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5 Home Siding MaterialsThe right home siding cannot only add to the appeal of a home, especially if the home is for sale, but also offer protection from the elements. There are a variety of options on the market and homeowners can choose siding materials that can complement the style of their home. Metals siding may be well-suited to contemporary or modern homes. However, an entirely different look may be preferred for a rustic home. New siding options can increase the R value and help insulate a home, improving its energy efficiency.

There are many reasons to get excited when reviewing home siding options. Explore the home siding materials available to Canadian homeowners today.

Metal Home Siding

Homeowners will find that metal siding has become increasingly

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Best Things to Do During the Calgary Stampede

The month of July is the time when Calgary's given nickname truly does the city justice — Cowtown. Each year, at the beginning of July, Calgarians don their cowboy/cowgirl hats, pull up their boots, and put on their best plaid for a week that is always memorable. The Calgary Stampede — happening from July 5th to 14th , 2019!

The Calgary Stampede has been dubbed 'The Greatest Show on Earth,' and has been happening every year since 1912. It is in this week of country celebration that you will find some of the most unique and strange food experiences, exhilarating rides, country music, entertaining shows, and so much more — right on the Calgary Stampede grounds. But you don't need to limit yourself to the grounds to enjoy the abundance of other things

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The Best Affordable Home ImprovementsRenovating your home will increase its value and make it a nicer place for you to live. Here's what you need to know about making valuable improvements for your home, as well as a few projects to add beauty, value and selling appeal to your home.

The Effect Improvements Have On Home Value

If you're trying to add value to your home, several projects tend to add more value than others. For example, upgrading kitchens with new appliances and fixtures will pay off, especially if you're updating a particularly old space. Bathrooms are another source of home value when updating accessories and features. Tidying up outdoor areas tends to pay off, and any major improvements such as a roof, siding, and windows almost always earn their cost back. Many of

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Landscaping Your Calgary GardenBring a little bit of Eden to your Calgary home this year. Gardening is good for the body, the soul and your investment. An old Chinese proverb reads: "If you want to be happy for an hour, get drunk; if you want to be happy for three days, get married; if you want to be happy forever, make a garden.”

What are the Best Plants for a Calgary Garden?

If you're considering starting a garden or adding a few plants to your current garden, it's a good idea to know which plants are best for the climate in your area. Calgary is great for specific types of plants, but not for others. Here are some of the top choices for your Calgary garden.

  • Fleabane: Very similar to a daisy, the Fleabane is easy to grow and very dependable. It's an annual, which works
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5 Cost-Efficient Ways to Improve Home Energy EfficiencyThe price of home upgrades often dictates which improvements homeowners can consider. People may not want to spend a great deal of money on updates that will not provide a fair justification for the homeowners through use, or after the sale of the home. However, the following methods of increasing energy efficiency still have an ideal return-on-investment for the people who have them, and some may even pay for themselves over time.

The Value of Investing in Green Real Estate

What are the benefits of investing in green real estate? Ask real estate investors this question and the answer comes in a minute.

Many investors have now realized the numerous opportunities in green real estate. This is the new venture in the field of real estate. It is

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How to Stage Your Home to SellWe are visual beings and even though we are advised not to judge books by their covers, we have the tendency to evaluate situations and things based solely on what we can see. If you are a potential home seller, you should always remember this fact before you let buyers into your home.

The value of your home on paper might be impressive, but the only way you are going to convince a buyer is if your house looks the part. Staging your house will go a long, long way in not only how fast you sell your home, but at what price as well.

The True Value of Staging Your Home

When you're selling your home, its appearance is going to count for everything. Your real estate agent may suggest hiring a home stager but that can end up costing you quite a

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How to Invest in Real EstateIf you are searching through the local market and are thinking about investing in Calgary real estate you should follow some basic guidelines to success. Having information that is easily accessible and having the knowledge as well as the tools of the trade are the keys to a successful real estate investment.

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

How to Succeed When Investing In Calgary Real Estate

Here are a few things you’ll need in order to invest in real estate.

  • You’ll need a reliable information source with detailed data regarding the Calgary real estate market and its trend.
  • You’ll also need a responsible and dependable agent
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Business Spotlight: Monogram Coffee in Calgary

Many know it as that near-magical elixir that affords them the ability to function in the morning, but coffee is so much more a tasty drink enjoyed by two-thirds of Canadians. Coffee has a rich and varied history, and the coffee house itself, or the qahveh khaneh as it was known where it originated, became a place to socialize, enjoy music, play chess, and exchange news. Coffee has always been a social and economic driver that brings people together and fosters the exchange of culture and ideas — and this is why Jeremy Ho, co-founder of Monogram Coffee, helped launch the business.

"We saw that coffee companies were focusing exclusively on quality and forgetting about why we go for coffee in the first place — community. We wanted to be a coffee

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How To Get a Home InspectionIt's easy to get caught up in the speed, drama and pressure of bidding on a house that you are willing to skip a few steps to make sure you acquire the house of your dreams. You're suddenly willing to pay a few thousand more than you had intended. You're willing to go for a quicker closing date. You're even willing to skip the home inspection process, and just ask a knowledgeable family member to check it out for you. Slow down. Relax.

Don't let yourself fall in love with a house until you've had the house examined by a professional. The house could have any number of problems in structural, roofing, exterior, foundation, heating, plumbing, electrical, insulation etc. Even with newer homes, or ones that look flawless in your eyes, you'll never know

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Cookie Occasion Business in Calgary AB

What is the perfect occasion to eat a cookie? How about any day that ends in "y" and has 24 hours? Cookies are little celebrations of life that are just as sweet when enjoyed with an afternoon tea as when they are wrapped up and gifted to make someone's day.

Kate Sawyer, owner and operator of Cookie Occasion, knows the power of these delectable morsels. She started working at Cookie Occasion at age 14. Her graduation from Mount Royal University coincided with the owner's decision to sell the business, and Kate and her mother's desire to purchase it. Today the gourmet cookies have been delighting Calgarians for nearly 30 years.

"The main driving factor behind our success is community," says Kate. "The support we receive as a local family

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