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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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Mortgage Life Insurance vs Mortgage Term InsuranceWhen you have purchased a new home you'll also be asked whether you'd like to buy mortgage life insurance as well. This is sure is that is offered by the same thing that you're dealing with for your mortgage. In some cases it will make sense to get this type of insurance and other times it's a complete waste of time and money.

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

The Difference Between Mortgage Life Insurance and Term Life Insurance

There are significant differences to consider when choosing whether mortgage life or term life insurance is the best choice to meet your specific needs. Whereas mortgage life insurance is designed to pay off

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Getting your home preinspectedAs a seller, there are a lot of advantages when it comes to getting your home pre-inspected. Most buyers aren't willing to pay $400,000 or more for a home without seeing an inspection first. In many cases the buyer will end up asking for the inspection and paying for it but as a seller, it may be worth your while to shell out the $300-$400 it will cost to get the report. Here are some of the biggest benefits of taking a proactive role in getting your own inspection as a seller:

No Unexpected Surprises

While your home may look fantastic inside and out, it's really difficult to know what underlying problems may be hiding underneath. By getting a report, there won't be any last-minute surprises to deal with and you'll be able to handle some of the

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Weather forecasters in CalgaryAlmost nothing on TV is as important to Calgarians as the weather. It goes along with that well-worn adage of which we never seem to tire – if you don't like the weather, just wait 15 minutes. So, our TV weather presenters are like personal friends of ours. We look to them for advice – how to prepare for the day, when to plant our gardens, change our snow tires and when will the current conditions outside change. They're important to us.

Here's a look at the weather specialists and meteorologists that we've either come to trust or be highly skeptical of.

Global TV Calgary

Calgarians wake up to Jordan Witzel's weather reports, something he has admitted are challenging to keep up with after growing up in British Columbia where weather is dreary

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With so many great places to live throughout the city and the suburbs, it's hard to figure out exactly where the best neighbourhoods are located. Answering this question depends a little bit on what you need. Families will find some neighbourhoods to fit better with their needs, while singles and young couples may prefer a different area of the city. If you plan to relocate to Calgary or it's time for a change, consider these top neighbourhoods.

Elboya

It's hard to argue with this gorgeous community. With the Elbow River providing great scenery and the views of downtown, this is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in all of Calgary. The streets are lined with mature trees, residents enjoy direct access to downtown and there are plenty of great

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