Archive | Calgary

03 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Does where you live shape who you become?

Do we live in a certain place because we are a certain kind of person, or do we become a certain kind of person because of where we live. This is one of those chicken and egg type questions that it’s fun to debate. But somewhere in the circular arguments we can tease out some [...]

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25 April 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Renting vs. owning

Why are so many people rushing to buy homes when the average price to buy a home is a little more than $371,000, with the average price in Vancouver at $786,311, Toronto at $456,147 and Calgary at $398,836? Combine these prices with the looming interest rates hikes in the very near future, affordability is declining [...]

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26 February 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto – most liveable cities

For the fifth-straight year, Vancouver has been named the best city in the world to live. And two other Canadian centres — Toronto and Calgary — cracked the top 10 coming in at fifth and fourth respectively. The annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit, was released Monday. The survey is based on 30 factors [...]

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19 December 2010 ~ 3 Comments

How much rent can I afford?

When you are looking for a place to rent in Canada, you don’t want to pay more than 30% of your gross income on rent and other shelter expenses.  This is backed by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, they suggest that “as a general rule your monthly shelter expenses – including rent, electricity, heat, water [...]

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24 October 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Legalizing Secondary Suites

Before I decided to agree with Mayor Nenshi’s policy on secondary suites I wanted to know what all the fuss was about. The secondary suite bylaw requires you to have a permit and you must comply with all necessary Land Use Bylaw rules as well as building and safety requirements in Calgary. After I read [...]

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