Spring has finally shown up and in the most amazing way! Temperatures are in the 20s, the sun is shining and wow is the perfect time to get your patio or deck ready for sun and grilling with family and friends!

Here are some quick tips for cleaning your deck or patio:

For Wood Patios:

  • Clean off debris from your deck
  • Inspect for damages: loose boards, nails or rough spots
  • Replace boards if necessary
  • Replace or fix protruding nails
  • Smooth/sand out any rough spots (may need to repaint or restain these spots)
  • Use a deck cleaner (available at hardware stores, ask about the best type for your material)
  • Wear protection when using the cleaner, and hose off patio with water after 20 minutes

For Concrete Patios:

  • Check…

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With more listings coming onto the market in March, the inventory of homes available in Calgary has increased, which means buyers have more options.

 "Economic conditions are slowly improving, but it has not been enough to outpace the current impact of higher lending rates and more stringent conditions," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. "We are entering the most active quarters in the housing market with more inventory, which could create some price fluctuations. However, the improving economy is expected to prevent overall prices from slipping by significant amounts." [CREB]

 Some highlights of the housing market in Calgary right now, according to CREB®:

  • The benchmark price for detached homes in Calgary averages $502,000,…

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Yes, spring is finally here! But, we should not forget that with the anticipation of warmer weather this season, we will always be met with a lot of precipitation too. With rain, hail or even snow (as much as we hate to admit it), comes moisture and moisture is never good for your home. When excess moisture goes unnoticed in your home, mould can form.

To understand mould a bit more, let’s go back to the basics.The reproduction of mould occurs through tiny spores, that are present in outdoor and indoor air. The growth of mould indoors occurs when mould spores land on wet surfaces.

It’s important to be aware that moulds can potentially be harmful to humans. Moulds produce allergens, irritants and in rare cases, toxic substances. Depending on the…

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Mortgage Stress Test Calgary

Starting on January 1, 2018, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) set a new minimum qualifying rate, or “stress test” for all prospective home buyers, even those with a down payment of over 20%.

Before the new rule, only buyers that had a down payment of less than 20% had to make sure they could pass a stress test. Now it doesn’t matter how much money you save for a down payment, if you don’t pass the new stress test, the bank will not give you a mortgage.

Under the new mortgage stress test, potential home buyers need to qualify for a mortgage at a rate that is either 2% higher than the mortgage rate they qualified for, or the Bank of Canada’s five-year benchmark rate.  For most, that will mean qualifying for a home…

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Did you know March is "Community Association Membership Month" in Calgary? It's the perfect time to learn about your community's association and all the great work it does for your neighbourhood, perhaps even getting more involved.

We're lucky in Calgary, that most communities in our city have community associations. Knowing about your community association and where it is located, can offer you a ton of opportunity to get involved in the neighbourhood you live.

What is a community association? 

Community associations are neighbourhood-based volunteer organizations providing support, and opportunities in recreation, education and social life. In Calgary, nearly 150 community associations even operate facilities and/or halls. The Federation of…

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The Parks of Harvest Hills Calgary

New Homes in Harvest Hills

Looking for a new home in an established community? At long last the new development, The Parks of Harvest Hills, is set to launch home sales on February 28th, 2018. This Harvest Hills real estate project is being constructed on the old Harvest Hills Golf Course and it is the first community by Cedarglen, with Quantum Place Developments as its development manager. When complete, The Parks of Harvest Hills will consist of approximately 200 new homes and about 500 condos and townhomes.

Harvest Hills: Modern Architecture & Affordable Pricing

This development presents an exciting opportunity for those owning homes in Harvest Hills looking to move up or downsize yet stay in the community. Prices for apartment style…

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There has been an influx of calls to the City of Calgary regarding coyote sightings in northwest Calgary, and the City says this is because it is breeding season. 

Officials report that coyotes breed in February and March and their pups are born in April or May with litters of five to seven.

So what do you need to be aware of as a resident of this area?

"The important part for people to be aware of around this is that during mating season they can become more protective of their resources, their mates, and so it's a really important time for us to think about that and keep animals on leash." [CBC]

If you are a dog owner, you want to be more vigilant about keeping your dog close by when you are out in a park, or even if they are in…

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During February, our city has one of the year's best festivals happening — YYC Hot Chocolate Fest! Cafes and restaurants all over Calgary create unique hot chocolate beverages, all vying for the coveted title of the city's best. But the best part is, all the proceeds go towards Meals on Wheels. 

If you are looking for a delicious way to spend the Family Day long weekend, here is where you can take in YYC Hot Chocolate Fest in northwest Calgary: 

  • Euphoria Cafe 124, 5403 Crowchild Trail NW, the drink is 'Cirque du Chocolate'
  • Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria: 5149 Country Hills Boulevard NW, the drink is 'Nutella Mocha'
  • Hexagon Boardgame Cafe: 1140 Kensington Road NW, the drink is 'Matcha Koro'
  • Higher Ground Cafe: 1121 Kensington Road…

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The University District Calgary

Noble in The University District is a new townhouse and condo development currently under development at 32 Avenue NW, Calgary.  This exciting new project by Truman in Northwest Calgary is scheduled to be complete in late 2018. The University District is a collaboration of residential, retail and office buildings along with dining, shopping and entertainment venues all within a tranquil setting with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains.  

Noble Condos & Townhomes: Contemporary Architecture & Affordable Pricing

With over 15 fabulously designed floor plans for one to choose from, Noble by Truman offers a perfect combination of versatility, sophistication, and affordable pricing. There are a wide variety of…

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At yesterday's 2018 CREB Forecast, the sentiment from industry experts was that this year is expected to be much of the same trends from 2017 when it comes to housing. As the January statistics were released by CREB, we can see that this has so far been true for real estate in Calgary. 

With the new mortgage rules also in effect, January sales activity has remained relative to last year at this time, and we expect to see that trend continue. Here is a brief look at January 2018:

  • Citywide unadjusted prices totaled $432,300 which is 0.25 per cent below last year.
  • Homes prices between $300,000 and $399,999 saw an increase in activity
  • Price declines were more pronounced in apartment and attached homes

This will be an adjustment to…

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