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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - Five things you might not know about Calgary-and-area lakes

It?s widely known that lakes in and around Calgary provide both recreational opportunities and some highly desirable residential and vacation real estate. However, here are five things you might not know about Calgary-and-area lakes: 1. Making a splash Completed in 1968, Lake Bonavista was the first manmade residential lake in Canada. At the time, the permit process for building a lake was not well established. The story goes that not only was the lake dug without all the necessary permits in ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:06:13 +0000

Saturday, September 19, 2020 - Fish Creek Park offers something for everyone.

Ask anyone who lives across a broad swath of south Calgary for their favourite spot to go for a walk, jog or leisurely bike ride, and the No. 1 answer is bound to be Fish Creek Park. Created by the province in 1975, the park had previously been owned by John and William Roper Hull. The two men farmed in the area and later built Bow Valley Ranche House, which is still standing near the park?s visitor centre. The historic Bow Valley Ranche House is now home to the Bow Valley Ranche ...
posted in Community info at Sat, 19 Sep 2020 22:01:39 +0000

Friday, September 18, 2020 - How to hail-proof your roof before Calgary's next big storm

Calgarians have had more than their share of weather challenges this summer, including several nasty bouts of hail. Thankfully, a little preparation can help your home?s roof emerge unscathed the next time golf-ball-sized ice chunks starts falling from the sky. ?Hail eats standard laminate architectural shingles like sugar eats kids? teeth,? said Anthony Babin, owner of A.B?s Roofing & Contracting. ?The best protection is found in metal, rubber and tile roofs, followed by those with Class 3 or ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 18 Sep 2020 22:42:15 +0000

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - Alpine Park a new SW Calgary community

By early 2022, the first of Alpine Park?s eventual 10,000 residents will be moving into a mixed-use community at the heart of a new type of Calgary suburb. Tara Steell, general manager for Dream Unlimited?s Calgary land division, says that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the developer?s market research had shown buyers were seeking neighbourhood integration through ?New Urbanism? principles more commonly found in the inner-city core. The new 646-acre community, situated at 146th Avenue and ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:59:35 +0000

Monday, September 14, 2020 - Protecting Your Data in a COVID World

Our lives have certainly changed in this COVID world. Our daily routines have been upended, as has the way we work ? many of us are now working from home and relying more on technology. With more of us using Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, and social media networks, we are also experiencing increases in cyber-attacks. One was at the Canada Revenue Service (CRA), when fraudsters took advantage of login credentials exposed through previous hacks to compromise the personal information of thousands of ...
posted in General at Mon, 14 Sep 2020 02:19:42 +0000

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - Real Estate terms every homebuyer should know

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 home tips at Thu, 10 Sep 2020 20:46:16 +0000

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - Everything You Need to Know About Bathroom Renovations

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, 09 Sep 2020 17:58:56 +0000

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - Calgary's beltline district

Located smack-dab in the middle of the city and packed with amenities, the Beltline could be considered both the literal and figurative heart of Calgary. Encompassing the historic neighbourhoods of West Connaught, Connaught Centre, Victoria Centre and East Victoria, the community?s name originated from the Calgary Municipal Railway?s Route No.5 ? known as the ?Belt Line.? While the days of the old streetcar system have come and gone, the buildings constructed in those early days have provided ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Tue, 08 Sep 2020 19:30:30 +0000

Friday, September 4, 2020 - Nellie McClung historical home

Year of Construction: 1907 Address: 803 15th Ave S.W. Community: Beltline Architectural Style: Tudor Revival As the name suggests, this historic residence holds significant heritage value thanks to its status as the home of Nellie McClung and her husband from 1923-32. McClung was a successful novelist, prohibition campaigner and suffragist, as well as a prominent member of the ?Famous Five,? along with fellow women?s rights advocates Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Louise Crummy McKinney and ...
posted in Places to visit at Fri, 04 Sep 2020 20:35:32 +0000

Thursday, September 3, 2020 - August home sales in Calgary

August home sales consistent, but COVID-19 impacts continue City of Calgary, September 1, 2020 ? Total residential sales in August were relatively stable compared to last year with year-over-year gains in the detached and row sectors. These gains offset declines in the apartment and semi-detached products.  With 1,573 sales in August, this is consistent with levels over the past five years. Year-to-date sales activity remains nearly 13 per cent below last year. ?Recent national reports have ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Thu, 03 Sep 2020 22:55:20 +0000

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - The Four Best Upgrades for Rental Properties

Every real estate investor wants to see their property increase in value. There are some physical and immediate things that landlords can do to boost the property value of a rental property. Let?s cover the four best upgrades to increase rent and your bottom line. It all about: PRICE                        DURABILITY                       DESIGN Upgrade Plumbing Fixtures Kitchen and bathroom fixtures like faucets, sinks and sprayers can get old and tarnished quickly, not to mention looking out ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 01 Sep 2020 01:39:20 +0000

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