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Thursday, January 27, 2022 - City of Calgary takes public outreach online with home improvement webinar series

Over the last year, nearly everyone across the world has become familiar with gathering online. Whether it's working from home or online school, learning via laptop or smartphone has become commonplace. The City of Calgary has embraced this trend by posting a series of home improvement and business webinars on its website. The sessions available online aim to reach the many Calgarians who have been unable to gather this type of information in person during the pandemic."With COVID-19, (the ...
posted in home tips at Thu, 27 Jan 2022 19:22:47 +0000

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - Media Release: Calgary housing market expected to remain strong in 2022 after record-breaking 2021

City of Calgary, Jan. 25, 2022 ? Housing market activity in 2022 is expected to moderate relative to record levels of activity in 2021, while remaining stronger than historical levels. ?Despite challenges with COVID-19, we are starting to see a turnaround in our job and migration numbers, and while interest rates are expected to rise, they remain relatively low. All these factors are expected to support strong housing demand into 2022,? said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie.?The biggest ... Full Article...
posted in Calgary housing statistics at Tue, 25 Jan 2022 20:05:27 +0000

Monday, January 24, 2022 - Understanding the Role of a Co-Signer in Buying a Home

For some first-time home buyers, help from family or close friends can be the key to breaking down the barriers to homeownership.  One of the ways loved ones can help hopeful home buyers is by agreeing to be a co-signer on the mortgage. Co-signing can be applied to most types of loans, not just mortgages. Essentially, a co-signer takes on the responsibility of making the loan payments in the event the original borrower can?t. By providing this extra assurance to the lender, co-signers can help ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 24 Jan 2022 22:00:06 +0000

Saturday, January 22, 2022 - 6 Places to Live/visit in Canada if You Love the Outdoors

From coast-to-coast-to-coast, Canadians are spoiled with stunning landscapes, wild terrain, miles of coastal shoreline, and thousands of freshwater lakes. If a lifestyle more connected to nature is calling your name, choosing where to live might be the hardest part. To help make your dream of a life spent outdoors a reality, we?re sharing a list of six places across Canada that would make an epic homebase for outdoor adventure seekers. Comox Valley, British Columbia  It?s no surprise ...
posted in Places to visit at Sat, 22 Jan 2022 22:32:24 +0000

Friday, January 21, 2022 - Country hills

After breaking ground in April, a project is underway to expand the Vivo for Healthier Generations recreation centre into a true community hub in northeast Calgary.At completion, the $62-million project will grow the facility to 135,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. Among the exciting features of the new building are an indoor park, expanded meeting rooms, an outdoor community "hug," and a lakeside-inspired aquatic expansion with a fire pit, six-lane pool, sauna and steam ...
posted in Community info at Fri, 21 Jan 2022 21:56:52 +0000

Thursday, January 20, 2022 - The origins of the sunken living room!

A brief history of the conversation pit: why interest in this '70s design staple has skyrocketed in the age of COVID-19 During the COVID-19 pandemic, an obsession has developed among people who are extremely online with an interior design feature whose heyday occurred more than 50 years ago: the conversation pit. Over the past year, there has been someone taking to Twitter to call for the return of this '70s staple every few months, and each time it triggers an avalanche of likes, shares and ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 20 Jan 2022 19:53:27 +0000

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - Mortgages for Investment Properties - What You Need to Know

Mortgages for Investment Properties ? What You Need to Know   Has the idea of buying an investment property ever crossed your mind? Maybe you?d like a place to rent out and have someone else pay some or all of your mortgage while you build equity in a tangible real estate asset, or perhaps as a home for your child to live in.Whatever your reason, investing in an additional property (or multiple properties) can be a good way to accomplish those goals, but there are also some key considerations ... Full Article...
posted in Investing at Wed, 19 Jan 2022 22:48:18 +0000

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - Should You Move or Renovate? How To Decide What's Right For You

Feeling restless in your home? Maybe you don?t have enough bedrooms and living space for your growing family, or adequate storage for your things. Or perhaps you?re yearning for a bigger backyard with an outdoor kitchen, an open-plan main floor, or an extra garage.   But in a red-hot real estate market, is it better to jump into a competitive market for a new home that fits your needs, or stay where you are and upgrade your property instead? Here?s how to figure out what?s right for ...
posted in home tips at Tue, 18 Jan 2022 22:18:28 +0000

Thursday, January 13, 2022 - Five DIY plumbing tips for homeowners

Five DIY plumbing tips for homeowners To the uninitiated, plumbing repairs and maintenance can be intimidating. Major repairs and plumbing emergencies are no doubt best left to the professionals, but with a few tools and a bit of knowhow, smaller fixes can be accomplished by any homeowner.With that in mind, here are five tips for the aspiring DIY plumber: 1) Minor toilet repairs If your toilet is running constantly, don't despair ? it's usually easy to fix. A running toilet is often caused by a ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Thu, 13 Jan 2022 19:01:00 +0000

Sunday, January 9, 2022 - Five cheap ways to boost your home's curb appeal

Five cheap ways to boost your home's curb appeal You only get one chance to make a great first impression, so why waste an opportunity to get a leg up on other sellers?Whether it's for better listing photos or to impress during showings, improving your home's curb appeal doesn't have to be expensive. Here are five cheap ways to boost your home's curb appeal: Front door Your front door is one of the first things people see when they approach your home, so make it stand out. Brightly coloured ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Sun, 09 Jan 2022 22:05:04 +0000

Monday, January 3, 2022 - Moving month: how to choose a mover and avoid common scams

May is national "Moving Month," which comes during a busy spring for the Calgary housing market, with record homes sales so far this year.All those home sales mean lots of people on the move. Unfortunately, there are always epic tales circulating about bad moving experiences, including damaged or missing items, bloated costs and even home furnishings held hostage.Mary O'Sullivan-Andersen, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay, says her ... Full Article...
posted in home tips at Mon, 03 Jan 2022 16:58:52 +0000

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