Bryon Howard's Blog Posts

Last nights bicycle ride – The Wednesday Night Jam

I look forward to the Wednesday Night Jam, a ‘unofficial bicycle’ race – which consists of many guys in Cat 1/2, and lots of guys with good fitness from Cat 3 to 5. I begin

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The Upside of Downsizing (For Young Families Too!)

The decision to downsize to a new living arrangement may be one of the best decisions you ever make. The advantages are numerous and you do not have to wait for years to reap the benefits. As a

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Buying the Home You Want

The home buying process can be very exciting…choosing the neighbourhood you want to live in, scouring through listings and checking out weekend open houses to find the home of your dreams. I

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The Anatomy of an Agreement to Buy or Sell

When buying or selling a home, one of the most important documents you will have is the Agreement of Purchase and Sale, also commonly referred to as the “Offer”. This legally binding

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How Racing and Selling Real Estate are Similar

Sunday, July 3, 2016 was my first triathlon of this year – The Great White North in Edmonton – a half distance Iron Man. This is the year I age group “up” … so it is

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Is Your Home Ready to List?

When it comes to preparing a home to list for sale, successful Realtors and sellers understand that it is all about the details. There is more to selling a home for top dollar than simply staking a

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I Won! – a Race Report – Calgary Iron Man 70.3

Calgary 70.3 Pre-Race Meal at my house w my wife Shirley & professional triathletes Liz Lyles & Jarod Shoemaker – So fun.It’s Tuesday – but I’m still hoping the

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Why Location Matters

Too many novice homebuyers and investors still make the rookie mistake of buying the right house in the wrong neighbourhood.  While most people are familiar with the real estate mantra –

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What Makes Calgary a Great Place to Live?

International publications such as The New York Times and The Economist are increasingly aware of what the residents of Calgary have known for a very long time – Calgary is

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How to Choose the Right Realtor

Finding the right Realtor to work with is a key component of success in the real estate world. Whether you are looking to purchase your first home or expand an investment portfolio, you need to find

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First Time Investors in Calgary Real Estate: 3 Keypoints to Remember

Real estate investing can be a highly-rewarding enterprise for those who are willing to hang in through the inevitable ups and downs of the market.  As in any investment, there are certain

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The Big Decision for First-Time Buyers

First-time homebuyers face a myriad of choices when it comes to narrowing the search for their first home.  How much money to spend?  Which neighbourhood?  Downtown or suburbs? 

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Tips for Building Equity

Real estate investors and homeowners share a common goal when it comes to the value of their home or portfolio. Everyone is looking to build equity. In real estate jargon, equity refers to the

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Join me in Bordeaux … for not one Marathon – but two! (Yes 42km’s of running, than a marathon of wine tasting and eating!)

Marathon in Bordeaux, Sept 2017All in the support of The Vintage Fund 2016 (Mental Health is This Years Charity), we are auctioning off a Marathon week in Bordeaux. On Saturday, Nov,

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Ironman Arizona, November 20, 2016 (When CDN Pro Lionel Sanders won and broke the Ironman Speed Record in a time of 7 hours 44 minutes and 29 seconds!)

My Pro Panel … friend, Mom & Wife two days prior to Ironman Arizona.I’ve been active all my life.  As a kid my brother and I built go-karts, and used them to salvage junk

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Experience the Magic of a Calgary Christmas

Spend some time in Calgary this holiday season and you may find yourself wishing you lived here year-round.  Christmas time in Calgary is an experience to cherish – a magical feast to

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Do-It-Yourself Home Staging

Home staging is a powerful tool in pulling in buyers and selling a home for the highest possible price.  It is all about creating a memorable first impression that will stay with homebuyers

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Celebrating Calgary’s Diverse Population

As an increasingly influential centre in world social and economic markets, Calgary can boast of a strong and growing multicultural base.  Thousands of immigrants continue to relocate to

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Five Reasons to Hire a Realtor

Forget what you think you may have learned from watching HGTV.  There is nothing simple or routine about most real estate transactions.  Almost every home sale or purchase is accompanied

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Calgary Home Buyers and Sellers : Moving Made Easy

For many Calgary home buyers and sellers, the prospect of packing up to move is the least enjoyable part of the process. While it certainly does involve a good deal of hard work, moving does not

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Does Your Realtor Have What It Takes?

Successful Realtors are skilled at wearing multiple hats.  The “best of the best” are not only knowledgeable and experienced in the nuances of their market, but they also have good

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Avoid Landlord Nightmares by Prescreening Tenants

Even the best real estate investment strategy is doomed to failure without the presence of the most critical ingredient – qualified, reliable tenants.  Ask any landlord who has learned

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Choosing A Calgary Realtor: Why Experience Matters

Do not make the mistake of placing your real estate affairs in the hands of an inexperienced agent. In red hot real estate markets, it seems that everyone wants to be a Realtor. After one rainy day

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Helping Parents Make Difficult Moves

It is never easy to watch loved ones grow old – especially when it is your own parents. The aging process invariably calls for one or more lifestyle changes and moves along the way. These

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Snow Kiting – Wilcox Bowl

Photo by Ian GrahamI’ve been interested in kite boarding for a few years. In September of 2015, I took a lesson in Malpeque Bay, Prince Edward Island … with a fierce determination that

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Tips for Avoiding Nightmare Tenants

Success in real estate investment is totally dependent on the property owner’s ability to find and lease space to qualified, dependable tenants.  Good tenants are building blocks for a

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Discover Victoria By Bicycle

Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, is famous for its thriving real estate market, magnificent scenery and stately Victoria architecture. The city and the surrounding landscapes present

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RMS reset?

So, how are you getting along with RECA’s Residential Measurement Standards (RMS)?It’s been nearly a year since RECA launched the new standards, so the ins and outs of applying it must

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A Foodie’s Guide to Victoria

Victoria’s restaurant scene is an intoxicating mix of urban charm and rural sensibility. The city is home to a growing number of farm-to-table restaurants specializing in their own brand of

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Why Victoria is a Great Place to Live

Natural beauty, good weather and a highly-coveted lifestyle are just a few of the reasons Victoria is a great place to live. The city manages to combine old world charm and ambience with ultra

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A Stroll Along Victoria’s Inner Harbour

A visit to Victoria is incomplete if it does not include time spent enjoying the city’s majestic Inner Harbour. Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront promenade and you will discover the

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Goldstream Provincial Park, Victoria BC

Nestled in an old-growth forest less than 17 kilometers from downtown Victoria is Goldstream Provincial Park, a crown jewel in the British Columbia park system.  Goldstream is home to dozens of

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Welcome to Calgary

Welcome to Calgary, the largest city in Alberta located in the south-western part of the province. Downtown can be recognized by its numerous skyscrapers. Some of these structures, such as the

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Race Thoughts – ITU Long Course Triathlon World Championships, Penticton, BC, Aug 27, 2017

What happened with me?  Age is just a number – but be careful.20 years ago in 1997 I was playing squash at the Charlottetown YMCA. In the change room, three friends arrived in their

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Tips for Kickstarting your Christmas Spirit

With so much conflict and uncertainty in the world this year, it is not hard to understand how some people may be having trouble summoning the Christmas spirit.  If you find yourself cringing

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Enjoy a Winter Blast in Calgary

Winter is a wonderful time to plan a visit to Calgary.  The locals here do not hide from Mother Nature’s fierce chill.  They embrace it and extract every bit of snow and ice related

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Selling A House in Calgary : 5 Tips for Nervous Sellers

You have made the big decision to sell your home and you are overflowing with excitement and anticipation; may be feeling just a little bit nervous too. It does not really matter if it’s your

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Calgary Real Estate Market: Secondary Suite Is The Modern Trend

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

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Spotlight on Marda Loop!

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

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Fall In Love with Calgary: 5 Reasons Why

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 city continues to have a growing

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11 Ways To Add Value To Your Bathroom

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

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10 Genius Ways To Double Your Closet Space & Get Ready Faste

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

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4 Clever Ways To Hide A Spare Key

(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

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10 New Flowering Plants For More Garden Color In 2018

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

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How To Create A Cohesive Color Flow Throughout Your Home

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,

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2 Major Myths Holding Back Home Buyers!

Urban Institute recently released a report entitled, “Barriers to Accessing Homeownership,” which revealed that “eighty percent of consumers either are unaware

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How To Design The Perfect Laundry Room

The laundry room has finally come into its own as a bright and organized cleanup command center, whether in a tidy corner of the basement or a nook next to the kitchen. For help updating yours, 

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How To Refresh Your Dining Room On A Budget

See ideas for updating this sometimes-neglected space, whether you have $100 or $10

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August Market Update 2021

<!doctype html>*|MC_PREVIEW_TEXT|* August Market SnapshotTotal Sales 528 ↑ 53.94%New Listings 820 ↑ 15.82%Active Listings 6,680 ↓ -1.52%Average Price 491,530 ↑ 7.76%Days

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20 Inspiring Upcycled One Of A Kind Bathroom Vanities!

Dining Room ReduxThis mirrored console table was beautiful as a dining room accent, but it’s absolutely stunning when recycled for the bath. The top was sealed with polyurethane — an

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Going On Vacation, Here’s My Top Vacation-Proof Houseplants

Whether its Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring, you’re bound to go on vacation at some point – but what about those beautiful houseplants?…Let me introduce you to some indoor

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4 Awesome Kitchens That Will Make You Want Brass

See how this trending finish holds up to a variety of cabinet colors and styles1. Brass on BlueDesigners: Marty Buckenmeyer of Buckenmeyer Architecture (architect) and Charlotte

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10 Basements For The Whole Family

Transform your dreary, unfinished basement into a space everyone can enjoy with these 10 inspiring basement ideas. Pretty and PlayfulTransform your unfinished basement into a dream

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10 Surefire Ways To Boost Your Curb Appeal!

There’s no need to buy a new house or take on an extensive remodel to get the curb appeal you want. There are many ways to approach your exterior to give it a serious update without a serious

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Ultimate Lounging For All Patios

Many of us aren’t able to change the sizes and layouts of our patios or decks. We’re left to choose furniture and its arrangement, decide what to plant, and select other outdoor elements

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14 Smart Kitchen Storage Upgrades

The typical kitchen cabinet has a lot of wasted space. You can’t see or get to what’s in the back, so things get forgotten and food items can get outdated, especially in lower cabinets.

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18 Wall Decor Ideas That Are Anything But Boring

So, you recently moved into a new place, and you finally have your furniture arranged exactly how you want it. You placed your decorative accents and hung the few pieces of art you own. But every

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10 Intriguing Outside Holiday Entertaining Concepts

If you’re entertaining family and friends during the holidays and could use a bit more space, we’ve got easy, festive ideas on getting everyone outdoors and into the&

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12 Clever Laundry Room Tips

Get inspired to tackle your laundry room with re-purposed storage tricks. Glass drink decanters are not just for backyard parties anymore! Use a beautiful drink decanter with a spout to hold

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10 Inspiring Ways Your Home Can Help With Your Resolutions

Eating healthier, getting in shape and finding a creative outlet are among the common resolutions you can tackle at home.Some New Year’s resolutions, such as climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro or

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10 Genius Ways To Double Your Closet Space

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

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10 Surefire Ways To Boost Your Curb Appeal

There’s no need to buy a new house or take on an extensive remodel to get the curb appeal you want. There are many ways to approach your exterior to give it a serious update without a serious

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Create A Cohesive Color Flow Throughout Your Home

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,

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19 Beneficial Feng Shui Secrets

Did you know your home’s design can affect your bank account and love life? Try these feng shui tips based on the ancient art of balancing energy.Put Furniture Legs on Rugs&ldquo

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20 Inspiring Upcycled One of a Kind Bathroom Vanities

Dining Room ReduxThis mirrored console table was beautiful as a dining room accent, but it’s absolutely stunning when recycled for the bath. The top was sealed with polyurethane — an

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7 Ways To Make The Most of Your Home Entrance

Ever feel as though something’s not quite right about your entryway? Maybe it’s hard to see your front door, or your foyer feels bland and uninviting. Whether you’ve recently moved

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The Essentials To Styling Your Home To Sell Quickly

Homeowners who haven’t prepared their homes to list now, should implement some of the following these go-to styling tips if they want to get their listing noticed and sold

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Calgary Real Estate Housing Market Update: Feeling The Chill With Oversupply

Wow. It was a Cold February, not only in temperature – but also in Real Estate Sales!The mean (or average) temperature for February was -18.7 C, making this the third-coldest February on,

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Fun With Xeriscaping

Westlake Project: Build a Moat!Mark Biechler of Pearson Landscape in Austin, Texas created a solution for a homeowner in Westlake, Texas whose home tended to flood during heavy rainfall. To solve

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10 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Landscape Designer

If you’re considering working with a landscape designer, finding the right fit — and avoiding surprises midway through the project — is largely about knowing which questions to ask

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Calgary Real Estate Market Update April 2019 – Absorption Rate is 5+ months despite improved sales activity for Under $500,000 Product

Calgary – Sales were down 9% compared to the same 1st quarter last year, and 28% below trending levels.At the same time, this price decline and relatively slow sales activity are impacting

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Julie Vincent – Award-Winning Real Estate and Events Photographer

I recently had Julie on the podcast, Calgary Living: Real Estate and Lifestyle.Julie is an award-winning real estate and events photographer, and an exhibiting artist. She has just completed her

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Pete Estabrooks -The Fitness Guy – was a recent guest on m podcast, Calgary Living Real Estate & Lifestyle

I recently had Peter Estabrooks on my podcast – Calgary Living: Real Estate and Lifestyle. I, like many, got to know Pete from the covers & pages of Impact Magazine. Pete has

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LifeMassage in Altadore, meet the – Owner Paulla Schmidt. RMT NHPC Leadership Chair, BOD and Cannabinoid Education too!

Meet Paula Schmidt of Life Massage.Wholistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person –mind, body and energy. As a practitioner of wholistic medicine, Paulla

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Pablo Galvez: Calgary Realtor - Agent Upgrade - Electric Car Enthusiast

I recently had Pablo Galvez on my podcast, Calgary Living: Real Estate and Lifestyle. Pablo has been in Calgary for 43 years and has been selling real estate at a high level since 2010. In addition

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COVID-19 The CoronaVirus Solution for Sellers & Buyers with Legitimate Concerns

As top Calgary real estate agents, I recently had a good friend who wants to sell his house but has legitimate concerns with the Coronavirus, and the homeowner really wants to sell the property to

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Meet Ben Eadie – Inventor, Builder, Creator, Designer – Calgarian

Fun chat with my enginerd friend Ben Eadie. Most recently, Ben is fresh off the set of Ghost Busters Afterlife where he was doing special effects. Currently, Ben and some of the other prop makers

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It’s Earth Day. Actually, it’s the day after Earth Day.

It’s Earth Day. Actually, it’s the day after Earth Day. We just celebrated our 50th Earth Day.  Have you noticed? Is Earth Day something you notice? Has there been a time when

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Testimonial Tuesday! Sold by Your Realtor Bryon Howard at McKenzie Towne

Every Tuesday, we show our appreciation to our clients’ feedback by showcasing their testimonies. #TestimonialTuesday helps us improve our ability to serve our clients better.This weeks

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Bryon Howard is Named as One of the Best Calgary Real Estate Agents

Earlier this month, I received a good news from our good friends from www.thebestcalgary.com. I am honored to be among their list of The Best Calgary Real Estate Agents!If you want to

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3 Things I learned doing an Ironman Distance Challenge Triathlon over the May Long Weekend, all because of COVID-19

Last weekend, along with a few training friends from Critical Speed Racing in Calgary, I started and completed an Ironman Distance Triathlon Challenge. We set out to swim 3800 meters (or do 3800

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Real Estate Tip: How to Detect an Encroachment

Because encroachment agreements take time.Do you see the white retaining wall?The retaining wall extends out toward the street and stops 0.65m from the back of the city sidewalk. Most people

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Friends, Family, Business Colleagues – Making a Real Estate Decision? Three Reasons Why You Should Call me, even though we don’t live in the same city

In the past 30 days, in separate provinces and states than where I live, my sister bought a house, my brother sold a house, my cousin sold a house, and my niece had a question regarding her

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How to Plan & Implement an Adventure – or 10 tips on How to be a Weekend Warrior

I remember the first time I saw someone traveling by bicycle with all his stuff attached to his bike. I was giddy with excitement, my eyes were open to the possibilities. It was 1985, I was 18 years

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A Trip Report, by Stefan & Bryon – Tofino – Hot Springs Cove – Tofino

A long long long time ago, my girl friend (now wife) were in Tofino training to be sea kayaking guides. I heard about Hot Springs Cove, and how some people kayak there. Recently, as a mid 50’s

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Is there a retirement recipe that would fit us all?

Searching for a honest man Bryon Howard REMAX Realtor on Retirement It is a common belief that after one has worked most of their life, there is a time to slow down and enjoy relaxed, carefree

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August 2020 Calgary Real Estate Market Update – From Your Realtor Bryon Howard ✅

Hope you are enjoying Calgary Life this summer. The market has been quite busy the past couple of months, and at the same time, we have been able to get out enjoy our beautiful Canadian Summer with

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Building Community – You won socks

When checking email this morning, I choose to first open this one: “Congrats, you just won a challenge prize: Specialized Biking Socks”. I’m excited.1985 was the International Year

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Don’t Dream of Winning, Train for It!

Last night while running with my training group, Ryan asked, “Did you register”? Register for what? “Ironman Canada, general registration opened yesterday.” (As a result of

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It’s nice Falling in Love

Yesterday at the park I met Christy and was telling her a little about Roo.   On September 5 I dropped my wife at the airport to go to Prince Edward Island to visit her Dad. She was

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Will I become an Ultra Runner? Suffer to Feel Comfort?

On Friday I was casually speaking with friend Greg when he told me that he was doing an Ultra Run on Sat, Oct 24 in Crowsnest Pass.I asked a little about it, he didn’t know much. He thought it

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Living in Marda Loop – Meet Dr. Jeff Wakeford, Dentist and Owner of Odeon Dental in Marda Loop

Meet Dr. Jeff Wakeford, Dentist and Owner of Odeon Dental in Marda LoopEnjoyed my recent check-up and cleaning with Dr. Jeff Wakefield in his new Marda Loop Dental Office, and thought that he had to

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Alberta Appreciation Post: An Epic Trip Report

Mosquito Creek – Quartzite and Ramp PeaksOne of the great things about living in Calgary is access to incredible adventures in any season.On Saturday morning Patrice I met on the SW end of the

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