Airdrie House & Home: Airdrie’s quarterly housing market review

There’s been a drop in total sales in all markets in Airdrie during this first quarter of 2023.

There’s been a drop in total sales in all markets in Airdrie during this first quarter of 2023.

“While higher lending rates are impacting sales activity, there is a stronger pullback in new listings, keeping supply levels low and supporting some stronger than expected monthly price gains in the Calgary area,” said CREB Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “However in Airdrie the benchmark price of $487,200 is below the peak price of $510,700 in April 2022.”

Overall, the Airdrie market is still healthy for those selling.

The start of this year has total inventory levels up 18 per cent to 158, sales down 58 per cent to 184 total units, months of supply is 1.71 months – still a strong seller’s market for all of Airdrie’s residential market and average price is down 9.8 per cent. A seller’s market is defined when inventory is less than two months.

Single-family detached homes 2023 YTD are down 69 per cent with 86 sales, compared to last year of 276 sales. This puts the detached homes for 2023 in a balanced market with 2.4 months of inventory. The average price is $577,530, down 2.3 per cent from last year ($591,070). Days-on-Market (DOM) increased to 33 days, from 12 days in 2022.

Semi-detached (attached style) home sales prices YTD are down 43 per cent with 21 sales (37 in 2022). Attached homes are also in a balanced market with 2.15 months of inventory. The average price of attached homes sits at $434,948 up 4.9 per cent from last year YTD.

Townhouse sales have had a decrease of 45 per cent, with 50 sales YTD, compared to last year’s 91 sales. Townhouses are still in a seller’s market with .93 months of supply. The average townhouse price YTD is $349,058, up 5.4{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} from last year $330,914.

Apartment condominium sales are down 10 per cent YTD for 2023 with 27 sales, compared to 2022 at 30 sales. This market is doing well in Airdrie, leaving the apartment market in a seller’s market with .75 months of inventory (remembering 2016, with over 14 months of inventory). The average YTD sale price is $208,678, which is up 14.3 per cent from last year ($187,873).

New home builds for 2022-year-end in Airdrie decreased significantly to 621, down from 2021 of 1118 units, 2020’s 486 new builds, 768 new builds in 2019 and 701 in 2018. New communities to join Airdrie are Cobblestone Creek, Wildflower, Dry Creek Bay, Southwinds, and Bayview.

There were eight homes sold over $1 million last year on MLS in Bayside and Coopers, and currently two in Coopers for sale in that price range.

Gary Lock is a local REALTOR® with CIR Realty and has lived in Airdrie for the past 38 years.

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Walking through beauty in Hidcote’s hidden gardens | Gardens

If the previous owner of your garden came to visit, which part would you show them first? That’s what somebody asked Lottie Allen recently. She took a moment to think it over.

Allen is head gardener at Hidcote, in Gloucestershire, one of the National Trust’s flagship destinations – and the first to be acquired, in 1948, specifically because of the garden rather than the house. Since then, visitors have drawn inspiration from its ingenious architectural layout – a series of small rooms divided by hedges – as well as the dense, colorful planting, which includes many rare varieties.

Allen is keen to raise the profile of the man who created all this. On the 75th anniversary of its acquisition, the Trust is putting on a series of major exhibitions. “Lots of people have heard of Hidcote, but not of Lawrence Johnston. This was his only garden. If it wasn’t for him, this wouldn’t exist.”

'If it wasn't for him, this wouldn't exist': Lawrence Johnston with gardeners and his dogs at Hidcote in the 1930s.
‘If it wasn’t for him, this wouldn’t exist’: Lawrence Johnston with gardeners and his dogs at Hidcote in the 1930s. Photo: National Trust Images

So the first thing she would show Johnston, if he happened to visit, would be something that reflected continuity with his original vision. But with so much variety, what would that be? The old garden? The white garden, maple garden, pillar garden? Gazebos? Red borders? Bathing pool? One of the terraces, stream gardens or wildernesses? The great lawn? The souvenir guide lists 37 separate highlights.

Allen has been a head gardener at the National Trust for 20 years. But coming to Hidcote was a “massive, daunting” prospect. Its sheer complexity required her to write a five-year plan. “It would be so easy to come in and be scattergun,” she says.

On my first visit, in March, I walked around the garden before going in, on a path provided for dog-walkers. Keeping tightly to the perimeter, it provides tantalizing glimpses of what’s inside. Most striking, high above the rest, was a giant Magnolia campbellii waving its big pink hands to welcome me inside.

The lily pool at Hidcote.
‘Spaces to arouse curiosity’: the lily pool. Photo: James Dobson/National Trust Images

Map in hand, I entered the mazy garden and instantly felt a slightly anxious thrill: how could I possibly manage to see it all? And that Fomo is built into the design quite deliberately.

Johnston was born to a wealthy American family. His parents divorced when he was 12, and his mother brought him to England. He made a career in the army, but was always interested in gardening: three years before buying Hidcote, in 1907, he became a fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society. He was influenced by Thomas Mawson’s idea of ​​creating a series of spaces to arouse curiosity, rather than a panorama that can be grasped in one view. –

He built out gradually from the house, adding a series of garden rooms. It’s easy to imagine that without an initial design for the finished garden, he might have ended up with something boxy and

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Manhattan Residential Real Estate Shows Signs of Thawing

One of the country’s most expensive and frozen residential real estate markets is showing signs of a warmer-than-usual spring thaw.

Signed contracts for home purchases in Manhattan jumped 34.7{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} in March from February, compared with the 9{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} increase typical this time of year, according to data on Tuesday from real estate brokerage firm Douglas Elliman. At the same time, new listings rose 49.3{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} versus the typical 10{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} increase that kicks off the spring buying season. Both are still well below data from March 2021 during the frenzied real estate market of that year, with signed contracts down 35{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018}, and new listings down 19.4{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} year-over-year.

The ultra-expensive Manhattan market has been in the grip of a deadlock similar to the one that’s kept the national housing market in the doldrums, said Jonathan Miller, CEO of Miller Samuel, which prepared the report for Elliman. As mortgage rates ratcheted up over the course of 2022 and early 2023, many homeowners have grown reluctant to sell, partly because they’re reluctant to give up the ultra-low mortgage rates they got during the pandemic, and partly because there’s nothing for them to buy if they move out.

For the relatively few homes on the market in Manhattan, sellers seem reluctant to lower their prices too much, Miller said, citing anecdotal reports.

“I call 2023 ‘the year of disappointment’ because sellers aren’t going to get their 2021 prices and buyers aren’t going to get a substantial discount, so both sides are disappointed in the market at the moment,” Miller said.

That’s starting to turn around. Mortgage rates fell for the last three weeks of March, according to data from Freddie Mac, as the Federal Reserve signaled that its campaign of anti-inflation interest rate hikes is nearing an end. That’s given some owners the confidence to put their homes on the market, shaking up the Catch-22 that’s held down inventory and sales.

“Barring some other unknown, unforeseen economic event, there’s probably going to be a normal seasonal uptick, if not a little bit more of an uptick in the spring,” Miller said. “The spring market, which is typically the Super Bowl of any annual housing market, is going to see an uptick in activity as usual. And that will lessen downward pressure on prices in some markets.” Miller said.

That would be a reversal of the latest quarterly trend. Average condo and co-op prices rose 0.5{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} to $1,950,333 in the first quarter of 2023, Elliman data showed, although they are down 4.5{b5e4caabb46945dac267f6fa1789e0b2b1831cce91f79b27f72a0de22e4bb018} year-over-year.

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Best plants for beginners: 10 easy-care choices |

Growing fabulous flowers the first time is super exciting, but it can feel a bit daunting, too. Whether you’ve recently acquired an entire backyard to fill, or you just fancy adding a few containers to your patio, step one is choosing your plants. But with so many varieties to decide between, how do you narrow it down?

Of course, you’ll want to choose the ones that look beautiful in your flower beds or pots. But for beginners, it’s best to go with plants that are not only gorgeous, but also non-fussy about their care regime. After all, some of the more diva-ish varieties need relentless watering, frequent feeding, careful pruning, and protection from a myriad of threats (think inclement weather, pests, and disease) – an overwhelming list that can prove tricky to stay on top of, at least at first.

So, make your life easier by picking those who are happy with a more hands-off approach. You can always add more challenging varieties later, as your confidence builds.

10 garden plants that are great for beginners

Ease into gardening with these pretty plants. Just remember to check the label for specific planting instructions, and that the hardness rating is suitable for your region.

1. Rudbeckia

yellow rudbeckias

Rudbeckias will brighten up a flower bed

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Nancy Awot-Traut (opens in new tab), a Horticulture Specialist at Burpee, recommends these cheerful yellow daisies, rating them as one of the easiest perennials to grow. ‘They are drought and heat tolerant and don’t need much care.

‘Plant the flowers early in the spring and choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil,’ she advises. Removing the spent flowers will encourage them to keep blooming longer.

‘They are hardy in zones 3-9,’ she adds. They’re great for attracting pollinators, and make a beautiful addition to cut flower gardens.

Try ‘Goldsturm’, available from Nature Hills (opens in new tab)for a classic option that grows up to 24 inches in height.

2. Nepeta

nepeta

Nepeta is a favorite of bees

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‘Catmint (nepeta) comes in many different varieties and once they start blooming in late spring, they will bloom for the rest of the season,’ says Joanna VonBergen (opens in new tab), a gardening expert and the owner and writer behind the popular gardening website, Gingham Gardens. It graces backyards with masses of purple flowers which offset the scented foliage, and bees adore it.

‘If they start looking a little ragged, they can be sheared back and they will send up fresh blooms within a week or so,’ she adds.

Apart from this, it’s a very low-maintenance perennial plant, being drought-tolerant once established. It’s a good choice for planting along pathways to soften hardscaping. Try ‘Walker’s Low’, available from Burpee (opens in new tab)a popular edging plant that flowers for weeks on end.

3. French marigolds

French marigolds

These pretty flowers are good companion plants for a range of home grown vegetables

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HB 1113: Home-based business freedom

House Bill 1113, sponsored by Rep. Jansen Owen, prohibits local governments from restricting home-based occupations.

As Mississippi continues to grapple with a stagnant population, one of the brightest areas for potential is home-based businesses. We know that entrepreneurship start to climb at the beginning of the pandemic. But as technology has progressed over the past two-plus decades, the trend toward home-based businesses is not new. There are roughly 15 million home-based businesses in the United States, which makes up about half of all small businesses. Sixty-nine percent of startups are home-based, and 58 percent are women-owned.

And the benefits of a home-based business are great. This allows entrepreneurs to follow their dreams, with a particular benefit for groups like stay-at-home moms, as evidenced by the number of businesses run by women. One of the major considerations of running a home-based business is the ability to balance work and family responsibilities, increasing the quality of life. And, naturally, there is a lower cost associated with running a business from your home.

But throughout Mississippi, various municipalities have a variety of regulations that home-based businesses must face. And chances are they are different in the town next to you, creating uniformity problems.

Existing regulations that limit home-based businesses include limitations on the percentage of square footage in your house that can be dedicated to your business, what kind of equipment you can have, or who can work in your house. Meaning some places only allow family members to work with you. So working with your aunt is okay, but not your best friend. Your friend can be at your house any time of day, but if you start calling clients, you are breaking the law.

The proposed legislation doesn’t suddenly eliminate smart neighborhood regulations, but it is very clear in what a local government can do and what an entrepreneur can expect. This is good for protecting neighborhoods and providing for economic growth.

Empower Mississippi supports this legislation.

The bill died in committee. You can read the bill here.

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