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Dec. 22, 2020 | Tyler Difley

New year, new you: real estate resolutions for 2021

In a normal year, crafting a few New Year's resolutions can be a fun way to identify opportunities for personal growth and development in the year ahead. However, 2020 has not been a normal year by any stretch.

Given the circumstances, you could certainly be forgiven for deciding that 2021 requires no loftier pledge than "I will make it through this year in one piece." But if you are still looking for some self-improvement suggestions, here are a few real estate resolutions to set you up for success next year:
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Dec. 22, 2020 | Josh Skapin

CMHC program can save "green" borrowers up to 25 per cent on mortgage insurance premiums

Along with lowering monthly utility bills, green home features can also cut costs for homeowners by reducing their mortgage insurance premium.

Depending on the home's degree of energy efficiency, up to a quarter of a borrower's premium can be covered by a rebate through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) Green Home program.
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Nov. 09, 2020 | Barb Livingstone

COVID-19 continues to shift renovation priorities for Calgary homeowners

Space for an office and private Zoom calls, a workout room, a more spacious kitchen – these are all growing renovation demands Calgary companies are fielding from customers working through the pandemic.

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July 27, 2020 | Tyler Difley

Four local Instagrammers to follow for DIY inspiration and resources

When it comes to various projects around the house, the do-it-yourself route is appealing for many reasons – from saving money to the sense of accomplishment from a job well done. If you are looking for more info, or even just a little bit of inspiration, before you take the DIY plunge, these Calgary Instagram accounts are a great place to start:

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May 19, 2020 | Geoff Geddes

Catching rays: sunrooms are becoming a hot commodity in Calgary

As temperatures rise, so too does interest in enjoying the sun from the comfort of one's home, and a sunroom is one option that is easy to warm up to.

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Feb. 21, 2020 | Andrea Cox

HGTV Canada's Bryan Baeumler shares his advice for DIY renovators ahead of Calgary Home + Garden Show

One of Canada's most well-known and down-to-earth construction and renovation gurus, HGTV Canada's Bryan Baeumler has some savvy advice for anyone tackling a home renovation project this spring.

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Oct. 23, 2019 | Geoff Geddes

Consider your options before replacing your water heater

Like oxygen, hot water is something you only appreciate when it's absent. So, it's not surprising that a water heater is a vital part of the home. Since each home has its own hot water needs, understanding the various types of heaters and what they offer will help you make the right choice for your family.

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Oct. 23, 2019 | Gerald Vander Pyl

Bathroom rebirth: How to create the perfect at-home oasis

Bathrooms have obvious practical uses, but for many people, they are also a place for relaxation and rejuvenation.

This need for both style and function is why a complete bathroom remodel is a popular renovation, especially for ensuite baths.

Oct. 23, 2019 | Jim Zang

Game of thrones: Bathroom boutiques are flush with toilet options

Imagine waking in the middle of the night to a familiar feeling in your bladder – nature is calling. As you walk into the bathroom, a warm blue light appears near the base of the toilet, guiding you on your mission. At the same time, the seat, already preset to a comfortable temperature, senses your proximity and silently rises. One push of a button later, the built-in sound system starts playing your favourite song – Taking Care of Business by Bachman Turner Overdrive.

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Oct. 10, 2019 | Jim Zang

Making the grade: Foundation inspection is an important part of the pre-purchase process

When you're buying a new home, the last thing you need is to inherit someone else's problems. Even if you've done a walkthrough and taken a close look at plumbing fixtures, paint and ceilings, the potential for disaster might be lurking just beneath the surface – literally.

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