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Monday, December 31, 2018 - Applewood

Brimming with families, many of whom have been in the community for decades, Applewood Park extends to the north from International Avenue near Elliston Park in Calgary?s southeast. Big houses, double-car garages perfect for home workshops, and large yards are a few of the defining characteristics of this community developed in the early 1980s. With three refurbished and upgraded playgrounds, the 2,000-plus kids in Applewood Park can swing, climb, bounce and run to their hearts? content. ?It?s ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Mon, 31 Dec 2018 10:54:13 -0700

Sunday, December 30, 2018 - Housing affordability across Canada

Housing affordability has been the talk of the nation in recent years, especially as tighter mortgage regulations and higher borrowing costs have started to impact housing markets across the country.A recent report by RBC Economic Research indicates that Calgary?s housing market isn?t out of reach for many potential homebuyers, especially when compared to the Vancouver and Toronto markets, as well as the Canadian average. The RBC Housing Affordability Measure is the proportion of median pre-tax ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sun, 30 Dec 2018 12:42:23 -0700

Friday, December 28, 2018 - Richmond

Full of vibrancy and life, Richmond is a community in the throes of change. With boundaries that stretch from 33rd Avenue S.W. north to 17th Avenue S.W., the community contains an eclectic mix of homes, from wartime bungalows to multi-million dollar infills. On the western edge, the community boundary jogs across Crowchild Trail, bumping up against Killarney and Currie Barracks, while the eastern perimeter extends to 19th Street S.W. ?The demographic is really changing,? said former Richmond ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Fri, 28 Dec 2018 16:38:44 -0700

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - All in one Mortgage?

If keeping your various loans, lines of credit, bank accounts and a mortgage in order is becoming a herculean task, some Canadian financial institutions are touting a simple solution. So-called all-in-one mortgages, sometimes referred to as all-in-one lines of credit, combine all your financial obligations into one chequing account. Websites for some of the banks offering an all-in-one mortgage tout its potential advantages. National Bank of Canada says an all-in-one account lets you ...
posted in General at Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:55:53 -0700

Sunday, December 23, 2018 - Top 5 staging mistakes to avoid

Staging is one of those often-overlooked details that can make all the difference when it comes time to sell. According to research conducted by the National Association of Realtors, 49 per cent of potential buyers said that staging impacted their view of a home, while 58 per cent of Realtors reported a significant increase in sale price after a home was staged. Unfortunately, there are some staging mistakes that actually make a home seem less desirable to potential buyers. Make sure you?re not ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 23 Dec 2018 11:30:11 -0700

Friday, December 21, 2018 - Sage Hill

One of five communities in Calgary?s new north within the Symons Valley area, Sage Hill topped the 2018 census charts for population growth, expanding by 1,136 residents over the past year from 6,083 to 7,219 people. And that growth is expected to continue, while the community?s latest development, Sage Hill Quarter, comes to life. It?s really a community within a community and it?s destined to bring a downtown vibe to this suburban oasis. The brainchild of Ronmor Developers, this 17-acre ...
posted in Community info at Fri, 21 Dec 2018 10:04:30 -0700

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - Living,working & playing in the same area?

Given Calgary?s traffic, the only way to cover the critical elements ? live, work and play ? in three different parts of the city each day is to cut out the fourth one: sleep. Fortunately, a new philosophy in home development lets you have it all without sacrificing the shut-eye.?When you can live, work and play in the same area of the city, it creates a stronger sense of community,? said Elton Ma, director of commercial development for Brookfield Residential in Calgary. A prime example of this ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Thu, 20 Dec 2018 09:31:33 -0700

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 5 things to know about the new cannabis act.

1. How much cannabis can be grown legally in a residence once it becomes legal? Four cannabis plants may be grown in each residence. This includes apartment or condominium units. Under federal legislation, this could also include an outside garden that is part of a home. The provinces will each determine whether to permit this outside growing. 2. Will there be any standards as to what constitutes ?safe? growing of cannabis? Right now, there do not appear to be any regulations in place. You will ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 19 Dec 2018 09:54:13 -0700

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - Sunnyside

As one of Calgary?s oldest communities, Sunnyside weaves together a poignant blend of architectural styles. Modern infills sit alongside century homes, while walk-up-style apartment buildings wink at neighbouring new-build, mid-rise condo towers. The community is cemented together by a strong community spirit and honed sense of connectivity spearheaded by several local organizations, from churches to the community association and Kensington Business Improvement Area. Inclusivity and caring are ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Tue, 18 Dec 2018 08:17:57 -0700

Monday, December 17, 2018 - Charming Chestermere

A rapidly increasing number of people are discovering Chestermere?s allure. When McKay moved to the community 27 years ago, the population barely topped 900. Today, it sits around 20,700, with growth of just under two per cent last year. Even though Calgary has several lake communities of its own, at 750 acres, Chestermere Lake is nearly 700 acres larger than its largest Calgary counterpart. Additionally, as Chestermere Lake is part of the Western Irrigation District ? a network of waterways ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Mon, 17 Dec 2018 20:34:11 -0700

Sunday, December 9, 2018 - Keeping your house ready to show

1.Make all beds everyday.2.Keep all toilet seats down.3.Make sure towels are hung properly.4.Make sure all crumbs are cleaned from counter tops after meals.5.Turn all lights on when showing and have FM radio with light music on during showings.6.Don?t leave dirty clothes on the floor and put all your belongings away.7.Keep all counter top items put away.8.Keep medications out of sight.9.Don?t cook foods with odours that will linger. Remember, this is a short period of time to keep up a staged ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 09 Dec 2018 11:58:10 -0700

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - Calgary's most walk- and transit-friendly communities

While Calgary is still viewed by many as a car-centric city, there are many other ways for Calgarians to get around ? whether you choose to walk, bike or take transit. Just ask the residents of the following communities, the proud recipients of some of the city?s highest walk and transit scores from www.walkscore.com. Top 5 ? Walk Score Chinatown (95)Downtown Commercial Core (93)Cliff Bungalow (92)Eau Claire (91)Beltline (90) Top 5 ? Transit Score Downtown Commercial Core (84)Downtown West End ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Sun, 02 Dec 2018 10:56:10 -0700

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