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Before you start with the search, you should understand the process thoroughly and the requisites. This will simplify the entire process of home buying too. In this article, you will learn about important requisites and steps that you should be aware of before buying your own home property.

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Staying in a gorgeous villa or in an opulent hotel just won’t give you the experience of a luxurious lifestyle. After all, you cannot stay there for months. However, you can enjoy a lavish and luxurious lifestyle by staying in an executive condo rental. Here is a detailed overview.

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unfurnished-rental-calgaryYou will have many things to consider if you are getting ready to move. You will have to decide on the town, the utility companies, the school systems and more. Another thing that you will have to consider before you move is whether to rent a furnished or unfurnished property. The following are the advantages of renting either one:

Only One Price for Renting Furnished Properties

One benefit to renting a furnished property is that you only have to pay one price for everything. The furniture, utility bills and Internet bills are often included in the furnished price. That arrangement is a stress-free and organized arrangement. Many renters work on tight budgets. Having the complete price available is perfect if you are such a renter.

Nothing to Move When You Leave Furnished Properties

Another excellent benefit of renting a furnished property is that you do not have to move a bunch of items when it is time for you to go. You only have to move light baggage and clothing items. A furnished apartment provides you with peace of mind.

Rent Is Cheaper for an Unfurnished Apartment

An unfurnished apartment rental has perks of its own like cheaper monthly rent. You can rent an unfurnished apartment that is closer to the budget than a furnished apartment is. You could occupy an unfurnished apartment and then add furniture to it when the funds are available. There is no pressure for you to rush to set up the home in other words.

You Can Arrange an Unfurnished Apartment Your Way

An unfurnished apartment is flexible, meaning that you can arrange it any way that you like. You can create any mood or arraignment that fits your overall vision. You are not confined to the wallpaper, paint, furniture and style that has been set up in a furnished home.

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A real estate analyst with the Real Estate Investment Network (REIN) says the fact that Calgary’s housing prices aren’t budging much shouldn’t come as a shock. “The current Calgary real estate market conditions are disappointing but unsurprising,” said Don Campbell, senior real estate analyst with REIN.

The oil price slide is in its 15th month after all, he says. Previous forecasts stated prices would begin to slide from November 2015 to February 2016 amid mixed signals in the market.

“The drop in oil prices, which brought layoffs and lower consumer confidence, have been the largest factor in today’s market conditions, prices held steady due to a lack of real desperation to sell,” said Campbell.

Uncertainty all around

Add to the mix, Campbell says, is the uncertainty from Rachel Notley’s newly-elected government regarding taxes, regulation, or an economic strategy.

“These two main factors have pushed the listings up substantially while keeping the buyers on the sidelines,” he said.

According to Calgary MLS, the current detached home listings in September were 3,012 — or 17 per cent more — compared to the same period last year. Although the Calgary Real Estate Board reports total residential sales in the city were 1,448 units in September, well below typical activity levels for this time of year.

Year-to-date Calgary sales remained below both the five- and 10-year averages.

But Campbell says two other major factors are keeping a cap on housing prices — the growing population in the region before oil prices went south and the rental market.

“These new citizens have supported both the housing resale market as well as the rental market,” he said, adding this is directly connected to the second factor — high rents and low vacancy rates in the region.

He suggests that if homeowners were thinking of selling their home but wanted to stay in the city, when they did the math, they discovered it was cheaper to stay put.

“This lack of next home lowered the motivation level of those who listed their property and thus many were willing to stand firm on their price which in turn stabilized the average sale price.”

2016 predictions

But Campbell says to expect even lower housing prices to emerge with increased motivation from November to February with more vacancies but oil prices still remaining low.

Looking into 2016, Campbell says mixed signals will continue if oil prices stay consistently below $50 and there’s no pipeline announcement — likely resulting in more downward housing prices, plus a big dive in demand for luxury homes.

He expects vacancy rates will begin to move up, which could bring rental rates down.

“This will free up the ability for more people who have listed their property to make a move into the rental market while they await more surety.”

The Streamlife Four Step P.L.A.N. to Get Organized. P.L.A.N. stands for Prioritize, Liberate, Arrange and Nurture. Here we’ll focus on the two middle steps to reclaim calm and control in your environment.
1. Liberate
Take a look at what’s piling up. Is it clothing, books, media, food? Gather like items and take them to where you intend to store them. You’ll now have books near your bookshelves, clothes close to your closet, and food near the pantry. There likely won’t be room for everything, so now it’s time to edit.
Sort out the things that no longer inspire or fit you, or are too worn or damaged to be used or repaired, and give yourself permission to let them go. That includes new gifts that just don’t suit you or your current lifestyle. Gather receipts and exchange them or pass them on to someone who will appreciate them. You’ll want to edit down to close to the volume of items that can fit in your space comfortably.
2. Arrange
Now, it’s time to create homes for the new items. There may be plenty of space after you have edited, but if not, try some of these organizing tools that really help “create space”.
Organizing supplies. The goal is to make whatever you put away easy to find when you need it. There are three key principles to consider when storing items – keep them visible, accessible and manageable. The following products accomplish all three.

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Pliio Clothing Management System
Pliio is the only line of organizing tools that help you fold your clothes and actually keep them folded. Clothes are folded around the tool which stays inside the garment. This allows you to store clothes vertically in drawers – making them visible, and with the structure inside the garment, they become as easy to manage as putting books on a shelf. Easy for any age to use, the line includes two sizes of Clothing Filers for tidy drawers, Clothing Pilers to tame the messiest shelves, and Storage Boxes designed to fit the filers.
Available at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Home Outfitters.


Clear, Plastic Shoe Boxes
Yes, they are fantastic for shoes, but clear shoe boxes are invaluable helpers in containing small items in almost any storage space in the home. Inexpensive, stackable and see-through they work in under-sink cabinets and on shelves keeping things easy to see and easy to manage. Use just the bottoms as drawer dividers. Examples of things you might store include: shoe care supplies, mini-toiletries, spices, light bulbs, and first aid.
Available at Home Depot.

Smead Stadium File Sorter
It’s easy for paper to pile up and soon you’ve the important in with the recycling. If out of sight is out of mind for you, consider this paper file sorter which has multiple compartments for letter-sized file folders each of which at its own level. This lets you see the name of each file. Store it on or near your desk, or on a kitchen counter, a common place for papers to collect.
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Rubbermaid Modular Canisters
If kitchen cupboards are chaotic, consider replacing bags of dried goods with these stackable containers. They are designed to fit in upper cabinets and fill the space from front to back, so there will be no hidden row of forgotten items. Available in four different heights, stack them to fill your cabinet from top to bottom making the most of your storage space.
Rubbermaid Modular Canisters
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By Manuella Irwin, a moving industry professional, author and writer. Posted on Moving Guides

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Although we do try to plan almost every step of our life, sometimes things happen all of a sudden. Life surprises us in the most amazing ways.

Relocating is an important event that is often stressful and annoying, especially if you are moving away from home during holidays. Over holidays such as Christmas, Easter, The Independence Day, most people have a few days off. Moving during the holiday season is quite a challenge. So, we’ve prepared for you a complete how to move during holidays tips guide to help you have a smoother relocation experience. You may not have much choice and time as well, but if you are organized things will run smoothly.

Moving during holidays seems a rather frustrating activity, but if you have to do it, then stop wasting your time. Get ready for your holiday relocation!

Find A Holiday Moving Company
While searching for a mover over the holidays, remember to mention about your plans to move during the vacation time. There are a lot of movers out there, but few are performing relocation trips during holidays. The first thing you should take into consideration is that your move is more likely to cost much more than a regular move. Since most of the personnel would take a few days off during the holiday, it is likely that the holiday moving companies run on a short staff.

When booking your moving company, ask them for a written moving price quote. Actually, you should ask your movers to visit you at home for an in-house moving estimate. This way you can discuss every detail in person and you will get a lot more accurate moving cost estimate. Your movers will also be better prepared for the moving day. Make sure you understand all moving fees and expenses included in your final moving costs. Here is a complete list of the most popular hidden moving costs.

Beware that some furniture items can be carried out only through the windows (often referred as hoisting by the professional moving companies). Let your movers know about all specifics around your move in advance to avoid surprises. Set your moving budget right. Be prepared to spend extra money if you are about to move during holidays. Keep in mind that you can hire a full service moving company and book a luxury moving service option, so you can spend the vacation with your family, while the movers do the complete relocation.

Now it is even easier to estimate your moving costs no matter of your desired moving dates. Use our fast and easy moving cost estimator for an accurate cost calculation.

Research Your Holiday Mover

Hire a professional holiday mover and enjoy your smooth trip. Make sure you research your moving company online to avoid unpleasant surprises during and after your relocation.
Hiring a licensed and insured professional mover for your holiday relocation is a must. You might be on a short deadline, but don’t risk booking inexperienced, or even rogue movers. Here are some tips that will help you to choose a reputable holiday moving company and avoid moving scams:

Check the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website to find out if the particular moving company is registered and licensed. The U.S Department of Transportation obliged all registered moving companies to follow certain safety rules and regulations.
It’s a good idea to run a check on your moving company at Better Business Bureau website. Hiring a BBB moving company with accreditation is a plus.
Ask family, friends, colleagues, neighbors if they can recommend you a holiday mover or a professional moving company they’ve used in the past.
You may read some mover reviews online. There are many moving related forums and blogs that you can check for reviews, testimonials and complaints. Be careful when reading moving reviews – here is a complete article on how to avoid fake reviews online.
Holiday Relocation: The Packing
During holidays we usually spend our free time outside – strolling in the park, coffee with friends, going to the movies, shopping in the mall or a family dinner at the local restaurant. But since you are moving you have to do the boring packing job. Cheer up! Invite some friends to help you. It’s a holiday after all, have some fun. Spend some time with your loved ones, take breaks to chill out. Doing the packing by yourself and not by the moving company will save you a lot on the final moving costs. This way you can spend more for presents and the holiday a day to remember.

Remember to label all the boxes. You will save a lot of time and troubles when unpacking. Write descriptive labels on the boxes, the more descriptive, the better. If you have any doubts about packing particular household items, consult your mover. An experienced moving specialist will always find the best possible way to pack delicate items. Moving a piano, antiques or expensive electronics is a tough job, do not underestimate it. Leave the heavy furniture packing for the professional on the moving day. When unpacking, start with the most used items first.

Holiday Relocation With Kids
Holiday relocation with your children is quite a tricky situation. It can be a good idea to move with your kids during holidays, as they won’t miss classes. Yet, keep in mind that youngsters adore holidays. It’s time for games and a lot of fun. So, if you are considering a holiday relocation, prepare your children for the big move long in advance. Kids need time to adjust and especially for teenagers moving is a really stressful experience. However, you can make your holiday move much more pleasant. Encourage your kids to get involved in the holiday relocation. Let them help with the packing. Discuss the new opportunities that are waiting for all of you at the new place. After all, it’s a fresh start.

Moving During Christmas
Christmas is time of the year when the whole family gathers to spend the holiday together. It might be very depressing to move during Christmas. Everybody is planing the perfect Christmas and we usually don’t see it as a packing-loading-moving event. Anyway, you shouldn’t feel bad about your Christmas move. It may turn out that moving is the best Christmas present you have ever received. Remember that this holiday is all about spending time with your family. Engage everybody to help with the holiday relocation. Listen some cheering music, or go out for a walk all together. You can arrange a visit to the new city you are about to relocate to a week in advance. Visit the best notable places around your new home and explore the city.

Moving During Holidays With No Involvement

Kids love holidays. If you are moving during holidays, make sure there is enough time for fun. It is essential that you keep your kids entertained during the relocation.
Another interesting option to explore is hiring a full service moving company to do the end-to-end move of all your belongings. There are many professional moving companies that offer luxury moving services and high-end moving services that requires no involvement on your end, except covering the final bill.

If you choose this option, you can leave everything to the moving company. The movers will relocate all your household goods while you are on a holiday vacation with your family during the holidays. The moving company will do all the packing, loading, moving, driving, unloading and unpacking of all your belongings. If you choose the high-end (luxury) moving option, all your belongings will be positioned and arranged the exact same way as they were at your origin location. In a case like this, movers use cameras to capture the positioning on your furniture, so they can reproduce the same arrangement at your new place, while you are enjoying your holiday with your kids and family.

To sum up, moving during the holidays has its pros and cons. It’s up to you decide what is the best time to move. Moving during the holiday season can be as easy and enjoyable as you make it. It is the people that make our holiday, not the place.

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CALGARY – Calgary and Edmonton top the list of residential real estate investment markets in Alberta, according to a new report released Tuesday.

The new REIN (Real Estate Investment Network) Score measures each city or town on five different categories for a total of 50 points including: Economic Risk (possible 12 points); Yield Growth Potential (possible 12 points); Investors’ Insights (possible 10 points), Political Climate (possible 8 points), and Accessibility (possible 8 points).

Calgary and Edmonton topped the rankings with 50 points followed by Fort Saskatchewan (43), Airdrie (41), St. Albert (39), Red Deer (39), Lloydminster (38), Fort McMurray(36), Grande Prairie (36), and Leduc (34).

Melanie Reuter, director of research with REIN, said “the two most important criteria are the economic risk with a big focus on existing and future jobs and job growth, and the growth potential of yield. Will the going-rent rates mean your cashflow is good in relation to the house prices and is there potential for more and larger growth as the local economy improves?

“It is also important to take into consideration the political climate of a community and whether it has a solid growth plan, cashflow squashing taxes, and whether it has restrictive rental policies. If you can raise rents to match demand or your property taxes are expensive compared to other communities, your current and existing cashflow is compromised.”

Calgary received 12 out of 12 in the economic risk category, 10 out of 12 in yield growth potential, six of eight in local politics conducive to business, eight of eight in access to transportation and nine of 10 in investor’s insights.

The report said the formula of job creation creating an influx of people, leading to higher housing values is evident in Calgary.

“The market is hot! Real estate agents serving investors have noted that good inventory is very hard to come by,” said the report.

“The Calgary Real Estate Board believes that following a prolonged period of Calgary being a seller’s market, the city is once again beginning to move toward more balanced market conditions. Price gains will continue for every housing type, but at a more sustainable pace.”

According to CREB, as of Monday, year-to-date MLS sales in Calgary were 22,941, up 10.67 per cent from the same period a year ago. The median price has risen by 6.88 per cent to $427,500 while the average sale price has increased by 5.78 per cent to $483,115.

Canada’s Great East-West Migration, In One Chart
The Huffington Post Canada | By Daniel Tencer

The oilsands boom is reshaping Canada in many ways, and nowhere is this more obvious than where people are moving.

We’ve known for a long time that Canadians are flocking to Alberta for jobs, but a new chart from BMO shows just extreme the trend has become.

Atlantic Canada’s population is shrinking, while Alberta’s population growth is basically doubling the national average, BMO economist Benjamin Reitzes wrote in a client note Wednesday.

Reitzes found the trend is especially strong among working-age people (15 to 64), with Atlantic Canada losing more than one per cent of that group over the past year.

Those numbers put some context to all the news recently about that growing chasm in Canada’s economy: Alberta versus everyone else.

Take, for instance, Bloomberg’s projection that Alberta will overtake Quebec as the second-largest economy in Canada in some three years, despite having about half the population of Quebec.

Or the news that, in Canada’s moribund job market over the past year, Edmonton alone accounted for 40 per cent of job growth. Or this projection from BMO that Alberta could soon be building more new homes than all of Canada east of Ontario combined.

No wonder the country is headed to Alberta. We’ll get the old “last one out of the Maritimes turn out the lights” joke out of the way, and move right on to mentioning that this piling-into-Alberta trend may not last if oil prices keep sliding.

The International Energy Agency noted this week that about a quarter of new Canadian oil projects would be vulnerable if oil prices continued to decline.

And CIBC’s Benjamin Reitzes noted last week that investment in the oilsands — which have some of the highest production costs of any oil fields in the world — could drop off fast if oil prices fall below $80 U.S. Brent crude was trading at around $85 on Wednesday, down from around $115 earlier this year.

So if this bear market in oil prices continues, Alberta’s oil boom could come to a whimpering end. But for now, it’s far too early to call an end to the oil-driven economic miracle out west.