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January 2012

Found 20 blog entries for January 2012.

city of calgary canadaLive in Calgary? Moving to Calgary? Want to give your input? You can make a difference by volunteering with the City of Calgary. What's in it for you? The City of Calgary offers you the opportunity to gain valuable  experience and meet new people while helping others. You can lend a hand at local parks or recreational facilities, learn more about the Calgary Police service, work with animals for adoption, or become a fire cadet. It's your decision!

Calgary also offers citizens unique opportunities to provide input on strategic decisions.  By attending a city information session, leaving a comment on or choosing to follow the city on various social media, citizens are able to contribute to the city's discussions and dialogue about their

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Calgary Home TeamIf you're considering tackling another home improvement project, think about refacing your kitchen cabinets (which includes covering the exposed frames with a thin veneer of real wood or plastic laminate). You can replace doors and drawer fronts to match the new veneer, then add new hings, pulls and knobs. With some help from HouseLogic, let's look at the pros, the cons, and the options.

Kitchen cabinet refacing pros

If you reface your cabinets, it'll cost about half as much as completely replacing the cabinets. It's great for a number of reasons; you can still use your kitchen during the refacing process, and your kitchen will have a new look in a week or less.

Kitchen cabinet refacing cons

If you select expensive replacements for the  hardware

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Calgary Home TeamLively activities and events are always happening in Calgary. Dancing, dining and entertainment are regular attractions in this city known for its diverse culture and famous Western hospitality. Take a sneak peak at some of this week's events, then join in all of the fun and adventure that Calgary has to offer.

Saturday, January 28, Time: 8pm and 10:30pm, Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, (# 218 - 18th Ave SE) Tickets: $12 & $19, call 403-258-2028 for more info. Lori Gibbs is currently seen on the comedy documentary, “The Inside Joke,” on Shaw TV. In 2009, Lori was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award as Best Newcomer, she was the Alberta finalist in Yuk Yuk’s Great Canadian Laugh Off in 2008, and has been heard on CBC Radio and seen on Global TV.

Do you like

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Calgary Home TeamOnce Calgary home buyers have figured out the home price range they can afford and the type of mortgage they qualify for, it becomes necessary to calculate all of the associated costs of the transaction to ensure financial readiness. Thanks to the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB), we've got a list of the up-front costs of which you'll need to be aware:

Up-Front Costs

You will need to plan ahead to cover the many up-front costs of buying a home. Timing is important to help make sure things go smoothly.

Mortgage Loan Insurance Premium. If yours is a high-ratio mortgage (less than 20% down payment), your lender may need mortgage loan insurance. Your lender may add the mortgage insurance premium to your mortgage or ask you to pay it in full upon

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If you're like a lot of Calgary home buyers, you may have questions about the differences between a five-year and a ten-year mortgage. The five-year fixed rates are looking pretty tempting these days, hovering around 3%, but if you're planning to stay in your new home for a long time, or if you're buying a rental property that you plan to hold onto, you may want to consider a ten-year term.

Thanks to Allan Bowerman, AMP (Senior Mortgage Planner with The Mortgage Alliance Company of Canada) for providing the following information, which may help you to make an informed decision. Let's see how two five-year mortgages stack up against a ten-year.

First Scenario

Mortgage Amount


Five-Year at 3.19%


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Calgary Home TeamDo you know how to be a "good" recycler? If not, don't worry - many people aren't! The good news, according to HouseLogic, is that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to be a smart recycler. Here are their tips on how to become one of the best recyclers in your town:

1. If you use  plastic bottles, get rid of the twist-off cap and that little ring around the neck. They aren't recyclable! Do your part, because recycling center employees don't have the time to do so.

2. If there's food stuck to it, don’t recycle. Pizza boxes or paper plates, and anything used to clean up a spill.

3. Rinse everything. It’s more efficient if the recycling center gets items that have been cleaned, and rinsing prevents your recycling bin from getting stinky and attracting

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Calgary Home TeamIf you're trying to cut your utility bills, that doesn't mean you need to run out and buynew energy-efficient appliances. According to HouseLogic, if you develop some simple good habits, you'll improve the energy efficiency of your large kitchen appliances.

The experts suggest that you look first at the refrigerator (a HUGE energy guzzler!). Because it constantlycycles on and off, your fridge uses more electricity than nearly all other appliances. But with a few simple adjustments, you can trim about $38 to $45 from your utility bills.

Reset the thermostat. Adjust it so that it stays around 37-40 degrees. For the freezer, go between 0-5 degrees F.

Clean the coils. When dust collects on the condenser coils,the unit has to work harder than necessary.

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Calgary Home TeamIf it's fun, it's happening in Calgary. Keep your activities calendar nearby for quick easy reference, because you're in for an entertaining weeklong journey where the lifestyle is exhilarating- that's in Calgary! Check out the following venues and events.

For an enjoyable evening filled with fun and laughter on Saturday, January 21, head out at 8pm to Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club (# 218 - 18th Ave SE) for GILBERT GOTTFRIED. After working a few years perfecting the art of stand-up comedy, Gottfried joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1980. He hit his stride a few years later when MTV retained him for a number of improvised and entertaining promotions.

Sit back and enjoy some great music on Sunday, January 22, beginning at 8pm at the Jack Singer Concert

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Calgary Home TeamAlberta’s economy is forecast to lead the country this year and next year, according to a report by TD Economics. The provincial economic update also sees employment growth in Alberta topping Canada for 2012 and 2013 as well.

The TD Economics report predicts Alberta will see Real Gross Domestic Product growth of 2.6 per cent this year and 2.9 per cent in 2013 compared with 1.7 per cent and 2.2 per cent respectively across the country.

Employment growth in the province is forecast to be 1.5 per cent this year and a further 1.8 per cent in 2013 compared with 0.8 per cent and 1.4 per cent respectively across the country.

The positive economic report is good news for business owners in the province like Leah Layden of the Double ELLE Bakery in Calgary

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Calgary Home TeamEveryone seems to have an opinion, but there seems to be no consensus as to where real estate values are headed. The Calgary Home Team and Keeping Current Matters wants to know – as you likely do, too – how there can be such a disparity of opinion among industry experts. Prices are determined by the relationship between supply and demand, and there are many unanswered questions regarding both of these components.

Questions about Demand

Will this be the year that the millions of adults between the ages of 25 and 34 that are still living with their parents decide to purchase a home of their own?

With mortgage payments lower than rent payments, will first time buyers finally decide it makes more financial sense to buy rather than rent?

Will investors

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