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Spring is finally here and with it comes everyone’s favourite activity: spring cleaning! It might seem like a difficult task at first, but once you get started, you might even enjoy the clean outcome. Here, we’ve got eight tips to help make your house sparkle this spring:

  1.  Use doormats to help mitigate dust. Put one outside your front door and one inside. To keep the outdoor mat clean, give it a spray with your hose now and then; stay on top of dust inside by vacuuming both sides of the indoor mat. 
  2. Wait for an overcast day so you’re not bombarded with direct sunlight (which causes streaks) to wash your windows. Use glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth to clean the windows themselves, then pull the blinds down and wipe them with a duster. If
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The snow is melting and the paths are finally starting to dry off, so that means it’s time to hop on your bike, feel the wind in your helmet and the bugs in your teeth. Each year, more and more people are choosing to ride to work so that they can avoid traffic and get in better shape simultaneously. It may take longer to get to your destination, but you’ll feel better with the extra sunlight and exercise that riding outside brings.

Riding a Bike

Now, as fun as biking can be, it can also be dangerous. There are many hazards to look out for: 

  •      Drivers may fail to notice you when you’re riding, so keep your eye on them when going through intersections. Even if you’re in the bike lane with the right of way, they might not see you.
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World Yoga Day falls on Friday, June 21 this year. In preparation, we’re highlighting some of the top yoga studios in northwest Calgary so that you can become a pro before the big day. The growing collection of studios in Calgary has made it easier than ever to get your sweat on and stretch out those tight muscles. Tap into the countless health benefits that have been associated with practicing yoga as you learn to perfect one of 2019’s top fitness trends.

 

Healing with Yoga & More

Location: Montgomery Park NW

Participate in a wide variety of meditation, yoga asana, pranayama and subtle body practices at Healing with Yoga & More. With over 13 years of teaching experience, you can attend philosophy lectures, yoga nidra healing classes,

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Amidst the fall of the oil and gas industry that has been plaguing Alberta and the rest of the nation, the housing market in Calgary continues to hold its ground. Phil Soper, President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal LePage, has reported that we are currently seeing numbers that fall only ten per cent below the level of 2014’s peak housing market. Over a five-year period that included economic downfalls largely due to the oil and gas industry, it is incredible to see just how resilient the housing market in Calgary has remained. 

Calgary is currently situated in a buyer’s market with a high supply of properties listed and fewer buyers looking to purchase. While Calgary sits in this market, those looking to purchase a new property have many

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Calgary Food BankWith Christmas around the corner, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of decorating, shopping, baking and all those festive tasks. However, Christmas is a stressful time for many people, especially the less fortunate in Calgary who perhaps don’t have the means to provide an extravagant day for their loved ones.

The Calgary Food Bank has been providing for those in need since 1982 and has grown into a million-dollar charitable organization with 9000 volunteers contributing to the cause. Every day, over 160 Calgarians volunteer their time to help those in need. This support has an enormous impact on the Calgary families and agencies to whom they provide emergency food resources.

Today, December 5th is International Volunteer Day so we

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Remembrance Day falls on a Sunday this year, allowing families the weekend to spend time together and commemorate the day as they see fit. November 11 holds a different meaning for everyone, whether your grandfather served, or your past three generations played a part in various military brigades. Remembrance Day is a time to stop, remember and appreciate the individuals who made this country, that we freely live in today, possible. Whether you are a ceremony person, or you prefer something a little more active, there are plenty of Remembrance Day events happening right here in Calgary. 

Remembrance Day at Fort Calgary

Join Calgary at a special service facilitated by the RCMP Veterans’ Association this year. The service will include bagpipes,

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Calgary Real Estate NewsCalgary's Real Estate market continues to be stuck in the doldrums with the sales-to-new-listings ratio hovering around 47.4%. In simpler terms, of the 16,760 homes listed this year, only 7,945 have sold as of September 30th, 2018.  This continues to put us firmly in a continued Buyers market with Sellers needing to be very realistic about their home prices.

Part of the slowdown can be attributed to the new mortgage stress test rules that took effect in January. These new rules, that were put in place to curb price appreciation in Toronto and Vancouver, have left Calgary caught in the crossfire. Our economy also continues to struggle with unemployment, pipeline uncertainties as well as increases to minimum wage and its effect on small business owners.

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Calgary Coffee Shops Best

To some people, okay most people, coffee truly is their lifeblood. Coffee in the morning, coffee at work, coffee with friends, coffee in ice cream – our society really loves this little bean! Whether it’s the flavour you love or the caffeine you crave, coffee has become a staple in our everyday lives that simply can’t be ignored. 

There are hundreds of coffee shops scattered around Calgary and you have to wonder: which ones are the best? Whether you like a large cup of joe or a sweet, milky latte, every shop makes it uniquely. Different machines, new ingredients, beans from around the world – coffee at one shop can mean something completely different at another. If you frequent the northwest corner of the city, it might help to know which coffee

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It’s that time of year again – Calgary’s Best Neighbourhoods of 2018 is out! This annual survey is released each year to give Calgarians a chance to rank their own neighbourhood as well as learn about others. The survey is based on factors such as access to parks and pathways, walkability, the number of restaurants and pubs in the area and other qualities that are seen as desirable. Here at the northwest communities that made the top 25 this year: 

  • Arbour Lake #2
    This area is located adjacent to the large Crowfoot shopping area, with all the amenities you can think of: a grocery store, movie theatre, bookstore, clothing shops, gas stations, restaurants, etc.
  • Hamptons #3
    The Hamptons area is located just off Stoney Trail, with quick access
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Everyone knows that buying or selling a house is a big deal. It is most likely the most expensive purchase you will ever make, so you want to make sure it’s done right. Whether it is a condo, a townhouse or a single-family home, there are always hoops to jump through and tricks of the trade that will help make the process easier. This is where a REALTOR comes in. This professional knows the market well, understands the process of buying/selling and knows how to do it efficiently. Here are some of the top reasons you should use a REALTOR® to assist you in buying or selling a home.

Excess of Resources

A real estate agent is generally associated with a large realty company with countless resources and other professionals able to provide you with

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