Calgary News, Events & Local Insights about Calgary - Blog Archive: October, 2018

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November Events Taking Place in Calgary

With the slow emerging of nutcrackers, snowmen, and reindeer in retail stores, fall seems to have come and gone and it is now time to start preparing for winter! The city of Calgary will soon be filled with seasonal goodies and you may begin to slowly fall behind in your shopping with that scent of Christmas in the air. November is the time where Christmas markets will pop up all over YYC (surrounding cities and towns as well!). In addition to these many markets, there are also plenty of other exciting events to check out that are not so ‘Christmas’ themed. Charitable events, famous artist tours, and grand openings are just a few of the things you will also see this month in Calgary.

Looking for the most thrilling and entertaining events in…

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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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What Do Homeowners Need To Know When SellingThose wondering how to sell your home in Canada should prepare themselves for myriad possibilities during the process. Because of the complexity of the procedures involves such as legalities, paperwork, negotiations and costs to consider, first time home sellers may find the experience daunting. However, here are some home selling tips to ponder while preparing the household for the process.

Understand the Cost of Selling a Home in Canada

While the process may differ slightly for each case, the question of how to sell a home in Canada still involves various cost and fees that are standard industry-wide. Here are some of the costs that sellers should be prepared to handle:

Legal Fees and Disbursements: First time home sellers should give…

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Calgary's Alberta Boot Company Produces and Retails Their Own Boots

The only western boot manufacturer in Alberta is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and today, Alberta Boot Company gives us a little peek at what goes into producing some of the finest boots in the country (hint: it involves more than 200 actions to produce each boot – and they turn out up to 4,000 pairs each year).

"We manufacture all our boots in the same building we retail them in. It's very rare to buy a product like this direct from the manufacturer," says Ben Gerwing, president.

He's also a fan of the "if it's not broken don't fix it" ideology, saying, "We were founded 40 years ago in 1978 and for the most part, all our production processes are exactly the same as they were on day one. This ensures the best quality and best fitting boot…

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When To Replace Your RoofDoes your roof need to be replaced? If so, there will be signs. It can be difficult for you to identify the signs you need a new roof, but knowing what to look for in an aging roof can help you decide when it's time to look into roof replacement. Here is an assortment of common problems for roofs to have that may mean you need a new roof and when to replace roofing.

Curling and Cracked Shingles

Shingles will begin to curl at the edges or crack when they are nearing the end of their service life. When this happens, water can more easily intrude beneath the shingle, leading to water intrusion over time. In addition to old age, shingle curing and cracking can be caused by strong winds, extreme temperatures, or animals trying to get beneath…

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5 Cost-Efficient Ways to Improve Home Energy EfficiencyThe price of home upgrades often dictates which improvements homeowners can consider. People may not want to spend a great deal of money on updates that will not provide a fair justification for the homeowners through use, or after the sale of the home. However, the following methods of increasing energy efficiency still have an ideal return-on-investment for the people who have them, and some may even pay for themselves over time.

Assess Structural Efficiency

The efficiency of the systems in a Panorama Hills home can be helped or hindered significantly by the efficiency of the structure itself. What is energy efficiency? An example: many homes have air leaks, particularly surrounding doors and windows, that allow heated or cooled air to pass…

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The Best Calgary Magazines

Where do you turn to for recent news, local eats, current events, and the latest interest points of Calgary? Online searches and social media re-caps can offer brief posts to fill you in on the popular headlines, but in order to truly capture the ‘behind-the-scenes,’ local Calgary magazines are the most valuable resource. Business, wedding, food, media, and community news are all presented to you through various local sources. Check out these top Calgary magazines that will ensure you are informed and up-to-date on your favourite Calgary topics.

Avenue Calgary Magazine

For a broad, in-depth look into the city's culture and events, Avenue Calgary Magazine is one of the top city lifestyle magazines available. The magazine offers insights on…

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A Guide to Home LandscapingHaving a home landscaped is a great idea for a number of reasons. Whether the homeowner plans to live there and enjoy the look of their lawn and garden area, or they want to sell and make the home more attractive to buyers, landscaping can help. It's also an excellent way to keep property values higher, have a well-kept and nice looking home and yard, and provide the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. But what should homeowners really know about landscaping? Here are some things to consider.

Should Homeowners Do Their Own Landscaping?

Doing their own landscaping can mean saving a lot of money over hiring a professional and can improve curb appeal when selling a home. But that's not always a good reason to DIY a landscaping project. Having the…

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Business Spotlight: Monki Bistro

Monki Bistro is not just a place to get the best brunch or dinner you've ever tasted. It's an experience that uses good food, great community, and an eclectic place to gather as it's vehicle.

"Its all about Monki business!" teases Aditya Dutta, the company's chief ideas officer. "We take traditional cuisines and put our Monki twist to it. We take a traditional bistro concept and make it edgy through Monki service and wicked music. When you walk through our door, you might feel like you are in a trendy chic bistro, but the next second, you might feel cozy and rustic."

Aditya credits treating the team the same way they treat the customers; placing a huge emphasis on food, service and ambience; and challenging the status quo of the food and beverage…

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