My boss asked me to do a demographics workup of Canada, so I spent about two weeks looking at the different regions and learning about the economies, housing markets and diversity of the citizens who live there. I already knew a lot about Vancouver, because that’s where my ex and his new family are living. But I did not know much about the Edmonton-Calgary corridor and I was surprised to find that area is considered comparable to Silicon Valley in California – without the beach.
Calgary real estate is a very hot market right now, with modern, high quality single family homes and condos on the market. The Canadian government shares different data than our U.S. government when it comes to demographics, so I started looking for other sources to find the data my boss needed.
I found a web site hosted by The Cliff Stevenson Group that features some of his property listings on his home page. I have to say the the style and size of the homes shown look a lot like the houses in Nashville and are selling for about the same price. The only drawback for me was not knowing the neighborhoods, which is really why I see a lot of value in working with Calgary real estate agents in the first place.
An experienced agent knows the marketplace, trends and neighborhoods – and that is hard to find out from just looking at listings on the internet. That’s not to say that the internet is not helpful – it really is. When you find someone like Cliff to work with, you can search the MLS listings and narrow down what properties are interesting, then talk with him on the phone to find out more. And if you are local, you can book a showing through the web site, see his listings on a map, or sign up for notifications of new listings to come to your email.
If I was in the tech industry or oil industry, I would jump at the chance to take a job in Calgary and move to Canada. It is beautiful country, the people are so warm and friendly, and there is so much to do, both indoors and out, for families and single people. Not that different from California, but a lower cost of living and a lot more skiing if you live in Canada.