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Nov. 13, 2019 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Five things to consider when buying a ski-vacation condo

A ski-vacation condo can be a great place for holidays with family and friends, with the added benefit of generating rental income when you're away.

Luckily, ski resorts and mountain towns in B.C. are not subject to vacancy or speculation taxes that have started to emerge in that province, and even buying at a U.S. ski resort is possible with financing through your Canadian bank.

Here are five questions to consider when buying a ski-vacation condo:

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Nov. 13, 2019 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Winter recreation communities around Calgary have much to offer, even for budget-conscious buyers

If you thought owning a winter recreation property was out of reach, think again.

While a RE/MAX survey last winter of western Canadians found that 67 per cent believed they couldn't afford to purchase a ski resort property, that doesn't align with the actual situation.

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Nov. 13, 2019 | Andrea Cox

Canmore: Calgarians' mountain retreat continues to evolve

Amenities and stunning natural beauty are continuing to draw both recreational and full-time buyers to Canmore, despite struggling real estate markets across the rest of province.

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Aug. 28, 2019 | Barb Livingstone

Integrated communities: New senior-living options offer variety and amenities

The new face of "senior living" is barely recognizable compared to the old one.

That evolution means community integration instead of isolation; health, wellness and amenity/meal options for a growing group of active residents; and aging in place with staged support for those with dementia and their caregivers.

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May 15, 2019 | Barb Livingstone

Alberta recreational property market could see uptick in activity in 2019

The booming U.S. Sun Belt, a drooping Canadian dollar, and a new speculation tax applied to popular B.C. vacation areas could all benefit Alberta's recreational property market this year.

Brookfield Residential's planned Rowan Park community.
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May 14, 2019 | Tyler Difley

Weekend retreats

Alberta vacation communities for Calgarians

During the summer months, it's always nice to be able to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a little R and R – whether for a few weeks or only a weekend – which is why the idea of owning a vacation property is so appealing to many Calgarians. Thankfully, there are no shortage of options here in the province for vacationers of all stripes.

Here are 10 popular vacation communities within three hours of Calgary:

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Jan. 16, 2019 | Barb Livingstone

Calgarians are still purchasing mountain properties, but buyer demographics are changing

Despite a struggling economy, Calgarians are still buying mountain homes, whether in Alberta's playgrounds of Canmore and Kananaskis, or in nearby B.C. hotspots in the Kootenays and Okanagan.

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Oct. 24, 2018 | Marty Hope

Doing the right thing

Canmore's Spring Creek uses geothermal to lessen its environmental footprint

As the Alberta government doubles down on solar power alternatives through policy and rebates, some wonder if geothermal will also receive the same kind of attention.

Frank Kernick, developer of Canmore's multi-million-dollar Spring Creek hopes the provincial government will help offset geothermal installation costs through a rebate program, similar to the Residential and Commercial Solar Program.

A home at Little Bow Resort in Vulcan County.
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June 27, 2018 | Geoff Geddes

Fun in the sun

How to buy a vacation home without getting burned

While sunburn can ruin a holiday, getting burned on a vacation home purchase can sting for much longer. Fortunately, doing your homework will help you find your place in the sun without feeling the heat.

"The market has seen price drops lately, so a lot of people are finding vacation properties at $300,000 or below," said Bill MacDougall, a real estate professional with Optimum Realty Group in Calgary.

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