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

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Whenever you make a big decision, such as buying a new home, you need to make sure you protect your investment. A home inspection is a necessary part of the process and understanding what they will be looking for is also very important. If you want to make sure you get the right house for you, an inspection is required. Here are some of the things you should expect from your home inspector.

The Basics

Most inspections will include a contract you will sign before the inspection. You can expect the inspection to take at least two days and you will also receive a detailed report of anything found by the inspector. The home inspector will often get on a ladder to look at the shingles and the roof. They will also be looking for holes in the walls, cracks,…

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It's time to start thinking about working on your garden to help put it to rest for the fall. Summer is coming to a close so it's time to begin looking at the beautiful assortment of bulbs that will need to be planted now to sprout next spring.

The middle of September is the perfect time to plant bulbs like hyacinths, daffodils and tulips. You should also start shopping for any perennial shrubs you may want to plant next year.

Fall is the best time to start tilling the soil in preparation for next year's growing season. You'll have to pull up any plants during this month that show any signs of succumbing to the colder weather and of course do a final weeding of the garden. When you weed in the fall instead of putting it off until spring, these…

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If so, you may be considering your options. Should you downsize into a condo or into a smaller home? It's a question that's on a lot of baby boomer's minds these days as they look at the advantages and disadvantages of both.

While it's often assumed that a person will automatically choose to downsize into a condo, many people that are of retirement age are looking for a smaller home instead. The transition from a bigger house to a smaller one can be a lot easier to take. You can still enjoy a home, a garage and tending to the garden while remaining active.

While it's a nice idea to downsize into a condo, not all retirees want to give up the benefits that come with home ownership. All of the maintenance issues that come with a home aren't seen as a bad…

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With the skateboarding season winding down and the snowboarding season just around the corner, it's important to know where you can get all your gear for both. Here are the three top shops for snow and skate gear in Calgary.

The Source Snowboard and Skateboard Shop

The Source provides five different locations with three in Calgary. The other two are found in Edmonton and Red Deer. All locations provide everything from the best boards to the right clothing accessories for skateboarding and snowboarding. You can order online or visit one of the locations any day of the week.

Calgary locations are found at:

  • 930 17th Avenue SW
  • 124 10th Street NW
  • 16061 Macleod Trail SE

All Calgary locations open at 10am Monday through Saturday and…

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As the interest rates begin to climb, people that are interested in buying a Calgary home will follow one of 2 routes. They may either decide to get right into the market as fast as possible before the interest rate rises further or they may jump back and put their home purchase on hold temporarily due to the increasing rates. According to a new report issued by TD Economics, this is the general reaction that can be expected once the interest rates start to move up.

This model by TD projects some interesting figures. For every percentage point that the interest rates go up, the listing sales also go up by 6 percentage points immediately. The rush is on for people that want to lock in their mortgages as fast as possible in fear of further rising rates.


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