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Thursday, October 29, 2020 - Reflections on 50 yrs of Real Estate

Calgary-area REALTORS® Herb Styles and Ray Pfob are celebrating 50 years in the business this year ? an impressive milestone by any measure. Both entered the industry somewhat by happenstance, but five decades later, neither man would trade his time in real estate ? including all the stories and bits of wisdom collected along the way ? for anything. ?It?s been one of the most exciting and fulfilling careers that I could have ever asked for,? said Styles, an agent  in Calgary. ?I feel very ...
posted in Investing at Thu, 29 Oct 2020 15:35:01 +0000

Saturday, October 24, 2020 - Brentwood

The year is 1960. Calgary?s population sits at 234,428. Completion of the Trans-Canada Highway is still two years away. A new $1-million terminal at McCall Field welcomes airline passengers, with the first non-stop, transatlantic flight from Calgary to Amsterdam still a year away. The first two buildings on the new University of Calgary campus open and the newly minted community of Brentwood sits on the very edge of the city. How times have changed. Now, sitting just outside of what is ...
posted in Community info at Sat, 24 Oct 2020 19:51:29 +0000

Friday, October 23, 2020 - What causes ice build up on homes?

If a portion of your roof becomes warm enough to melt some of the snow and ice on top of it, an ice dam can form. That melted snow or ice will trickle down the roof as water, reaching the eaves or gutter and encountering much colder materials where it will freeze again. This process continues until there is a buildup of ice at the very edge of the roof, with liquid water attempting to flow underneath it. The ice can overflow onto your gutters, while the water forces its way under the shingles ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 23 Oct 2020 21:00:17 +0000

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - Calgary's west, northwest to see privatized garbage collection in city pilot

The city is preparing to contract out one-quarter of black cart pickup services across Calgary by 2022 A private company will take over garbage collection in parts of west and northwest Calgary by 2022. The city opened proposals from companies hoping to do the work Monday as it moves ahead on a pilot project to contract out one-quarter of black cart pickup services. Council approved the project earlier this year, and proponents of the move say it will show whether the city can save money by ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:30:57 +0000

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - Calgary #3 - Most affordable Canadian housing markets for Investors

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of people thought that Canadian housing markets would suffer a steep crash, resulting in a considerable COVID-19 discount on real estate prices ? particularly within the country?s urban centres. While there was a roughly six-week slump in some of the biggest real estate markets, many regions are already rebounding and reporting record activity in sales and prices. For now, the industry has defied the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation?s ...
posted in Investing at Wed, 21 Oct 2020 16:12:21 +0000

Monday, October 19, 2020 - Extensive rehabilitation of Calgary's historic City Hall officially completed

$34.1M project finished after 4 years, mayor calls it 'labour of love' City officials say the four years renovation project should ensure the heritage building will be around for another century. 1:23   The rehabilitation of Calgary's 109-year-old City Hall has been completed after four years of renovations. Most members of city council gathered on the front steps of the recently unveiled building on Tuesday to celebrate the end of the $34.1-million project, which city officials say should ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Mon, 19 Oct 2020 17:12:10 +0000

Friday, October 16, 2020 - An introduction to the language of mortgages

If you?re a first-time homebuyer, many aspects of the purchase process can be confusing and stressful, including financing. While the mechanics of a mortgage are relatively simple, choosing the right mortgage product can be far from it, as many of the choices available to buyers are obscured by complex and unfamiliar terminology. To help you cut through the jargon, here?s an alphabetical list of common mortgage terms and their definitions: Amortization Period The amount of time it will take to ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 16 Oct 2020 16:23:54 +0000

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 12 common household hazards that could kill you

For many, home is the place where they feel the safest and most at ease. However, there are many hazards within the average house or apartment that can have dangerous, and even deadly, consequences if left unchecked. Luckily, most of these threats are easy to identify and even easier to avoid with just a little bit of knowhow. Here are 12 common household hazards and how to eliminate them: Dryer lint Emptying your dryer?s lint screen/trap seems like a simple task, but it?s also one that?s easy ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 15 Oct 2020 19:55:04 +0000

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - Winter reminder - sprinkler systems

It?s time to close down your Sprinkler/Irrigation System for the winter season.Leaving water in your sprinkler line during colder weather months can cause ruptures of pipes or other expensive damage. Consider hiring an irrigation company to service and close down your irrigation system for the season. (Approx $90) They offer annual plans that include both start-up and close down at the end of the season. Items on the shutdown checklist (there may be others depending on your particular system) ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 14 Oct 2020 21:58:14 +0000

Monday, October 12, 2020 - Walking tours of historic neighbourhoods in Calgary

On an afternoon stroll, residents of the neighbouring communities of Cliff Bungalow and Mission can feel like they?ve gone back in time. They might encounter structures built in the Queen Anne, Spanish Colonial, Classical and Georgian Revival styles, all from the early 1900s, within only a few blocks. However, combing through the city?s historic neighbourhoods is no longer an activity reserved for area residents, as Heritage Calgary is helping people learn about Calgary?s past through ...
posted in Community info at Mon, 12 Oct 2020 19:39:48 +0000

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - common design mistakes and how to fix them

How many of us have started a home redecorating project only to stop midway, frustrated because we just can?t seem to recreate that magazine-worthy look? Well fret not, as we?ve identified some common design mistakes and asked local designers for their surefire solutions to get back on track. The Mistake: Hanging Art Improperly Infusing a space with splashes of art can bring design to a new level. After all, who doesn?t love colour, texture and gallery-inspired spaces? But hanging art correctly ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Wed, 07 Oct 2020 18:20:32 +0000

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - Three Steps in Utilizing Equity for your Next Rental Property

We receive numerous questions from new and existing investors in regards to purchasing their next income property. As every personal situation is different, below is what we believe to be one of the best ways to make money while you sleep. Real Estate investing has the benefit of utilizing the banks money for the majority of a property?s purchase price (mortgage) you don?t get that with stocks. The down payment that investors put in the property come from either: savings, existing equity, or ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Thu, 01 Oct 2020 16:18:24 +0000

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