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The City of Calgary is proud to have 17% of the designated park space as off-leash space. With 150 off-leash areas in and around the City there’s sure to be one close to home. Dog parks are full of people who share their love for their best fur friends, where you can meet people from your area and join in different dog groups to give Fido (and you) an opportunity to make new friends.  

Say Hello to Calgary's Off-Leash Ambassadors

Animal and Bylaw Services in Calgary have been piloting a program in selected off-leash areas, Off-Leash Ambassador Program, that places volunteers in the parks to act as liaisons to the City. They’re there to help promote positive interactions, safety and invite citizens to discuss ideas and concerns that they feel need to

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It’s a seller’s market in Calgary which means new home buyers are often making quick decisions about a home purchase. As a new home buyer you may think your child is automatically accepted into the designated school in the community but that may not be the case.

According to the Calgary Board of Education a number of CBE schools can no longer accommodate all the students designated to them, due to a significant growth in the school-age population. Parents should phone the designated school for the community they are considering buying in and confirm if there is available space in the 2014-2015 school year.

The CBE has set criteria it uses to for acceptance.

  1. Students residing within the walk zone who have a sibling attending the school (see
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House sales in certain Calgary communities and specific real estate price ranges have been more than warm this spring. March saw declining new listings in single family homes in addition to brisk sales. An increase in housing demand has come from an attractive economy, increased immigration to the city and a tight rental market. This resulted in the lowest level in inventory Calgary has seen since 2006.

Early spring has favoured the seller with many homes selling at or above list price and with multiple offers. This year 2,377 properties sold in April, and 529 of them for more than list price. The unadjusted single-family benchmark price totaled $496,700 in April, a nearly 10% increase over April 2013 and up slightly over 1% from March figures.

For

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February 2014 saw the number of listings for single family homes decrease by almost 5 per cent with 89 fewer listings than the same month last year. The first time home buyers trying to get into starter homes priced below $300,000 are particularly having a hard time with low inventory.

Despite the low inventory single family homes sales increased by 1.9 per cent over the previous year with 1,230 sales. The benchmark price for single family homes in Calgary in February was $482,800 an increased of 9.11 per cent over the previous year. Average days on the market dropped to 29 last month from 37 in February 2013, a decrease of 20.67 per cent.

Condo apartments and condo townhomes actually had an increase in listings in February with a 26.71 per cent and

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By the Fall of 2014 Calgary communities with postal codes starting with T2B and T3J will lose their Canada Post mail delivery and convert to communal neighbourhood "superboxes." T2B includes the communities of Dover and Erin Woods while T3J includes Castleridge and Falconridge. These are just the first of many Calgary communities that will evenually lose their door-to-door mail service.

I can appreciate that Canada Post like any business needs to streamline and be more efficient, but in the future when my community switches to superboxes and its minus 25 degrees Celsius outside (minus 35 with wind chill)  I’m not sure I’m going to be thinking about efficiency. I can see it now,  I’ll take off my winter gloves and with numb hands I’ll shake as I open

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Canada Sochi Olympics

Congratulations to all of the Canadian athletes who participated in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. I can only imagine the dedication, commitment and drive it takes for your Olympic dream to come true.

I was particularly touched by a couple of Olympic moments. I was brought to tears watching live as Justin Wadsworth ran out with a cross country ski to replace Russian skier Anton Gafarov’s broken one. It was heart breaking watching Anton struggle with a broken ski and then heart-warming to see a Canadian coach run to his rescue. As a Canadian how can your heart not swell with pride.

The other golden moment was when Gilmore Junio selflessly allowed teammate Denny Morrison to compete in his place in the 1,000 metre long track. Denny went on to win

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Calgary Townhouse For Sale in New Brighton

Welcome to 213 New Brighton Villas located in the popular community of New Brighton, Calgary. When you walk into this 1,200 square foot English inspired townhome, you will be struck by how bright and open it is. With beautiful hardwood and a free-flowing design on the main floor it’s easy to imagine entertaining family and friends. The large granite island and the dark stained maple cabinets that extend to the ceiling will especially impress guests. The kitchen also features stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar, and an abundance of natural light provided by big windows.

This home offers a flexible way of living with two master bedrooms, both with private ensuites and walk-in closets. It’s perfect for an office, guests or a roommate. For extra

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5 bedroom inner city Calgary home for sale

Welcome to Henwood Street and this stunning custom built 5 bedroom home for sale in inner city Calgary, Alberta. The second you walk into this home you’ll be impressed by the gorgeous stain glass door. This inviting front entry leads to an elegant living area. Light pours into this room from the beautiful oversized west and south facing windows. With hardwood throughout and a gas fireplace this room is ideally sui8ted for curling up and readying a great book, enjoying family time or entertaining close friends.

The kitchen is beautifully bright and airy, with an immense granite island and breakfast bar. This space is truly a delight with stainless steel appliances, lovely rich cabinetry and a spacious pantry. The open kitchen offers a generous dining

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Call your Realtor® before you renovate.

It’s that time of year when you may be thinking of renovating your home. Many renovations can improve the value of your property, however unusual or excessive renovations can often do the opposite. Even if you are not thinking of selling, it's a great idea to consult your Realtor® before you start a sigificant reno project. A Realtor® can offer advice on which renovations may provide the best value for your home.

There are a number of renovations that can offer good return on your investment. Updating or remodelling the kitchen or bathrooms is a great place to start. New windows and doors, or basement renovations are also a good investment. Low cost improvements can include painting or updating the toillet or vaniety. Be careful anytime you renovate.

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January was a strong start to the year as Calgary saw a 15 per cent increase in residential real estate sales and a 12.34 per cent increase in the average home price compared to the same period in 2012. In fact, it was the best  January for homes sales since 2008.

The average sale price of a single family home in Calgary for the month of January increase by 12.74 per cent to $496,579 compared to January sales in 2012. The average sale price of condo apartments saw an increase of 13.09 per cent to $280,273, while condo townhomes rose by 7.61 per cent to $320,590.

Calgary had 1,230 total MLS sales for the month of January, up 15.17 per cent over last year. Single family home sales were up 15.20 per cent to 879, while condo apartment sales were up 13.97

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