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Monday, June 24, 2019 - Free outdoor fitness parks offer a gym alternative

Calgary?s parks offer something for just about everyone, including people who love to stay fit. The City currently has 22 parks with permanent outdoor fitness equipment, and a pilot project last summer saw temporary equipment set up in three additional communities on a rotating basis. The idea was to judge the potential interest for a fitness park before going through with any permanent installation, says Julie Guimond, lead for environmental education with City of Calgary Parks. Guimond says ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Mon, 24 Jun 2019 18:39:29 +0000

Saturday, June 22, 2019 - The Everything Guide to Buying Your First Home

How to find exactly what you want, and how to work with the experts who?ll help you get it. So you?re thinking about buying your first home. Your very own house (and mortgage). A place to call ? and make ? your own. It?s a big move, literally and figuratively. Buying a house requires a serious amount of money and time. The journey isn?t always easy. It isn?t always intuitive. But when you get the keys to your new home ? that, friend, can be one of the most rewarding feelings pretty much ...
posted in home tips at Sat, 22 Jun 2019 17:23:33 +0000

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 4 Landscaping Ideas for Your Front Yard

Even if you can?t tell a tulip from a turnip at the garden center, you can still create eye-catching curb appeal by paying attention to the basics of good landscaping, especially in the front yard. Ignoring your front yard ? or doing something that?s out of character with the neighborhood ? can jeopardize the assessed value of your home. Landscape economist John Harris says good landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of a house and cut its time on the market 10%-15%. Here are the ... Full Article...
posted in Gardening tips at Thu, 20 Jun 2019 20:14:52 +0000

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7 Landscaping mistakes

Before you rush into planting your dream yard, keep a few tips in mind. You can just picture it: a pretty cottage garden overflowing your front yard, with tons of heavy, scented blooms. Well, at least you can picture it with your eyes closed. With your eyes open all you see is a bit of patchy grass and a few scrubby shrubs. Yuck. You need some color, stat. That desire, though, is often what causes so many homeowners to waste money and time. Keep disappointment away by avoiding these seven ...
posted in Gardening tips at Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:53:56 +0000

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 5 Awesomely Easy Landscaping Projects

No need for fancy DIY skills, a lot of money, or a ton of time to pull off these yard upgrades. It?s your yard -- yours to do with as you wish. And while that?s great, that doesn?t mean you have to be one of those people who spends every spare moment in their yard, sprucing it up.  But, still, your landscaping could use a little something. But something easy.  Here are five totally doable projects that your budget will barely notice, but your neighbors definitely will: #1 Add Some (Tough) ...
posted in Gardening tips at Tue, 18 Jun 2019 17:57:45 +0000

Monday, June 17, 2019 - Self storage can simplify your move

When you?re moving, it can be hard to think outside the boxes ? where to get them, what to put in them and where to store them. It adds up to extra stress in an already stressful time, which could explain why storage locker rentals are on the rise. ?Self storage is about simplifying and de-stressing in a period of transition,? said Celeste Blackmore, who handles national promotion and sponsorship for Sentinel Storage. ?It?s a great way to prepare for listing a home by decluttering and staging ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 17 Jun 2019 23:23:15 +0000

Friday, June 14, 2019 - Putting up a fence

As summer starts to arrive in Calgary, homeowners might be looking ahead to the warmer months and the possibilities for home improvement or building something new on their property. Many of the most popular projects involve fences, whether building new or breathing life into an old one. However, fence building can be fraught with frustrations: Who is responsible for fence construction between two properties? What are the costs? What should it be made of? Here are some key considerations to ...
posted in Gardening tips at Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:53:44 +0000

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - The Unmarried Couple's Guide to Buying a House Together

So you've decided to purchase your first home with your significant other. But wait?you and your partner haven't tied the knot. Instead, you're cohabitating, perhaps as common-law spouses. What kinds of challenges are likely to arise when buying property with someone to whom you're not married? And what happens if (heaven forbid) you split up after you've bought a place together? Let's take a look at some of the issues unmarried couples typically face when purchasing a home together. Mortgage ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 09 Jun 2019 16:11:14 +0000

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 6 Easy Ways to Soundproof a Room

Whether it's noisy neighbours, bleeping garbage trucks or thudding footsteps, unwanted outside noise at home can be infuriating. Thankfully, there are several ways we can minimize those sounds so our home is a peaceful, tranquil oasis. Here are some of our favourite soundproofing solutions. 1. Use sound-absorbing rugs and carpets Hard surfaces reflect sound waves while soft surfaces absorb them, so materials like padded carpeting will help reduce vibrations. Uncovered, hard floors?like bare ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sat, 08 Jun 2019 22:55:47 +0000

Friday, June 7, 2019 - Benefits of net zero homes

One of the most interesting trends these days in the homebuilding industry is the growing popularity of net-zero homes. ?Net-zero homes produce as much clean energy as they consume. They are up to 80 per cent more energy efficient than typical new homes and use renewable energy systems to produce the remaining energy they need,? said Sonja Winkelmann, director of net-zero energy housing with the Canadian Home Builders? Association (CHBA). ?Every part of the house works together to provide ...
posted in home tips at Fri, 07 Jun 2019 23:15:57 +0000

Friday, June 7, 2019 - Just Sold - C4247360

Just sold this listing:"Absolutely STUNNING 15th floor corner unit with a wrap around balcony. Enjoy the lovely sunsets and incredible VIEWS of the MOUNTAINS and CITY SKYLINE. This gorgeous 2-bedroom 2 bath unit has been totally remodeled and renovated in the last 2 years with new black stainless steel appliances in 2018! The living area separates the two spacious bedrooms. The open kitchen has a lovely breakfast bar and there is a dining area for the more formal occasions. For your ...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 07 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - First time home buyers incentive

A major item from the federal budget is the first-time home buyer incentive.  Under the plan, the government will advance up to 10 per cent of the purchase price of a home so first-time buyers can take out a smaller mortgage and keep monthly payments lower. Here are the five main things you need to know about this bold incentive: Buyers must make a down payment of at least five per cent but less than 20 per cent. And they must have a household income below $120,000 a year.The amount of the ...
posted in General at Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:01:04 +0000

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