Just Listed Calgary Real Estate Blog

It's been said over and over again that the kitchen can be the make or break point for a listed Calgary home for sale. There's a lot of activity that goes on in the kitchen and it can easily be regarded as one of the more social rooms in the house. In the hustle and bustle of today's society family members don't get a chance to spend as much time with each other as they'd like, but every person in the family still has to eat. Whether it's bumping into each other during food preparation or sitting down to eat a family meal, the kitchen is the place where family members will meet even during busy times.

What do you have hiding in your cupboards?

Once you have your house listed and you're trying to tidy up, don't make the mistake of stashing things in your…
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Record crowds are pouring into the Calgary Stampede this year to celebrate its 100th anniversary as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. On Saturday visitors had to line up for hours in some cases to enter the gates and on Friday a new record was set when 108,455 visitors arrived to see the shows. On Sunday the crowds were standing shoulder to shoulder and there is no sign of things slowing down this week.

The grounds are looking active, the lineups are long and Mother Nature is doing her part to keep the festivities uptown and upbeat.

The CEO and president of Tourism Calgary, Randy Williams, predicts that 2012 will set a new record for attendance. The highest attendance ever recorded was set back in 2006 with 1,262,518 people entering the turnstiles.

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Once you have made a final decision that you're ready to invest in a home you may not know where to get started if this is your first Calgary mortgage. Mortgages can seem almost threatening if you've never had to work with one before since they are a long-term commitment involving a lot of money. Here are a few basic things you should know about mortgages. The more you learn about them, the less fear there will be.

Your local bank

If you have a bank that you have been dealing with for years it makes a lot of sense to approach them first for a mortgage. If you have good credit and have been keeping up with your banking commitments, you may have a slight edge by dealing with your own bank. Sometimes when the answer could go either way between an acceptance or…
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Composting in Calgary has become more popular with every passing year as people turn to the green side. If the word “compost” still seems like a foreign word to you and you have no idea what it means, here is a quick overview of the process and how it is done.

What is composting?

Composting is a natural process of decomposing organic material. This material can either be from animal or plant sources. If you take a walk through the woods you'll see naturally occurring compost on the floor of the forest. All of this material will be consumed by different types of animals that range from large mammals all the way down to microscopic organisms. As a result, compost is formed that helps to create a soft rich soil.

It is easy to set up backyard composting that will…
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This summer you probably have a lot of goals that you want to accomplish including spending some quality time with your family. In order to keep your children amused and to give you some projects that you can do together, here are some fantastic ideas that you can use immediately. Look through the list to find the most interesting activities that both you and your children would love doing together. These ideas can also come in handy when you need some time to get things done and the kids are screaming "I'm bored!"

1. Make homemade play dough

It’s fun to make and only takes a few minutes to prepare. Your children can help you with the stirring as long as you are monitoring them.  For this recipe you'll need 4 teaspoons of oil, 2 cups of water, food coloring,…
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Do you want to make the most of your next Calgary garage sale? Now's the time to clear out your closets and hold the most lucrative yard sale ever. Use these clever tips below to increase your profits and sell more than you ever dreamed possible.

1. Hold a multi-family garage sale

Grab a few of your neighbors and get them involved in your garage sale as well. The more the merrier when it comes to yard sales. The more activity there is around the tables the better able you'll be to attract a huge crowd of buyers. When you have more than one family holding the sale, extra posters can be put up and there will be a lot of word-of-mouth advertising happening. If everyone that is participating is assigned a specific job, there will be less work involved as well.…
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It's time to pack up the gear and head to the cottage with the arrival of the warm weather. The Calgary beaches are calling and all you need to do is decide whether you want to rent a cottage again this year or whether it's time to make a purchase. Either way, the warm waters are awaiting your arrival and it's time to pack up the car and head out.

Buying a cottage

When you buy a cottage you'll have a lot more freedom. You'll be able to find the right style, perfect location and then you can fix it up to make it your own. If you're the type that absolutely needs to leave the city to get away from it all every weekend, buying a cottage would definitely be the right choice to make. Besides having the flexibility of working on the cottage to make it a dream…
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So you've decided to take the plunge and put in an offer for a new home in Calgary. Congratulations! You have taken the first step towards homeownership. Now comes the time for nail biting as you wait for your offer to be accepted, rejected or to receive a counter offer. Normally you'll hear back very quickly one way or the other and hopefully things will be smooth and your offer will be accepted as is.

The Counteroffer

A counter offer will be presented when the home seller agrees with the offer except for certain particulars. Some of the most common reasons for a counter offer include the following:

  • Changing the possession or closing date.
  • Asking for a higher price.
  • Modifying time frame contingencies.
  • Removing personal property from the offer.
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There are many different reasons why you should use a Calgary real estate agent when buying or selling property. I have had to work with a lot of different clients that tried to buy or sell a home on their own and in many cases had to pick up the pieces left behind. There is a reason why there are real estate professionals, just like there are dentists for tooth repair. Just as you wouldn't fix your own teeth, you shouldn't attempt to negotiate a real estate transaction on your own.

There are many legal issues involved with a real estate transaction and unless you have gone through the vigorous training to become an agent you won't be aware of them. Issues like house insurance, taxes, titles, home inspections etc. need to be addressed properly. You'll

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If you're looking for the cougars in Cougar Ridge it's going to take you quite a while to find them. Cougars aren't regular guests in the area. Cougars actually like to make their homes on ledges, not ridges, so you're safe to settle in this homey community.

Calgary Area Cougars

When you're looking for cougars in Calgary the only ones you'll find easily are the MRU Cougars. This basketball team wears the proud cougar name but there are no cougars to be found on the basketball courts.

Although there are a reported 2000 cougars roaming around Calgary, they are rarely spotted. The last time a cougar was seen in Calgary was in September 2011 in the North Glenmore Park area. Maybe that cougar wasn't aware that Cougar Ridge even existed!

The Cougar Ridge Community

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