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Home Architectural Styles for Home Buyers in CanadaCanadian homes may be built in all different architectural styles. Mahogany home buyers seeking a home that matches their personality should be aware of all these styles. Knowing which kinds of homes are out there and available can help you decide which type of home is right for your personality. Once you know the types you like, you can focus on those homes in neighbourhoods where you would like to make a home purchase.

Victorian

The Victorian era lasted from sometime in the mid-19th century up to the beginning of the 20th century. Homes constructed at that time were generally multiple storeys high, made up of many rooms and laid out in an asymmetrical shape. Today, these homes are often easily identified because of their elaborate shingles,

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Calgary Christmas Eve Celebrations in 2019

The holiday season is upon us! What makes this holiday so exciting and magical is the time we can spend together with family and friends as well as the experiences we share. Of course, the most anticipated day of the season is Christmas morning, but the night before Christmas is also one just as special! Christmas Eve is meant to be spent fireside with family, out exploring winter wonderlands, or attending services or events that truly help you get into the spirit of Christmas.

Not sure what to do with your family this Christmas Eve? Take a look at these Calgary Christmas Eve celebrations and find out where you can join in the holiday festivities!

Calgary Christmas Eve Events/Performances

Looking for something festive to do that will

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New Year's Eve & New Year's Day Events in Calgary

Another 365 days are coming to a close, and soon we will be in an entirely new year — specifically, a new "roaring" 20's! There is no telling what wonderful things the future will hold for the city of Calgary, but you can be sure that it will be one filled with excitement, community, and fun things to do! Are you hoping to ring in the new year with the best of them? There are plenty of incredible celebratory events taking place on December 31st that you can attend. Take a look at these many places within the city where you can go to celebrate, party, and countdown the seconds until the new year begins!

New Year's Eve Celebration 2020 — Junction YYC

Time: Dec 31st 10:00pm - Jan 1st 2:30am

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What You Need to Know About Mortgage Interest RatesWhen purchasing a new Auburn Bay home, buyers have a lot of things they need to keep in mind - one of which is their finances. Interest rates can vary wildly depending on choices the buyer makes, and those interest rates can add a lot of extra costs to what they’re already paying. Before settling on the type of loan a buyer wants, they need to understand interest and what affects it.

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

How Interest is Determined

When someone purchases a home, they first put a down payment on it. This down payment can be anywhere from 5-20%, and it exists to build equity and provide proof to the lender the new

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Business Spotlight in Calgary: Devil's Head Coffee

This is the story of how a series of unfortunate and fortunate events led to a company that has thrilled the taste buds of many.

Chris Meginbir, owner and head roaster at Devil's Head Coffee, is an avid climber. It was a combination of an injury that temporarily put his climbing on hold, being stuck with horribly bland workplace coffee, and seeking a hobby that could take him into his older years that resulted in his brand.

"I started it as a hobby," Chris admits. "I bought a little roaster and roasted for friends and family. It just grew from there!"

The company name has special meaning for Chris.

"Devil's Head is a mountain just northwest of Cochrane. It is in 'The Ghost,' what local climbers and other outdoor enthusiast groups call

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Bars to Watch Hockey in CalgaryCalgary has long been home to die-hard Flames fans, and hockey fans in general. If you're lucky enough to score tickets to an actual game, you can holler and cheer while proudly wearing your Flames jersey with fellow "C of Red" fans! And if you're not a Flames fan, no problem! You can holler and cheer in any team jersey you choose (Calgarians are not scared of a little competition)! But if you're like most of us, forking over a couple of hundred dollars a ticket for decent seats is a hard pill to swallow.

But don't worry, you don't have to sit on the side lines and miss out entirely. There are many sports bars to watch hockey in Calgary. In every quadrant of the city, you can find a sports bar filled with fellow hockey fans on game night! If it's a

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Add Professional Photographs to the Must-Have List for Selling a HomeProfessional real estate photography isn't a luxury. Photographs are a powerful sales tool for McKenize Towne home sellers, and should be considered as important as setting the right price, choosing an agent and staging. Selling a home is not a game of chance, or of waiting for the right buyer to appear. Maximize your chances of selling quickly and for the right price by using the available varied sales tools.

Whether you or your real estate agent use photographs solely for online listings or to incorporate photos into print advertising, brochures and open house handouts, quality is important.

Test this principle by previewing existing online listings in your price range. The difference between professional photographs and video and shots from a

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Business Spotlight for Alberta Apparel

Alberta Apparel Showcases and Uplifts the Province

Alberta Apparel is made in Canada and designed and decorated right here in Alberta. This is clothing inspired by and designed for the active Albertan lifestyle.

"I saw that no one was producing a Made-in-Canada line of apparel to represent our beautiful province," explains President and founder, Thomas Mo. "I also wanted to start my own business and learn from the experiences of being an entrepreneur. I wanted our company to be an example of how to be local, source locally, and be ethical and sustainable, yet profitable too."

"I am determined to succeed," he continues, speaking to what sets his brand apart. "I have networked with many companies and individuals to learn from them, and to do

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Business Spotlight for Top Grass Cattle Co

Top Grass Cattle Co. leads the way with sustainable, ethical, grass-fed cattle.

Top Grass Cattle Co. ethically raises grass-fed cattle on the prairies just outside of Drumheller. The cows eat grass that is native to the area, and their cattle have plenty of space to roam freely under the bright blue sky. For Calvin Raessler, CEO and founder of Top Grass, launching this company was deeply personal.

"I wanted my life to have meaning and fulfillment," says Raessler. "I loved my ranch, loved working with my animals, and wanted to provide a product and/or service that was good for my family, friends, customers and future generations. We are raising our animals with the best care and respect that helps manage our land and environment to produce more

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Four Home Improvements That Could Actually Hurt Your Home's ValueHome improvements are supposed to drive up your Coventry Hills home value, but not all of them are good for your home. Some home improvements can actually make your home less desirable to buyers, which can make selling your home more difficult. If you're a homeowner and you're thinking about making a home improvement sometime in the next few months, be careful when making the following home upgrades.

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

1. Changing a Bedroom Into Something Else

Home buyers like bedrooms. Changing a bedroom into something like a home office or a recording studio only reduces the number of bedrooms in the home. Doing this only

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