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Sept. 06, 2012 | CREBNow

Keeping Busy During an Open House

When selling your home, REALTORS® will sometimes hold an open house. Open houses are a way to market and expose the property for you, the seller. While an open house is taking place at your property there are more than enough Calgary and area activities to keep you busy while away for the two to three hours an open house lasts. Here's CREB® Real Estate News' top five.

Aug. 03, 2012 | CREBNow

How To Build a Birdhouse

Depending on your style, Calgary's backyards can vary from a simplistic square of lawn to a green thumb's paradise of terraces, stones, ponds and lush beds of flowers and shrubs. Further adding character to your yard — as well as attracting the singsong crowd of Calgary's many feathered friends including House Sparrows, Black-Capped Chickadees, Red- Breasted Nuthatch and Robins — a birdhouse is a fairly quick and inexpensive do-it-yourself project.

Aug. 03, 2012 | CREBNow

Organize Your Garage

Sometimes the garage is just the place where you park your car and store random items you don't have room for in your home. But, in a few easy steps, you can transform your garage into an organized and aesthetically pleasing addition to your residence.

July 20, 2012 | CREBNow

How To: Make a Rain Barrel

As of the end of June, Calgary has seen 144.6 mm of rainfall. While the rain seemed to put a damper of summer activities in the city in June, the number was far behind the record of 247.6 mm set in 2005, a record that had been held since 224 mm fell in that same timeframe in 1902. For gardeners in the city, rain is part of the sustenance that helps their gardens grow, and even if you aren't a green thumb, having a rain barrel handy can help save on the water bill while maintaining a green lawn.

July 17, 2012 | CREBNow

Setting the Stage

When showing your home for resale, one of the biggest influences for buyers is presentation. For some, this means bringing in a professional home stager to transform the space from drab to fab.

Home stager Mickey Foulds of Metamorphosis Design explained the intention of home staging is to maximize appeal.

July 05, 2012 | CREBNow

Considering Buying a Revenue Property?

As a REALTOR®, I get asked all kinds of questions when it comes to homebuying. Not everyone is buying a home for themselves; some people are looking to expand their investment portfolio so are interested in purchasing homes as a revenue property. Working on this type of investment property is rewarding and challenging for both you and your REALTOR® who will work with you on the marketing and selection of the revenue property.

June 14, 2012 | CREBNow

Antique or Distress Furniture

Have some time on your hands and looking to do a creative DIY project in your home? On a budget and looking to jazz up your old dorm room furniture? Looking to add some vintage chic to your home décor? Why not try antiquing a piece of furniture? Antiquing or stressing furniture adds a rustic, old school look to new furniture with a few quick easy steps.

June 08, 2012 | CREBNow

How to Build a Fire Pit

Spring has sprung and Calgarians have been eagerly soaking up the sunshine on local patios and pathways. For the weekend warrior who can't make it out of the city for some camping or adventures in the mountains, there's always the option of building your own backyard fire pit. When done properly, and by adhering to the The City of Calgary bylaws concerning fire pit regulations, you can have your friends over for a cozy sit around the fire indulging in a barbecue followed by roasted marshmallows or s'mores.

May 09, 2012 | CREBNow

How to: Organize Your Closet

• Empty out the closet. Place all your clothes, shoes and accessories in plain sight (e.g. lay them on the bed), go through them and set aside anything that might be out of style or that you just don't where anymore to take to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.

• When returning things to the closet, suggests storing your most used items in plain sight, storing lesser-used items on the floor or lower shelves and placing your least-used items higher up. Depending on the season, you'll want to switch out warm sweaters and long-sleeves for tank tops and shorts so they're easily within reach.

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