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All Blog Entries by Justin Havre

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Found 105 blog entries published by Justin Havre.

Calgary Kitchen RenovationDesign options for a beautiful new kitchen are at your fingertips these days. There are so many good renovation ideas online, in magazines and at every open house in Calgary that you visit.

Unfortunately, you love them all. Where should you start? Who should you talk to? What would look best in your Calgary home and at the end of the day, be the best investment when it comes to resale value?

What is Your Kitchen Makeover Goal?

Gutting your kitchen is never a good idea unless you know why you’re holding that sledgehammer in your hand. Think of all the reasons why you’re getting out your cheque book for this renovation. Do you want to increase the value of your home because you want to sell it – and, when do you want to sell it? Do you

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What You Need to Know About Insulating Your HomeFor as cold as winters get in the Great White North, insulation isn't a very popular topic of conversation. After all, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day minutiae of life instead of thinking about how much heat homeowners are losing to the outdoors. But for those who care about their energy bills and their resale price, they may want to reconsider.

Signs of Poor Insulation

If utility bills are starting to climb sky-high or the ice dams of the home are getting bigger and bigger every year, these are usually clear signs the home needs better insulation. However, homeowners may want to consider getting an energy audit regardless. Insulation standards change on regular basis, meaning even newer homes may not be nearly as efficient as

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Home Selling Myths and Mistakes to AvoidAs soon as you start thinking of placing your home on the market, everyone you know seems to have some essential "advice" to give. While your friends and family may mean well, quite often the advice they are handing out may be incorrect.

The last thing you want is to take bad advice when trying to sell one of the biggest investments you may have. In order to sift through all the noise, knowing what advice may help or hurt your home's selling is quite important. Here are some home selling myths that should be avoided;

Hiring Just Any Agent Will Be Fine

Hiring the right real estate agent is probably one of the most important things you will do when selling your home. So using an agent just because your best friend's doctor's son is an agent

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How to Choose the Ideal Residential Roofing MaterialWhen it comes to home roofing, homeowners have a lot of options, and with those options comes a series of features and drawbacks that homeowners must consider before selecting the material for a new roof. If a homeowner is planning to replace the roof on their home, they must first plan for the type of roof they are going to choose. To do that, homeowners first need to make a list of the most important roofing features and determine a budget.

With the wide range of products and price points amid roofing materials, owners should have a bit of leeway to evaluate the pros and cons of each roofing material type to find the one best suited to their needs. Here are five home roofing options for consideration when renovating or upgrading your roof.

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What to Know About Making a Down PaymentThe down payment that a home buyer puts on a home can have a significant impact on that home's affordability over the long term. The right down payment can save the homeowner money on monthly mortgage payments while also reducing the loan amount need to make the purchase.

Canada's Minimum Down Payment Rule

Potential homeowners in Canada must be able to make a minimum down payment that is a percentage of the total purchase price. That percentage is tied to the purchase price of the home with it rising as the price rises.

  • A home priced below $500,000 requires a minimum down payment of five percent.
  • Homes that have a purchase price of between $500,000 and $999,999 require a down payment of 10 percent at the minimum.
  • A home that is
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How to Increase Home Safety with Smart Home SecurityWith the occurrence of approximately 600 home burglaries annually per 100,000 citizens, investing in a modern smart home security system can help homeowners avoid becoming a part of that statistic. While safety and peace of mind are the top benefits of home security, today's smart systems can be integrated to perform an array of tasks such as operating appliances and controlling windows, lights and doors remotely. Read on to learn more about these innovative systems that will forever change the way you think about home security.

What Makes Smart Home Security ‘Smart'?

When compared to off-the shelf DIY connectivity devices and traditional home monitored systems, integrated or wireless smart systems offer superior security, convenience and

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4 Home Buying Red Flags You Need To KnowBuying a new home is a huge investment of time and money, and no home buyer wants to be taken advantage of. It’s important for buyers to be aware of red flags that they might encounter when buying a new home in order to protect themselves and their assets. Here are some of the different home buying red flags that buyers may encounter and why they can be harmful.

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

The Price Is Too Good To Be True

Every home buyer wants to know they’re getting a good deal on a home, and price is one of the most important factors of buying a Northeast Calgary home. However, buyers should always be wary when they see a

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Choosing the Best Real Estate Investment OptionIt can be hard to decide which type of real estate to include within a portfolio mix. Those not familiar with investing in real estate may want to understand more about this important way to enjoy additional cash flow and tax benefits.

Wondering how to start investing in real estate? Is real estate a good investment? Learn more about the different types of real estate investments and other important considerations below.

Use Real Estate Investment to Enhance a Portfolio

What is real estate investment? In addition to stocks, savings and equity in a home, Canadian investors may want to look into investing into other forms of real estate. Some investors get into non-residential real estate in order to have a hard asset that is tangible and to

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The Perks of Building New Construction HomesAccording to the Canadian Home Builder's Association (CHBA), approximately 25 percent of homes purchased annually are new construction. While homeowners may live comfortably in a new home or in a resale of an existing home, new construction has some hidden benefits for homeowners that may be easily overlooked.

The Hidden Benefits of New Construction Homes

Buying resale is not the only option. Many Canadian homeowners are thinking of going with new construction for their next home purchase, be it in the city or the country. Learn more about the hidden benefits of new construction today.

Score Incentives on New Home Construction

Get money back for homes built to achieve improved energy-efficiency. According to Save On Energy, there are

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Sustainable Construction Options for New Construction HomesAs interest in green construction has grown, so too has the array of products offered on the market. For the residential real estate market, these are the most popular sustainable materials on the market today for building a new construction home.

Composite Lumber

Composite lumber combines equal parts of recycled wood fibers with waste plastics (such as plastic bags). The resulting composite lumber offers superior performance in decking, playgrounds, railings, fences, and other purposes. Composite lumber naturally resists mold and rot, unlike natural wood, which requires regular treatment to resist mold or rot.

Since composite lumber is long-lasting and causes less harm to the environment than treated wood, it's a wise choice for

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