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Saturday, October 24, 2020 - Brentwood

The year is 1960. Calgary?s population sits at 234,428. Completion of the Trans-Canada Highway is still two years away. A new $1-million terminal at McCall Field welcomes airline passengers, with the first non-stop, transatlantic flight from Calgary to Amsterdam still a year away. The first two buildings on the new University of Calgary campus open and the newly minted community of Brentwood sits on the very edge of the city. How times have changed. Now, sitting just outside of what is ...
posted in Community info at Sat, 24 Oct 2020 19:51:29 +0000

Friday, October 23, 2020 - What causes ice build up on homes?

If a portion of your roof becomes warm enough to melt some of the snow and ice on top of it, an ice dam can form. That melted snow or ice will trickle down the roof as water, reaching the eaves or gutter and encountering much colder materials where it will freeze again. This process continues until there is a buildup of ice at the very edge of the roof, with liquid water attempting to flow underneath it. The ice can overflow onto your gutters, while the water forces its way under the shingles ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 23 Oct 2020 21:00:17 +0000

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - Calgary's west, northwest to see privatized garbage collection in city pilot

The city is preparing to contract out one-quarter of black cart pickup services across Calgary by 2022 A private company will take over garbage collection in parts of west and northwest Calgary by 2022. The city opened proposals from companies hoping to do the work Monday as it moves ahead on a pilot project to contract out one-quarter of black cart pickup services. Council approved the project earlier this year, and proponents of the move say it will show whether the city can save money by ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:30:57 +0000

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - Calgary #3 - Most affordable Canadian housing markets for Investors

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people thought that Canadian housing markets would suffer a steep crash, resulting in a considerable COVID-19 discount on real estate prices ? particularly within the country?s urban centres. While there was a roughly six-week slump in some of the biggest real estate markets, many regions are already rebounding and reporting record activity in sales and prices. For now, the industry has defied the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation?s ...
posted in Investing at Wed, 21 Oct 2020 16:12:21 +0000

Monday, October 19, 2020 - Extensive rehabilitation of Calgary's historic City Hall officially completed

$34.1M project finished after 4 years, mayor calls it 'labour of love' City officials say the four years renovation project should ensure the heritage building will be around for another century. 1:23   The rehabilitation of Calgary's 109-year-old City Hall has been completed after four years of renovations. Most members of city council gathered on the front steps of the recently unveiled building on Tuesday to celebrate the end of the $34.1-million project, which city officials say should ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Mon, 19 Oct 2020 17:12:10 +0000

Friday, October 16, 2020 - An introduction to the language of mortgages

If you?re a first-time homebuyer, many aspects of the purchase process can be confusing and stressful, including financing. While the mechanics of a mortgage are relatively simple, choosing the right mortgage product can be far from it, as many of the choices available to buyers are obscured by complex and unfamiliar terminology. To help you cut through the jargon, here?s an alphabetical list of common mortgage terms and their definitions: Amortization Period The amount of time it will take to ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 16 Oct 2020 16:23:54 +0000

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 12 common household hazards that could kill you

For many, home is the place where they feel the safest and most at ease. However, there are many hazards within the average house or apartment that can have dangerous, and even deadly, consequences if left unchecked. Luckily, most of these threats are easy to identify and even easier to avoid with just a little bit of knowhow. Here are 12 common household hazards and how to eliminate them: Dryer lint Emptying your dryer?s lint screen/trap seems like a simple task, but it?s also one that?s easy ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 15 Oct 2020 19:55:04 +0000

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - Winter reminder - sprinkler systems

It?s time to close down your Sprinkler/Irrigation System for the winter season.Leaving water in your sprinkler line during colder weather months can cause ruptures of pipes or other expensive damage. Consider hiring an irrigation company to service and close down your irrigation system for the season. (Approx $90) They offer annual plans that include both start-up and close down at the end of the season. Items on the shutdown checklist (there may be others depending on your particular system) ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 14 Oct 2020 21:58:14 +0000

Monday, October 12, 2020 - Walking tours of historic neighbourhoods in Calgary

On an afternoon stroll, residents of the neighbouring communities of Cliff Bungalow and Mission can feel like they?ve gone back in time. They might encounter structures built in the Queen Anne, Spanish Colonial, Classical and Georgian Revival styles, all from the early 1900s, within only a few blocks. However, combing through the city?s historic neighbourhoods is no longer an activity reserved for area residents, as Heritage Calgary is helping people learn about Calgary?s past through ...
posted in Community info at Mon, 12 Oct 2020 19:39:48 +0000

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - common design mistakes and how to fix them

How many of us have started a home redecorating project only to stop midway, frustrated because we just can?t seem to recreate that magazine-worthy look? Well fret not, as we?ve identified some common design mistakes and asked local designers for their surefire solutions to get back on track. The Mistake: Hanging Art Improperly Infusing a space with splashes of art can bring design to a new level. After all, who doesn?t love colour, texture and gallery-inspired spaces? But hanging art correctly ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 07 Oct 2020 18:20:32 +0000

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - Three Steps in Utilizing Equity for your Next Rental Property

We receive numerous questions from new and existing investors in regards to purchasing their next income property. As every personal situation is different, below is what we believe to be one of the best ways to make money while you sleep. Real Estate investing has the benefit of utilizing the banks money for the majority of a property?s purchase price (mortgage) you don?t get that with stocks. The down payment that investors put in the property come from either: savings, existing equity, or ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Thu, 01 Oct 2020 16:18:24 +0000

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - Five things you might not know about Calgary-and-area lakes

It?s widely known that lakes in and around Calgary provide both recreational opportunities and some highly desirable residential and vacation real estate. However, here are five things you might not know about Calgary-and-area lakes: 1. Making a splash Completed in 1968, Lake Bonavista was the first manmade residential lake in Canada. At the time, the permit process for building a lake was not well established. The story goes that not only was the lake dug without all the necessary permits in ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:06:13 +0000

Saturday, September 19, 2020 - Fish Creek Park offers something for everyone.

Ask anyone who lives across a broad swath of south Calgary for their favourite spot to go for a walk, jog or leisurely bike ride, and the No. 1 answer is bound to be Fish Creek Park. Created by the province in 1975, the park had previously been owned by John and William Roper Hull. The two men farmed in the area and later built Bow Valley Ranche House, which is still standing near the park?s visitor centre. The historic Bow Valley Ranche House is now home to the Bow Valley Ranche ...
posted in Community info at Sat, 19 Sep 2020 22:01:39 +0000

Friday, September 18, 2020 - How to hail-proof your roof before Calgary's next big storm

Calgarians have had more than their share of weather challenges this summer, including several nasty bouts of hail. Thankfully, a little preparation can help your home?s roof emerge unscathed the next time golf-ball-sized ice chunks starts falling from the sky. ?Hail eats standard laminate architectural shingles like sugar eats kids? teeth,? said Anthony Babin, owner of A.B?s Roofing & Contracting. ?The best protection is found in metal, rubber and tile roofs, followed by those with Class 3 or ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 18 Sep 2020 22:42:15 +0000

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - Alpine Park a new SW Calgary community

By early 2022, the first of Alpine Park?s eventual 10,000 residents will be moving into a mixed-use community at the heart of a new type of Calgary suburb. Tara Steell, general manager for Dream Unlimited?s Calgary land division, says that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the developer?s market research had shown buyers were seeking neighbourhood integration through ?New Urbanism? principles more commonly found in the inner-city core. The new 646-acre community, situated at 146th Avenue and ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:59:35 +0000

Monday, September 14, 2020 - Protecting Your Data in a COVID World

Our lives have certainly changed in this COVID world. Our daily routines have been upended, as has the way we work ? many of us are now working from home and relying more on technology. With more of us using Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, and social media networks, we are also experiencing increases in cyber-attacks. One was at the Canada Revenue Service (CRA), when fraudsters took advantage of login credentials exposed through previous hacks to compromise the personal information of thousands of ...
posted in General at Mon, 14 Sep 2020 02:19:42 +0000

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - Real Estate terms every homebuyer should know

Buying a house can be an exciting, but complex process. So when you embark on your journey, one of your first stops should be familiarizing yourself with the lingo. We?ve curated helpful information from our Homebuyers? Road Map and Tips for Buyers, to share with you some of the most important terminology a new buyer needs to know?from pre-purchase to post-purchase. Before you buy First things first, you need to find yourself a REALTOR®. A REALTOR® can bring you peace of mind thanks to their ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 10 Sep 2020 20:46:16 +0000

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - Everything You Need to Know About Bathroom Renovations

Stand-alone showers have been rising in popularity as the primary bathing method in many homes?they?re practical, spacious, and downright gorgeous. If you?ve been reconsidering your bathroom?s space with a shower conversion, think about the following important considerations to help you get started. Can it affect my home?s resale value? While it?s usually recommended to maintain at least one bathtub in a home, some Houzz polls indicate this may not be as important to homeowners as it used to ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 09 Sep 2020 17:58:56 +0000

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - Calgary's beltline district

Located smack-dab in the middle of the city and packed with amenities, the Beltline could be considered both the literal and figurative heart of Calgary. Encompassing the historic neighbourhoods of West Connaught, Connaught Centre, Victoria Centre and East Victoria, the community?s name originated from the Calgary Municipal Railway?s Route No.5 ? known as the ?Belt Line.? While the days of the old streetcar system have come and gone, the buildings constructed in those early days have provided ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Tue, 08 Sep 2020 19:30:30 +0000

Friday, September 4, 2020 - Nellie McClung historical home

Year of Construction: 1907 Address: 803 15th Ave S.W. Community: Beltline Architectural Style: Tudor Revival As the name suggests, this historic residence holds significant heritage value thanks to its status as the home of Nellie McClung and her husband from 1923-32. McClung was a successful novelist, prohibition campaigner and suffragist, as well as a prominent member of the ?Famous Five,? along with fellow women?s rights advocates Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Louise Crummy McKinney and ...
posted in Places to visit at Fri, 04 Sep 2020 20:35:32 +0000

Thursday, September 3, 2020 - August home sales in Calgary

August home sales consistent, but COVID-19 impacts continue City of Calgary, September 1, 2020 ? Total residential sales in August were relatively stable compared to last year with year-over-year gains in the detached and row sectors. These gains offset declines in the apartment and semi-detached products.  With 1,573 sales in August, this is consistent with levels over the past five years. Year-to-date sales activity remains nearly 13 per cent below last year. ?Recent national reports have ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Thu, 03 Sep 2020 22:55:20 +0000

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - The Four Best Upgrades for Rental Properties

Every real estate investor wants to see their property increase in value. There are some physical and immediate things that landlords can do to boost the property value of a rental property. Let?s cover the four best upgrades to increase rent and your bottom line. It all about: PRICE                        DURABILITY                       DESIGN Upgrade Plumbing Fixtures Kitchen and bathroom fixtures like faucets, sinks and sprayers can get old and tarnished quickly, not to mention looking out ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 01 Sep 2020 01:39:20 +0000

Sunday, August 30, 2020 - Buying a second home in Belize or Turks and caicos

Alaia Belize Ahhh, the lure of a second home ? a place of your own to escape for a change of scenery or warmer weather. It?s a dream for some and a reality for others. Two possible buys in the Caribbean region offer a snapshot of how it works and what you get. As the developer of three condo hotels in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and another luxury residential resort under construction, you could say Mark Durliat is somewhat biased when he touts the benefits of investing in a second home ... Full Article...
posted in Caribbean Real Estate at Sun, 30 Aug 2020 20:33:11 +0000

Friday, August 28, 2020 - Stampede Corral: An unforgettable piece of Calgary's history

The Corral will soon be gone, but technology is helping preserve many facets of the beloved building It was the day he lived for each week, when he?d get to spend the entire afternoon watching live action on the hockey rink. ?I?d take the bus after church every Sunday to Stampede Park and meet my friends at the Corral,? recalls Dave Poulsen. ?It was a senior men?s league called Big Six Hockey. When you?re an 11-year-old hockey fan, it was the greatest.? By the time Poulsen had permission to ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Fri, 28 Aug 2020 17:28:39 +0000

Thursday, August 27, 2020 - Selling Your Home? How to Get Rid of Dreaded Pet Smell

Pets are truly the best human companions; snuggly, cuddly and even therapeutic. They instantly become a part of the family the moment we bring them home. Regardless of whether you have a dog, cat, bird or reptile, as pet owners we know they all have one thing in common: they smell. It?s never our intention to own a smelly animal, but over time we quickly become ?nose blind? to the odors our pets omit. . Unfortunately, smell isn?t contained to the animal, it can quickly spread throughout ...
posted in home tips at Thu, 27 Aug 2020 18:13:06 +0000

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - Recycling used furnishings

Adding an element of upcycled, vintage chic to a home?s furnishings can create a rich and inviting space with a unique design aesthetic. Plus, it?s great for the environment and easy on the pocketbook. ?It?s so rewarding to buy second-hand or to find a vintage piece that is a conversation starter, instead of purchasing just another boring coffee table from a big box store,? said Calgary-based designer, DIYer and blogger Dale Marie Wedge (bloomingdiyer.com), who specializes in breathing new life ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 25 Aug 2020 19:32:55 +0000

Saturday, August 22, 2020 - How to qualify for a mortgage in an uncertain market

With COVID-19 challenges that include layoffs and deferred mortgage payments, getting a mortgage may be a bit tougher for some, whether it?s for a first home, or refinancing to consolidate debt, or simply renewing your existing mortgage with a new lender to take advantage of a lower interest rate.  But it doesn?t mean you?re shut out of the market completely. It just means you have to plan ahead and be careful managing your debt load.  Lenders generally look at two primary factors to determine ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sat, 22 Aug 2020 17:36:23 +0000

Friday, August 21, 2020 - Interest in close to home properties increases

This Lot is  available for sale in the Crowsnest pass.   Multiple offers, steady prices and lower inventories: the 2020 summer recreational property market in Western Canada is not what you might expect in the midst of a global pandemic and economic downturn. While that market slammed shut in March and April because of COVID-19, Calgarians have fuelled strong sales numbers in May, June and July in traditional vacation-home destinations, such as Canmore, Sylvan Lake and B.C.?s Windermere ...
posted in Listings at Fri, 21 Aug 2020 15:57:03 +0000

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - Backyard Chickens: How to Get Started with Urban Farming

Chickens are playful, pretty and if properly cared for, could be the perfect pet that supplies fresh eggs for you and your family. You might be surprised to learn you don?t need to live on a farm to raise chickens?some municipalities allow residents to raise chickens right in their own backyard. But while the prospect of fresh eggs is exciting, there?s a lot to consider before hosting a hen party in your backyard. We?ll walk you through everything you need to know to get started with help ...
posted in home tips at Wed, 19 Aug 2020 18:02:23 +0000

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - A Step-by-Step Guide to Buying Your First Home in a Year

Buying a home isn?t necessarily something that you can do on a whim?there are months of preparation involved when transitioning from renting to homeownership. With so many moving parts in play, from loan approvals to placing purchase offers, navigating home buying for the first time can be an overwhelming task. In the age of the coronavirus pandemic, when some real estate processes have changed, buying a home can seem especially daunting.  Luckily, we?ve developed this handy 12-month calendar ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 18 Aug 2020 22:09:40 +0000

Monday, August 17, 2020 - Earthship-inspired house made of car tires, glass bottles, clay and adversity

After seven years in a yurt, this family has finally moved into the Earthship-inspired home they built themselves near Golden, B.C. But it's not just any house. Take a tour and find out how they made it despite the struggles.  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/earthship-sustainable-dream-home-eco-friendly-golden-alberta-1.5653570 Jair Stolz has an instinct to think outside the box, and it's led his family to experience sustainable ? and sometimes unconventional ? living spaces. First, ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Mon, 17 Aug 2020 19:10:22 +0000

Friday, August 14, 2020 - Four local Instagrammers to follow for DIY inspiration and resources

When it comes to various projects around the house, the do-it-yourself route is appealing for many reasons ? from saving money to the sense of accomplishment from a job well done. If you are looking for more info, or even just a little bit of inspiration, before you take the DIY plunge, these Calgary Instagram accounts are a great place to start: Blooming DIY-er Dale Marie Wedge, the woman behind Blooming DIY-er, moved to Calgary with her family in 2015 and has been sharing her home décor and ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 14 Aug 2020 16:21:08 +0000

Saturday, August 8, 2020 - Calgary's housing market 2020

Housing market second quarterly report released City of Calgary, July 27, 2020 ? The second quarter of 2020 marked the first full quarter since COVID-19 began to weigh on the economy. Calgary housing sales slowed by 35 per cent compared to the previous year. This is better than original expectations, thanks to June figures that were far stronger than initial estimates. The pullback in new listings in the second quarter caused inventories to trend down, preventing a more significant decline in ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sat, 08 Aug 2020 21:34:49 +0000

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - Heritage home conservation

Owners of historic homes across Calgary could soon be eligible for additional grant money and a significant tax break if city council approves a new plan to boost financial incentives for heritage conservation. The plan, which was approved by a council committee last week and will go before city council for debate later this month, would increase the pool of money available for heritage grants from $500,000 to $2.5 million. Most of that total, a full $2 million, would be for non-residential ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:38:58 +0000

Monday, August 3, 2020 - Historical Home Spotlight: Stuart Residence

Year of Construction: 1910 Community: Upper Mount Royal Architectural Style: Arts and Crafts This historical home is notable not only for its status as a great example of the Arts and Crafts architectural style, but also because of a pair of high-profile Calgarians who lived there over the years. The home, designed by Lang & Dowler Architects, features a front-facing, half-timber and stucco gable, and a large open verandah at the entrance, creating a quaint cottage vibe typical of many Arts ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Mon, 03 Aug 2020 22:51:47 +0000

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - How to choose the barbecue that's right for you

Due to the ongoing safety concerns around dining out these days, the humble backyard grill ? already a fixture for many during the summer months ? has newfound appeal. If you?re new to the grilling game or your current barbecue has seen better days, it might be time to go shopping. However, there are some key points to consider before you buy. ?One of the first things to address is fuel type,? said Garnett Tubman, sales associate with Barbecues Galore ? Calgary North. Most new homes in Calgary ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 28 Jul 2020 15:00:59 +0000

Sunday, July 26, 2020 - Getting ready for storm season

Are You Ready For Storm Season? As spring has turned to summer, more and more focus is shifting to outdoor activities and enjoying the wonderful summer weather. Unfortunately, not all of the weather is going to be so wonderful. Depending on where you live, you may face several severe storms during the summer as well as the usual summer storms and rain. Now is the time to prepare for storm season to make sure that you aren?t taken by surprise when bad weather hits. Clean Your GuttersOne big ...
posted in home tips at Sun, 26 Jul 2020 17:22:49 +0000

Friday, July 24, 2020 - Hawks landing in Crossfield

Tucked away just five minutes north of Airdrie and less than half an hour away from Calgary, the hamlet of Crossfield offers the best of small-town living, plus quick and easy access to the rich amenities of two vibrant cities. It?s a fact that wasn?t lost on Creation Communities, a developer and homebuilder with a knack for identifying small, well-located towns that offer a connected, vibrant and affordable lifestyle. ?Crossfield is really safe. It?s a nice town to raise your kids in,? said ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Fri, 24 Jul 2020 20:37:26 +0000

Thursday, July 23, 2020 - Designing with Concrete

Concrete has been used as a building material for thousands of years?the Romans used it as the Colosseum?s foundation, and a form of cement was also used to build the Great Wall of China. While concrete has been a foundation for modern-day buildings, bridges, roads, and dams for centuries, it was 20th-century architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier who brought the use of concrete to the forefront of design. In recent years, the use of concrete has moved into homes through ...
posted in home tips at Thu, 23 Jul 2020 21:19:49 +0000

Sunday, July 19, 2020 - Discovering Nelson, British Columbia's Silver Lining

Nelson, British Columbia is a vibrant and engaged counterculture community of more than 10,000 residents. With palatable winters ranging from -5 C to 5 C, Nelson instills instant meteorological envy across Canada. Known as the ?Queen City,? Nelson is a breath of fresh air. Located in B.C?s southern interior, on the extreme West Arm of Kootenay Lake (one of the largest lakes in the province). Vancouver and Calgary are both a one-hour flight from the nearby Castlegar Airport. The restored ...
posted in Places to visit at Sun, 19 Jul 2020 15:34:07 +0000

Friday, July 17, 2020 - The prettiest town in Canada?

Atop the bluffs overlooking Lake Huron sits the port town of Goderich, Ontario. Known nationwide since Victorian times and hailed as the ?prettiest town in Canada,? Goderich is rich with impressive architecture, stunning views, and combines small-town charm with world-class amenities.  Goderich has plenty to offer whether you?re moving to the area or just visiting?from Instagram-worthy beaches and an abundance of accessible parklands to heritage and culture, shopping, and great-tasting ...
posted in Places to visit at Fri, 17 Jul 2020 17:36:39 +0000

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - Calgary's Green line gets approval!

In June, city council approved the revised Stage 1 alignment for the Green Line LRT project in a 14-1 vote. The future of the $5.5-billion infrastructure project, the largest in Calgary?s history, had been in doubt as recently as a couple weeks ago, when a handful of councillors started to walk back their support for the north-south LRT. However, after this week?s near-unanimous vote in council, construction could start as early as next spring and Stage 1 of the new line could be open as early ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:28:57 +0000

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 8 popular vacation communities within three hours of Calgary

As COVID-19 restrictions have been scaled back gradually during Alberta?s relaunch, many Calgarians have likely started thinking about their summer vacation plans. While travel to any far-flung destination, or even the United States, is looking inadvisable at best and actively dangerous at worst, a holiday within the province is firmly within reach. From last year, here is a roundup of popular Alberta vacation communities: During the summer months, it?s always nice to be able to get away from ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Tue, 14 Jul 2020 15:50:51 +0000

Sunday, July 12, 2020 - Hailstorms and insurance

A devastating hailstorm ripped through parts of Calgary on Saturday, shredding siding, breaking windows, pummeling vehicles and flooding streets. The full extent of the damages caused by the storm remains uncertain, but Mayor Naheed Nenshi speculated the Calgary total could be as high as $1 billion ? a massive figure for a natural disaster that lasted for only 15-20 minutes. For reference, the estimated damages across Alberta from the 2013 floods totalled roughly $5 billion. Based on the scale ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 12 Jul 2020 21:27:32 +0000

Saturday, July 11, 2020 - hot design trends for summer focus on forgotten spaces

After an unusual spring spent mostly cooped up inside, summer?s onset promises brighter days. Summer is also a great time to notice the areas around the home that are especially in need of a refresh. This is where Alykhan Velji, principal at Alykhan Velji Designs, is focused for summer 2020. ?The spaces that we tend to forget about but once you put the focus on them, you can really get the full benefit of using them,? he said. ?It is all about keeping it light, fresh and working with what you ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sat, 11 Jul 2020 20:11:24 +0000

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 6 easy ways to spruce up your garden this summer

Despite the gradual reopening of businesses and other public spaces as part of Alberta?s relaunch strategy, COVID-19 still loom large in our daily lives several months into the pandemic. As a result, the humble backyard might be where many Calgarians spend much of their time outdoors this summer ? whether they?re seeking sanctuary or a place for small, physically distanced gatherings with friends and family. So, there?s no time like the present to make the most of that space. Here are six easy ... Full Article...
posted in Gardening tips at Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:23:06 +0000

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - Community - Mount Royal

The communities of Upper and Lower Mount Royal have long been home to an eclectic mix of everything Calgary?s real estate scene has to offer. Promoted in Calgary?s early days as an exclusive neighbourhood by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), Mount Royal was originally known as American Hill, due to the large number of Americans who settled in the area. Its current name is an homage to the Montreal community that was home to CPR president William Cornelius Van Horne. The community was annexed ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Thu, 09 Jul 2020 22:17:39 +0000

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - Buying a home and leaving rental life behind is possible

A new survey shows some Canadians believe they are forever renters, but Alberta builders point to growing list of affordable options. Alberta?s new home builders are weighing on a recent survey finding a significant number of Canadians believe they may never be able to own a home. The survey by the personal finance site Finder.com found about one in 10 surveyed believe they will be forever renters. Yet builders interviewed by the Calgary Herald note the industry offers a wide selection of new ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Wed, 08 Jul 2020 15:39:51 +0000

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - Home sweet home?

When the end came, it was just like Tom and Mary had imagined. Supply chains started to crumble. Millions of Americans lost their jobs. Grocery stores ran out of food. The nearly retired couple wasn?t going to wait for society to collapse. They hopped in their camper van and drove 19 hours to South Dakota. ?To come here and experience it in person is like walking the Grand Canyon for the first time,? Tom says. But it?s not the Grand Canyon. It?s a doomsday bunker. Tom and Mary are living at ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:38:18 +0000

Sunday, July 5, 2020 - Falling behind on Mortgage payments?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many Calgarians have lost their jobs, been furloughed (i.e., temporarily laid off) or seen their working hours reduced. If this has happened to you and you own a home, the loss of income could, understandably, make it difficult to keep up with mortgage payments. If you are in a situation where you?re having trouble making payments or know you cannot pay your mortgage, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) recommends exploring a variety of ...
posted in home tips at Sun, 05 Jul 2020 17:06:08 +0000

Friday, July 3, 2020 - Curb appeal on a budget

Put away those down-filled parkas and stash the winter boots?spring has arrived! With longer days and warmer temperatures, it?s time to make the most of this season by rejuvenating your homes? curb appeal. If there?s one thing I tend to put off every year, it?s refreshing the exterior of my house. By the time I think I?m ready to put in the effort, it?s August. Why bother, right? The truth is tackling your home?s curb appeal is not hard or even expensive. With all of us staying home to put an ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 03 Jul 2020 14:50:50 +0000

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 7 tips for planting a food garden

The City of Brampton, Ontario recently launched Canada?s first city-wide backyard garden program, designed to help alleviate food insecurity in the area due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative encourages citizens to grow vegetables, herbs, and fruit outdoors and donate their harvest to local food banks. The Brampton Backyard Garden Program supports residents with free soil and seeds, along with tutorials and gardening tips.  ?Gardening has the potential to build communities,? ...
posted in Gardening tips at Thu, 02 Jul 2020 20:08:33 +0000

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - Sunrooms are becoming a hot commodity

As temperatures rise, so too does interest in enjoying the sun from the comfort of one?s home, and a sunroom is one option that is easy to warm up to. ?Nowadays, no one is considering a cruise or a trip to Italy, so they?re really focused on improving the space around them,? said Bob Whiteside, general manager of Desert Sun Patios in southeast Calgary. ?Some houses have a deck, but it?s often too hot or too cold to enjoy it, so homeowners are seeking other ways to get the most from their rear ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 30 Jun 2020 17:58:49 +0000

Sunday, June 28, 2020 - Staging a garage?

If you read CREB®Now or my blogs , you probably already know the importance of staging your home when you sell. But what about your garage? When it comes to staging a home, the best advice is usually to make it look like you?d want to live there. But what do you do when you?re staging a space that will be home to vehicles rather than people? That was the challenge presented to home stager Elysse Bulloch with one of her recent projects. Boasting two garages, including a newly renovated ...
posted in home tips at Sun, 28 Jun 2020 17:53:28 +0000

Saturday, June 27, 2020 - Net zero homes

Take net zero homes for example. A decidedly niche category, when normal life resumes and fuelled by legislative change and changing consumer preferences, this is a space to watch, say industry observers. ?It?s coming. I have no doubt about that,? says Sonja Winkelmann, director of net zero energy housing for the Canadian Home Builders? Association (CHBA). ?PV (photovoltaic solar panel) technology has improved so much and we?re getting so good at building these net zero homes,? she ...
posted in home tips at Sat, 27 Jun 2020 17:34:24 +0000

Friday, June 26, 2020 - Make the most of your balcony

For many residents of apartment-style condo buildings, a balcony offers a small, private slice of the outdoors ? a place to kick back with a book, sip your morning coffee, catch a few rays, or enjoy an al fresco meal or cocktail. In recent months, the widespread adoption of social distancing and self-isolation to combat COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of private outdoor spaces. For those who have them, balconies and backyards provide a crucial refuge ? a safe space to get some fresh air ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 26 Jun 2020 17:03:44 +0000

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - From seed to salad: How to grow your own produce

As self-isolated gardeners in charge of our own personal food security this summer, it?s good to know which vegetables are fast from seed and which ones are oh so slow. Sprinkle radish seeds directly into your garden soil any day now (or in a 45-centimetre pot on your sunny, sheltered patio) and they will sprout in 2-5 days. You can start slicing and serving the spicy red balls a month after they sprout. Alternately, you could seed asparagus seed right now, grow them for a month indoors under ... Full Article...
posted in Gardening tips at Thu, 25 Jun 2020 21:35:32 +0000

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - Spring cleaning check list

Spring might have officially started on March 19, but as Calgarians know, ?spring? in this city is an elastic concept. Now that temperatures are rising and nature is showing new signs of life, it?s time to give your home the spring-cleaning treatment. Thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, keeping your living space clean (and sanitized) is more important than ever. Due to social distancing measures, people are spending the bulk of their time at home, and the novel coronavirus can live on ...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Tue, 23 Jun 2020 16:07:18 +0000

Thursday, June 18, 2020 - Skytower: Canada's tallest residential tower

For years, rumours have been swirling about the addition of a soaring residential tower to Toronto?s skyline, and now it?s finally official: SkyTower by Pinnacle International is set to become Canada?s tallest residential building (for now, at least) at a towering 95 storeys (or 313 metres). Designed by the award-winning Hariri Pontarini Architects, SkyTower will offer its residents incredible views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline from its 800+ condominium suites. The suites themselves ... Full Article...
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - Bathtub conversion to a walk in shower

Stand-alone showers have been rising in popularity as the primary bathing method in many homes?they?re practical, spacious, and downright gorgeous. If you?ve been reconsidering your bathroom?s space with a shower conversion, think about the following important considerations to help you get started. Can it affect my home?s resale value? While it?s usually recommended to maintain at least one bathtub in a home, some Houzz polls indicate this may not be as important to homeowners as it used to ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 17 Jun 2020 19:57:08 +0000

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 5 Things You Should Never Remove When Renovating an Older Home

Heritage homes have features that new builds just can?t replicate: soaring ceilings, gorgeous trim and solid construction are just a few reasons people fall in love with these charming properties. However, when it comes to renovating a heritage home, it can sometimes seem daunting.  New homeowners may look at an older home?s overall décor and feel compelled to gut everything to get a fresh start. But put down that crowbar and sledgehammer! Some original elements actually enhance the value of ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 16 Jun 2020 20:35:19 +0000

Friday, June 12, 2020 - Inglewood and Ramsey

As Calgary?s oldest community, Inglewood is a neighbourhood that has been through a lot. Since it pre-1900 founding as Brewery Flats, Inglewood ? along with its neighbour Ramsay ? has weathered both the First World War and Second World War, the Great Depression, and countless booms and busts. The communities have bounced back time and time again, emerging as two of the most desirable places to call home in the city. These neighbourhoods already boast an impressive selection of amenities, ...
posted in Community info at Fri, 12 Jun 2020 22:25:17 +0000

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - Additional costs to consider with a new home purchase

While budgets, like rules, are often made to be broken, there are some additional costs associated with the purchase of a new home that buyers should keep in mind to avoid breaking the bank. ?A lot of that added expense is items outside the home, such as landscaping, fencing and decks,? said Karl Bursnell, sales contracts manager for Homes by Avi. ?Most builders will also offer a turnkey package that includes landscaping, but typically, for a single-family, detached home, you are doing it ...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Wed, 10 Jun 2020 22:10:26 +0000

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - A little goes a long way - spring maintenance

Springtime brings an energy like no other season. So, why not put that energy to good use with some easy maintenance tasks that will have your home ready for the laidback days of summer and beyond? ?A lot of this work is proactive rather than reactive and can save money in the long run,? said Jeff Howells, professional home inspector with Nu Level Inspections. Here are his top spring maintenance tasks for homeowners, inside and out: Exterior After the accumulation of fall?s messy debris and ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 09 Jun 2020 16:09:17 +0000

Sunday, June 7, 2020 - Attic conversion?

Many homeowners know the value of additional space in their homes, whether it?s an extra bedroom for a teenager seeking solitude, or to bring in-laws under the same roof. It?s a big undertaking requiring the support and understanding of your entire household.  When it comes to adding more livable space, there are two typical options to consider: build an addition, or convert your attic space. While converting attic space may seem like the simplest?and lowest-cost?solution, it?s no simple task. ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 07 Jun 2020 17:24:37 +0000

Friday, June 5, 2020 - Habitat for Humanity Silvercreek project provides housing and hope to families in need

A Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta affordable housing project in Calgary?s northwest community of Silver Springs is transforming lives through homeownership, providing new homes and new hope to 32 families. ?Moving into this home has really given us an opportunity to start a new chapter together and have a home base without having to move yearly,? said Robert, a Silvercreek homeowner and single dad. His is one of six families who recently moved into the project?s first phase. Robert and ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Fri, 05 Jun 2020 19:39:32 +0000

Thursday, June 4, 2020 - "Cash for home" offers on your home

For a variety of reasons, some people need to sell their home quickly. This motivation might lead some homeowners to explore options beyond the traditional resale market. In these situations, ?cash for homes? offers can be an enticing option for sellers who are on the clock. First, a business or individual will inspect the home. If they like what they see, they?ll make a cash offer, usually representing a below-market-rate sale price. If accepted, the business or individual might make some ...
posted in home tips at Thu, 04 Jun 2020 22:00:16 +0000

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 5 things to do for spring decor

Spring. It brings sunshine, rain, flowers, chirping birds, and a welcomed sense of renewal. There?s something about looking out your window and being greeted by sunshine, blooming tulips, and budding leaves that makes you feel fresh, new, and alive. Not only does spring stir up feelings of a fresh start, it also evokes an irresistible urge to declutter, organize, purge, and clean my house from top to bottom. I always take this opportunity to refresh and readjust my home décor, after all, even ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 03 Jun 2020 20:50:54 +0000

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - Understanding the deposit process for a new-build home

A deposit is the first financial hurdle a homebuyer needs to clear when buying a pre-construction home. That deposit is generally five per cent of a home?s total value for a purchase of less than $500,000, but it can be as high as 20 per cent for a $1-million-plus home. Those funds are a pre-construction commitment to the builder to take that condo or single-family home off the market. That money also gets put toward your eventual down payment. ?It?s important for the consumer to understand the ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 02 Jun 2020 15:49:40 +0000

Monday, June 1, 2020 - Home made out of 612,000 recycled bottles!

A home recently listed in Halifax is made from 612,000 recycled PET bottles, says builder JD Composites. The home at 39 Sunset Lane in Meteghan River, N.S. is priced at $490,000. The builder says the 2,000-sq.-ft. open-concept home outperforms traditional construction with its patented structural panels providing unrivaled insulation, low maintenance living and a life expectancy of over 250 years. The home is wind and fire-resistant. [Joel German and David Saulnier of JD Composites created, ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Mon, 01 Jun 2020 22:57:42 +0000

Sunday, May 31, 2020 - Okotoks Growth: Alberta's largest small town

Ten minutes south of Calgary in the town of Okotoks, homebuyers and builders continue to buck the regional trend of declining housing starts. In fact, the growing town of just over 29,000 people (based on the 2018 civic census) saw an increase in housing starts in 2019 that is expected to continue into 2020, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. While some construction continues in a couple of established communities ? namely, Drake Landing, Rancher?s Rise and Cimarron ? ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sun, 31 May 2020 22:51:23 +0000

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - Hudson in Creekstone, Calgary

The new southwest community of Hudson in Creekstone makes the most of its spectacular setting ? perched on a ridge overlooking the Pine Creek coulee with the Rocky Mountains in the distance. Dennis Inglis, development manager with Highfield Land Management, says the community?s location alongside a protected reserve means its scenic surroundings are here to stay, unlike some new communities where development eventually encroaches on natural lands. ?What you see in Hudson when you look over the ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Wed, 27 May 2020 22:29:49 +0000

Monday, May 25, 2020 - Mount Pleasant

The lands that became northwest Calgary?s Mount Pleasant community were annexed by the City in 1910, making it one of Calgary?s older neighbourhoods. When development began in the area in 1912, Calgary?s population numbered fewer than 50,000 people. As the city grew to 100,000 people by 1947 and 200,000 by 1955, then-suburban Mount Pleasant experienced an influx of new amenities into the area when North Hill Centre opened its doors in 1958. The opening of the Tran-Canada Highway came four years ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Mon, 25 May 2020 21:45:31 +0000

Sunday, May 24, 2020 - The beauty of the bungalow

If you feel that stairs are overrated and basements are underused, a bungalow might be your ideal home style. Apart from the added convenience single-level living provides for those with mobility issues, bungalows offer flexible living arrangements and definite ?aging in place? potential. ?Remember that while a two-storey house with 2,000 square feet is comprised of two levels with 1,000 square feet each, the same-sized bungalow gives you twice the space, as both the main floor and basement are ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 24 May 2020 19:53:29 +0000

Saturday, May 23, 2020 - La Pedrera in Barcelona

When the residential building La Pedrera was constructed on a prominent corner of Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona, it was immediately ridiculed by critics. Today it attracts thousands of people a year ? local citizens and visitors from around the world who regularly line up to pay admission for a peek inside. In 1984, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named it a World Heritage Site in recognition of its ?exceptional universal value.? Sometimes it ...
posted in Places to visit at Sat, 23 May 2020 19:24:17 +0000

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 5 easy projects to do for your child's bedroom

Your tween has been complaining about that toddler-style bedroom . It?s the perfect time to revamp the space! If you don?t want to spend fistfuls of cash to gut the room, there are plenty of creative ways to swap out the kiddie look for a more grown-up, sophisticated vibe your child will love bringing friends to. Bonus: Your kid can help, too! Start with art Refreshing and updating your child?s bedroom doesn?t have to be complicated or expensive, says Melissa Barling, founder of Winter Daisy, a ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 22 May 2020 16:29:05 +0000

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - How to find the right window treatments for your home

When it comes to modern window treatments, the selection is so vast that choosing the right ones for your home can be a challenge. Lynn Hickey, owner of Lynne?s Window Treatments Inc., says people should first consider how they live in their home and use the various rooms. For instance, Hickey says, if you like to sleep with windows open, then blinds might be a bad choice since wind can rattle them and disturb your sleep. Similarly, curtains on a window over a kitchen sink can get wet or ...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Thu, 21 May 2020 16:34:11 +0000

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 5 ways to re-energize your home this spring

After the dreary days of winter, the arrival of spring feels like a breath of fresh air, as snow melts and beautiful greenery takes its place. A change of scenery inside your home can be just as uplifting. ?Spring is a great time to think about changing up your space,? said Alykhan Velji, principal and senior designer for Alykhan Velji Designs. ?Out with the drab and dated and in with the new and fresh.? Here are five of Velji?s top design trends for spring : Glass partitions ?Open-plan living ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 19 May 2020 15:13:05 +0000

Sunday, May 17, 2020 - Impact of coronavirus on Real Estate

The impacts of the new coronavirus on Canadian real estate is expected to be ?modest and temporary at most,? says a report by the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN). ?It?s still premature to predict how the coronavirus outbreak will be resolved, but data suggests that panic will only worsen the country?s economic situation. There is reason to be alert, but there?s absolutely no reason to further raise alarm and cause more public fear,? says Jennifer Hunt, vice president, research for REIN. ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sun, 17 May 2020 22:08:57 +0000

Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 5 things you might not know about Curacao

1.First Female Governor Curaçao?s capital Willemstad is divided into four districts: Punda, Otrobanda, Scharloo and Pietermaai. Each district is equally beautiful with baroque style old Spanish colonial style buildings that are boasting with colour.  To get there by foot, cross the floating Queen Emma Bridge (a three minute walk across) and you?re immediately at the King?s Palace, dating back to the late 1800s and home to all things politics. Curacao?s Governor, the first female in the island?s ... Full Article...
posted in Caribbean Real Estate at Sat, 16 May 2020 20:48:43 +0000

Friday, May 15, 2020 - Canmore's hotel condos can provide big benefits for owners who eschew the rental pool

A type of Canmore real estate whose popularity and profitability had plateaued is reaching greater heights thanks to new economic trends. Hotel-style condominium units in Canmore have seen their rental potential soar thanks to online listing websites like VRBO and Airbnb, providing another vacation-booking option for visitors to the increasingly popular region. The old formula of a resort management company providing a hotel-like vacation rental experience, then sharing the revenue between ...
posted in Community info at Fri, 15 May 2020 16:04:02 +0000

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - Rentals on the Rise in Calgary

In 2019, Calgary experienced a purpose-built-rental ?boom? and 2020 is expected to be even hotter. According to market research firm Urban Analytics, there are approximately 65 new purpose-built rental projects (totalling 19,225 apartment units) currently proceeding through the planning and construction processes. That includes several traditional developers of ownership product who are moving into the purpose-built rental sphere, as oversupply continues to plague the condo market. This ...
posted in Community info at Thu, 14 May 2020 15:56:30 +0000

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - Questions to ask your mortgage Broker

Buying a new house should be exciting, but it can get pretty harrowing at times. You may worry you won?t qualify. You may feel unsure about house prices and worry about interest rates.  If you?re considering renovating instead of purchasing, you may worry you won?t qualify for a refinance.  As we head in to the Spring season, this is the ideal time for us to discuss your goals, including a review of your financial goals, your credit profile, and find the best solution for your personal ...
posted in home tips at Wed, 13 May 2020 16:39:44 +0000

Monday, May 11, 2020 - Designing pet-friendly homes

We?re making our favourite member of the family a priority in the home this year and designing for pets. While dogs are content to curl up wherever you are and cats will sooner claim a cardboard box as their new favourite spot than the elaborate cat condo that came inside it, incorporating their needs into your home design solidifies their place in the family. Let?s look at a few ways we can make your home pet-friendly without sacrificing a drop of style.  Keep them close Your furry best friend ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 11 May 2020 16:09:17 +0000

Sunday, May 10, 2020 - Real Estate 101 for buyers

Buying a house can be an exciting, but complex process. So when you embark on your journey, one of your first stops should be familiarizing yourself with the lingo. We?ve curated helpful information from our Homebuyers? Road Map and Tips for Buyers, to share with you some of the most important terminology a new buyer needs to know?from pre-purchase to post-purchase. Before you buy First things first, you need to find yourself a REALTOR®. A REALTOR® can bring you peace of mind thanks to their ... Full Article...
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Saturday, May 9, 2020 - Top safety considerations for DIY Renovators

Taking the DIY route with a home renovation is always tempting when trying to update a space while spending less. However, while TV and magazine experts make it look easy, successful and safe execution of these projects requires a lot of legwork before putting hammer to nail. ?Not understanding exactly what?s involved in a renovation project is where the DIY can really come into peril,? said Barry Johnson, co-owner of Dependable Renovations. For the determined and prepared, Johnson broke down ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sat, 09 May 2020 16:33:36 +0000

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - Affordable homes within reach of Calgarians

New research by Attainable Homes Calgary, the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and the Calgary Real Estate Board says that most moderate-income Calgary residents want to own a home and many may not realize that they could afford one. ?Recent media reports and social media communication across the country suggest a shift away from the desire of Canadians to own a home,? say the organizations in a news release. ?This newly released research counters this assumption; the dream remains firmly in ...
posted in home tips at Tue, 05 May 2020 20:30:01 +0000

Monday, April 27, 2020 - New Listing - C4294337

Just added this listing:"Here is your chance to own an established business at an unbelievable price! It is located in a thriving SW strip mall which includes a Safeway, Tim Hortons and a shoppers drug mart. The current owner has operated the business for over 20 years and is willing to train the new owner if desired. A highlight is the swamp cooler in the back room to keep the area comfortably cool! There is potential for growth to the business with an area that could be used for alterations ... Full Article...
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Sunday, April 26, 2020 - Calgary's Midfield Mobile Home Park redevelopment

As Calgary?s population expands, redevelopment of City-owned land in established areas holds potential for supporting growth. However, it takes planning and community engagement to get it right. Since deteriorating services closed the Midfield Mobile Home Park, the City of Calgary has been working to redevelop the area into Winston Heights Village. Plans for the new medium-density, mixed-use community on the northeast corner of 16th Avenue N.E. in the Winston Heights-Mountview community show ... Full Article...
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Saturday, April 25, 2020 - New communities in Calgary NE

Home to a broad selection of communities focused on nature and quality of life, the ?new northeast? offers an accessible location, convenient amenities and plenty of green space. Here are a few new communities that are capturing attention in northeast Calgary. Cityscape Launched in 2013, Cityscape?s location south of Country Hills Boulevard N.E. and east of Métis Trail gives residents easy access to the airport, as well as several major routes in and out of the city. The community features a ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sat, 25 Apr 2020 22:46:43 +0000

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - Hemp houses?

An Airdrie-based company is building homes out of compressed hemp chip blocks, a sustainable building material that holds huge potential for reducing carbon footprint and emissions. The idea first came to Just BioFiber Structural Solutions founder Mac Radford a few years back when he was asked to help build a ?hemp house? in Nelson, B.C. It turned out to be a very time-consuming and labour-intensive process, but the building material ? shredded industrial hemp stalks ? had obvious ...
posted in home tips at Thu, 23 Apr 2020 16:11:08 +0000

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - Avoiding clogged pipes

Join the I don't flush campaign and learn about how you  can keep your pipes clear and trouble-free so that you spend your time relaxing instead of dealing with a blockage. At any time of the year, many Canadians are guilty of using their sinks and toilets like garbage cans, resulting in costly damage to their homes due to pipe clogs and backups. Two of the biggest offenders are personal hygiene products (baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, floss) and fats, oils and grease (which we call ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 22 Apr 2020 15:15:55 +0000

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - Radon in your homes?

Radon is an odourless, tasteless, colourless radioactive gas that is the byproduct of radium decay. Radium occurs naturally in soil and rock formations. Places with higher than normal radium deposits, such as Alberta and Saskatchewan, have higher radon levels. Health Canada indicates concentrations of radon gas at or in excess of 200 becquerels per cubic metre are unhealthy, unsafe, and are considered . Radon is typically drawn up from the earth and into basements, where it can become trapped ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 21 Apr 2020 15:35:01 +0000

Monday, April 20, 2020 - Valley Ridge and Crestmont in Calgary

Situated among some of Calgary?s most picturesque landscapes, the adjacent communities of Valley Ridge and Crestmont ? both originally developed in the 1990s ? offer homeowners access to plenty of nature and established amenities, along with some compelling views. ?Valley Ridge is a charming community that is over 50 per cent green space that includes amazing wildlife, hiking trails, bike paths, the Bow River and the Valley Ridge Golf and Country Club,? said  a longtime community resident. ?My ... Full Article...
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Sunday, April 19, 2020 - Greenwich in Calgary NW

Calgary?s western edge along the Trans-Canada Highway is taking on an ultra-urban vibe as the development of Greenwich, inspired by its Manhattan namesake, revitalizes the area. A master-planned community from Melcor Developments, the urban village is a nostalgic mix of residential brownstones, recreation, retail and office space. It also has one major attraction that its New York counterpart lacks ? easy access to the mountains. ?We?re only 18 minutes from downtown Calgary and less than a ...
posted in Community info at Sun, 19 Apr 2020 17:47:13 +0000

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - Top considerations for a home gym

With self isolation in full swing it?s as good a time as any to start making positive lifestyle changes and more health-conscious choices. It?s a time when well-intentioned people flood the nearest gym, fully intending to commit to a healthier routine year-round, only to abandon their fitness goals by Easter. What better way to kick your fitness regime into high gear than from the comfort of your home? With an at-home gym, you never have to pack a bag, there?s no need to account for travel time ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sat, 18 Apr 2020 21:40:41 +0000

Friday, April 17, 2020 - Buying an Older House? Here's What Unexpected Repairs Might Cost You

You found your dream century home and your conditional offer has been accepted. But after receiving your home inspector?s report, it turns out your charming Victorian cottage needs more than a fresh coat of paint. While this doesn?t mean you need to back out of the deal, it?s important to know you can always head back to the negotiating table. Your REALTOR® is a great resource for knowing the repairs you might be in for?and what they could cost you?before buying an older property. ?Disposable? ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:38:26 +0000

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 10 most expensive Calgary SW Communities

These are the 10 most expensive Calgary communities in the southwest quadrant, based on year-to-date (YTD) residential average sale price. 1. Bel Aire Established: 1960 Population: 390 Dwellings: 159 Median pre-tax household income: $401,839 New listings (YTD): 20 Number of residential sales (YTD): 4 Residential average sale price (YTD): $2,000,000 Residential benchmark price (YTD): N/A 2. Britannia Established: 1956 Population: 690 Dwellings: 313 Median pre-tax household income: $268,603 New ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Thu, 16 Apr 2020 18:34:58 +0000

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - Residents rejoice as SW BRT is completed

It has been quite a ride for some of those affected by the construction of the Southwest Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), so the project?s completion comes as good news for more than just riders. The project ? one of four additions to Calgary?s transit system ? includes new BRT stations throughout the route and the addition of bus-only travel lanes on 14 Street S.W. between Southland Drive and 75 Avenue S.W. ?The impetus for the entire MAX BRT initiative was to create a network of rapid transit buses ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Wed, 15 Apr 2020 14:45:19 +0000

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - Winter vacation properties to fit your budget

If you thought owning a winter recreation property was out of reach, think again. While a RE/MAX survey last winter of western Canadians found that 67 per cent believed they couldn?t afford to purchase a ski resort property, that doesn?t align with the actual situation. ?In reality, the story is very different, with multiple ski resorts in Western Canada boasting affordable prices, making them attractive investments for both local and foreign buyers,? said the executive vice-president of RE/MAX ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Tue, 14 Apr 2020 16:28:49 +0000

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