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Happy Halloween!

It's the season for eating the candy you bought for trick-or-treaters before the 31st, searching the internet for an easy and unique Halloween costume and carving pumpkins! The tradition of carving pumpkins for Halloween has its origins in "Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as early canvasses. In fact, the name, jack-o'-lantern, comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and it became an integral part of Halloween festivities" (The History Place). Stingy Jack was denied entry to both Heaven and Hell, so was left to roam the earth with a burning coal in a carved out turnip for light. Putting your own 'Jack-o'-lantern' outside of

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Wow!!! Is the only one word to explain this totally redone from top to bottom 1196 soft fully developed walkout bi-level on a beautiful south facing massive mature treed pie shaped lot!

Very quiet location located among several, million dollar newer homes in a rapidly rejuvenating exclusive enclave of Bowness! The house has undergone major renovations featuring; all new windows, beautiful new kitchen including a large granite cover island, gorgeous hardwood flooring on the main floor, all new bathrooms, all new mechanical including rental air conditioning and the basement development is all new from 2013. Nice front balcony & rear south sunroom not included in the square footage. Very large 20x22 ft double garage. This house is turn key and ready

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The end of the year is quickly approaching with December just around the corner. While the real estate market is most active during the summer, now is the time you should really be buying.

There are a lot of advantages to purchasing a home before the new year, specifically if that home is new. Whether it is a new home in a developing community or an infill home, closing the deal by December 31st is a great way to leverage your home buying experience to work in your favour.

Buying a new home is a very attractive option for many individuals. There are so many bonuses to buying new, such as the following:

  • When you buy brand new you are able to work with the property’s building designer to pick wall colours, specific design ideas and all other

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Every person is different; and so are their homes.

With many different types of homes to choose from, you have every opportunity to find your perfect match. Homeownership.ca lists the different kinds of homes available to buyers with helpful definitions that clarify exactly what makes each unique. Read these definitions below, and follow the links to some current listings we have that match each home type:

Condominiums: "While condominiums are generally found in apartment buildings, other types of properties, for example, townhouses, may also have a condo ownership model. You own the unit, or 'condo', but you do not own the land it is built on or any common space outside your unit. You are charged monthly 'condo fees' to maintain indoor and

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Congratulations on your new home! The closing negotiations are finished, the keys are yours, the boxes are unpacked, and your name is now proudly displayed on the mailbox. Buying a home is a major milestone in a person's life, we are so happy for you. You have worked hard to get to this moment, so make sure you celebrate. If you worked with us, thank you for being one of our valued clients! We look forward to a long-lasting professional relationship with you.

As you get more settled on your new turf, you are going to start feeling one of two ways. First, you may understand, potentially for the first time ever, the age-old adage of 'home sweet home.' You will be able to breathe easy knowing this is where you have landed, looking forward to many,

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Thanksgiving weekend has arrived at long last! Queue the smell of pumpkin pie wafting through the air, crunchy leaves crackling underfoot, the cheering of the football stadium, and time spent being thankful with loved ones. Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to take a moment to reflect on the year so far. It's a moment to take a deep breath and check in with yourself and your goals so that you can finish the year strong. 

Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is not always a stress-free holiday. Spending so much time with people can be emotionally draining, it can feel like a long weekend of more work as you prepare to host others or travel, and through it all you can find yourself feeling distinctly not grateful for the season; and waiting for Tuesday

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One of the best close-in NW inner city areas to re-develop in the heart of Hillhurst. Located on a beautiful, quiet, tree lined street on a massive mature treed, fenced, 50x134.8ft rear west facing R-C2 lot!!

Tastefully updated of approx. $250k in featured renovations in 2011 is a very spacious 2945sqft fully developed 2 1/2 story total of 5 bedroom character home including an illegal self contained walk-out suite. Soaring 30ft open beam ceilings greet you when entering into the front living room, beautifully restored hardwood and soft wood floors, very bright massive rear great room on main floor & enjoy the evening west sunlight c/w a cozy wood burning fireplace, main floor laundry, ewer kitchen and granite counters. Upstairs features 3 bedrooms

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One owner for 28 plus years offers, a pride of ownership inside and out, is a very well maintained 3 bedroom 1745sqft two split on a massive mature treed west facing rear yard!!

Very quiet cul-de-sac close to all schools and easy access to stoney trail and close to shopping! Very bright kitchen including a separate breakfast nook leading to a low maintenance large sunny west deck, separate dining room inclining  vaulted ceilings, cozy main floor family room featuring a stone faced feature gas fireplace wall including several oak built-ins and main floor laundry room. The upstairs offers 3 good sized bedrooms and a large master bedroom, 5-pce en-suite c/w jet tub. The lower level has a huge recreation room and plenty of storage. *Full disclosure,

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One of the biggest expenses any homeowner has to deal with for an extended period of time is paying off a mortgage. In fact, it's typically one of the longest payments on any one thing that a person will make in their lifetime. 

A mortgage is money that you, a creditor, must repay a debtor within a certain amount of time. Most homeowners take out a mortgage in order to purchase a home, since most people cannot buy a home outright. This mortgage will have interest rates added to it, which are often the most difficult part to pay off as they continue to grow and grow. A mortgage is a very daunting thing for homeowners to have looming over them, but luckily it is not always fixed.

Have you ever heard of refinancing? When interest rates are low,

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Check out these four haunting events coming to Calgary this October... HEX Halloween and Entertainment Expo || October 11 || Avenue Calgary writes, "The organizers of now-defunct ScreamFest are back with an epic new event. Part fan expo, film festival and spooky carnival, Hex features celebrity guests, cosplay, a marketplace, screenings, games and haunted houses to explore." HEX is set to be a new Halloween tradition here in Calgary, offering even more spooky fun to those who love to be scared. For more information, visit their official website by clicking here! Thanksgiving Pie Bake-Off || October 10 - 11 || The Calgary Farmers Market writes, "Fall is on its way and thoughts of turkey dinner are starting to tempt your taste buds. To help…
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