April 2013

Found 12 blog entries for April 2013.

Bird SanctuaryThe Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre provides the perfect opportunity to experience over 270 species of birds, 21 species of mammals, seven species of fish, 27 species of butterflies and nearly 350 species of plants without leaving the city. There's plenty to see here and it's located in the city. This makes it a convenient escape from the normal for the whole family.

Complete with over two kilometers of walking trails, more than one kilometer of nature trails and plenty more, this is a peaceful escape. A flowing river provides the perfect serene environment with a lagoon close by. The best time for viewing birds and other creature is during the spring and summer time, but some of the wildlife is available all year long.

The Sanctuary is

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How do you know when the timing is right to put your home on the market? Sometimes people make the mistake of waiting for the right time and then aren't able to recognize it when it arrives. While there is no hard and fast rule as to the timing of selling your home, here are a few things you can consider to help you decide whether the timing couldn't be better right now or whether you should be waiting a bit to add your home to the listings.

Can you financially support selling and buying a new residence?

There are quite a few different costs involved in selling the home you currently have and then buying a new one. You'll want to consider all the costs of selling and if you don't have a good idea of what all these costs are you should contact a real estate…
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Enjoying the Stephen Avenue Walk provides Calgary residents with one of the most interesting pedestrian malls in the country. This is considered a National Historic District and is one of the few found throughout Canada. Many of the building date back to the 19th century and are well preserved. If you enjoy old architecture, the City Hall building, Olympic Plaza and Hudson's Bay Company Building are "must-see" choices.

Not only is this mall a great place of the history buff, but it's also a great choice for shoppers. Whether you're looking for shoes, baked goods, coffee, old stores or many other things, you can find it on 8th Avenue. This part of the historic district features many malls, the Glenbow Museum and Convention Centre and many great shops.

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The MLS® is a valuable tool that will help you get your home sold quickly. Real estate boards across Canada run these databases that list different kinds of properties for sale. Real estate agents can put their client’s homes on these listings so that they can be viewed by interested buyers and other agents from one end of the country to the other.

The listings are broken down into categories for easy searching. Properties are indexed by the home type, the location, the price, the amount of bedrooms, the amenities, the square footage, the location etc. Most homes nowadays also have a photo added and some have extensive photos showing both the exterior and the interior of the property.

This database of properties for sale can be shown on a real estate

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Now that spring has arrived is time to find out how your roof survived the winter. In order to get a longer life out of your roof it is always best to give it a spring inspection to make sure that it got through the cold months unscathed. Here are the three most important things you should be looking for in your inspection.

Are the shingles okay?

What you'll be looking for are shingles that have grain loss, are peeling or are missing pieces. If only a few shingles are damaged you can play replace them yourself if you're at all handy. You'll want to remove the shingles in question and replace them with new ones by nailing them down and then covering the nails with roofing cement so that there is no chance of water penetrating into the attic. The shingles

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Bowness Park is an all year round favourite for many residents in Calgary. This park offers many activities, beautiful scenery and much more. Whether you're looking for a place to walk or bike along paths or you prefer to enjoy the many picnic areas, this is a good choice for a day with the family.

Some of the activates offered at Bowness Park include:

  • Bike/Walk Paths
  • Water Fountains
  • Spay Park
  • Outdoor Ice Skating
  • Playground
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Paddle boating

The park is located between 85 Street N.W. and Stoney Trail, along the Bow River with a lagoon running along the southern edge. Residents can access the river from the park and spend time paddle boating or just enjoy a quiet picnic in the park.

Current Redevelopment


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If you're entertaining the thought of selling your home here in Calgary soon you need to be aware of the costs involved. Here are some of the expenses you'll have to pay once you approve an offer and the sale goes ahead.

Legal fees

This can run anywhere from $500-$1000, depending on the complexity of the deal itself.

Real estate commissions

These can fluctuate from 3% to 7%.

Cost for home staging

This can also vary in price and depends on the state of your house at selling time. In some cases you won't need to do any staging at all while in other cases you may have to pay up to $1000 to get your house looking good enough to sell quickly. Home staging can also be avoided altogether if you are not concerned about having your home on the market

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The websites that you have to watch for, however, are certain sites that aren't linked to one specific company. This type of site will farm out your personal details to mortgage companies for a fee. Here is how to separate the websites you can trust from the ones that you should be running away from.

The site belongs to a mortgage company

There are several mortgage companies here in the Calgary area that will allow you to apply for a mortgage online. The site will have its name on the front and will look just like a mortgage site that offers valuable information for people that are looking to purchase their first home or to renew an existing mortgage. At the bottom of the page you'll see copyright or ownership attributed to this specific company.


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While there are virtually thousands of different mistakes you could make when you're working with a contractor here in Calgary, there is one that stands out apart from the others as being the worst. Hiding your budget and not making full disclosure on what you can comfortably pay for the project is only going to cause a lot of trouble once you get started with the work.

Sometimes it can be embarrassing to let a contractor know that you are on a strict budget and cannot go over it for any reason. We'd all like to be able to boast about the extra cash we have lining our pockets but sometimes we just have to swallow our pride and let the contractor know the truth. This way, he'll be able to accommodate your needs the best way he knows how and can make sure

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If you've been putting it off for the winter it's time to start your home shopping now. There are less listings to choose from this year when compared to the same time last year and if you want to have your choice of a great new home now it's time to get on the bandwagon right now. Besides the low listings, here are 5 other great reasons to get out there and start your Calgary home shopping now.

For gardeners

If you get your home soon you'll be able to set up your garden anyway you want. Spring is always the best time to create and design your own garden and what better place to do it than on your own property?

For families

When you first move into a new home and you don't know any of the other neighbors around it can be tougher for your kids to start

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