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The unemployment rate in Calgary stayed the same in November at 4.7 per cent, but continues to be one of the lowest in Canada behind only Regina and Edmonton. According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate in Canada dropped from 7.4 per cent in October to 7.2 per cent in November. Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba and Prince Edward Island and Alberta all saw job gains in November. An impressive 59,000 new jobs were created across the country, with large gains in employment rose among women and youths aged 15 to 24.

Alberta saw 10,100 new jobs created while the Calgary area increased by 5,200 from the previous month. Calgary’s economy helped create 31,000 jobs in 2011 and it looks like 2012 will be just shy of that number.

The U.S. economy also

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Canada Post New Home Mailboxes

Canada Post, come January 2013 will be charging new home developers $200 per address to install community mailboxes in new developments. This new fee will more than likely be handed down to new home owners. Community mailboxes or Superboxes were first introduced in the 1980s, and are seen everywhere in new Calgary communities like Auburn Bay, Cranston, Aspen Woods and West Springs. If you live in a condo or apartment you won’t be affected by the new fees. It only affects single family homes in new developments.

If you are a potential home owner thinking of buying a new home in Calgary you may need to add this mailbox fee to your purchase price. There can be other fees and costs associated with buying a new home. Working with a Realtor® to buy your new

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Alberta Wages to be Highest in 2013

A newly released report by the Conference Board of Canada, a non-profit research organization specializing in economic trends, offers an optimistic outlook for those working in Alberta in 2013. The Conference Board of Canada’s October 24, 2012 report predicts the average salary for Alberta's non-unionized employees will increase by 3.8 per cent in 2013, above the 3 per cent average projected for the country.

The Conference Board of Canada's Compensation Planning Outlook 2013 also predicts the oil and gas industry in 2013 will have a 4.2 per cent increase in base pay, the highest average increase, followed by the natural resource sector with 3.6 per cent increase. This is good news for talented professionals in engineering, technology or skilled trades

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Cochrane real estate for sale.


If you have been looking at Calgary real estate and haven’t found what you are looking for, maybe you need to look outside of Calgary in neighbouring Cochrane, Airdrie or Okotoks. A large number of home buyers have been doing just that.

According to the Calgary Real Estate Board a reduced supply in the number of single-family homes in Calgary has increased home sales in surrounding Alberta towns. Third quarter MLS home sales show Cochrane up by 20.34 per cent, Airdrie up 31.16 percent and Okotoks up 21.32 per cent all compared with a year ago.

Homebuyers like the feel of the smaller communities outside Calgary, while still having all the big city amenities close by. Home buyers in Airdrie, Cochrane and Okotoks also get a little more bang for their

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Green tips for homeowners.

As a homeowner there are several little changes you can do to make a big difference to the environment and your energy savings. Here are some ideas that can help you "go green" easily and inexpensively.

Get a recycling bin. Most cities have a recycling program. You may be able to get a rebate on your recycling bin or even get it for free. Some cities even offer residential curbside collection for blue box recyclables, green bin organics, small appliances and seasonal yard waste. Keep a list of which materials you can and can’t put in your recycle bin on your fridge door, so that everyone in the family can participate.

Get a kitchen compost bin. Find out if your city has a compost pick-up program. If they do, get a kitchen compost bin or kitchen

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There has been a lot new home building in Calgary this year. Several new communities have popped up with their own unique style and feel. According to Avenue Magazine, Calgary's 2012 Best New Neighbourhoods to live in are 1. Mahogany 2. Auburn Bay 3. Cougar Ridge 4. New Brighton and 5. Walden.

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Mahogany has some of Calgary's newest most remarkable homes centered around Calgary's largest lake. Mahogany offers a variety of home styles from attached homes to ultra estate living on the lake. Homes by Jaymen MasterBuilt, Sabal Homes, Stepper Custom Homes and Trico Homes.

Copperfield is a charming community that has it all - family friendly, ample green space, and future schools. Home buyers have their choice of single

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Canada New House Price Index

If you drove around Calgary this summer you saw new home construction everywhere. Everything from gorgeous 2 storey homes on the lake in the Calgary community of Mahogany to spectacular luxury bungalows tucked away in the aspen growths in the community of Montreux.

Not surprisingly, new home prices in the metropolitan area of Calgary, according to Statistics Canada, rose 0.1 per cent in July from the previous month. The national New Housing Price Index for the month of July also increased by 0.1 per cent. The report says St. John's, NewFoundland had the highest new house price jump in July with 0.6 per cent, followed by St. Catharines–Niagara and Halifax which were both up 0.4 per cent.

Statistics Canada indicated that the metropolitan area of

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August 2012 Calgary Housing Market Trends

According to the Calgary Real Estate Board, single family house prices in Calgary increased 4.5 per cent, in part due to the slight decrease in new listings. New listings of single family homes were down almost 14 percent this August compared with August of last year. As a result of the decrease in new single family listings, many Calgary home buyers looked to condominiums or areas surrounding Calgary.

Residential home sales in areas around Calgary like Airdrie, Cochrane and Okotoks were very brisk with an increase of 42 per cent in August compared to last year. Although Calgary sales were not as active as surrounding areas, there was still a 10 per cent increase during the same period.  The greatest number of sales in Calgary for the month of August

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Adult living in Killarney, Calgary condominium

Always wanted to live in the vibrant Calgary community of Killarney? Now is your chance to own Killarney real estate. This is an adult only condominium in a rare low rise concrete building and has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Enjoy over 1000 square feet. Located in this central Calgary neighborhood, this condo is close to local amenities like the Killarney Pool and Recreation Centre, shopping, transit and the new leg of the West LRT.

This unit is facing the courtyard area which means lots of natural light and fresh air from windows on two sides of the building. The master bedroom has a walk in closet and four piece ensuite. The second bedroom and second bathroom are ideal for roommates or extra space. Convenient ensuite laundry and storage in both the

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Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary, Alberta

Haysboro has been named one of Calgary’s Top 5 Communities by Avenue Magazine for 2012. Haysboro is ranked #4 behind Varsity, Arbour Lake and Bowness. The top five ranking is not too shabby for a community developed in the 1950’s. Residents will tell you they love the small town feel, charm and amenities of Haysboro.

This robust southwest Calgary neighbourhood offers the best of both worlds, an easy commute to the downtown core and a quick walk or bike down Heritage Drive toward Heritage Park and South Glenmore Park. These lucky residents get to enjoy Glenmore Reservoir right in their own backyard, one of the largest natural areas in Calgary with extensive bike paths and nature trails.

A focal point that brings Haysboro residents together is the

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