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Thursday, February 25, 2021 - Calgary's outdoor rinks provide much-needed outdoor activity option amid COVID-19 restrictions

Cody Stuart / CREB®Now With pandemic precautions forcing Calgarians to restructure their lives, the city?s outdoor spaces have become a hot commodity this winter. Among the spots in highest demand have been the city?s many outdoor rinks. With eight City of Calgary rinks and dozens more maintained by community associations around the city, Calgarians have a host of choices when it comes to strapping on the blades and heading out for a skate. One of the newest stretches of ice is in North ...
posted in Places to visit at Thu, 25 Feb 2021 19:36:21 +0000

Friday, February 19, 2021 - Tiny Homes Can Offer Huge Potential

Whether you?re trying to break into the real estate market, downsizing from a larger home or longing for more space for your growing family, there?s probably a tiny house for you. In addition to the trendy appeal to build a compact house on wheels and live an adventurous nomadic lifestyle, living large in a tiny house offers up a wealth of options?and their popularity is surging.  Canadians are curious The Canadian Real Estate Association has reported record sales activity over the last few ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Fri, 19 Feb 2021 17:40:46 +0000

Thursday, February 18, 2021 - Sharbot Lake, Ontario

Located in the heart of cottage country, hidden within the boundaries of the Land O?Lakes Tourist Region, Sharbot Lake is a rural community with a quintessential small village vibe. A friendly, family-oriented place where everybody knows your name, Sharbot Lake offers a mix of outdoor experiences for year-round adventure, with larger city amenities only a scenic hour?s drive away.  Go exploring in the vast wilderness landscape surrounding the village, refresh and revitalize in the myriad of ... Full Article...
posted in Places to visit at Thu, 18 Feb 2021 18:53:30 +0000

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 6 Maintenance Tasks That May Save You Money

The long, dark days of winter are upon us, and with COVID-19 still keeping us closer to home, we?re keenly aware of all the maintenance tasks we?ve put off or let slip through the cracks. And we hate to break it to you, but it?s time to get to work. We know you?re wondering if you can get out of this. Must you really hit pause on your newest Netflix binge session and do, ugh, chores? Well, no. You don?t have to do anything. But if you do, we guarantee you?ll save some money?and maybe even your ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Wed, 17 Feb 2021 20:16:42 +0000

Saturday, February 13, 2021 - Tips to Review Your Financial Health

Whether you?re a prospective homebuyer or an existing homeowner already paying down a mortgage, ensuring your finances are in good order is crucial for your overall financial health. With tax/RRSP season just around the corner, now is a great time to review your current financial plan to identify potential improvements.  This could mean relatively small changes that could improve your credit score?which could get you access to better interest rates. Or it could involve something more ...
posted in Investing at Sat, 13 Feb 2021 19:00:48 +0000

Friday, February 12, 2021 - DIY for dummies: how even the least-handy homeowner can keep their property in tip-top shape

Even if you wouldn?t describe yourself as handy, it?s important for homeowners to have the skills and equipment to tackle routine maintenance and repairs. Thankfully, most of those tasks require nothing more than a few basic tools and a little elbow grease. ?Most small home repairs can be completed by any homeowner, no matter their level of expertise,? said Jason Cunningham, tool rental merchant with Home Depot Canada. ?With a little bit of confidence, along with the right tools, most projects ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 12 Feb 2021 20:09:31 +0000

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - Rock-bottom interest rates throughout 2021 could nudge even more Calgarians into the housing market

Historically low interest rates are helping boost the residential real estate market in Calgary and across the country, with the trend expected to continue throughout 2021. ?The decline in interest rates since last spring gave a sizable break to buyers by lowering debt service costs. This has undoubtedly attracted more buyers into the market,? said Robert Hogue, senior economist with RBC Economics, in a recent report on the Canadian housing market. ?We expect interest rates to stay low though ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Tue, 09 Feb 2021 19:36:32 +0000

Sunday, February 7, 2021 - Brighten up: four easy ways to take your home's lighting to the next level

Inside the home, lighting does so much more than help you see. The right lighting can improve your mood, create the perfect atmosphere and highlight all the features of your home that you love the most. If your current configuration is coming up short, here are four foolproof tips for taking your home?s lighting to the next level: 1) Streamline bulbs If you live in an older home, it?s likely you have a mishmash of different bulbs, which can result in a chaotic atmosphere of clashing colour ...
posted in home tips at Sun, 07 Feb 2021 18:03:23 +0000

Friday, February 5, 2021 - Move over Feng Shui

Move over feng shui. Step aside Marie Kondo. There?s a new kid in interior design town, and it?s called hygge. No longer do we have to worry about the alignment of the furniture with the windows, to create a positive energy flow around the house. No more throwing out what we no longer need, decluttering to the point of tidy but boring minimalism in the name of sparking joy. No. Hygge is all about the cosy. The warm, the enveloping, the hunkering down in one?s environment, being embraced and ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 05 Feb 2021 21:57:23 +0000

Thursday, February 4, 2021 - Is real estate still a good investment for Calgarians?

Long before the stock market existed, before salt was considered as valuable as gold and before humans first struck oil, the asset that was most sought after was land. Real estate investing has evolved, but today investors still seek out land as a way to diversify their assets, earn income, and increase their net worth. These days, however, many Calgarians are asking whether or not real estate is still a good investment. The question is timely given the local and national housing market with ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Thu, 04 Feb 2021 22:26:43 +0000

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - January sales signal strong start to 2021

January sales were the highest they have been for the month since 2014, as housing market momentum from the end of 2020 carried over into the start of 2021. Sales activity improved across all product types and across all price ranges. ?Discount lending rates are exceptionally low, which is likely attracting all types of buyers back into the market,? said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. ?New listings in the market were also slightly higher than what was available over the past two months, ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Tue, 02 Feb 2021 17:12:18 +0000

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