These Local Innovations are Changing the Way We Buy and Sell Homes

Learn about local real estate innovations like Sola, Bōde Canada, and Ownly.

Illustration by Gust of Wind Studio.

New Sola Condos Listing on Shopify

Sola is a proposed eight-storey mixed use project in West Hillhurst that will contain 172 homes with unique amenities, luxury finishes — and the latest technologies. “I’ve been involved for over 30 years in real estate development and always been focused on tech and innovation,” says Harish Consul, president and CEO of Ocgrow Group of Companies, the leading developer behind Sola. “Now, we’re looking at how we can take real estate condo projects to the next level.” In addition to the fitness centre, indoor and outdoor rooftop terraces, heated parking garage with storage lockers, self-serve car wash bay, bike-lockup and pet spa, Sola units will come equipped with gigabit ethernet high-speed internet. Ocgrow has also partnered with Amazon (all units are equipped with Alexa devices) and with Shopify, to sell, buy and virtually tour Sola units online.

Consul says his company has seen interest from Ontario and B.C. real estate investors who believe in the growth of Calgary, something he believes is a good sign. “There’s a huge amount of tech job growth coming in,” he says, “so we’re seeing a lot of investors now looking at Calgary to get involved.” 


Bōde Canada

Launched in Alberta in 2019, Bōde is an online real estate marketplace. Sellers can use market data to view what is happening in their area or check the sold data to gauge what’s selling and how to best market their home, while users can schedule viewings, check offers or set terms and conditions on a closing contract through a free account. Bōde takes a one-per cent service fee from the final selling price, but home buyers are spared paying agent commission fees, and sellers are provided professional photos and measurements.

This AI-powered platform provides homebuilders with real-time data into what buyers are interested in. Once is integrated into a homebuilder’s website, it learns to track buyers’ preferences and what they are looking for in categories such as location and design. The data allows builders to optimize plans and designs to build the perfect home for buyers — at the right price.



Ownly is an all-in-one shopping tool designed to streamline the real-estate purchasing and homebuilding processes. The online platform lets users shop around, get finance options, make offers, place a deposit and purchase a lot or home. Ownly also provides insight into credit capabilities and what communities and upgrades are currently popular. Users can preview available lots for sale, then fully design and furnish a custom home, all online.

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This article appears in the June 2022 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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