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Remembrance Day is this weekend on November 11th. In honor of this significant day in Canadian history, here is the history behind the poppy: 

In 1915 Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian soldier, wrote the poem "In Flanders Fields." He did so on the battlefront of Ypres, Belgium during the first world war after seeing his dear friend, Alexis Helmer, killed by a German bomb. The poem was a reflection on war, loss, perseverance and the poppies that grew atop the graves of the fallen. Many soldiers recalled the hope these blossoming poppies gave them, that even after death something beautiful could grow. 

In 1918 Moina Michael, inspired my McCrae's poem, vowed to always wear a red poppy in remembrance of those who served in the war. During a

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The October Calgary Real Estate Statistics Summary is officially available!

Here are some key points from this months statistics report:

  • Inventory levels in Calgary are up, sales in Calgary are down. This continues to put downward pressure on prices.
  • Citywide benchmark prices for October totaled $426,300, which is the fifth consecutive month there prices have been in decline.
  • Benchmark prices now sit at 2.9 per cent below year-over-year averages.
  • In October there were 7,345 properties on the market.
  • In October there were 1,322 sales across the City of Calgary.
  • Months of supply is now 5.6, well above levels typical of this time of the year. 
  • Lower price ranges are seen sales improvement
  • High end price ranges have had
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This home is going to sell fast, so act now! The price has even been adjusted by $20,000 to sell!

This property is in a fantastic location, sitting on almost 1/3 acre of a beautifully manicured, 300 foot deep, towering treed, south lot! This incredibly private location backs onto heavily treed environmental escarpment reserve forest right in your back yard.

Numerous recent upgrades include a brand new 2017 large mechanics dream 24x22 foot double garage with 15 foot vaulted ceilings to accommodate a car lift! The main level features new maple kitchen cabinets, stainless steel appliances and original hardwood floors throughout and the living room even features a cozy wood burning stove. Additional upgrades include newer windows and a newer 4

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Happy November!

There are so many exciting events happening around the city this month. Here are just a sample to get you excited for the month ahead:

November 1 All Saint's Day
November 1 Central Library Grand Opening Celebration
November 1 - 10 Brave Girl
November 7 Hindu Diwali Day
November 8 The Loft Speaker Series: Olympic Bid
November 8 Chef To Be
November 8 Telus Spark Adults Only Night: Urban Survival
November 8 - 10 Norm Macdonald
November 10 Diwali Dhamaaka
November 10 Montgomery Community Jelly Bean Dance
November 11 Remembrance Day
November 13 City of Calgary Olympic Bid Public Vote
November 13 - 18 Marda Loop Justice FIlm Festival
November 15 Centre For Suicide Prevention Fundraiser
November 16 Studio Bell After Hours: TONTO Edition
November 22

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Temperatures are dropping...

With the arrival of winter comes the need to prepare for the dark, snowy days ahead. It's time to get that dusty box out of the basement and unload your sweaters, long-johns, toques, mittens and fuzzy socks. Lawn chairs need to be replaced with shovels as flower pots get swapped out for snowmen. Hot soup is about to become your best friend, an electric car starter your most prized possession.

As you prepare yourself for winter, make sure that you also prepare your home for winter. Winterizing your property is incredibly important in making sure that it successfully survives the cold. If you neglect to properly winterize your home, it can get seriously damaged and won't help you stay warm, either. Here are some

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Fantastic quiet west Bowness location.

The home has been with one family for 50+ years! It is a cozy 3 bedroom bungalow on a massive 50x120 south rear R-C2 lot. Just one block to Bowness park the Bow River and beyond to Bowmont park, plus an off lease park. Please not there was no flooding in this location. Several new infills are all along this street, including two newer McKinley Masters high end infills and their building office. Basement is dug out. The house is very well preserved but mainly land value. Quick possession is possible! Hurry on this one!

 

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Better than new!

Pride of ownership exudes throughout this immaculate family home offering approximately 2,600 square feet of total luxury living space.

The upscale modern vibe is highlighted by the wide open floor plan upon immediately entering the home. The upgraded kitchen comes complete with a large quartz island, floor to ceiling cabinets, gas range stove & corner pantry that make this the focal point of the main floor. The kitchen seamlessly opens up into the dining and relaxed living room and french doors lead you to the large private rear deck. Quality features also include high end window treatments, electronic thermostat, door locks and front camera, a double garage complete with an electric car charging station.

Upstairs has three

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Welcome to the world of investment properties!

An investment property can be a property you use yourself (such as a vacation home), a property you lease to others (such as renters or a business), or a property that you fix up and flip for an immediate return. Whatever you plan on using your investment property for, consider the following:

  • Purchasing an investment property is a major decision, so don't rush it! Take the time to think critically about if an investment property is right for you, what kind of investment property is right for you, and, when you find a property, if it is the best investment property for you. There is absolutely no need to rush! Take your time so that you can be 100% (or at least 99%) confident in your end decision.
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The winter may have Christmas, the spring may have flowers, the summer may have backyard BBQ’s, but here at Team Ken Richter we are particularly fond of Autumn. The fall is is an absolutely striking season, filled with deep golds and burgundy’s, crunchy leaves, warm scarves and pumpkins. Although we love warm summer days, fall cannot be matched.

The autumn season is fleeting. This winter is predicted to be a cold one, so if ever there were a time to hold onto the fall season and get the most you possibly can out of it, this is it. We are so lucky to get to experience all four seasons here in Calgary, no matter how short some of them may be. Soak them in. Experience them as deeply as you can.

That being said, here is our 2018 Autumn Bucket List:

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Winter is coming.

With snow arriving and more to come, it is officially time to do all the little projects you have been neglecting so far this autumn. After all, no one likes to do hard labour in the freezing cold. The weather is going to reach a high of 16 degrees on Saturday, giving you the perfect day to complete everything on your to-do list!

Autumn is a great time for finishing renovation projects you started in the spring/summer and beginning new ones to prepare your home for winter. Remember that home renovations are an important part of keeping your property up to date and in the best condition possible. They may cost you upfront, but they add incredible value to your property. We highly recommend taking regular stock of your home and

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