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Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Redwood Meadows

Picturesque living between Calgary and the mountains Perched at the junction of Highways 8 and 22X with a beautiful mountain backdrop, the townsite of Redwood Meadows is attracting young families who want to get away from it all, while staying close enough to the city for a quick commute. ?It?s very social and very friendly here. I know it sounds cliché, but you know your neighbours,? said resident Mike Decore, who moved to the area three years ago and commutes to an office in downtown Calgary. ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Thu, 13 Sep 2018 18:15:08 +0000

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - tips for decluttering

A cluttered home or workspace can be stressful and distracting. Although getting rid of clutter can sometimes seem overwhelming, by taking small and manageable steps you can quickly and easily reclaim your space. See our checklist below, it will help you feel more calm and productive as you begin. Our junk truck teams have seen lots of clutter in their days. We?ve been able to put together a list to help you prepare for de-cluttering your life during spring cleaning. 1. Be Prepared: Don?t start ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Tue, 07 Aug 2018 17:59:07 +0000

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - New Listing - C4199135

Just added this listing:"Huge potential with this lovingly kept bungalow. Newer furnace, water heater, electric panel and roof. Bonus - There is hardwood under the carpet! A fabulous location on the corner of Tamarac Cres. Across the street is the community centre (new 2016) with the senior?s lawn bowling club and a playground. The main floor has a large living room, dining room and kitchen, 3 bedrooms and one four piece bathroom. Downstairs you will find a kitchenette, bedroom, sitting room, a ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Tue, 07 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 5 tips to remember when you are buying or renting together

1. When renting, everyone will have to sign the lease. A careful landlord will make sure that there is one lease, signed by all of the tenants. This means that each tenant will be responsible for the entire monthly rent. It is thus important that you are satisfied with your fellow tenants because if one just disappears, the others will have to make up the shortfall and figure out how to find the new tenant to share expenses. 2. How do you protect yourself when buying a property together? The ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 01 Aug 2018 22:38:34 +0000

Sunday, July 22, 2018 - Cranston

I have several listings in this lovely Southeast Calgary community. It  is a nature lover?s dream Appealing to a variety of demographics, the dynamic community of Cranston offers a taste of the good life. ?It?s a great community with so much to offer, including schools and shopping right in the area,? said Justin Castelino, marketing manager for Brookfield Residential, the developer behind upper Cranston and the niche community of Cranston?s Riverstone. Since its launch, the master-planned ...
posted in Community info at Sun, 22 Jul 2018 17:21:54 +0000

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - patio season!

How to create a great backyard getaway for patio season Patio season is underway, so it?s time to get your garden ready. With a little planning, you can make your own cozy corner for sitting and entertaining a reality this weekend. ShelterNew neighbourhoods lack trees and high-rise decks are exposed to the elements. Both mean you need to think windbreak and sunbreak first, planting second. Shade cloth, outdoor curtains or overhead shade sails are an instant source of comfort for patios where ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:10:57 +0000

Sunday, July 8, 2018 - wine room?

In-home wine cellars? popularity on the rise Canadians love to kick back and enjoy a good sip or smooth tipple ? after all, we spent $7 billion on wine alone in 2016, according to Statistics Canada. So it?s no surprise that people are building the activity into their homes. Whether a leisure-time imbiber, a hobbyist or a serious collector, wine racks, wine rooms and wet bars have become popular additions to new-home designs and renovated homes alike. Pieter Spinder is president and chief design ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sun, 08 Jul 2018 15:37:53 +0000

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - Just Sold - C4188160

Just sold this listing:"This is a gorgeous 2 storey split in the prestigious Willow Park Estates. As you enter, the large foyer has a tiled entrance thru to the kitchen. On your left are French doors leading to a beautiful living room with a gas lighted wood burning fireplace and stone surround. Built in cabinets make a natural division to the formal dining area where an entry way gives access to the kitchen with new pot lights, an island and lots of cupboards. The breakfast nook overlooks the ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Wed, 27 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - Just Sold - C4184371

Just sold this listing:"Priced to sell! on this updated 2 storey end unit in the wonderful complex of Woodlands on the Park - Adjacent to fish creek park - nature and adventure abound! As you enter into the foyer from either the double garage or front door you have a convenient half bath. Then, the main floor with gorgeous hardwood floors is very bright and open. The living room has a gas fireplace and patio doors to enjoy the oversized fully fenced deck. (Gas hook up for your barbeque here!). ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Wed, 27 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Monday, June 25, 2018 - Are you ready for your road trip?

Whether you?re taking the cover off that vintage Cadillac or just driving your trusty Toyota, don?t overlook giving your ride a tune-up. The last thing you want to have happen is for your engine to overheat, stall or break down. Here are a few car-care tips to help you avoid a costly repair this spring and summer. HOSE IT DOWNGive your vehicle a good wash from top to bottom?that includes cleaning the tires, wheel wells and undercarriage, where grit and road salt may still be present. If you?re ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 25 Jun 2018 17:03:13 +0000

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Hidden Rooms!

The broad appeal of secret-room renovations If you love those scenes from old movies where a wall opens to reveal a secret room, you can now put yourself squarely in the picture. Hidden rooms in houses ? usually custom-built homes, rather than existing structures ? are growing in popularity, and for good reason. ?The demand for these rooms is huge right now, partly because thieves aren?t taking televisions or stereos anymore ? they?re going after your identity,? said Sandy Scheiris, CEO of ...
posted in home tips at Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:03:02 +0000

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - understanding your budget

How much home can you afford? Shopping for the home of your dreams requires knowing how much you can afford to spend, which for most buyers ties directly into a mortgage. Financial institutions in Canada look at a buyer?s Gross Debt Service (GDS) and Total Debt Service (TDS) ratios to help determine how much mortgage to approve, and therefore, how much home a person can afford. GDS includes expenses related to the home, such as mortgage principal and interest, property taxes, heating costs and ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 17 Jun 2018 17:06:01 +0000

Friday, June 15, 2018 - Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring has sprung!! While it is time to welcome flowers, leaves and warmth, it?s also time to do some home maintenance and get your house cleaned up after the long winter. Gutters and downspouts: Pull leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. Re-attach gutters that have pulled away from the house. Run a hose on the roof and check for proper drainage. If any leaks exist, dry the area and use caulking or epoxy to seal the leak.Siding: Clean siding with a pressure washer. Check all wood ...
posted in home tips at Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:31:40 +0000

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - demystifying condo fees

Demystifying condo fees We?ve probably all heard someone say they?d love to buy a condominium, but they don?t like the idea of paying condo fees. ?We see that $500 condo fee and ask, ?what do I get?? ? said Bernice Winter, CEO of Condo Check, a Calgary company that provides condominium services, including document reviews. Winter says when people buy into a condominium, they buy into a share of responsibility for expenses related to operating, maintaining and repairing areas of the building ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:01:22 +0000

Monday, June 11, 2018 - New homes in older communities!

You don't have to move out to the suburbs to own a new home - here are some older communities that are getting a makeover! Redevelopment projects lead to new communities in established areas Most people think of new communities as being on the outskirts of the city, often in areas where amenities like shopping and schools are still lacking. But there are a growing number of new communities springing up in well-established areas of Calgary, as redevelopment occurs on lands once used for ...
posted in Community info at Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:54:17 +0000

Monday, June 11, 2018 - New Listing - C4189861

Just added this listing:"Wow! This home is immaculate and a pleasure to show. You will enjoy the multitude of upgrades the owners built into this home (ask me for the full feature list) ? heated tile floors throughout the entire living space in the basement, surround sound through the entire house even to the deck outside and a steam shower in the ensuite are just a few! As you enter the front door, there is a flex room to your left to the right is a half bath, utility room and entrance to the ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - Belmont

New southwest community of Belmont offers new beginnings Sitting just south of Silverado between 194th Avenue and 210th Avenue S.W., the new Calgary community of Belmont is touted as a quiet refuge on the edge of the city and a place for new beginnings. ?It?s a bright, modern community with a broad appeal for those looking for affordable quality in south Calgary,? said Steve LePan, development manager with Anthem United. ?As the first new community in the area, it?s focused on affordable ...
posted in Community info at Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:41:47 +0000

Friday, June 1, 2018 - Mahogany

Popular southeast lake community continues to grow  The community?s architecture, lake, wetlands and extensive pathway system that connects it all attracts families.  ?There are so many community events ? ladies? nights are the best ? and the overall community feel is second to none,?  ?That is just what Hopewell Residential, the developer behind the community, had in mind when it created the vision for Mahogany. ?When Mahogany first launched 10 years ago, we sought to create a community like ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Fri, 01 Jun 2018 20:41:04 +0000

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - New Listing - C4188160

Just added this listing:"This is a gorgeous 2 storey split in the prestigious Willow Park Estates. As you enter, the large foyer has a tiled entrance thru to the kitchen. On your left are French doors leading to a beautiful living room with a gas lighted wood burning fireplace and stone surround. Built in cabinets make a natural division to the formal dining area where an entry way gives access to the kitchen with new pot lights, an island and lots of cupboards. The breakfast nook overlooks the ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Thu, 31 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - New Listing - C4187203

Just added this listing:"Amazing price in applewood! You can't beat this newly renovated 1 bedroom apartment in the family friendly community of Applewood. This well managed building only has 3 floors and is Ideal as an investment property or live in it yourself and watch the fireworks of Globalfest right from your balcony! With 9' ceilings, in-suite laundry, new flooring, paint, fixtures and kitchen appliances there is nothing to do but move in! With an underground parking stall and quick and ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Tue, 29 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Skyview Ranch

One of the first communities to establish a foothold in Calgary?s new north, Skyview Ranch has been steadily growing ever since its inception almost 10 years ago. In fact, its population has more than doubled in the past five years, growing from 4,519 residents in 2013 to more than 10,000 in 2017. It has attracted a young and diverse demographic looking for an affordable lifestyle that?s close to everything. The master-planned community is located in Calgary?s northeast quadrant and surrounded ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Thu, 24 May 2018 16:28:18 +0000

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - New Listing - C4184371

Just added this listing:"Priced to sell! on this updated 2 storey end unit in the wonderful complex of Woodlands on the Park - Adjacent to fish creek park - nature and adventure abound! As you enter into the foyer from either the double garage or front door you have a convenient half bath. Then, the main floor with gorgeous hardwood floors is very bright and open. The living room has a gas fireplace and patio doors to enjoy the oversized fully fenced deck. (Gas hook up for your barbeque here!). ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Sun, 13 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Friday, May 4, 2018 - allergy free home

Allergies are often associated with the arrival of spring, but indoor allergy sufferers will often find themselves sniffing and sneezing year-round. The culprit? Indoor allergens such as dust, dust mites and pet hair and dander. So how do you make sure your home is a respite from both seasonal and interior allergens and create a healthy environment for you and your family? According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, there are several best practices you can adopt to manage ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 04 May 2018 21:17:15 +0000

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - Just Sold - C4166333

Just sold this listing:"This ground floor unit has never been lived in and was Built by Cardel Lifestyles, a multiple, multifamily builder of the year! The location is amazing as you are next to the shops at Auburn Station, including a Co-op grocery, liquor store and gas station, a Tim Hortons and a pub! The over-sized one bedroom plan has plenty of room and 9' ceilings!. The flooring throughout is a luxury vinyl plank. As you enter the unit, to your right is a flex space leading to the laundry ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Sat, 28 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - SW Ringroad update

Ring road construction accelerates plans for new Richmond-Sarcee interchange Plans for a $106-million interchange at Richmond Road and Sarcee Trail are taking on added importance as construction continues along Calgary?s southwest ring road. Residents of surrounding communities, and the area?s city councillor, want the interchange plan to be funded and built in time to handle traffic when the ring road opens around the end of 2021. ?I?ve lived in the ward all my life and have never felt that ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:23:43 +0000

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - Timber frame and log homes

Classic timber-frame and log homes are the perfect fit for many Alberta acreage properties Attractive acreage properties lend themselves beautifully to some classic building methods: timber-frame construction and natural log homes. Each has its own appeal, and while the homes come at a premium cost, Alberta specialty builders say the results are worth the money. Lloyd Beckedorf, president of Moose Mountain Log Homes Inc. in Cochrane, says the look of a log home is timeless. ?You can look at log ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:00:10 +0000

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - March 2018 housing statistics

Housing Market Inventory on the Rise. As expected, slow sales this quarter have persisted through March in the City of Calgary. This is not a surprise, after stronger growth in sales at the end of last year following the announced changes to the lending market. First quarter sales totaled 3,423 units, nearly 18 per cent below last year's levels and 24 per cent below long-term averages. Easing sales and modest gains in new listings caused inventories to rise and months of supply to remain above ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Tue, 03 Apr 2018 16:02:19 +0000

Friday, March 23, 2018 - Midnapore and Sundance

Neighbouring Midnapore and Sundance share extensive amenities and lake-community identity It?s early afternoon on a chilly Saturday in January, and in Calgary?s southeast community of Sundance, groups of teenagers gather to play a friendly game of shinny on the frozen, manmade lake that serves as a hub for the community. There is camaraderie here ? an old-fashioned feeling of belonging. A fire pit takes centre stage at the upper skating rink, and an oversized sculpture of Santa Claus and his ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:35:31 +0000

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - Just Sold - C4164399

Just sold this listing:"OPEN Sat MAR 3, 2-4:30PM. This is the perfect starter home! Living space totals 900 Sq Ft. Affordable and wonderfully managed with a new roof and walk way recently completed. It has been professionally renovated with the knowledge of a local design firm to maximize the best use of space. For instance - the bathroom was reconfigured to allow for a huge pantry in the kitchen. These kitchen cupboards were custom made and are 9' high! The flooring is a gorgeous commercial ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - Just Sold - C4165234

Just sold this listing:"Don't miss out on this gorgeous starter home in Evergreen, on a quiet street just around the corner from the Catholic elementary school and a short drive to Glenmore christian academy! Meticulously taken care of, there is new flooring on the main floor. A kitchen complete with an island and pantry is open to the dining area with a nice partition wall giving separation to the living room. A half bath is conveniently located by the back door. Upstairs you will find a large ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 5 reasons to go to an openhouse

1. Give Yourself a Head Start on the House Hunt It can take awhile to get your head around the real estate market and you don?t want to feel like you?re making a premature decision. When making big choices ? like what wedding dress to wear for the big day or car to drive ? it can help to see many options. It is possible to pick the first gown you try on, or the first sedan you test-drive, but more likely than not you?ll want to do a little shopping and comparing ? this is especially true when ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sun, 04 Mar 2018 17:52:21 +0000

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 2018 mortgage rules

The new year is upon us, and with it, a whole new real estate reality. Tougher federal mortgage regulations took full effect on Jan. 1, slashing affordability for new borrowers and contributing to slower selling conditions than the record-breaking activity experienced throughout 2017 in Canada?s largest markets. Dubbed Guideline B-20, this latest parcel of policy changes is also anticipated to be the most impactful, as all new mortgage applicants must undergo a stress test regardless of their ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:03:46 +0000

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - Renovations on a budget

Renovations on a $5,000 budget At first glance, doing meaningful home renovations for $5,000 is akin to those travel guides for ?Europe on $10 a day?: easier said than done. Yet, like the backpacker who squeezes every penny from their budget to travel the globe, affordable renovations are not out of reach if you spend your nickels and dimes wisely. According to Bob Weir, vice-president of operations with Calgary?s Reborn Renovations, making improvements with $5,000 certainly narrows your ...
posted in home tips at Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:38:15 +0000

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - Tips for new home buyers

Five tips for first-time homebuyers The financing, the finagling, the legwork and the looking ? buying your first home is one of the most exciting times of your life, but it can also be one of the most intimidating and stressful things you?ll ever do. An experienced REALTOR® can help guide you through every step, negotiate on your behalf and streamline the entire purchase process. 1.Get pre-approved for a mortgage. ?Especially with the new mortgage rules that are in place now, with 20 per cent ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:17:29 +0000

Friday, February 16, 2018 - Nose hill Park

How Calgarians banded together to protect nature and create Nose Hill Park In the early 1970s, the booming city of Calgary was expanding ever outward. Developers looking for new areas to build communities cast their eyes upward in the northwest to Nose Hill, which dominated the area landscape. Nose Hill was prime real estate, untouched by residential development, but it was also viewed by some Calgarians as an important remnant of the fast-vanishing prairie grassland ecosystem. When a routine ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:46:10 +0000

Friday, February 16, 2018 - New Listing - C4166333

Just added this listing:"This ground floor unit has never been lived in and was Built by Cardel Lifestyles, a multiple, multifamily builder of the year! The location is amazing as you are next to the shops at Auburn Station, including a Co-op grocery, liquor store and gas station, a Tim Hortons and a pub! The over-sized one bedroom plan has plenty of room and 9' ceilings!. The flooring throughout is a luxury vinyl plank. As you enter the unit, to your right is a flex space leading to the ...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - Going "green"

10 energy-efficiency tips for the home Conduct a home energy assessmentTo save energy in your home, it helps to understand how you?re currently consuming ? and possibly wasting ? heat and electricity. A professional home energy assessment will provide comprehensive data on your home energy use and help provide a road map for improvements. The investment ? $500-750, depending on the size of your home ? will pay off in the long run. Some municipalities offer rebates to help cover the cost. You ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:53:33 +0000

Sunday, February 11, 2018 - February in the garden

Ordering seed for the horticultural season ahead ?I?ll start ordering seeds soon,? I think to myself, as I browse the catalogues that are filling my mailbox and inbox. As a gardener, I don?t have to wait for catalogues to arrive to get in on seed mania and neither do you. If you have a balcony or a patio, you can dream of growing Tiny Tim or Siderno Tomatoes, Delize strawberries, Mascotte green beans or flower dragon muskmelons in pots later this spring. And if you have a big backyard, you have ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 11 Feb 2018 19:14:29 +0000

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - New Listing - C4165234

Just added this listing:"Don't miss out on this gorgeous starter home in Evergreen, on a quiet street just around the corner from the Catholic elementary school and a short drive to Glenmore christian academy! Meticulously taken care of, there is new flooring on the main floor. A kitchen complete with an island and pantry is open to the dining area with a nice partition wall giving separation to the living room. A half bath is conveniently located by the back door. Upstairs you will find a ...
   posted in Listings at Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Saturday, February 3, 2018 - Cedarbrae & Oakridge

Families thrive in Cedarbrae and Oakridge Tree-lined streets, cul-de-sacs brimming with children at play, 1970s architecture, easy access to nature, and plenty of parks, trails, local shops and schools make the southwest communities of Cedarbrae and Oakridge desirable on many levels. ?We have a true continuum of the life cycle here, with a variety of demographics, from singles to families and retirees,? said Steven Brown, president of the Cedarbrae Community League Association. ?Life here ...
posted in Community info at Sat, 03 Feb 2018 20:03:27 +0000

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - New Listing - C4164399

Just added this listing:"OPEN Sat MAR 3, 2-4:30PM. This is the perfect starter home! Living space totals 900 Sq Ft. Affordable and wonderfully managed with a new roof and walk way recently completed. It has been professionally renovated with the knowledge of a local design firm to maximize the best use of space. For instance - the bathroom was reconfigured to allow for a huge pantry in the kitchen. These kitchen cupboards were custom made and are 9' high! The flooring is a gorgeous commercial ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Thu, 01 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - December 2017

Sales activity for all product types improved in December and pushed monthly sales to long-term averages for the second month in a row. However, new listings also rose, keeping inventory elevated compared to typical levels for December. With more supply remaining compared to sales, benchmark prices edged down for the fifth consecutive month.   "Many of the economic indicators continue to post modest improvements, including improving sales. However, demand gains have not outpaced the additional ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Tue, 23 Jan 2018 23:41:57 +0000

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Just Sold - C4136106

Just sold this listing:"This is an immaculately kept 3 level split, with over 1700 sq ft of livable space. It has newer roof,attic insulation, siding, garage door and brand new appliances! As you enter the front door into the living room, the garage entrance is conveniently on your right. At the rear of the house is the open kitchen and dining area with a door to the new composite deck and top of the range awning, sheltering you from the sunny south facing yard. Upstairs, you will find 3 ...
   posted in Listings at Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Just Sold - C4150352

Just sold this listing:"Incredible price for this immaculately kept 3 level split, with over 1700 sq ft of livable space. These owners have lovingly maintained this home and have replaced the roof, siding, attic insulation and garage door along with new appliances just last year! As you enter the front door into the living room, the garage entrance is conveniently on your right. It currently has storage shelving but has accommodated 2 good sized vehicles. At the rear of the house is the open ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 6 things to consider when buying a rental property

1.LocationThe location of a property will determine the type of renters that will want to live there. Central areas generally have the highest demand, but less-pricey options in working-class areas often have better cash flows. Opt for high-growth areas over those that are in decline. Safety is also an important concern. Renters steer clear of unsafe neighbourhoods, so make sure your income property is in a safe and secure area.2.RentThe monthly rent you can charge for a given property will be ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sun, 07 Jan 2018 23:08:40 +0000

Thursday, January 4, 2018 - Evergreen

Beautiful southwest community offers suburban charm with easy access to the great outdoors The southwest community of Evergreen is snuggled against the southern edge of one of Calgary?s most beautiful and accessible natural areas ? Fish Creek Park. But perhaps its greatest claim to fame is an unexpected one. Evergreen provided the backdrop for the feature-length Canadian film Radiant City, a docu/mockumentary, which was presented at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. The film explores life in the ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Thu, 04 Jan 2018 01:30:05 +0000

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - New Listing - C4150352

Just added this listing:"Incredible price for this immaculately kept 3 level split, with over 1700 sq ft of livable space. These owners have lovingly maintained this home and have replaced the roof, siding, attic insulation and garage door along with new appliances just last year! As you enter the front door into the living room, the garage entrance is conveniently on your right. It currently has storage shelving but has accommodated 2 good sized vehicles. At the rear of the house is the open ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Tue, 02 Jan 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - What a Realtor would like you to know!

Yes, there are some dishonest real estate salespeople out there, just as there are terrible people in every profession. These sales reps have hurt the public financially and broken the public?s trust. They should be fined heavily and banned from real estate. But there are also many real estate salespeople who are trustworthy and work hard every day. They demonstrate their integrity even when it costs them a paycheque. They will tell you the truth even when it?s something you don?t want to hear. ... Full Article...
posted in News at Thu, 21 Dec 2017 19:26:08 +0000

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - Net zero homes

Have you ever dreamed of living in a net-zero home? Peter Darlington says that dream may be closer than you think. In fact, you might already be living in your future net-zero home. Darlington runs Solar Homes Inc., a Calgary company specializing in renovating existing homes to net zero ? a home that produces as much energy as it consumes. Net zero might seem like a remote, ambitious target, but Darlington insists it?s more attainable than you might think. His first green reno project was on ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:21:40 +0000

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - November in the garden

Gathering in the beauty of the season Weather changes in Calgary quicker than a fashion model on a runway. Clear and sunny becomes snow, and then rain and wind follow ? sometimes all in one day. But don?t fret: Calgary holds the record as the sunniest city in Canada. This means we still have sunny days ahead this month. Take advantage of the light and boost your natural vitamin D levels while finishing up some last-minute garden jobs. Gardening builds health and happiness while you create a ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:52:27 +0000

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - Ready to buy?

You?re Ready to Buy a House, Condo or Property. Now What?Buying any new home or property (house, condo,etc.) means you?ll be making a number of important decisions. Hiring a skilled real estate professional to work on your behalf is invaluable. Their expertise makes certain you understand each and every step of this complex process. Go to https://www.reca.ca/consumers/information/buying-a-house-or-condo.htm for some valuable insights
posted in General at Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:24:27 +0000

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - Energy bill reduction

Here are some notes from Ron Kube and how he saved! Lighting ? saved 82%  He points to his dining room as a typical culprit. In one fixture, the couple had eight 100-watt incandescent bulbs, for a staggering total of 800 watts. By switching those eight bulbs to LEDs, Ron was able to slash the total to 112 watts without sacrificing a single lumen. By the time Kube switched the rest of the bulbs, his home?s ?biggest monster? had become a veritable pussycat. ?In fact, we went from 340 kilowatt ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 01 Nov 2017 21:30:24 +0000

Monday, October 30, 2017 - Living Architecture

Green roofs add a touch of nature to the concrete jungle Great thinkers have always known that nature is essential to the human spirit. Perhaps that is why more and more architects, designers and builders are choosing to create green retreats in their designs, including rooftops that allow the eye to drink in nature?s beauty. ?There are just so many benefits to green roofs,? said Kerry Ross, one of Canada?s leading green roof experts and the first accredited green roof professional in the ...
posted in home tips at Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:18:07 +0000

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - RRSP Home buyers plan

 I often receive inquiries about the eligibility requirements for the RRSP Home Buyer?s Plan (HBP). For regular RRSPs, the basic rule is simple: If you make a withdrawal from your RRSP, those funds are included in your income for the year that the withdrawal is made. The plan administrator will deduct the income tax from the funds being advanced and will remit the tax to Canada Revenue Agency on your behalf. However, the RRSP HBP is a key exception to the basic rule on how RRSPs are treated. ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 25 Oct 2017 21:37:09 +0000

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - Solar 101

Harnessing the sun for all your energy needs St. Albert?s Ron and Carole Kube had never known anyone with a solar-powered home. Then, in 2014, Ron Kube read a story in the newspaper about a household that installed a solar array. He was surprised to learn they were his former neighbours. ?In fact, the guy was Craig Dickie ? he used to live across the street from us,? said Kube. ?And I was so excited that I called up Craig and I said, ?can I come over to the house and see the solar system?? And ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 22 Oct 2017 21:35:26 +0000

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - Can't get a mortgage?

There are many reasons why your favourite bank or lender may reject you when you apply for a mortgage. Here are some of them. Not enough credit history: If you are new to the country or you recently finished at college/university or you don?t own any credit cards, lenders likely will not give you a mortgage because of the lack of credit history. Lenders want to know your paying habits. Low or bad credit score: If your Equifax credit score is bad or too low, banks and lenders may not lend you ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:44:30 +0000

Monday, October 16, 2017 - Things to do this fall

CORN MAZE CRAZYThe theme of this year?s corn maze at Kraay Family Farm near Lacombe is Canada 150. Expect to get lost in a 15-acre maple leaf. There?s plenty of farmtastic fun with over 40 different attractions and amenities, including a pumpkin patch, a giant jumping pillow, a petting zoo, mini-golf and more. SEE EDMONTON?S BEST ON A SEGWAYThere?s no place better than Edmonton?s river valley to see the fall colours. Scoot around on North America?s largest urban parkland on a Seway. Never been ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:07:14 +0000

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - Home insurance

What is home insurance?It protects policyholders and their families from exposure to the costs of unexpected incidents like fire, water damage and theft?not to mention identity theft, an evacuation, or if a person is injured on your property. But it?s not a maintenance plan; it doesn?t cover wear and tear or neglect. We?ll make every effort to cover the damage if a storm puts a hole in your roof and rain leaks in, but we don?t pay to fix damage caused by poor maintenance. How do deductibles ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:53:32 +0000

Monday, October 9, 2017 - Water heaters 101

A typical hot water heater accounts for about one fifth of the energy used in most Canadian homes. Choosing the right hot water heater can have a huge impact both financially and environmentally ? especially as energy prices and carbon levies continue to rise. Many of us still choose conventional, gas-fired hot water tanks, because they?re cheapest ? or are they? Over its lifespan, the initial price of your hot water heater can represent as little as 12 per cent of its overall cost. The other ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:11:56 +0000

Friday, October 6, 2017 - Selling a second property?

Owning an investment property can provide useful income, while having a recreational property can provide a great place to spend time with family and friends. But if you are thinking it?s time to sell, some careful research is in order. ?There?s a lot to consider when selling your investment property or a vacation home,? said Laura Parsons, the Calgary-area manager for mortgage specialists with BMO Financial Group. ?Do your homework.? A major factor when selling a property that is not your ...
posted in home tips at Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:45:53 +0000

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - To buy or not to buy

It?s an age-old question that still gets hotly debated, particularly by young adults who are determining where they are going to live: should I rent or should I buy? It?s not an easy question to answer, and there are no clear right or wrong answers. ?One of the big things to contemplate is your time focus, because when you do buy a home, it is a long-term commitment. It does involve a five-year mortgage that?s amortized over 25 years,? said Tim Gensey, a market analyst with Canada Mortgage and ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 04 Oct 2017 21:25:55 +0000

Monday, September 25, 2017 - Buyers home guide

Buying a home is a momentous occasion in anyone?s life. Thankfully, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. has some suggestions that can help you navigate the ins and outs of the home-buying process. Contact me today and I will send you a copy of their very useful information.  1. Determining if home ownership is right for you Recognize the real costs of homeownership Upfront costs (e.g., down payment, closing costs, taxes)Ongoing costs (e.g., mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, utilities, ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:51:22 +0000

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - Best Returns on renovations

With the prime spring selling season gearing up, your clients may be wondering which parts of their home can give them the best return on investment if they choose to renovate. Here are the 5 key renovation strategies that are time-tested, require minimal effort, and provide options for every budget.  They are designed get sellers the best bang for their buck and top dollar for your listing: 1) FLOORING Every single person in a household will touch the floor every day in varying degrees, ...
posted in home tips at Sat, 16 Sep 2017 21:40:15 +0000

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - New Listing - C4136106

Just added this listing:"This is an immaculately kept 3 level split, with over 1700 sq ft of livable space. It has newer roof,attic insulation, siding, garage door and brand new appliances! As you enter the front door into the living room, the garage entrance is conveniently on your right. At the rear of the house is the open kitchen and dining area with a door to the new composite deck and top of the range awning, sheltering you from the sunny south facing yard. Upstairs, you will find 3 ...
   posted in Listings at Tue, 05 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Monday, September 4, 2017 - Renovation Returns

Will a home makeover make you money? There are many motivations for renovating a home: expanding the space, upgrading the look or even making the neighbours jealous. While they?re all valid, the hope to enrich a house?s value along with its appearance is one reason that?s often cited. And though there?s nothing wrong with that on the surface, it?s important to dig deeper to see if a higher home value is really in the cards before taking the renovation plunge. ?It really depends on the type and ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 04 Sep 2017 20:24:35 +0000

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - Top 10 renovations in 2016

These were the top 10 renovation projects among Albertans in 2016: (Trusted Pros Crebnow Jul 2017) Bathroom renovations$12,500 ? $20,000-plus TrustedPros says anyone budgeting less than $11,000 for their bathroom renovation is ?really cutting it close to an under-budget nightmare.? The extent and nature of a powder-room renovation impacts its actual cost, as it?s a very broad category. A bathroom renovation can mean a facelift with new lighting, a new toilet and a fresh coat of paint, all the ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sat, 02 Sep 2017 20:00:27 +0000

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - Sellin your home?

Sell your home one step at a time withthe Alberta Home Seller's Guide Calgary, Alberta ? Selling a home can seem daunting, whether it?s the first time or the first time in a long time. The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA), the regulatory body for real estate and mortgage brokerage professionals in Alberta, has launched a comprehensive Home Seller?s Guide to help Albertans navigate the process.RECA works in the public interest, and believes knowledgeable consumers are protected consumers. ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:31:21 +0000

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - June housing market update

June spells a gradual recovery Stable prices in detached sector signal balanced conditions despite increased inventory Calgary's housing market in June saw a modest improvement in sales along with an increase in new listings. However, demand gains have not kept pace with the amount of new listings coming onto the market. This caused inventory levels to increase to 6,659 units, which is 11 per cent higher than last year's levels.  Despite the recent shift in inventory this month, second quarter ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sat, 15 Jul 2017 18:21:21 +0000

Friday, May 12, 2017 - Just Sold - C4112823

Just sold this listing:"OPEN HOUSE SUN MAY 7 2-4.30PM. This is a rare find - A large 4 bedroom, 4 level split with over 1600sq ft of above grade space. It has been in one family for many years and has been lovingly taken care of. There is huge potential here with original hardwood floors on the main and upper floors. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms and a 5 piece bathroom. The main floor has a large living room, dining room and kitchen. The third level is above grade too and houses the family ...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 12 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Friday, April 28, 2017 - New Listing - C4112823

Just added this listing:"OPEN HOUSE SUN MAY 7 2-4.30PM. This is a rare find - A large 4 bedroom, 4 level split with over 1600sq ft of above grade space. It has been in one family for many years and has been lovingly taken care of. There is huge potential here with original hardwood floors on the main and upper floors. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms and a 5 piece bathroom. The main floor has a large living room, dining room and kitchen. The third level is above grade too and houses the family ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Monday, April 24, 2017 - A place for plants

By following three simple rules, you can keep your apartment plants happy and healthy They say you should raise a plant before you raise a pet ? it?s a warm-up activity. At the very least, tropical plants are easier to take care of, and cheaper too. Apartment-ready plants, typically in four inch (9 cm) pots, are available at most grocery stores. At that size they?re not a big financial or emotional investment. Plus, tiny tropical varieties are just so cute. Before bringing home a baby ...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:53:20 +0000

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Just Sold - C4106867

Just sold this listing:"This fabulous large family home is now ready for a new family to enjoy and to discover the wonderful experiences that Lake Bonavista holds! It has been lovingly cared for over the years with a major renovation of the kitchen area completed in 2009. See my feature sheet for all of the details. There are 4 bedrooms upstairs, 2 1/2 baths, family room with a gas fireplace and beautiful new barn wood surround, and separate living room and dining room to give you all the space ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - New Listing - C4106867

Just added this listing:"This fabulous large family home is now ready for a new family to enjoy and to discover the wonderful experiences that Lake Bonavista holds! It has been lovingly cared for over the years with a major renovation of the kitchen area completed in 2009. See my feature sheet for all of the details. There are 4 bedrooms upstairs, 2 1/2 baths, family room with a gas fireplace and beautiful new barn wood surround, and separate living room and dining room to give you all the ...
   posted in Listings at Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Friday, March 10, 2017 - February sales

Detached sales activity boosts February housing market After the first two months of the year, Calgary's detached sector continues to drive a slow transition in the housing market. February sales totaled 1,342 units, which is still 19 per cent below long-term averages, but an improvement over the past two years. As sales kept trending upward, detached inventory levels continued to ease in February. These conditions caused months of supply to fall to 2.4 months, putting less downward pressure on ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:32:29 +0000

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - Why buy a house?

Homes provide shelter and refuge, but they are also most Albertan homeowners? single largest investment. Housing represents 47% of total assets for the average Alberta family ? much higher than stock market investments and pension plans combined (29%). Why is this important? Because homeownership benefits the economy as a whole, as well as individual homeowners. Let?s look at this in the context of the most recent stats on Alberta?s real estate, reported by the Canadian Real Estate Association. ... Full Article...
posted in News at Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:18:45 +0000

Monday, March 6, 2017 - current newsletter

how to incorporate the hottest fashion trends into your home decor? Having guests over for brunch? Serve them this carb friendly Crustless quiche Here is a Number Cruncher for those of you who like challenges Get tips on finding a trusted real estate lawyer Could living architecture be coming to a building near you? http://DMSConnect.cld.bz/Courtesy-of-Pat-LanukeCurious
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:27:16 +0000

Friday, June 12, 2015 - Cleaning tips

For this project, you?ll need three or four medium-sized decorative buckets.  Because the buckets will be on display, choose ones that either complement the style of your home or pick up on an accent colour that you?ve used throughout. 1. Label your buckets by room, i.e. kitchen, bathroom, laundry, etc.  2. Once the labels are in place, fill each bucket with the cleaning supplies that are needed for the room indicated on the label.  How genius is that?  So, the next time you need to clean the ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:32:22 +0000

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - Tips and tricks for Spring

With Spring just around the corner, our showhome designers are gearing up for what is looking to be a season full of light colours, fresh accents, and statement pieces.  The deep dark hues of fall and winter are making way for beautiful blush tones, and of course florals!  If you?re having a Miranda Priestly moment (see The Devil Wears Prada) and thinking that there?s nothing groundbreaking about florals for Spring, or are not interested in having your home resemble that of your grandmothers, ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:20:27 +0000

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - Do you have a favorite charity?

Help your favourite charity earn pots of gold this St. Patrick?s Day through CREB® Charitable Foundation?s Governors? Grants. The Charitable Foundation's Governors' Grants program is an annual funding initiative supporting charities that provide housing or shelter-related programs in Calgary and area. The program reflects the foundation's vision of helping to build self-sustaining communities and empowers REALTORS® to serve and give back to the community. All you need to do is tell your ...
posted in General at Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:26:44 +0000

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - Housing forecast for 2015

I was at the CREB Forecast this morning and the here is the general  housing forecast for 2015: Housing sales are forecasted to ease by four per cent this year, due to market uncertainty and changes in economic climate, while prices are expected to remain relatively stable with a modest increase of 1.58 per cent on an annual basis, CREB said today in its annual forecast.  If you have any questions or for a copy of the forecast, please do not hesitate to contact  me.
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:52:54 +0000

Friday, January 2, 2015 - December housing stats

Condominium and townhouse sales set a new record for 2014 It was a record setting year for Calgary?s condominium apartment and townhouse sectors, as sales reached new annual highs despite year-over-year residential sales declines of 7.5 per cent in December. Single family sales totaled 708 units in December, a year-over-year decline of 8.3 per cent. Meanwhile, total condominium sales also declined by six per cent over the same time frame, but overall activity remained consistent with long-term ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Fri, 02 Jan 2015 19:40:13 +0000

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - Calgary resale housing moves to more of a balanced market!

To read the full article go to: http://www.creb.com/public/media-resources/2014/2014_11_03_Media_Release_-_October_2014_Housing_Stats.pdf  
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:44:08 +0000

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - September statistics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uznpkWBD-3w&feature=youtu.be  
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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - Air quality

Follow these tips for better air quality in your  home Enforce a smoking ban Keeping your home smoke-free is among the best things you can do for your health, says Connie Choy, Air Quality Coordinator, Ontario Lung Association, a provincial office of the Canadian Lung Association. Second-hand smoke is one of the most harmful indoor air pollutants, says Choy. Plus, contaminants linger in what she calls "third-hand smoke," the built-up residue of tobacco and other particles on floors, walls, ...
posted in home tips at Thu, 04 Sep 2014 18:03:00 +0000

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - Golf anyone?

16th annual CREB® Charitable Foundation Building Hope Charity Golf TournamentThe golf tournament is one of the Charitable Foundation's major fundraisers and helps continue its legacy of supporting Calgary and area community organizations.Enjoy breakfast, 18 holes of golf, a BBQ reception and amazing prizes.Where: Springbank Links Golf Club125 Hackamore TrailCalgary, ABWhen: Thursday, Aug. 28Time: 7:30 a.m. - Registration and breakfast8:30 a.m. - Shotgun startEvent ends at 4:30 p.m.Regular: $250 ... Full Article...
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - Tips on moving

Courtesy of AMA - Let?s be honest: nobody looks forward to packing everything he or she owns into boxes. Start early to ensure it goes smoothly, packing up lesser-used items (like books and pictures) until you?re closer to the move date. As you go, number each box and keep a written inventory of the items that go into it. Clearly note, on all four sides, which room it should be delivered to. For fragile items, fill any hollow spots (the inside of a teacup, for instance) with a wad of packing ... Full Article...
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Friday, July 25, 2014 - Home buyer protection Act

New Home Buyer Protection Act in Effect: February 1, 2014 What You Need to Know  Warranties will be required for all new homes in Alberta, starting on February 1st.An easy to follow visual outline of the Act and its requirements is here.This new legislation will apply to: New homes (building permits after Feb. 1/14 including modular and manufactured homes.)Major reconstruction of homes (only in cases where construction results in four times the square footage prior to rebuild.) Home Warranty ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:13:18 +0000

Monday, July 7, 2014 - Happy Stampede

There?s only 6 days to the REALTOR® Round-up - You are invited! Here?s the direct link to order tickets ? do it today!! http://cowboysnightclub.ticketleap.com/roundup2014/
posted in General at Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:53:06 +0000

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 10 things you should know about mould

Ten Things You Should Know About Mould Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mould exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.There is no practical way to eliminate all moulds and mould spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mould growth is to control moisture.If mould is a problem, then it must be cleaned-up and sources of moisture eliminated.Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mould growth.Maintain ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:56:31 +0000

Friday, June 6, 2014 - Managing the risks of Mould

Toxic mould has become a preeminent concern for property owners. However, mould contamination can be prevented through measures that control moisture, and respond efficiently to a water leak or discovery of an emerging mould condition.The term ?mould? or ?mold? describes more than a million species of microscopic fungi that grow on wet organic matter. Its many varieties can be found naturally outdoors as well as in indoor environments. As a rule, ?healthy? buildings contain levels of mould ...
posted in home tips at Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:28:45 +0000

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - Home equity line of credit

If you have a home equity line of credit or are thinking of applying for one, pay close attention to its flexible terms and features. These can help you use credit wisely and plan a repayment strategy that works for you.

Use it as you need it. A home equity line of credit makes it easy to finance renovations, pay for large purchases or consolidate other debts at a more affordable interest rate. Since you pay interest only on the amount you actually use, it leaves you the flexibility of having a ready source of financing when you need it, whatever you need it for, subject to the terms of the Line of Credit Agreement.

Credit-wise tip: Borrow only what you really need right now. Avoid over-spending just because you have ongoing access to credit up to your available credit limit.

Pay at your own pace. Your home equity line of credit gives you the flexibility to pay as little as interest only, if that’s necessary for you. How and when you choose to repay your balance is up to you. As you pay off your outstanding balance, your available credit increases. It’s always important, though, to increase your payments when you can to ensure that you are paying down your balance responsibly.

Credit-wise tip: Pay more than just your minimum payment – any extra payment will go towards your outstanding principal balance. Whether it’s a one-time payment or increased monthly payments, you will save on interest costs.

Reduce your exposure to possible interest rate increases. With the TD Canada Trust Home Equity Line of Credit you can use the Fixed Rate Advantage Option to convert part of your balance to a fixed interest rate, if you are concerned about potentially rising variable interest rates.

You can opt to lock in all or a portion of your outstanding balance to a fixed interest rate, subject to a minimum amount of $10,000. You may choose a term of 1 to 5 years, amortized over any period of up to 25 years, and the applicable mortgage interest rate will apply. Once you’ve set up the Fixed Rate Advantage Option, you simply make regular payments of principal and interest and you may be given the option to renew it when the term ends.

Credit-wise tip: This option is great if you are working towards paying off your balance in a specific timeframe or simply trying to manage your budget!

posted in home tips at Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:56:20 +0000

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - May housing statistics

Residential sales in the city of Calgary totaled 2,948 units in May, a 16 per cent increase over the previous year. Sales last month were well above long-term trends and are the highest May activity on record. ?Strong sales activity is a reflection of improving fundamental conditions such as a growing population, favourable lending rates and rising wages,? says CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. ?Leading up to May, resale market sales were somewhat restricted by lack of choice. However, ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:23:11 +0000

Monday, May 26, 2014 - Green for the garden!

Whether you have a backyard garden oasis or simply perch a flowerpot on a windowsill, organic gardening is about putting nature first, according to experts from Canadian Organic Growers. Here are a few tips from this Ottawa-based national charitable organization. Go local Choosing hardy native plants could make a garden easier to maintain, since plants have adapted to local conditions. This approach can apply to the most urban of settings ? for example, one of TD's recent initiatives was to ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 26 May 2014 14:58:50 +0000

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - ultra marathon!

Your "running Realtor" speaking! With only 4 weeks to go I am excited/nervous about completing my first (and only!) ultra marathon! Look for me on the Calgary pathways on June 1st! Please help me  by donating to the CREB charitable foundation. Chqs can be mailed to my office or I can pick them up. Contact me for details! 
posted in News at Thu, 08 May 2014 20:53:11 +0000

Monday, March 3, 2014 - Attention buyers

Attention buyers! CMHC premiums are going up effective May 1, 2014! - All other insurers will follow suit. For purchases made prior to May 1, 2014 you may still qualify for the current rate. Ask your current mortgage Broker for details.
posted in News at Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:16:09 +0000

Friday, February 14, 2014 - Happy Valentines day!

Did you know! Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine's Day in the late 1800s. More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day. Cadburty's is in Birmingham, England - my home town - probably the reason I am a chocoholic!!
posted in General at Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:51:52 +0000

Monday, February 10, 2014 - A couples guide to decor

Best time to combine ?The time when people are moving in together as a couple is usually a really good, positive time, when both people may be really open to try to compromise or find a middle ground when it comes to decorating choices,? says Stein. We asked her to recap a few of her most common suggestions that could apply equally to fresh newlyweds and established couples who share their living space. Bridge your décor divides. ?This isn?t a contest to see who wins the style battle. Even if ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:39:29 +0000

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - what are your closets telling potential buyers?

1) This home is too small for these people.? 2) There?s no place in this home for storage. ? So see below: 6 ways to get your closets organized 1) Edit any unused or seasonal clothing.  Since you are going to be moving anyway start the packing process.  Edit any items you don?t need or no longer want or wear.  There are plenty of charities that would gladly accept your donation. Pack away any seasonal clothing you won?t need for the next few months. 2) Separate clothing by style for an ...
posted in home tips at Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:35:30 +0000

Monday, January 20, 2014 - fuel myths true or false?

Here are four common fuel claims we want to put straight: Claim #1: Where you fill up matters.AMA says: TRUE. Sometimes the most convenient places to buy gas are the most expensive, especially stations along freeways and highways.Claim #2: Over-inflate tires for better mileage.AMA says: FALSE. While too-low tires will decrease gas mileage, some think over-inflating will do the opposite. While you may see a VERY slight increase (as in barely measureable) in fuel economy, what you?re really doing ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:37:17 +0000

Monday, January 13, 2014 - energy saving tips

Year-round tips: Turn off lights, TVs and other appliances when they are not needed.Wash laundry in cold water. This does just as good a job, keeps your colours bright, and saves lots of energy.Take short showers instead of baths. A five-minute shower uses about half as much water as a bath.Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescents, which are four times more efficient and last about eight times as long.You can also control the intensity of your incandescent bulbs ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:20:33 +0000

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