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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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The Best November Events in Calgary

It may not be Christmas yet, but with November here you can be sure that it's right around the corner! The fresh snow will be twinkling on the trees, boots will line the hallway, and the sound of children's laughter will float through the cool crisp air. It is these magical moments of November that get Calgarians excited for the cozy winter season!

For those proactive individuals, November is the best time to search the malls for the perfect gift, take the time to enjoy the less-busy weekend and evening events, and stroll through the upcoming Christmas markets! Grab a hot chocolate, your boots, and your mittens, because there is plenty to do in Calgary this November! Take a look at all of the upcoming events happening around the city this month that

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Investment Property in Calgary ABIf you are considering investing in property abroad – and, more specifically, in Calgary, Canada – there are a number of matters you’ll need to consider before taking the leap. From the status of the Canadian property market itself to the steps you should take in order to adhere to all relevant legislation, it can be difficult to know where to start. However, in this article, Property Solvers (experts at helping UK homeowners that need to sell fast) have put together a few tips to help you on your way.


Educate Yourself on the Price of Calgary Property

As of late summer 2019, the average price of a house in Calgary was C$420,500 or just over £250,500. This represents a 2.7% drop when compared to the same period in 2018.

In the UK, this figure

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The best Halloween Events in Calgary

In only a few short days we will be surrounded by goblins, ghouls, witches, cats, and pumpkins! The holiday of spooks and scares has finally arrived and the anticipation can be felt throughout Calgary! If Halloween is your favourite time of year and a good ghost story or jump scare puts a smile on your face, then you will not want to miss out on any of the following events this October. Take a look at the spookiest Halloween events going on in Calgary, and scare in the season of fright with events that will make your heart race faster!

Hex Halloween and Entertainment Expo — October 11-14th

Girl holding a Halloween pumpkin

As the first expo for the season, the Hex Halloween and Entertainment Expo is one of the biggest Halloween events not to be missed! This season-specific

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Winterizing Your Home: 4 Easy Strategies Every Homeowner Should KnowEveryone who lives in a climate where winters get cold has probably heard of winterizing, or the act of preparing a home so it’s protected against extreme temperatures. Winterizing can be done in many different ways, some more intensive than others. Fortunately, busy Conventry Hills homeowners don’t have to spend a lot of time winterizing their home each year. There is a number of different easy ways homeowners can prepare their home for the winter that don’t require very much effort or time. Here are some examples of those winterizing strategies.

1. Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse

When using a ceiling fan normally in the summertime, they force the air in the room to circulate, cooling it down. However, most ceiling fans now have a switch on them

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How Foreclosures Work in CanadaForeclosure refers to the lender receiving permission to sell a home because the homeowner was unable to meet their mortgage payments. In Canada, the rules of foreclosure will vary based on province, and may or may not involve the court system as an intermediary. The foreclosure process can be a lengthy and complicated one, so it helps for Panorama Hills homeowners to do their homework.

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

Lenders Will Wait

If a homeowner is unable to come up with their payment, they may have up to several months before their lender will even begin foreclosure proceedings. Ultimately, this depends on the lender, but homeowners

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Business Spotlight for YYC Growers in Calgary

Everyone is familiar with the sprawling land used by farmers in rural areas, but urban farming is also an important part of Calgary's agriculture scene — and a vital part of the growing farm-to-table movement. And within that movement, YYC Growers stands as a prominent figure in providing locally sourced food to Calgarians.

"YYC Growers began as a collective of urban farmers in 2013. We were looking for ways to save on costs as well as support each other in the tough business of farming in the urban context," explains Rod Olson, YYG Growers' general manager. "We really got going in 2014 with Dennis Scanland taking on the president role. We found our niche in offering a combined CSA (community supported agriculture) for Calgarians. This expanded so

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October Events in Calgary

October is the month of ghosts, goblins, crunchy leaves, pumpkins, candy, and fall festivities!

Fall is one of those seasons where there is nothing better than an evening spent cozy and warm inside — that is, until there are fun things to do in the city of Calgary! When crisp autumn mornings are followed by sunny afternoons, Calgary becomes busy with walks in the park, costume creation, and visiting the many seasonal festivities put on throughout the city! October is a month for Halloween spooks and scares, but on the 14th we will also come together with friends and family and be thankful for all that we have — and we can sure be thankful for such a beautiful city with plenty to do too!

If you are looking to get out and engage with the community

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How to Make the Most of Your Vacation Home SaleSelling a vacation home starts with understanding the differences between a second and a primary home. Not only will the rules change for listing the home, but sellers have to be ready for new tax laws that apply only to vacation homes. While talking to a real estate agent with experience in second home sales is the best way to get all your questions answered, understanding some basic distinctions is a good way to get started when selling their home.

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

Deciding When to Sell a Home

All home selling is cyclical—there are certain months when people want to buy and others that are not as popular. However, second homes can

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