May 2014

Found 6 blog entries for May 2014.

If you're in the market to buy some land, there are some things that you should first consider. You’ll want to take a look at the pricing, the market trends and think about the maintenance involved.

Market trends for land

Right now, the real estate market in Calgary is red hot. If you've been thinking about getting some land to build a property, you should think about doing it soon. The interest rates are low and while most other people are busy looking at prebuilt homes, there is a lot of opportunity for purchasing land right now. Just make sure that you'll be in the position to construct your new home within the next few years or have the patience to let the land remain vacant for about 10 years to see a good return on your investment. You should

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It's the 50th anniversary of the Calgary Marathon and to celebrate a 50 km race will be added to the event this year. It's expected that 15,000 participants will be showing up to run in a variety of races and this year there's a lot of prize money up for grabs. The organizers have put together a prize money pool of $50,000.

This is expected to be the biggest marathon ever held in Calgary and with 15,000 expected to attend, it's a 30% increase over the amount of participants that showed up last year. The race has a lot of history to it. The event is the oldest Canadian marathon that has been continually run and organized by the same original group.

On August 10, 1963, the Calgary Marathon came to life. There were 19 participants that were running a

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A couple of real estate agents in Vancouver, Jordan and Russ Macnab, are testing out a quad helicopter to make promotional videos on some luxury properties they have for sale. This gives a drone's eye view of a particular house and is especially useful for marketing purposes.

The videos are produced with a DJI Phantom helicopter that has a GoPro camera attached to it. The helicopter is then flown through and around the house. The result is an amazing video that captures a bird’s eye view of both the inside and the outside of the luxury home.

Other agents have also use drones. In New York, Halstead Property used technology that was similar to promote luxury properties. Other real estate agents in the United States also use drones to acquire video

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Compost is a soil enhancer that can be used on any lawn or garden. It's organic, free and returns much-needed nutrients back into the soil. Food and yard waste that would normally end up at the landfill can be turned into a natural fertilizer. Not only is composting an environmentally-friendly choice but it is also a positive financial choice.

Save on water bills

When you use compost on your soil your garden plants and lawn will retain more water. Compost naturally aerates the soil. As a result, less watering will be required. You'll actually find that you'll be pulling out your sprinkler and hose less often for lawn maintenance.

Use fewer chemicals

Compost helps keep grass and plant diseases at bay so you'll have to spend less on chemical

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From May 2 up until May 10, prepare yourself to eat some burgers and vote for your favorite one! This year there will be 30 restaurants competing in the battle of the burger. Each of the participating restaurants will be creating their own special burgers and they will be delicious!

Burgers will be available in 3 separate categories that include $10 burgers, $15 burgers and $20 burgers. Proceeds from the sales, 10%, will be donated to charity. Every category will have its own winner and there will be a special award given to the restaurant that is the most generous.

If you're interested in taking part in the YYC Burger Week, here is the lineup of participating restaurants:

$20 burgers: Anejo, Yellow Door Bistro, Blue Star Diner, Selkirk Grille,

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A lot of people put off buying their first home because they are afraid to apply for a mortgage. There are a lot of reasons why a mortgage application can be turned down, but there are just as many reasons why it can be accepted. When lenders take a look at an application there are many different things that are factored into their final answer. You’ll never really know whether you'll be accepted or rejected until you take the plunge and ask.

According to a study that was done in the United States by the firm Omnitel, 56% of the home buyers that were interested in purchasing a home within the next 2 years said that they were afraid of mortgage rejection. They were putting off their home purchase for just this reason. The study also showed that 74%

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