Downtown and the Beltline have paced Calgary apartment sales in 2016 thus far. CREB®Now file photo

Easy adjustment

Apartment sector prompts optimism for buyers

After living in southwest communities of Midnapore and Evergreen for 27 years, transitioning to an apartment in Mission was an easy decision for Michelle Norman.

“Condo living was a very easy adjustment,” she said. “I like the idea of being surrounded by a good mix of young and older residents as well as not having to worry about such things as yard work and snow removal.”


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Stress test

Experts say new mortgage rules might take some buyers out of the game

Getting into your “ideal” home might be more difficult following the introduction of new federal regulations pertaining to insured mortgages.

Under new regulations introduced this week, all mortgages must be “stress-tested” at the posted rate instead of negotiated rates that have recently been around 2.5 per cent.

Previously, only mortgages with a term less than five years, as well as any variable-rate mortgages, had to qualify at the benchmark rate.


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Curtis Van Charles Sorensen is behind the new Window to the Wild public art installation, a series of nine mixed media images of local wildlife along East Village’s RiverWalk that launched this week. Photo by Wil Andruschak/For CREB®Now

Blank canvas

Developers creating public art ‘for the people that belongs to the people’

It’s Sunday morning and soft skiffs of white snow blanket the still green grass, while golden and red leaves cling tightly to drooping branches laden with the heaviness of an early fall storm.

As the sun streams through a parting overcast sky, melting the show of winter that has arrived all too soon, the landscape becomes an artistic vista – one of twinkling light and impressionistic colour as St. Patrick’s Island awakens to the day.


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Hiring professional movers is certainly more costly than doing it yourself, but can definitely make the move less stressful and potentially less work for you.  Getty Images photo

Top four questions to consider when planning a move

How to set up a successful relocation

marcy-headshotWhether you are moving down the street, across town or across an ocean, the key to a successful move is organization and planning.

Here are four questions to consider when planning a move:

  1. How much time do I have?

Spend as much time as you can planning for your move. If your move is quick, taking even a bit of time to make a plan will pay off in the end. Having more time to plan and thoroughly consider your options can save you both money and stress.


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If your yard is a bar, mushrooms are not just furniture. They are the patrons and the servers in your yard bar. They drink in the sugars and pass around the snacks.  Photo by Donna Balzer/For CREB®Now

Can I take your order?

If your yard is a bar, mushrooms are the patrons and the wait staff

newDonnawebThe phone call came during my regular CBC radio phone-in show.

The caller had heard Dr. Scholl’s foot powder was a fungicide. She knew lawn mushrooms were a type of fungus, so she wondered if she could kill her lawn mushrooms with foot powder – active ingredient Tolfanate, a synthetic thiocarbamate.

“No, definitely not,” I exclaimed.


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