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MAY 1 – 29, 2015
Brad Remington Homes Buyers line up for Copperfield Park III’s most outstanding phase yet by Heather Ryan
COLUMNS / NEWS / HOMEBUYERS’ HELP 10
18 Industry Update Avoid home purchase pitfalls by Jim Rivait
20 Calgaryism Calgary ranks third on prosperity scorecard by Cody Battershill
22 Mortgage Advice Bank of Canada holds overnight lending rate by Alyssa Richard
30 Contemplating Condominiums How condo style impacts value by Linda Palfi
32 CMHC Report National housing starts slow down to manage level of inventory 34 In The News SAM Awards honour finest in home-building industry by Heather Ryan
36 In The News The ups and downs of Calgary’s housing market by Heather Ryan
40 Make Your Move The right mover for the job by Chuck Resnick
44 Hot Topic Finishes and options that pay off by Kara Kuryllowicz
52 CHBA Awards 2014 SAM Awards winners announced 62 In The News Mortgage costs about to rise for some Canadians by Lydia McNutt
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HOME-BUYING DECISION DRIVERS
SUSAN LEGGE Editor-in-chief
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New-home buyers are often driven by different influences, but there’s no doubt lifestyle is an increasingly important factor. Whether you’re considering a home in the suburbs or a pied-à-terre in the city, you’re likely looking to compensate for what you don’t have in your current residence. The amount of living space is usually the issue – either too much or too little. Most young families are looking for more living space, which is why builders and developers are designing homes with interiors that maximize every square foot of living space to make the most of your money. As we get older, the quest for living space may take a different direction. Downsizing is often the answer, although many homeowners with existing homes in suburban or rural areas are acquiring townhomes or a small “crash pad” in the city that gives owners and their friends a chance to enjoy the social and cultural activities of the city without having to drive for hours to get home. In today’s hectic world, your new home will be your retreat, so it’s important to find one that suits your needs and lifestyle. In this issue, we profile new communities which offer the perfect place to put up your feet, plus the latest industry news and features about buying and owning a new home. Enjoy!
BE THE ‘EARLY BIRD’ THIS SPRING
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You’ve decided to buy a new home this spring. Visions of gleaming glass condo towers rising on the skyline are certainly inspiration to get out there and stake your claim. But oftentimes, the real deals are to be found long before the shovels even hit the ground. There are many benefits to buying your condo early in the development process. Purchasing in the pre-construction phase often means you’ll get a lower price, and by the time you move in, your condo will likely have appreciated in value. Beyond the equity you’ll gain simply by virtue of patience, the period between purchase and occupancy date (which can be a few years, in some cases) offers homebuyers a chance to save up a larger down payment. Mortgage interest rates are currently at historic lows, but we don’t know how long this will last. The larger the downpayment, the less you’ll need to borrow and the less interest you’ll pay. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, use the waiting period before occupancy to prime yourself for the costs of condo ownership. Set aside the equivalent of your condo maintenance fees every month to get accustomed to paying this bill. Then, put that money toward your downpayment. Now consider the rate of real estate appreciation in Canada’s major markets, and buying a pre-construction condo makes perfect financial sense. In this case, it really does pay to be first in line.
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Buyers line up for Copperﬁeld Park III’s most outstanding phase yet By Heather Ryan CONDO BUYERS CONTINUE TO
line up for the opportunity to enjoy the “Love It, Live It and Afford It” experience at Brad Remington Homes’ newest and most outstanding phase to date in Copperfield Park III. “We recently launched our third phase (building four) at Copperfield Park III and it was a major success,” says Bryan Logel, vice-president of sales and marketing for Brad Remington Homes. “We had a number of people lined up and camped out, eager to be the first ones to secure a model of their choice; they want to be in the best phase of Copperfield Park III.
“The momentum that we created in the first two phases by designing topquality homes that suit a variety of lifestyles continues in the new phase,” Logel says. “The location of this building and the views that include the community pathway, the pond and the mountains are amazing. “We’ve kept our prices low because of the uncertainty in the economy and are offering staged deposits so buyers can pay their down payment in stages,” he adds. “We’ve really created an opportunity for anyone renting to get into home ownership and we’re doing everything we can to help people take advantage of this opportunity.” Brad Remington Homes is committed to creating high-quality, affordable homes and Copperfield Park III offers everything from an entry-level onebedroom up to larger two- and three-bedroom designs. In Copperfield Park III, some improvements to the floor plans have been made to provide additional value for buyers by adding extra square footage at a reasonable cost, Logel says. “We’ve also brought back two of our more popular plans – C and C1 – which are 792 and 825 sq. ft. and offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms in a California split design starting from an amazing $215,900,” Logel says. “I don’t NewHomeAndCondoGuide.ca | VOLUME 18 ISSUE 05 | NEW CONDO GUIDE 11
think you’ll find anything like that elsewhere in Calgary. These two-bedroom floor plans are ideal for two people sharing and offer tremendous value to buyers.” Copperfield Park III is comprised of four, four-storey buildings with 304 suites. Phase three is addressed as building four on the site and offers 76 suites ranging from approximately 565 to 973 sq. ft. in one-, two- and threebedroom layouts priced from $169,900 – making the suites incredibly affordable for a wide demographic of buyers. “When we look at all the potential purchasers in Copperfield Park III, there really is something there for everyone. We offer a titled parking stall and storage unit with each suite, as well as a superb level of specifications and high-quality construction,” Logel says.
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Brad Remington Homes is committed to creating high-quality, affordable homes and Copperfield Park III offers everything from an entry-level onebedroom up to larger two- and threebedroom designs The well-appointed interiors include full-sized kitchens with granite countertops, slab or mission-style cabinets in three different colour choices, four appliances – fridge, stove, dishwasher and over-the-range microwave – in-suite laundry with the washer and dryer included, knockdown ceilings and private balconies. Buyers can also customize their homes with optional upgrades such as a fireplace, air conditioning and hardwood flooring, to name a few. Copperfield Park III offers a great location situated off McIvor Boulevard near the BRT bus stops, grocery stores, restaurants, shops, services and minutes away from the South Calgary hospital as well as a wide range of new amenities being developed in Seton. The location also provides easy connections to Stoney Trail, 130 Avenue S.E., Deerfoot Trail and 52 Street S.E. With the price, features and value, it’s easy to see why people want to “Love It, Live It and Afford It” at Copperfield Park III.
For more information on Copperfield Park III, visit the six different showhomes located at 755 Copperpond Blvd. S.E., open Monday to Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m.; and weekends and holidays from noon to 5 p.m. You can also visit copperfieldpark.com, or call 403.723.0094. NewHomeAndCondoGuide.ca | VOLUME 18 ISSUE 05 | NEW CONDO GUIDE 13
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IS THE IMF ROOTING AGAINST CANADA’S HOUSING MARKET? (PARTIS2)THE IMF ROOTING AGAINST CANADA’S HOUSING MARKET? (PART 2) In our last article we discussed the International
households in Edmonton and Calgary comfortably
Monetary Fund’s (IMF) concerns over the amount of
afford the current carrying cost of the average residential
new debt Canadian households have accumulated In our last article we discussed the International during the low interest environment that has shaped Monetary Fund’s (IMF) concerns over the amount of our markets since our last recession in 2008. new debt Canadian households have accumulated
during the low interest environment that has shaped our We finished our last article by proposing that increasing markets since our last recession in 2008. debt is not a singular sign of weakening household We finishedInour articlewhat by proposing that Canadians increasing finances. ourlast opinion, counts is how
debt not a singular signtheofmoney weakening household are is spending or investing they borrow, and finances. In our opinion, what counts is how Canadians how they are servicing their debt. Currently, mortgage are spending or investing the money they borrow, and debt accounts for 66 percent of all consumer debt and how they are servicing their debt. Currently, mortgage the majority of our most recent experienced growth in debt accounts for 66 percent of all consumer debt and total national debt levels. the majority of our most recent experienced growth in total national debt levels. In economics, a common measure of financial health is In economics, a common measure of financial health is whether one is forced to spend over 30 percent of their whether one is forced to spend over 30 percent of their gross income on housing. By this measure, average
Average Housing Price in 2014
housing price, while being comparatively better off than gross income on housing. By this measure, average average households in Canada’s other top 3 major households in Edmonton and Calgary comfortably afford centres. Furthermore, these average households the current carrying cost of the average residential continue to save a significantly high portion of their housing price, while being comparatively better off than gross incomes, suggesting they are well situated to average households in Canada’s other top 3 major continue to finance their homes if these carrying costs centres. Furthermore, these average households should risetoinsave the near future. high portion of their gross continue a significantly
incomes, suggesting they are well situated to continue to The IMFtheir warns that higher interest rates could finance homes if these carrying costs should rise in
the near future. jeopardize Canadian homeowners’ abilities to finance their homes comfortably, which in turn could cause a The IMF warns that higher interest rates could jeopardize steep downturn in our housing market. Canadian homeowners’ abilities to finance their homes
comfortably, which in turn could cause a steep downturn When it comesmarket. to Alberta, we don’t share the same in our housing view. When it comes to Alberta, we don’t share the same view.
Average Household Income in 2011
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*Mortgage payment estimated at 5% down, and a 4.7% 5-year fixed mortgage rate over 25 years of amortization. Average housing price data Intelligence House is Edmonton’s newest and most was collected from the Canadian Real Estate Board. All other data was collected from Statistics Canada.
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Avoid home purchase pitfalls By Jim Rivait
uying a home is a challenging process, and no purchaser wants to discover a potentially costly deal breaker at the last moment. That’s why it’s essential for consumers to be aware of the possible pitfalls of signing an exclusive service agreement with a real estate agent to help you buy a home. Our association is hearing of cases where buyers never realized that an exclusive agreement means a real estate agent is entitled a commission on the sale of a new home or condo bought directly through a builder. Buyers are then in a tough spot. It’s important to understand that the builder has no legal obligation to pay the commission. So, how can buyers protect themselves against unexpected shocks? The first step is to understand that the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) introduced new requirements for real estate professionals last July, so the rules may have changed since you last bought a home. The non-government regulator made it mandatory for its members to use written service agreements with clients. The goal was to clarify the roles and responsibilities of agents and their clients in an attempt to reduce conflicts and confusion. The RECA website provides more information about what parts of the agreement are negotiable, including the services to be provided, length of the agreement and remuneration. Buyers can also negotiate whether the buyer representation agreement is exclusive or non-exclusive. A non-exclusive agreement leaves the consumer free to act on their own without having to pay a commission on a sale. Consumers can also enter into non-exclusive agreements with multiple agents. An exclusive agreement locks the consumer into the terms of the contract – including commissions – even if the buyer deals directly with a builder. RECA states that consumers can request a non-exclusive agreement but that its members are not obliged to accept those terms. The buyer has the option of finding a different agent. Builders have taken steps in the past to work with buyers who want to be represented by an agent. The Builder/Realtor Cooperation Program is in place in both Calgary and Edmonton, and many major builders participate. A key principle of that program is that agents must register a client with the builder and then accompany the prospective buyer to view any showhomes. This ensures that all the participants understand right from the start that
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an agent will be involved in the sale. Homebuyers can avoid unexpected costs and stress by ensuring that they fully understand the terms and conditions before they sign either an exclusive or non-exclusive a service agreement. That’s the simple way to avoid complications later. The Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Alberta represents over 1,500 business members including new home builders, renovators, developers, trade and supply companies, and professional services.
Jim Rivait is chief executive officer of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Alberta. Starting his career working in government, Jim spent the last decade working in the private sector specializing in government relations, advocacy, strategic communications, policy development/analysis and association management.
Calgary ranks third ON PROSPERITY SCORECARD By Cody Battershill
ood news everyone! Calgary has been named the third most prosperous city in the world for 2014 by the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Scorecard on Prosperity. Here’s a peek at the top 10 most prosperous cities of the world in 2014: #1› Paris, France #2› Stockholm, Sweden #3› Calgary, Canada #4› Oslo, Norway #5› Toronto, Canada #6› Boston, U.S. #7› San Francisco, U.S. #8› Seattle, U.S. #9› London, UK #10› Sydney, Australia In 2013 and 2014, Calgary managed to place second on the annual rankings, however YYC has slipped slightly in 2015 due to a lower score in the “economic” and “labour attractiveness” categories in which it received a score of “B” instead of “A” like it had the previous year. Calgary is the strongest economically of all Canadian cities listed, but lost two spots in the category to Paris and Stockholm. For labour attractiveness, YYC also fell to fifth spot, behind Barcelona, Spain. On the other hand, Calgary has the shortest commuting times – approximately 52 minutes on average – and is home to some of the most affordable housing out of all North American cities that were included in the report analysis. Calgary’s population is also one of its strong points; its rate of growth has increased considerably and the percentage of people aged between 25 and 34 is the highest on the continent. In addition, it is also a very safe city with the lowest homicide rating out of all North American cities. More on Calgary’s Scores Calgary received five “A” grades, and ranks in the top four or five in 15 different categories. As mentioned above, the Scorecard on Prosperity highlights its population growth as one of its strong points, with an average growth of 2.9 per cent over the past half-decade. To put things in perspective, Calgary is growing almost at the same rate as Shanghai, China. More about the Scorecard on Prosperity The Toronto Region Board of Trade has been measuring and assessing the labour prospects and economic conditions of the Toronto Metropolitan Area since the release of its first report in 2009 by comparing the city`s performance to more than 20 others around the globe. This results in a Scorecard on Prosperity that includes 33 different 20 NEW CONDO GUIDE | VOLUME 18 ISSUE 05 | NewHomeAndCondoGuide.ca
indicators, each split into two categories: Economy, and Labour Attractiveness. Rankings are made using a “most successful” and “least successful” methodology, based on combined results from both categories. For a more in-depth look into the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s annual Scorecard on Prosperity, check out bot.com As a born and raised Calgarian, I must say, well done YYC! Hats off to you and the tons of wonderful people who make this place such a great place to live. Join Us Want to know more about “the heart of the new west?” If so, join Calgaryism on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and learn about everything to do with Calgary today. Hope to see you there!
Cody Battershill is the founder of Calgaryism and a top producing realtor at Re/Max House of Real Estate. Cody has a passion for helping his clients reach their real estate goals and showing off the best Calgary has to offer! He can be reached at 403.370.4180, on Twitter @Calgaryism and Calgaryism.ca
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Bank of Canada holds overnight lending rate By Alyssa Richard, founder and CEO, RateHub.ca
nterest rates aren’t going anywhere. The Bank of Canada has announced it is holding its overnight lending rate at 0.75 per cent for another six weeks – and depending on the picture our future economy paints, it could be for a lot longer than that. The overnight rate has only been sitting at 0.75 per cent for a little less than three months now, after Governor Stephen Poloz finally decided to cut it down from the one per cent it had held steady at for nearly 4.5 years. That decision was made in January, in an attempt to shield highly indebted Canadians from the negative impacts of the significant drop in oil prices (and job losses that have occurred as a result). With oil prices staying low and the economy continuing to suffer, it was presumed that the central bank would further cut its rate in March and again at this most recent interest rate announcement – but that didn’t happen. In a speech he made just a few weeks ago, Poloz announced that, “the first quarter of 2015 will look atrocious, because the oil shock is a big deal for us.” And it did. “The Canadian economy is estimated to have stalled in the first quarter of 2015. The ultimate size of this impact will need to be monitored closely.” As of press time, total CPI inflation is at one per cent, which reflects the drop
in consumer energy prices, and core inflation remains close to two per cent. Unfortunately, first quarter results will place additional pressure on inflation, but GDP growth is expected to rebound later this year. And the central bank continues to offer messages of hope that the economy should reach and remain at full capacity by the end of 2016. If the economy doesn’t pick up, we could see another interest rate cut this year. But my guess is Poloz will monitor it for a longer period of time than just three or four months before making that decision. The next interest rate announcement is on May 27, so we’ll see what the future holds then.
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CARLISLE’S EMERALD SKY AT KINCORA By Heather Ryan
long line of people eager to buy affordable, quality-built condos in one of northwest Calgary’s premier communities made for a successful launch of the Carlisle Group’s newest master-planned urban village. If early registrations (which tallied more than 800 interested buyers) are any indication, there are a lot of people looking forward to buying a home at Carlisle Group’s first ‘Elite Series’ project – Emerald Sky at Kincora. Emerald Sky features a modernlook design with high-grade finishes and will include five, sixstorey buildings consisting of 633 26 NEW CONDO GUIDE | VOLUME 18 ISSUE 05 | NewHomeAndCondoGuide.ca
apartment-style condos and 33 townhomes. “The buildings are all concrete and steel construction. Even the walls between each unit will be concrete,” says Jim Bryce, vice-president of sales and marketing. “Using these materials means a quieter and safer environment for homebuyers and also offers great value for resale.” As the first six-storey concrete and steel construction condominium being built in the area, “Emerald Sky literally stands out on its own,” he says. Along with the concrete and steel construction, a major appeal for buyers is the price – Emerald Sky offers an exceptional price with two bedrooms starting in the $180,000s. Carlisle Group offers plenty of choice for buyers, including onebedroom, one-bedroom-plus-den, two-bedroom and two-bedroomplus-den plans ranging from 571 to 937 sq. ft., which will appeal to everyone from first-time buyers to empty nesters and anyone looking for an ultra-comfortable and maintenance-free lifestyle. The suites offer modern, bright and open-concept designs that make efficient use of space with lots of energy-efficient windows to ensure an abundance of natural light. This Elite Series of homes presents well-appointed interiors that include granite countertops in the kitchens and bathrooms, stainless steel appliances, upgraded lighting, wood shaker cabinets, in-suite laundry with front-load washer and dryer, and luxury vinyl plank flooring in the entry, kitchen and bathrooms. There is also a variety of colour motifs and upgrades available, so buyers have the opportunity to personalize their space. The Carlisle Group offers an online design centre to help prospective homebuyers visualize their space.
Emerald Sky provides all residents with heated underground parking, secured bicycle storage and there will be a shared barbecue patio on the rooftop of each building Emerald Sky also provides all residents with heated underground parking, secured bicycle storage and there will be a shared barbecue patio on the rooftop of each building. As well, there will be greenspace with walking paths, benches, courtyards, relaxing gardens and trees nestled throughout the development, creating an oasis just outside your door and providing a beautiful place for socializing with friends and family. “We are proud of the value proposition we provide to customers,” Bryce says, noting that Carlisle Group’s pricing is typically 10 to 20 per cent below market pricing. “We provide quality condominiums at a very affordable price, and we provide great value.” Emerald Sky also offers a stellar northwest location, being just north of Stoney Trail, between Shaganappi Trail and Symons Valley Boulevard N.W. and with easy access to all these major transportation routes. As an added benefit for buyers, Kincora is an established community with a wide range of amenities and conveniences within easy reach. Emerald Sky is within walking distance of a planned transit hub and Sage Hill Crossing, a major 386,000-sq.-ft. retail project that includes a recently opened Walmart with more shops, services, coffee shops and restaurants expected to open soon. Plus, it’s a short drive to nearby Creekside Shopping Centre, Beacon Hill Shopping Centre, Symons Valley Ranch Farmer’s Market and Cross Iron Mills.
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How condo style impacts value By Linda Palfi
ike people, condominiums come in all types, sizes and shapes. There are also issues affecting each style of condo home and its market value:
Highrise condos: The first condo to come to most people’s minds, of course, is an apartment. Variations on the apartment theme include four-storey walk-ups, highrises served by elevators, and penthouses, which could involve multiple decks, rooftop decks and/or multiple levels. Keep in mind that upon resale, the market has a bias in favour of views in highrises, and a bias against groundfloor suites. It’s not that lack of view or being on the ground floor has a dramatic impact on value, but when there is a selection, these suites sometimes take longer to sell and don’t command quite as high a price. If you prefer groundlevel, of course, that can save you money at purchase. When thinking views, consider direction. Homes that face more than one direction, with at least one looking to the sunny south, sell faster and for a higher price. There is a slight bias against north-facing suites, although I’ve had buyers who specifically wanted them. Again, that means some bargain power for them when they shop, but it’s also a consideration when they eventually sell. Condo townhomes: Townhouse condos have even more variations than apartments. Some of them have full basements, while others are built “concrete slab on-grade.” Having a basement adds value that will be reflected in the price per square foot for the above-grade area of the home. Townhouses also have more value if they are built in a single row, with light from both front and back. The end units of such rows might also have end windows, so these get light from three sides – very popular sellers. Other townhouse designs are “back-toback,” so the non-end units have windows facing only one direction. In addition, townhouses can be built with every suite of two or three levels being vertically separate. Others are “stacked” three-storey buildings, with a bungalow suite on the ground floor, and a two-storey suite above. In some cases the bungalow extends under two back-to-back homes above, so the bungalow has windows front and back, but the homes above do not. Other considerations are that some of these buildings are concrete, although most are wood-frame construction, and some townhouses have driveunder parking for one or even two cars, while most have stall or carport parking. With all these variations, the value of each should be obvious, and they combine with location to create the market value of each home. Retirement villas: Also called “bungalow townhouses,” these one-storey attached condo homes tend to be newer, are often alongside golf courses, and commonly have an age restriction, such as 55+ only. Villas are often built as duplexes, so every home has windows on three sides, yet some developments have “inside units” that are bracketed between their attached neighbours. Other factors influencing value will be the number of bedrooms or a den, whether the attached garage is for one or two cars, whether the basement (if it has one) is finished, and whether that basement has a walkout with lots of windows.
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Bare land condos: Lastly, unattached single-family homes can be owned as condominiums. These homes are easier to understand than some believe, and can be much like any other subdivision. Firstly, be assured that you own the land as much as anyone does anywhere else. You also own the entire house that has been built on the land you own. But you also share ownership of the condominium corporation that has a package of service and maintenance agreements you agree to when you buy. You agree to exterior maintenance standards, and the work is done collectively to save money and maintain consistency. As well, you agree to jointly organized lawn cutting, landscaping and snow clearing. All in all, it’s a house, but for a modest fee, you can travel for months, or golf, and outward appearances will be maintained.
Linda Palfi is a condominiumspecialist realtor with Discover Real Estate. She is the chair of her condo board, and a member of the professional standards committee of the Calgary Real Estate Board. Visit CondosInCalgary.com or call 403.998.7732
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he trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 179,016 units in March compared to 180,236 in February, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC). “Despite recent month-to-month changes in the seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR), the trend in housing starts essentially held steady in March compared to February,” says Bob Dugan, chief economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre. “However, the trend in housing construction has moved lower since September 2014, partly reflecting efforts to manage the level of completed but unsold units.”
The trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 179,016 units in March compared to 180,236 in February, according to CMHC CMHC uses the trend measure as a complement to the monthly SAAR of housing starts to account for considerable swings in monthly estimates and obtain a more complete picture of the state of Canada’s housing market. In some situations analyzing only SAAR data can be misleading, as they are largely driven by the multi-unit segment of the market which can vary significantly from one month to the next. The stand-alone monthly SAAR was 189,708 units in March, up from 151,238 units in February. The SAAR of urban starts increased by 28.1 per cent in March to 177,459 units. Multiple urban starts increased by 48.2 per cent to 125,263 units in March while the single-detached urban starts segment decreased by 3.4 per cent to 52,196 units. In March, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased in Ontario, British Columbia, Québec and the Prairies, while it decreased in Atlantic. Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 12,249 units. 32 NEW CONDO GUIDE | VOLUME 18 ISSUE 05 | NewHomeAndCondoGuide.ca
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t was a night filled with excitement as both first-time and previous winners were honoured at the Canadian Home Builders Association - Calgary Region’s 28th Annual SAM (Sales and Marketing) Awards on April 18. This year’s gala event at the Telus Convention Centre saw more than 1,600 people join in recognizing the outstanding achievements by the home-building industry’s finest, from builders and developers to marketing and sales professionals. A record total of 834 entries were submitted by members competing for 34 NEW CONDO GUIDE | VOLUME 18 ISSUE 05 | NewHomeAndCondoGuide.ca
58 awards in 10 different categories covering all aspects of the residential construction industry. A strong group of contenders were in the running for this year’s Grand SAM Award for Multi-Family Builder of the Year, which ultimately saw Calbridge 2010 come out on top. Jayman Modus, Homes by Avi, Sabal by Hopewell and Morrison Homes Multi Family were all finalists for the top award. Calbridge also won two Multi-Family category awards: Best New Design Villa/Duplex/Townhome 1,200 sq. ft. And Over, and Best Villa / Duplex – Up To $374,999. Jayman Modus won the award for Best New Design Apartment-Style Condo 900 sq. ft. And Over, for its Penthouse G in Overture.
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“The Overture in Currie Barracks is our newest luxury condo residence and penthouse community so it was a honour to win the award for Best Apartment-Style Condo over 900 sq. ft. as our industry continues to showcase high quality builders in these categories,” says Sandi Serr, project marketing specialist for Jayman Modus. Homes by Avi Urban won the Multi-Family Home Award for Best Apartment-Style Condo – One Bedroom + Den for Sawyer Silverado. “It’s always an honour to be recognized by our peers for the work we do,” says Avi Urban president Charron Ungar. “We appreciate the recognition and congratulate all the other winners from this year’s awards.” Remington Development Corporation won the MultiFamily Home Award for Best Apartment-Style Condo – Two Bedrooms & Up for Champagne. “Once again, the SAM Awards were a tremendous success, and we were thrilled to have won an award for a fourth year in a row for Champagne,” says Julie Seidel, Remington’s residential sales manager. “We feel privileged to be recognized amongst some of the best builders in the industry, and we offer congratulations to all the finalists and winners this year.”
This year’s gala event at the Telus Convention Centre saw more than 1,600 people join in recognizing the outstanding achievements by the homebuilding industry’s finest, from builders and developers to marketing and sales professionals The Best Multi-Family Community Award went to Macdonald Development Corporation for the Villas at Watermark in Watermark at Bearspaw, which won the Community of the Year – Calgary Region Award. “Watermark’s truly unique setting has awarded us an opportunity to deliver an exceptional Villa home to those who deserve the view of a lifetime, the Rocky Mountains,” says Ian Macdonald, director of sales and marketing. “Our team is proud to share in the vision of this one-of-a-kind
community with our current and future residents.” In the Sales Achievement Awards category the Sales Team of the Year – Multi-Family award went to the Brad Remington Homes’s team at Copperfield Park. “It’s an amazing accomplishment and we are incredibly honoured to have reached this level of success,” says Bryan Logel, vice-president of sales and marketing for Brad Remington Homes. “Having achieved this before I can tell you just how difficult it is to accomplish, especially since this is based on sales volume and we’re competing against projects that are in a completely different price range. Focusing on affordability and quality has been the key to our ‘Love It, Live It, Afford It’ strategy. This caps off an incredible year for Brad Remington Homes and the Copperfield Park development.” As part of the SAM Awards, the Professional Home Builders Institute hands out the Customer Insight New Home Buyers Choice awards. Customer Insight surveys homebuyers through an agreement with the Alberta New Home Warranty about their builders’ customer service, and Cardel Lifestyles was presented with the customer service award in the 50-149 possession range for Panorama West. “We’re ecstatic about the win because this award is actually determined by customers and it surveys all new home buyers so that’s what makes this special,” says Brad Logel, sales and marketing manager for Cardel Lifestyles. “To us it’s a big deal because this award recognizes the value we provide. It’s our goal to provide the highest level of customer service in the industry.”
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Ups and downs for Calgary’s housing market By Heather Ryan
algary’s real estate market in March marked the third consecutive month that sales dropped by roughly 30 per cent in year-to-year comparisons, but it continues to register monthly gains after a slow start to the year, according to the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB). Total home sales were 1,747 in March, a 29.6-per-cent drop from the 2,481 sales recorded in March 2014, but up 30.3 per cent from the 1,217 sales in February. Condo apartment sales saw the largest decline in year-to-year comparisons, with total sales of 299 – down 33.9 per cent from the 452 in March 2014, but up 27.4-per-cent from February’s 217. Meanwhile, attached (condo townhouse) sales were 387 in March, a 26-percent decline from 523 in March 2014, but up 32.6 per cent from February’s 261. Detached (single-family) sales in March, at 1,061, were down 29.6 per cent from the 1,506 tallied in March 2014, but a 30.3-per-cent hike above February’s 739 in sales. Meanwhile, the number of new listings being added to the marketplace slowed in March after two months of gains. The total number of new listings in March was 3,136 – down 5.5 per cent from March 2014. New detached listings saw a 9.5-per-cent decline at 1,776 – down from 1,963 in March 2014, but up 5.7 per cent from February’s 1,674. The number of new attached listings added in March was 689, on par with the 685 in March 2014
and February’s 681, while the number of new apartment listings added in March was 671, the exact same as March 2014’s but up 11.3 per cent from February’s 595. Having more inventory compared to last year has had a slight impact on prices. Condo apartments’ benchmark price in March was $293,300, up two per cent from $287,600 a year ago, but down from $296,000 in February. The detached benchmark price in March was $513,800, a 3.9-percent increase over March 2014’s $494,500, but down a fraction from February’s $516,000. The benchmark price for attached homes in March was $354,800, up 5.4 per cent over $336,700 in March 2014, and a dip from February’s $354,600.
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Sales Centre on George Fox Trail just past Jumping Pound Terrace www.slokker-west.ca
02 HEARTLAND TOWNHOMES BY EXCEL HOMES 1178 Clydesdale Way, Cochrane, Alberta
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MAKE YOUR MOVE
The right mover for the job By Chuck Resnick, vice-president, Two Men and a Truck – Canada
iring the right moving company can save you lots of work, stress and headaches in the long run. Ensure that the company you hire upholds strict standards. How can you tell? Do your research by asking questions. Is the company a member of the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM)? This organization exists to help people find reputable movers they can trust. To explore a company’s reputation, you can also contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and your provincial government’s consumer protection agency. Visit Mover.net to learn more about what CAM has to say – the first three things listed are: › ask three movers for estimates in writing; › get the terms and conditions of your move in writing; › and ensure you know how your goods will be protected for loss or damage. If a company representative does not know how to answer your questions or glosses over them, a red flag should go up. Of particular importance are the financial considerations. Does the company have a minimum charge, and how are you charged after that minimum is met? Will you be charged for fuel or travel time to and from their office to your home? Will there be a fuel surcharge or a stairs or long-distance walk charge if they have to park the truck some distance from your door?
Is a deposit required? What payment options are available? Do they offer free quotes? How do they arrive at a valuation that is covered by insurance? It is also important to ask if they employ full-time workers or use temps, and whether employees are covered by Worker’s Compensation. Ask how to contact the firm’s office on moving day, in case issues arise. If all the representative offers is a cell phone number, be suspicious. Visit the movers’ office to make sure it exists. Anyone can make anything seem legitimate online. Have a moving contract that outlines what is expected. Read it and ask questions about anything you don’t understand.
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Finishes and options that pay off By Kara Kuryllowicz
inishes, lighting and appliance upgrades enhance the aesthetic appeal of your condo and pride of ownership, but buyers need to make strategic selections that also improve functionality and help the unit stand out in a positive way on the resale market. “Be smart, temper your inner designer and keep your upgrades neutral, or the extra money you’ve put into the upgrades will vanish at resale,” says Brad J. Lamb, president, Brad J. Lamb Realty in Toronto, the seller of more than 15,000 condos and Lamb Development Corp., which has projects completed and under development in Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. “Personal statements, such as bright red, yellow or green kitchen cabinets, will take much longer to sell and you’ll take a big haircut on price.”
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Whether you plan to stay in your condo for five or 25 years, chances are you’ll eventually sell the place, so the return on your investment must be considered. It’s virtually guaranteed you’ll recoup the premium you’ll pay to be up on a higher floor, because buyers typically look up before they look at the interior finishes. However, it’s impossible to predict what, if any, reward will be reaped on upgrades. The reality is that most people upgrade because they want to feel fabulous every time they look around their condo, and they’re equally committed to impressing family and friends. Even functionality tends to be a secondary consideration. Unfortunately, the upgrades’ impact on resale value is rarely top of mind, although it’s something every condo buyer should think about if money matters to them.
continued on pg. 46
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HOT TOPIC continued
“It’s all about the aesthetics and impressing everyone – functionality doesn’t come into it at all,” says Tim Huxley, lead sales consultant at Streetside Homes, Calgary. “You’re most likely to get the best return on kitchen and bathroom upgrades, where appliances, countertops and backsplashes offer plenty of visual impact for your dollar.” Virtually every buyer has a budget. When it’s time to sell, if your upgrades force you to price your condo above comparable units in your building, your unit might not pop up in realtors’ searches, let alone be considered for a viewing. However, provided your pricing is competitive, your upgrades could give your unit the edge over those equipped with just the standard finishes. “Quality finishes will catch the eye of the more discerning consumer, but most buyers get caught up in the furniture,” Lamb says. “You’ll spend less and reap greater rewards if you save that money to paint your walls something other than white and have the unit professionally staged for resale.” The range and cost of finish upgrades varies widely from developer to developer, with some, such as Lamb, installing what would typically be considered upgrades as standard in every unit, including a high-end glass backsplash, gas lines for barbecues on balconies and gas stoves in kitchens. Others offer just a handful of relatively standard upgrades, such as stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and granite countertops. Some developers take it up a few notches with medicine cabinets, wall-mounted ovens, front-loading washer/dryer, bathtubs with jets, a TV/iPad/surround-sound package, stone sinks, extra-thick granite counters, faucets with spray nozzles that accommodate mega-sized soup pots, and even second parking spaces. “It’s your dream home and you’ll be living there,
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but you don’t want your equity vanishing,” Lamb says. “Upgrade just enough to make your new home look and feel good.” Ask yourself how the average person will react to that countertop or soaker tub as you remember that many buyers will go for the unit on the higher floor before the upgrades. How practical/functional and relevant is it really? How many homebuyers will actually see it as a must-have versus a nice-to-have feature? Also consider whether it makes more sense to go with the builder’s upgrades, or add them yourself later on. Condo builders and developers typically charge more than what homebuyers would pay to buy the upgrades and coordinate the install themselves, everything from hardwood floors to undermount sinks and valance lights to rain-shower heads. But oftentimes, consumers will happily pay for the convenience and accompanying warranties as well as the single point of contact in the form of the condo manager. “Buyers appreciate that we’ve done the research, narrowed the selection down to the most appropriate options, and deal with the various trades to coordinate and oversee the installations,” says Stephanie Butler, director of marketing and sales at Amacon, a Vancouver and Toronto developer. “Investors who plan to rent out the units tend to spend less on upgrades than buyers who plan to live in their units.” Because consumers often commit to their new condos and upgrades 12 to 36 months before taking possession, Lamb strongly suggests homeowners specify the products, brands and manufacturers or the equivalent in the contract. “Memories fade and perceptions change over time, so use the contract to get what you paid for,” Lamb says.
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2014 SAM Awards WINNERS ANNOUNCED
anadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) – Calgary Region is pleased to announce winners for the 2014 SAM Awards. Now in its 28th year, the SAM Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in the Calgary area’s residential construction industry. The gala, held on April 18 at the Telus Convention Centre, saw approximately 1,600 people in attendance and a record number of submissions – a total of 834 entries, submitted by members competing for 58 awards in 10 different categories covering all aspects of the residential construction industry. The 2014 Grand SAM Winners were: Builder of the Year – Morrison Homes.; Builder of Merit – Riverview Custom Homes Ltd.; Multi-Family Builder of the Year – Calbridge 2010 Ltd.; Renovator of the Year – Ultimate Renovations; and Partner of the Year – Lux Windows and Glass Ltd. “Congratulations to all of the SAM winners. As usual, the competition at this year’s SAM Awards was extremely close,” says Shane Wenzel, chair of
the SAM committee for CHBA – Calgary Region. “The coveted SAM bird is an award that the industry has come to take very seriously. It is a symbol of the best-of-the-best that the residential construction industry in the Calgary region has to offer.” “A mix of value and innovation, excitement and quality, is what makes the SAM Awards so coveted,” says Wayne Copeland, president of the CHBA – Calgary Region. “The industry here in Calgary is very competitive and as a result, everyone strives to achieve finalist or winner status as recognition of their achievements in delivering quality products and services.” The awarding process is judged by volunteer industry peers, who award points in each category. The top five in each category receive additional placement points that help determine the Grand SAM winners. Companies must enter a set number of categories in order to qualify and must win at least one of those categories. The results are authenticated by MNP LLP. CHBA – Calgary Region presents the following SAM Awards categories (the number of awards in each category follows in brackets): Advertising & Marketing Awards (8), Developer Awards (4), Industry Achievement Awards (1), Multi-Family Awards (12), New Home Awards (14), Partner Awards (3), Renovator Awards (7), Sales Achievement Awards (2), Sales & Information Centre Awards (2), and the GRAND SAM Awards (5). GRAND SAM Awards are presented to the Builders, Renovator and Partner who have demonstrated a superior achievement in design, sales, advertising and/or service. ABOUT CHBA – CALGARY REGION The CHBA - Calgary Region is a not-for-profit organization with a membership of more than 640 companies representing all facets of new home construction, from single and multi-family builders, renovators, and residential land developers, to trades, suppliers, and professional companies involved in some aspect of home building. As many as 37,000 people work in the residential construction industry in the city. The CHBA - Calgary Region vision: “We are the respected voice shaping the future of the home-building industry.” continued on pg. 54
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CHBA AWARDS continued
Multi-Family Builder of the Year • CALBRIDGE 2010 LTD. ADVERTISING & MARKETING AWARDS
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• QUALEX-LANDMARK WESTERN INC.
Best New Design Apartment Style Condo 900 sq. ft. and over • JAYMAN MODUS, A DIVISION OF JAYMAN BUILT
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Best Villa / Duplex – up to $374,999 • CALBRIDGE 2010 LTD The Verve, 49 Fireside Cove, Cochrane
Best Villa / Duplex - $375,000 and over • ALBI HOMES LTD. Villa 8 Private Residence, Private
Best Apartment-Style Condo – One Bedroom + Den • HOMES BY AVI GROUP OF COMPANIES-AVI URBAN
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IN THE NEWS
Mortgage costs about to rise for some Canadians By Lydia McNutt
f you’re planning to buy a home this year with less than 10 per cent down, you can also plan for higher mortgage costs as of June 1, 2015. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) and Genworth Canada have announced that they are raising their mortgage insurance premiums by 15 per cent. CMHC increased its target capital requirements in mid-2014. The move isn’t expected to have a big impact on homebuyers’ pocketbooks or Canada’s housing markets, CMHC says. The higher premium would amount to an additional $5 per month for the typical borrower with a 95-per-cent loan-to-value ratio on a mortgage of $252,530. However, in Canada’s pricier markets, those monthly mortgage costs will inevitably be higher. In addition, the looming rise in mortgage costs could also
signal a busier-than-normal spring real estate market, as homebuyers try to beat the clock on the May 31 deadline. The increase in mortgage insurance premiums reflects concerns that Canadians are overextending their budgets by taking on more home than they can afford, leaving them in a tight spot when interest rates rise or at the slightest economic turn. Experts advise that homebuyers plan ahead, save their money and put down as much as possible, to avoid taking out a high-ratio mortgage. Homebuyers unable to save up this often hefty amount can still buy a home with a downpayment of less than 20 per cent, but federally regulated lenders require mortgage loan insurance, which covers them in case of payment default. The lender is responsible for the premiums and passes those costs on to the homebuyer in the form of a lump-sum payment, or more commonly, higher monthly payments. CMHC is Canada’s largest insurer of residential mortgages. Existing mortgages, high-ratio mortgages with more than a 10-per-cent downpayment, and mortgages on multi-unit properties will not be affected by the premium increase.
95% LOAN-TO-VALUE Loan Amount
Based on a five-year term at 2.79 per cent and a 25-year amortization
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condo buyers’ resource section YOU LOVE THE CONDO, SEE WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD! Compare mortgage rates for your best deal Calculate your mortgage payments
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You love the condo, see what you can afford!
Calculate your mortgage payments
% 5 YEARS
MONTHLY PRE-TAX INCOME
SPOUSE’S PRE-TAX INCOME
TOTAL PRE-TAX INCOME
DIVIDE BY THREE
AFFORDABLE MONTHLY PAYMENTS DIVIDED BY 12
AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE (PRICE-DOWN PAYMENT)
AMOUNT OF MORTGAGE DIVIDED BY 1,000
ESTIMATED MONTHLY TAXES AND HEAT
Follow these steps to see if you’ll qualify for a mortgage on your dream condo 01 Calculate the combined monthly beforetax income of you and your spouse. 02 Divide by three. This figure is the monthly payment you can afford to make on your condo. 03 Take the total price of the condo and subtract the amount of money you expect to make as a down payment. This is the money you will have to borrow. 04 Refer to the chart above. Look down the left column and locate the interest rate you expect to pay. Line this up with the amortization period of your choice. (Most first-time buyers take the 25-year amortization.)
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05 Multiply this figure by the amount you need to borrow. Divide by 1,000. 06 Add to this your estimated monthly heating costs and monthly property taxes. 07 If this figure is equal to or less than one-third of your gross monthly income (calculated in Step 2), you’ll qualify for a mortgage on your dream condo. Bear in mind that this is a rough estimate. If you have several other large loans already, you may qualify for less. Also, banks and trust companies vary in their policies. The best way to know what you can afford is to go to the lending institution of your choice and get pre-qualified.
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Rates are subject to change without notice.
Mortgage options You can choose any of these mortgage options which fit into the two basic mortgage types. Lenders may even customize these options to suit your needs.
All mortgages are of two basic types: CONVENTIONAL
INSURED OR HIGH-RATIO
Allows borrowers are to repay all or part of the total amount of their mortgage at any time without penalty. Because of flexibility, this is ideal for borrowers who plan to sell their homes in the near future or who want to switch from a short-term mortgage at high-interest rates to a longer term when mortgage interest rates fall.
Buyer can borrow up to 95 per cent of the purchase price or the value of the property, whichever is less. The down payment can be as low as five per cent.
This usually has the lowest interest rate available but lacks the flexible features of other mortgage options.
Buyer can borrow up to 75 per cent of the purchase price or the value of the property, whichever is less. Buyer has to pay 25 per cent down. A conventional mortgage cannot exceed 75 per cent of the value of the property.
It’s a good choice for those who want the security of knowing their monthly payment is fixed for a longer term. Prepayment options are available but they are subject to conditions.
PORTABLE MORTGAGE Offers flexibility if borrowers move. Borrowers can take the mortgage to their new home or can transfer it (usually with the consent of the lender) to the purchaser of their old home. This is an attractive option if the rate on the existing mortgage is lower than current rates.
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