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Found 27 entries for May, 2014.

We all know that the real estate market has plenty of ups and downs. It's not exactly stable, but right now in Calgary, the market is very hot. Some sellers are taking advantage of this by listing their home for sale and using specific tips to ensure it sells for a higher price and faster. Here are five of the seller's secrets you can use to ensure you get the most for your listed home.

Pricing Matters

With the help of an experience real estate agent, you can price your house to sell fast or for the right price. If you overprice your home, it could take forever to sell, while if you underprice it, you may regret the sale. Make sure you take advantage of the seller's market with the help of your real estate agent and the right listing price.

Make

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For many avid gardeners in the Calgary area, the long weekend in May is considered to be the official start of the gardening season. The weather this year, however, has been atypical so you may want to put some of your projects on a temporary hold until the weather gets a bit warmer. On the other hand, there are still a lot of projects that can keep you busy with your gardening efforts right now.

Many perennials are starting to show up in gardens around the city. They are used to the colder temperatures so it's not as much of a problem planting them now. You should hold off on planting most of your annuals though since they may not be able to stand up to the cooler weather conditions at night. Some annuals that you can plant now, which are more

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The LEGO® Kidsfest is coming to Calgary this weekend as the first stop on its tour across North America. It will be held at the Calgary Stampede's BMO Centre from Friday, May 16 to Sunday, May 18. All tickets have been sold out for the event but you may still be able to find some available on Kijiji.

It's going to be an exciting weekend for kids where they will be able to build their own creations. The Kidsfest has been designed to help children grow their imaginations.

It's a traveling expo that involves interactive and fun building and the whole family is invited to come out and enjoy the experience. You'll want to be sure to bring your camera along as you take part in this exciting building event.

You'll have the chance to make vehicles and

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There comes a time in many people's lives when they have to decide whether it would be best to sell their home or to renovate. Different factors must be taken into consideration such as financial planning and the desire to move and make a fresh beginning.

One thing to keep in mind is there is a good chance that a potential buyer will feel that your home needs renovations just like you do. This can influence the selling price of your home. You may have to make some changes and renovate whether you are going to sell or stay.

If you're sure that you're ready to move forward and purchase a new property, it's important to take a look at the ROI of any renovations you may do before selling. When you're working on a strict budget, you'll be looking at

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It's easy to see all of the construction that's occurring in the Calgary downtown core these days. Just drive around and you'll be amazed at the flurry of construction activity that's underway. As these buildings go up, you may be wondering who's going to be buying all of the units. Some of these units will be sold as condos but others are going to be rented out.

It's about a 50-50 split when it comes to the rental and sales construction developments that are taking place in downtown Calgary. Both apartments for rent and condos for sale are desperately needed right now in the city. As the net migration into Alberta and Calgary continues to grow, so does the need for more units.

Many people that are making their way into Calgary are high income

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As we head into the long weekend, the Calgary Fire Department is telling residents to use caution near the rivers. Both the Elbow and the Bow Rivers have changed significantly since the flood occurred last year.

Many riverbanks were compromised during the flood that hit last June. As a result, there is a lot of debris that has made its way into the rivers and these can present unknown hazards. Last year, a river advisory was issued by the fire department and this week the department decided to reissue the advisory once again.

Concrete and metal debris and other items may be in the rivers and can pose a threat to public safety. Anyone that is using the river should be aware of temperature, visibility, currents, water levels and any water hazards.

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Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/swynbrandt/4492256007After the winter comes to a close and the snowboard goes in storage for a little while, it's time to start a few new activities. This may not be the top place in the world for the surfing, but there's still a surfing community found in Calgary. Many are transplants from beach communities, but others just love the idea of catching a way.

Calgarians are in luck because the first surfing style training studio has opened in the city. This is the first place for fitness with a surf style in all of Alberta. Programs are not just for surfers, but surfers will love them for sure.

If you're looking for an interesting way to stay in shape and you love the idea of surfing, Studio Revolution Fitness is the place for you. Owner Mallory Faul Chapman provides plenty

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Last month, Alberta lost a total of 2,900 jobs compared to the numbers reported in March. Despite these figures, employment was still up on a year-over-year basis. In terms of job creation and employment, Alberta remains well above the other provinces.

According to Statistics Canada's latest job report, there was a loss of23,000 full-time jobs but 20,000 part-time jobs were gained. While these numbers certainly don't look great, they aren't that bad when you look at the overall larger picture.

During the last year full-time job positions have been created almost constantly while the number of part-time positions has also gone up. When you look at the employment statistics on a year-over-year basis, employment in the province has increased 3.3%.

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The latest housing price review has been released by Statistics Canada. Calgary continues to lead the country for the third month in a row with the highest increases in home prices. The new Housing Price Index does not include condominiums.

The report shows that the new housing price index went up 0.2% on a national basis in March, 2014. In February, the same gains were reported with Calgary as the top contributor. The price for a Calgary home went up by 0.8% this March according to Statistics Canada.

There were 21 other metropolitan areas that were surveyed and in 11 the prices remained unchanged. Price declines were noted in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa-Gatineau and Charlottetown. In St. John's, the prices for new homes went up 0.3%.

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If so, you'll want to head to the Calgary Stampede this year and place an order for this huge burger. You may want to get some of your friends involved to help you eat this monster creation though and help pay for it! The burger costs $5,000 and must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance.

According to the Calgary Stampede, Juicys Outlaw Grill will be serving up these hamburgers. It will take a forklift to move the patties and it would be an attraction in itself to see one of these hamburgers served up.

If the burger is too big for you, you may want to settle for a hot dog that weighs 125 pounds and sells for only $1,000. Juicys is also serving up this creation. The Calgary Stampede reports that these hot dogs and burgers hold the Guinness world

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