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What to Know About Closing Costs When Selling a HomeThere are a lot of things to think about when you're making plans to purchase a new Calgary home but don't forget about the closing costs once you have your down payment saved. You'll need to make sure that these costs are covered as well. For the most part all of these fees need to be paid legally in order to make a home purchase so you'll have to budget them into your costs along with the initial down payment.

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

Mortgage Insurance

If you're planning on borrowing at least 75% of the purchase price of the home the lender will ask for mortgage insurance.

Home Inspection

While this is not a necessity,

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Calgary Business: Fiasco Gelato

Oh, how sweet it is! Fiasco Gelato is a treat worth every spoonful. Even though Canadians can find Fiasco at their local grocery store nationwide, Calgarians have the unique opportunity to see where the magic happens and to try new flavours not available at grocery stores. The Fiasco Gelato Factory & Coffee Bar is where to find crave-worthy flavours like Frosé, passionfruit lemonade, and honey matcha, but you have to get flavours like this as soon they hit the shelf, because the choices change daily!

Avoiding gluten? No problem. Fiasco gelatos don't contain any. Going dairy or fat free? Simply reach for a container of Fiasco's delightful sorbettos. Buying Canadian? Fiasco is proud to be a Canadian company that sources local ingredients.

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Getting Rid of Mold in the HomeOne of the biggest issues that a home owner may run into is mold and mildew. A lot of insurance claims have been made regarding mold since it can destroy your home and also be harmful to your health. In a perfect world mold would stay outside where it belongs and would not invade your home.

Unfortunately, mold spores tend to land on any moist, dark area anywhere and cause problems.

Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Many people are allergic to mold and it can cause complications in people who are dealing with respiratory issues. Mold buildup in a dwelling can cause a variety of health problems including the following:

  • Red eyes
  • Increased instances of asthma attacks
  • Skin rashes
  • Sneezing
  • Irritated lungs
  • Sore throats
  • A variety
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The Best Fall Festivals in CalgaryCalgary is a city well known for its year-round festivals and inhabitants who are ready to party at all of them. Calgary's festivals are a means to showcase its broad culture, and in the autumn, that's no different. Check out these Calgary festival events taking place this fall and find one that's fit for you.

Here are 3 autumn Calgary festivals taking place this year:

Calgary International Film Festival

If you enjoy cinema, visual arts and general fun, the Calgary International Film Festival will be bringing 12 days of fun to the city very soon. From September 23rd to October 4th, more than 200 films will be shown from over 100 countries. There will also be awards ceremonies, gala events and plenty of special presentation.

The festival

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Farmers Markets in Calgary ABFarmers markets have become a neighborhood staple in Calgary, providing residents with a place to gather, purchase fresh produce, meet local farmers and interact with their neighbors. Whether people are searching for a unique ingredient for their next meal, or they simply want to browse the handmade products that are available, they know that they can find what they need at these community events.

These are two of the top farmers markets in Calgary:

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers Market

The Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers Market is a weekly market that takes place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Wednesday throughout the year. It is known for its local vendors, 80 percent of which feature products that were grown, baked or made by the vendors

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About Your Credit Score and Your MortgageOne of the things that many home buyers ask themselves before buying a new home in Okotoks, is whether or not their credit score will affect their ability to get a mortgage, and if so, how? The answers to these questions can be complicated. Understanding the details of how a credit score works and how a credit score affects a home buyer's ability to get a mortgage can help a home buyer get a better interest rate and a better house when the time comes to buy.

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

How Does Credit Score Affect Ability To Get A Mortgage?

Credit score is one of many factors that lenders take into consideration when a borrower

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The Best Christmas Markets in Calgary This November and December

Are you looking for a stocking to hang by your fireplace, a wreath to place on your door? Or perhaps some gifts to hide under the Christmas tree? Whatever seasonal items you need this year, you can find all of them at the abundance of Christmas Markets taking place all over Calgary this winter!

Every year, beginning as early as the first week in November, the city of Calgary boxes up their Halloween décor and begins the hungry search for stocking stuffers, secret Santa gifts, and all things Christmas. These many Calgary Christmas markets will continue on until a few days before December 25th, mostly taking place on the weekends. Ready to check some things off of your holiday to-buy list? Here are the upcoming Christmas markets in Calgary that

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How to Buy a New Construction HomeThere are few things better than purchasing something brand new, no matter what the item happens to be. But the rules of Calgary new construction homes don't quite map onto the regular tips for buying residential real estate. Beyond standard research into a new neighborhood and weighing location factors, buyers need to understand how sellers think when considering how to buy a new construction home.

Will There Be a Possibility for Construction Delays?

Take possible delays into consideration, as construction is subject to weather and local authorities, and neither of these two factors is easy to predict. Zoning regulations can be interpreted in different ways by different people, so it's not unusual to have construction delays because a permit

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What to Know About Moving to CalgaryIf you're not Canadian, then you probably have no idea how incredibly big our country is. Even if you are Canadian you'll know that we don't measure our car journeys in kilometres but in how many hours it takes to travel from one place to the next. What we're getting at here is that if you've decided to relocate to Calgary, the entire moving process might require just a little more planning than you're used to and especially in terms of the kind of timescale you'll be working with.

How to Plan for a Successful Move

Here's what to know about planning to move to a new city.

Moving Companies in Calgary

You're going to need professional help when moving to a new city, or at least it's a smart choice in our opinion, so the sooner you contact

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The Best Coffee Shops in CalgaryThroughout Calgary, there are countless coffee shops in which Calgarians regularly get their fix, whether it's early in the morning or way on into the night. If you're looking to get coffee but want a more unique experience than one of many widespread coffee chains, consider one of the following cafés for your next coffee experience.

Cornerstone Music café

Cornerstone Music café is the perfect place to catch a little live music. They also provide great daily specials and other menu options that may pleasantly surprise you.

River Café

The River Café was founded in 1991 as a small café that operated only in the summer. 1995 saw this restaurant's expansion, with the addition of walls to allow it to operate year round. Located along the Bow

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