January 2019

Found 13 blog entries for January 2019.

The Best Windows For Your HomeAre you searching for a new home? If so you'll want to take a good look at the windows in the home to make sure that they are energy-efficient. Old windows that haven't been replaced for many years can end up costing a lot in utility bills. Not only that, you'll have to constantly be fighting with the drafts that are coming into your home making you feel uncomfortable.

The ABCs Of Windows

Windows that haven't been installed properly can let out approximately 25% of the air that you have been cooling or heating inside. The energy that it took to cool or warm up the air is wasted and you end up paying out of pocket for it. The ideal windows should have caulking around them, have the proper weather stripping installed and be double-paned. When

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Why Canadian Homeowners Are Going SolarMore Canadian homeowners are looking into residential solar power. Those concerned about the environment and who want to reduce their utility bills are looking into this sustainable source of energy.

Wondering how solar energy works in Calgary homes? Understand more about the benefits of home solar systems and why homeowners are interested in residential solar power to meet energy demands today.

Solar Energy is Clean Energy

Homeowners like the idea that they can tap into a sustainable source of energy and reduce their carbon footprint with "clean energy." The extraction, production and transportation of traditional sources of energy can create toxic by-products and damage the local environment where raw resources are being taken from. The

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How to Choose Sustainable Roofing MaterialsChoosing a new roof is a significant investment for most homeowners. With the right selection, people can enjoy decades of effective protection and a stylish appearance for the home. In recent years, homeowners have started to look more carefully at the energy efficiency and sustainability of the roofing materials they buy. Here are several common roofing options that are known to be the most efficient use of resources, with the ability for people to reuse or recycle them at the end.

Metal Roofing Material

For its durability, energy efficiency, and sustainability, metal roofing is widely considered the most green roofing material available. Although metal roofing materials comes from a finite resource, it can be recycled over and over again.

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How to Photograph Your Home When SellingWith more and more potential buyers turning to their home computers and mobile devices to look through homes, should you be taking your own pictures of your property or hiring a professional photographer to do the job? In most cases, unless you have a knack with photography, it's worth the money to hire a professional to take the pictures because this can often lead to a faster sale.

The Case for Hiring a Photographer When Selling Your Home

It's often said that a picture's worth a thousand words and this is so true with real estate listings. In most cases it will be the pictures, not the descriptive text, that first captures the viewer's attention. It only takes a few top quality photos to get people to stop and take a look at what your home

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What to Know About Making a Home Purchase OfferYou've been looking around at the different homes on the market here in Calgary and have fallen in love with one. You know that you need to put in an offer soon since it's a beautiful home and other people are going to want it. The location is great, the house is clean and the home fits right into the amount you have budgeted. If you're still nervous about making the final decision and putting in an offer, here are some things that you should know about the different types of offers and what they mean. Armed with more knowledge, you may have the confidence necessary to go ahead and buy the home knowing that it's the exact one you want.

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

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The Living Room Restaurant in Calgary

Living rooms. They are about being cozy, welcoming, and a place where you always feel at home. You will get that feeling when you dine at the Living Room, Calgary’s destination for award-winning, contemporary, interactive cuisine.

With so many wonderful places to eat in Calgary, what has set the Living Room apart for 18 years, and why does it have close to a perfect 5/5 rating from nearly 200 people on Google? John Gignac, general manager, tells us why.

“It’s about doing the right things right, with the right kind of people,” he smiles. “We put a strong focus on our customers and have high expectations on delivering an exceptional experience.”

The experience includes a chef tasting menu, small plates, sharing plates, full dinners, and

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Lender's Mortgage Insurance: What It Means for Home BuyersBuying a home with a down payment of less than 20 percent often requires mortgage insurance. Understanding how lender's mortgage insurance works, and what they may be expected to pay for it, is an important step for people interested in purchasing a home.

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

What Is Lender's Mortgage Insurance?

People keep home insurance so that if something happens to their homes, they do not have to pay a lot of money out of pocket to fix it. Similarly, lenders keep mortgage insurance to protect themselves in the event that a borrower fails to pay back the loan. Lender's mortgage insurance (LMI), also called “mortgage

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What Home Improvments Can Hurt Your Resale Value?If you're thinking of doing some renovations around your house this summer, here are some of the upgrades that you may want to avoid. These renos are unlikely to add any type of resale value to your home.

Installing A Concrete Patio

Concrete patios can look great for the first couple of years but then they tend to crack. When this cracking starts, it's almost impossible to repair it so that it looks as good as new. Concrete can also cast a glare that is very harsh, which can be a concern to a potential buyer.

A Basketball Court

Basketball and tennis courts take up a lot of space in the yard. There are going to be only a handful of selected buyers that would consider purchasing a home that has a large court on it. You should only

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The Best Pho Restaurants in CalgaryWhen the snow flies there's nothing like a steaming bowl of fragrant pho from one of Calgary's fine Vietnamese noodle houses. Pho, which is actually pronounced “fuh”, is basically rice noodles swimming in a chicken or beef broth. Always satisfying but never the same. Different restaurants like to prepare it in slightly different ways.

Good pho is clear broth. It should never be dark or even cloudy. It should be a harmonious blend of flavours. There should be plenty of options from beef flank to tendon or tripe or rare beef with a perfect balance of luxurious white rice noodles in broth so hot it will steam up your glasses.

Every good pho comes with a variety of toppings. A plate brimming with fresh bean sprouts, springs of mint or basil and

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Everything You Need to Know About Closing CostsThe home buying process is a long and involved one. At the end, the buyer must pay closing costs before the transaction can be complete. It's very important to know what closing costs are, about how much they'll be and when they're due. Home buyers who are aware of their closing cost obligations may find the home buying process easier and less stressful. Here's what you need to know.

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

When, Why and How Much to Pay

During the home purchase process, buyers require the services of many different government offices, businesses and professionals. Closing costs are the various fees associated with these

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