December 2012

Found 10 blog entries for December 2012.

Get dressed warm and head out for a spectacular New Year's Eve at the Calgary Zoo. The fire pits will be burning from 6:00 p.m. up to 9:00 p.m. with Zoolight activities happening at the same time. The fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m. with a dazzling display of lights against the winter sky.

Parking is free for this event and is included with the cost of admission. Children under 2 years old are admitted free, children aged 3 to 15 will only pay nine dollars while adults 16 years of age or older will pay the low admission price of only $12.

If you're planning on taking in the festivities at the Calgary Zoo to ring in the New Year you will have to purchase your tickets beforehand. Tickets will not be sold on the same day of the event or at the gate.

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It's definitely cold outside and while you're busy wrapping yourself and your kids in layers to keep the cold out and the warmth in, you may need to give your house some special attention as well. Here is an emergency guide you can follow if the cold has set in and your home has been affected by it.

Leaving town

If you're planning on leaving town for a few days don't turn the heat down too low. The temperature in your home should be set at 65° and there should be somebody checking on your home daily to make sure that everything looks good and that there are no major emergencies to handle.

Broken furnace

If your furnace should happen to break down all of a sudden your first step is to call your service provider immediately. In most cases someone

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There usually comes a time to decide whether to sell the family home or not and quite often it can be a very difficult choice to make. Children have been raised in this home and there are a lot of memories that seem to be built right into the walls of the home both literally and figuratively. The memories are there every time you walk into a room and in some homes you'll actually see evidence of children's growing charts marked on the walls.

How do you walk away from a home that has become such a memory?

In some cases it's a decision that's made not by choice but by necessity. As parents start to age they are looking for something a little easier to take care of and perhaps something that offers more freedom. A sprawling three bedroom home is no

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Whether you've actually seen a mouse or have only seen the droppings, you know that there's a little critter running around your home. When you see the evidence of one mouse it usually means that there are more! Mice can breed very quickly and become quite a problem in the household. If you have already called up a company for mouse control, here are a few things that you should do before they arrive.

1. Remove any open food sources

Don't give the mice anything that they can snack on. Make sure that all of your food is stored in a plastic container or in a heavy sealed bag. Mice will eat almost anything and if they get hungry enough they can even decide to chew through a light plastic bag to get to the food. Take a look around your kitchen and look

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You hear a lot of talk today about quartz and granite countertops but there are several other options available that you may want to consider. While both quartz and granite have a solid reputation for being top-of-the-line countertops, there are other counters that are building up their own reputations on the sidelines.

Icestone and soapstone

Soapstone offers natural beauty to the countertop and is truly unique, darkening over time as long as it is oiled on a regular basis. It is stain-resistant, highly durable and due to its chemical nature will be able to withstand the acid effects of lemon juice and several other common acids. Soapstone has a fine speckled pattern to it and is relatively smooth. Available in grey tones, it offers a great look

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In most cases, no. The motivation for the sale can have a drastic effect on all of the different selling aspects. Of course, you’ll want to let your real estate agent know your own personal motivation behind the sale so that he can better help you and know how to work with the various transactions that occur. It will help him determine the way negotiations will be handled during the sale so that he can act on your best behalf.

Desperate sellers

If you're desperate to sell your home for one reason or another you'll generally receive lower offers from people that are playing on your desperation. When these types of things are communicated to a potential buyer that is interested in your home, it starts bells ringing in their heads about how they can

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The time has come for you to sell your home and the term "porting" has come up. If you've never heard of this word before, don't worry. It is simply the terminology used to explain transferring the debt owed on a property to another.

In most cases you'll be able to transfer this debt over unless you have signed a mortgage contract for a home loan with no portability. If you're wondering where you stand in regards to your personal mortgage you can talk to a mortgage broker to get it fully explained.

If you are in the middle of a fixed loan but feel ready to make the move into a new home, you'll need to first find out about your loan's portability, which would give you the option of transferring the mortgage over to a new property.

If you don't

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What exactly is home staging and do you need to do it if you're selling a home in Calgary? You may have heard of the term but if this is your first time selling a property you may not completely understand the rationale behind it. Once you have a better concept of home staging you'll understand why you may need it or may not.

When you stage your property you are pulling out all the stops to getting your home sold by appealing to the senses of the buyer. It's about creating a buying mood that makes prospective customers want to put in an offer. It's all about bringing out the best in your home and camouflaging the areas that may not be as great.

Home staging will make your house seem warmer, cleaner, brighter and larger. Professional decorators are

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When you need a new home and can't afford a single-family house but don't relish the thought of living in a condo, a Calgary townhouse is the perfect compromise. A lot of people don't want to live a condo lifestyle but cannot yet afford a single-family home. In these cases, Calgary townhouses fit the bill perfectly.

More space and freedom

When you own a townhome you are buying a lot more space and freedom than what you would have in a condo. You'll get a lot more living area and in most cases a basement downstairs offering even more room. You won't have the strict rules that you need to follow as a condominium owner and will be able to renovate your townhome to your liking. When you look at the square footage you'll receive when purchasing a

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Northwest Calgary is best known for its breathtaking mountain views and its location beside the scenic Bow River. Situated north of the Bow River and on the west side of Centre Street, you'll also find some of the best views of the downtown core in this district.

You'll have your choice between settling in family-friendly neighborhoods like Tuscany, being part of a golf community in The Hamptons or Varsity Estates or setting up home in one of the trendy communities in the inner-city. The Northwest has something for everyone!

Many young professionals look in the Bridgeland, Crescent Heights and Sunnyside communities for a home within walking distance of Calgary's downtown core.

Shopping in the area

Pack up your bags and get ready to explore

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