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November 2012

Found 6 blog entries for November 2012.

Auburn Bay is a master planned 900 acre lakeside community made up of charming homes all encircling the large 43 freshwater hectares of Auburn Bay. Stunning views and a fabulous residents-only beach and park are accessible to all living in this family oriented neighbourhood.

The community developers were inspired to create a four season year round community that brings families together and creates life long memories. The source of their inspiration? Family vacations in cottage country.

Imagine family games of tennis and volleyball played at the beach. Teaching your kids how to swim, cast a line while fishing on the lake, and canoeing as a family. Cooling off in the spray park in the afternoon and then going home to a home cooked family meal. Relax by

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flipthishouse_120One of the first things you’re going to need is a budget. You need less cash to flip a property than you probably think, especially when you consider that it is possible to partner up with an investor. When you flip a house, you want your expenses (the cost of the house, mortgage payments [if any], taxes [if any], repairs, labour, and materials) to be less than 80% of the total sale price of the home when it hits the market as your new pretty confection.  Which means you’ll need a solid market analysis from a real estate agent on both the current value of the home, and the expected sale price once renos are complete. You should have an idea of your total budget of the homes you want to look at or buy, before you approach your mortgage broker asking for a

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flipthishouse_120Today we are continuing our look at how to flip a house in Calgary. I’ve invited Kathy Fleshman, RBC Mobile Mortgage Specialist, to write a guest blog for the Below you will find some of her solutions for the first steps in looking at financing your flip in Calgary. Of course every situation is always different, and the best first step is to phone your mortgage broker so you can create your own financing solution which is tailored to your individual needs. For mortgage advice on any home purchase, Kathy Fleshman is always a great call to make! And now, here's Kathy!

When looking to finance the purchase of a home you intend to flip, there will be some differences in the mortgage financing you apply for.  When a property is not going

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Movember in Calgary

movember 2012It's that time of year once again when men sport moustaches to raise money for a good cause. Good moustaches, bad moustaches, somewhere in between - the point of Movember isn't to make a style statement, it's to increase awareness for prostate cancer. Roughly ten years old, Movember originated in Melbourne, Australia and has become a global phenomenon.

Over the years, Movember has raised over $301 million. The majority of funds raised comes from online donations and pledges. Men sign up on Movember's official webpage individually or in teams and document the growth of their moustaches for the month of November whilst encouraging friends and family for pledges.

So what's kicking around Calgary during Movember 2012? Calgary's

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flipthishouse_120Lately, I’ve had a lot of people asking me about flips. The “hows”, the “whens”, and the “how much.” One of the things that I love about my blog is that I end up writing out very long explanations for very small topics so that when people ask me a question, I can point them to my very own personalized answer. So I’m going to start a series on flipping houses in Calgary, and what that looks like from start to finish. I would absolutely love to hear from you if you have any questions along this vein so that I can turn the answers into a blog. So for the next little while, we’re going to look at how to flip a house in Calgary!

If you’re reading this blog today, you are probably moderately interested in doing a flip in Calgary and perhaps wondering if you

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OK, let me start by saying that I really do like Halloween. I like all the little princess dresses, elephant suits, and Start Wars storm troopers as much as the next guy. What I don’t like is the gore, the blood, the guts, and the fictitious facial open wounds. I’m sorry, that’s just me. I don’t get that part of Halloween. I mean, Halloween is for children. Some would argue that it’s mainly for small children. I see this stuff on other people’s kids, and on their doorsteps, and think, “Whatever, to each his own.” It doesn’t bug me that other people like that aspect of Halloween. We all have our separate preferences.

However, last night, the Vanderveen family attended a haunted house with the kids which was advertized with wording that touted that the

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