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Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - Calgary's new downtown plan seeks to benefit current residents, and attract new ones

You can always go downtown. At least that?s what the song says. Much has been written about the current woes of Calgary?s Downtown Commercial Core. Office vacancies are approaching 30 per cent and many businesses and commuters are conspicuous in their absence from the area. However, there are a significant number of Calgarians who have no intention of going anywhere, even after the workaday crowd goes home. In fact, with around 8,500 Calgarians who call the Downtown Commercial Core home, the ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Wed, 07 Jul 2021 23:11:10 +0000

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - Moisture management: the importance of monitoring your home's humidity levels

Calgary is one of the most unique cities in Canada when it comes to weather. Throughout the year, we can see temperatures span from -40C to 40C in a matter of months, and chinooks can warm our frostbitten city into a springtime paradise in only a few short days. Because of this, our homes have to be prepared to withstand the most extreme weather Alberta has to offer. While these temperature fluctuations can cause damage to your home?s exterior, they can also affect your home?s interior, as ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 06 Jul 2021 21:49:45 +0000

Sunday, July 4, 2021 - 4 DIY Bird Feeders and Birdhouses to Make Your Yard Sing

There?s one kind of home with a view that already comes mortgage-free: a bird house! With spring in full bloom, we?re sharing some tips about backyard birds, what you need to know about birdseed, and how to make a bird feeder or birdhouse. Create a safe and happy haven for birds this spring and summer, and enjoy all your new feathered friends! A feast for a finch Feeding wildlife is usually discouraged, but backyard birds are an exception to the rule. Since birds don?t become dependent on ...
posted in Gardening tips at Sun, 04 Jul 2021 18:16:37 +0000

Friday, July 2, 2021 - Supply trends up but market still favours the seller

City of Calgary, July 2, 2021 ? Calgary?s housing market is showing few signs of letting up, as sales reached 2,915 units in June ? a record high for the month. ?It is taking time for supply to catch up with the demand in the market,? said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. ?Through the early spring market, many buyers did not have a lot of choice, but the recent improvements in supply are providing more options for those purchasers and supporting the strong sales we continue to see in ...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Fri, 02 Jul 2021 18:00:00 +0000

Thursday, June 24, 2021 - On the Water: What to Know About Living in a Floating Home

Mahone Bay Nova scotia There?s always been a romance about the water. From classic tales of the high seas to memories of quiet early mornings spent fishing with your parents, the water holds a special place in our collective experience. In fact, it?s so special for some people they?ve taken the plunge and decided to live on the water full time. Floating homes offer an alternative way of life. Today, we?ll explore why, delve into some specifics, and help you decide whether the move might be ...
posted in Community info at Thu, 24 Jun 2021 17:29:07 +0000

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 6 Things Stagers Will Definitely Want to Change in Your House Before You List it - So Be Prepared!

We?re pretty attached to our stuff, aren?t we? Family photos, knick-knacks, and artwork?they reflect our personalities and styles. However, those might be a problem if you?re showing your home to potential buyers. They want to imagine themselves living in a beautiful, clean space, and that means properly staging a house for sale. So if you?re planning on selling soon, here are six things a professional stager would likely do to maximize your home?s full potential. Stagers will work closely with ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 23 Jun 2021 21:13:31 +0000

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - How to buy a Vacation Home in Tulum, Mexico

We recommend to Ask yourself a few questions: 1.Do you want something that can produce a rental income, or perhap want some Tulum real estate to be used for vacation rentals part time?  2. Is buying real estate in Mexico a life-long dream, and a place you plan to spend your winter months for years to come?  3. Are you near retirement age and want to buy a house in a beautiful climate, one you can share with other members of your family? 4. What about amenities? Would you prefer indoor parking? ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Wed, 09 Jun 2021 20:53:40 +0000

Monday, June 7, 2021 - The mystery mansion near Calgary that has everyone talking

The 11,000-sq.-foot residence's front door is protected by statues of life-sized golden horses, and a golden chariot helmed by a giant winged man, also in gold It comes out of nowhere. You?ll be driving south of the Trans-Canada Highway, through the dun-coloured foothills that run parallel to the still snow-tipped Rocky Mountains, and there it is. Bam. A monster house so grand-but-fleeting that you can?t help but ask yourself: ?What was that? Some kind of hotel?? But the 22 is a busy highway, ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Mon, 07 Jun 2021 20:32:21 +0000

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - Design for dummies: five foolproof themes and colour palettes for the home

For all the design DIYers out there in need of a little direction, we reached out to a couple Calgary designers for their foolproof colour palettes, design schemes and decorative themes that are sure to sizzle in any space. The best part is that anyone can pull these looks together ? no experience necessary. 1) Modern Luxe Weaving together neutrals like black, white and gold will achieve a richness and elegance in any space. Think hits of black stainless steel in the appliances, an ebony barn ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 25 May 2021 15:56:13 +0000

Monday, May 17, 2021 - New homes and renovations now come at a premium, as lumber shortage drives up construction costs

Anyone who has walked into a hardware store lately is aware of the current price of lumber, a situation that is creating issues for the homebuilding and renovation industries in Calgary and across the country. ?The story we?re hearing in Calgary is similar to stories across Canada,? said Brian Hahn, CEO of BILD Calgary Region, which represents members of the local homebuilding industry. ?There?s pressure on the lumber supply.? Hahn says the resulting price increases for building materials have ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 17 May 2021 17:48:32 +0000

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - Alberta: An affordable place to call home

There?s nothing new about the real estate markets in Ontario or British Columbia. Home sales and prices have risen yet again. That is bad news for prospective buyers who were hoping to purchase a home this year. But there is something new and exciting happening in Alberta, and this trend could bring some much-needed activity to the province?s weakened economy. The real estate market in Alberta is heating up, but housing prices are still reasonable enough that first-time buyers can invest in a ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Thu, 06 May 2021 16:50:08 +0000

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - Historical Home Spotlight: Walter Hargrave Residence

Year of Construction: 1913 Address: 1732 13th Ave. N.W. Community: Hounsfield Heights/Briar Hill Architectural Style: Arts and Crafts The 1½-storey, Arts and Crafts-style Walter Hargrave Residence is unique for a couple of reason. Constructed in 1913, it is one of the oldest buildings in the northwest community of Hounsfield Heights/Briar Hill, a neighbourhood whose founding dates back to before the First World War. Hounsfield Heights, Hillhurst and West Hillhurst were born from the lands of ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Wed, 05 May 2021 21:55:46 +0000

Sunday, April 25, 2021 - Calgary Q1 2021 Housing Report

  CREB®?s Q1 2021 Housing Report Released City of Calgary, April 20, 2021 ? For the full report, please download CREB®?s Q1 2021 Calgary & Region Quarterly Update Report here. The economic challenges associated with COVID-19 brought about a dramatic rate cut from the Bank of Canada and an even more significant drop in the discount rates for mortgages. The low-interest-rate environment, combined with pent-up demand and increased savings among those who remained employed throughout the pandemic, ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sun, 25 Apr 2021 21:50:49 +0000

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - Making a masterpiece: tips for choosing and arranging art

The art displayed in a home provides personality, creates a welcoming atmosphere and offers a glimpse of your unique style to guests. And while there aren?t many unbreakable rules for choosing and arranging art, you still don?t want to fling it all over the place with little thought to how those pieces work with each other or the space. Here are four guiding principles that will have your home looking like an expertly curated gallery in no time. 1. Consider the room Each room in a home serves ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 20 Apr 2021 16:37:37 +0000

Monday, April 19, 2021 - Convenience and productivity converge in the backyard office

Working from home lent convenience to the lives of many Calgarians over the last year, but distraction can take its toll. Competing for space with pets, children, a spouse or roommates can steal concentration quickly. As a result, backyard offices have become a trendy way to create a healthy boundary between home and work. ?As more people are working from home, they are looking to increase their productivity and workflow,? said Jason Fisher, owner of Urban Shed. ?You?ll also enjoy your new ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 19 Apr 2021 21:12:28 +0000

Sunday, April 18, 2021 - Declutter for a cause: where to donate your unwanted household items in Calgary

It?s time for spring cleaning, and while the excitement surrounding the Marie Kondo Method has died down somewhat since its peak, decluttering never goes out of style. However, if you?re ready to part with some of your stuff, don?t just throw it in the trash. There are countless charitable organizations across the Calgary area that accept all manner of gently used household goods, from clothing and books to electronics and furniture. The following are 20 organizations you can support with your ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 18 Apr 2021 22:05:38 +0000

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - Prairie Winds Park provides unique opportunities for recreation and connection in northeast Calgary

When it comes to crowning Calgary?s most eclectic park, it would be tough to top the assortment of activities and opportunities offered at Prairie Winds Park. Situated on the edge of the northeast community of Castleridge, the park opened in September 1990 with a gazebo in the Grant MacEwan grove, where 90 trees were planted to celebrate the former Calgary mayor?s 90th birthday. The park then underwent a $11.9-million renovation between 2014 and 2017, which added a host of new features to the ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:53:39 +0000

Friday, April 9, 2021 - 10 Ways the Kitchen is Evolving for Greater Efficiency, Health

As kitchens get a robust workout due to more people cooking and working at home, design professions have responded with chic, functional updates.   3 Takeaways: When space permits, an island has become the heart of the room.White is still the go-to color for kitchens, but other colors are gaining momentum in personalization.Zones for tasks like baking, coffee making, and working are the new way to separate space. Kitchen trends are like fashion?wait a season and this color will be in and that ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 09 Apr 2021 21:49:23 +0000

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - Wood Paneling: Not Just The Stuff of The '70s

Wood paneling has been synonymous with ?70s rec rooms, dart boards, and generational lakeside cottages for decades. It was forgiving, versatile, and a budget-friendly option to quickly elevate a basement or living room decades ago. Classic wood paneling still has its place, but its integration in modern design is gaining traction. If your current living room reminds you of a sauna (and not because of the temperature), you may want to consider decorative wood panel options such as shiplap, ...
posted in home tips at Thu, 08 Apr 2021 21:56:33 +0000

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - The Laneway Solution: Infill Properties

photo Withrow laneway house For an urban planner, they?re called infill homes, but you may refer to them as laneway houses. We?re talking about infills added to residential properties, as the term is also used commercially. Any new or replacement building on an old lot is technically an infill, but in contemporary use, it often describes a second house built on a single lot.  In 2020, Canadians were asked to stay home. This meant people started to see their homes differently and many were eager ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Tue, 06 Apr 2021 16:10:42 +0000

Monday, April 5, 2021 - The Rural Charm of Hudson, Quebec

Photo courtesy ofGreenwood Centre for Living History About 30 kilometres from Ontario?s eastern border and 60 kilometres west of Montreal sits the rural town of Hudson, Quebec. The Town of Hudson, a municipality of Greater Montreal, was officially established when the villages of Hudson, Hudson Heights, and Como amalgamated in 1967. While the town designation has only been official for a little over a half-century, Hudson has been populated since the 1700s when the region was still ...
posted in Places to visit at Mon, 05 Apr 2021 22:47:02 +0000

Saturday, April 3, 2021 - Calgary housing market sees best March sales in over a decade!

The initial impact of COVID-19 on the housing market began last March. One year later, it is not a surprise that March sales in 2021 were higher than in 2020. However, at 2,903 sales, this was the highest March total since 2007.   ?Low lending rates and improved savings have supported sales activity,? said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. ?However, sales have been somewhat restricted by the lack of listings. This month there was a jump in new listings, contributing to the strong monthly ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sat, 03 Apr 2021 22:04:22 +0000

Monday, March 29, 2021 - From the ground up: the importance of a structurally sound foundation

The foundation of a home is the basis of the entire structure. Just like a strong foundation can make a happy relationship, a strong foundation beneath your home will keep it standing strong for many years. Many different factors go into building a strong foundation. Footings are a vital part of foundation construction. They are made of concrete and rebar reinforcement and exist to support the foundation and prevent settling. They?re made for the foundation to rest on and are especially ...
posted in home tips at Mon, 29 Mar 2021 22:28:51 +0000

Saturday, March 27, 2021 - Canmore - To build or not to build?

Right now, there?s no way to describe Canmore?s housing market other than ?hot.? ?I?m always hesitant to use that word because you can?t paint everything with the same brush, but the statistics don?t lie,? said a local Realtor Those statistics show that of the 66 new listings that came on the market in February, 60 were sold in that period ? sometimes with multiple offers ? and at a 99 per cent sale-to-listing-price ratio. Another Realtor calls the situation ?unprecedented,? considering ...
posted in Community info at Sat, 27 Mar 2021 20:35:47 +0000

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - Pittsburgh Potties!

 this "Pittsburgh Potty" photo dates back to 1922. Old homes are often full of outdated features that seem bizarre in a modern context but served an important purpose at the time of construction. With some of these quirks ? such as milk doors, dumbwaiters and boot scrapers ? the utility is obvious. With others? well, not so much. One such eccentricity from a bygone era is a case of curious plumbing. In some old homes, usually only those dating back to before the Second World War, a random ...
posted in Community info at Thu, 25 Mar 2021 21:56:37 +0000

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - Thinking of buying a house with a friend or family member and living with them? Here's how

Saving up a down payment is hard work, and it?s getting more difficult to achieve the required savings as prices continue to rise in certain hot markets (due in part to low interest rates spurring high demand), outpacing what you might be able to save on a monthly basis. Thus, pooling resources, and buying a home as a group with the intention of living together, is becoming increasingly more popular. Whether you?re a first-time homebuyer, or this is your second or third property, the financial ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Tue, 23 Mar 2021 21:59:56 +0000

Monday, March 22, 2021 - Tips for buyers and sellers in what promises to be an active spring housing market

With spring on the horizon ? bringing warmer days, blooming flowers, plenty of sunshine and increased optimism ? Calgary?s real estate market is poised for a flurry of activity. ?We have definitely rounded the corner, but in this market, who knows, we are still a little bit in the fog. Right now, the market is brisk and it?s essentially a sellers? market, so buyers really need to be prepared,? said  a REALTOR® in Calgary. ?A smart consumer, whether buyer or seller, should engage a real estate ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 22 Mar 2021 19:02:00 +0000

Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 9 Steps to Help Decide on Solar Energy for a Home

When it comes to deciding if an investment in solar will pay off, the homeowner has to do research and make smart decisions for their home and financial situation. Here are some steps to take along the way. Step 1: Figure out the home?s solar potential. To get an initial idea about a roof?s solar potential, you can enter the address at Google Project Sunroof or check out solar resource maps from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. One common misconception is that solar panels only pay ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 18 Mar 2021 15:57:45 +0000

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 5 Most Romantic Cities In Canada

Fogo Island Inn - an island off an island While you and your special someone might not have traveled for Valentine?s Day this year, that doesn?t mean you can?t start planning a romantic getaway for the future. Some people believe they need to travel to Paris, the Bahamas, or another international destination to find a romantic getaway, but that?s not the case. One of the greatest things about living in the second-largest country in the world, you don?t have to cross oceans to discover a unique ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Tue, 16 Mar 2021 16:19:12 +0000

Sunday, March 14, 2021 - A Planning Guide to Finishing Your Basement

With Canadians spending more time at home, opportunities to level-up our living spaces continue to present themselves. You may have spent time pampering your pets, setting a new tone in the bathroom, or even performing some long-overdue home maintenance. If you?ve been considering uncharted home improvement territory, then it could be time to finish your basement. Let?s look at some key considerations to help you plan for this project. Is it worthwhile? Undoubtedly this is one of the biggest ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 14 Mar 2021 20:24:20 +0000

Thursday, March 11, 2021 - New Home Checklist: 6 Things Your Clients Should Do Before Settling In

Moving into a new home is exciting?it represents a fresh start with new rooms to decorate, and a new neighbourhood to explore. However, setting up your house can also be exhausting and stressful. But don?t worry?we?ve compiled a helpful checklist of things to cross off before you settle in. And if you?re moving to a new city, your REALTOR® is a great resource for advice about tasks to take care of, who to tap for help and how tofind the best schools for your kids. 1. Update your address and ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 11 Mar 2021 20:39:39 +0000

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - Eight tips for saving money on your home insurance

For homeowners, insurance is an inescapable expense that can quickly add up when stacked on top of other financial obligations like a mortgage, property taxes and utilities. That?s why it?s important to make sure you?re getting the best deal possible ? even a few small discounts applied to your premiums can turn into huge savings over time. With that in mind, here are eight ways to save money on your homeowners insurance: 1) Increase your deductible With all insurance policies, a higher ...
posted in home tips at Tue, 09 Mar 2021 16:58:46 +0000

Monday, March 8, 2021 - Backyard makeover: it's time to start planning your 2021 landscaping projects

Calgary is still stuck in the throes of winter, but many homeowners are already planning their landscape projects for 2021 to ensure they have an outdoor space to enjoy this summer. Alison Atherton, co-owner of Project Landscape, says there was a sudden surge in demand for landscaping work last summer, as many Calgarians scrambled to adjust to COVID-19 restrictions and more time spent at home. ?The idea was to create resort-style living, some sort of oasis in your backyard to enjoy while you ... Full Article...
posted in Gardening tips at Mon, 08 Mar 2021 17:19:20 +0000

Sunday, March 7, 2021 - Historical Home Spotlight: R. B. Bennett House

Year of Construction: 1912 Address: 802 Prospect Ave. S.W. Community: Upper Mount Royal Architectural Style: Georgian Revival Oddly enough, the most famous owner of this stately brick home in Calgary?s upscale Mount Royal neighbourhood never actually lived there. As the house?s modern moniker suggests, that owner was R. B. Bennett, Canada?s 11th prime minister and a man who, despite growing up in New Brunswick and spending his final years in England, is indelibly linked with Calgary?s history. ... Full Article...
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Friday, March 5, 2021 - The sound of silence: understanding STC ratings can help homebuyers avoid noisy neighbours

Sound transmission class (STC) is the rating system used to measure a partition wall?s ability to reduce the effect of airborne sound. A higher STC rating means less sound will make its way through the partition wall ? sometimes called a party wall, common wall or shared wall ? creating a quieter living space. If you?ve ever lived in an apartment or townhome where you can hear your neighbours? every move, you know how irritating it can be. However, many homebuyers don?t know about STC ratings ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 05 Mar 2021 18:22:02 +0000

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - True colours: Pantone's 2021 Colour of the Year and the history of a trendsetter

At the end of 2020, the Pantone Colour Institute announced its 2021 Colour(s) of the Year: Ultimate Gray (17-5104) and Illuminating (13-0647), ?A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.? This marked only the second time in the 21-year history of Colour of the Year that Pantone has chosen two colours, a deviation from the norm meant to reflect, and move on from, a year in 2020 that was anything but normal. The combination of hues ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 04 Mar 2021 16:55:53 +0000

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - Options for refinishing stairs

Staircases tend to capture the eye because of the way they transcend from one level to the next. If your property?s stairs have seen better days, though, you might not like the message that your staircase is sending potential buyers. Whether you?re simply tired of the way that they look, or your stairs are starting to fall into a bit of disrepair, refinishing and revitalizing your stairs will have to come sooner or later. Here are a few ideas that you should keep in mind when trying to figure ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 03 Mar 2021 20:14:34 +0000

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - Sellers' market in February leads to rising prices

With gains in every price range, residential sales activity in February totalled 1,836. This reflects the best February since 2014. ?Despite continued COVID-19 restrictions, housing activity continues to improve. Much of the strong sales activity is expected to be driven by exceptionally low mortgage rates,? said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. ?Confidence is also likely improving as vaccine rollouts are underway. Additionally, some of the worst fears concerning the energy sector are ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Tue, 02 Mar 2021 18:57:51 +0000

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - Calgary's outdoor rinks provide much-needed outdoor activity option amid COVID-19 restrictions

Cody Stuart / CREB®Now With pandemic precautions forcing Calgarians to restructure their lives, the city?s outdoor spaces have become a hot commodity this winter. Among the spots in highest demand have been the city?s many outdoor rinks. With eight City of Calgary rinks and dozens more maintained by community associations around the city, Calgarians have a host of choices when it comes to strapping on the blades and heading out for a skate. One of the newest stretches of ice is in North ...
posted in Places to visit at Thu, 25 Feb 2021 19:36:21 +0000

Friday, February 19, 2021 - Tiny Homes Can Offer Huge Potential

Whether you?re trying to break into the real estate market, downsizing from a larger home or longing for more space for your growing family, there?s probably a tiny house for you. In addition to the trendy appeal to build a compact house on wheels and live an adventurous nomadic lifestyle, living large in a tiny house offers up a wealth of options?and their popularity is surging.  Canadians are curious The Canadian Real Estate Association has reported record sales activity over the last few ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Fri, 19 Feb 2021 17:40:46 +0000

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - Sharbot Lake, Ontario

Located in the heart of cottage country, hidden within the boundaries of the Land O?Lakes Tourist Region, Sharbot Lake is a rural community with a quintessential small village vibe. A friendly, family-oriented place where everybody knows your name, Sharbot Lake offers a mix of outdoor experiences for year-round adventure, with larger city amenities only a scenic hour?s drive away.  Go exploring in the vast wilderness landscape surrounding the village, refresh and revitalize in the myriad of ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Thu, 18 Feb 2021 18:53:30 +0000

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 6 Maintenance Tasks That May Save You Money

The long, dark days of winter are upon us, and with COVID-19 still keeping us closer to home, we?re keenly aware of all the maintenance tasks we?ve put off or let slip through the cracks. And we hate to break it to you, but it?s time to get to work. We know you?re wondering if you can get out of this. Must you really hit pause on your newest Netflix binge session and do, ugh, chores? Well, no. You don?t have to do anything. But if you do, we guarantee you?ll save some money?and maybe even your ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Wed, 17 Feb 2021 20:16:42 +0000

Saturday, February 13, 2021 - Tips to Review Your Financial Health

Whether you?re a prospective homebuyer or an existing homeowner already paying down a mortgage, ensuring your finances are in good order is crucial for your overall financial health. With tax/RRSP season just around the corner, now is a great time to review your current financial plan to identify potential improvements.  This could mean relatively small changes that could improve your credit score?which could get you access to better interest rates. Or it could involve something more ...
posted in Investing at Sat, 13 Feb 2021 19:00:48 +0000

Friday, February 12, 2021 - DIY for dummies: how even the least-handy homeowner can keep their property in tip-top shape

Even if you wouldn?t describe yourself as handy, it?s important for homeowners to have the skills and equipment to tackle routine maintenance and repairs. Thankfully, most of those tasks require nothing more than a few basic tools and a little elbow grease. ?Most small home repairs can be completed by any homeowner, no matter their level of expertise,? said Jason Cunningham, tool rental merchant with Home Depot Canada. ?With a little bit of confidence, along with the right tools, most projects ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 12 Feb 2021 20:09:31 +0000

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - Rock-bottom interest rates throughout 2021 could nudge even more Calgarians into the housing market

Historically low interest rates are helping boost the residential real estate market in Calgary and across the country, with the trend expected to continue throughout 2021. ?The decline in interest rates since last spring gave a sizable break to buyers by lowering debt service costs. This has undoubtedly attracted more buyers into the market,? said Robert Hogue, senior economist with RBC Economics, in a recent report on the Canadian housing market. ?We expect interest rates to stay low though ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Tue, 09 Feb 2021 19:36:32 +0000

Sunday, February 7, 2021 - Brighten up: four easy ways to take your home's lighting to the next level

Inside the home, lighting does so much more than help you see. The right lighting can improve your mood, create the perfect atmosphere and highlight all the features of your home that you love the most. If your current configuration is coming up short, here are four foolproof tips for taking your home?s lighting to the next level: 1) Streamline bulbs If you live in an older home, it?s likely you have a mishmash of different bulbs, which can result in a chaotic atmosphere of clashing colour ...
posted in home tips at Sun, 07 Feb 2021 18:03:23 +0000

Friday, February 5, 2021 - Move over Feng Shui

Move over feng shui. Step aside Marie Kondo. There?s a new kid in interior design town, and it?s called hygge. No longer do we have to worry about the alignment of the furniture with the windows, to create a positive energy flow around the house. No more throwing out what we no longer need, decluttering to the point of tidy but boring minimalism in the name of sparking joy. No. Hygge is all about the cosy. The warm, the enveloping, the hunkering down in one?s environment, being embraced and ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 05 Feb 2021 21:57:23 +0000

Thursday, February 4, 2021 - Is real estate still a good investment for Calgarians?

Long before the stock market existed, before salt was considered as valuable as gold and before humans first struck oil, the asset that was most sought after was land. Real estate investing has evolved, but today investors still seek out land as a way to diversify their assets, earn income, and increase their net worth. These days, however, many Calgarians are asking whether or not real estate is still a good investment. The question is timely given the local and national housing market with ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Thu, 04 Feb 2021 22:26:43 +0000

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - January sales signal strong start to 2021

January sales were the highest they have been for the month since 2014, as housing market momentum from the end of 2020 carried over into the start of 2021. Sales activity improved across all product types and across all price ranges. ?Discount lending rates are exceptionally low, which is likely attracting all types of buyers back into the market,? said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. ?New listings in the market were also slightly higher than what was available over the past two months, ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Tue, 02 Feb 2021 17:12:18 +0000

Saturday, January 30, 2021 - Calgary's Flyover Park and High Park create value from overlooked spaces

  It?s not a spot where you would normally expect to find a recreational space. Yet, Flyover Park, located under the overpass that links westbound Memorial Drive to 4th Ave S.E. and the East Village, is the newest addition to Calgary?s parks system. The park, which opened in December, is the result of a partnership between local Grade 6 and University of Calgary Landscape Architecture students, who teamed up on the design to create a distinctive hub for the community. ?The park?s setting next ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Sat, 30 Jan 2021 23:02:51 +0000

Friday, January 29, 2021 - A heated driveway is a creative, albeit pricey, way to eliminate the need for snow shovelling.

It might sound like magic, but banishing snow from your driveway without lifting a finger is a trick that?s within reach for Calgarians. ?Our system uses electricity rather than water or gas,? said Sob F., a sales representative with Ontario-based Heavenly Heat Inc. ?We peel off the existing driveway, lay down cables and cover them with asphalt or concrete. The cables are connected to a control box, which can be placed inside or outside the garage, and the system is completely automatic, ...
posted in home tips at Fri, 29 Jan 2021 17:47:11 +0000

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - Modest gains in Calgary housing market expected in 2021

I have just finished attending the #creb2121 virtual forecast and am happy to bring you the "hot off the press" 2021 forecast by our wonderful economist Anne-Marie Lurie. ? In 2020, housing markets across the country surprised many with a stronger-than-expected rebound in the second half of the year despite record-high unemployment rates and significant job losses. Calgary did not hit record-high sales or prices in the third or fourth quarters, but still posted some of the strongest sales ...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Tue, 26 Jan 2021 22:25:29 +0000

Sunday, January 24, 2021 - 10 low-maintenance indoor plants to green up your home

If your home?s interior is feeling a bit drab and lifeless, adding a handful of houseplants to the mix can make a world of difference. This is especially true during the winter, when a little bit of greenery inside can help you forget about the weather outside. The benefits don?t stop there either, as plants also purify the air and taking care of them can create a comforting sense of routine. So, what are you waiting for? Here are 10 great indoor plants you should consider adding to your home: ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 24 Jan 2021 22:36:33 +0000

Friday, January 22, 2021 - A Retirement Home Is a Tiny House in the Kids' Backyard

A tiny home in retirement could be a more-affordable way to downsize and still be close to family. This article is from the US - but stay tuned as tiny homes are catching on in Canada too! When Cary Childre, 65, of Athens, Ga., considered moving closer to her daughter, Eva Maudlin, of Decatur, an Atlanta suburb, she realized she couldn?t afford to buy ?much of anything.? So, Eva, 31, researched building a cottage in her own backyard.  The 429-square-foot home will have one bedroom and ...
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - Tips and Tricks for Persistent Drafts

Oh, baby, it?s cold outside? and inside, too, if you?re standing close to a drafty window, door, or mysterious source of outside air. Persistent drafts are funny things. They can be massive pains when the wind blows just right, and almost unnoticeable when it?s still, making it both difficult to locate the problem, and hard to keep front of mind as you go about the rest of your week. But if you?ve got a persistent draft, transient or not, this can be the year you solve it. You?ll also save ...
posted in home tips at Tue, 19 Jan 2021 19:02:17 +0000

Monday, January 18, 2021 - Historical Home Spotlight: Alfred McKay Home

Year of Construction: 1905 Address: 35 Point Drive N.W. Community: Point McKay Architectural Style: Vernacular This pioneer vernacular home was built in 1905 by Alfred McKay (1860-1940). His work as a member of Canadian Pacific Railway survey crews took him from his home in Woodbridge, Ont., to the Prairies in 1880 and he eventually settled in the Calgary area in 1886. Originally, McKay lived as a squatter in a log cabin on Cochrane Ranch Co. land, before securing his own piece of land in ...
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Sunday, January 17, 2021 - Deductions Most Landlords Don't Claim But Should

Whether you are a real estate mogul or just getting started with your first rental unit, if you?re receiving money for rent, your silent investor needs his cut paid.  Never heard of this silent investor? We are talking about Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and they always get their share through taxes. The good news is that there?s many different tax rebates and deductions that can help you reduce how much tax you have to pay.  In this article, we will cover tax rebates most landlords don?t claim ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Sun, 17 Jan 2021 20:27:16 +0000

Friday, January 15, 2021 - The Highs and Lows of Thrifting for Furniture

?Where did you get that?? An enthusiastic and genuine question those who thrift furniture get asked all too often. Whether you?ve upcycled a dining room table or refinished an antique armoire, you know those unique pieces have a way of attracting the eye of house guests. Filled with charm and character, thrifted furniture is an excellent option for those on a budget, looking for a distinct piece to complete a design vision, or those simply hoping to make a positive impact on the environment and ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 15 Jan 2021 22:33:26 +0000

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 7 Trendy Hacks to Transform Basic IKEA Buys

While you might not love building IKEA furniture, the Swedish retailer?s smart designs and affordable finds make the effort (and the tears) worth it. But if you think your basic IKEA pieces are in need of a style upgrade, you?re not alone. There?s a community of thousands of IKEA hackers dreaming up creative ways to transform their pieces on a budget. Whether you?re a first-time or devoted furniture hacker, we scoured the internet to find some of our favourite IKEA hacks for your home. Play ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 14 Jan 2021 20:56:19 +0000

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - Kenora, Ontario

On the northern shoreline of the spellbinding Lake of the Woods district, Kenora, Ontario is a coveted tourist destination. The small city of 15,096 (2016 census) is located 50 km east of Manitoba, nearly 200 km east of Winnipeg. The area was traditionally named Rat Portage or ?Waszush Onigum? in Ojibwe, in reference to the traditional ?portage of the muskrat.? Lake of the Woods includes parts of Ontario, Manitoba, and the midwestern U.S. state of Minnesota. The lake is more than 110 km long ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Wed, 13 Jan 2021 20:12:26 +0000

Monday, January 11, 2021 - The Scoop on Five First-Time Home Buyer Programs in Canada

When buying your first home, there are more costs involved than you may expect. Between moving expenses, legal fees, inspections and taxes, purchasing a property involves a lot more than just saving for your down payment. It?s not uncommon for first-time buyers to skip on budgeting for these expenses and then get sticker shock when all of the additional costs pile up.  Thankfully, first-time home buyers in Canada have exclusive access to programs to help offset some of the costs. From rebates ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Mon, 11 Jan 2021 23:46:32 +0000

Thursday, January 7, 2021 - Six ways to lower your home heating bill this winter

Calgary?s winters are bad enough without having to worry about the expensive heating bills that often accompany plummeting temperatures. Thankfully, there are a few easy ways to limit the damage and save a bit of cash in the process. 1) Make sure your home is properly insulated Here?s how to find out if your home needs an insulation upgrade. 2) Layer up and lower the temperature One of the most common pieces of advice for cutting your heating bill is also the most straightforward: dress warm ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 07 Jan 2021 22:45:23 +0000

Monday, January 4, 2021 - Amidst economic challenges, housing market ends 2020 on a high note

City of Calgary, January 4, 2021 ? With December sales of 1,199, this is the highest December total since 2007. "Housing demand over the second-half of 2020 was far stronger than anticipated and nearly offset the initial impact caused by the shutdowns in spring. Even with the further restrictions imposed in December, it did not have the same negative impact on housing activity like we saw in the earlier part of the year," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. Attractive interest rates ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Mon, 04 Jan 2021 21:35:25 +0000

Saturday, January 2, 2021 - Financial options for Canadians owning U.S. properties during COVID-19

In recent years, Canadians have been some of the biggest buyers of property south of the border, purchasing nearly $9.5 billion worth of U.S. real estate in the last year alone, according to a recent report by the National Association of Realtors. As we head into the start of a particularly unusual snowbird season under COVID-19 however, a significant number of Canadians are now in a ?wait and see? situation as to whether they will want to or be able to travel south to enjoy their U.S. property ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Sat, 02 Jan 2021 23:00:52 +0000

Thursday, December 31, 2020 - Thinking of becoming a Landlord?

I watched a really good Webinar yesterday on Secondary suites - For more  info and to watch it click here. Here are a few of the points I discovered" - The City are waiving $900 of fees for permits until December 2021 - For a secondary suite -There are other options besides putting in a second furnace. - For an existing suite there are differing rules than if you are building a new suite. An Egress window is the size of the unobstructed opening not the size of the window.  A secondary suite has ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Thu, 31 Dec 2020 18:28:11 +0000

Wednesday, December 30, 2020 - Calgary's Central Library celebrates two years as burgeoning community hub

Calgary?s East Village has perhaps seen more change over the last 20 years than any other community in the city. Since the idea of bringing East Village back to life resurfaced in 2005, the neighbourhood once known for its vacant lots and neglected buildings has been transformed into one of the city?s more vibrant communities. While there have been several key developments during that transformation ? including the Simmons Building, RiverWalk pathway, St. Patrick?s Island and a handful of ...
posted in Places to visit at Wed, 30 Dec 2020 17:47:38 +0000

Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - when cold weather arrives, window issues become hard to ignore

The changing of the seasons often leads to window woes in a home, as problems that went unnoticed during the summer months become apparent with the arrival of colder weather. Dallas Paquette from Lift Renovations, which handles window installations for Lowe?s Canada in Calgary, says winter weather is challenging for windows. As they expand and contract, gaps can open in areas that are weakened. ?Cold weather sort of puts a window through its paces thermally and can often expose flaws,? he said. ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 29 Dec 2020 17:48:41 +0000

Thursday, December 24, 2020 - Foreclosures

Buying a  property can be incredibly exciting and terrifying at the same time, especially if it?s your first . For a lot of buyers today, the idea of getting a killer deal is the ultimate goal, one that you may have heard is possible with a bank-foreclosed property (also known as a ?foreclosure? or ?real estate owned? property or simply ?REO?). Real estate prices over time are only going up, after all, so what?s the scoop on foreclosures? Can You Get a Deal on Foreclosed ...
posted in Investing at Thu, 24 Dec 2020 21:33:36 +0000

Monday, December 21, 2020 - Upholstery painting: fun DIY project or disaster waiting to happen?

To paint or not to paint? With upholstered furniture, that is a complicated question. Social media, online blogs and video tutorials show that it can be a fun DIY project, but there are a few key considerations and great results are not guaranteed. Calgary?s Dale Marie Wedge of Blooming DIY-er said choosing the right furniture piece is important. For example, she might paint old chairs or sofas to serve as props in the home. ?Maybe paint an ugly upholstered chair and use that as a plant ...
posted in home tips at Mon, 21 Dec 2020 18:46:05 +0000

Saturday, December 19, 2020 - Historical Home Spotlight: Phillips Residence in Bowness

Year of Construction: 1928 Address: 8539 48th Ave N.W. Community: Bowness Architectural Style: American Colonial Revival This unique heritage home is a well-known landmark in historic Bowness, a community that began its life as one of Calgary?s first suburbs. The original owner and builder of the home was stockbroker and oil man Leonard Phillips, who was born in 1887 in Wakefield, England. Courtesy of the City of Calgary Phillips, who arrived in Calgary in 1911, purchased the property in 1928 ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Sat, 19 Dec 2020 18:48:42 +0000

Friday, December 18, 2020 - Preparing for a showing: The cloak of invisibility

Here are a few specific tips that might make the difference between a quick sale and a better sale. Or in the case of a slower market, any sale at all. Before the guests arrive at your listing, you should open all window blinds, drapes and interior room doors and turn on all lights ? everywhere ? even on a sunny day! To avoid stuffiness, let the light and air flow. Unless the buyer is a cave dweller, not only does a bright and airy atmosphere make the home more welcoming, but it also means the ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 18 Dec 2020 17:31:09 +0000

Thursday, December 17, 2020 - Why do I need a Building Permit?

Chances are, you have at least heard of building permits even if you haven?t applied for one yourself. Going by their name alone, you can probably guess the general gist of what these permits are used for. You might be surprised to find out that a lot of homeowners don?t really know that much about building permits, especially when it comes to details such as when you need to apply for one. It can actually get kind of confusing at times, so here?s a rundown of the basics of building permits so ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 17 Dec 2020 21:32:16 +0000

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - Jack Tennant Memorial Bridge reduces congestion in Cochrane

Cochrane?s largest infrastructure project to date, the much-anticipated Jack Tennant Memorial Bridge, recently had its grand opening, which was marked by a low-key, physically distanced celebration and plenty of fireworks. ?Given the challenges of the time and the global pandemic, it was just so nice to have something positive to rally around,? said Cochrane Mayor Jeff Genung. The bridge was named in honour of longtime Cochrane resident, philanthropist and Cochrane Eagle founder Jack Tennant, ... Full Article...
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Saturday, December 12, 2020 - Top Lighting Options for Your Kitchen

Good lighting is important in many places in a rental property. When you?re working in the kitchen, though, having sufficient lighting to see what you?re doing is vital. Poor lighting in your kitchen can make cooking and other tasks a pain, especially if the lighting leaves shadows in areas that you use a lot. Fortunately, there are a number of options available when it comes to adding new lighting to your kitchen. Here are some of the best for you to consider. Recessed Lighting One popular ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sat, 12 Dec 2020 23:14:45 +0000

Friday, December 11, 2020 - Is It the Right Time to Buy an Investment Property?

Historically low interest rates coupled with highly active markets might have you wondering whether now is the right time to purchase an investment property.  Canada?s housing markets have shattered records since the early summer, posting a 45.6% year-over-year increase in sales activity during September, according to the latest data from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). During the first nine months of this year, 402,578 homes changed hands over Canadian MLS® Systems, a nearly 6% ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Fri, 11 Dec 2020 17:55:24 +0000

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - Maintenance tips and tasks to get your home ready for winter

Although we?ve already gotten our first doses of snow, winter is (technically) still just around the corner, with many more cold days and tons of the white stuff to come. Unfortunately, winter is also the season that tends to reveal and worsen issues within the home, so there?s no time like the present for some proactive maintenance. A bit of extra effort now could save you countless headaches when temperatures drop. Here?s a handy checklist to get you started: Gutters and downspouts Make sure ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 09 Dec 2020 01:58:31 +0000

Sunday, December 6, 2020 - New Kensington condo development innovates with commitment to smart technology

Calgary?s condo market may be mired in a bit of a slump, but developers are still finding ways to make their latest offerings stand out. This is what Ocgrow Group of Companies has done with SOLA, the company?s new development in inner-city Kensington that will boast 172 condo units ? all equipped with smart-home automation. SOLA will be Canada?s first luxury condo development to be fully integrated with Amazon Alexa devices. ?I firmly believe the real estate and tech sectors will continue to ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sun, 06 Dec 2020 17:35:29 +0000

Friday, December 4, 2020 - Revisiting Fixed Vs. Variable Mortgages

It?s the classic rate decision many mortgage shoppers are faced with. And it?s only been made more complicated since the start of the pandemic. Towards the latter half of 2019, variable rates were flying off the shelves with rates as low as prime ? 1%. A lot has changed since then. In March, fears over the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown forced most banks and other mortgage lenders to cut their fixed rates from 3.95% to 2.45% within the span of just one month. At the same time, ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Fri, 04 Dec 2020 18:21:58 +0000

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - Gutter cleaning tips and tricks

There are some chores around the house that make you feel like you?ve really done something, giving you a sense of massive accomplishment and joy. Cleaning gutters isn?t one of them. Unfortunately, it?s a chore that still has to be done, whether it?s fulfilling or not. And if you?ve got to do a thing, you might as well do it right. That?s why we?ve got tips for better gutter cleaning. Why Clean Your Gutters? Your gutters are the most efficient way to move water running off of your roof to ...
posted in home tips at Thu, 03 Dec 2020 16:30:21 +0000

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - How to Stylishly Hide Your Television

While design trends come and go, there?s one item we can be sure won?t be making an appearance in our living rooms again: the tube TV. While the big and bulky televisions of our childhoods have been replaced with more minimal options, that flatscreen TV can still be an eyesore in your home. That?s why we?re sharing six creative ways to stylishly hide your TV.  Hide it behind a map or picture Would you guess there?s a flatscreen hiding behind that stylish map and console setup? To achieve this ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 01 Dec 2020 21:07:06 +0000

Sunday, November 29, 2020 - November is Radon Awareness Month

Radon is an invisible radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in the ground and is also the No. 1 cause of lung cancer for non-smokers. It?s found in every home in Canada, but testing is the only way to truly know if a home has dangerous levels. Radon and COVID-19 As Canadians continue to spend more time at home, now, more than ever, it?s important for buyers and sellers to test their homes for radon. People confined to their homes during the pandemic are at greater risk of being ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 29 Nov 2020 22:53:58 +0000

Friday, November 27, 2020 - What Canada's Record-Low Mortgage Rates Mean For Buyers

From staggeringly low sales numbers in the spring, to a breakneck summer recovery, Canada?s real estate market has felt like a roller coaster ride these last few months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to broader economic turmoil and uncertainty in the early days of the pandemic, Canada?s central bank cut its mortgage-market influencing key interest rate to the lowest level it says is possible. Many economists watching the central bank closely say these low rates will be here ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Fri, 27 Nov 2020 18:04:14 +0000

Thursday, November 26, 2020 - How to make sure your home is properly insulated

With winter knocking on the door, it?s a good time to decide if your home could benefit from some improved insulation. Trevor Brown, president of Ideal Insulation & Roofing, says having a properly insulated home has two main benefits. ?Certainly, comfort is a big one,? said Brown. ?And using less energy is something that most Canadians are interested in ? reducing your carbon footprint.? He says higher than normal heating bills are a sign your home could benefit from an insulation retrofit. ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 26 Nov 2020 22:08:07 +0000

Thursday, November 26, 2020 - How to choose the right home security system for your needs and budget

Choosing a home security system can seem daunting. There are as many different options to protect your property as there are styles of home construction. The advent of integrated smart homes mean that DIY setups are increasingly common, leading professional services to expand their features and lower their prices. Modern security systems don?t just monitor for break-ins, either ? many systems contain a variety of sensors that can detect everything from a carbon monoxide leak to a flood in the ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 26 Nov 2020 00:03:03 +0000

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - Mortgage Refinancing

The Mortgage Refinance Process When interest rates are low, it can be the ideal time to refinance your mortgage. After all, who doesn?t like a lower interest rate? There are lots of good reasons to refinance your mortgage, such as streamlining your expenses, investing in a secondary suite, or purchasing another rental property.  But what?s really involved in the process? Mortgage Refinancing: The Basics Perhaps the best news any homeowner can get when it comes to a ?refi? is that it?s not ...
posted in Investing at Tue, 24 Nov 2020 16:13:01 +0000

Friday, November 20, 2020 - Reconsider the rake: Nature Conservancy asks Canadians to keep leaves on their lawn

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is asking us to reconsider raking this fall, and instead leave the leaves on the ground."You can leave a layer or two on your lawn. It acts as free fertilizer for your lawn ? those break down on your property just as they do in a forest, so basically it enriches your soil because it provides nutrients for your lawn," said Andrew Holland of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Some Calgarians say they enjoy raking leaves but understand why it's OK to leave some on ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 20 Nov 2020 23:50:18 +0000

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - Nose Hill Park

Nose Hill Park looms large over Calgary?s northwest ? an expanse of unspoiled grassland enveloped by the vastness of an ever-evolving city. Nearly unchanged from the days when herds of buffalo roamed the Prairies, the park now serves as a stomping ground for the herds of Calgarians that jog, walk and bike their way around its 300 kilometres of trails every day. Created in 1980 following a lengthy battle between developers who planned to turn the area into a residential community and area ...
posted in Community info at Thu, 19 Nov 2020 16:16:41 +0000

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - Top Questions to ask your next Tenant

When you own a rental property, you know how important it is to have the right tenant. Good renters will take care of the property as though it were their own, leaving it as close to how they moved in as possible. Bad renters, on the other hand, make it obvious that they don?t care, since it?s not actually their house; it can take a significant amount of time and money to get your property back to rentable condition after they move out. Wouldn?t it be great if you could only rent to the first ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Wed, 18 Nov 2020 16:37:01 +0000

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - Calgary has a new park, and it's six storeys off the ground!

Calgary has a new park, and it's six storeys off the ground.  High Park, located on the top floor of the City Centre Parkade at 340 10th Avenue S.W., opened in October.  Peter Oliver, president of the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association, said while planning for the park began in late 2019, before the pandemic, it provides a solution to help people meet safely outdoors. "We're inviting Calgarians to come up and escape above the rooftops of the warehouse buildings in the Beltline ? with full sun ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Thu, 12 Nov 2020 21:41:36 +0000

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - Winterproof patios

As summer days give way to cooler weather, good times had on the patio or balcony need not end ? especially, when outside is one of the safest places to be thanks to COVID-19. From simple additions to more elaborate fixes, there are many ways to winterproof outdoor spaces for year-round enjoyment. ?Right now, the biggest trend we?re seeing is any way to get heat into your backyard,? said Krystin Pierce, assistant store manager at Barbecues Galore ? Calgary South. ?We?re seeing a ton of ...
posted in home tips at Wed, 11 Nov 2020 16:36:49 +0000

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - Outdoor activities for Calgary's Covid-19 winter

It?s November, and time to start planning for winter. After a summer full of park picnics, patio meals and backyard hangouts, the arrival of cold weather and the wet stuff will require a pivot to winter-appropriate outdoor activities. And if the rush to snag home fitness gear and bikes this spring/summer was any indication, equipment for traditional winter sports might soon be hard to find. Here are a few ways you can stay active and social in and around Calgary this winter: Downhill ...
posted in Places to visit at Tue, 10 Nov 2020 15:35:01 +0000

Sunday, November 8, 2020 - Mortgage Deferrals Coming to an End

When the pandemic hit Canada in March, and we were asked to stay at home, and that all but essential services remain open, many were concerned about how they were going to pay the bills, including their mortgages. To their credit, lenders and mortgage insurers stepped up to the plate and offered homeowners the option to defer their mortgage payments by up to six months. That strategy worked.  The number of Canadians who asked for a deferral or a skip-a-payment was 778,000.  Roughly 32% of ...
posted in home tips at Sun, 08 Nov 2020 18:39:28 +0000

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - Decades in the making, southwest ring road from Highway 8 to Fish Creek Boulevard to open to traffic

A crucial portion of the city?s southwest ring road that traverses land purchased from the Tsuut?ina First Nation is now open to traffic. The 12-kilometre section of the 101-kilometre freeway encircling the city has proven the most complicated and frustrating portion to begin and complete, and its construction is still generating concerns among those who live alongside it. But beginning October 1, traffic will begin flowing southwards from Glenmore Trail and Sarcee Trail over three crossings ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sat, 07 Nov 2020 17:23:05 +0000

Friday, November 6, 2020 - Top 6 investment questions

What is a ?good investment??  A good real estate investment, in our mind, is one that generates or has the ability to generate cash flow to offset the property costs. By using this simple evaluation method you are enabling yourself to withstand a reduction in rents should that occur. How do I choose what type of investment property to purchase?  There are many types of investment properties to choose from ? everything from houses to apartment buildings to commercial strip malls to industrial ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Fri, 06 Nov 2020 19:22:49 +0000

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - How To Get a Construction Mortgage Loan to Build Your Dream Home

For most, the fantasy of building a dream home is just that?a fantasy: the perfectly styled gourmet kitchen, the shower big enough to fit an elephant and every tiny detail carefully considered to be exactly what you want.  With so much to consider, where do you begin? As always, a good place to start is with your budget. The Basics: what is a construction mortgage? If you want to build a home from scratch or if you?re planning significant renovations or expansions to an existing property, a ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 05 Nov 2020 16:51:42 +0000

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - Should you break your fixed-rate mortgage?

Are you thinking about breaking your fixed-rate mortgage? While traditionally considered a financial faux-pas, many Canadians choose to break their fixed-rate mortgage when they find their current terms and conditions no longer meet their needs. ?Breaking a fixed-rate mortgage occurs more often than you would think,? Jared Ksenica, Regional Vice-President, Mortgage Specialist, with BMO Bank of Montreal said. Of course, there are penalties to pay for breaking a mortgage. When you break a ...
posted in home tips at Wed, 04 Nov 2020 16:53:08 +0000

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 10 Things to Consider Before Renewing Your Mortgage

Many Canadian mortgage holders renew without asking any questions?often receiving a higher rate with a mortgage product that doesn?t suit their needs. Do yourself a favour, and don?t sign a renewal letter without doing your due diligence. Take an assessment of your current situation, put a plan in place, and let the lenders compete for your business to ensure you receive the best mortgage possible. Here?s what you need to consider before renewing your mortgage.  Put a plan in place Don?t wait ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 03 Nov 2020 16:20:01 +0000

Monday, November 2, 2020 - October statistics for Calgary and areas

Detached homes drive Calgary sales growth in October City of Calgary, November 1, 2020 ? With strong gains in the detached sector, October sales in the city reached 1,764 units. This is a 23 per cent increase over last year and well above longer-term averages. The gain in citywide residential sales outpaced the growth in new listings, supporting tighter market conditions and improving prices. ?Over the past several years, higher lending rates and the stress test pushed many out of the detached ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Mon, 02 Nov 2020 21:23:08 +0000

Thursday, October 29, 2020 - Reflections on 50 yrs of Real Estate

Calgary-area REALTORS® Herb Styles and Ray Pfob are celebrating 50 years in the business this year ? an impressive milestone by any measure. Both entered the industry somewhat by happenstance, but five decades later, neither man would trade his time in real estate ? including all the stories and bits of wisdom collected along the way ? for anything. ?It?s been one of the most exciting and fulfilling careers that I could have ever asked for,? said Styles, an agent  in Calgary. ?I feel very ...
posted in Investing at Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:35:01 +0000

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

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