Monday, November 29, 2010
Two more days! Movember is coming to an end.
Movember, the days of folks growing a funky moustache to raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer Canada, are almost over. You have to wonder if everyone knows about Movember or are just perplexed why so many moustaches have suddenly appeared.
My husband and his team have been wearing their moustaches proudly all month and the team photo will definetly be worth a chuckle. Thank you to everyone who has donated to the team to date. So far they have raised over $1450!
If you haven't had a chance to donate yet, but want to contribute, please go to http://ca.movember.com/ and click 'Donate' and then search for Glen Furtado or team 'TI-LRT Division'.
All funds raised go directly to Prostate Cancer Canada.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Nov 27: Silent Auction benefiting the Tuscany Community Garden
Are you going to bid on the Flames tickets, overnight in Banff, rounds at Lynx ridge or the other items at the fundraiser for the Tuscany Community Garden on Nov 27th?
Location: Last Straw
Date: November 27th
Time: 7:00 - 10:00 pm
More information regarding the Tuscany Community Garden and the Tuscany Community Assocation can be found on their websites.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Improving Energy Use at Home - Start with Windows
Improving your home's building envelope is the most cost-effective way to conserve energy and save money. Blocking air leaks will reduce drafts and heat loss, protect the building, and minimize noise and dust from entering.
In a previous post I provided some resources for sealing leaks and reducing heating costs.
If you are able, replacing single pane windows with more efficient ones is a good investment. There are many options with windows and in our climate double or triple pane windows with Low-E are a great option. Where you put different types of windows depends on the orientation of your home so talk to an expert. Some detailed information on windows on the Natural Resources Canada Site under the Residential Section.
If replacing your windows is not an option, you might want to consider your window coverings. There are newer products on the market that can reduce heat loss from windows by as much as 50% including a "honeycomb within a honeycomb" design currently produced by Hunter Douglas which creates more air pockets for insulation.
Kirstin Hogg with Normandeau Interiors (403-801-6434) has made available complimentary consultations to folks. Give her a call if you would like to see the new options available.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Draft Feeder Bus Routes published for Tuscany LRT Station (to open 2014)
Lots of folks inquire about the new LRT station to be built in by 2014 in Tuscany/ Royal Oak/ Rocky Ridge.
The City of Calgary website provides detailed information such as landscape plans, planning information and site design.
As well, they recently published the proprosed bus routes for the new station. It is in draft but it will give folks a great idea of what to expect. It also shows all the existing routes so you can see how your commute will look today and in a couple of years with the opening of our new LRT station.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
October Real Estate Statistics Update
The evening news was interesting last night. There was a segment about the real estate numbers moving downwards last month followed by the projected boom next year in the oilpatch as well as the growing concern there may not be enough workers available to meet the demand. The economy is showing signs of recovery yet, as usual, the real estate market takes a little while to reflect the change. Folks are hesitant and folks want to buy at the bottom. The one thing to remember is that as the prices go down so does inventory.
In the recent weeks I've been working with a lot of buyers. I am finding folks are able to afford more of the things on their wishlists such as larger homes, upgrade finishings, preferred views as well as access to neighbourhoods that were previously out of reach. Couple the reduction in prices this year with 5 year fixed rate mortgages being offered at 3.69%, the current market is a great opportunity to buyers. While some homes are sitting, a number of buyers have seen their preferred homes sell. The timing for your purchase is up to you.
I`ve also spoken to a number of folks considering listing their homes for sale. Timing is everything and while some have chosen to wait until spring, others are pondering their options. This is a time for careful pricing, exceptional marketing and staging/presentation that leaves a buyer feeling with that "I want to live here" feeling.
The numbers for October were not reflective of the more positive turn in September. Notable numbers and quote from the CREB update: