February 2014 saw the number of listings for single family homes decrease by almost 5 per cent with 89 fewer listings than the same month last year. The first time home buyers trying to get into starter homes priced below $300,000 are particularly having a hard time with low inventory.

Despite the low inventory single family homes sales increased by 1.9 per cent over the previous year with 1,230 sales. The benchmark price for single family homes in Calgary in February was $482,800 an increased of 9.11 per cent over the previous year. Average days on the market dropped to 29 last month from 37 in February 2013, a decrease of 20.67 per cent.

Condo apartments and condo townhomes actually had an increase in listings in February with a 26.71 per cent and…

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By the Fall of 2014 Calgary communities with postal codes starting with T2B and T3J will lose their Canada Post mail delivery and convert to communal neighbourhood "superboxes." T2B includes the communities of Dover and Erin Woods while T3J includes Castleridge and Falconridge. These are just the first of many Calgary communities that will evenually lose their door-to-door mail service.

I can appreciate that Canada Post like any business needs to streamline and be more efficient, but in the future when my community switches to superboxes and its minus 25 degrees Celsius outside (minus 35 with wind chill)  I’m not sure I’m going to be thinking about efficiency. I can see it now,  I’ll take off my winter gloves and with numb hands I’ll shake as I open…

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