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Feb. 08, 2021 | Tyler Difley

Eight tips for saving money on your home insurance

For homeowners, insurance is an inescapable expense that can quickly add up when stacked on top of other financial obligations like a mortgage, property taxes and utilities. That's why it's important to make sure you're getting the best deal possible – even a few small discounts applied to your premiums can turn into huge savings over time.

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Jan. 08, 2021 | Tyler Difley

The Property Brothers are looking for Calgary families to appear on new season of "Forever Home"

Twins Drew and Jonathan Scott, better known as the Property Brothers, are coming to Calgary to film new episodes of their HGTV Canada spinoff series Property Brothers: Forever Home.

Courtesy of Mahogany Homeowners Association

June 22, 2020 | Barb Livingstone

Calgary's lake communities balance summer fun and safety as Alberta's COVID-19 relaunch continues

Get outside but practise physical distancing. Interact with nature but don't travel.

As Calgarians get used to the rules for weathering the COVID-19 pandemic, the city's lake communities are making sure residents can safely enjoy their abundance of unique water amenities.

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June 18, 2020 | Tyler Difley

How to navigate home insurance claims and repairs for hail damage

A devastating hailstorm ripped through parts of Calgary on Saturday, shredding siding, breaking windows, pummeling vehicles and flooding streets.

Photos courtesy of Joel Gwillim

April 30, 2020 | Jim Zang

Five tips for successful home staging

In a competitive housing market, if you want to sell your home faster and get your asking price, a degree of home staging is a must.

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Jan. 10, 2020 | Gerald Vander Pyl

The bottom line: How Calgary's 2020 budget will impact the average homeowner

In late November, city council approved the 2020 adjustments to the One Calgary Service Plans and Budgets, setting out the City's budget for the new year. So, what can homeowners expect from the 2020 budget?

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Oct. 30, 2019 | CREBNow

Opportunity to receive $50 – Researchers at the University of Calgary want to hear your perspective

The planning and development of liveable, vibrant neighbourhoods has gained in popularity over the past few decades to increase physical activity, prevent chronic diseases, and promote health and well-being among community residents.

However, there are mixed opinions among homebuyers and sellers, real estate professionals, and community developers about what features contribute to a livable, vibrant and healthy neighbourhood.

The ultimate impact of new Canada-wide mortgage rules on the Calgary housing market is hard to predict. But experts say the new rules, combined with rising interest rates, might make it harder for many people to break into the market.
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Jan. 30, 2018 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Up in the air

Impact of new mortgage rules on Calgary housing market remains uncertain entering 2018

A new Canada-wide stress test for people applying for uninsured mortgages is leading to uncertainty among experts about the possible effects on the Calgary real estate market in 2018.

The federal government's new B-20 guidelines, introduced on Jan. 1, set out a new minimum qualifying rate or "stress test" for mortgages. Borrowers must qualify using the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada, or the contractual mortgage rate plus two per cent – whichever is greater.

The provincial Residential No-Cost Energy Savings Program will supply and install — at no charge — simple products that save energy in homes such as LED light bulbs, efficient showerheads and faucets and various other components.

Dec. 16, 2016 | Miles Durie

The upside of carbon tax

New programs could see homeowners coming out ahead

milesIf you've been paying attention, you're aware that, starting Jan. 1, we'll be paying $1.01 more per gigajoule for natural gas to heat our homes and a few extra cents a litre to fuel our cars.

It's the provincial carbon levy, and it's inevitable.

If you're like me, you want to know what the government is going to do with the revenue.

For starters, it's setting up an agency whose goal is to reduce our utility bills, decrease emissions and save energy in general.

CHAC steering committee members. From left, Sarah Woodgate (City of Calgary), Jyoti Gondek (Haskayne School of Business), Kevin McNichol (Calgary Homeless Foundation), Beverly Jarvis (CHBA-UDI Calgary Region Association), Kim O’Brien (Horizon Housing Society), John Harrop (Attainable Homes Calgary Corporation), and Jennifer Arntfield (City of Calgary). Photo courtesy CHAC

Dec. 07, 2016 | Kathleen Renne

'Wave of the future'

New housing collective seeks group approach to affordability issues

Billed as the first of its kind in Alberta, Calgary's Community Housing Affordability Collective (CHAC) launched earlier this month as a collaborative engine for improving housing affordability in the city.

While a number of local organizations already exist to address barriers to shelter, CHAC is unique is its collaborative approach, said Kim O'Brien, executive director of Horizon Housing Society and co-chair of the CHAC steering community.

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