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Three New Year Resolutions to Improve Your Financial Future

Whether you are buying or selling a home or you are simply a homeowner who is looking for ways to improve your financial future, there are several New Year resolutions that you might want to consider making. By making one or several of these resolutions, you will put yourself in a much better position to buy or sell a home or to simply improve your financial health.

Resolution #1: Check Your Credit History

One simple way to improve your financial health while also ensuring you get the best rates when purchasing a home is to check on your credit history. By obtaining a copy of your credit report, you can check it over to ensure all of the information is correct. Even a seemingly insignificant error, such as reporting the wrong credit limit on a credit report, can have a negative impact on your credit score. Checking over your...

Calgary Real Estate Market Update Newsletter December 2012

The Holidays Are Here!

Christmas is fast approaching and like me, I hope you are excited to spend time with family and friends over the holidays. A tradition in our family, like many families is to whip up a collection of holiday baked goods. Treats for the family, to make as gifts or simply to take with you to holiday gatherings for everyone to enjoy. A favorite in our house are Gingerboy Cookies. Below is a recipe for these delectable treats you might want to try this year.

6 cups all purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup shortening, melted and cooled slightly 1 cup molasses 1 cup packed...

Calgary Real Estate November 2012 Monthly Housing Statistics

According to the most recent Housing Market Statistics report released by the Calgary Real Estate Board, the resale market remains in balance, regardless of the decline in inventories. Mean while sales growth subsides slightly stabilizing the overall market. With less inventory, consumers are more cautious today and take their time to review all their options, says CREB President, Bob Jablonski.

Below is the complete stats package for the month of November. Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or comments regarding anything in this report.

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Selling Your Home Over the Holiday Season

If you are thinking about putting your home on the market, you might think that now is not a good time to sell. After all, the holiday season can be quite hectic, so you might think buyers won't be interested in purchasing a home at this time or you may think it will cause too much stress for you and your family. In reality, selling a home during the holiday season can have its advantages. Here's a look at some of the benefits of selling a home during the holiday season as well as some steps you can take to help prepare your home for the holiday market.

Benefits to Selling During the Holiday Season

Selling your home during the holiday season offers a number of benefits. First, since the holiday season is busy time of the year, you can be almost certain that anyone who is looking at your home during this time...

4 Great Activities to for Families to Enjoy During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a great time for family togetherness and fun for the whole family. Whether you are looking for something simple to do or you are interested in something a bit more extravagant or involved, the City of Calgary offers plenty of activities for families and children to enjoy over the holiday season. Here are a few ideas of things that you might want to consider doing this holiday season.

Activity #1: See the Lights

If you want to see some beautiful holiday lights over the holiday season, there are many opportunities available. From the lights at the Calgary Zoo to the Airdire Festival of Lights, the city has millions of lights on display throughout the Christmas season. You might also want to check out the Lion's Festival of Lights at Confederation Park on 14 Street or simply take a drive through the city and...

5 Ideas for Decorating Over the Holidays

The holiday season is a great time to strengthen family bonds, to reflect upon the previous year and to fill let your creativity shine as you decorate your home for the season. Aside from the traditional tree decorating and putting lights up around your home and in your yard, here are a few decorating ideas that you might want to explore for this holiday season.

Idea #1: Make it Personal

Since the holiday season is largely about family togetherness, you might want to consider adding some decorations that focus on your family. Of course, if you are trying to sell your home, adding personal items is not a good idea because you want the buyer to be able to imagine himself living in your home. If your home is not on the market, however, personalization is key to creating the warm and cozy feelings associated...

Calgary Christmas Light Displays

For most people, Christmas is the most magical time of the year. For many, this feeling of magic is largely created by the wonderful light displays that they can visit throughout the holiday season. Fortunately for residents of Calgary, there are plenty of opportunities available for seeing beautiful displays and soaking up the sights and sounds of the holidays. Here are just a few Christmas light displays you will find throughout Calgary.

Zoo Lights

Every year, the Calgary Zoo puts 1.5 million lights on display throughout the Christmas season. For Christmas 2012, the lights will be shining from 6 to 9 pm every night from November 23 through January 5. The only exceptions will be Christmas Day, when the zoo is closed, and New Year's Eve, which is the day of the separate Zoo Year's Eve event. Tickets for children between the ages of...