It snuck up on me this year, but just around the corner starting Jan 10 for Calgary Public Schools (and earlier for some) is Kindergarden registration across the city.
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There are many school and program options available to parents including public, catholic and private school programs. If you are considering moving across neighbourhoods be sure to check out registration options, timelines and requirements (such as community residency proof).
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As the end of 2010 approaches, we can't help but get a bit retrospective about the year that has passed and hopeful for the year ahead.
I've had the opportunity to assist some great families this year and look forward to many more opportunities to hand someone their new home keys in the coming year. 
I am very thankful for my family and my two munchkins which keep us laughing and on our toes. 
Best wishes to you and your family this Christmas. May 2011 treat you well and find you healthy and happy.
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The three brand new ice rinks at Canada Olympic Park (COP) are now Open!
These great new facilities will host events, games and ice times to inspire many community kids to get active, to engage in sport and dream big.  Canada Minor hockey, ringette, hockey and figure skating as well as sledge hockey will use this facility.
For detailed information regarding facilities, ice times, public skate times and programs please visit the Athletic and Ice Complex Winsport Canada website.
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Whether buying or selling a home, it is important to know what to expect from a home inspection.
A home inspection is a standard condition of sale typically requested by most home buyers and is sometimes now even a requirement by a lender as part of financing. A home inspection is completed by a licensed home inspector and is generally paid for by the buyer. (Interview your home inspector and find out their background as not all inspectors are created equal.)
When a home inspection is scheduled, the seller is most often not at the property. Typically the buyer's Realtor will be at the home during the inspection. I highly recommend the buyer attend at least part of the inspection. Often the inspector will point out items of interest giving the buyer an opportunity to ask questions and become more familiar with the property. Often the buyer will learn important things about the home such as locations of shut off valves, ongoing maintenance requirements and the like.
A home inspection usually takes 3 hours for a typical mid sized home and the main purpose is to review major items in the home such as the structure, electrical, plumbing, foundation, roof, etc. The appliances will also be inspected as all are required to be in working order as per the Purchase Contract. The inspection is not intended to review cosmetic issues, wear and tear or by-law compliance.
The American Society of Home Inspectors/ Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors provide a Standards of Practice document. Review it to know what is and is not inspected. If you have specific questions about the property ask your inspector directly.
The Standards of Practice document provided by Greg Romp of the Home Inspection Company
I have worked with Greg on numerous transactions and highly recommend him.
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The November Real Estate statistics package has been published by the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) and the numbers for November are holding steady month over month from October.  We remain down from 2009 numbers.
The statistics package provides the breakdown of detail and I often include the quotes in my update, but this month I am opting to look at things somewhat differently.  I have a number of clients on the fence (buyers and sellers) trying to determine their best steps forward. For many sellers the decision has been to wait out the market in a belief that prices will be higher in the spring. On the flip side, many buyers are waiting out the market in the belief prices will continue to drop into 2011.  If some of these folks are right, then unfortunately some of the others may have delayed to their disadvantage.
My advice to all remains constant and that is that folks need to make the best decisions for them in a manner and timeframe in which they are comfortable.  As always, the collective speculative thoughts of the population (along with the media) will determine whether housing prices go up or down. How this impacts any one property depends on the seller and buyer and their willingness to make a purchase come together.  The long term picture will depend on many factors including global economic trends, interest rates, employment and migration to Calgary.
In my personal opinion, I feel that once the market begins to pick up it will do so quickly and the advantage buyers have now will erode.  With inventory numbers on the decline, this is a time for sellers to stand out and potentially stay on market while others withdraw for the holidays.  As a buyer you may consider a purchase in December as the best present you can give yourself, a new home.
For more specific information and a personal evaluation please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.
P.S. If you would like to receive a free 2011 Entertaining Calendar please send me a note with your mailing address.
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