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Calgary Diary II

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Gert12

I got to Calgary last Sunday, all by myself, so it has been a long tough week. A couple of things went wrong but I have rented a house and have a bank account that should have money in it shortly. I had the same experience with the friendliness of the people over here.

This morning however I had one of those moments when I've had enough and wanted to hug my teddy and cry in my beer. Maybe it was the snow. It seems that if you live in Alberta you have to surrender your existing drivers license when you take the theoretical test and that you will be without one for 3 weeks at least. Shans, if you know of a solution please let me know.

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Shans

I got to Calgary last Sunday, all by myself, so it has been a long tough week. A couple of things went wrong but I have rented a house and have a bank account that should have money in it shortly. I had the same experience with the friendliness of the people over here.

This morning however I had one of those moments when I've had enough and wanted to hug my teddy and cry in my beer. Maybe it was the snow. It seems that if you live in Alberta you have to surrender your existing drivers license when you take the theoretical test and that you will be without one for 3 weeks at least. Shans, if you know of a solution please let me know.

Hi Gert,

I'm sorry that you have had such a bad day... I think those days are going to creep up and bite all of us in the butt every now again. If you like, we can arrange for you to meet up with my husband and I for a drink. It might bridge the isolation a little.

With regards to the driver's license, unfortunately you do need to surrender your SA drivers when you take the learner's test. What my husband and I are doing is surrendering our's one at a time. We did the test together but then he submitted his licence and I kept mine. That way, we are able to get around on my licence until he has taken the driving test. Then I will submit mine and he will drive us around. If someone is coming over to join you, that would be the best way to go. If not, you may need to rely on public transport for a while cry.gif. There does not appear to be any way around it.

Where about in Calgary are you?

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Dawn

But sunny again today and up to 22 degrees by Tuesday. That's Calgary weather for you!

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Dedré

Sure is. Remember the summer we had over Christmas and the winter day during Stampede? :lol:

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Dedré

Shans, I would LOVE to move this thread to the Calgary Diaries. Would you be O.K. with that, or would you like to have your own thread?

Its turning into such a useful post that it should actually be in the Journals. I think it is lost here in General. What would you like?

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Wolverine

So far, we have loved every second. Calgary is so close to the mountains that you can go as often as you like without having to travel for miles - and we really do love the mountains. The city itself is also great. It's new and vibrant with a really nice vibe about it. The cherry on top is how friendly everyone is. Being the mistrusting South African's that we are, the friendliness appeared a little odd at first. We did not know whether it was for real or not. We are, however, discovering that people here appear to genuinely friendly. I am sure that you will not be disappointed.

When do you plan to make the big move?

July, hopefully before the stampede

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Shans

Shans, I would LOVE to move this thread to the Calgary Diaries. Would you be O.K. with that, or would you like to have your own thread?

Its turning into such a useful post that it should actually be in the Journals. I think it is lost here in General. What would you like?

No prob Dedre. i don't mind at all rolleyes.gif

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Dedré

No prob Dedre. i don't mind at all rolleyes.gif

Awesome. I moved it into Calgary Diaries. Please do not stop posting. It's and awesome read about your experiences.

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Dedré

OH Noh! I don't want this summer to end! We are having such an awesome warm summer. Hubby went back to work... and I am getting the feeling now that summer is starting to wind down... :cry:

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dlam

Tell me about it. We had a glorious summer in Edmonton. We had a rainy season like in Namibia this year by either just raining overnight with sunny days or rain and get it over with with the sun returning. Thus still giving us temperatures in the high 20's eventhough it rained. Very nice.

In the previous years when it rained it was cold because it is this soft rain that can go on for a day or 2 with grey skies, not this year. It was beautiful. Except for today of cause. Today it is grey skies with rain and only a max of 15. But this year I can count on my one hand the few days that looked like this.

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Dedré

Funny that today is a cold day in Calgary too. We have had rain and then warm weather on the same day numerous times. This is the first really "cold" day that I told hubby I am staying in. It is heating up a bit now. Just want to go out to our community beach the whole time!

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Dedré

Barbra, you have to go to "Add Reply",

at the bottom of the white window you type in there is a "Browse..." button,

Click on it and select the file on your computer,

choose "open" on that file window,

when you are back to the white window you type in, place your cursor where you want the photo to be and then choose "attach This File" - the blue button with the white writing at the bottom...

Hope this helps. If you don't have success, I can add them for you via my photobucket account.

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Guest Barbara

Thanks Dedre. We went kayaking at Banff at the weekend and wanted to share this photo taken of the Bow river.

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Dedré

Oh wow Barbara. I only saw this picture now. It is BEAUTIFUL!

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Tifa

Calgary is soooo beautiful!

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Dedré

Calgary home price growth best in Canada 2013 article in Calgary Herald:

(very interesting read)

CALGARY — Home prices in Calgary grew at the fastest year-over-year pace in Canada in March, according to a report released Monday by the Canadian Real Estate Association.

The association, in its MLS Home Price Index, said Calgary’s resale market saw growth of 7.72 per cent in its benchmark price.

Nationally, of seven Canadian centres surveyed regularly in the index, price growth was only 2.20 per cent from last year.

“Housing market conditions in Calgary have supported price growth as the steady pace of sales is met with a decline in active listings,” said Richard Cho, senior market analyst in Calgary with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. “With lower supply in the market and homes selling a bit quicker compared to the previous year, home prices have risen. However, the increase is also partly due to a higher proportion of homes sold in the luxury home market.”

In March, CREA said MLS sales in Canada of 39,527 fell by 15.3 per cent compared with a year ago while in Calgary the drop was only 0.6 per cent to 2,631 transactions.

New listings in Canada were down 8.5 per cent to 81,677 and they were off by 6.7 per cent in Calgary to 4,225.

The average sale price in Calgary grew by 7.7 per cent to $441,424 while in Canada it was up 2.5 per cent to $378,532.

In Alberta, sales dropped by 2.9 per cent to 5,605, new listings were off by 9.0 per cent to 9,781 and the average sale price was up 6.5 per cent to $386,330.

Doug Porter, chief economist with BMO Capital Markets, said all major home price measures are displaying unusual uniformity at present — the average and median price are both up between two per cent to three per cent.

“The main story is that home sales have taken a big step back since last spring but prices are holding up,” he said. “The market remains relatively balanced, albeit with a distinct fade. Look for the headline figures to turn less negative later this year, although we still expect a seven per cent drop in annual sales for 2013.”

Sonya Gulati, senior economist with TD Economics, said the Canadian housing market is beginning to thaw out from its regulatory-induced freeze.

“We do not anticipate a sizeable revival in the housing performance in the months ahead: the economy is growing modestly, housing demand has waned, and Canadians are paring back their debt levels,” she said. “In turn, both price and sales levels are poised to stabilize in the coming months. The disappointing start to the year and the near-term trajectory ahead will mean a lacklustre 2013 for the record books.

“Housing is always a regional story and this month is no exception. The tug-of-war across the major markets is set to endure leaving national price gains flat for the year as a whole.”

David Madani, economist with Capital Economics, said the year-on-year drop in existing home sales supports his view that a potentially hard housing market correction is underway.

“Assuming that home sales continue to trend lower this year, then this will eventually lead to outright home price declines,” he said.

“We expect existing home sales to trend lower over the spring and summer months . . . As housing demand continues to soften this year, residential investment will remain a drag on economic growth, particularly next year as house prices begin to revert back towards household incomes and housing rents.”

Its good to know. Comforting if you have a house. Sad if you still need to buy.

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Dedré

And during this month it kept on climbing. We understand from all our friends in Fort McMurray that their houses sell on average over a period of 4 to 6 months!

http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Calgary+real+estate+market+continues+climb/8320751/story.html

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Guest Barbara

Coming back from a weekend camping took this photo as we came through Canmore on our way back to Calgary.

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My friend's sister said and I quote "God was in a good mood when he made Canada"

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