Urban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership,” which revealed that “eighty percent of consumers either are unaware of how much lenders require for a down payment or believe all lenders require a down payment above 5 percent.” Myth #1: “I Need a 20% Down Payment” Buyers often overestimate the down payment funds needed to […]
Color preferences vary as much as personalities, with some folks loving the bright and the bold, while others feeling most secure surrounded by neutrals. The good news is that when it comes to color, there really is no “correct” palette. That said, we’ve all been inside homes where an explosion of color created a choppy feel […]
Bursting with blooms in coral red, gold, pale green and purple, this year’s new flowering plant introductions offer a rainbow of options for adding color to gardens. Plus, the standout blooms on many of these plants attract hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Take a look at this selection of 10 new flowering perennials and shrubs to […]
(click image to view video) You can do better than the obvious under-the-doormat method—here are 4 brilliant ideas for where to hide a spare key. It’s always a good idea to stash a spare key somewhere on your property. That way, when you accidentally get locked out of your house, you’ll be relieved that you don’t […]
No matter how many times you comb through your bedroom closet, carefully pulling dresses to donate and tossing mismatched socks, there never seems to be enough room. Our dreams of neatly arranged tops and orderly rows of shoes can quickly end up in a messy pile when our wardrobes exceed our storage space. However, your […]
Bathrooms, like kitchens, are a huge selling point in your home. They’re also the most personal of spaces. Here are 11 ways you can add value to yours through quick updates that make a big difference. Swap Outdated Fixtures Swapping outdated fixtures can go a long way to giving your bathroom an updated look. Go for popular […]
The thing about Calgary is that once people come here for a short visit – they often end up extending their stay. In fact, many never leave! As a result, Calgary continues to have a growing and thriving population. Spend some time here and you tend to get hooked. There are a thousand good reasons […]
Perhaps as much as any neighbourhood in Calgary, Marda Loop epitomizes the urban lifestyle mixed with small town vibe that Calgary’s residents love. It is the kind of place where people can live, work, relax, eat and drink without traveling more than a few blocks from home. This popular area is situated in Calgary’s southwest […]
Over the past few years, Calgary has witnessed an ongoing, and sometimes fierce, public debate on the topic of secondary suites in single-family homes. The debate is fueled by a number of factors, including economic and lifestyle trends that are driving the increased demand for legal secondary suites in existing housing stock and new construction. […]
You have made the big decision to sell your home and you are overflowing with excitement and anticipation – and maybe feeling just a little bit nervous too. Whether it’s your first time letting go of a property or your tenth does not really matter. It’s easy to doubt yourself and have second thoughts. Here […]
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