Calgary News, Events & Local Insights about Calgary - Blog Archive: January, 2014

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There is a consultation company here in Calgary that will provide assessments to help you make your home greener and healthier. This company is called Healthy Homes Calgary and it is dedicated to helping homeowners make lasting and positive changes that are healthier and greener by providing the resources, tools and information needed.

You can schedule a consultation that will require 2 visits and during this time issues like water conservation, healthier cleaning products, sustainable choices in food, energy efficiency and waste reduction will be addressed.

The adviser that will visit your home will calculate the ecological footprint that your home is leaving on the planet. Your home will be assessed on a room-by-room basis to discover the key areas…

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ConcertMany of the biggest names in music make their way through Calgary during the Canadian leg of their tour. With so many great acts performing every year, it can be hard to choose the right one for your enjoyment. Here are some of the upcoming concerts for 2014.

Florida Georgia Line - April 16th

Performing at the Scotiabank Saddledome, one of the hottest country acts will come to Calgary. They will be accompanied by the Chris Lane Band and tickets are currently on sale.

Black Sabbath - April 20th

Performing some of their globally known hits, Black Sabbath will make their way to the Scotiabank Saddledome in April.

Ellie Goulding - April 26th

The University of Calgary will host Ellie Goulding Saturday, April 26th at 7pm. Tickets are currently on…

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Quite often the kitchen becomes the deciding factor in a home when it is on the market. Buyers will spend a lot of time examining your kitchen and the last thing you want scattered around is a lot of clutter. This room is often the focal point of the entire house so you'll want to make sure that all of the clutter is cleared up before you allow any viewers into your home.

The counter

You probably lead a busy life and if you have children, it's hard to keep the counter clean. Do your best though when your home is being viewed. Everything, except for perhaps a couple of major appliances, should be removed from the counters so that the area appears spacious and organized. If you have a high-end granite or quartz countertop, you'll want to keep it…

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This is a loaded question and is definitely one of the most commonly asked questions of all time when it comes to real estate. The answer is really a simple one. There could be a buyer looking for your home during any season of the year so the best time to sell is really any time.

There are certain advantages, however, of selling your home at different times of the year. For example, if you have children, selling your home during the summer months when they are at home enjoying the summer holidays can be more difficult. It's harder to keep a home ready for viewing when the kids are running through it day and night. The great thing about showing your home in the summertime is you can show off your garden if you happen to have a green thumb and can…

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If you've never been through the home buying process before, it can be a bit stressful and scary. Sometimes you need the right advice to ensure you don't make any of the huge mistakes that could potentially cost you money, time and the home of your dreams. Here are a few of the most common mistakes first-time homebuyers make.

Lack of Trust for the Experts

After you've chosen an expert realtor to help you with your home purchase, you have to trust them. If you're not willing to trust somebody with plenty of experience in the industry, you shouldn't hire them in the first place. A good real estate agent can recognize different negotiation strategies and knows how to work with the listing agent to get you the home you want for a fair price.

No Home…

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Flea MarketFinding the right price on an item you want doesn't always mean paying full price. Sometimes a used item is just as good as new or even better. If you're searching for something old or you just want to save a little cash, here are a few of the best places for bargain hunting in Calgary.


Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Centre

When spring rolls around, the market at this community center opens up in the parking lot. This flea market provides all types of items and you can walk away with a bag full of goodies for under $10. Prices are almost always negotiable and the things you will find here may take you on a journey back to your youth.

Heritage Flea Market

Another great place for bargains is the Heritage Flea Market. This is an interesting market…

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