August 2014

Found 10 blog entries for August 2014.

It's the beginning of Labour Day weekend and a lot of people are planning on heading out of town. If you're going to be staying in Calgary, however, for the weekend, here are some of the fun and exciting activities that will be taking place during the next few days.

Labour Day Parade in Cochrane

Cochrane is holding its annual Labour Day parade on Monday. The route starts on River Avenue at 10:30 AM.

Milky Way Nights

Drop into the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory  on August 28th, 29th and 30th from 10 PM to 2 AM to observe the night sky along with research scientists. Hopefully the nights will be clear and if they are you'll be able to view amazing global clusters, planetary nebulae and galaxies. Astronomers will be available to answer any

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While pictures do say 1000 words, the potential buyers that are looking for a home on the Internet will be looking at the text as well when going through your listing. Both the pictures and the content of the listing should be in top form to draw in more interested parties that want to schedule a viewing.

If you don't provide enough details about your home, this can act as a red flag. You don't want people to wonder why you aren't adding a lot of information to your listing. Make sure that you paint a colourful picture of your home using plenty of descriptive words and amazing pictures.

You'll need to include a lot of pictures to interest potential buyers. Some people hold back on the amount of pictures for privacy reasons. Add as many pictures

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When you take a look at the renovations and changes you can make to your home to increase its resale value, you'll end up with extra cash when the sale is finalized. It's always a good idea to figure out what type of renos will add value and which ones won't so that you don't end up with a shock once “Sold” is added to the sign on the lawn.

1. Landscaping

When you first purchase your home, you should take a good look at the landscaping and think about what you can do to it immediately. A mature tree in the front or back yard is always a huge selling point for property. Planting the tree early is important since it will need several years to fully mature.

2. Purchase new exterior doors

Curb appeal is extremely important when you've got your

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Financial planning will differ from one individual to the next and one of the most important factors to take into consideration is your age. When you're young, you may be willing to take more risks with your money than you would at an older age. When you're 10 to 15 years away from retirement, however, things get a bit more serious. Here are some of the best investment options for Canadians that are getting older.


A Guaranteed Investment Certificate is always a sure thing up to $100,000. Your money will definitely grow with this investment opportunity. Right now, however, with the low interest rates as they are, the return on investment doesn't keep pace with the rate of inflation. While it’s a good idea to put some money into these

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Murphy beds have come a long way throughout the generations and are now commonly referred to as wall beds. These are the types of beds that are retractable and go into the wall when they're not in use. Over the years they have transformed into something that's bigger and better than ever before. These beds are now encased in special units and you'd probably never be able to tell that a bed is hidden behind the enclosed unit.

A lot of the bed enclosures resemble a large bookcase or shelving unit. The designs are high-tech and if you don't see anything that fits into your room decor you can order one that is custom built. You can even find wall beds that have large mirrors on the enclosures, which will fit perfectly into a room with modern furniture and

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The housing market in Calgary for resale homes experienced the highest price growth in Canada during the month of July. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association's “MLS Home Price Index”, prices for resale homes in this area went up by 10.48% in July compared to the prices that were reported at the same time last year.

On a national level, however, there was a rise of only 5.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the previous 3 years, Calgary has experienced the highest price growth rate at 25.01%. The national average during these years was only 12.52%. Toronto came in second place in terms of resale price growth at 7.88%.

The price growth in the Calgary area has been influenced by tight market conditions with a limited supply of new homes

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As a parent you are probably finding that there aren’t enough hours in the day. Between work, the kids, the housework and the all of the errands that you have to regularly do, it’s a wonder that you can even find time to sleep! If you’re looking for some time that you can devote to yourself, here’s a neat idea that you may consider useful.

Enjoy the benefits of glass doors in your basement

There’s no limit to what you can accomplish with your design ideas when you incorporate glass doors into your basement’s construction. You can design any type of room you want and have a set of glass doors separating this room from the family room where your kids are playing. This way, you’ll be able to still take some time for yourself and enjoy watching the kids

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If you're like most people, you don't have enough places to store all of your kitchen necessities. The kitchen can be one of the hardest rooms in the house to get organized. It's full of gadgets and accessories and sometimes it's a real trick trying to figure out where to store everything. If you're looking for some useful kitchen tips for storage, here are a few to get you started.

A customized pantry

This is the ultimate storage solution for any kitchen. When you have a pantry designed specifically for your own kitchen, you can sometimes end up with double or even triple the storage space you're working with now.

Add a drawer under the sink

If you open up the doors to the cupboards underneath your sink, you'll see a lot of wasted space

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When you start putting money towards the biggest debt you'll probably ever have you can save thousands of dollars in interest and end up mortgage-free many years sooner. According to a recent survey by CIBC, however, only 55% of the homeowners surveyed had taken any type of action to pay down their mortgage faster since purchasing their homes. Many simply don't have the extra money to make more payments due to financial circumstances. Others just haven't realized exactly how much money they can save by paying off the mortgage faster - even with small chunks of money.

Here are the best ways to put more money into your home loan at a faster rate so that it can be paid off as soon as possible:

1. Increase your payment amounts

By adding an extra $100

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If you own an older Calgary home, you'll need to protect it from leaks through various waterproofing methods. Here we're not talking about total flood protection, which is something completely different, but rather the normal safeguards that are needed to keep moisture from entering your basement.

Small cracks in the foundation can allow moisture to enter your basement, which can lead to a mold and mildew problem. As well, if they are left unattended for an extended period of time, they could contribute to structural damage. It's important to stay on top of any sign of leaks and you may also just want to get your foundation inspected as a preventative measure if it hasn't been looked at in a long time.

When you call in waterproofing specialists, the

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