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You could get upgraded insulation installed in all the walls of your home, or buy a new high-efficiency furnace and air conditioner. These improvements would certainly reduce your energy costs – but they each require a significant investment.

What if you don't have the budget?

There are a lot of little things you can do to make a big difference in your heating or cooling bill. Here are just a few examples:

  • Turn down the thermostat a couple of degrees in winter. (And turn it up a few notches in summer.) Chances are, you'll hardly notice the difference in comfort, and you'll cut your heating/cooling costs by about 5%.
  • Do you need the air conditioner on all the time during the summer months? Consider turning it way up, or completely off, at night
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Park Point is the next development by the condo developer Qualex-Landmark.  This B.C.-based developer already has a history of building in Calgary with recent projects like Mark on 10th, Calla, and Luna.

Park Point is a two-tower project located on 12th Ave and 2nd Street SW looking across from the Central Memorial Park.  The project’s location in Beltline is ideal for the urban resident.  It is walking distance to restaurants, shops, downtown offices, and Calgary’s Plus 15 network.   Suites feature high-end finishes such as Italian Armony Cucine cabinetry, stone slab countertops, and backsplash in the kitchen and bathrooms.  Other amenities include fitness facility, private owners lounge with kitchen, guest suite, and concierge service.  Well thought

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Developer Brad Lamb has introduced his second condo project in Calgary – The Orchard on Twelfth.  Aptly named because the development is anchored by a one-acre apple orchard.

The Orchard consist of two 31 storey condominium buildings connected by an apple orchard in the middle.   It is located at 5 St SE and 12 Ave SW in the community of Victoria Park, within walking distance to many downtown amenities such as EPCOR Centre for Performning arts, Stampede Park, and Fort Calgary.

The developer says prices for units will be competitive with other Victoria Park/Beltline properties (ranging from $249,900 for one-bedroom to over a million dollars for larger units).  He expects to break ground within the year and complete the first phase in late 2017.

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We know there is an abundance of choices for Realtors to help you sell your home.  We believe you should make the most informed choice at no cost to you.  So why not contact us for a free listing presentation.  During the presentation you will get a free market analysis of your home, and a chance to interview us and learn about the value we bring to help you sell your home.

Also, between now and November 30, be one of the first five clients to contact us for a listing presentation and we will send you to the Calgary Hitmen Teddy Bear Toss Game.  Simply fill out your contact information below and let us know in the message section you are interested in a listing presentation.  One of our realtors will contact you to schedule a convenient time for you.

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Just got back from grand opeing launch of this great project. It offers a great choice of units ranging from 1 bedroom to 3 bedrooms and there is a good selection available.

Take advantage of our Limited Time Grand Opening Weekend Incentives:

  • $2,500 off 1 Bedroom Homes
  • $5,000 off 2 Bedroom Homes (under 900 sf)
  • $7,500 off 2 Bedroom Homes (over 900 sf)
  • $10,000 off 3 Bedroom Homes

The units feature quartz countertops, gas cooktops, and German-made HARO laminate wood flooring, you'll find the perfect relaxing and entertaining space, with everything essential in its place.

Get more information by clicking here to recieve. Just Mention Bridgeland Hill in subjuect line. 

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If you have a great idea for a project in your community or are working on a project in you community, enter the In My Backyard Contest at CIR.  You can win one of four $5000 grants for your project.

Winners are decided by public vote.  So enter now into one of the four categories, and encourage your family, friends, and neighbours to vote for you between now and October 31.

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A well chosen rental is a great investment to add to your investment portfolio.  With the vacancy rate in the city at 2.01% according to the City of Calgary 2014 Census results, right now is especially a good time to be owning a rental.

There are many things to consider when buying a rental, and many great sources of information.   For example, take a look at the City of Calgary Census results for overall vacancy rates or by ward to see which area you would like to consider.  Or the vacancy rate by structure type to see what kind of property you would like. 

Take a look at what other people are listing their rental for on the market to get a gauge of expected income.  One popular rental listing website is Rentfaster, where you can filter by area,

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After the excitement of finding the right home, it's a busy time preparing to move. There is always much to do to get ready in addition to packing, so we want to share a quick list we use as a reminder of things do before/after moving to a new house.

  • Set up utilities
  • Set up/Move Phone, Internet, and TV services
  • Buy home insurance
  • Set up Property Taxes
  • Set up Condo Fee Payment
  • Update Driver License
  • Update Car Insurance
  • Update Employment Information
  • Update Schools & Register for new schools & transfer school records
  • Sign up for Mail forwarding to new address
  • Sign up for Welcome Wagon (Optional of course.   But is always nice to have a visit with a new neighbor and get some coupons and samples)

Other great resources for check

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Something has just spilled on your favourite rug or carpet. There's a stain forming. You're worried. Will you be able to remove it? Will the stain set and stay forever?

Luckily, there's a good chance you can completely lift just about any kind of stain – if you follow a few guidelines.

The first rule of stain removal is: act fast. The fresher the stain, the easier it is to lift. So when you notice a stain of any kind, start to work on it right away. Don't wait.

Begin by trying to dry blot the stain. Avoid the temptation of using a wet cloth or detergent, at least at this stage of the game. Blot the stain gently with a clean, dry cloth or absorbent paper towel. Be patient. It may take several minutes before you see any results.

If dry blotting

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