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International Christmas Tea at Cronquist House in Red Deer

Friday, November 28th, 2014

International Christmas Tea at Cronquist House in Red Deer

Join the Red Deer Heritage Society on December 2 from 1pm-4pm for the annual International Christmas Tea Event at the Cronquist House, overlooking Bower Ponds.  Click the picture for all the details on this event.

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Photo Credit: visitreddeer.com

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14 Tips For First-Time Home Buyers!

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

14 Tips For First-Time Home Buyers!

I have sold many types of houses to many different types of clients in Red Deer over the last 9 years that I have been in Real Estate!  With that being said, here is a great article to help out first-time home buyers prepare to buy their first home and to refresh other buyers’ on what to expect when purchasing a home. Click on the photo to read the article.

 

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Photo Credit: noahottawarealestate.com

Check out some of my blogs for more information and ideas on buying a home : 

Your House Hunting Wish List

Neighbourhoods in Red Deer, Alberta

What To Look For When House Hunting

 

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2 Nights of Jingle Jazz at Red Deer College Arts Centre

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

2 Nights of Jingle Jazz at Red Deer College Arts Centre!

What a great way to start off the Christmas season!  2 evenings of great music on December 2nd & 3rd at the Red Deer College Arts Centre.  

Click on the picture for information on tickets and times!

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Photo Credit: visitreddeer.com

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All Things Pretty Christmas Market in Red Deer!

Friday, November 21st, 2014

All Things Pretty Christmas Market in

Red Deer!

Shop local this Sunday, November 23 at the “All Things Pretty Christmas Market” at Festival Hall in Red Deer.  Click on the picture for more information!

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Photo Credit: visitreddeer.com

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11 Residential Permits in Red Deer

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

11 Residential Permits in Red Deer

There are lots of different kinds of permits that you need when building, renovating, adding to your house, etc.

Click on the links below for information on each of the different permits and how to obtain them:

1.  Alarm Permit

2.  Deck Permit

3.  Detached Garage, Carport or Shed Permit

4.  Electrical Permit     

5.  Fence Permit

6.  Fireplace Permit

7.  Foundation Permit

8.  Heating, Plumbing and Gas Permit

9.  Mobile Home Permit

10.  Basement Permit

11.  Secondary Suite Permit

 

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Do You Have or Are You Wanting to Have A Secondary Suite in Your House in The City of Red Deer?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Do You Have or Are You Wanting to Have A Secondary Suite in Your House in The City of Red Deer?

There is more to it than just giving your basement it’s own private entrance.  You will need a permit for the secondary suite as well as permits for building, electrical, plumbing and gas, HVAC and occupancy.  Here is a great link on the City of Red Deer website that explains the entire process for you, what is needed to make the suite legal and links for the permits you will need.

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Creative & Fun Christmas Party Ideas in Red Deer

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Creative & Fun Christmas Party Ideas in Red Deer

It is Christmas Party Season!  I’m sure you’ve all been to an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” party at some point in the last 10 years.  How about some new Christmas Party theme ideas?  Click the ugly sweater to find 7 Creative Christmas Party Ideas:

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Photo Credit: bridgetteraes.com

 

Or maybe you want something a little more low-key? How about a Christmas Movie Marathon?  Click on the picture below for 9 Totally Awesome Movies From the 90’s:

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Photo Credit: celebrations.com/c/read/christmas-movies-from-90s

 

If you’re just having a little get together with people at your house, click on the photo for 10 Ultimate Pop Christmas Songs to get you started.  Also, keep in mind some of my favourites: Blake Shelton, Boney M, Michael Bublé and Elvis!

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Photo Credit: celebrations.com:c:read:ultimate-pop-christmas-party-playlist

 

No party is complete without food!  Unless you are planning a full sit-down meal, appies is the way to go. Everybody loves appies!  Here’s a few to get you started: Bacon-Wrapped Mushrooms with Ricotta and Chives, Spinach Artichoke Dip and  Sweet Sesame Wings, Bourbon Glazed Kielbasa Bites, Italian Turkey Meatballs, Sauteed Ginger Shrimp,  and Asparagus Brushetta.

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Photo Credit: celebrations.com:c:recipe:asparagus-bruschetta

 

‘Tis the season for merry drinks!  Try this Christmas Kiss Cocktail!  Or this Cranberry Ginger Margarita! The Peppermintini sounds delicious!  Cranberry Mint Cooler!  Merry & Bright Cocoa!  We (Assistant Christy and I) could go on and on, but to keep this short, click the photo for a link to many more Christmas Cocktails and Mocktails.

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Photo Credits: celebrations.com:c:christmas-drinks

 

 

If you decide to go the “Ugly Sweater Party Route”, here are some tips to “Tacky-Up” your party.  You know the drill, click on the photo to get the tips!  Be creative, the uglier, the better!

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Photo Credit: celebrations.com:c:photo:ugly-sweater-party-ideas?ss=9

 

Well, I hope that helps get your Christmas party planning underway!  Have fun with it and enjoy the season!  Here’s a peek into my and Assistant Christy’s Ugly Christmas Sweater fun!  We went head-to-toe ugly Christmas gear!  

Ugly Christmas Sweater with Assistant Christy

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party with Assistant Christy

 

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SOLD: The Impressive & Incredible “Kensington” in Blackfalds by New Rock Developments!

Friday, November 14th, 2014

SOLD:

The Impressive & Incredible “Kensington” in

Blackfalds

by New Rock Developments!

4928 Aspen Lakes Boulevard, Blackfalds

 

The “Kensington” by New Rock Developments is a stunning and impressive 2122 sq ft, 2 story home with 3 bedrooms + bonus room and 2 1/2 bathrooms in Blackfalds’ premiere subdivision of  Aspen Lakes.  This show home is highlighted with excellent functionality and superb upgrades and is listed at only $499,900!  The spacious front entrance smartly has a generous and attractive built-in bench (with storage), walk-in coat closet, 2-piece bathroom and easy access to the front door plus garage man door!  The upgraded trim-package includes 5 inch baseboards with extra detailed work around the doors and custom fireplace mantle.  It has an open-concept on the main floor with attractive kitchen featuring granite countertops, gorgeous island with eating bar, large corner pantry, under-cabinet lighting and stainless steel appliances (all 5 appliances are included), roomy dining area plus a good-sized living room.  Upper floor boasts of an abundantly-sized bonus room, 3 bedrooms (2 of which have their own walk-in closets & master has his & hers walk-in), laundry room with built-in shelves and tray ceilings in the master bedroom and bonus room.  Extra-large double garage with 13ft ceiling, 9ft garage door, drain, 220V, wired for TV, internet & phone, Jack Shaft garage door opener, high-lift track, heated and is fully finished.  There is a large 10×11 front step with “Flex Coating”.  The yard is fully sodded and partially fenced.  It sides onto a walking-path and has a 10×18 deck with natural gas for your BBQ!  Click on the “Kensington” to view the property video!

Photo Credit: newrockinaspen.com

Photo Credit: newrockinaspen.com

In the Aspen Lakes community, you’ll find yourself close to the schools available in the Wolf Creek School Division, Downtown Blackfalds and just a few blocks away from the brand new Abbey Centre which has an aquatic centre, fitness centre, indoor play space, running track, meeting room, field house and child minding.  

For more information on this property, contact me or visit my Blackfalds page on my website!

How To Get The Most For Your Home When Selling It During An Alberta Winter

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

How To Get The Most For Your Home When Selling During An Alberta Winter!

While selling your home during an Alberta winter, may not be the most ideal time of year to sell, it may be necessary!  Here are a few additional tips for Maximizing Your Selling Potential During Winter, besides my usual Interior and Exterior Home Staging tips.

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How Do I Know If There’s Mould In A House?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

How Do I Know If There’s Mould In A House?

When looking to purchase a new (to you) home, it is good to know if there is mould in the house.  It is not always visible or obvious.  Click here to see what Mike Holmes with HGTV says about it!  If you’re serious about buying the house, it is always wise to get a Home Inspection done.  

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