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Sunday, August 30, 2020 - Buying a second home in Belize or Turks and caicos

Alaia Belize Ahhh, the lure of a second home ? a place of your own to escape for a change of scenery or warmer weather. It?s a dream for some and a reality for others. Two possible buys in the Caribbean region offer a snapshot of how it works and what you get. As the developer of three condo hotels in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and another luxury residential resort under construction, you could say Mark Durliat is somewhat biased when he touts the benefits of investing in a second home ... Full Article...
posted in Caribbean Real Estate at Sun, 30 Aug 2020 20:33:11 +0000

Friday, August 28, 2020 - Stampede Corral: An unforgettable piece of Calgary's history

The Corral will soon be gone, but technology is helping preserve many facets of the beloved building It was the day he lived for each week, when he?d get to spend the entire afternoon watching live action on the hockey rink. ?I?d take the bus after church every Sunday to Stampede Park and meet my friends at the Corral,? recalls Dave Poulsen. ?It was a senior men?s league called Big Six Hockey. When you?re an 11-year-old hockey fan, it was the greatest.? By the time Poulsen had permission to ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Fri, 28 Aug 2020 17:28:39 +0000

Thursday, August 27, 2020 - Selling Your Home? How to Get Rid of Dreaded Pet Smell

Pets are truly the best human companions; snuggly, cuddly and even therapeutic. They instantly become a part of the family the moment we bring them home. Regardless of whether you have a dog, cat, bird or reptile, as pet owners we know they all have one thing in common: they smell. It?s never our intention to own a smelly animal, but over time we quickly become ?nose blind? to the odors our pets omit. . Unfortunately, smell isn?t contained to the animal, it can quickly spread throughout ...
posted in home tips at Thu, 27 Aug 2020 18:13:06 +0000

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - Recycling used furnishings

Adding an element of upcycled, vintage chic to a home?s furnishings can create a rich and inviting space with a unique design aesthetic. Plus, it?s great for the environment and easy on the pocketbook. ?It?s so rewarding to buy second-hand or to find a vintage piece that is a conversation starter, instead of purchasing just another boring coffee table from a big box store,? said Calgary-based designer, DIYer and blogger Dale Marie Wedge (bloomingdiyer.com), who specializes in breathing new life ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 25 Aug 2020 19:32:55 +0000

Saturday, August 22, 2020 - How to qualify for a mortgage in an uncertain market

With COVID-19 challenges that include layoffs and deferred mortgage payments, getting a mortgage may be a bit tougher for some, whether it?s for a first home, or refinancing to consolidate debt, or simply renewing your existing mortgage with a new lender to take advantage of a lower interest rate.  But it doesn?t mean you?re shut out of the market completely. It just means you have to plan ahead and be careful managing your debt load.  Lenders generally look at two primary factors to determine ... Full Article...
posted in General at Sat, 22 Aug 2020 17:36:23 +0000

Friday, August 21, 2020 - Interest in close to home properties increases

This Lot is  available for sale in the Crowsnest pass.   Multiple offers, steady prices and lower inventories: the 2020 summer recreational property market in Western Canada is not what you might expect in the midst of a global pandemic and economic downturn. While that market slammed shut in March and April because of COVID-19, Calgarians have fuelled strong sales numbers in May, June and July in traditional vacation-home destinations, such as Canmore, Sylvan Lake and B.C.?s Windermere ...
posted in Listings at Fri, 21 Aug 2020 15:57:03 +0000

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - Backyard Chickens: How to Get Started with Urban Farming

Chickens are playful, pretty and if properly cared for, could be the perfect pet that supplies fresh eggs for you and your family. You might be surprised to learn you don?t need to live on a farm to raise chickens?some municipalities allow residents to raise chickens right in their own backyard. But while the prospect of fresh eggs is exciting, there?s a lot to consider before hosting a hen party in your backyard. We?ll walk you through everything you need to know to get started with help ...
posted in home tips at Wed, 19 Aug 2020 18:02:23 +0000

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - A Step-by-Step Guide to Buying Your First Home in a Year

Buying a home isn?t necessarily something that you can do on a whim?there are months of preparation involved when transitioning from renting to homeownership. With so many moving parts in play, from loan approvals to placing purchase offers, navigating home buying for the first time can be an overwhelming task. In the age of the coronavirus pandemic, when some real estate processes have changed, buying a home can seem especially daunting.  Luckily, we?ve developed this handy 12-month calendar ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 18 Aug 2020 22:09:40 +0000

Monday, August 17, 2020 - Earthship-inspired house made of car tires, glass bottles, clay and adversity

After seven years in a yurt, this family has finally moved into the Earthship-inspired home they built themselves near Golden, B.C. But it's not just any house. Take a tour and find out how they made it despite the struggles.  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/earthship-sustainable-dream-home-eco-friendly-golden-alberta-1.5653570 Jair Stolz has an instinct to think outside the box, and it's led his family to experience sustainable ? and sometimes unconventional ? living spaces. First, ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Mon, 17 Aug 2020 19:10:22 +0000

Friday, August 14, 2020 - Four local Instagrammers to follow for DIY inspiration and resources

When it comes to various projects around the house, the do-it-yourself route is appealing for many reasons ? from saving money to the sense of accomplishment from a job well done. If you are looking for more info, or even just a little bit of inspiration, before you take the DIY plunge, these Calgary Instagram accounts are a great place to start: Blooming DIY-er Dale Marie Wedge, the woman behind Blooming DIY-er, moved to Calgary with her family in 2015 and has been sharing her home décor and ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 14 Aug 2020 16:21:08 +0000

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

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