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5 Important Considerations Before Renting Out a Home in CanadaSome Canadian homeowners may be thinking about renting out a property for additional income or to ensure it appears occupied. This may be worth considering for individuals with multiple residences or vacation homes that are underutilized. However, the path to becoming a landlord may not be without its share of challenges. It may be useful to discuss this option with a financial planner to see if renting is feasible based on one's specific situation and any applicable housing laws of the area.

Explore a few important considerations before renting out a home today.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Are the Responsibilities of a

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Calgary Community Association CleanupCalgary is comprised of more than 200 amazing neighbourhoods.  If you’re purchasing a new Calgary home, familiarize yourself with your neighbourhood and learn how to get involved with your local community association.

A Personal Touch

While the city as a whole is operated by the municipal government with the Mayor and Councillors, each neighbourhood has a community association run by a volunteer directors and members.  It’s the purpose of each association to keep the community connected, to offer social programs and events and recreation.  Most associations, which are separate from home owners’ or residents’ associations, have a meeting hall and are responsible for operating the neighbourhood outdoor skating rinks.  The tireless volunteers

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Listing a Home for Sale? Everything You Need to Know About VR MarketingMarketing is an important part of making a home sale. The way a home is marketed can affect how much money the home sells for and how quickly the home sells. In recent years, some new tools have been introduced to the real estate market. Homeowners who want to get creative with their home marketing strategy can use virtual reality to attract a wider audience and more home buyers. Here's what you need to know about virtual reality in home selling.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

What Is Virtual Reality?

Virtual reality is a computer simulation that enables the user to experience a 3D computer generated environment. Virtual reality

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Understanding How Home Foreclosure in Canada WorkHome foreclosures in Canada are a rather involved and somewhat complex process. It is through foreclosure action that lenders attempt to recoup arrears and principal balances on mortgages in default. Some of the most common causes of lenders initiating foreclosures include:

  • Failure to make timely mortgage payments.
  • Failing to pay homeowner taxes.
  • Not carrying required home insurance coverage.
  • Failure to pay HOA dues or fines.
  • Permitting excessive property damage without making repairs.

The home foreclosure process in Alberta is called a Judicial Sale, and here is what homeowners can expect to occur throughout the procedure.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any

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Clean Smoker's HomeWhen buying a home formerly owned by a smoker, a non-smoking new homeowner often faces the process of cleansing the home of preexisting odors. Airing out the house can be a multi-step process involving a lot of cleaning and some remodeling. With some extra effort, buyers can make a home formerly owned by a smoker smell fresh and clean.

Common Problem Areas for Smoking Odors When Cleaning a Smoker's Home

Anything permeable will retain odors. Walls can be washed or painted; baseboards can be scrubbed; tile can be sanitized. However, anything soft and porous will hold onto odors--especially if they cannot be deep cleaned. For example, some window treatments such as cloth-covered vertical blinds or lacy curtains can be extremely tricky to clean and

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Buying a Home in an Urban Area Buying a home in a big city can be very different from buying a home in a small town or a rural area. Parking, traffic and neighbourhood amenities can all impact a homeowner's experience in the area where they buy. Knowing what factors to consider can help you pick a property that will meet your needs and enhance your satisfaction with your home.

Visit the Neighbourhood Day and Night

Some neighbourhoods in big cities can change dramatically after the sun goes down. Prospective buyers spend time walking around their chosen neighbourhood after the sun goes down. If you don’t feel comfortable in the neighbourhood of your choice, keep looking until you find a place that’s right for you.

Drive the Commute

Big metro areas are known to have

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How Real Estate is Transforming Due to New Building TechnologyFrom start to finish, new home building technology has managed to take the construction industry by storm—even if it's a rather slow-moving storm at the current moment. Construction has been one of the last sectors to embrace the modern, but it won't stay that way for much longer. The innovations offer too many benefits for any serious professional to ignore. While every company is progressing at their own pace, it's helpful for everyone to know how the trends are likely to influence the future of home construction from beginning to end.

Settling on a Site

Before construction can ever get started, leaders have to know where to build. And thanks to scouting technology like drones and 3D scanners, the task has never been easier. Now, investors,

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Senior Citizens Selling HomeThe older we get the less likely we want to go through the hassle of selling our home and moving.  It’s a lot of work and very disruptive and honestly, the majority of people over the age of 65 don’t want to do it. Senior citizens are reluctant to leave their friends, to get rid of possessions and say goodbye to a home they have lived and loved in for decades.

So why do seniors decide to leave it all behind and change their surroundings?

The City of Calgary conducted a survey and questioned a random sample of senior citizens to get the reasons behind their move. The goal was to help the city’s social services departments do some planning around senior housing and economic assistance programs.  The results were very interesting.

Of the 500

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Selling Your Home? Here's How To Market ItWhen selling a home, visibility is key to finding potential buyers, and that’s where marketing comes in. Working with a real estate agent will help with some of the marketing, but there are even more ways homeowners can help their home that don’t just rely on giving a collection of photos to their agent. Here are some of the different ways homeowners can market their home to help it reach the right audience.

Take Quality Photos

Online listings are typically going to be the first place a buyer will see the home, so the listing needs to have the best photos possible to fully show off all of the home’s best features. Homeowners can either do this themselves if they have some experience with photography, or they can hire a professional

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Plan the Backyard for All-Season EnjoymentWhile much of Canada enjoys glorious weather in the summer, and spring and fall tend to be delightful in most provinces, winter can be precarious for outdoor activities, especially in one's own backyard.

The addition of a cozy fire pit or even an outdoor fireplace is sure the extend the season. Both would also be welcome even on chilly summer evenings. Other backyard improvements that a homeowner might consider include:

Simulate an Indoor Room

Adding a roof or attractive vine-covered lattice over a section of patio or deck creates functional and comfortable outdoor living space. With the addition of either built-in seating or all-weather furniture and some colourful cushions, the added square footage becomes a boon for entertaining as well

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