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Dec. 11, 2019 | Sam Crick and Tamara Stearns

SPONSORED: How to stage your home during the holidays

The holiday season gives most people the feels – "most" being the operative word. It's important to keep this in mind when selling your home during the festive season. It's easy to go overboard. (If you're not sure what we mean, watch the notorious house-lighting scene from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation for a reminder.)

An open house is a great opportunity to welcome eager homebuyers and show off your home in all its warm, wonderful glory. Here are some tips to stage your home for a sale, while keeping it tasteful:
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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:

Inn from the Cold donor relations director Janeen Webb said the organization is seeing similar usage numbers this year when compared to 2015. Photo by Michelle Hofer/For CREB®Now
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June 07, 2017 | Kathleen Renne

Hope is on the way

Inn from the Cold reports consistent number of bed stays to 2015

A haven of hope – that's how many guests at Inn from the Cold describe Alberta's only barrier-free shelter exclusively for families, which continues to see capacity-like numbers leading into one of its busiest times of the year.

"One of the things we're doing here is restoring dignity," said director of donor relations Janeen Webb.

In the face of Alberta's ongoing economic downturn, Inn from the Cold has reported about 30,000 bed stays so far in 2016. Webb said that's consistent with 2015 when the organization saw almost 40,000 stays by year's end.

Royal LePage Benchmark is collecting new unwrapped toys and cash donations for the Children’s Cottage Society and Brenda's House until Dec. 9. Photo courtesy Royal LePage Benchmark
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Dec. 07, 2016 | Shelley Boettcher

Season of giving

Real estate industry steps up to help Calgarians in need

The holiday season is here, and, for many people, that means food, family, Christmas lights, a visit from Santa and piles of presents under the tree.

But not everyone is so lucky, especially given Alberta's tough economy.

That's why many real estate professionals are stepping up their volunteer efforts this year to put some joy into the lives of their fellow Albertans.

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Nov. 02, 2016 | Giselle Wedemire

Curb your enthusiasm

How to get the sell and still be festive

With the holidays hot on their heels, homeowners will have plenty of opportunities over the next couple of months to indulge in outdoor decorations that range from the gruesome and garish to the feel-good and festive.

Yet housing experts still urge homeowners to keep curb appeal in mind when it comes to going over-the-top this Halloween and Christmas.

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Dec. 22, 2015 | Deborah Harrison

'Twas the week before Christmas...

Setting the table for a perfect soirée

There is not a week more beautiful than the one before Christmas – despite the craziness of decorating the home, last-minute shopping, attending kid's concerts and, most importantly, planning holiday soirées.

The coming days will call for equal parts of cosy warmth, pops of posh, tasty appies and sparkling embellishments – whether to be hung on a tree or drank from a glass. All that sparkles matters at this time of year.

Try to keep it simple when planning your parties. You should enjoy preparing for it as much as being present at it.

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Dec. 15, 2015 | Cody Stuart

How to .... hang Christmas lights

OK, so the weather outside may not be frightful but that just means there's still time to add a little holiday cheer to your home before the snow begins to fall. With a few simple steps you can be cosily ensconced in your home bedecked with colourful strings of Christmas lights during the long winter evenings.

For those DIY homeowners, here are a few simple steps and tips to make your home merry and bright:

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Dec. 17, 2014 | CREBNow

Dreaming of a green Christmas

The City of Calgary suggests changing up some holiday acts to decrease environmental impact

The City is urging residents to green up their season this year with some easy tips.

"It doesn't have to be complicated to cut back our environmental impact this time of year," said Claire Beckstead, corporate environmental specialist witht he City. "There are many simple green actions Calgarians can take that lessen our impact on the environment while keeping the fun and excitement of the season."


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