Calgary News, Events & Local Insights about Calgary - Blog Archive: February, 2015

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If you plan on moving to Bridgeland or spending anytime there, it is a good idea to take the time to learn what the area has to offer. Fortunately, there are a lot of things for you to see or do.

The History of Bridgeland

Originally settled in the 19th century it was called Germantown, but changed in 1908 to Bridgeland because it became a more diverse area. As one of Calgary's oldest inner city communities there is still a great small town feel.

If you are looking for some great places to eat Bridgeland can oblige. Some of the top places include LDV Pizza Bar where the owner learned to make great pizzas in Italy, or Shiki Menya which serves amazing ramen and soups made from scratch. The neighbourhood is a lovely place to visit with bike and…

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It's become more of a buyer’s market here in Calgary so more than ever it's vitally important to get your home staged for a faster sale. With more active listings appearing on the market it's a good idea to fight back against the competition by staging your home. You may even want to consider hiring a professional to help you with the staging.

A home stager can walk into your home and let you know the types of changes that should be made. This professional can look with a trained eye and observe your home from a third-party perspective. This is important. You have an emotional attachment to your home and this gives you a biased viewpoint in terms of making it attractive to potential home buyers.

When you're looking through the home stagers make sure…

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A lot of people get fooled into thinking that they could save some money by selling their home on their own if they avoid using a real estate agent. The truth is that it is a real estate agent's job is to save you money and they know how to do this very well.


A real estate agent understands that you want to get the best price possible on your home. He can negotiate for you and work with the potential buyers that are ready to present an offer.  The problem with selling a home on your own is you definitely won't have a pool of buyers like you would have with an agent. The advertising that you do on your own simply cannot compare to the advertising that an agent will do for you.

The vast majority of home buyers are looking at the listings…

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Open houses

When you first enter an open house a real estate agent should be at the door to greet you. If not, he may be in another part of the house tending to another viewer. It is okay to start looking at the house on your own to get a feel for it if you don’t have time to wait for the agent or are itching to see more of the house.

When you do meet the agent one of the first questions he may ask is if you have another agent representing you. This is asked because he cannot work for you if you are already using another agent. One agent cannot try to take a client away from another agent and that is why he is asking.

If you need an agent

If you don't have an agent yet this is a good way to meet one. Visit some open houses and take a look at…

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Seton Real Estate

Calgary’s newest urban hotspot is Seton, the place that started as an expansive farmland. Seton is being chosen as the area to build up homeownership, entertaining and dining. If you’re looking for the newest, latest and trendiest places to eat, hang out or move to in the next couple of years, Seton will be the obvious choice. It’s going to be a mixed-use development alongside the new South Campus Hospital. Here is a look at what you can expect in the coming years for Seton in Calgary.

How did it all start?

The mixed-use development started as an idea to run it alongside the new South Campus Hospital and have Brookfield Residential bring homeownership to the area. By creating an area to work and play, it only made sense to give Calgarians a…

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There are some great parties coming up in Calgary that you’re going to want to be dressed your best for. March is going to be the season of fashionable parties. Now is the time to shop for a great gown or tux and plan on getting a sitter for the kids. Here are the big parties around Calgary that are almost here.

Love Her Gala – Hotel Arts – 119 12 Avenue SW

The Love Her Gala is gearing up for March 5th at the Hotel Arts. For $200 a person, you can support a great cause because the party is supporting the Ovarian Cancer Canada. It’ll be a fashion party with comedy, music, food and drink. Check out comedian Jessica Holmes making everyone laugh all night and you can participate in the fashion show and auction throughout the night. Dress code is…

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A lot of people think that they need to have serious renovations done to a home before they sell it. This couldn't be further from the truth. In most cases, you simply aren't going to get your money back, dollar for dollar, when you lay out a lot of cash for major renovations. The best thing that you can do is to work on the minor repairs in your house to make it more presentable to potential buyers.

When people first walk into your home they will get an overall impression of it. If the wall in the front hall has a hole in it, you'll need to get that patched up and painted before showing your home. If a piece of tile in your bathroom lifts up after you have stepped on it, you should get that glued down.

When you go through your home you should make…

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Do you have the next million dollar idea? Are you a budding entrepreneur that is just waiting to be discovered? You can take the next step forward by auditioning for the show this month or in March here in Calgary.

If you have a brilliant idea you’ll have a chance to pitch it this week in Calgary! The Dragon's Den is making its way into Calgary on February 19 and you won't want to miss your chance to talk to the stars. This may be your best shot to make it big.

The 2015 Dragon's Den audition tour will be holding auditions at the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University. The show is getting ready for its 10th season and will be traveling across Canada during February and March in search of the best ideas. The additions will be held from…

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If you don't have any plans set in stone for the long weekend yet, you may want to consider packing up the family and your skis then hitting the slopes at Sunshine Village. The skiing conditions are as close to perfect as you can get with a lot of snow on the ground and mild weather.

This is one of the biggest skiing weekends of the year for Sunshine Village with Family Day arriving on Monday. If you love to snowboard or ski, the conditions are going to be great and there will be special things happening this weekend at the slopes.

Free apple and orange juice will be handed out by Tropicana this weekend and there will be a photographer set up at the Tee Pee Town Chair. This way, you can take Valentine's Day pictures with your sweetie as you…

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With some serious transformation happening in the Kensington area, it has quickly become a top choice for local shopping. There are plenty of handmade goods found throughout the area, along with retail spaces. Here are some of the top choices for shopping within the area.

Cushy Life - 1139 Kensington Road NW

If you're looking for great furniture, decor, art or anything for your home, this is the place for you. Cushy Life is a great place to shop for home design ideas and items.

Kismet Clothing - 118 10 Street NW

Plenty of womenswear and accessories are found at the Kismet Clothing shop. This store brings the best trends to Calgary and provide plenty of great options for women.

Brooklyn Clothing Company - 1211 Kensington Road NW

You can…

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