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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Short haul

Tips on how to minimize your carbon footprint when moving

Between packing boxes and hauling all of your earthly possessions, moving can be a real drag – especially on the environment.

From fuel emissions to cardboard boxes, the carbon footprint that comes with moving can be tremendous, said Zach Williams, digital marketing manager at Highland Moving & Storage Ltd., which operates Calgary’s eco-friendly movers Frogbox.

Luckily, Williams said green moving is a growing market thanks to the public’s increased awareness of the issue of climate change.

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Tiny homes trend faces big hurdle in Calgary

City needs to pave the way for small housing option

If Tiny House Hunters, the compact-sized spin-off of HGTV’s hit show House Hunters, is anything to go by, tiny homes may be coming to a neighbourhood near you. That is, if the neighbourhoods near you are in the United States.

Up north, however, the question of whether tiny houses will be fully embraced by Calgarians is up for debate.

With their limited size – usually around 400 sq. ft. or less – tiny houses often come at a fraction of the price of their traditional counterparts. Though prices vary from builder to builder, Kijiji listings for tiny homes for sale in the Calgary area range from about $17,000 to $39,000. (more…)

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Lay of the land

The dish on real property reports

Lost in the lexicon of real estate transactions, a real property report can paint a picture that, in many cases, is worth much more than a thousand words.

An RPR, which is an essential part of real estate transactions, provides a visual and written assessment on the current state of affairs on a given property.

Performed by licensed land surveyors – and ranging in cost from $800 to $1,000 each – this report will disclose essential information such as the property line of a plot of land, recent improvements made to a property and details on any permanent structures (such as sheds, decks, houses, and garages) built on a property.

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Who gets what?

Exploring the less-than-wonderful world of divorce and property division

Though a divorce or separation can be a painful period of time for a couple, the question of who gets what once a marriage dissolves can often be the great unknown.

Uncertainty about assets and individual financial security play a significant role in making a potentially difficult time even harder, says Lindsay Ewens-Jones, a family law lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator with McGurk LLP Family Law Lawyers.

“When people are separating or going through a divorce, they are anxious about their future, both financial and otherwise,” said Ewen-Jones. “So what [each party] will receive in the ultimate division of property is of great concern.”

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