All Blog Entries by Justin Havre

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How New Technology Will Influence the Residential Construction of TomorrowHome building technology has been on fire in the last few years, as start-ups near and far rush to bring their ideas to the market. But the adoption of the technology has been sporadic at best, leaving some homeowners to wonder just how the future of construction will be affected. Learn more about the more prominent trends, and how they're influencing the larger market.

Getting Started

Before a construction company starts to build a new construction home, they have to pick a site first. That's where drones come in. Drones aren't technically a building technology, but drones can be used and applied to real estate to cut down on the number of hours a developer spends looking for the right location. Drones do more than just tell a developer the

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The Best Coffee Shops All Throughout CalgaryMumbled chatter of visitors, the clattering tinker of cups on saucers, and the droning hum of the espresso machine… you can almost smell the roasted beans from here! Cafés are truly a place where we can relax, unwind, and be productive. They are not simply a place where we grab a hot beverage and hit the road; it is a meeting spot, a first date tradition, and a locale to breathe deeply over a steaming cup of Joe!

Of the many cafés in Calgary, each has its own distinct culture and home comforts. Some offer a wide selection of baked goods and others embrace you in a greenery-filled environment. Are you looking for a place to kick back, an area to hold a meeting, or perhaps a cozy nook to go for a date? Take a look at these top 10 local cafés in

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The Expense and Risk of Buying a Foreclosure PropertyThe idea of scooping up a property below market value have people hunting for foreclosures. With Canada's rising real estate prices and competitive markets, buying a foreclosure may be a path for individuals to find an affordable home or to flip a property for profit. However, foreclosure properties are not always the deal that they may seem to be at first glance.

There are risks involved when purchasing any type of real estate, but there are some issues that commonly apply to foreclosure properties. Understand more about some of the challenges with buying foreclosed homes today.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Canada's Foreclosure Process

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When To Replace Your RoofDoes your roof need to be replaced? If so, there will be signs. It can be difficult for you to identify the signs you need a new roof, but knowing what to look for in an aging roof can help you decide when it's time to look into roof replacement. Here is an assortment of common problems for roofs to have that may mean you need a new roof and when to replace roofing.

Curling and Cracked Shingles

Shingles will begin to curl at the edges or crack when they are nearing the end of their service life. When this happens, water can more easily intrude beneath the shingle, leading to water intrusion over time. In addition to old age, shingle curing and cracking can be caused by strong winds, extreme temperatures, or animals trying to get beneath

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Calgary Shopping Options All Through the CityGet on a pair of comfortable walking shoes and grab your wallet, because it is time to hit the shops! The city of Calgary is filled with wonderful activities to do all year round, and being so close to the mountains, there is never a dull moment to be had. But for those looking to stay within the city limits and peruse the many offerings of malls, villages, and boutiques, there are hundreds of shops to satisfy the shopaholic in you.

Are you looking for the best Calgary shopping locations to fill your weekend? Do you need to venture forth and seek those unique items to complete your look? Whatever the occasion, there are numerous Calgary shopping choices ready for you to peruse, spree, and browse to your heart’s content. 

Calgary Shopping

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How to Buy a Home For a Multi-Generational FamilyThe Calgary Herald recently featured a news item that serve an affirmation of housing trend in Calgary: multigenerational homes. Reporting about Harmony, Bordeaux Developments Corporation's new development with special focus on multi-generational community located in Springbank Hill, the news item said that multi-generational homes address the triple bottom-lines of economy, environment and social equity.

Birol Fisekci, president and CEO of Bordeaux Developments Corp. says this development “demonstrates leadership with a focus on one fundamental principle -respect. Respect should be at the root of any topic we deal with," he says. "If it is Harmony we are discussing, then it is respecting the environment, being fiscally responsible so we are not

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What Can Homeowners Do About Unpermitted Work?When home buyers are interested in purchasing a home, a home inspector may only catch obvious signs of unpermitted work. A homeowner may discover later that some of the work performed on a home did not have the proper permit. What are homeowners to do in such a situation?

Do home owners have to tear down and start over with the proper permits or are there other options? Learn more about unpermitted work and homeowner options today.

When Homeowners Find Out

What do you do about unpermitted work? If previous owners did not disclose their knowledge of work done without a required permit, then new owners can not finish any renovation project without having the city sign off on previous unpermitted work.

Homeowners have to deal with getting

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Top Home Safety Hazards for New HomeownersNew Canadian homeowners may not realize the potential for injury in their home. As many residents spend a significant amount of time indoors, it is important to track down areas that may require attention to make it safer environment for all occupants. Pets, the elderly and young children may all be subject to a physical injury or worse when new homeowners have not addressed common home safety hazards.

Explore some common home safety hazards that can be experienced by first-time homeowners today.

Obstacles May Pose a Threat

Head injuries or broken bones result in the 20 per cent of older adults who fall. Injuries as a result of falls is a common household hazard. Many homeowners may be moving into older homes needing some TLC. Lighting is

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The Best Patios in CalgaryDo you love a good rooftop patio night to enjoy drinks or an afternoon treat? It’s fun to be out in the sun with great food and drinks and Calgary has some excellent options for you to enjoy. Here is a look at the best patios and what you can enjoy while sitting there.

Cilantro

This patio is one of the favourites of Calgarians and provides a great place to dine. They are celebrating their 25th year and you can enjoy the secluded courtyard patio here. The lights wrap around large tree trunks and provide a beautiful, warm ambiance.

Sho Sushi

Sho Sushi is features a small, intimate patio that can seat 14. It’s a quiet area elevated outside with a glass enclosure. Relax on the patio with your favourite sushi.

Bar C

If you want to

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Weird and Unique Food in Calgary

It is easy to get tired of the ‘same-old same-old’ routine when it comes to meals. Calgary has become a culinary powerhouse with top chefs opening new and exciting restaurants all the time – some of which are labeled as ‘pop-up’ with limited time to enjoy. Calgarian’s tastes are becoming more eclectic and locals are craving something unique, something strange. Check out some of the most unique eats of Calgary food and spice up your mealtime excursions!

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Tubby Dog

Price Range: $

Location: 1022 17th Avenue SW

Crowd Favourites: Tubby Dog, A-Bomb, and PBJ

When you think of hot dogs do you imagine a sausage in a bun with ketchup and mustard?

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