October 2012

Found 11 blog entries for October 2012.

One of the reasons why one developer may be successful while another fades away is the ability to stay on top of tomorrow's technology. It is crucial to be able to foresee the future and everything that's in store ahead of time and incorporate these things into today's developments. This is occurring with the Devon Tower here in Calgary's downtown core as charging stations have been added to service electric vehicles.

Oxford Properties has been busy installing these chargers at Centennial Place, Bow Valley Square and the Devon Tower. Oxford Properties started installing them in buildings in Vancouver and is planning on doing the same in Toronto.

The wave of the future

This is a good strategic plan for all three commercial buildings to keep up

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Halloween's only a couple of days away and you need to get a costume ready for the big day in a hurry. If you've waited till the last minute, as many do, here are a few ideas you can use to scramble together a quick costume.

1. Visit a consignment shop

If you have time to make a quick stop on the way home from work you can get some great ideas from various consignment stores in the city. The Calgary Value Village always takes Halloween seriously and you'll be able to find new costumes there or you can choose to grab some used clothing and accessories to put together an economical costume in a hurry. If you don't have any ideas now about a costume it's really not a problem. Your creative juices will start flowing once you enter the store and take a

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When it comes time for your parents to downsize you may be called upon to be a financial advisor, a counselor, a part-time real estate agent and all sorts of professions that you've never been trained for! This can be an emotionally charged time for the whole family and your parents may need quite a bit of assistance from their adult children to get through it. It's times like these where you need to put on your patience and understanding hat in order to get through to the other side.

Call in the professionals

The first thing that you need to do to help your parents with their move is call in the professionals that they will need and meet them along with your parents. For example, you'll need an experienced real estate agent that you can trust and

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So you're planning for your retirement and looking forward to the day when you can kick your alarm clock under your bed for good. You'll be able to operate on your own schedule and do all the things that you've had to put off for your 9-to-5 job so far. Here are some things to consider when you're planning for your retirement to make sure that you get the most out of it right out of the gate.

What is your financial outlook?

Have you been planning for your retirement financially and does it look like everything's a go? If not, that's the first thing that you'll want to put into line. Find a good financial planner and work with him so that you'll know exactly what you'll be dealing with in the future.

Part of your strategic financial planning

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You have found the home of your dreams and are now ready to decorate it. You need the perfect area rug that will bring out the best of the room and pull all of the furniture and accents together. If you have recently purchased a new home with hardwood floors you may be starting to feel the cold already from them. An area rug will be able to serve a functional and decorative purpose at the same time.



If you've never purchased an area rug before you may not have a clue how to go about choosing the right one. Here are some helpful tips you can use to make sure that the area rug you find is the one you really want and need.

Setting your budget

It’s always a good idea to save up your money to buy the best rug possible in either silk or wool.

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It's a good idea to look through your credit report at least once yearly to make sure that everything looks good and that there haven't been any entries mistakenly added to it. The longer you wait to look at your report the harder it will be to fix anything that has been added to it incorrectly. In some cases even a wrong address or misspelled name can cause confusion when you're applying for credit such as a credit card or a home mortgage.

It happens quite commonly. You make all of your credit card payments on time but for one reason or another a late payment has been added to your credit report. You know that you have been good on your payments and that it is a mistake. Working through the credit card company you can get this removed from your

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Some people play with the idea of selling their home without the assistance of a Calgary real estate agent. It all sounds fine and dandy in theory but in reality it's a real headache and you'll have to deal with a lot of issues that you previously didn't take into account. Here are some statistics to look at to give you an idea of what you'll be up against.

Getting the price you want

In order to truly understand the price difference between homes sold by the owner and homes sold with assistance from an agent let's take a look at the 2011 statistics just south of the border. The average price for an FSBO home was $150,000 while houses that were sold with agent assistance had an average price of $215,000. That's quite a difference in price!

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When you're working with a smaller space decorating can be much more of a challenge. There are certain dos and don'ts that you have to follow that don't need to be adhered to in a home necessarily in order to pull everything together. If you approach things the wrong way your small condo will appear cramped and confining whereas if you decorate it right the condo will appear spacious and open. Take a look through the amazing tips below to find out how to best accomplish this feat.

Out with the chunky furniture

Chunky furniture and small condos just don't mix. Look for simplistic furniture that is small yet elegant. IKEA sells a lot of this type of furniture and for reasonable prices. If you already have large furniture and can't afford to go out and

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You're worried about your retirement and want to take your best step forward to make sure that you can retire in comfort with the least financial stress possible. The question is whether you should be directing your money into investments or putting it towards paying off your debts. The answer is clear right now - take the money and put it towards your debt payments. Returns on investments are low right now unless you choose something that carries a high risk.

When you consider the high interest rate that you're paying on your credit card debt, or most other debts, you'll be further ahead putting your money towards paying them off. Currently safe investments like Guaranteed Investment Certificates and Canada Bonds are only paying out approximately 2%

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So you've put your house on the Calgary MLS® and need to take some photos. If you're looking for the best shots to help get a quicker sale here are a few tips you can follow to help make your home look like a castle.

1. Use the right camera


Make sure that your camera has a wide-angle lens and if it doesn't have it borrow someone else's. You're not going to get good photos unless you have this wide-angle feature on your camera to take sweeping shots of the rooms in your house.

2. Take your exterior shots from an angle

Most houses look better when they have a picture taken from an angle than they do when the shot is taken head on. As well, use a tripod if you have one or at least make sure that your hand is super steady when you take the

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