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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

Monday, July 6, 2020 - New Listing - C4306491

Just added this listing:"Welcome to this gorgeous bungalow style villa nestled in an exclusive 55+ estate community that is immaculately maintained. Not a condo, it has a minimal ($155/mo) HOA fee to take care of all your landscaping and snow removal so you can relax and enjoy. With quick and easy access to 22x and the soon to be completed ring Road you can be off to the mountains in no time or lock and leave for you snowbirds! As you enter this open and spacious home you are welcomed by ...
   posted in Listings at Mon, 06 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +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

Saturday, June 20, 2020 - New Listing - C4302927

Just added this listing:"This detached bungalow is meticulous and backs onto the beginning of the lovely green belt! The proud owner has completed some wonderful updates - stainless steel appliances, hard wood floors throughout the main floor, updated bathrooms, new doors & window in the front, exterior painting - brand new roof this month. The list goes on....There are 3 bedrooms upstairs and 2 extra bedrooms down ( original windows not to new code)The basement has a gas insert fireplace in ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Sat, 20 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +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...
posted in Places to visit at Thu, 18 Jun 2020 16:18:14 +0000

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...
posted in General at Sun, 10 May 2020 22:17:29 +0000

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...
   posted in Listings at Mon, 27 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000

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...
posted in Community info at Sun, 26 Apr 2020 21:54:01 +0000

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...
posted in Community info at Mon, 20 Apr 2020 15:50:45 +0000

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

Friday, April 10, 2020 - 5 things to consider when buying a ski vacation condo

A ski-vacation condo can be a great place for holidays with family and friends, with the added benefit of generating rental income when you?re away. Luckily, ski resorts and mountain towns in B.C. are not subject to vacancy or speculation taxes that have started to emerge in that province, and even buying at a U.S. ski resort is possible with financing through your Canadian bank. Here are five questions to consider when buying a ski-vacation condo: Where should you buy? ?There?s a magic ...
posted in Community info at Fri, 10 Apr 2020 17:17:23 +0000

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - Alberta's recreational property attractive for buyers

Alberta?s recreational property market will likely be soft this winter, creating opportunities for prospective buyers. Elton Ash, regional vice-president for RE/MAX Western Canada, says older buyers have been the recreational market?s strength for years, but millennials are growing in purchase numbers. RE/MAX?s 2019 national recreational property survey shows 40 per cent of all Canadians, and 56 per cent of millennials, are in the market for a recreational property ? whether it?s for family ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:08:10 +0000

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - Currie: A new community in the inner City

Public art installations, plenty of green space, beautiful architecture and thoughtful urban planning that retains the site?s heritage all come together to form a heady mix in Currie. The recently rebranded community, formerly known as Currie Barracks, is the third and final Canadian Forces Base Calgary site under redevelopment by Canada Lands Company. It follows in the footsteps of its successful sister communities, Garrison Woods and Garrison Green. ?There are several key attributes that make ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Wed, 08 Apr 2020 23:15:17 +0000

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - Value in Mountain view

Proximity to Calgary, affordable home prices and a variety of nearby amenities are making two towns in Mountain View County enticing options for house hunters willing to commute. At about 40 minutes and 30 minutes from Calgary, respectively, Didsbury and Carstairs have helped some homebuyers balance a job in the city with the benefits of rural life. ?There are a lot of commuters (in Didsbury),?  ?At 6 a.m., if you park by the main drag out of town, you?ll see car after car heading out, going to ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Tue, 07 Apr 2020 21:12:03 +0000

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - March statistics

  Media release: COVID-19 weighing on housing market City of Calgary, April 1, 2020 ? After a strong start to 2020, economic conditions have dramatically changed, as COVID-19 is impacting all aspects of society. The economic impact is starting to be felt across many industries. This includes the housing market. March sales activity started the month strong, but quickly changed, as concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 brought about social distancing measures. This had a heavy impact on ...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:22:55 +0000

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - Small town life NE of Calgary

If you?re a city dweller who has dismissed the small-town lifestyle due to outdated ideas about commute times and amenities, it might be time for a second look at life in Beiseker and Irricana. Recent years have seen progressive changes to these small towns? populations, services and accessibility. REALTORS® Dani and Josh Thomas have lived and worked in the area northeast of Calgary for more than 15 years. ?We have watched Beiseker and Irricana go from a mainly senior and local population to ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sat, 28 Mar 2020 22:22:38 +0000

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - Small town, Big Value!

When Dream Development rolled out Vista Crossing, it didn?t just bring new housing options to the town of Crossfield ? it completely changed expectations of what residential development could look like in the town. ?They?ve raised the bar for anyone else coming to Crossfield,? said Kenneth Bosman, chief administrative officer of the Town of Crossfield. ?The next subdivision that comes in behind them will have a much higher standard to hit than what came before.? Crossfield, which is located ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sat, 21 Mar 2020 20:43:50 +0000

Friday, March 20, 2020 - Do you really want to live in the country?

Myth #1. Living in the country is romantic. Their eyes get that dreamy look when they talk about living in the country. They talk about how healthy the fresh air will be and revel in the lack of traffic their country road will have compared to the teeming rivers of traffic outside their apartment. And the view ? oh, they let a sigh escape when they talk about their own private view of nature from the patio. Imagine? we?ll watch the sunset together. See the stars! And it?s true. All of it. But ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Fri, 20 Mar 2020 17:11:26 +0000

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - Avoiding tax trouble on Real Estate transactions

In 2019, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) assessed a 65-per-cent year-over-year increase in gross taxes related to real estate ? some $171 million. Penalties totalled more than $57 million, which is more than double the year prior. Recently REM spoke to Mariska Loeppky, director of tax and estate planning for IG Wealth Management, to explain why Canadians are paying more than ever before in gross taxes and penalties related to real estate. A key point that Loeppky makes is how Canadians should ...
posted in home tips at Sun, 15 Mar 2020 17:44:38 +0000

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 22 small ways to live greener

Trying to live a greener, more environmentally sustainable life can seem overwhelming?what do you do and where do you start? Can a few little changes around the house really make a difference?  To borrow an old adage, ?the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.? With that in mind, we have small changes you can gradually work into your home routine that aren't just eco-friendly, they're also budget-friendly.  Outdoors: 1. Plant a small backyard or patio garden Reduce your grocery ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sat, 14 Mar 2020 16:14:25 +0000

Friday, March 13, 2020 - New Listing - C4291049

Just added this listing:"Huge price adjustment and Wonderful opportunity to live in Kingsland with a suite for a mortgage helper! This is a Lovely bungalow on a huge lot, on a quiet street. The basement has an illegal suite and both sets of amazing tenants (up and down ) would love to stay. Or live up and keep one as mortgage helper. Lots of work has already been put into the house, including the newer windows, both kitchens and flooring downstairs. Most recently, the driveway has been redone, ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 13 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - Bathroom rebirth

Bathrooms have obvious practical uses, but for many people, they are also a place for relaxation and rejuvenation. This need for both style and function is why a complete bathroom remodel is a popular renovation, especially for ensuite baths. Justin Mauro, president of Renova Homes & Renovations, says many people will spend between $50,000 and $100,000 to create the ensuite of their dreams, while $10,000 to $20,000 is more common for other bathrooms in the house. Mauro says the first things ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sat, 07 Mar 2020 18:53:08 +0000

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - High River has bounced back

The town of High River, located 30 minutes south of Calgary on the banks of the Highwood River, has bounced back from the trials and tribulations of the 2013 floods with grace and determination. A mere six years later, the town has a fresh new look. Its downtown high street offers a pedestrian-friendly environment and pleasing human-scale architecture. Flood mitigation has been a crucial piece of the community?s rebuild. More than $100 million has been invested, making High River the most ...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Wed, 04 Mar 2020 22:15:17 +0000

Saturday, February 29, 2020 - Edgemont and Hawkwood

Tucked in amongst Calgary?s northwest hills, brimming with prairie grasslands and high-plains formations, are the adjacent communities of Edgemont and Hawkwood. ?Both Edgemont and Hawkwood are popular communities that are relatively close to downtown,? says, a REALTOR® . ?Both have been consistent with sales and are similar to other nearby communities for sales activity.? Established in the 1970s, with development spanning close to two decades and spreading from south to north, both communities ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sat, 29 Feb 2020 17:00:58 +0000

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - Millennial real estate investors should look at U.S.

Recent studies are showing that as the millennial generation matures, a growing number are considering property investment. And the high cost of urban living has many of them consider recreational properties as a feasible choice to enter the real estate market. A Re/Max Recreational Property Trends study found that 56 per cent of millennials are in the market to purchase a recreational property. That represents an increase of 14 per cent from 2018. While the go-to markets for this new-found ... Full Article...
posted in Caribbean Real Estate at Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:52:25 +0000

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 10 decorative trends to avoid

1.Adding toilet rugs or furry seat covers to the commode may be the worst offense of all. 2. Inspirational quote art. Tired sayings, such as ?love you to the moon and back,? may be losing popularity. ?EAT? signs in the kitchen and ?LAUNDRY? signs in the laundry room are obvious and redundant, and thankfully, they?re starting to disappear, too. Nineteen percent of respondents to the Samsung survey said inspirational quote art stenciled onto walls was one of their least favorite design trends. 3. ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sat, 15 Feb 2020 17:07:18 +0000

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - Top DIY mistakes by Generation

Many homeowners attempting to save money on household projects are turning to DIY projects. But do-it-yourself fixes can be costly, shows a new survey from Clovered, a home insurance company. Eighty-seven percent of more than 1,000 homeowners recently surveyed admitted to making a mistake while attempting a do-it-yourself home improvement project. The median amount spent on fixing those DIY mistakes was $137.50, the survey showed. Millennials tended to spend the most in fixing their mistakes, ... Full Article...
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Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - Backyard suites

?We are originally from Edmonton, but we were receiving inquiries from Calgary and finally decided that the time was right to expand,? said Ashley Salvador, president & co-founder of Calgary Backyard Suites. The non-profit organization promotes the development of backyard suites through educational workshops, where people learn the rules, regulations, financing options and design considerations for these suites. ?It?s a great place to get all the resources you need to proceed with building your ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:23:22 +0000

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 2020 opens with a slight gain in sales

City of Calgary, February 3, 2020 ? Housing market conditions continue to follow similar trends to last year, with gains in sales. At the same time, there have been further reductions in new listings, inventory and more declines in prices. January sales activity was 863 units, nearly eight per cent higher than last year?s levels. While sales remained well below January activity recorded before 2014, they remain consistent with activity recorded over the past five years. ?A persistent slowdown ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Mon, 03 Feb 2020 22:05:53 +0000

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - Day 7 Caribbean Real Estate cruise

Day 7 on our Real Estate cruise took us to the gorgeous island of Barbados. We met with our Real Estate Agent who took us up to the very prestigious Apes hill area after first driving by the house that Rhianna grew up in - The Street was renamed Rhianna Drive! The first home Is nestled in a lovely community with a polo field that has hosted royalty- Sentebali ring a bell? This former plantation home, on 12.5 acres, was built in the 1650's and has quite the history. It is available for US$9 ...
posted in Caribbean Real Estate at Wed, 22 Jan 2020 20:19:43 +0000

Monday, January 20, 2020 - Caribbean Real Estate cruise day 6

Day 6 at Grenada and a visit to a wonderful new development on the southern coast. We actually met the owner and his wife and this is truly a complex built with love. They have chosen everything themselves and it shows in the gorgeous finishings. A fractional ownership can start at US$350,000 or buy your own starting at US$750,000 - seller financing available! If this is not for you our "goto" Realtor showed us 2 other investment properties, both with gorgeous views. One an 18 month old B&B and ... Full Article...
posted in Caribbean Real Estate at Mon, 20 Jan 2020 19:43:07 +0000

Monday, January 20, 2020 - Caribbean Real Estate Cruise day 5

Day 5 on our Caribbean Real Estate Cruise gave us an incredible opportunity to visit a private island which is only a very short ferry ride from the main island of St. Vincent. Opportunity awaits here as one of the owners would like to sell his 50% share! Contact me for details!
posted in Caribbean Real Estate at Mon, 20 Jan 2020 19:19:24 +0000

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - Day 4 Caribbean Real Estate Cruise

  Day 3 was a meet and greet with my fellow Realtors and then it was off to board the newly renovated Celebrity summit for our 10 day cruise. We awoke on day 4 to the beautiful island of St. Kitts where we travelled to the southern part of the island. This exclusive sheltered development allows you to sail your yacht into it's own private berth. Ownership gives you membership into the luxurious members club with an infinity pool and outstanding food and service from the staff. Development is in ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Thu, 16 Jan 2020 20:13:23 +0000

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - Day 2 - Caribbean Real Estate Cruise

Puerto Rico - Day 2 of our Caribbean Real Estate Cruise. We went on an exhilerating two-hour ATV ride through the foothills of El Yunque National Forest! This invigorating ride exposes you to the spectacular scenery of Puerto Rico?s east coast as you roam through towering trees, tread through creeks, climb hills, and coast through vast rugged rainforest terrain. The Stop at  Mameyes River, which comes directly from the rainforest, was beautiful but due to heavy rainfall we were unable to pause ... Full Article...
posted in Caribbean Real Estate at Tue, 14 Jan 2020 15:39:31 +0000

Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 7 things a buyer should know before buying ahome

1. Online house pictures are fake What one sees online and what one sees in person are two vastly different things. It?s a bit like supermodels who, in the pages of a magazine, shimmer with perfection, but in real life, are unrecognizable in the real-world grocery store garb of hasty ponytails and make up-less faces. House photos get a similar treatment; wide-angle lenses make rooms look more spacious than they are and the place is scrubbed within an inch of its life for staged for photos. ...
posted in home tips at Sun, 05 Jan 2020 00:29:02 +0000

Thursday, January 2, 2020 - More signs of stability

Media release: Calgary?s real estate market in December caps off 2019 with more signs of stability City of Calgary, January 2, 2019 ? December sales improved to levels more consistent with activity recorded over the past five years. This follows weak sales activity last year. A stronger second half in 2019 was enough to push annual sales up by one per cent. ?Price declines, lower mortgage rates and some modest improvements in full-time employment helped support some demand growth in the city. ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Thu, 02 Jan 2020 23:55:53 +0000

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - Basement Inspections

When you?re buying a new home, the last thing you need is to inherit someone else?s problems. Even if you?ve done a walkthrough and taken a close look at plumbing fixtures, paint and ceilings, the potential for disaster might be lurking just beneath the surface ? literally. That?s why it?s always a good idea to have an expert to check the home?s basement foundation when purchasing a resale property. In Calgary, companies like Basement Technologies and Doug Lacey?s Basement Systems offer ...
posted in home tips at Wed, 11 Dec 2019 16:18:26 +0000

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - Affordable Small Town Living

Claresholm, Stavely and Nanton: Affordable, small-town living in the MD of Willow Creek With its roots in southern Alberta?s agriculture and ranching history, Claresholm is a town with plenty of old-world charm. It?s also a place that embraces a strong sense of connection and community ? just ask anyone who lives there. ?So many things make it special. It?s really more than a community ? it?s a family here,? said Santanna Thom, a lifelong Claresholm resident  Thom lives, works and plays in the ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Tue, 03 Dec 2019 16:14:30 +0000

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 10 clever ideas for small kitchens

1. Ditch the fruit bowl Many people have the token fruit bowl?or basket?that takes up prime real estate on their counter. Try placing small bins inside a deep drawer to store fruit and vegetables that don't need to be refrigerated. 2. Store on the door With just a little paint and some hooks, you're all set to make your own measuring station and conversion cheat sheet on the inside of a cupboard door. Just think, no more searching on your smartphone or tablet with sticky, food-covered ...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sat, 30 Nov 2019 16:45:18 +0000

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - Saving for your down payment - what you need to know

For many, saving for a down payment is one of the biggest roadblocks to becoming a homeowner. In today?s economic climate, saving money is challenging to say the least. Every month we try to put something away despite our normal expenses and it still seems like there is always something that will pop up and eat into our savings. Many people believe, ?Real estate prices are so high that I will never be able to save 20 per cent, so I will never own a home?. Putting less than 20 per cent down: A ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:44:15 +0000

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