Building home equity

A long-time renter transitions into home ownership and begins building tax-free capital gains Nathan Magee knows a thing or two about renting. Since moving to Calgary in 1999, he has rented apartments, duplexes, houses and rooms in neighbourhoods as disparate as Bridlewood, Marda Loop, Forest Lawn and downtown. Magee rented for 14 years in Calgary […]

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A long-time renter transitions into home ownership and begins building tax-free capital gains Nathan Magee knows a thing or two about renting. Since moving to Calgary in 1999, he has rented apartments, duplexes, houses and rooms in neighbourhoods as disparate as Bridlewood, Marda Loop, Forest Lawn and downtown. Magee rented for 14 years in Calgary […]

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Saying goodbye to rent

Making the transition from renting to buying is a lot about finding the right location with inventory that fits your budget As a single female with a career in the arts, Jamie Dunsdon wasn’t sure she could even qualify for a mortgage to enter the property-purchasing arena. “I was afraid the only thing I could […]

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Making the transition from renting to buying is a lot about finding the right location with inventory that fits your budget As a single female with a career in the arts, Jamie Dunsdon wasn’t sure she could even qualify for a mortgage to enter the property-purchasing arena. “I was afraid the only thing I could […]

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Future ready

Staying one step ahead of the consumer technology bubble “Everything you see here today will be totally obsolete in four years.” Those words of wisdom came from Bill Gates, spoken to Alberta-based technology commentator Steve Makris just before Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft. “Count on everything changing every few years,” said Makris, whose […]

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Staying one step ahead of the consumer technology bubble “Everything you see here today will be totally obsolete in four years.” Those words of wisdom came from Bill Gates, spoken to Alberta-based technology commentator Steve Makris just before Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft. “Count on everything changing every few years,” said Makris, whose […]

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How to pick a REALTOR®

Eighteen questions you should ask a Realtor before hiring Buying or selling a home is likely the biggest transaction people will make in their lives. For example, the average MLS® System sale price in Calgary, as of the end of April, was close to half a million dollars. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, […]

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Eighteen questions you should ask a Realtor before hiring Buying or selling a home is likely the biggest transaction people will make in their lives. For example, the average MLS® System sale price in Calgary, as of the end of April, was close to half a million dollars. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, […]

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Persistence pays off

Calgary Interior Design Photos - Brian Beck HomeHow a massive flood couldn’t stop Brian Beck’s vision of a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired inner-city home Twelve years ago, Brian Beck, wife Lynne Rennie and two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Kate, jumped into their newly acquired airstream trailer and hit the road for three months. With no real itinerary, only the desire to travel south in advance of […]

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Calgary Interior Design Photos - Brian Beck HomeHow a massive flood couldn’t stop Brian Beck’s vision of a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired inner-city home Twelve years ago, Brian Beck, wife Lynne Rennie and two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Kate, jumped into their newly acquired airstream trailer and hit the road for three months. With no real itinerary, only the desire to travel south in advance of […]

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Diamond in the rough

Do your homework to ensure your fixer-upper home purchase is a success Turn on your TV and there are shows aplenty with always-eager renovation crews turning a run-down house into something out of a show-home showcase. Browse the Internet and you can find real estate websites devoted to fixer-upper properties that just need a little […]

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Do your homework to ensure your fixer-upper home purchase is a success Turn on your TV and there are shows aplenty with always-eager renovation crews turning a run-down house into something out of a show-home showcase. Browse the Internet and you can find real estate websites devoted to fixer-upper properties that just need a little […]

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Borrowing made easy

First-time Home Buyers’ Plan offers a path to ownership A house can be a great investment, but saving enough for a down payment can be difficult. The Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP), offered by the Government of Canada, is a program that aids the purchase of a first home by allowing part of a registered retirement […]

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First-time Home Buyers’ Plan offers a path to ownership A house can be a great investment, but saving enough for a down payment can be difficult. The Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP), offered by the Government of Canada, is a program that aids the purchase of a first home by allowing part of a registered retirement […]

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Marking a mark

Watermark at Bearspaw provides inviting atmosphere for young and old alike Vancouver-based Macdonald Development Corp. is known for its thoughtful community designs, often imbued with a west coast feel. It’s a vibe that resonates with residents – connecting neighbours and instilling a strong sense of community. Watermark at Bearspaw, the developer’s latest master-planned community, is […]

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Watermark at Bearspaw provides inviting atmosphere for young and old alike Vancouver-based Macdonald Development Corp. is known for its thoughtful community designs, often imbued with a west coast feel. It’s a vibe that resonates with residents – connecting neighbours and instilling a strong sense of community. Watermark at Bearspaw, the developer’s latest master-planned community, is […]

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Establishing boundaries

The importance of a Real Property Report when buying a house While many documents come into play when purchasing your home, one of the most important is the Real Property Report (RPR). A real property report is a requirement during a standard real estate transaction and, in Calgary, Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association (ALSA) members complete […]

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The importance of a Real Property Report when buying a house While many documents come into play when purchasing your home, one of the most important is the Real Property Report (RPR). A real property report is a requirement during a standard real estate transaction and, in Calgary, Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association (ALSA) members complete […]

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Know your condo

Getting professional advice can help first time buyers understand condo documents and avoid potential disasters when purchasing a condo Kathleen Garcia was lucky. When the 27-year-old bought her first home, a resale condo in the southwest neighbourhood of Kingsland, she had the advice and financial support of her parents, and a REALTOR® knowledgeable about the […]

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Getting professional advice can help first time buyers understand condo documents and avoid potential disasters when purchasing a condo Kathleen Garcia was lucky. When the 27-year-old bought her first home, a resale condo in the southwest neighbourhood of Kingsland, she had the advice and financial support of her parents, and a REALTOR® knowledgeable about the […]

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