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Please visit our Open House at 530 POINT MCKAY GV NW in Calgary.
Open House on Saturday, August 29, 2015 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
You may have heard the old saying Location, Location, Location! Well this home not only has the Location but it has been completely updated and is truly turn-key! Located in Point McKay this townhome is steps to the river, walking paths, Extreme Bean and many other amenities. The entire property has been updated from the windows to the furnace and everything in between. On arrival you will instantly appreciate the serene setting of the home and stepping inside you will know you are in for a treat. The main floor features huge living room with gas fireplace and patio doors out to your private deck. The kitchen has exceptional counter space and functionality that flows into the dining area. Upstairs the custom glass railing opens into a bonus room, 2 bedrooms and laundry. Your master suite can accommodate all your furniture and the 3 piece bathroom has an oversized custom tile shower. This property had no flooding back in 2013. Make this a must see, you will not be disappointed!
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Please visit our Open House at 23 CRANLEIGH GD SE in Calgary.
Open House on Sunday, August 30, 2015 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Are you an empty nester? Do you have teenagers or adult children? Do you LOVE to ENTERTAIN? If you answer yes to any of these questions then this is the HOME for YOU! This is truly an EXCEPTIONAL LIFESTYLE HOME in the Estates of Cranston! Your main floor is extremely versatile with soaring vaulted ceiling and has a front flex room/dining room, study and the perfect kitchen and living room space for entertaining. The kitchen features an island that is over 11' long and all the cabinet and counter space you could possibly want. The open concept main floor is perfect for everyday living and when your day is done you can retreat to your elevated master suite! The master retreat is a true place of serenity after a long day with vaulted ceilings and 5 piece ensuite. The lower level features a theatre room complete with wet bar and 3 more bedrooms. Then there is your private oasis in the backyard! This is a true place of zen. This former show home is only steps to the walking paths!
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The growing season isn't over with the arrival of cool weather. Until the first hard frost hits, you have plenty of time to plant, pick and plate cool-weather crops. You'll save yourself some money in the grocery's produce aisle too.

Fall is a great time for gardening thanks to cooler, milder temperatures, a decrease in garden pests, and moister, well-draining soil. These conditions make it ideal for crops that prefer cooler weather. Some vegetables taste even better when nipped by light frost.
 
July through August is the optimum time for planting cool crops, so don't delay. Planting in summer ensures crops will have time to mature before the first freeze in fall. Choose varieties that mature quickly; you can find the days to maturity on plant tags. Starting with transplants, rather than seed, will help make the growing process much easier.
 
If you've been diligent in your garden all summer, you won't have much work to do preparing it for cool crops. If your garden got a little ahead of your efforts, don't worry. It won't take long to get it into tip-top shape for a second season of planting. Just follow these simple steps:
 
Tidy up
Remove spent plants, like early planted beans, cucumbers or lettuce, since they're pretty much done for the season and can harbor pests. Clear away holes left from pulling plants, and get rid of weeds before they go to seed. Throw away anything distressed and compost the rest.
 
Discard any fallen fruits, rotting produce can attract pests. Take note of where everything was planted so you can be sure to rotate crops.
 
Set up the soil
Freshen garden soil by removing the existing layer of mulch and replace it. Straw makes an excellent cover because it's easily scattered, it's also a favorite home for spiders that will help control insect pests in your garden. You can also use a layer of shredded leaves for mulch. 
 
Loosen compacted soil and fluff it up with a garden fork. Major tilling isn't necessary; just move soil enough to allow new plant roots to settle in and let water get through. Test soil (you can buy a testing kit at most garden retailers) to see if it needs help. Add amendments, if needed. At the very least, work some compost in where your plants will be growing.
 
If you'll be using a cold frame or hoop, set it up early so that it'll be ready to go when you need it and you won't risk damaging plants and roots once they begin to grow.
 
Pick your plants
Starting with transplants will buy you lots of time. Since plants are six weeks or older when you put them in the ground, you'll harvest sooner than if you start from seed. Look for transplants from an established grower, like Bonnie Plants. Sold in biodegradable, environmentally friendly pots, you'll find fall varieties selected for your geographic region at most local garden retailers.
 
Until%20the%20first%20hard%20frost%20hits%2C%20you%20have%20plenty%20of%20time%20to%20plant%2C%20pick%20and%20plate%20cool-weather%20crops.Here are some top crops for fall planting:
 
* Top bunch collards - This hybrid is heavy yielding, early maturing, and more uniform than traditional varieties. They grow best in full sun, tolerate partial shade, are rich in vitamins and sweetened by frost. Space transplants 36 inches apart.
 
* Spinach - A cool-weather vegetable related to beets and Swiss chard, Bonnie's Spinach is a fast-growing plant, yielding many leaves in a short time in fall. Although spinach prefers full sun, it's  one of the few vegetables that produce a respectable harvest in partial shade.
 
* Winterbor kale - This nutritious leafy green is a vigorous producer that endures winter easily. Cut the outer leaves so that the center can continue growing. Space transplants 12 inches apart.
 
* Early dividend broccoli - Popular, productive and easy to grow, this broccoli is high in fiber and calcium. Space transplants 18 inches apart.
 
* Mustard greens - Offering spicy hot leaves, this is a very fast-growing, nutritious vegetable, and always tastes sweeter when nipped by frost. Space plants 12 inches apart.
 
* Bonnie hybrid cabbage - Grows large, round, blue-green heads. Cabbage is especially high in beta-carotene, vitamin C, K and fiber.
Get started now to ensure your fall harvest is healthy, hefty and fulfilling. With preparation, the right plants and some diligence, you can bet on fresh, low-cost produce well into fall.
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Over the years most homeowners can expect to experience at least one form of water damage to their home. It could be their washing machine hose that splits, their pipes that freeze and burst, the dishwasher that leaks, toilet that overflows, or water heater that fails.

Any one of these conditions can lead to expensive property damage, and destruction of personal belongings such as photographs, furniture or computer data - items that are often irreplaceable.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, more than seven times as many insurance claims are caused by water damage and freezing (17 per cent) than by theft (2 per cent). Of those water related claims, 60 per cent were caused by faulty indoor appliances or plumbing leaks, 25 per cent were caused by heavy rain or flooding and 11 per cent caused by sewers or sump-pumps that overflowed.

Preventing a water leak from causing extensive damage is even more crucial now with the trend towards homeowners investing thousands of dollars in their basements creating home theaters, play rooms, guest rooms and laundry rooms.

These flooding events can lead to several inconveniences and unexpected costs such as having to relocate while the problem is cleaned up (in severe cases), having to replace damaged items and most importantly dealing with the health problems from the mold and mildew caused by the water damage.

 Today's security systems are capable of monitoring much more than just intrusion detection devices like motion detectors, door/window contacts and glassbreaks. Flood sensors, water flow switches, temperature sensors and many other devices can be installed and linked to a remote monitoring center that protects homes 24 hours a day to help minimize and, if detected early enough (like for a sump pump with a high water level sensor), prevent losses due to environmental factors with specially trained professional operators standing by and dispatching appropriate emergency services if required.

De Luca says "the latest technology in security systems (when monitored by a professional monitoring center) can even allow for the monitoring and detection of water damage in your home from a distance by wireless transmission (TeleGARD) on your cell phone or PC at work for example." More information on protecting your home while you're away is available online at www.protectron.com.

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I have listed a new property at 221 223 TUSCANY SPRINGS BV NW in Calgary.
Welcome to the Sierra's of Tuscany, adult living at it finest! This 40+ building is located steps to the C-Train station and walking paths that lead throughout the entire community. Owners in this awesome condo have access to an indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, library, exercise room, party room, theatre room, guest suites and so many more amenities. This unit features 1 bedroom and a den that could be used as a second bedroom or home office. The master suite is very spacious and has a great ensuite with large walk-in closet. The main part of the home has great flow from the kitchen and dining area to the living room with gas fireplace. There is also a large patio, in unit laundry, in unit air conditioning and underground heated parking with storage locker. This unit is being sold by the original owner and has been extremely well maintained from day 1. With condo fees of $384 a month that also include electricity this home is very affordable and a must see!
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I have listed a new property at 530 POINT MCKAY GV NW in Calgary.
Open House Sat & Sun 1-4. You may have heard the old saying Location, Location, Location! Well this home not only has the Location but it has been completely updated and is truly turn-key! Located in Point McKay this townhome is steps to the river, walking paths, Extreme Bean and many other amenities. The entire property has been updated from the windows to the furnace and everything in between. On arrival you will instantly appreciate the serene setting of the home and stepping inside you will know you are in for a treat. The main floor features huge living room with gas fireplace and patio doors out to your private deck. The kitchen has exceptional counter space and functionality that flows into the dining area. Upstairs the custom glass railing opens into a bonus room, 2 bedrooms and laundry. Your master suite can accommodate all your furniture and the 3 piece bathroom has an oversized custom tile shower. This property had no flooding back in 2013. Make this a must see, you will not be disappointed!
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Please visit our Open House at 530 POINT MCKAY GV NW in Calgary.
Open House on Saturday, August 22, 2015 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open House Sat & Sun 1-4. You may have heard the old saying Location, Location, Location! Well this home not only has the Location but it has been completely updated and is truly turn-key! Located in Point McKay this townhome is steps to the river, walking paths, Extreme Bean and many other amenities. The entire property has been updated from the windows to the furnace and everything in between. On arrival you will instantly appreciate the serene setting of the home and stepping inside you will know you are in for a treat. The main floor features huge living room with gas fireplace and patio doors out to your private deck. The kitchen has exceptional counter space and functionality that flows into the dining area. Upstairs the custom glass railing opens into a bonus room, 2 bedrooms and laundry. Your master suite can accommodate all your furniture and the 3 piece bathroom has an oversized custom tile shower. This property had no flooding back in 2013. Make this a must see, you will not be disappointed!
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I have sold a property at 6 CRANWELL LI SE in Calgary.
Welcome home to Cranston! This beautiful home is fully developed with ample room for the whole family and is situated in a fantastic location! Enter to find a thoughtfully planned main level. The large Kitchen opens to the dining area and living room, entertain with ease! Perfect for quiet family evenings! The main level den can serve as an office or kids play/study area. Patio doors maximize natural light in the dining area and lead you to a large deck and backyard, enjoy the summer bbq's! This home offers a CORNER LOT location, giving you more space and privacy! Upstairs you will love the LARGE bonus room with vaulted ceilings, there are two spacious bedrooms for the kids and their own full bathroom! The generous master bedroom also features vaulted ceilings and a luxurious ensuite bathroom! Your family will look forward to movie night in the basement media room! There is also a large bedroom and full bathroom, perfect for guests! Watch the kids walk to Cranston school, this home is one minute away!
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I have listed a new property at 131 WHITEWOOD PL NE in Calgary.
Awesome opportunity for first time buyer, investor or some one looking to downsize. This amazing property has been maintained extremely well by the current owners for the past 20 years. 5 years ago all of the opening windows were changed out and the insulation in the attic was upgraded to R-50. 3 years ago the shingles were changed and last year the kitchen cabinets and bathroom were updated. The main floor has 2 bedrooms, 4 piece bath, dining room, kitchen and large living room. Your lower level has a 3rd bedroom complete with its own kitchenette. The family room is truly something else with a custom cedar ceiling and bar area. Outside their is a very private patio area with interlocking stone and large grass area. Also out back you will have a huge double car port and a large storage shed/shop with skylight to allow tons of natural light. Out front you are located on a quiet cul-de-sac and out back you have a playground. This is a must see!
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(BPT) - It's a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have to spend money to make money. Even if your home is relatively new, you still face costs associated with getting it ready to show, such as repainting interior rooms or hiring professional cleaners and stagers. If your home could use some TLC and updating, spending as little as $5,000 on key upgrades could improve its appeal for buyers - and ensure a speedier sale at a better price.

Here are five upgrades you can make for under $5,000 to help put your home at the top of every buyer's must-see list.

 1. Upgrade your entryway - Replacing an old, dated or worn entry door can be a cost-effective way to ensure buyers get a good first impression when they walk in your house. Whether you choose a fiberglass, wooden or steel model, installing a new entry door can cost a few thousand dollars, yet the return on investment at the time of resale can be significant. A fiberglass entry door returns about 72 percent of its investment, while a steel door recoups more than 100 percent of its value, according to Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value report.

Enhance your new door with attractive plantings, fresh paint and clean windows around the entryway to create a memorable, attractive entry for just a few thousand dollars.

2. Increase natural light - More buyers are becoming aware of the mood- and productivity-enhancing benefits of natural light, and homes with big, bright windows have always been in demand. Adding windows to a room can be a costly, time-consuming affair. Not so with adding a skylight. For well under $5,000 and in just a day or two, a professional can install an Energy Star qualified, solar powered no-leak fresh-air skylight, like those from Velux America. Professional installation costs nationally ranges from around $900 to $2,325, with an average of $1,400, according to HomeAdvisor.com.

The low installation cost will leave you plenty of budget to enhance the skylight upgrade even further with energy efficiency-boosting solar-powered blinds. The skylight and blinds are operated by remote control and the blinds are available in designer colors and patterns to enhance your décor. The products, as well as installation costs, are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit to further reduce the cost of the improvement.

The most popular rooms in the home for fresh air skylights are baths, where they provide privacy in addition to natural light, and kitchens, where they vent cooking odors and humidity naturally while brightening this much-used workspace. Visit www.veluxusa.com to learn more.

3. Beautify a master bathroom - Bathrooms and kitchens sell homes. Making a few cosmetic upgrades to even a small master bath can help increase a home's appeal and value. For less than $5,000 you can easily repaint, upgrade faucets, replace old cabinet hardware and add decorative touches like designer towels.

If you've already done all that, take a look at the floor or countertops - two cost-effective upgrades that can wow buyers. Since counters don't make up that much square footage in most bathrooms, replacing them with granite can cost just a couple thousand dollars. Tile flooring is also a relatively inexpensive way to improve a bathroom's look and usability.

4. Heat things up in the kitchen - Kitchen remodels can offer high ROI for sellers, but a full remodel may be outside your budget. If you've already done the obvious - like repainting and decluttering - it's time to look for a few more cost-effective improvements that will appeal to buyers.

Just as in the bathroom, swapping old faucets and cabinet hardware with new designer options can enhance the appeal of a kitchen. Shabby, outdated appliances can hinder a speedy sale, so consider replacing them with new ones. You don't necessarily need to install top-of-the-line, high-priced appliances to make a good impression, either. Newer, Energy Star qualified appliances represent savings for buyers down the road.

5. Lavish landscaping - No single aspect of your home has a greater impact on a buyer's first impression than the landscaping. A great front yard sets the tone for the rest of the home, appealing to buyers on a number of levels, including beauty, practicality and savings.

With $5,000, you can accomplish a lot in terms of landscaping. You can sod a small front yard, add decorative planting beds to a lush lawn, or even install shade trees that will both beautify the yard and enhance the home's energy efficiency in summer. Decorative concrete stamping of walkways and driveways is another cost-effective way to improve a home's curb appeal.

Whether it's a buyer's market or a seller's market, no one wants to see their home linger long before selling. A few simple upgrades can help ensure your home gets plenty of attention this season.
 
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Please visit our Open House at 211 EDGEDALE DR NW in Calgary.
Open House on Saturday, August 22, 2015 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
One of a Kind! Custom built by Swedish Homes this home has character everywhere you look. On your arrival you will know that you are in for a treat. Out front you have a private patio to sit and enjoy your morning coffee. Stepping into the home you are greeted by soaring vaulted ceiling over the living room, dining room and into the kitchen and breakfast nook. The main floor also features a bedroom and family room complete with wood burning fireplace and hidden prohibition wet bar. Upstairs you will find 3 huge bedrooms. Your master suite has a private patio that overlooks your amazing yard. The lower level is the perfect entertaining area that can be your own private pub. This space has 10' ceiling and features a wet bar, billiards area, card area and theatre space. Moving outside to the west backyard you have the perfect summer space with a huge deck, complete with built-in BBQ area and lots of trees and backing onto green space. This is a special home and a must see!
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Please visit our Open House at 23 CRANLEIGH GD SE in Calgary.
Open House on Sunday, August 23, 2015 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Are you an empty nester? Do you have teenagers or adult children? Do you LOVE to ENTERTAIN? If you answer yes to any of these questions then this is the HOME for YOU! This is truly an EXCEPTIONAL LIFESTYLE HOME in the Estates of Cranston! Your main floor is extremely versatile with soaring vaulted ceiling and has a front flex room/dining room, study and the perfect kitchen and living room space for entertaining. The kitchen features an island that is over 11' long and all the cabinet and counter space you could possibly want. The open concept main floor is perfect for everyday living and when your day is done you can retreat to your elevated master suite! The master retreat is a true place of serenity after a long day with vaulted ceilings and 5 piece ensuite. The lower level features a theatre room complete with wet bar and 3 more bedrooms. Then there is your private oasis in the backyard! This is a true place of zen. This former show home is only steps to the walking paths!
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