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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If you?re a city dweller who has dismissed the small-town lifestyle due to outdated ideas about commute times and amenities, it might be time for a second look at life in Beiseker and Irricana.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

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

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