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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - Grilling Safety

Now that the summer season is kicking off, it's time to get back in the grilling groove. According to the National Fire Protection Association, gas and charcoal grills cause more than 8,000 house fires each year. Before firing up the grill, homeowners should consider these safety tips:? Grills should be located no closer than 10' (3m) from any structure. Never use a grill under a porch, deck, overhang, carport, or in a garage. Make sure the grill rests on a stable surface and can't be tipped ... Full Article...

posted in General at Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:36:27 -0600



Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - Alberta family incomes

Alberta?s two largest cities have enjoyed a healthy rivalry in many ways over the years, but in at least one area? average family income?Cowtown has enjoyed a slight advantage. However, over the last decade Oiltown has been catching up. Median family income (before taxes) in Calgary was $89,490 in 2010. That is up from $60,800 ten years ago and second only behind Ottawa-Gatineau in the country among major cities. Edmonton, hot on Calgary?s heels, ranked number three in the country with median ... Full Article...

posted in General at Wed, 27 Jun 2012 09:36:04 -0600



Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - Inexpensive Ways To Reduce Your Energy Bill

? Do you need the air conditioner on all the time during the  summer months? Consider turning it way up, or completely off, at night when it's cooler outside.? Invest in a programmable thermostat. That way, you'll be able to set up a schedule that uses less heating/cooling energy while you?re out of the house.? Let the sunshine in through windows in the winter (and block the sun where possible in the summer.) "Passive heat gain" cancontribute to up to 20% of the heat in your home. Best of all, ... Full Article...

posted in General at Tue, 26 Jun 2012 22:03:39 -0600



Thursday, June 21, 2012 - Alberta (In)Bound

Once again, Alberta is the place to be! This, based on the latest population and migration data released this morning. The province?s population as of April 2012 was 3,847,119?an increase of 2.4 per cent from a year ago and by far the fastest pace of provincial growth in Canada. The primary driver of this population growth: inter-provincial migration. In the first quarter of the year, an estimated 26,910 people moved to Alberta from other provinces. At the same time 13,514 packed up their own ... Full Article...

posted in General at Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:01:37 -0600



Thursday, June 21, 2012 - HARPER GOVERNMENT TAKES FURTHER ACTION TO STRENGTHEN CANADA'S HOUSING MARKET

As part of the Government?s continuous efforts to strengthen Canada?s housing finance system, the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today announced further adjustments to the rules for government-backed insured mortgages. ?Our Government stands behind the efforts of hard-working Canadian families to save by investing in their homes and their future,? said Minister Flaherty. ?The adjustments we are making today will help them realize their goals, build on the previous measures we ... Full Article...

posted in General at Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:19:56 -0600



Monday, June 18, 2012 - Just Sold - E3303867

Just sold this listing:"Lovely 1870 2-Storey home in Ellerslie. Main floor features an open-concept kitchen with island eating bar, breakfast nook and attached living room with tile surround gas fireplace. Large windows allow plenty of light. Large mud room off of garage also includes main floor laundry. Upstairs you will find a very large bonus room, master bedroom with walk-in closet and 4 pc ensuite, as well as 2 other generous sized bedrooms. The property has been well maintained, however, ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Mon, 18 Jun 2012 06:00:00 -0600



Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - Housing: Investment or consumption?

While a wasteful public sector has driven Greece, and to a lesser extent Italy, to the edge of fiscal abyss - for the most part, Spain and Ireland?s problems had a different cause. The sovereign debt crisis in those two countries was mostly related to the over-investment in housing, necessitating a public intervention. It?s important to make a quick distinction, as residential investment isn?t the same as other forms of investment in the economy, such as the investment in capital goods, ...

posted in General at Wed, 06 Jun 2012 11:07:55 -0600



Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - New Listing - E3303867

Just added this listing:"Lovely 1870 2-Storey home in Ellerslie. Main floor features an open-concept kitchen with island eating bar, breakfast nook and attached living room with tile surround gas fireplace. Large windows allow plenty of light. Large mud room off of garage also includes main floor laundry. Upstairs you will find a very large bonus room, master bedroom with walk-in closet and 4 pc ensuite, as well as 2 other generous sized bedrooms. The property has been well maintained, however, ... Full Article...
  
posted in Listings at Tue, 05 Jun 2012 06:00:00 -0600



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