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When it comes time to purchasing your first home, the decision of whether to purchase a single-family home, a duplex, a townhouse or a condo can be extremely overwhelming. Is it better for you to purchase a townhouse over all the rest of the options? Ultimately, the decision may change depending on your needs and desires; however, there are plenty of reasons as to why a townhouse is an ideal option for first-time home buyers. Let's review these below.

The primary difference between a townhouse and a single family home is the fact that two of the main walls are connected to the adjacent townhomes whereas in a single family home, there are no shared walls with your neighbours. Home owners typically want to have privacy and complete ownership when it

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An Edmonton based home building comany, Novahus, has plans to assist the residents of Fort McMurray who were victims of the fire by introducing a new housing initiative that combines energy efficiency with affordability through constructing homes out of shipping containers. The popularity of this style of home is growing in Edmonton and other markets as it is not only affordable but also construction of these homes take approximately 90 days to complete after an individual receives their building permit from the city. Novahus believes that this option is the perfect option for the victims of the Fort McMurray fire as the costs range between $60,000 and $268,500.

Novahus introduced this option to the community at the Fort McMurray Home Show at the

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Planning to purchase your first home is both an exciting and a nerve racking experience. According to the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association, if you have never owned a property before you may qualify for the First Time Home Buyers's Tax Credit that can be applied to the purchase of your home. In order to qualify for this tax credit, you must meet the criteria listed below. 

Your Personal Income Tax Rate

Qualifying for your First Time Home Buyers' Tax Credit is based upon calculating your personal income tax rate based upon taking the lowest personal income tax rate between you and your spouse by $5,000. As of 2014, the tax credit granted would be a $750 refund. It is important to note that if your non-refundable tax credit exceeds your

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Basements have a history of being a dumping ground and the lowest priority when it comes to the rooms in your home. When it comes time to sell, it is extremely important that you are not giving that impression to the potential buyers that will be viewing your property. Ensuring that you spend the time and energy to properly stage your basement will go a long way in the home selling process as it can provide the impression of extra square footage and space for your potential buyer. If you follow these staging and renovation ideas below, you will be sure to create an environment that will truly impress buyers.

Clear The Clutter

Nothing gives a terrible first impression to a home like clutter. Most basements fall into the trap of collecting all the

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The Buena Vista Apartments has been an iconic building on the corner of 124 Street and 102 Avenue for over 100 years. The apartments has been home to popular local businesses such as the Glenora Bed & Breakfast, The Glenora Bistro and Cafe DeVille. Although the building was an architectural masterpiece on the outside, the interior of the building was extremely old and facing a plethora of issues. The building has a history of heating, plumbing and electrical issues and was demolished early Friday morning. Business owners have reported to have invested tens of thousands of dollars in the last 7 years to keep everything up to code.

For those of us who loved the Buena Vista Apartments and are sad to see it be demolished, there is positive news.

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It's time to stage your home for sale and one of the quickest and easiest ways to really give your home a face lift is by giving the rooms a fresh coat of paint. When deciding whether to hire a professional or do the work yourself, there may be a lot of things to consider from the quality of work to the cost of the project. An average 10 foot by 12 foot room can cost you anywhere between $1,000 to $2,500 when deciding to go with a professional painter. What if you could have the same quality as a professional without having to spend that amount of money? Well the good news is, you can! Follow these tips and you will be able to pain the rooms in your home like a professional without hurting the bank.

Make Sure You Have The Right Materials

One of

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When it comes time to selling your property, you can do everything right from cleaning out your clutter, renovating and fixes issues along the house and properly staging the home but if you miss out on competitively selecting the appropriate price for your home, it can all go to waste and your home can sit on the market for longer than you would like. Ensuring that you properly price your home is the single most important factor when it comes to days on market and the profit you get left with at the end of the transaction. Often times this process can be extremely overwhelming with a lot of factors to consider, so when it comes time to selecting the appropriate pricing strategy, be sure to work directly with your real estate team in order to put your home

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You garage is a natural magnet for collecting clutter of all kinds that just won't fit into other areas of your home. Don't feel embarrassed, you are not alone! Organizing your garage can not only give you some piece of mind but it can also help increase the value of your home when it comes time to sell. It may seem like a daunting experience, but if you follow these few tips going through the process of organizing your garage will become easier than you think!

It's Time To Purge

Going through the process of getting rid of things you have stored and collected for years is an exhausting and sometimes emotional process but it is extremely important. Whether you would like to admit it or not, your garage has been collecting unnecessary items that

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Having a spare bedroom in your home may leave you to wonder what you can do with the space to make it more imaginative and functional. Although simply keeping it as a guest room seems obvious, there are many things you can do to transform your boring and drab bedroom into the perfect space for you and your family's needs.

Convert The Spare Room Into An Office Space

Modular furniture has allowed you to create the perfect office space full of a lot of storage and that can be converted into a functional guest room when necessary. You are able to hide the guest bed either through fashionable pull out sofas or even installing a murphy bed that doubles as storage. Now your office space will no longer be interrupted with a clunky bed taking up the

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We have all thought about washing our windows but it is a chore that often ends up at the very bottom or your to do list. Any home owner who has managed to cross this chore off their to-do list understands how much of a dramatic impact the simple process of properly washing your windows has in bringing more light into the home as well as really enhancing the curb appeal of the property. When it comes time to selling your home, making sure that you properly wash your windows will really go leaps and bounds in giving your potential buyers a long lasting, positive first impression.

The Supplies You Will Need

Cleaning your windows is a daunting task but luckily the supplies that you will need in order to do an incredible job are very simple. One of

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