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The Best December Events in Calgary, AB

December has come to Calgary which means that the snowman-building, ice-skating, and holiday-shopping events are beginning! It is in this chilly month that the city of Calgary truly comes alive with its beautiful displays of Christmas lights, cozy fire-side events, and crafty workshops that allow you to create and imagine. Of course, just because Christmas is coming does not mean that all events are holiday-themed. There is plenty to do this winter including musical performances, fundraising galas, and other exciting happenings in every quadrant of the city!

Take in every part of YYC. Now is the time to start booking up your calendar before it gets too busy!

Kids & Family Events in Calgary

Winter Magic at Eau Claire Market – Dec 2nd

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Using a Home Equity Line of CreditDuring your lifetime there may be situations that come up that make you consider taking out a home equity loan or line of credit. There may be an emergency situation that you need to handle, a family vacation that you've always wanted or a series of renovations that your house desperately needs that make you think about getting a loan. 

Whatever the reasons may be, you should know that sometimes this loan type is your best option, and sometimes it is not.

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

Is A Home Equity Loan Right For You?

You will have to look around for the best rates. Banks will offer different interest rates and various

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How Curb Appeal can Improve a Home SaleImprovements to "curb appeal" can punch up a drab exterior and get more offers on the table. Real estate agents recommend that property owners take time to analyse the exterior of a home and make necessary improvements to areas seen by individuals out on the street. A clean and inviting exterior appearance can assist in the home selling process and boost interest in a home. What basics should homeowners know about curb appeal and what can they do themselves?

Sellers should make improvements before a home goes on the market. However, regular maintenance is required while the home is listed as available. These curb appeal basics help homeowners get top dollar for their home.

What is Curb Appeal?

Curb appeal is is the overall appearance of a

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A Simple Moving Checklist Week By WeekTake the hassle out of the big day with this simple home moving timeline that will help you get things in order and experience less stress when buying a new home and moving.

Two Months Before Moving

Start looking into truck rental services or movers that offer services between your departure and destination city. Get quotes and ask pertinent questions such as what they will and will not move. Houseplants, pets, light bulbs and toxic chemicals are items movers shy away from. Begin sorting and downsizing household items, taking time to get rid of what you don't need or want anymore.

One Month Before Moving Day

Make arrangements to transfer utility services such as internet, electricity, phone and gas. Additionally, go ahead and fill out

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How to Save for a Home Down PaymentA home represents a major purchase and requires a lot of planning. The down payment is usually the biggest hurdle that you’ll have to jump in order to become a new home owner. Use these budget tips to help you save the cash you need to purchase your dream house.

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

Scale Down Your Daily Expenses

The easiest way to start saving for a down payment is to cut your expenses. Start by cutting out some of the extras. For example, make coffee at home instead of purchasing it from a coffee shop. Another option is to renegotiate your monthly financial obligations. If you have a cable package, for instance, bargain

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Why Buy a Historic Calgary Home?There are plenty of older homes in the Calgary area that you won't be able to help but fall in love with. While many homes were built during the 1970s and 1980s, there are many homes that were built much earlier that provide the charming character that can only be found in an older home. Here are just a few of the many things that you may love about the older homes versus the newer ones.

Aside from aesthetic and historical purposes, maintaining the character of a house is also important in retaining its real estate value.

As a guide to new homeowners of historical or old houses, these are the basic differences between them and their modern counterparts:

  • In terms  of housing materials – historic houses oftentimes are made of varying
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What Do Homeowners Need To Know When SellingFor many first time home buyers, your new home affords you a sense of pride and accomplishment. It offers your family a feeling of security and a degree of financial stability. A new home gives you the freedom to define your style and allows you to create the way your living space should look like. One of the best perks is that you don't have to deal with the unpredictability of landlords.

Needless to say, a new home is an excellent investment. Unlike the uncertainty of the volatile stock market, property values generally don't bounce up and down like a yoyo. Also, when the value of your home increases and, unlike the stock market, you don't have to pay back the government for capital gains. Sure, home prices may drop for awhile during a

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The Best Water Parks in Calgary AlbertaNow that the children are on vacation, and the weather is hot, why not check out some of the best water parks or pools that Calgary has to offer?

Taking a dip in a pool or sliding down a fun waterslide is a great summer activity. If you enjoy the water, here are a few of the top spots to enjoy swimming and water activities throughout Calgary.

The Bowview Outdoor Pool

There are so many things that you will love about this place; the food, the ambiance, the clean waters, and of course – the one of kind mushroom waterfalls. You can find the Bowview Outdoor Pool at 1910 6th Avenue NW.

The Southland Leisure Centre

The Southland Leisure Centre is one of the best facilities you'll find for water fun, fitness and more. There's more to do

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Carbon Monoxide PoisoningThere are a number of injuries and tragedies humans are at risk for every day. Fire, poison, falling—all very real possibilities in the world but especially in the home. Yes, home is supposedly where one should feel the most, safe, but there are a number of risk factors that should be considered within the walls of a house. From fires to carbon monoxide poisoning, make sure to keep yourself safe and know what to do in an emergency.

Do You Have a Carbon Monoxide Alarm in Your Home?

While most people are aware of the importance of having smoke detectors in the home, not everyone has yet installed carbon monoxide alarms.. If you haven't yet taken the time to install this type of detector, the time is now to do it. These detectors can end up

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How to Structure Your Mortgage for a Vacation HomeThe mortgages for secondary homes in Canada are different than those of primary homes for a number of reasons. Lenders and the government alike view secondary homes as a luxury good and may not offer the same attractive terms that a primary loan would. There are also different types of secondary homes that will determine the specific terms of the loan. It can help Airdrie homeowners to be armed with information before filling out their first application.

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

There Are Two Types of Secondary Homes

Second homes are broken into two major categories: Type A and Type B. Both require the borrower to live in the

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