February 2014

Found 12 blog entries for February 2014.

A new list of the top restaurants in Calgary has been released by Avenue magazine for 2014. This is an interesting list to look through especially if you've been living in Calgary for a while and have had the chance to try out some of the best restaurants. For newcomers to the city, you may want to look through this list to get an idea of where you should dine out this weekend.

It is the 11th year in a row that this list has been released and the best overall 2014 restaurants are as follows:

  • Model Milk - 1
  • Teatro - 2
  • Rouge - 3
  • Blink - 4
  • Alloy - 5
  • Notable - 6
  • Chef’s Table - 7
  • River Café - 8
  • Brava Bistro - 9
  • Cassis Bistro - 10

These restaurants were selected by a judging panel and there are many other restaurants

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What are RTA cabinets? These are ready-to-install cabinets that you can assemble on your own and save a lot of money in the process. You simply purchase a kit that includes your supplies, grab a screwdriver and start putting the pieces together. They are the latest rage in the kitchen renovation field and work wonders for any kitchen!

Save money

Exactly how much can you save by putting your cabinets together on your own? Approximately 50% of the cost of an installed set of cabinets! It's a lot of money and for anyone that is feeling strapped by their budget, these cabinets may be the answer.

The concept is very simple. Basically, you are going to be doing the work at your end that factory employees would generally be doing. According to

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You’d probably be surprised to see just how many Calgarians have never taken the opportunity to go up to the top of the Calgary Tower to take a look around. Many have lived in the city for years! Some people view the landmark as more of a tourist attraction and drive right by it every day without giving it a second thought. If you haven't seen the amazing view from the tower yet, it may be something that you might want to consider putting on your to-do list.


When you arrive at the observation deck you'll be able to enjoy a 360° panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains and the hustle and bustle of Calgary. For a huge adrenaline flow try standing on the glass floor and then take a look down at the streets below!

The Calgary Tower has the highest 360°

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One of the things that can happen when you're trying to sell your home is the sale seems to go on hold for a while. You're sure that you have set the price right and people are walking in and out of your home and providing positive feedback on it. Sometimes, when you're not emotionally ready to give up your home, it can slow down the process.

There are always two sides of the coin when it comes to selling a property. You’re going to be looking back at the past history that you had in the home while making plans for the future. Sometimes it can get confusing to look both backwards and forwards at the same time and this can put you in a stalled position. Even when you know that you're going to be moving toward something better, the past memories in the

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There are a lot of things that you should consider when you're filling out an application for a mortgage. This is the most important decision that you're probably ever going to make in the future so some research about the subject is well-deserved. By doing some homework beforehand you'll be ready to make an offer when the time comes.

Here are the most important mortgage rules to follow and why:

Always follow your budget

You may be able to qualify for a home loan with a 5% down payment as long as you're willing to get loan insurance along with your mortgage. Paying such a small down payment, however, can lead to extremely high monthly payments that you may just not be able to afford. Think carefully before making a commitment to a home that is

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It's Valentine's Day and in the spirit of love we thought that we'd talk a bit about creating a warm and loving atmosphere in your home at any time of the year. Your home is the place that you look forward to entering at the end of a long day and it's a great place to snuggle down when it’s cold outside. Here are some helpful tips to warm up the atmosphere of your house:

Create soft lighting

Instead of using the cold ceiling lights in a certain room, use lamps that produce a softer light. If you're using LED bulbs you can purchase them with a softer glow that adds warmth to the room. Candles also add light and add some love to the home.

Warmer colors

Consider painting your walls in orange and red tones that will make a room feel snug and cozy.

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Some people find the process of buying a new home exciting while others find it extremely stressful. If you're part of the second group and are getting stressed by the whole process, here are some things you can do to help you feel more relaxed about it.

Ask a lot of questions

Sometimes the "not knowing" of the situation can cause it to be stressful. Don't be afraid to ask your real estate agent any questions you may have about the process, no matter how simple they may seem. Your agent has been dealing with a lot of people and different circumstances and knows that everyone handles the situation in a completely different way.

The best way to ask these questions is to make a list of them and email the list over to your agent. This way, he won’t

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When you walk around the streets of Calgary you get caught up in the buzz surrounding the urban atmosphere. When you're at street level, there's an appeal to an area that just can't be seen from a car. This is one of the reasons why the walkability factor has turned into a major buying or selling feature for anyone that is looking for real estate or is selling a home.

This is a concept that was first made popular by walkscore.com. This website takes a look at the walkability of different areas across Canada and gives each one a ranking ranging from 0 to 100. This factor has become increasingly popular throughout the years and can now even affect your property value.

This walkability score is also now being taken into account by urban planning

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If you're drawn towards the smaller communities but want to live beside a bigger city to have access to more amenities, Cochrane may be the place for you. As an added bonus, you'll find lower prices in this area for housing than you would in Calgary.

A lot of people are looking outside of the city to explore their housing options. The real estate market in Calgary is tight right now and even other bedroom communities like Okotoks and Airdrie are experiencing tighter than usual markets. Cochrane, on the other hand, is seeing a better balance of demand and supply due to a new construction boom.

Cochrane has one of the highest averages when it comes to the annual household income in Alberta. The average is more than $80,000 per year, which helps to

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It's that time of year when the furnace gets cranked up and the windows get slammed shut to keep all the heat in. This means that it is also the time of the year when your skin may start to get dry and itchy, your throat is sore in the morning and you may have to walk carefully on the carpets to avoid static electricity. If you don't have enough humidity in your home, these are just some of the symptoms that you may be manifesting.

Without enough humidity, painful static shocks can transfer from one person to the next. Your houseplants won't be flourishing as they should be and even your hardwood floors can start to suffer and begin separating at the seams. To combat these symptoms the humidity level in your home should be approximately 30% to 50%.

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