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Sunday, April 25, 2021 - Calgary Q1 2021 Housing Report

  CREB®?s Q1 2021 Housing Report Released City of Calgary, April 20, 2021 ? For the full report, please download CREB®?s Q1 2021 Calgary & Region Quarterly Update Report here. The economic challenges associated with COVID-19 brought about a dramatic rate cut from the Bank of Canada and an even more significant drop in the discount rates for mortgages. The low-interest-rate environment, combined with pent-up demand and increased savings among those who remained employed throughout the pandemic, ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sun, 25 Apr 2021 21:50:49 +0000

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - Making a masterpiece: tips for choosing and arranging art

The art displayed in a home provides personality, creates a welcoming atmosphere and offers a glimpse of your unique style to guests. And while there aren?t many unbreakable rules for choosing and arranging art, you still don?t want to fling it all over the place with little thought to how those pieces work with each other or the space. Here are four guiding principles that will have your home looking like an expertly curated gallery in no time. 1. Consider the room Each room in a home serves ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Tue, 20 Apr 2021 16:37:37 +0000

Monday, April 19, 2021 - Convenience and productivity converge in the backyard office

Working from home lent convenience to the lives of many Calgarians over the last year, but distraction can take its toll. Competing for space with pets, children, a spouse or roommates can steal concentration quickly. As a result, backyard offices have become a trendy way to create a healthy boundary between home and work. ?As more people are working from home, they are looking to increase their productivity and workflow,? said Jason Fisher, owner of Urban Shed. ?You?ll also enjoy your new ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 19 Apr 2021 21:12:28 +0000

Sunday, April 18, 2021 - Declutter for a cause: where to donate your unwanted household items in Calgary

It?s time for spring cleaning, and while the excitement surrounding the Marie Kondo Method has died down somewhat since its peak, decluttering never goes out of style. However, if you?re ready to part with some of your stuff, don?t just throw it in the trash. There are countless charitable organizations across the Calgary area that accept all manner of gently used household goods, from clothing and books to electronics and furniture. The following are 20 organizations you can support with your ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 18 Apr 2021 22:05:38 +0000

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - Prairie Winds Park provides unique opportunities for recreation and connection in northeast Calgary

When it comes to crowning Calgary?s most eclectic park, it would be tough to top the assortment of activities and opportunities offered at Prairie Winds Park. Situated on the edge of the northeast community of Castleridge, the park opened in September 1990 with a gazebo in the Grant MacEwan grove, where 90 trees were planted to celebrate the former Calgary mayor?s 90th birthday. The park then underwent a $11.9-million renovation between 2014 and 2017, which added a host of new features to the ... Full Article...
posted in Community info at Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:53:39 +0000

Friday, April 9, 2021 - 10 Ways the Kitchen is Evolving for Greater Efficiency, Health

As kitchens get a robust workout due to more people cooking and working at home, design professions have responded with chic, functional updates.   3 Takeaways: When space permits, an island has become the heart of the room.White is still the go-to color for kitchens, but other colors are gaining momentum in personalization.Zones for tasks like baking, coffee making, and working are the new way to separate space. Kitchen trends are like fashion?wait a season and this color will be in and that ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Fri, 09 Apr 2021 21:49:23 +0000

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - Wood Paneling: Not Just The Stuff of The '70s

Wood paneling has been synonymous with ?70s rec rooms, dart boards, and generational lakeside cottages for decades. It was forgiving, versatile, and a budget-friendly option to quickly elevate a basement or living room decades ago. Classic wood paneling still has its place, but its integration in modern design is gaining traction. If your current living room reminds you of a sauna (and not because of the temperature), you may want to consider decorative wood panel options such as shiplap, ...
posted in home tips at Thu, 08 Apr 2021 21:56:33 +0000

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - The Laneway Solution: Infill Properties

photo Withrow laneway house For an urban planner, they?re called infill homes, but you may refer to them as laneway houses. We?re talking about infills added to residential properties, as the term is also used commercially. Any new or replacement building on an old lot is technically an infill, but in contemporary use, it often describes a second house built on a single lot.  In 2020, Canadians were asked to stay home. This meant people started to see their homes differently and many were eager ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Tue, 06 Apr 2021 16:10:42 +0000

Monday, April 5, 2021 - The Rural Charm of Hudson, Quebec

Photo courtesy ofGreenwood Centre for Living History About 30 kilometres from Ontario?s eastern border and 60 kilometres west of Montreal sits the rural town of Hudson, Quebec. The Town of Hudson, a municipality of Greater Montreal, was officially established when the villages of Hudson, Hudson Heights, and Como amalgamated in 1967. While the town designation has only been official for a little over a half-century, Hudson has been populated since the 1700s when the region was still ...
posted in Places to visit at Mon, 05 Apr 2021 22:47:02 +0000

Saturday, April 3, 2021 - Calgary housing market sees best March sales in over a decade!

The initial impact of COVID-19 on the housing market began last March. One year later, it is not a surprise that March sales in 2021 were higher than in 2020. However, at 2,903 sales, this was the highest March total since 2007.   ?Low lending rates and improved savings have supported sales activity,? said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. ?However, sales have been somewhat restricted by the lack of listings. This month there was a jump in new listings, contributing to the strong monthly ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Sat, 03 Apr 2021 22:04:22 +0000

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