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I have done a lot of renovations over the past few years. I still don't pretend to know how to do it right.Currently I have someone laying flooring in a rental property in Altadore, Calgary, AB. I hired him as he is a friend, and I've seen his work.  It is nothing stellar ... but fine for my rent...

By Bryon Howard
(Remax House of Real Estate)
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I've recently read the "Four Hour Work Week" by Tim Ferris. Tim is a big promoter of Outsourcing your life.This evening, I posted two ads, in my first attempt to outsource my life ... and hire independent contractors. The below ad was posted on Craigslist. It's a fun attempt at trying to get some...

By Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS
(Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale)
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Please welcome Keith Vincent, a new Active Rain member from Calgary, AB! Keith is a Realtor with Maxwell Westview Realty in Calgary.  I met him online while searching for information about real estate in the Calgary region of Alberta.  Keith is an experienced Realtor in Calgary with a reputation...
I study the economic fundamentals on buying Calgary, Alberta real estate nearly everyday.Yesterday I attended CREB's (Calgary Real Estate Board) Forecast 2008 Conference and Trade Show. Our feature Speaker was Diane Francis, broadcaster, best-selling author, and editor-at-large for The National P...

By Bryon Howard
(Remax House of Real Estate)
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The stats are out ... and Single Family Homes in Calgary appreciated 16.62% in 2007. Condo's increased by 20.41% ... for combined appreciation of 18.62%! The year-to-date average price of a single family Calgary metro home in 2007 was $472,230, and the year to-date average price of a metro condom...

By Bryon Howard
(Remax House of Real Estate)
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The northeast is in celebration mode ... the McKnight Westwinds CTrain opens on Monday.Serving residents of Saddle Ridge, Martindale, Taradale, Westwinds, Castleridge, Falconridge and Coral Springs, the 2.8 km extension of the northeast LRT (light rail transit) line to McKknight Westwinds will pr...

By Bryon Howard
(Remax House of Real Estate)
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The International Avenue BRZ (Business Revitalization Zone) has beenworking hard along side University of Calgary's faculty of environmental design ... in improving the physical environment of the 35-block strip known as 17th Ave SE.One of the first projects is about to see the start of construct...

By Bryon Howard
(Remax House of Real Estate)
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I'm middle aged. Life has been good. Life in real estate (as an investor and agent) has been great.I've been considering my chosen profession.I love this business. I love helping others create wealth by buying real estate. (That could be a first time home owner, a boomer choosing a recreation pro...

By Bryon Howard
(Remax House of Real Estate)
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I recently sent out a spread sheet designed by someone else ... that had a formula on GRM.While it is one of many ways to begin due diligence on an potential investment property, I prefer to use a simpler method. I like to calculate using "The 10% rule".I divide potential annual rent into purchas...

By Bryon Howard
(Remax House of Real Estate)
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Altadore Elementary School, 4506 16 St SW, Calgary, is hosting an open house on Tuesday, Dec 4, at 1:30. My son went to this excellent school and enjoyed:Community involvementmusicroboticssmall class sizes,naturalization play groundsocial responsibilityphysical educationinquiry-based learning.If ...

By Bryon Howard
(Remax House of Real Estate)
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The South Calgary Community Association is looking for dedicated folks to volunteer to help keep the ice this winter. Please call 244-5411 or email info@southcalgarycommunity.ca for more info.

By Bryon Howard
(Remax House of Real Estate)
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Did you know that in Calgary, Albeta, there are over 35 Condo projects which are all scheduled to be completed by 2010. This will put an additional 5,000 condos on the market by the end of 2010.I'm not sure pre-construction speculation is a sound investment strategy!However, buying a good solid '...

By Bryon Howard
(Remax House of Real Estate)
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Did you know that in Calgary, Albeta, there are over 35 Condo projects which are all scheduled to be completed by 2010. This will put an additional 5,000 condos on the market by the end of 2010.I'm not sure pre-construction speculation is a sound investment strategy!However, buying a good solid '...

By Bryon Howard
(Remax House of Real Estate)
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The Edmonton Journal reported that Home renters use the below 3 strategies to find a home: 90% begin with internet searchesMany drive the neighbourhoods they want to rent in ... and look for signs.Less than 10% use the classified section of the newspaper.The Lesson ... if you have rental properti...
My blog is mostly good news stories. I try to personalize it. Sometimes it is better than other times. My property manager called today ... asking if I wanted the good news or the bad news first.The good news ... we got rid of the tenants in Penbroke, SE, Calgary ... who owe me about $9,200. The ...

By Bryon Howard
(Remax House of Real Estate)
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The inventory of major Alberta construction projects is 228 billion dollars. According to Richard Corriveau, regional economist for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp, this is a conservative number. It only includes projects that cost at least $5 Million dollars.There's still lots of optimism and e...

By Bryon Howard
(Remax House of Real Estate)
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Geoffry Scotton of the Calgary Herald recently reported that there has been little substantial slowing of overall economic activity in Calgary. Calgary continues to perform above expectations despite some unsettling influences that include low natural gas prices, royalty review and the increase i...

By Jennifer Wilson, Agent Solutions
(Agent Solutions)
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I think we can admit that winter has finally touched Calgary and it is likely here to stay for the next few months. Thankfully though our winters here are not without a fair amount of sun and the occasional chinook, unlike our neighboring province of British Columbia to the west.With the cold sno...

By Bryon Howard
(Remax House of Real Estate)
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My sister, who lives nearby, arrived at my door this morning at about 7:15am ... covered in snow. She was out walking and decided to stop by. She recently assisted my brother in buying his first Calgary home, and now she's nervous that there will be a World Economic Slow down in the spring. She's...

By Bryon Howard
(Remax House of Real Estate)
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Un-sophisticated investors follow the herd ... or do whatever one else is doing. They buy when everyone else is buying, and they sell the sky seems to be falling ... and everyone is selling.Sophisticated investors study the market fundamentals and use the "Real Estate Cycle" to their advantage. K...

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