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What to Know About Calgary Sports

Does the thrill of the game keep you on the edge of your seat? Do you enjoy rooting for a local team, urging them towards the championships? Are you getting inspired to improve your own skills? Calgary is the place to do it all!

The city of Calgary is a place where sports of all kinds are abundant. Not only has our city been honored to host the Winter Olympics in 1988, we have also been the city to host multiple Grey Cup finals, the Special Olympics, Stanley Cup finals, and may even be hosting the upcoming Winter X Games! Calgary is known for many of our professional and amateur local sports teams whom have succeeded greatly in their sport, and we are proud to support them all!

If you are new to Calgary or are looking for more information

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As the summer approaches you'll want to be ready to soak up the sun during the afternoon or to enjoy a barbecue in the backyard with your friends. When summer arrives the only time you may want to spend inside is when the rain starts to come down and if you're like most people you're going to be spending all the time you can in the great outdoors.

Finding The Right Outdoor Furniture

Are you a wood, wicker, plastic or metal type of person when it comes to choosing the materials for your outdoor furniture? Wicker should only be used in places where the elements of nature can't reach it while wood, plastic and metal furniture can usually withstand more. Most of your wood options will require yearly maintenance, however, and metal furniture will also

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As a landlord it is your responsibility to always look for the perfect tenant every time you rent out a unit. By looking and striving for perfection you'll have a much better chance of finding the right type of tenants for your building, even if they don't end up being perfect!

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Here are some of the things that you'll be looking for when you're searching for the perfect tenant:

Responsible For The Monthly Payments

Of course, this is a top priority. You need to find someone that has a good financial track record and will be able to keep up with the monthly payments on the unit without fail. The best way to find out if a person is responsible with their finances is to do a credit check on them first before asking them to sign the rental

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How to Protect Your Rental HomesRental homes are a great investment but you"ll have to make sure that you manage them properly. The property manager on sight has minimal powers and cannot always take immediate action or make certain decisions regarding damage to the building.

It is important for you as the owner to visit your rental homes at least once annually. Here are a few reasons why:

Fraud

It is common knowledge that supervising from a distance will work 1 out of 3 times. The instructions given to the manager on the grounds can easily be overlooked in your absence or communication lines may get messed up.

Regulations

Tenants might, without your knowledge, break certain city laws, which can get you into trouble. Unreported damages to public utility systems like

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Home Sizes of Common Single-Family Home StylesWhen you're looking around for a new home one of your main considerations is going to be the size of the house. While there are a lot of different kinds of homes that are available in Calgary, we are going to take a look at 2 common ones to compare the sizes of each.

Single Family Detached Homes

A lot of the detached homes that have been designed for a single family in Calgary usually have 2 to 3 bedrooms and are commonly 1,200 to 1,700 ft.² in size. In most cases you'll be able to park in front of the house and you'll be able to sit back on your front porch and read the newspaper on warm summer evenings.

These detached homes often have a garage that is separate from the main house so you'll have to be prepared to walk outside to get to your

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Business Spotlight for Eau Claire Distillery in Calgary

Eau Claire Distillery: Making a Masterpiece with No Compromises

The Eau Claire Distillery pays tribute to everything that makes Alberta wonderful.

The distillery and its in-progress gardens sit on a historic site where MacLeod #1, #2, #3, #4 drilled for oil from the late 1920s until being decommissioned in 2018. For David Farran, founder and president, this connection to Alberta is just the beginning of the distillery's story.

"There are a few reasons behind the name," Farran says. "Firstly, Turner Valley was the operating area of the Eau Claire and Bow River Lumber Company during the early days of Alberta, and made a significant impact on the economy and town during that time. Secondly, "Eau Claire" means clear water in French. Since the

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What Types of Real Estate Can I Invest In?A real estate investment doesn't just mean buying a residential property and then renting it out. Those who want to enter this market should know that they have plenty of options available, and most of them don't include being a full-time landlord. Regardless of how much spare money or time a person has, it's likely they can find a real estate investment that works for them. Learn more about what it takes to jump in the game.

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

Quick Refresher

Property terms are complex, and it's impossible to share them all in one article. However, there are a few that investors should note from right off the bat:

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Getting a home inspection on a previously-owned property is a necessity and should not be viewed as only an option. Approximately 40% of the listings on the market have a defect that could be serious. In some cases these defects can be easily rectified and at other times a substantial investment will be required to fix them up.

The Importance of Inspections to Detect Home-Buying Red Flags

Just think of what you would do if you were going to buy a used car from somebody on Kijiji. You would get a mechanic to check it out thoroughly before handing over any money. If not, any problems that come up will be yours to deal with. The same goes for a house.

A home inspection puts you in the driver's seat so that you have control over your purchase.

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DownsizingIf so, you may be considering your options. Should you downsize into a condo or into a smaller home? It's a question that's on a lot of baby boomer's minds these days as they look at the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Downsizing Into a Single-Family Home

While it's often assumed that a person will automatically choose to downsize into a condo, many people that are of retirement age are looking for a smaller home instead. The transition from a bigger house to a smaller one can be a lot easier to take. You can still enjoy a home, a garage and tending to the garden while remaining active.

While it's a nice idea to downsize into a condo, not all retirees want to give up the benefits that come with home ownership. All of the maintenance

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The real estate market for luxury homes in Calgary has noticeably grown recently. Unfortunately, the $22-million palace - the city's most expensive home and the crown jewel of the millionaire's row called Pump Hill Close - owned by Alfred Balm is not for sale. But luxury doesn't have to be as ostentatious as Balm's 91-room, 15,450-square-foot mansion.

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Photo by Ben Freedman.

Buyers with no budget issues have a variety of homes and condos to choose from in the $1 million-plus range. The city's economic climate makes it possible for local residents to get top jobs and move to more affluent communities. Also, because of its reputation as one of the most livable cities in the world, wealthy investors and business executives from around the world help

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