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May 2015

Found 4 blog entries for May 2015.

Make the Most From Your  Calgary Home Viewing Experience

Guide to viewing Calgary homesWell, your mortgage approval is in, and your eyes are dry from hours of clicking through listings on Your hubby has placed an embargo on emailing anymore listings to him at work; it's finally time to get out there and see some places. Viewing homes is the one of the best parts of buying your Calgary home. Actually physically seeing the homes on your list sheds a ton of light on what you want, and what we’ll see next.

From time to time, I’ve heard it said among my colleagues that buyers are liars. This basically means that buyers don’t know what they want. They’ll phone you up and tell you that they want a 1911 character home in Inglewood and absolutely nothing else will do,

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Guess who loses in a market like this one? People who are downsizing. People who have a big huge expensive house and need to buy a smaller more cost-effective house. If you’re divorcing, well, I’m sorry, the news just got worse. Or, if you’re an elderly couple wanting to switch to a place with no stairs, you may want to hold off for a bit.

But everyone else? Everyone who trips over toddler shoes, steps on Legos, and dreams of a vegetable garden in the backyard, I have good news for you: it’s a fantastic time to buy a Calgary home, for a few reasons.

There's Value Out There

The first is that we’re not nose-diving on value right now. We’re just sitting in a time of uncertainty where there’s deals to be had when buying. Yah, you’re going to have to

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Part 1 of the Double Dinner Series from the Vanderveen Kitchen

Those who know me, know that I love me some Costco. Some ladies love the spa, I like strolling through the aisles of Costco. (But I mean, I like the spa too. I do have 10 toe nails and a beating heart!) Buying bulk for as long as I have, has made me hatch the idea of “double dinners,” or “triple dinners.” So I’m starting a series!

Double dinners can be described as buying one or main two items that stretch across 2 or 3 dinners. In today’s edition, we’ll be doing two amazing meals with stuff you can buy at Costco. Night one will begin with a traditional roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes and broccoli with cheese sauce. On night two, the leftovers will be transformed into

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How to avoid a bad location when buying a home.How to Avoid Buying a Great Home in a Bad Location

Most of us know the big offenders of bad location: backing or fronting onto a road, a gas station, a power station etc. But one of the most missed bad locations is the elevation of the back of your house. This is one of the first things I’ll point out when I see it. When it comes to a bad location, there are three major no-no’s in my opinion: townhouses, walk-outs, and grading.


While townhouses can be wonderful real estate choices, you don't want one in your back yard. Townhouses in the back or front of your house means there are that many more people staring into your back or front yard. Instead of 5 visible neighbours, you have 12. Instead of your neighbours all being on the same

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