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Man holding a toy houseThere are many benefits that go along with home ownership such as the freedom to renovate, the ability to turn up your stereo a bit higher and the chance to sit out in your own backyard to enjoy a barbecue. There are also a lot of financial benefits associated with owning a home but we are going to take a look at the top 3 that include:

  • More financial control
  • Higher net worth
  • More borrowing power

More Financial Control

Let's assume that a person takes out a 25-year mortgage at a fixed interest rate. For the next 25 years of his life he is going to be able to budget for the mortgage payment and know exactly what is expected of him every month. A renter, however, never knows exactly how much his rent is going to increase when his

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The Facts About the Use of Green Technology in Sustainable BuildingSustainable building has come a long way in a short time, which has made it difficult for the average construction company to keep pace with the new developments. Even as 3D printers spit out entire homes on test sites in mere hours and windows are developed with the help of Wi-Fi, most homes are still using a fairly traditional model of completion. Luckily, many countries are heavily invested in the green movement, and their efforts are starting to pay off. What is sustainable design and what is green technology? See how the newest green technologies break down and how they all add up to fewer emissions and cleaner air.

Geo Exchange

When a new building in Ontario was constructed under the Zero Carbon standard, one of its main features was its

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Pre-Qualified or Pre-Approved: Smart Advice for Home BuyersMost first-time home buyers can't afford a home without a mortgage. When they apply for a mortgage, they must go through the pre-qualification and pre-approval processes. Both processes are mandatory for all people seeking a mortgage.

You can think about pre-qualification as being step one of applying for a mortgage. Pre-approval is step two. Understanding the differences between these two steps and what this means for the home seller can help you be prepared to make an offer on a home you wish to buy. If you're thinking about purchasing a home sometime in the next several months, here's what you need to know about pre-qualification and pre-approval.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before

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Trending right now in the bathroom line of products is the rain shower head. If you love your morning shower and want the spray to shower down "just so", you're either going to love or hate this product. It's being promoted as the new luxurious and stylish alternative to regular shower heads but it will be up to you as to whether this is really the next big thing or not.

Why People Love Rain Shower Heads

Engineers have come up with a way to make the shower heads feel just like you are standing out in the rain. Today's models offer a wider surface area and larger water droplets. When these larger drops come down from the shower head they bounce into each other forming streams of fine droplets.

The effect is really quite amazing but whether

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First came the baby boomers, and then came Generation X followed by the millennials. You don't hear a lot of talk about Generation X as much as you do about the boomers and the millennials. While the baby boomers are thinking about their future retirements the millennials are busy preparing for their mid-age years. In the middle, Generation X, the people born in the 1960s and 70s, are purchasing real estate with a different mindset than the other generations.

What Do Gen X Homebuyers Want?

According to a recent survey conducted by TD Bank, Gen X home buyers want freedom from their mortgages and don't want home loans to cramp their lifestyles. More than 2/3 of those surveyed said that they didn't want to allocate their entire budget to a mortgage

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The best Christmas events in CalgaryThe holiday season is a time for fun and frolicking in the snow, reveling in the concept of peace on earth, and partaking in the spirit of giving. Those looking for Christmas events in Calgary this year to embrace all the warm and fuzzies that the holidays can bring, should check out these three annual festivities that simply foster everything that Christmas is about.

Heritage Park Once Upon a Christmas

Once Upon a Christmas is by far one of the most cherished holiday traditions in Calgary, and the monthlong event transports visitors into an old-fashioned town. A picturesque Christmas scene through and through, The Heritage Park Once Upon a Christmas Village is open from late November to late December, making it the ideal place to spend a day

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CalgaryIt can be a struggle to love a place like Calgary in January, because it's so cold, but many locals still love their city. The seasons are part of what give the city its charm. Winter doesn't have to be gloomy and here are many great reasons to love Calgary.

Creative Young People

Calgary isn't losing many of the young people to other cities anymore. Many of the most creative from younger generations are sticking around because they want to make a difference within the city. This has helped to provide the city with a more well-rounded entertainment segment along with other benefits including expanded recycling programs and more educated residents.

Water Treatment Facilities

Have you ever lived somewhere with the worst-tasting tap water you'd

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Renewal or Refinance? 5 Factors to Consider
Refinancing a mortgage may be a good decision for a lot of reasons. Interest rates fall, and people tend to get better terms once they have owned a home for a few years. Most homeowners need to renew or refinance the loan after the initial term ends, which calls for a few decisions. The right choice depends on several factors, and it may not be obvious from the renewal notice. Here's what homeowners need to know about the refinancing process, including some options they will need to consider.

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

1. Renewal vs. Refinancing

Renewal is not the same as refinancing, and homeowners should keep this in mind. Renewing

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Different Styles of Windows for Homeowners Replacing their WindowsIf you're buying new windows, or creating a new home wish list, one of the first things you should do is decide which type of windows are right for your home. Different types of windows can function in dramatically different ways. They also look different. The style you choose will have an effect on how you use your windows and also how your home looks. Below are some of the most popular window styles.

Single Hung

Single-hung windows have a bottom sash that moves up and down, and a top sash that is locked in place. These windows function intuitively. Homeowners like single hung windows because they're relatively inexpensive to install and easy to use.

Double Hung

Double-hung windows have two sashes, similar to the single-hung windows, but

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There are numerous advantages to owning a home both inside and outside of the city. What matters most are the needs you have to meet as a home owner, as well as the budget for your home purchase.

Real Estate in the Suburbs

Real estate in the suburbs is normally better priced than inside the city where housing can be more scarce and costly. You will find that for the same number of square feet, you will pay less for real estate outside the city. If you have a family and would like more room without greater financial strain, it would be a good idea to consider looking for real estate in the suburbs.

You'll also have to factor in the time spent commuting back and forth to work. Living in the city will mean shorter commute times to work while

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