Calgary News, Events & Local Insights about Calgary - Blog Archive: March, 2013

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From subtle colours to bolder ones, it's time to recognize that spring has arrived here in Calgary and get on with some spring decorating. Even though the snow may still be flying and the highways and motorists are feeling the effects of the last winter storms, it is, after all, officially spring. Sooner or later the weather outside is going to catch up with the season change and you’ll want to be ready for it with a colourful home that's cheery and fun to enter.

It's easier than ever to inject some springtime décor colours into your rooms. You can make one room or the whole house come alive by adding a few simple accessories that won't break the bank but will create a whole new scene in the house.

Mix up your throw pillows

You can find lively…

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The Heritage Park Historical Village covers 127 acres and provides Calgary residents with a great view of the Glenmore Reservoir. This is one of the top family-friendly attractions in the area and features many educational museums, events and more. With 180 exhibits throughout the park, you can relive history through the collection of artifacts and the costumed townsfolk.

Some of the different attractions include:

  • The Railway Car Shop - Tour the shop and see some of the best of Canada's rail antiques.
  • Replica building of a 1860s Fur Trading Fort
  • Aboriginal Encampment
  • Sam Livingston's original home
  • Burnside Ranch House - You can even make old-style ice cream on the porch.
  • 1910 Prairie Railroad Town - Full of great places to shop and eat
  • An…

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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!depositphotos_tenant_260

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

1. 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 agreement.…

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When you first take a look at the mortgage you’ll have to pay on a new condo you'll be quite impressed until you see the condo fees added to it. These fees can really add up and become a hefty percentage of the monthly cost for your housing. In order to come to grips with this extra fee there are a few things that you'll need to take into account.depositphotos_condo_346_01

Condo fees are shared by the entire community and are put towards running the building. It is a completely different payment when compared to paying rent. These fees keep the wheels running smoothly for the whole condominium operation. The management is not going to be making any money off of these fees and every building must be registered as a corporation that's running as a non-profit entity.

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A lot of homebuyers feel that they are making a completely logical decision when deciding to purchase a new home but sometimes they don't even realize that emotion may be swaying their decision to a certain degree. Quite often there are smells, sounds and colors that are influencing the buying decision that the homeowner isn't even aware of.depositphotos_logic_and_emotion_313

In some cases a home that you're looking at may be reminding you of a home you have previously been in before. For example, the layout may be similar to the one that your childhood sweetheart used to live in and bring on a flood of fond emotions. In this type of scenario you'll be drawn towards the home for other than purely logical reasons.

It's long been known that emotions can sway a decision to purchase for…

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depositphotos_condo_346Are you thinking of buying a condo in Calgary in the near future? If so, here are the top five purchasing tips you can use to make sure that you get top value for your money.

1. Look for quality construction

There is a huge difference between concrete and frame construction with concrete lasting a lot longer. The thing you need to watch out for though is concrete that has been post-tensioned since it can lead to problems down the road.

2. Watch the square footage!

There are different ways of measuring square footage and if you really want to be sure that you're getting the right figures take along a measuring tape that you can pull out at any condo that you find interesting. Then, you'll be able to compare condos on a square-footage bas is by…

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