Real Estate Blog


Last March, for the first time since 2001, a NDP government delivered a budget to British Columbians for the coming year.

The name of the game in the new budget is affordability — huge investments were promised in everything from childcare to healthcare to housing.

With pledges of money, though, comes a need to generate revenue to fund it. With that came a plethora of new regulations and taxes in the property market, outlined the budget.

The main take-aways for real estate in B.C. are:

1. Speculation Tax

This new annual tax will apply to foreign and domestic property owners who are not residents of B.C.

Some exemptions may be made for principal residences or long-term rental properties but it will include properties that are left

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1. Doors and Windows
The cost of a new door is almost entirely recouped when it comes to selling and greatly improves both look and security. A steel door costs an average of $1,162 and would recoup nearly 97 per cent of that cost, according to a survey by Cost vs. Value Report.

The same is true for windows. Dual pane windows in particular are popular and, in addition to improving attractiveness, can cut heating costs in the winter.

2. Landscaping
With warmer weather come fresh flowers and plenty of yard work. “Curb appeal” is hugely important when it comes to selling. Use your garden’s size and dimensions to your advantage — cutting back overgrown bushes and planting a delicate perimeter of flowers can do wonders for a small garden. Even for

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The Lonely Dinner (March 10 – April 8)
Two worlds – one tranquil, one crazy – crash in this play.

Natalie MacMaster at the Orchestra (March 16 – 17)
She is one of Canada’s great music musical talents, nominated for multiple Juno Awards and a Grammy Award. Performing at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

The Black and White Ball (March 17)
Fundraiser performance for Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. Come dressed in black or white.

Taste of Jamaica (March 31)
Learn more about Jamaica, while enjoying traditional and delicious fare. Also live performances and music.

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Adding an eye catching and stunning rug in your living room can automatically elevate your home. Check out some of the design trends for floor rugs this year.
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Homeowners in Calgary began receiving their 2018 property assessment notices in the mail at the beginning of the year.   By now, everyone should have received one and have a clear idea of the assessed value of their property.   This is important because this value determines the property taxes that must be paid. On average, the assessment value for residential properties in Calgary rose two percent compared to last year.

Areas in Scarboro-Sunalta West, Rosedale, Roxboro, Mount Pleasant, West Hillhurst and Rosscarrock saw the largest assessment increase. In contrast, condos on average saw a decrease.
 
You can look up different property assessments on the City of Calgary’s Assessment search tool to compare different 2018 property…
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From smart watches to smart kettles, technology is entering homes at the speed of light.

One of the biggest home technology trends for 2018 is that devices now provide many uses — just one function won’t cut it anymore.

A new voice activated mirror recently came out that changes the lighting, tells you the weather and plays music as you get ready. There’s a door alert system that not only provides lighting but also extends the home’s wifi.

Part of it is an issue of space and availability of outlets — why buy an item that only does one thing when the same sized device does many functions?

Home security is a key example of how technology in the home is taking off.

Many of the security systems on offer are fully integrated and often

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YYC Hot Chocolate Fest (Feb. 1 – 28)
Dozens of cafes and restaurants compete for the best hot chocolate in Calgary – and must be taste-tested, of course!

Eugene Onegin (Feb. 3 – 9)
Russian opera all about love in one epic masterpiece.

Northern Cree (Feb. 15)
A different Alberta artist is featured every month – this month has singing, drumming and powwow and round dances.

Block Heater (Feb. 15 – 17)
A little preview of the folk festival to come with local, national and international musicians.

Little Modern Market (Feb. 17)
Cute pop-up market in the suburbs, winter edition.

Motown The Musical (Feb. 20 – 25)
The American Dream is brought the stage in this musical production.

Engaged (Feb. 24)
Wedding show where couples have get help with everything from planning to…
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