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Getting your home in tip-top shape for selling can be a lots of work and lots of decision making. When the market is competitive, you’ll need to put your best foot forward and consider a few minor updates in order to come out ahead and win that buyers attention! One of those considerations is whether or not you should spend money on upgrades or updates. You may be thinking any or all of the following:

1. Which areas are worth the time, effort, and money?
2. My budget is so modest, should I bother making any changes?
3. I’m moving, why should I put the effort in for someone else to enjoy? Which areas are worth the investment?

Let’s tackle this one first. There are some areas of the home that buyers see value in and others that they view as not so important.…
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While technically, whipping up a batch of braided, artisan bread would be lovely, there are other ways to make sure you home smells warm and inviting to prospective buyers. And, it’s an important part of the showing experience.
Here are a few quick ideas to keep your home showing-ready:
Use a diffuser or a nebulizer to emit essential oils into the air. Choose a fragrance that is not overpowering, and that is both fresh, and clean. We love the nebulizer and the essential oil called ‘Unwind' or just plain old ‘Vanilla’ from Vancouver brand Saje (www.saje.ca).
A good old fashioned potpourri can work wonders too. It can be as simple as a small pot on the stove with water, cinnamon sticks and citrus peels. Let it simmer on the stovetop until the house smells…
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An exterior paint job just has to happen from time to time. Depending on where you live, the type and quality of the materials used, and of course, mother-nature, it might be 5-15 years based on the variables. 

If you’re about to embark on this project, we recommend that you choose the highest quality paint that your budget allows as the paint will ultimately protect your home from the elements. A paint that resists mould and mildew, is durable and long-lasting, and resists fading will be the best bang for your buck. We are also on the ‘eco-boat’ and highly recommend that you read labels, and try to choose low-VOC paints and stains, our contractors recommend Cloverdale Paint.

To DIY or not to DIY? The second thing that makes a paint job last is the quality

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Residence Spotlight: Le Germain, CalgaryThe Le Germain name evokes images of striking architecture and vivid design. In fact, Le Germain is possibly the best exemplification of contemporary luxury in downtown Calgary. What many local homebuyers don't know is that you can actually live in this exquisite structure! Le Germain is a hotel, but it also offers select blocks of residences where occupants can enjoy Le Germain quality year-round. From the glittering city panoramas to the eye-catching artistic interiors, Le Germain is a pure masterpiece and a deluxe model of the ideal downtown lifestyle. Here is a sneak peek into the offerings of this trendsetting landmark:

Condotel Benefits

Le Germain residents are lucky enough to be able to experience the dual advantages of luxury condo living

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Stackable Residences: The Next Major Housing Trend?Calgarians enjoy everything downtown has to offer its residents, including cosmopolitan luxury condos and the contemporary architecture that seems to be taking over the city centre. These types of leading edge design experiments have long been considered the hallmark of such city centres. However, an exhibit at the Calgary Global Petroleum is indicative of an exciting new project that was spearheaded in Calgary but will be making its debut in areas of northern Alberta.

The project details a series of stackable, residential units that are fixed together to form work accommodation. While Stack Modular has created quick-build steel accommodation structures for work camps in the past, this is a brand new concept. Long gone are your days of cramped trailers

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Development of master-planned community

If you haven't heard of the Harmony project, you've been missing out on one of the biggest items in Calgary real estate. This cutting-edge project has designated Calgary as a frontrunner in the global sprint toward more intelligently designed neighbourhoods and communities.

In recent years, we have seen a shift in community planning where there is a strong push for design that maximizes convenience, ease, safety, and strengthens community. We have also seen a growing emphasis on contained amenities: facilities which ultimately create a town-like atmosphere for local residents. These values are exemplified in phenomena such as the pocket neighbourhood, but nowhere is it better illustrated than in what we've been hearing about Bordeaux Properties'

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The grass doesn't always have to be greener on the other side. Here's some great tips on how to keep your lawn healthy and vibrant this summer!

lawn care tipsWatering:

A healthy lawn only needs about 1 inch of water a week to stay healthy. If you're faced with water restrictions, its important to make sure you're maximizing your lawn's ability to retain moisture with what's available. As a general rule, the most beneficial time to water your lawn in the early morning for best water absorption. Between 11am and 3pm is the warmest part of the day, so any watering done at this time will likely just evaporate before it has a chance to be absorbed. You also don't want to water at night when there isn't any sunlight as this increases the chance of your lawn producing

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With spring in full swing and summer almost upon us, there’s no better time to get outdoors with your furry friend. Calgary has the largest number of off-leash dog parks, as well as the largest amount of off-leash space (close to 1300 hectares!) in all of North America! With 150 public off-leash dog parks located throughout the city, it can be difficult to decide where you should take Fido. To make it easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best Calgary dog parks for dogs (and humans) to enjoy. For a full list of off-leash areas and helpful information, visit The City Of Calgary website.

Sue Higgins Park

Southeast | Southland Drive and Deerfoot Trail SE | 62 hectares

Formerly known as Southland Park, Sue Higgins Park has been deemed by

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& Other Tips For Your Calgary Lawn!

After the highly unexpected September 2014 Snow Storm, we lost some significant canopies across Calgary communities. Now, those trees need replacing or a little helping hand, and the City of Calgary is taking over local parks this summer to do just that.

At the ReTree events across the city, residents will learn about pruning, pest management, and species selection, to name just a few of the topics in the Talk Tent. Get your hands dirty at the live demos, where you can mulch a tree or even take a peek at what goes on behind the tree scenes. There will even be free mulch!

Calgary’s upcoming ReTree Fairs are slated for June 14 and 28, in different parks. The first will be held in Prairie Winds Park and the second

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