September 2006 Newsletter
Canmore Market Synopsis
Canmore’s real estate activity has its own rhythms compared to other Western Canadian markets, and variation occurs within individual market segments. August results proved typical of this scenario.
When most areas were experiencing seasonal slow down in August sales compared to July this year, Canmore sales increased over last month by 30% in the entire market, almost tripled July sales in the single-family market segment and more than doubled July’s sales in the duplex market.
Median prices continued the upward trend with double-digit increases over last year at this same time. The median price of a single-family unit sold in August was $699,900 in Canmore, while in the condo market the median price registered at $397,000.
When you’re short on space, but big on ideas, organization and ingenuity are key. Similar to the way a large space can be arranged to seem more intimate, a small space can be designed to appear more spacious. It’s easy to do – you just have to be creative in your use of paint, furniture and lighting.
Use lighter shades
Light and airy colours such as cream, white, icy blue, pale green, and yellow can help make a small room appear larger. Another way to blend elements of a room together is through the use of monochromatic paint colours and fabrics.
The farther you can see through a space, the larger and more open it will seem. Eliminate clutter and avoid over-decorating with too many trinkets and wall hangings. Arrange furnishings to open up floor space and avoid blocking views of windows and doors. When selecting furniture, choose benches, ottomans, armless chairs and sofas to keep space open. A flat screen television is far less intrusive on living spaces that are used for relaxing as well as entertaining.
You can also add the illusion of space with the sparkle and reflection of mirrors. In addition to strategically positioned wall-mounted mirrors, consider setting an oversized mirror on the floor and leaning it against a wall. A mirrored or glass tabletop is also a fun way to add some shine and depth to your room. A glass coffee table for example, practically disappears within a room.
Make it bright
Uncovering windows and adding additional light fixtures can eliminate dark shadows. Open up a space by hanging track lighting to accentuate art, or add bookshelf lights to highlight a cabinet. You’ll find a variety of lighting fixture designs available, so your options are virtually limitless.
Optimize your space
For efficient small space living, consider these tips and remember to keep the space in mind at all times. By utilizing multipurpose items such as futons, compact kitchen sets and storage trunks, what was once a small and cramped space will seem larger, more organized and more inviting.
2006 SPCA Barn Dance - September 16
Hosted by the Bow Valley SPCA at the Cross Zee Ranch, the Annual Barn Dance will feature local favourites TR3 and Sully's Garage. Proceeds from the Silent Auction and the Barn Dance will support the Bow Valley SPCA in achieving their goal to build a No-Kill, No-Cage Adoption Centre for dogs and cats in the Bow Valley - the first of it's kind in Canada. 6:00pm – 11:00pm. For more information, please call (403) 609-2022 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Fox Run - September 17
Support Terry's dream for cancer research. The run starts at Centennial Park, September 17th at 10:00 am. Pledge forms can be picked up at The Phone Store, Civic Centre and Canmore Library or Pledge on line at www.terryfoxrun.org For more information call Norma Stimpson (403) 609-2841 or Rob Seeley (403) 609-1010
13th Annual Festival of Eagles October 12th to 14th
The Annual Celebration of the spirit and presence of the GOLDEN EAGLE & its autumn migration over the Community of Canmore, Alberta.
The ancient southward journey of nature's magnificent Golden Eagle will begin again, thousands of feet above Canmore. Join us for a weekend of Eagle Celebrations including guided hikes, bird walks, interpretive displays, theatrical performances and guest speakers. Spotting scopes are set up at Canmore Collegiate High School where an outdoor amphitheater provides the perfect setting for eagle watching both on high and up close and personal with Colin Weir and his Alberta Birds of Prey Exhibit. Among the live birds on display will be a golden eagle. It's an extraordinary opportunity to see one of these magnificent birds without binoculars!
FOR ROYAL LEPAGE ROCKY MOUNTAIN REALTY'S LISTINGS PLEASE