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Rent vs. Owning: The Dilemma of Home OwnershipSometimes it's hard to weigh the financial pros and cons of major decisions. It can be especially difficult to assess one's readiness to buy a home. It is, after all, a huge commitment, one that requires serious consideration as well as some lifestyle adjustments.

Deciding whether it's the proper time to trade a rent payment for a mortgage is based on a number of variables. Here are some ways to decide if this is the right time to buy and some things to consider as you consider options.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Employment Stability

While signing an apartment lease for a year hardly seems worth much angst, committing to a 25

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The Best Food in Calgary, ABAs a broadly diverse city, Calgary is a constant hum of motion and entertainment in every quadrant. You do not have to venture far to find thrilling events, local markets, unique food trucks, and fantastic Calgary food. There is an abundance of wonderful places to enjoy the best food in Calgary – whether you are looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or everyone’s favourite brunch. If you prefer to stay in, there are food delivery options available that work alongside local Calgary food services such as Uber Eats and Skip the Dishes. However, if you are seeking a new dining experience, you don’t have to go far to find something to satisfy your palate. Every neighbourhood offers their own dining options, and it is valuable to know where the best

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The Bowden Sunmaze in Alberta

Crafted from 100,000 sunflowers, the Bowden sunmaze is located on Eagle Creek Farms where guests can also u-pick fruit, vegetables and flowers and try their luck with tree and patio mazes. Today John Mills guides us through what goes on behind the scenes at the famous attraction.

“I think the success of the farm is the unique combination of attractions,” says Mills. “There are plenty of other corn mazes and u-picks in Canada and even Alberta, but to have these two together along side the beautiful sunflower maze, which is one of only two in Canada, creates a truly unique experience. Additionally, the fact that we are doing everything organically may only interest a small number of people, but it is important to us.”

He’s been fascinated with

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Home Down Payments: A GuideHaving a down payment is generally important when buying a house. It not only reduces the amount of the purchase price that the buyer is financing, making that buyer more likely to qualify for a loan, but it also helps them have a lower payment that is easier to make. Additionally, a down payment shows the lending company that the buyer is serious, and allows the buyer to get access to better rates and terms in some cases. Without a down payment, a buyer's options may be very limited when it comes to the kind of home they want to buy and what loan choices are available to them. Here are some of the most important considerations.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real

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Wild Rose Brewery in Calgary, Alberta

When local beer is the topic of conversation in Alberta, Wild Rose Brewery is one of the first to be mentioned. This Calgary business started in 1996 with the dream of two local entrepreneurs, Alan Yule and Mike Tymchuk. These two men sought to see local brews “in the hands of Albertans,” and from there, dream became reality and Wild Rose Brewery was born.

The Unique Beginnings of Wild Rose Brewery

Wild Rose Brewery’s success is due in part to their friendly approach, but most importantly their unique tasting beers. The beer that goes into each bottle is of the highest quality and is kept consistent with the use of their Wild Rose Brewery lab. The company is proud to use “authentic craft brewing techniques like single and small batch brewing”

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Should You Buy a Condo or Single Family Home?The decision to buy a condo can be a tough one. When is it time to buy? Which is better for you: a house or a condo? Are condos a good investment? For many homeowners, these answers are not always clear. Having information about the pros and cons of buying a condo and how condo ownership compares to single family homeownership can help buyers decide if buying a condo is worth it.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Condo Ownership vs. Homeownership

A condo is a single unit in a building or community of condos. Typically, condos resemble apartments, but sometimes condos look like townhouses or even individual houses. Condo ownership differs from

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The Best Seasonal Events in Calgary

Home to over 1.2 million people, 50,000 businesses, and just over 1 hour away from the Rocky Mountains, Calgary is a thriving place to visit for ultimate enjoyment. The weather in Calgary is constantly changing, a fact often joked about by the locals, and regardless of the time of year, there is always some form of entertainment for locals and visitors.

Calgary is ripe with activities and events like local markets, cultural festivals, themed events or city-wide happenings. There is unlimited opportunity for you to engage with the city at any time of year. Visit Calgary and see what the city has to offer you!

Visiting Calgary in Summer (June – August)

From June until August, summer shines down on Calgary. These beautiful months are one of

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Making Home Improvements Using Your Home EquityIf you have equity in your home, you can borrow against some of that equity and invest the money back into the property through Calgary home additions and improvements. When home prices go up, your equity increases, and if your home is in desperate need of some upgrades, using that equity to do just that is a good option. 

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any Cochrane real estate transaction.

What Home Improvements Have a Good ROI?

Your home is probably your largest asset. Using some of your equity to pay into that investment can give you a good return, but you must make sure you are investing in the right home improvements. For example, midrange kitchen and

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Fresh Coat of Paint for ListingThe common wisdom is that you should go for neutral colours everywhere when trying to sell your home. Interior walls should be white to avoid putting someone off with a disagreeable colour. Rentals are painted white for this reason, right? However, Consumer Reports research on house colours and selling prices show that the common wisdom may just be wrong.

Exterior Colours and Curb Appeal

Buyers can come to a conclusion about a house in less than a minute. The curb appeal of an exterior paint colour can make up more than half of that first impression. This is why a fresh coat of paint in a colour that appeals to them can make all the difference in the chance at a quick sale. 

An exterior painted in shades of tan, gray or white can

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Local Businesses Supporting Charity in CalgaryLocal Laundry is a clothing retail store that wants Calgary residents to be proud of where they come from, to share their stories with the community, and to join them in having a positive social impact on local charitable and non-profit organizations. Every month Local Laundry donates 10 per cent of its profits to causes chosen by its customers. Recently, the company has committed to only selling made-in-Canada clothing, to support the Canadian manufacturing market and its labour force.

With an agenda that is community focused, Local Laundry is experiencing success as both a retailer and as social engineers. Connor Curran, Chief Laundry Folder, explains, “Everyone has embraced us with open arms, including other small businesses, influencers,

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