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Halloween Masquerade Dance

As all may know I am involved with the Valley Winds Music Association. I would like to invite you join me at this year’s fundraiser for this fantastic group.

Join the Valley Winds Big Band and the Midnight Blue Jazz Band on Saturday November 1st for some fun in the Mountain Lady’s Haunted Greenhouse.

Dress up, get into the Halloween Spirit and float around the room to the sounds of the Band.

Tickets are $40 and include one drink, wine or beer.

Available online at www.valleywindsmusic.org or call Bob at 403-678-1069

 

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20 Years of Valley Winds Music Association

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The Murky Waters of Flood Issues

What lies ahead? Disclose, disclose, disclose.
Over the past few years, I have seen new and very interesting developments that even for an experienced associate with many years in this profession, have caused me to sit back and ponder a response.

Starting back in 2007 and 2008 when our market collapsed, agents were constantly having to educate their sellers on “what their property was worth.” The seller’s requests came in different forms, but the meanings were all the same. I bought my house for X dollars and now I need more than that to break even. Fortunately, most everyone has realized that the market dictates what a buyer will pay for a property.

The recent flood events in Southern Alberta have been devastating, both from a personal and property point of view. Stories of how members of the real estate industry have come to the aid of victims are very encouraging; however this event will affect our communities and our real estate market for some time to come.

The big concerns are the disclosure issues down the road. This disaster brought forward a number of potential liability problems. What if the house had water in it, but has been “fully remediated”, do we have to disclose? If the property was in an affected area, but experienced no damage, do we have to disclose? If your listing is on a flood plain, do we disclose? What if it’s a condominium with no actual damage to the unit, but costly repairs to the common areas like parkades? The answer for all these questions is yes! Yes! Yes! And yes! Let’s examine these questions.

First, who defines “fully remediated”? Was the work inspected? Were the mold issues taken care of? What were the qualifications of the contractor? The courts have said that it is not up to the seller or the real estate professional to decide about adequate remediation, but instead the buyer to decide after they have received full disclosure.

In the second scenario, where there has been no damage, a seller will probably be all over me to disclose that there was no damage to their property even though they live in one of the affected areas. It will alleviate the potential buyers concerns. Also, there were many properties flooded this year that escaped in 2005. So, if we had been using the 2005 event as a benchmark in advising buyers (or avoiding disclosure) since then, we would have been wrong.

Third, if a property is on a flood plain, do you disclose? Of course you do! Many of our buyers in this economy come from out of town and are not familiar with the topography that makes one area flood prone and another not. Also, it’s not good enough to say that with all the publicity everyone should know about it. Let’s imagine that two years from now I have a buyer from Houston in my car and they have no recollection of a brief news story they might have seen about a flood in Calgary or surrounding area. Part of me fulfilling my duty of care is to disclose.

Finally, when a buyer is purchasing a condominium, they are not just buying a dwelling…they are buying into a corporation. It is my responsibility to inform them of all the steps they can take to research that condominium corporation for themselves. If the condominium had a parkade full of water, there may be structural issues or at least pending special assessments to be aware of even if there was no damage to the particular dwelling.

Some of the best advice I can give my clients in these circumstances is to consult with other professionals such as lawyers, engineers or town planners.  Make sure you deal with a professional agent that provides you with all the answers you need.

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I’m rebuilding my website…

Sorry for the inconvenience as I build out my new website with new features and information.

Real Estate listing and search information will be available and updated on a regular basis. As well I will be publishing local news and lifestyle items in this blog. Expect to see reports and useful information about the Canmore real estate market.

Thanks for your patience.

Bob Aishford,
Canmore Alberta REALTOR®
Royal LePage Rocky Mountain Realty
#101 710 10th street, Canmore, Alberta
Office Phone: 403-678-1069
Mobile Phone: 403-678-1069
Fax: 888-404-3471

Email: bob@bobaishford.com

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Canmore Tourism Group Overcomes Deficit in 2012, Looking Ahead to 2013

The tourism industry in Canmore is seeing a healthy uptick, as reported by the Canmore Business and Tourism organization in a meeting this past Tuesday. Andrew Nickerson, CEO and president of the group noted that the reorganization of the board and its responsibilities has helped turn things around. More leadership has been shown and a new auditing agency has been hired. Basically the workings of the CB&T are being looked at with fresh eyes.

A deficit in the funding side was found from last year, putting the agency in the red. Apparently the prior auditing agency had missed something, pronouncing the organization fiscally sound and in the black each year. After some reorganization, the CB&T is now officially back in the black overcoming a deficit of $162,000 and turning it into an asset of $83,000 in net funds.

Plans are afoot to keep marketing Canmore as the destination of choice in Alberta for both foreign and domestic tourists, even those in nearby locales. Advertizing will gradually increase as the budget likewise increases. Ways to improve and grow the Destination Marketing Fund are in the works. One of those is a proposed three percent tax on accommodation and tourist activities, beginning in 2013. This tax would be paid by the consumer and not affect the bottom lines of local businesses. CB&T estimates this tax will bring in over $1.5 million by the end of 2013. Council will be taking a look at the proposal during the fall session.

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Octopus Mountain Fire under Watchful Eye of Parks Canada

The heat wave being experienced across much of Canada is keeping fire fighters on their toes. Heavily forested British Columbia is no exception. One large blaze in the Kootenay National Park has been labeled the Octopus Mountain blaze. As of the early hours of August 16th the fire had consumed 80 hectares of forestland.

Parks Canada is watching this blaze closely because the area is adjacent to the Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. Currently the agency has two helicopters and fire crews keeping an eye on the fires. Efforts are being coordinated with B.C. Wildlife Management and B.C. Provincial Parks.

Fire communications officer Julie Millen noted the crews are looking for specific trigger points in order to complete a plan of containment. Firefighters are being helped by some light rain brought in by a cold front that is keeping the fire localized. But with that cold front comes the threat of lightning strikes which could cause additional fires. The Octopus Mountain Blaze was started by a lightning strike. The forecast predicts lightning storms through this coming Sunday.

Travelers driving along Highway 93 South and in Sunshine Village, about 20 kilometres away to the northeast, may see smoke. Millen noted that at present no structures are threatened except for one cabin belonging to Parks Canada. A sprinkler system has been set up to protect it. Parks Canada has also closed trails in the Simpson Creek and Lachine basins as a precaution. Anyone planning on visiting the area should check the websites for Parks Canada or the B.C. Provincial Parks for the latest on the fire, road and trail closures.

Octopus Mountain got its name from photographer and surveyor Robert Daniel McCaw in 1913. He was working on what would become the Banff-Windermere Highway, or Highway 93 South, part of the Great Circle Tour of national parks throughout Canada and the United States.

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Grizzly Bear Chases Dog on Canmore Trail

Canmore is grizzly bear country. If you happened to forget that fact, the bears are there to remind you. An off leash dog was chased by a bear on one of the town’s nearby trails and it’s the second time bears have been in the news in recent weeks. That prompted Conservation officers to issue warnings for the area around the residential development of Peaks of Grassi and several local trails.

Among the trails on the list are Riders of Rohan, Highline and the trail that skirts the power lines overlooking Quarry Lake.

The latest incident happened this past Monday at roughly 7:30 in the evening. What is believed to be a grizzly chased a dog that was with a mountain biker for about 100 meters. Neither man nor dog was injured.

Glenn Naylor, with Alberta Parks noted that dogs must be kept on a leash when in an area that is prime bear habitat. Naylor noted that this bear learned that dogs are threatening and can and/or should be chased. Chances are that bear will do the same with another dog.

When out in bear country it is best to travel in a group, make lots of noise and carry bear spray. Dogs must be on a leash and under control. The bear warning will be in effect indefinitely. Just three weeks prior a female grizzly and her three cubs were relocated to northern Alberta. They were too acclimatized to humans and could not be discouraged from visiting Canmore neighbourhoods.

 

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