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By Linda James

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Monday, July 20, 2015 - Calgary's Summer Festival Scene

Calgary?s Summer Festival Scene rivals any other, with performers and artists embarking on our city each year to put on a great time.  It wouldn?t be summer without checking out at least a couple of the events, and the sites, sounds and culinary adventures they have to offer.Calgary Folk Music Festival July 23rd-26thRevel in one of the ?7 musical wonders of the world? (Globe and Mail) at Prince?s Island Park. 76 artists from 16 countries on 8 stages in concerts and magical collaborative ...
posted in General at Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:01:11 +0000

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - Cost of Buying a Home, Plan your Budget Wisely

There are many costs associated with buying your first home or your dream home. There are upfront costs and ongoing costs that you need to consider when planning your home-buying budget. Upfront costs may include: - Down Payment ? This needs to be ready at time of purchase and its source to be verifiable by the bank.- Initial and Additional Deposits - This is part of your down payment and has to be accessible when you're placing an offer on a property.- Home Inspection - Costs of a home ...
posted in General at Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:40:27 +0000

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - June sales consistent with typical levels

Calgary inventory levels ease Despite the 18 per cent year-over-year decline in June home sales, for a total of 2,183 units, transaction levels remain only five per cent below the 10 year average for June and three per cent above levels over the past five years. ?We?ve seen less concern from consumers lately,? said CREB® president Corinne Lyall. ?One of the main reasons is that we haven?t seen the worst case scenarios play out in the energy and housing sectors.? ?Consumers who were waiting for ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 09 Jul 2015 21:19:01 +0000

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - Is the Grass Always Greener on the Other Side?

Artificial grass has been used in warmer climates for some time, but it?s also become more popular in Canada as an alternative to a natural lawn. The jury is still out as to which is best, and there are definitely pros and cons on both sides of the fence. Natural GrassBenefits:  There?s nothing like the lush, organic feeling of natural grass under your feet.  It?s affordable to install, and with maintenance, it can last a lifetime. Things to consider:Maintenance ? A lot of time and effort is ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:30:41 +0000

Friday, June 19, 2015 - How Low will they Go?

Not long ago, in 2008, the mortgage rate in Calgary was 5.39%. This year, we have consistently seen posted rates under 3%. The low rates offer significant opportunities for buyers and sellers alike, but to take advantage of the trend, learn to evaluate your financing options. Taking advantage of the lowest rates possible allows you to make real strides on interest payments. But if your mortgage is short-term and a variable rate, there is a possibility it could change with the market. If you ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:49:15 +0000

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - Upcoming Events & Festival

Upcoming Events & Festival - Global Petroleum Show ? Tuesday, June 9th ? Thursday, June 11th - Fishing at Bow Habitat Station ? May 15th to Saturday, October 31st - Safeway Father?s Day Walk/Run ? Sunday, June 21st - Pawsitively Fun Run ? Sunday, June 21st - Storybook Theatre Presents Roald Dahl?s Willy Wonka ? Friday, May 22nd to Friday, June 26th - 2015 Calgary Stampede ? Friday, July 3rd ? Sunday, July 12th  
posted in General at Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:03:26 +0000

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - Calgary Real Estate Market Update - June 2015

Market moves toward balanced conditions Calgary housing prices change direction in May   For the first time since December 2014, Calgary?s residential unadjusted benchmark prices improved over the previous month. Within the city of Calgary, housing prices totaled $454,100 in May, a monthly and year-over-year increase of 0.55 and 0.96 per cent. ?For the third month in the row, new listings have eased compared to last year, helping push the market toward more balanced conditions, despite the ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 03 Jun 2015 22:53:16 +0000

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - Keep it Green while you Spring Clean

Keep it Green while you Spring Clean It?s that time when many of us do a thorough clean of our home after a long winter.  A few of our basic pantry items can do the job just as well or better than the heavy duty supermarket cleaners.  Here?s five great tips that don?t need more than four ingredients: Vinegar, baking soda, rubbing alcohol and lemon. Mattress:  Sprinkle baking soda on mattress.  Leave for 1 hour and then use upholstery attachment and vacuum. Spray mattress with rubbing alcohol. ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 27 May 2015 17:26:23 +0000

Friday, May 22, 2015 - Are You Sure you Can do That??

Are You Sure you Can do That?? Before you begin on any major projects in your yard this year, make sure you have an up to date Real Property Report (RPR) and that you obtain the proper development permit. If your improvements do not comply with the City rules or real property lines, it could be quite costly in fees, fines or even lawsuits down the road. A general rule, all of the following set-back requirements must be met in order to obtain a Certificate of Compliance (m = meters): 1. A shed ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 22 May 2015 16:11:10 +0000

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - Upcoming Calgary Events Calgary Community Events - May 2015

  Upcoming Calgary EventsCalgary Community Events - May 2015   - 2015 Canadian Open Volleyball Championship ? Thursday, May 14 ?            Tuesday, May 19 - MEC Calgary Race THREE 2015 ? Saturday, May 16 - Calgary International Children's Festival ? Wednesday, May 20 ? Saturday,    May 23 - Calgary EATS! Connecting the Local Food System ? Thursday, May 21 - Calgary's 6th Annual Charity Vegan Bake Sale ? Saturday, May 30 - Water Polo - National Finals ? Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31   Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 13 May 2015 20:00:59 +0000

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - Calgary Market Update - May 2015

New listings decline as home prices ease Improved sales to new listings ratio reduces inventory gains  After the fifth consecutive monthly benchmark price decline in Calgary, the number of new home listings eased to 3,064 units in April, a decrease of 18 per cent over the previous year. ?With fewer buyers making purchase decisions and improved selection for resale, new home and rental property, sellers have been either adjusting their expectations on price or delaying their plans about when to ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 06 May 2015 20:56:46 +0000

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - Calgary Cycling in the City

    As Spring invites us to get outside, what better way than to pull out the bike and hit the pathways around town.  Besides being a great way to commute, cycling is a great way to discover the city that can?t be done from behind the wheel.  Whether it?s an all day excursion or a leisurely spin on a warm evening, here are three great routes to check out: 1. Glenmore ReservoirThe beauty of this looped path is not only the the woods and water, but the Weaslehead area on the west end makes your ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:45:30 +0000

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Apartment and Condo Recycling in Calgary

Apartment and condo recycling is coming! City Council has approved a bylaw amendment that will require all multifamily complexes to offer on-site recycling by February 1, 2016. Every complex will have to provide on-site recycling of the materials accepted in single family Blue Cart recycling. I'm a multi-family residentFind out what you need to do to make recycling happen in your building. I'm a building owner or managerFind out what you need to do to comply with the bylaw and what resources ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:59:05 +0000

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - Upcoming Events & Festivals

- Canmore Uncorked Festival ? Tuesday, April 7 ? Sunday, April 19- Underground Film Fest ? Monday, April 13 ? Sunday, April 19- Lake Bonavista Home and Garden Expo ? Saturday, April 18- Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo ? Thursday, April 16 ? Sunday,    April 19- Calgary Performing Arts Festival ? formerly Kiwanis Festival ? Mon,    April 20 ? Thurs, April 30  
posted in General at Wed, 15 Apr 2015 23:19:02 +0000

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - Calgary Market Update March 2015

Inventory gains influence housing pricesFirst quarter activity reflects economic uncertainty   Elevated inventory levels and low sales for three consecutive months caused unadjusted benchmark prices to ease by 0.44 per cent in March, relative to the previous month, for a total of $454,300. Based on first quarter statistics, conditions are consistent with buyers? market conditions. Typical home prices have declined by 0.59 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the fourth quarter of ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 07 Apr 2015 21:55:20 +0000

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - HIDDEN HOME OFFICE IDEAS

posted in General at Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:04:00 +0000

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - First-Time Home Buyers Tax Credit

The fees associated with purchasing a first home can really add up. To help Canadians with these costs, our Conservative Government introduced the First-Time Buyer?s Tax Credit. The credit allows Canadians to save up to $750 on qualifying homes purchased after January 27, 2009. The First-Time Buyer?s Tax Credit is also available to existing homeowners who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) who purchase a more accessible or functional home, or for the benefit of a DTC-eligible ...
posted in General at Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:20:09 +0000

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - How To Prepare your Home To List

It is crucial when listing your home to ensure it stands out amongst the crowd.  When the time comes, there are a few things you can do beforehand to make sure it shows its best features. Pre-Sell Inspection ? Many people hire an inspector when purchasing a new home, but most overlook it when selling.  A home inspector can uncover unknown problems that can be repaired before listing the property.  This can prevent buyer?s walking away from a deal or seeking a price reduction. Hire a Handyman ? ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:31:03 +0000

Friday, March 13, 2015 - Upcomin Events in Calgary - March 2015

- The Big Taste Foodie Festival ? Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 15- International Festival of Animated Objects ? Saturday, March 7 to Monday, March 16- Wild Rose Brewery Beer 101 ? Sunday, March 8 and 22- St. Patrick's Day Party ? Friday, March 13 to Wednesday, March 18- 2015 Western Canadian Ringette Championship  ? Wednesday, March 25 - Saturday, March 28  
posted in General at Fri, 13 Mar 2015 21:23:15 +0000

Friday, March 6, 2015 - March 2015 - Calgary Market Report

Inventory climbs in Calgary?s housing marketFebruary sales activity remains low Calgary, March 2, 2015 ? Year-over-year new listings growth eased from 37 per cent last month to nine per cent in February. However, as sales activity remained below long term averages for the month, Calgary inventory levels rose to 5,474 units in February. ?While housing supply levels continue to be higher than we have seen in this market for some time, they remain below February 2008 record highs of nearly 7,000 ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:56:12 +0000

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - How to Raise the "Awesome" Metre in your Home

You know the feeling you get when you walk into someone's house that's decorated to the nines and is so clean you could eat off the floor? The one that makes you stand back and say 'wow?? Well, here are some ways to take this one step further when renovating your home. Not only will your guests say 'wow,' but their jaws will hit the floor, their eyes will pop out and their hearts will skip a beat. 1. An ?S? shaped seat turns your shower or steam room into one you can lie down in2. Consider a ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:56:41 +0000

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Making Sense of your Property Tax Assessment

Most likely, you've already received your property tax assessment from the City of Calgary. Although the City doesn't have enough staff to look at every house, it bases the assessment on several key things such as age, size, layout, traffic noise, proximately to things like schools, etc. Here are some helpful tips for better understanding your assessment. What is it? This assessment makes sure the value of your home reflects how much tax you have to pay on it. So in other words, the assessment ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:55:13 +0000

Monday, February 16, 2015 - Types of lighting for the home

You probably don't think buying a lighting fixture for a room is all that complicated. It isn't. However, it does require you to consider which types of lighting you may need. According to the Lighting Association, there are three types: General lighting. By far the most common, this is the type of lighting that is designed to create a functional brightness that spreads throughout a room. A good example is a main ceiling light. Task lighting. As the name implies, this type provides extra light ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:17:14 +0000

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - Calgary Events - February 2015

Calgary Boat & Sportsmen's Show ? Thursday, Feb 5 to Sunday, Feb 8Family Quest - Gasoline Alley Museum ? Thursday, Feb 12 to Monday, Feb 16In The Heat of the Night - ZOO ? Friday, Feb 13Eau Claire Market Family Fun Day ? Monday, Feb 16Canada's Top Ten Film Festival ? Friday, Feb 20 to Thursday, Feb 26Calgary Home + Garden Show ? Thursday, Feb 26 to Sunday, March 1
posted in General at Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:45:52 +0000

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - RE/MAX of Western Canada Quest for Excellence 2015 Bursary Program Now Open!

RE/MAX of Western Canada Quest for Excellence 2015 Bursary Program Now Open! REMINDER that the deadline is fast approaching for the RE/MAX of Western Canada Quest for Excellence bursary program. This year we are once again offering (16) $1,000 bursaries for a total of $16,000 to grade 12 students. This program was established by RE/MAX of Western Canada to recognize the success and ongoing pursuits of Western Canadian students in regards to leadership and community contribution initiatives. ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 10 Feb 2015 23:32:26 +0000

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