, close to a good school and have easy access to amenities. Upon advice from her daughter?s tutor, Yao and her husband obtained a real estate agent and decided to build a house in Nolan Hill, located northwest

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*All statistics based on monthly data compiled by CREB ® via MLS ® activity. 1638 1575 1517 NUMBER OF UNITS SOLD* JUL ?12 ? JUL ?14 1354 1336 1197 772 974 1230 1699 1736 2027 1769 1553 of Shaganappi Trail and Stoney Trail. ?The REALTOR® helped me choose the colour, the interior design ? everything,? said Yao. ?I recommend to my friends, the Chinese people, even if you?re building a new house, a REALTOR® is important.? Yao?s story is a familiar one. According to a 2011 National Household Survey, 1.2 million foreign-born people immigrated to Canada, making up 17.2 per cent of the foreign-born population and 3.5 per cent of the country?s total population. The good news is new Canadians are not alone when looking to purchase their first home in the country.

ALBERTA HOUSING MARKET TO LEAD CANADA IN 2015: RBC

CREB® STAFF

Alberta?s

hot resale housing market is expected to cool off in 2015, yet still pace the nation, according to a new report by RBC Economics. Resale activity in the province is expected to rise slightly to 71,000 units, a 0.7 per cent increase over a projected 70,500 units in 2014, according to RBC?s Home Resale and Price Forecast. INDUSTRY A3 Anni Yin moved to Calgary from Nanjing, China in 2007. In addition to REALTORS®, Immigrant Services Calgary provides newcomer support in the form of information, orientation and referrals. Services are provided in 70 different languages and allow people to have one on one interaction in learning about their new community. NEW FOUNDATIONS A3

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