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Exploring the Shopping Options in Chinatown CalgaryEverybody loves the Chinatown neighbourhood. They have great produce and delicious take-out, but most people don't know about their excellent shops. They have shops carrying lifestyle items at a great deal. Whether you're looking for home décor, musical instruments or baking, Chinatown has it. Here are the best shops in the neighbourhood.

Quickly Premium Bubble Tea

10 110 2nd Avenue S.E.

One of the top favourite things to do in Chinatown is grab a bubble tea from the Quickly Premium Bubble Tea shop. A new location just opened at the edge of the Centre Street Bridge. Try the Mango Milk Tea with Tapioca Pearls at the new shop. You'll love the modern-retro décor inside.

St. Laurent Cake House

303 Centre Street S.W.

For baked goods,

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How to Design a Home TheatreA home theatre has quickly become a must-have for practically every family. From the simple family room setup to a much more elaborate theatre-seating wonder, today's home theatres aren't just for the wealthy anymore.

The décor of a home theatre will eventually influence how well the room functions as an entertainment space as well as how it shows when the lights are turned on. Creating a functional and beautiful home theatre is easy to do on any budget. Here are some ideas for creating a home theatre for all to enjoy.

Arranging and Furnishing the Theatre Room

Start by arranging the space. Choose an easy-to-clean surface or a dark colour carpet for the flooring, and select a dark colour for the walls and ceiling.

A home theatre would

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The Best Places to Take Visitors in CalgaryThere are plenty of tourist attractions throughout Calgary for out of town guests to enjoy. However, if you want to show them the real city, you have to know where to go. Here are a few places to enjoy, which don't fall into the tourist attraction category.

The Fluevog Museum

If you're out of town guests love shoes, this museum is the perfect choice for them. It's a mini museum dedicated to the history of Fluevog Shoes. These wild and wacky shoes are quite unique and they often hold art shows in the basement gallery.

Silver Dragon Restaurant

The dim sum at Silver Dragon may be the best in the city and this is the type of restaurant that Calgarians enjoy regularly. Not only can you enjoy dim sum at a table, but you can also just stop the

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What to Expect When Selling a HomeSelling a home requires a lot of documentation. From the title to the home to rental agreements currently in place, documentation helps protect sellers as well as buyers. Knowing what to expect and what documents need to be produced during the home selling process can help keep the sale process going smoothly. This article will discuss some of the various documents that home sellers often need to sell their property.

Land Title Certificate

The land title certificate is a document that shows the owner of a property. This document proves that the person selling the property is the person who has legal rights to do so. Land title certificates are typically available through the local land title office. If you're thinking about selling your home

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The Dangers of Acting on a We Buy Houses AdYou'll see them all over the streets attached to light posts and you'll also find these ads running on online classified sites. "We Buy Houses - Sell Your House Today!" signs with the phone number attached can be quite deceiving. It's tempting to call to find out how much you could get paid for your home in order to get instant money. It's hard to get a direct answer upfront though and when you finally get a quote you'll be quite surprised.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

How Much Money Can You Expect From the Sale Of Your Home?

Usually you won't get more than 80% of the market value of your home. In addition, your equity position

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Selling a Home Where a Murder or Suicide Has OccuredRecently, a home in Calgary went on the market that had a dark past associated with it. The home is the one where multiple murders occurred this year. Across Canada every year, many homes get listed where violent attacks have occurred. In the industry, these homes are referred to as "stigmatized properties".

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

The Laws Regarding Stigmatized Properties

In the United States, there is a law in most states requiring sellers to make a full disclosure about a murder or a suicide that has occurred on the property within the last 3 years. In Canada, Québec is the only province in the country that has a

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The Best Meditation Classes in Calgary, ABCalgary has a wide variety of excellent places to take meditation classes and learn how this practice works if you're interested in pursuing it. You can take group classes, acquire one-on-one training, and even go on retreats.

I Meditate Calgary

Coming each April, I Meditate Calgary will provide a gathering place for people to meditate together at the BMO Centre in the Palomino Room. This is an event to symbolize the need for a stress-free and violence-free society. By meditating, you can relax your mind and re-energize through breathing. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will lead the event, along with a few others coming up in the Calgary area.

Those interested in becoming a part of the movement can attend the launch event on April 21st. Tickets for

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The Best Beer and Alcohol Tastings Across CalgaryTaking a tour of a brewery or a distillery can be quite a bit of fun. If you have a group of good friends that all enjoy beer or liquor, one of the Calgary boozy tours and tastings is perfect for you. Here are some of the top choices.

Eau Claire Distillery

This distillery is one of the most popular in the area. They took over the historic Turner Valley Theatre and allow tours regularly. With the historic building and the distillery all in one place, this is well worth the drive for your boozy tour.

You will get to enjoy a "farm-to-glass" distillery that uses all Alberta ingredients. If you just go for a tasting, you can visit from 10am to 4:30pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Tours are available by appointment only.

The Grizzly Paw

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When Can You Move to a New Home Without Losing Money?This is quite a loaded question that can receive a lot of different answers depending on who you're talking to. The average time that's being quoted as a generality is five years, but there can be a lot of different determining factors that will lead you to the ultimate decision to start looking for an upgrade.

You'll want to make sure that the price gains will be able to make up for the purchase costs of buying a new home and selling your existing one. You are going to be incurring certain expenses as a buyer,which will include moving costs, legal costs, a title search, mortgage application fees, home inspection expenses and legal fees.

As the seller you'll need to factor in the costs of the brokerage commission and the additional legal

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Home Buying Red Flags All Buyers Must KnowBuying a new home is a huge investment, and buyers want to ensure that the home they buy is right for them. As buyers go to home showings, they will discover that some homes have big problems that become deal breakers. However, what they may not realize is that homes may also have problems that aren’t so obvious. Here are some big red flags, both visible and otherwise, that all home buyers should be looking out for to protect themselves  from a bad deal.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

1. Everyone Is Moving Out

Some seasons are more popular for moving than others, so buyers may see multiple homes in the same neighborhood for sale.

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