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Mission is One of the Best Places to Live in Calgary

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. Is proximity to Calgary schools important? Do you prefer established areas, or up-and-coming hotspots? What's you're budget? How close do you want to be to downtown? Not every neighbourhood is the right fit for every homebuyer.

Nonetheless, there are some recurring favourites among Calgary homebuyers. If you plan to relocate to Calgary, or if it's just time for a change, consider these top Calgary neighbourhoods:


It's hard to argue with this gorgeous community. With the Elbow River providing great scenery and the views of downtown,

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Comparing Ontario and Alberta

Would you rather live in Ontario or Alberta? In this provincial showdown, we cut through the fluff and provide data-driven insights into the cost of living, taxation, job opportunities, and broader lifestyle considerations. While Ontario is home to the nation's capital and largest city, Alberta offers a lower cost of living and an ever-growing economy. Read on to settle the Alberta vs Ontario debate once and for all. 

Main Comparisons

  • Alberta offers a more affordable cost of living than Ontario, including lower housing costs, utility expenses, and transportation costs. It also has significant tax advantages, such as no provincial sales tax and lower income tax rates.
  • Alberta boasts higher average incomes and a strong job market, highlighted
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Steps to Follow For Building a HomeSetting out to build your home is a significant milestone, and navigating this venture requires a reliable home-building checklist. From securing the plot to selecting the perfect finishes, we'll guide you through new construction homes without the fluff. Get ready for a straightforward, step-by-step approach to transform your blueprint into the house of your dreams.

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

Key Takeaways

  • Careful planning, including setting a realistic budget, defining must-haves, and understanding local building codes, is critical to a successful home-building experience.
  • Assembling a skilled team of professionals,
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The Best Valentine's Day Events in CalgaryValentine's Day plans don't have to require a ton of forethought to make a positive impact on loved ones—but it's always fun to do something special. No matter what you choose, the time together will undoubtedly turn out to be a treasured memory. For those without any concrete plans yet, here are five excellent Valentine's events in Calgary to consider.

Calgary Zoo—In the Heat of the Night

In their long-running tradition, established in 1995, the Calgary Zoo yet again hosts their Valentine's Day bash, In the Heat of the Night. Due to its popularity, this event is hosted on February 10th, 13th, and 14th, running from 6 to 10 p.m. Guests can start arriving at 5:30. Couples will be treated to an incredible four-course meal and a humorous

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The best Christmas events in CalgaryThe holiday season is a time for fun and frolicking in the snow, revelling 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 the warmth the holidays bring should check out these annual festivities fostering everything 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 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 this year every weekend from November 25 to December 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., making it the ideal place to spend a day indulging in

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The Best Winter Festivals in CalgaryWhile Calgary may be a quintessential Cowtown, best known for its Stampede and Rodeo held every July, it also comes alive during the winter—snowflakes, ice sculptures, and lights galore adorn city buildings and add festive notes all the way from Halloween through February and beyond. Winter is cold in Alberta, but Canadians and visitors alike take it in stride. Enjoy the magic of outdoor activities and winter festivals in Calgary and in nearby Banff and Lake Louise!

Some of the best festivals in Calgary that will be happening this winter include:

ZOOLIGHTS: A Calgary Tradition

This is one you can visit right now! Back for its 25th year, ZOOLIGHTS at Calgary Zoo is running all the way from November 17th to January 7th. Over a million lights

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Alberta Housing CrisisAlberta’s population has grown by more than 184,000 in the last year. This report is from recent data from Statistics Canada, which estimates that 4.7 million people call Alberta home. It is the largest increase in population the province has ever seen. 

According to this report, most of this population growth comes from international migration. However, the number of interprovincial migrants is significantly higher than in previous years. 

Alberta’s net interprovincial migration grew by 896% in the last year. Although there is no direct link to this growth, this growth correlates with the province's “Alberta is Calling” campaign, which launched in the previous year. 

Alberta's Net Interprovincial Migration

Alberta Population Growth from Other Provinces

According to the government’s

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What Condow Owners Need to Know About Choosing InsuranceCondo insurance is an important topic for many property owners in Canada. Not only does it protect your personal property, but it also provides liability coverage and coverage for additional living expenses. However, with the complexity of the insurance market, it's important to do your research before signing an insurance contract for condos. In this article, we'll provide you with 5 tips for researching condo insurance.

Know the Types of Condo Insurance

Before you start researching the best condo insurance for you, it's important to understand the different types of coverage available. Generally, there are three main types of condo insurance:

  1. Personal Liability Insurance: This type of insurance protects you if someone is injured on your
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For Immediate Release
March 7, 2023


Partnership between leading next-gen fintech and Canada’s #1 RE/MAX Large Team will enhance user experience with low-cost, no-wait applied-to-approved digital mortgages 

CALGARY, Alberta -- Neo Financial and the Justin Havre Real Estate Team with eXp Realty have formed a strategic partnership aimed at improving the home financing experience for Canadian buyers and real estate professionals. The partnership will focus on leveraging Neo Financial's advanced digital technology to enhance the user experience for home buyers and provide real estate professionals with a more comprehensive tool to assist clients on their financing journeys to home ownership. 

"We are thrilled to partner with Justin Havre &

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For Immediate Release
February 27, 2023

Justin Havre & Associates Wins Six Re/MAX Awards

Justin Havre & Associates Takes Top Honours as Canada’s #1 RE/MAX Large Team in Closed Transactions for 5th Straight Year at 2023 RE/MAX R4 Convention in Las Vegas

Calgary team also garners global nod as Top-3 Large Team Worldwide in Closed Transactions

CALGARY, AB – Calgary’s Justin Havre & Associates has received six Awards at the 2023 RE/MAX R4 Global Conference in Las Vegas this week. The RE/MAX First company was named Canada’s #1 Large Team for Closed Transactions in 2022. This is the fifth straight year — and sixth time in seven years — the Large Team has led RE/MAX in Canadian real estate sales.

Team Leader Justin Havre also accepted the award as the #1 Donator in Canada to Children’s Miracle

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