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Best Canada Day Events in Calgary 2022Ready to celebrate Canada Day 2022? In the city of Calgary, there are over a dozen major festivals and several neighbourhood-sponsored festivities. Tasty treats, live music, and community fun await at all of them. No matter how you choose to spend the day, it's a great time to explore your city and spend time with your neighbours. Keep reading to learn about Calgary's top three Canada Day 2022 events.

BownessFest Canada Day

The BownessFest Canada Day Festival invites people down to the fields at Our Lady of Assumption School dressed in their finest red and white attire to ring in the festivities. This is the debut of what will be an annual event, as it promises to be one of the largest Canada Day festivals in Calgary!

The festival will

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By Justin Havre

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The day started like any other – up early, a big cup of coffee and some light stretching before a breakfast of champions and a shower. It was January 5, 2019, and the day held great promise that a weekend of snowboarding at Revelstoke Mountain with good friend and leadership mentor Jon Cheplak would be invigorating, challenging and, most of all, a good laugh.

How that day at “powder paradise” ended changed my life forever.

Under gray skies and on top of a record 70 cm of fresh powder that had fallen during the previous two days on North America’s most vertical elevation, I was feeling invincible and game for anything. That was my first mistake.

We exited the

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Justin Havre on Rising Mortgage Rates in CalgaryIn April 2022, The Bank of Canada boosted its policy interest rate by 50 basis points to compensate for economic inflation experienced across the world. Many global factors drive inflation, and all of us can see the effects right here in Calgary.

The recent rate hike was Canada's most drastic increase in decades, and despite forecasts from expert economists, no one knows for sure how much higher the Bank of Canada will increase rates.

Amidst this uncertainty, Calgary homeowners wonder what this means for their mortgages. To shed some light on the situation, Justin Havre weighed in on rate hikes, estimated monthly payment increases, and whether or not the changes will cool Canada's highest-ever real estate demand.

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For Immediate Release
March 21, 2022

“Be Patient. Your Dream Home Could Still Come on the Market,” Real Estate Team Tells Calgary Buyers that May be Priced out of Single-Family Homes

Buyers who could afford the competitive marketplace have already purchased their homes to beat higher interest rates, giving patient house hunters a better crack at their dream properties

Calgary, AB – With more single-family homes expected to come onto the Calgary market this spring and summer, patient buyers who were priced out over the last several months could see their dream homes come into play, says Calgary real estate leader Justin Havre of Justin Havre & Associates, Canada’s #1 RE/MAX Large Team in Closed Transactions for four straight years.

“Buyers who

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Reduce Your Utility Bill With Energy-Efficient UpgradesWith Alberta utility prices on the rise, most homeowners are looking for ways to keep their energy bills as low as possible. Implementing energy-efficient solutions around your home can reduce your property's energy consumption and lower your monthly fees. But exactly how much less can you expect to pay when you choose from the most popular energy-efficient solutions? Keep reading to find out.

Table of Contents

  • Air Sealing & Upgraded Insulation: Take 15% Off Your Bill
  • Optimize Your HVAC: Take 20% Off Your Bill
  • Energy-Efficient Kitchen Appliances: Take 22% Off Your Bill
  • Energy-Efficient Small Appliances: Take 40% Off Your Bill
  • So How Much Can You Save on Utilities?
  • Canada Greener Homes Grant: Energy Efficiency Is Within Reach
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For Immediate Release
March 1, 2022

Team Leader Justin Havre Accepts Six Honours for Outstanding Large Team Real Estate Performance in Canada and Worldwide at RE/MAX R4 Global Conference in Las Vegas

Justin Havre Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

CALGARY, AB – Calgary’s Justin Havre & Associates (JH&A) has received six Awards at the 2022 RE/MAX R4 Conference in Las Vegas this week. The RE/MAX First company was named Canada’s #1 Large Team for Closed Transactions in 2021. This is the fourth straight year — and fifth time in seven years — JH&A has led RE/MAX in Canadian real estate sales.

Team Leader Justin Havre was also recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership in the Calgary real estate market and the team as the #1 Donator in Canada to Children’s Miracle Network

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For Immediate Release

February 9, 2022

Giving Back with Gratitude: The Justin Havre & Associates Team of Justin Havre, Kait Morris & Glenn McCormick presents a cheque for $141,000 to Children’s Miracle Network’s Liz Ballendine & Meghan Kociuba for Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Justin Havre and Associates Donates a Cheque for $141,000 to Children's Miracle Network

Photo Credit: Brent Taylor

GIVING BACK WITH GRATITUDE: CALGARY REAL ESTATE TEAM
RAISES $295,000 FOR LOCAL PARTNER CHARITIES IN 2021

Justin Havre & Associates Boosts Critical Work of Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation,
Legacy Place Society and Calgary Children’s Foundation

CALGARY, AB –Justin Havre & Associates, RE/MAX First’s #1 real estate team in Canada for the last four years in closed transactions, has donated $295,000 to Calgary partner

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What was the real estate market in Calgary, Alberta like for June and July?The property market trends in Calgary are heading in a more balanced direction of late, with prices beginning to stabilize after new housing trends surged property values at the start of the year.

According to the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB), the average price of homes in Calgary sat at $460,100 at the close of July—a figure only a little higher than June but still 10% higher than July 2020. Detached homes have seen the most significant growth, sitting at 11% higher year-on-year.

In total, the city of Calgary saw 2,319 property sales closed, which is higher than the average long-term figures and is also the highest recorded sales ever for July.

The growth in sales figures has slowed somewhat in the last few months, as has the number of

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5 Tips to Make Moving EasyLet's face it, the stress of selling a home and moving can weigh anyone down. But with a bit of planning and a few helpful tips, you can minimize the hassle. Or, best-case scenario, avoid it entirely.

In this post, we'll list some of the most common moving mistakes people make and arm you with tried-and-true moving advice. With these moving hacks, you can spend less time worrying about the logistics of getting from point A to point B and more time enjoying the new digs. Keep reading to become an expert at moving.

Mistake #1: Diving In Without a Plan

Like any large project, making a moving itinerary and checklist will make the process more manageable in the short term and the long run. If you take the time to make a list of the tasks you need

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How to Manage Stress When Selling a HomeSelling a home can be stressful from start to finish. There's so much riding on a home sale that many homeowners spend the time selling their home sitting "on pins and needles," as they say. It's hard not to worry. From the moment that a home is put up for sale, homeowners must ask themselves: what will we do if the home doesn't sell for enough money? What if it takes too long to sell? These questions and concerns are valid. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to make the home selling process go more smoothly.

If you're a homeowner who would like to sell your home sometime in the coming months, you can make the process easier on yourself by working with a professional real estate agent. Below, we've listed the top 10 stressors that

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