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October 2013

Found 3 blog entries for October 2013.

A Beautiful Lawn Sends a Good Message

Calgary landscaping and lawn improvementWell, it’s a strange time to be talking about yards and lawns with such little time left where you can improve your home’s lawn but aesthetics are important, because that first impression for buyers is critical to avoiding any generating critical attitudes and bad feelings. 

A great lawn may even raise your home price by a few thousand dollars too.

It’s not something you can show well in website photos, and you can’t smell a lawn through your computer screen.  So the important benefit of having a nice lush green lawn, especially in the dry climate of Calgary and region, is the emotional lift it gives buyers. 

Sure, people may not want your dirty bathroom or out of date kitchen and those factors may be number

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Well, the current consensus among mortgage experts and real estate people is that mortgage rates may rise again. How much they will is a point of debate. There's a lot of mixed signals.

Apparently, the US is ending quantitative easing which would stop upward pressure on US interest rates. Our central bank rates has stayed stuck on 1% for 3 years now, so it might be hard to take any warnings about rate hikes very seriously. There's quite a bit of noise in the UK about rising rates there. Some believe higher interest rates will cause a lot of damage in our real estate market. Calgary is very resilient. The US economy is rebounding and energy prices remain high. Other areas of Canada such as Toronto and Montreal may get find market conditions worse, but

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calgary building permitThe latest stats on building permits issued for the Calgary market is in from Stats Can. The numbers are very good. The new building permits reflect a lot of optimism about the Calgary economy. And across Alberta the outlook is positive too.

Building contractors were issued $843.9 million in building permits in the Calgary region in July. That's up a whopping 56% from June.  Stats Canada said building permits were up 116% from last July 2012.  On a monthly basis however, the residential permits fell by almost 5% in Calgary to $328.8 million. Non-residential permits rose by 166% to $515.1 million.

Across Alberta all residential and commercial building permits climbed to $1.6 billion in Alberta during July, which is a whopping 19% growth month over

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