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Welcome to the Weekender!

After a couple weeks trapped in the polar vortex, things have finally warmed up a bit and the weather forecast for the weekend is looking great (by mid-February standards, that is). But before you head outside to enjoy the fresh air, make sure you get caught up on the latest news from the world of Calgary real estate!

This week in CREB®Now

Courtesy of Randy Chevrier

My First Home: Randy Chevrier, longtime Calgary Stampeder and three-time Grey Cup champion

After bouncing around from city to city for years pursuing his football dream, Randy Chevrier found a home in Calgary with the Stampeders and put down roots. Chevrier chatted with CREB®Now’s George Johnson about the decision he and his wife made to buy their first home in Tuscany, and why it didn’t take them long to go from first-time to move-up buyers.

Courtesy of Peter Hughes Landscape

Backyard makeover: it’s time to start planning your 2021 landscaping projects

There’s still snow on the ground – and probably quite a bit more of the white stuff to come before all is said and done – but it’s time to start thinking about your backyard beautification plans for the warm-weather months. If another pandemic summer awaits us, a well-appointed outdoor space will be worth its weight in gold – so get cracking!

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Eight tips for saving money on your home insurance

Nobody likes to pay for insurance, but unfortunately, it’s a necessary expense in many situations, including the protection of your home. The good news is it’s usually possible to get a better deal. Here are a few ways to do just that!

ICYMI

Illustration by Rachel Niebergal

True colours: Pantone’s 2021 Colour of the Year and the history of a trendsetter

For more than 20 years, the people of the Pantone Colour Institute have been dictating design trends all over the world with their Colour of the Year. Find out what 2021’s selection (or, SPOILER ALERT, selections) brings to the table and learn how Pantone became the global authority on colour.

The funnies

The fact that when I saw this photo, taken when it was about -3 C by my estimation, I thought, “Good for them, nothing out of the ordinary here,” is simply evidence I’ve lived in Calgary for too long (i.e., my whole life).

Additional reading

Have a great weekend!