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Canmore, My Town: A Realtor's Homage to Canmore 


When I hitchhiked the USA and Canada as a teenager in the 1980's a dream was born. I would one day live in Canada. Thirty years later - I was married with two young kids and working in Shanghai, China - I was ready to make the move.

In 2011 while still working in China my wife and I came to Canada for 8 weeks with the sole purpose to find a place to call home.



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Real Estate is one of the Hottest Topics in Canada These Days

Read the full blog for a 2022 Canmore real estate market review and a quick look at 2023

 

2021 was an incredible year in Real Estate with the markets running hot. After taking a deep plunge during the pandemic, the Canadian economy bounced back in 2021/2022 with strong growth and record-low unemployment.


This exuberance in the economy along with global pressures, led to arguably the most pressing economic issue of the year: decades-high inflation.


The Bank of Canada responded to rapidly rising prices with one of the fastest monetary policy tightening cycles in its history, setting the stage for a rockier year.


Since March 2022, the central bank has raised its key interest rate seven consecutive times, from 0.25 per cent to 4.25 per cent. That's the highest it's been since January 2008.


Canadians and businesses facing higher borrowing costs are expected to pull back on spending more noticeably in 2023. Economists expect that...

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I must admit – the first time I ever walked into the Legion here in Canmore it was with very mixed feelings. I was born in Germany in 1964 and the war was long over by then. But Germany had started and lost both world wars.


I grew up with a lot of war guilt. History class hammered it in again and again.


Alongside Austria-Hungary, Germany had fought and lost a fierce battle in World War I from 1914 to 1918. A war that claimed 16 million casualties. Canadian troops fought alongside troops from Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan, and the United States against troops from Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire.


In 1939, Germany started WWII with the invasion of Poland. The war lasted 6 years. It was the deadliest conflict in human history and resulted in over 80 million fatalities.


As a teenager my parents sent me for a year to a private school in South-West England. Every Saturday was movie time. I still remember those nights when war movies were...

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Canmore’s challenged Real Estate Market in the Third Quarter of 2022

What you need to know to navigate the market right now!

A raging virus,  a war in Europe, rising inflation;  investors, politicians and decision makers worldwide are finding it more and more challenging to navigate our fast-changing worldwide economies. What is happening worldwide and nationwide also has a direct effect on every single person locally. We are all past, present or future homeowners and a real estate transaction can easily be the biggest transaction of our lives. More than ever, we need to know what’s happening in our local markets to make the right decisions. Decisions today are harder to make than in the past, but will have lasting consequences in future years.  


The Governor of the Bank of Canada, Mr. Tiff Macklem held a speech on October 6th, 2022 before the Chamber of Commerce in Calgary. During his speech he stressed the necessity of another interest increase to slow down...

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People from all over the world are moving to Canmore, Alberta.

Read more to find out why!

The secret is out on Canmore’s beauty, amazing lifestyle, and heavenly setting. Nestled in the mountains just one hour away from Calgary and right on the border of Banff National Park, this charming mountain town in Alberta has it all.


In summer, visitors come to spend time hiking the absolutely stunning mountain trails, but they soon discover that Canmore has so much more to offer! The curious adventurer will discover more sports, life music and arts. Canada Day, The Highland Games, The Canmore Folk Festival, Canmore Uncorked or Xterra Canmore Triathlon are just a few of the events which represent Canmore’s versatility.


Sport enthusiasts can’t get enough of living here once they discover the multiple activities available so close to their homes. Golf lovers can choose between three golf courses, kayakers and stand up paddleboarders can paddle down the Bow River or in the reservoir....

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Canadian Legislation Bans Foreigners From Buying Homes

Update: Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act

On June 23rd, 2022, the Parliament of Canada passed legislation called “The Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act”, which will come into force on January 1st, 2023. 

The Government is now working to finalize certain details in regulations under the Act. These details include selected definitions, exceptions and enforcement elements. Additional revisions may still affect this new actm but stakeholders are advised to check early if the Act could apply to them and the implications. 


The Act prohibits non-Canadians from purchasing, directly or indirectly, residential property in Canada for a period of two years. Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents are not subject to the prohibition. 


The act defines residential property to include any real property or immovable property of not more than...

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Underused Housing Tax (UHT)

What you need to know if you own real estate in Canada

On June 9, 2022, Canada’s Bill C-8 was enacted. The bill implements certain measures including Canada’s new 1% “Underused Housing Tax”. This new law is retroactively effective January 1, 2022. The stated purpose for introducing this national tax was to ensure that non-resident owners who were using Canada as a place to passively store their wealth in housing pay their fair share.


Some details have not been confirmed yet thus regulation and additional revisions may still affect this new tax regime. Real Estate owners are advised to check if this new Act applies to them and / or if they have a tax filing requirement.


The Underused Housing Tax which applies on a calendar year basis is an annual 1% tax on the value of vacant or underused residential property directly or indirectly owned by non-Canadians and non- Residents on December 31 st of the particular calendar year.

Residential...

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Interest Rates in Canada have been going up

Find out how this is influencing the real estate market in Canmore!

On September 7th, 2022, the Bank of Canada raised interest rates by 75-basis points. The benchmark rate increased from 2.5% to 3.25%, a 14-year high. This was the fourth consecutive outsize rate increase and hit a level not seen since April 2008.


Given the outlook for inflation, the Central Bank is anticipating that the policy rate will still need to increase further.


The Bank’s next rate announcement is on Oct. 26th, 2022. It will also publish its quarterly monetary policy report, which lays out the central bank’s latest inflation and economic growth forecasts.


Raging inflation, Covid still around the corner, a War in Europe …. in a globalized world, these international crises influence real estate even in such small and remote places like Canmore. Predictions on future market developments are dependent on multiple factors and become more and more challenging....

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People have been stopping me on the street, asking what "I Champion Your interests!" is all about. Hear it from a spot by radio 106.5 Mountain FM, our local Canmore Radio Station:






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Getting a dream house is often on everyone’s bucket list. Now that you have decided to buy a house, you need to be really careful so that you get what you really want. Many places may look totally attractive and you may think it’s the one, with a much deeper evaluation you may come to realize certain faults. Here are a few tips to prioritize in your property hunt:

Which part of your dream you can live without?

Nothing is really ever pure perfection, something’s we get others we don’t. The important thing is to prioritize what it is that you want and what is not so essential. Relax this does not mean you have to quit on that one thing; you could do some construction work and fix it into your dream house. A house like this means you go beyond imagination, way and way beyond what your current life can term as normal.

Things that you love

Some of us love water, they thus prefer waking up to the oceans morning breeze and taking walks on the beach at night, burying your...
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