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5 Tips for Making a Small Bathroom Appear Larger

Tips for making a small bathroom seem larger

Dealing with a small bathroom can be difficult at times. Fortunately, while there may not be much you can do to physically expand the overall size of your bathroom, there are a few decorative steps that you can take to trick yourself into feeling like the space is larger than it actually is. 

Tip #1: Get Creative with Mirrors

Mirrors are great assets to any bathroom. Not only do they help you with getting ready to start your day, but they can also help to create the illusion of more space. Rather than simply hanging one small mirror above your vanity, mirror an entire wall. The reflection of light will help to brighten up the space while also fooling your...

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Country for Retirement

Where to live in retirement? What country

When considering another country for retirement, the number of options can feel overwhelming. From Mexico to the Caribbean, the choices are seemingly limitless. If you are thinking about retiring to another country, but you aren’t quite sure which country is right for you, here are a few tips to help you select the best retirement country. 

Tip #1: Choose Someplace Affordable

While this first tip my seem obvious, the reality is that many who consider moving to another country fail to properly determine how much they can afford to pay for a retirement property and how much they can afford to spend toward their desired lifestyle each month. First, you need to...

5 Tips for Buying a Vacation Home

Aerial beach house

Are you interested in purchasing a vacation home? Whether you want a vacation home in Huatulco, Mexico or Nassau, Bahamas, there are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure you are pleased with your decision to purchase a vacation home. To that end, here are five tips to keep in mind when making such an exciting purchase. 

Tip #1: Consider How You Plan to Use the Home 

Everyone knows that the first rule of real estate is location, location, location. When purchasing a vacation home, this rule still applies. Aside from thinking about your dream location for a vacation home, you also need to consider how you plan to use it. If you are looking for a place that is easy for you and...

Making House Buying Simple with a Real Estate Broker in Calgary

Calgary Real Estate Agent

When buying a house in Calgary,  finding the right real estate agent to represent you is one of the keys to finding the right home to suit your needs. As you search through your options, it is helpful to understand the differences between a real estate broker and a real estate agent as well as how these professionals can help you through the buying process. 

What is the Difference Between a Real Estate Agent and Real Estate Broker? 

A real estate broker is a professional who is licensed to manage his or her own business. As independent sales people, they often sell real estate that is owned buy others. In addition...

Simple Tips for Designing Your First Child’s Bedroom

A Child's Bedroom Design

As a first-time parent, you undoubtedly want to create a bedroom for your child that is both safe and adorable. In addition to creating a space that reflects your style and taste, you also need to design the room in such a way that allows you to easily tend to the needs of your child. Since these needs change over the years, your goal should also be to design a bedroom that can be easily modified to reflect the needs of your child at each stage of growth. To that end, here are some tips to keep in mind when designing a bedroom for your child. 

Purchase Transitional Pieces 

Many furniture options currently on the market allow you to change the piece as your child grows older. Cribs that can be converted to toddler beds, for example,...

What to expect when buying your first calgary condo

Calgary Condos For Sale - Condo Market

What to Expect When Buying your First Calgary Condo 

Your journey in purchasing a condo for the first time can be both challenging and exciting. You have to be all prepped up for all types of soul-searching and decision-making. After all, this is one of the biggest investments of your life and you don’t want to end up making the wrong choice. 

By now, you might have countless questions running through your mind. Here is some relevant information to point you in the right direction: 

Know what you want. ...

5 Tips for Creating a Bathroom that is Uniquely “You”

Bathroom - Calgary Real Estate DYI Tips

Sprucing up a bathroom can be a challenge, particularly if the space is somewhat small and cramped. With little space with which to work, finding a way to make the bathroom express your individuality while still providing ease of use can be particularly difficult to do. By thinking outside of the box, however, you can still keep everything in your bathroom within easy reach to use while still sprucing up the space and creating a look that is uniquely “you”. 

Experiment with Wall Coverings 

While paint is an old standby for decorating the walls of your bathroom, you can also have a little fun with the space by experimenting with other wall coverings. Wallpaper is one option, but virtually anything can be...

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Calgary Home

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Calgary Home

Calgary Home for Sale

Even people who have been selling Calgary homes for decades still make mistakes. Often, these crucial mistakes unable them to find people who are willing to purchase their home at desired price. These mistakes have to be avoided at all costs.

Here are some of the most common mistakes committed – mistakes that you should try your best not to commit when selling your Calgary home.

Showing bad photos

Many people look to listings on the newspaper, on the internet, or other such sources for information regarding properties for sale. When putting up an advertisement, it is best to put in the best photos possible. Using a high end camera or hiring a professional photographer to take pictures of the house...

Salchi Bay Vacation Home for Sale

Huatulco Vacation Homes for Sale

Enjoy a beautiful home in laid back Mexico within the secure & quiet community of Salchi Bay, just 20 minutes from the Huatulco Airport. Only mere minutes to the beach, this fully furnished 3 bed/3 bath house leaves nothing wanting. Comfortably sleeps 9, including 2 master suites with an ensuite each (one with a private patio!), plus the 3rd bedroom with a queen and bunk beds. Fantastic ocean view from your Beautiful outdoor living in three large palapa areas, the main featuring almost 800 sq ft, a terrace BBQ, great furniture and an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean and Sierra Madre Mountains. There is room for a pool, tons of storage space and even a beautiful tile outdoor shower! Stroll down to the beach for a walk on the fine sandy beach or cool off in the ocean. 

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February 2018 Real Estate in Calgary - few steps forward, quite a few back

feb 2018 real estate statsThe Calgary Real Estate calls it a bumpy road to recovery, and that was certainly evident in looking at what happened last month in our city.

February 2018 Stats

Sales of residential  properties dropped in February by 18% over 2017.  That’s a huge dip from last year.  But thankfully, we didn’t see an equally drastic decline in home prices.  We were fortunate in that we didn’t get the usual number of new listings last month which helped to keep prices on an even keel.   The current supply of homes for sale in Calgary sits at about four months.  Days on the market is another step back, at least from this time last year.  It’s gone from an average of 48 days to 51.

As of February...