Community leagues have great stories. And telling them well is a great way to engage people in the league, in their community, and as neighbours. Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues has collected and developed a number of great resources designed specifically to support community leagues in connecting neighbours on and offline, and in using social media tools to share great stories about their neighbourhoods.In 2014 Community Leagues, Guide Book, Social Media
The government of Alberta is about to institute a major change in its condominium laws. Along with changes to the law itself, this provides an opportunity to review the mechanism through which Alberta consumers are educated regarding this complex legislation.
This document is the result of a study funded by the Alberta Real Estate Foundation in which the program in Real Estate and Urban Economics at the Alberta School of Business, scanned and examined best practices around the world regarding communicating key aspects of condominium legislation and services to industry participants with a specific focus on condominium buyers and owners.
In 2013 Condominium Legislation, Consumer Information
Calgary as a city continues to lead Canada in terms of population growth and, as its economy continues to grow, increasingly competes on a global scale for both business and talent. As Calgary becomes recognized as a global city, it needs to keep up with other Great Cities to attract successful businesses, elite-level talent, and provide critical infrastructure support for economic success.
With Calgary’s growth in mind, the Calgary Chamber launched the Great Cities initiative, which looks to understand the importance of cities in the global economy, and the impact municipal decisions and actions have on the success of a community.In 2013 Community Research, Industry Leadership, Industry Research
Condominiums present a unique challenge when it comes to becoming more energy efficient. That’s why the Green Condo Guide was developed. It lays out ways condo boards or condo managers can make their buildings more energy efficient and save residents money. It also includes case studies of condos that have done upgrades and saved substantially.In 2014 Affordability, Consumer Information, Energy Efficiency, Environment, Green Building, Guide Book, Sustainability, Urban Planning
It’s every homeowner’s nightmare: You buy a home, move in, then find out there’s an abandoned gas well beneath, leaking and contaminating your property.
Think it can’t happen to you? It can. According to the Energy Resources Conservation Board in November 2012 over 150,000 abandoned wellsites dotted the Alberta landscape, making it essential that buyers do their homework.
“These nightmares happen because of gaps between what Albertans should know, could know and actually do know about their environment,” says Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel and author of a new Environmental Law Centre publication, What Lies Beneath? Access to Environmental Information in Alberta.
In 2009 Consumer Information, Consumer Research, Environment, Guide Book, Industry Research, Land Use, Policy and Legal
Topics include the affordability and availability of housing and commercial space, homelessness, regional planning, planning for population and demographic changes, and creating engaging public spaces. This issue features case studies from Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Camrose, and Cold Lake, and includes interviews with members of Alberta’s real estate community. A preview version of Curb’s “Boomtowns” issue is available here, and a full version is available through the CRSC website.In 2013 Affordability, Consumer Information, Land Use, Urban Planning
Building Toward Water Efficiency: Policy Innovation and Education in New and Existing Homes
Residential builders and realtors have been neglected in water efficiency research. But these groups can be a highly influential and there are some exciting examples of innovation in Ontario, the Canadian West and in California. This two-year research project investigates the sample groups’ deep beliefs and values – their tacit knowledge. The results will be used to contribute to effective policy for residential water efficiency.In 2008 Education, New and Existing Homes, Policy Innovation
Are you a REALTOR® that has clients new to Canmore? Help them feel more at home: Give them a Sustainable Action Canmore booklet. Hard copies available from the Biosphere Institute.In 2013 Consumer Information, Environment, Land Use, REALTORS® Information, Rural, Stewardship, Sustainability
Placemaking has become a popular term in policy circles for making a city, region or community more inviting for residents and investment, both existing and prospective. In growing economies such as Alberta, placemaking can help balance growth pressures with liveability, in addition to attracting new talent. But successful placemaking is complex, requiring the engagement of a wide array of stakeholders and going well beyond the branding and beautification exercises often associated with it. Housing forms and availability, community design, transportation, sustainability, local narratives and governance all weigh into the success of any placemaking initiative.In 2013 Consumer Research, Land Use, Sustainability, Urban Planning
Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA)’s Service Excellence Program is a comprehensive professional development opportunity helping to align the services Alberta REALTORS® provide with what today’s consumers expect. Using extensive consumer research, the program provides REALTORS® the knowledge of how those expectations have changed, and then provides the tools to help ensure the REALTOR®’s service meets or exceeds clients’ expectations.
Also read the 2010 Summary Consumer Focus Groups ReportIn 2009 Industry Education, Industry Leadership, Industry Research, Real Estate Boards, REALTORS® Information
Green Acreages Guide primer was developed to coincide with the Green Acreages guide. The primer contains introductory information from the guide that acreage owners can use to begin thinking about best management practices.In 2012 Consumer Information, Environment, Guide Book, Industry Education, Land Use, Rural, Stewardship, Water
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