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Top Three Tips for Packing Up Before the Movers Arrive

Thu, 29 May by Bryon Howard

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If you’ve hired a moving company to assist you with just the loading and transporting of your
belongings, it’s important to keep one thing in mind – you must have everything packed when they
arrive! But packing up your entire home can be overwhelming, so where do you start? Keep these three
tips in mind and the packing process will be a breeze:

Sort. There’s no sense in packing belongings you no longer need, right? That’s why you should
sort as you pack. In other words, before placing an item automatically into a box, ask yourself
if you’ve used it – or worn it, in clothing’s case – within the last year. If not, then place it into a
“discard” pile or a “sell/donate” pile. Once you have sorted your entire home, hold a moving
sale for those items marked “sell/donate.” That way, you aren’t paying to move the extra weight
you no longer need…and you just might make a little money in the process.
Buy. Having the right moving supplies is essential to a successful packing job. There are several
box types to consider, including specialty boxes such as wardrobe, dish-pack, mattress, mirror,
custom, and artwork boxes. Of course, you’ll want a variety of large, medium, and small boxes
for the majority of your belongings. Furthermore, be sure to purchase enough tape, bubble
wrap, news-wrap, and other essential packing supplies.
Label. When it’s time for the movers to unload your stuff at your new home, they’ll want to
know exactly where to place each box. This is where it’s especially important to be organized.
When packing up boxes, label diligently! In other words, write exactly what each box holds – be
as specific as possible – and in which room it should be placed upon arrival at your new place. By
taking this simple step, you’ll avoid a lot of confusion on moving day and beyond when you’re
setting out to unpack.

These three steps should make the packing process simple and straightforward.If the idea of packing up your entire house is overwhelming, you can pay extra to hire your moving company to do the packing for you. They’ll usually bring the packing supplies too, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Thanks for this entry David Shapiro, a marketing specialist for moving companies such as North American Van Lines. When he isn’t working, enjoys various outdoor activities such swimming, biking, hiking, and mountain climbing.

Best Schools In Altadore

Sun, 25 May by Bryon Howard



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St Mary’s High School” by User:Thivierr – Photo taken with digital camera by User:Thivierr, who uploaded to English Wikipedia first, and then later to Commons.. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Families with young kids are drawn to the Altadore neighbourhood because there are a variety of great schools nearby.  The Altadore School is a public elementary school that accommodates kids from kindergarten to grade 6.  There are approximately 240 students and this school features an award winning naturalization area called “The Owl’s Nest”.  Students will go on to attend Mt Royal Junior High School for grades 7-9.  Central Memorial High School is the designated public high school for the area.  This school boasts an excellent theater program.  They are also affiliated with the National Sport Academy which provides additional training and resources for athletic students.

The St. James Elementary and Junior High School is the designated school in the Catholic stream.  Students will go on to attend St. Mary’s High School or Bishop Carroll High School.  Bishop Carroll differentials itself with a self-directed learning program.  Students who attend Bishop Carroll have the freedom to customize their curriculum to accommodate their personal goals, learning objectives and future plans.

There is an international French school as well as five other private schools in the Altadore area.  Rundle Academy is the leader in individualized learning for students with learning disabilities.  This school offers additional support and creative learning techniques to help students overcome difficulties with reading, writing or mathematical learning challenges.

Post-secondary students living in the Altadore area, who are planning on attending Mt Royal University, will be able to take advantage of the convenient 10 minute drive to school.  Mt Royal University provides applied degrees, career diplomas, as well as certificate programs.  The University of Calgary, which is about 15 minutes away, is another highly sought after institution.  They offer over 200 programs and are considered to be one of Canada’s top research universities.  The engineering and geoscience programs are constantly raising the bar for Calgary’s petroleum and geoscience industries.

Are  you looking to Sell or Buy a home in Calgary and need someone who won’t rest until you’ve found your dream home or until your home is sold? I’ll work hard to earn your trust and to deliver exactly what you need. Contact me at 403-589-0004 or at TheHowardTeam.net.

About Bryon Howard

 is a top-producing real estate agent with RE/MAX House of Real Estate in Calgary, Alberta. He and his team sell an average of two homes a week–mostly single-family homes, luxury homes, condos and commercial properties. He is a member of the MLS Million Point Club, which ranks him roughly in the top 1% of productive realtors in Calgary. Bryon is above the pack because he aims not just to please clients but to help them buy/sell their dream home in Calgary at the best price, in the shortest time, and with the least hassle. He is well-equipped to do this with his sterling education, capped by an MBA degree from Athabasca University and degrees from Acadia University, the University of Prince Edward Island and the Universite de Bourgoyne in France.

Celebrating Summer in Calgary

Thu, 22 May by Bryon Howard


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Planning on heading out to enjoy some of the summer festivals this year around Calgary? There are so many great events to choose from. Although nothing can quite stack up against the Stampede, each festival offers its own unique selection of food, vendors and entertainment.

Kicking off the summertime is the Lilac Festival, held on Sunday, May 25th . This one day celebration takes place on 4th Street between 13th Ave South and Elbow Drive. With spring in the air, it’s a great time to shake off the winter blues and come out for the parade and a full day of family entertainment.

In June, the Father’s Day Festival is taking place on 8th Ave between 4th and 7th . The street will be closed for pedestrian access only during the Father’s Day weekend and there will be street performers, live music and a cool car show.

The Banff Bike Fest, taking place on June 12th to 15th , is the perfect excuse to head out of town. Cycling enthusiasts will have a chance to participate in one of seven competitive and non-competitive races. There is over $20,000 in prize money up for grabs this year.

Craving some authentic souvlaki? The annual Calgary Greek Festival welcomes over 10,000 guests at the Hellenic Community Centre. This festival takes place on June 21st to the 23rd this year.

Ready for patio season? The Kensington Sun and Salsa Festival is the place to be on July 20th . This year marks the 21st anniversary of Kensington Village’s annual festivities. Visitors can sample a wide variety of salsas, shop from the street merchants and enjoy one of the many local restaurants.

This year’s Ironman 70.3, being held on July 27th , was so popular, it actually sold out. If you were lucky enough to get a spot in what is considered to be one of the most challenging and scenic Ironman courses, you are in for an exciting and memorable day.

You don’t need to go all the way to New Orleans for Mardi Gras – you can find it right here in Marda Loop! This family festival takes place on August 10th . The Kids Quarter will have bouncy castles, games and face painting. Check out the Art Tent to see some of our local talent on display.

Looking for your next favorite restaurant? The Taste of Calgary is a one-stop-shop where you can sample the best cuisine from local vendors. The event takes place from August 14th – 17th at Eau Claire Festival Plaza. Guests can purchase $1 food tickets that they can redeem for tasty snacks and beverages from over thirty local establishments. This is a great way to try something new and discover a whole bunch of great restaurants at once.

If you are planning on staying in the city for the August Long Weekend, you will want to check out the Dragon Boat Festival at Glenmore Reservoir.  This even draws hundreds of competitors who have been training hard all summer to be the fastest team on the water.  This exciting cultural event celebrates the ancient sport of dragon boat racing and has plenty of entertainment to make it worth spending the day.

Are  you looking to Sell or Buy a home in Calgary and need someone who won’t rest until you’ve found your dream home or until your home is sold? I’ll work hard to earn your trust and to deliver exactly what you need. Contact me at 403-589-0004 or at TheHowardTeam.net.

About Bryon Howard

 is a top-producing real estate agent with RE/MAX House of Real Estate in Calgary, Alberta. He and his team sell an average of two homes a week–mostly single-family homes, luxury homes, condos and commercial properties. He is a member of the MLS Million Point Club, which ranks him roughly in the top 1% of productive realtors in Calgary. Bryon is above the pack because he aims not just to please clients but to help them buy/sell their dream home in Calgary at the best price, in the shortest time, and with the least hassle. He is well-equipped to do this with his sterling education, capped by an MBA degree from Athabasca University and degrees from Acadia University, the University of Prince Edward Island and the Universite de Bourgoyne in France.

Life’s Inspiration (Calgary International Children’s Festival)

Sun, 18 May by Bryon Howard
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My wife Shirley and our son playing frisbee

My family is one of the things in my life that inspires me to work hard, take care of myself and do my best in everything that  I set out to do.  Even though our kids are getting older, my wife and I like to spend time with them whenever their busy scheduels and our allow.  We appreciate the great outdoors together by going hiking, kayaking, or just a walk with our dog Max in the local parks.  We try to go cross country skiing a few times a year.  After a busy day, we all realy enjoy a meal together at home as a family.  The time that we spend together creates lots of great memories and allows us to talk and enjoy each other’s company.

My son is especially good  at reminding my wife and I about the importance of our connections with our friends and family.  Like everyone else our lives get busy with work and other obligations, and he will freuquently ask a question –  making sure that we take the time to connect with the people that are important to us.  Sometimes our kids need to remind us where our real priorities lie when we get caught up in the details of our daily lives.

One of the best things about living in Calgary is that there is no shortage of activities that you can do as a family.  Whether your family enjoys outdoor activities, theatre, or science – there is something for every age and activity level.  Each season brings new opportunities for adventure and trying to keeping up with the kids is sure to keep you feeling young at heart.

If you are looking for an exciting event this spring, The Calgary International Children’s Festival is taking place May 21st to the 24 th .  This is a great family event that offers live shows, open air activities, and a toy theater.  Bring your kids to get their faces painted and enjoy all the lively entertainment that this show has to offer.

Are  you looking to Sell or Buy a home in Calgary and need someone who won’t rest until you’ve found your dream home or until your home is sold? I’ll work hard to earn your trust and to deliver exactly what you need. Contact me at 403-589-0004 or at TheHowardTeam.net.

About Bryon Howard

 is a top-producing real estate agent with RE/MAX House of Real Estate in Calgary, Alberta. He and his team sell an average of two homes a week–mostly single-family homes, luxury homes, condos and commercial properties. He is a member of the MLS Million Point Club, which ranks him roughly in the top 1% of productive realtors in Calgary. Bryon is above the pack because he aims not just to please clients but to help them buy/sell their dream home in Calgary at the best price, in the shortest time, and with the least hassle. He is well-equipped to do this with his sterling education, capped by an MBA degree from Athabasca University and degrees from Acadia University, the University of Prince Edward Island and the Universite de Bourgoyne in France.

 

Marda Loop Communities Association

Mon, 12 May by Bryon Howard

 
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As an Altadore real estate professional, it is important that I am connected to my community.  I have had the opportunity to sit on the board for the Marda Loop Communities Association.  This association manages the facilities, community events and other recreational activities in South Calgary, Altadore-River Park, Garrison Woods and the commercial district of Marda Loop.

This association assists in the issues surrounding neighbourhood planning, parks and transportation in the community.  They are also responsible for an extensive calendar of activities for kids, adults and seniors.  If you are new to the Calgary area, this is a great way to fill up your social calendar with some great fitness classes and educational events.  Be sure to stop by the outdoor pool or the ice rink depending on the season.

This non-profit association has been operating for over 40 years by a group of dedicated and hard-working volunteers.  They commit their time and talents to improving the neighbourhood life in Calgary.  If you are looking for a great way to meet new friends and get involved with your community in South Calgary, consider volunteering for the Marda Loop Communities Association.  They are always looking for extra helping hands to assist with planning, volunteer during the events, or help out with many of the children’s programs.

Although I no longer sit on the board for this association, I still enjoy participating in their community events.  The Indulge Event, held every spring, is a fantastic food and wine expo that brings many residents together.  The event gives restaurants in the Marda Loop area a chance showcase a sample from their menus.  There is a silent auction followed by a live auction later in the evening.  This event is not to be missed, and I look forward to seeing you at Indulge 2014.  Please feel free to say hello and let me know if you have questions about the Altadore real estate market.

Are  you looking to Sell or Buy a home in Calgary and need someone who won’t rest until you’ve found your dream home or until your home is sold? I’ll work hard to earn your trust and to deliver exactly what you need. Contact me at 403-589-0004 or at TheHowardTeam.net.

About Bryon Howard

 is a top-producing real estate agent with RE/MAX House of Real Estate in Calgary, Alberta. He and his team sell an average of two homes a week–mostly single-family homes, luxury homes, condos and commercial properties. He is a member of the MLS Million Point Club, which ranks him roughly in the top 1% of productive realtors in Calgary. Bryon is above the pack because he aims not just to please clients but to help them buy/sell their dream home in Calgary at the best price, in the shortest time, and with the least hassle. He is well-equipped to do this with his sterling education, capped by an MBA degree from Athabasca University and degrees from Acadia University, the University of Prince Edward Island and the Universite de Bourgoyne in France.

What To Look For In A Luxury Home

Mon, 05 May by Bryon Howard

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How do you define luxury?  Home buyers may have a variety of different ideas in mind.  Many of my clients value their outdoor space just as much as the interior of their home.  The property and surrounding area give the home its curb appeal and provide the homeowner their own private place to enjoy the outdoors.  For most, a luxury home needs to offer something unique.  There are several features that are becoming must-haves on the luxury home buyer’s list of requirements.

A designated wine cellar is the entertainer’s dream.  These rooms are being designed to showcase a collection of wines and allow the homeowner to control the temperature separately from the rest of the house.  In the past, wine cellars were often built into the basement of the home, but modern designers are finding a way to incorporate them into the main level which provides easy access for entertaining.

The finishes in a home are what truly separate an average house from a luxury home.  Natural finishes like hardwood, granite, and travertine add that extra wow factor to a house.  In real estate, you will often hear the phrase “kitchens and bathrooms sell homes”.  This is especially true in the luxury home market.  Buyers are looking for beautiful custom kitchens and bathrooms that are both functional and stylish.

Because many areas in Calgary sit on a higher elevation, home buyers are looking for a house with a view.  The surrounding areas provide a stunning backdrop with views of the city or mountains.  Unlike the cosmetic features of a home, the view is something that you cannot change and will never go out of style.  Homes with a view hold their value and are highly desirable for prospective buyers.

Love to enjoy a movie or game on the big screen?  Media rooms have come a long way and are a must-have in a luxury home.  The ideal media room features comfortable seating, surround sound, and a high quality projector system.  Media rooms are perfect for entertaining friends or spending a relaxing weekend at home.

 

Are  you looking to Sell or Buy a home in Calgary and need someone who won’t rest until you’ve found your dream home or until your home is sold? I’ll work hard to earn your trust and to deliver exactly what you need. Contact me at 403-589-0004 or at TheHowardTeam.net.

About Bryon Howard

 is a top-producing real estate agent with RE/MAX House of Real Estate in Calgary, Alberta. He and his team sell an average of two homes a week–mostly single-family homes, luxury homes, condos and commercial properties. He is a member of the MLS Million Point Club, which ranks him roughly in the top 1% of productive realtors in Calgary. Bryon is above the pack because he aims not just to please clients but to help them buy/sell their dream home in Calgary at the best price, in the shortest time, and with the least hassle. He is well-equipped to do this with his sterling education, capped by an MBA degree from Athabasca University and degrees from Acadia University, the University of Prince Edward Island and the Universite de Bourgoyne in France.

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