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Thursday, June 27, 2013 - Pearl Tower might signal upwardly mobile trend

Could the rise of Edmonton?s tallest condo building signal a race to the top? Crews working on Pearl Tower poured the concrete for the 36th floor earlier this month, making the luxury high-rise one storey taller than first planned and the dominant feature of the west end of Jasper Avenue. While advocates say the City Centre Airport is unfairly blamed for height limits on downtown buildings, developer Ken Cantor says he believes other projects will reach for the skies when the city begins ...

posted in Edmonton Real Estate at Thu, 27 Jun 2013 23:00:47 -0600

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - Edmonton housing starts taper off after torrid 2012: CMHC

EDMONTON - After an impressive 2012, the Edmonton housing market will see some moderation for 2013 as new housing starts are projected to decline, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. ?This year we are projecting a little bit of a pullback,? said Lai Sing Louie, regional economist with the federal agency. In a report released Tuesday on the second quarter 2013 Housing Market Outlook, the Crown corporation said this can be attributed to slower economic and job growth within ... Full Article...

posted in Edmonton Real Estate at Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:50:27 -0600

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - Edmonton Folk Fest continues sellout streak

EDMONTON ? The final tickets and passes to the 33rd annual Edmonton Folk Music Festival sold out online in 12 minutes Saturday, three minutes slower than last year. The first batch of 5,500 four-day passes and 2,000 of the single day tickets went to some of the 2,100 people who crowded the stands at Telus Field by 8 a.m. Saturday with pizza, hot drinks and something to read. Each person was given a ticket lottery card on the way into the facility. They eagerly waited to see whether the letter ... Full Article...

posted in Edmonton Events at Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:44:13 -0600

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - Get ready for summer musical festivals - Alberta offers plenty of outdoor events

EDMONTON - Considering the state of the music industry it seems a little insane to consider the idea of starting a music festival. They?re still popping up in various shapes and sizes, though, targeting audiences that might be overlooked by some of the bigger fests. The Interstellar Rodeo has almost completely sold out in its second year at Hawrelak Park, and local promoter Aaron Getz had a successful run with the first year of his Hot Plains Music Fest, which ran for three days in a few venues ... Full Article...

posted in Edmonton Events at Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:41:19 -0600

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - Festival preview: North Country Fair celebrates its 35th birthday

PREVIEW North Country Fair Where: Near Driftpile, map at When: Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23 Tickets: advance $110 at Blackbyrd Myoozik (10442 82nd Ave.), Earth?s General Store (9605 82nd Ave.) or at gate $140 EDMONTON - Since being commonly known as ?Hippie Days? in its early years, North Country Fair celebrates its 35th birthday this week. And the best aspect of the fair shifts widely, depending on who?s talking. Organizers like to stress it?s a family affair, which is a ...

posted in Edmonton Events at Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:29:58 -0600

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - Editorial: Summer in the city

Technically speaking, summer began a week ago when the sun hit the Tropic of Cancer. But for most of us, summer won't really start until this long weekend when we hit the barbecue or the hammock. Or for the more energetic, when we hit the river valley trails. Ah, summer in Edmonton. Is there a city on the planet that embraces the season with more anticipation or enthusiasm or, dare we say, passion? Let's be honest, many of us look forward to summer like the return of a long lost love, one we ... Full Article...

posted in Edmonton Events at Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:27:18 -0600

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - New music festival planned for downtown Edmonton - Whitehorse, Plants & Animals among performers

EDMONTON - Want some Canadian music to go with your turkey? This Thanksgiving long weekend, music fans can work off the pumpkin pie by grooving to the sounds emanating from Edmonton?s newest festival, The Up + Downtown Music and Arts Festival. The two-day event, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13, will host more than 50 performers in eight downtown indoor venues as a way to celebrate independent music and visual art. October may sound like an odd time to hold a music ...

posted in Edmonton Events at Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:25:20 -0600

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - Tighter rules meant to help homebuyers avoid huge debt

Home ownership is one of the cornerstones of building wealth and the major decision around buying your first home can be stressful and really exciting all at the same time. First-time homebuyers have a lot to think about and, to complicate matters, the rules continue to change and evolve. Homebuyers plan The homebuyers plan was first introduced in 1992 to help homebuyers use their RRSPs as a down payment for their first home. The plan originally allowed Canadians to borrow up to $20,000 from ... Full Article...

posted in Mortgages at Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:12:19 -0600

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - Why smaller housing is better for some - Surrey project offering Canada's smallest condos raises que

Surrey project offering Canada's smallest condos raises questions about minimum suite sizes, need for parking and consumer - See more at: Municipal affairs lawyer and former Vancouver social planner and alderman Jonathan Baker can be a very witty guy. I once sought a legal opinion from him after then-Vancouver planning director Ray Spaxman suggested the zoning of a site might not be valid since the zoning line had been drawn accidentally. Baker responded that zoning is like pregnancy; it's a ... Full Article...

posted in Mortgages at Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:06:18 -0600

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - The psychology of home buying - What happens inside your head when you choose a home? You may think

What happens inside your head when you choose a home? You may think you're deciding by logic, but don't be so sure You'd buy a sweater on impulse, but when it comes to buying a home it's all about calm deliberation, right? You might be surprised. Price, square footage, location: "All that can be trumped by the visceral reaction of seeing a home," says June Cotte, who teaches marketing at Western University's Ivey Business School."Smells, colours, sounds you can hear inside or from the outside - ... Full Article...

posted in Mortgages at Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:10:03 -0600

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - The language of selling houses - A cross-Canada exploration of the most frequently used words on hou

A cross-Canada exploration of the most frequently used words on house listings shows us a little about our varied priorities Your home may very well be beautiful, but if you describe it as such to potential buyers, you're hardly being original. According to data compiled by the online real estate listings portal Point2Homes, "hardwood floors" is the most common word or short phrase used in Canadian real estate listings, followed by "beautiful" and "stainless steel appliances." (In the graphic ... Full Article...

posted in Mortgages at Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:05:11 -0600

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - Getting your home sale or purchase right

BUYING Preparation: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.'s free, downloadable 72-page guide Buying a Home walks you through the entire house-hunting and -buying process. There's also a condominium guide: step at a time: Before seriously house hunting, have your mortgage financing in place, says Kent Browne, broker of record with Royal LePage Team Realty in Ottawa. Make sure you also have roughly two per cent of the anticipated purchase price set aside ... Full Article...

posted in Mortgages at Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:00:57 -0600

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - Paying off mortgage safer than investing the cash

Study after study suggests that Canadians are having a tough time paying off their mortgages, as debt levels continue to hit record levels year after year. Why? Could it be that there are more opportunities to spend? Could it be that some people don't want to pay off their mortgages faster? Or are some professionals advising alternate investment strategies, suggesting that paying off the mortgage is not the best financial strategy? BIG MORTGAGES AFFECT RETIREMENT Rebecca and Darcy are in their ... Full Article...

posted in Mortgages at Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:57:40 -0600

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - Transforming ugly concrete walls into beautiful vertical gardens

It's Mike Weinmaster's job to make ugly grey concrete walls beautiful by turning them into fabulously verdant vertical gardens. Last year, at a luxury condo in the Pennyfarthing development at Creekside Drive in Vancouver, he was asked to find a way to disguise a prominent eight-foot brick chimney stack that was blocking a million-dollar panoramic view of False Creek. By turning the chimney into a lavishly planted garden pillar, spilling over on all sides with lush green foliage and scented ... Full Article...

posted in Gardening at Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:51:34 -0600

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - Air plants hardly science fiction

If you've never seen an air plant, when you first do, you may think you're the subject of a botanical hoax. That's because air plants don't look like they could possibly be real. With synthetic-looking leaves and the absence of a soil-filled pot to grow in, fake plant isn't a bad guess. But let me assure you air plants are real ? and fascinating. Here's what you need to know. Air plants are part of the genus tillandsia that belongs to the bromeliad or pineapple family. Tillandsia are epiphytic, ... Full Article...

posted in Gardening at Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:46:14 -0600

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - Terrariums great as indoor option

Just because you don't have a yard, doesn't mean you can't grow an entire landscape. In fact, being a little small-minded is just the ticket if you want to bring the outdoors in. Enchanting Lilliputian-like landscapes in terrariums are the perfect solution. And the great thing is there's a terrarium for everyone. From simple to sophisticated, and all points in between, they're not difficult to plant or maintain. Really, any glass container can be turned into a terrarium, but vases or ...

posted in Gardening at Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:41:57 -0600

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - The terrarium garden is a tiny, transparent perfect world - The jungle under glass

Guillaume Blondel's dream gardens are steamy landscapes lush with ivies, bromeliads and mosses rooted in peaty soil and dense with textured, green foliage. Perhaps the most wondrous thing about them is that they are contained in glass jars and bottles, none of them bigger than a gallon, sitting on a table in his kitchen. Well, that and the fact that he practically never waters them. They are terrariums: miniature gardens surrounded by glass, where plants live even in unfriendly conditions by ... Full Article...

posted in Gardening at Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:37:46 -0600

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - Bring garden walls to life by framing succulents - Living pictures a growing trend

Looking for a fresh way to liven up your garden walls? Think plants, not paintings. Living pictures -- cuttings of assorted succulents woven together in everything from picture frames to pallet boxes -- have caught on among garden designers and landscapers this spring as an easy, modern way to add colour and texture to an outdoor space."Living pictures composed of succulents have a gorgeous sculptural quality that work surprisingly well in a number of different esthetics -- contemporary, ...

posted in Gardening at Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:33:27 -0600

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - An easy, forgiving, eco-friendly yard - Drought-resistant rock gardens ideal for novice green thumbs

When Raquel Feroe began creating her low-maintenance rock garden, she simply started with a pile of dirt left behind by the contractor who had built her home. The busy specialist in internal medicine says she knew what she didn't want: to maintain a lawn, to buy annuals every spring or to worry about regular watering. Instead, she created a front yard where, "there is nothing I have to do - only things I like doing."Other than purchasing large stone pavers to create a curving path to her front ... Full Article...

posted in Gardening at Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:26:54 -0600

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - Capturing colourful compromise - Rich palette the foundation for display of art

During their courtship, Jana Rieger and her husband Chris each maintained their own condominiums. Jana's taste is contemporary, Chris's is more traditional."I love modern furniture," says Jana, citing a white couch she got on sale at Ikea when she was a starving PhD student. After deciding to tie the knot in 2007, the pair toured about 70 homes before finally agreeing on a location and a house they could both love. The couple was content with the plain-Jane, white-and-black exterior and ...

posted in Decorating at Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:23:54 -0600

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - A touch of summery decor can brighten a home year-round

   The sun-drenched colours and inviting textures of summer provide plenty of decorating ideas. The trick is doing it right: A summer-inspired interior can become a tacky, tropical disaster if it's done with too heavy a hand. But with a light touch and strategic choices, your home can be brightened all year long by the fleeting beauty of summer. Above all, "do not be literal with summer," says Los Angeles-based designer Betsy Burnham. Avoid putting up a sign that says, "Gone Fishin'" or ...

posted in Decorating at Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:06:03 -0600

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - E3343047, # 306 1623 James Mowatt TR SW, Callaghan

E3343047, # 306 1623 James Mowatt TR SW, Callaghan, MARK SLOBODAN RE/MAX EXCELLENCE 780.481.2950 GREAT LOCATION! RAVINE VIEW!  Welcome to this TOP FLOOR, END UNIT, open concept condo!  This 1247 square foot home has: 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a den.  Master bedroom has a ENSUITE BATHROOM and a generous size WALK IN CLOSET.  Laminate flooring and tile throughout!  Lot's of windows which allow plenty of natural light.  Laundry is insuite.  This condo includes 1 UNDERGROUND TITLED PARKING ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:39:21 -0600

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - E3342832, 21360 88 AVE, SUDER GREENS

E3342832, 21360 88 AVE, SUDER GREENS, MARK SLOBODAN RE/MAX EXCELLENCE 780.481.2950    Incredible two-storey with showhome interior! This beautifully maintained home features 3 bedrooms, 2 full & 1 half baths, plus a finished basement.  As you come in you'll find a warm and inviting living room, large kitchen & dining area.    Upstairs, the master bedroom offers a walk-in closet and full ensuite!  The additional 2 bedrooms are both good sized and share the main bath upstairs.     The basement is ... Full Article...

posted in Listings at Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:10:46 -0600

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