November 2013

Found 15 blog entries for November 2013.

The answer is all going to depend on how much risk you're willing to take. It can be a difficult decision to make since both selling your home and buying a new one first both involve a certain amount of risk.

If you're currently living in your home and see a new one that you fall in love with, should you go ahead and buy it? If you do, you'll need to be quite certain that the home you're living in right now will sell. On the other hand, if you list your home and find a buyer for it, you'll be put in the position where you'll have to find a new home that you love within a certain amount of time.

If you aren't able to sell your property fast enough and you have already bought a second home, you're going to have to pay 2 mortgages until your home

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With so many single women purchasing homes nowadays, one of the most important features has become the safety and security of the home. If you're a single female and are considering a new home purchase in the upcoming future, here are some of the most important safety features to look for:

A unit on the second floor

If you're looking at condos, you're much better off getting a unit on the second floor or higher. If you end up purchasing a condominium on the ground floor, you may just find yourself constantly gazing at the window for shadows or listening for strange noises that may be coming from outside.

A safe neighbourhood

Talk to your real estate agent about the safety of the neighbourhoods in Calgary and look for up-to-date crime

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It's the annual train of lights that makes its journey across the United States and Canada to support food banks at this time of year. The CP Holiday Train program started rolling down the tracks yesterday in Kahnawake, Quebec, with 2 trains driving for charity.

These trains are awesome to behold and if you get a chance to take a look at one of them, it's worth your time. Each one is adorned with thousands of LED lights and designs. Several musicians also get on the train to entertain with family shows that are completely free in 150+ cities across the United States and Canada. The Canadian train will feature Doc Walker, Crystal Shawanda, Jim Cuddy and Melanie Doane. Because this is the 15th anniversary of the train’s run, there will also be signature

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Most of the important things in life are worth the extra effort and work that is required to achieve them. The same holds true when it comes to home ownership and it usually does involve some types of sacrifices. In order to own the house of your dreams, you'll need to have a down payment set aside and this is where most of the sacrificing will come into play.

When you completely understand that it will take some focus and determination to put this down payment together, it's a lot easier to put in the action steps to make it happen. For example, dining out twice a week won't get you to your goal as quickly as only going out for supper once a week or eliminating the dining out schedule completely on a temporary basis.

You need to come to terms with

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Today's condominium designs are becoming more beautiful and creative with each passing day. Condominium courtyards provide gorgeous landscaping designs and help welcome visitors to the building. Some of these courtyards have been inspired by European designs with an open concept that can include shrubs, trees and benches.

Sometimes the impact of coming face-to-face with a condominium building as soon as you exit the street or a sidewalk can be very overwhelming. A courtyard offers a type of buffering area that can seem like outstretched arms that are just waiting to welcome you in.

These courtyards also provide the condo community with a residential look and feel. A condominium apartment building can often look quite industrial or commercial in

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Do you have your own pool in your backyard? Are you thinking of buying a home that comes with a pool? If so, you’ll have to decide whether you want to take on the responsibility of cleaning the pool yourself or want to hire a pool service company to do it for you. There are pros and cons to both scenarios and you’ll have to choose the right one that works for you.

Do you have the time?

It takes a lot of time and energy to manage your own pool. Between the constant cleaning and maintenance issues, you’ll also have to deal with emergency repairs as they come up. A lot of home owners decide to hire a company for pool maintenance because they would rather spend their leisure time soaking in the pool than working on it. Others simply don't want to

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When you first sit  down to talk to a loans officer about getting your first mortgage, you may be surprised to find that you are offered a higher borrowing amount than you anticipated. After going through the numbers you have discovered on your own that you'll be able to pay a certain amount monthly without having to worry about feeling a tight squeeze. The bank is offering you a mortgage that would require much higher payments and for the life of you, you can't figure out how they ever came up with this number.

The bank doesn't know your lifestyle

You have a certain type of lifestyle set up and you put money away every month to budget for certain things. For example, if you have a little girl and she takes ballet lessons weekly, this can add up to quite a…
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Turn today's wastes into tomorrow's valuable resources with daily recycling. Materials such as paper, plastics and metal can be collected and then separated for later use. They are sent off to a recycling facility that helps keep our planet safe and secure for future generations to come.

Simple everyday recycling tips:

  • Try using do-it-yourself home cleaners such as vinegar or baking soda and water. Not only are the standard cleaners that you can purchase in the supermarket harsh and toxic to the environment but every time you purchase them you are also buying plastic containers.
  • Use a canvas bag to carry your groceries. At the checkout, say "no" when you're asked whether you need plastic bags or not.
  • Use paper towels, tissues and toilet
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It's always best to plan a move for the middle of the month. If you're planning an upcoming move, keep in mind it may be easier to get things done during the middle of the month. Most people plan a move at the beginning or the end of the month while fewer people choose to change dwellings in the middle. If you're thinking of moving soon, this is the one tip that may help you save money and avoid as many hassles.

Good movers can book up quickly

When you call up a moving company to book your move, you may be surprised to find out that they are booked months in advance for the beginning and ending of the months ahead. Most movers book up very quickly from the first to the third of the month and from the 27th to the 30th or the 31st. Some companies

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Are you thinking of putting your home on the market in the near future? If so, the timing is on your side. There are plenty of buyers out there that are looking for the right home and you may have just what they're searching for!

In order to get connected with the best real estate agent possible, here are a few of the most important questions to ask  when you're ready to market your home:

How long have you lived in Calgary?

This may seem like an odd question to ask, but you'll want to work with someone that is familiar with the city. When potential buyers are looking at a specific neighborhood it will help if the agent can point out the special amenities found in it. At times, the real estate agent has to take on the role of a tour guide as he shows your…
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