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A well-organized home office requires privacy, comfort and technology.Working from home has become not only possible, but increasingly common, across all fields and in all parts of the world. With the reliability of high-tech communication, and a growing trend toward decentralization in commerce, more and more employees work at home at least part of the work week.

If you work from home, even if only for a few hours each week, a dedicated work space is a decided benefit. An attempt to concentrate on business while family life swirls around you will usually be less than successful.

In order to make working from home a viable option, both aesthetics and efficiency should be considered. Design of the work space is a strategic benefit and a priority. The space need not be large, but it should be comfortable, attractive,

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Best Ideas for Outdoor Living SpacesAt one time, it was enough to have a patio in the backyard for lounging and entertaining. Today's homeowners are more sophisticated, which may be why outdoor living areas are gaining in popularity and becoming a popular home improvement for homeowners and sellers. The best outdoor living areas have a variety of components that can increase comfort and give homeowners options as they spend time outside.

Shade

Sun is a welcome component of any outdoor living area, but it can also get hot and uncomfortable. No outdoor living area is complete without shelter to give shade. Shade can be provided in many ways, so it's up to the homeowner to decide how it should be done.

  • Canvas covering. This option is utilitarian, easy to install and effective
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The Best Family-Oriented Neighborhoods in CalgaryMoving to a new city is a stressful event, but it can also be very rewarding. If you choose the right neighbourhood for your family, you get involved sooner rather than later and you embrace your new city, you can eliminate some of the moving stress. It starts with the neighbourhood you choose and here are a few of the best choices for families in Calgary.

Parkland

If you have younger children, Parkland is the best choice. This neighbourhood has the highest population of children under 14 years of age in the city. The Community Association here is very active and many programs are provided for children, including Sparks & Brownies, Cubs & Beavers, soccer, hockey, karate and many other choices. Along with the emphasis on children, the homes here

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Sell a Home with Virtual RealityIt may be time to take a listing to the next dimension. Static images are a common way to market a property but cannot provide the type of experience that comes with virtual reality. Virtual reality is here and can be a useful tool in depicting features of an available home in emails and online. Learn more about how virtual reality is being used to help sell homes faster and possibly for more money.

Why Embrace Virtual Reality

Home buyers can get a sense of a home, both inside and out, with traditional real estate photography. However, they do not see the layout of a home or the get a sense of spaciousness. Agents are attempting to address these gaps as they realize how important it is for a property to appeal to buyers.

Using virtual reality

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What to Know When Qualifying for a MortgageMany people wonder if buying a home is really within their reach. It often seems like a daunting purchase for the first time buyer. The good news is that with the large variety of options available today, it has never been easier to secure a mortgage.

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

What Criteria Do Mortgage Lenders Use to Select Qualified Buyers?

Mortgage lenders assess a variety of criteria when considering mortgage applications. Most lenders look at the following factors when determining whether you qualify for a mortgage loan.

One of the first questions a lender will consider is how much of your total income you'll be spending on

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Buying Farm Fresh Groceries in CalgaryThe nice thing about living in the province of Alberta is the offerings for food you get to experience in almost all corners of the place. In every small town, you will be able to find food establishments offering farm fresh dishes making you want visit them for second time around.

The Saskatoon Farm - 80181 338 Avenue East, De Winton

Located to the south of Calgary is The Saskatoon Farm. This stop offers delectable and authentic Mexican dishes, where food is grown by Mexican farmers who take pride in their fresh picks. Aside from the excellent dishes, you can also check out the fresh fruit preserves, which you can bring home and you can take a sip of their heart warming hot drinks from its cafe.

The Millarville Farmers' Market - Box 68,

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Buying Bedding For Your Home in CalgaryAre you ready to improve your bedroom or perhaps you need bedding for a new bed? From new sheets to bedspreads, Calgary retailers have a lot of great options. For a place you spend a third of your day in, it's important that it's comfortable and fits your personality. Here are the best local retailers for fine bedding in Calgary.

Inspirati - 120 2207 4th Street S.W.

Over on 4th Street, you can check out Inspirati. They have high quality bedding, including brands like St. Geneve, a Canadian luxury brand. Brands like St. Geneve use only the best materials and linens. They also offer the bold pieces of Revelle. Be sure to check out their collection of household linens for your kitchen, bath and living room while you're there.

Cushy Life - 1139

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What Should You Do When You Can't Afford Home Maintenance?Deferred maintenance occurs when a homeowner puts off necessary repairs either due to cost or a lack of spare time, and it's unfortunately relatively common for people to do. While understandable for homeowners to try to delay five-figure repairs, such as replacing the roof or fixing the foundation, the consequences of doing so can be drastic. The good news is that managing maintenance (and mitigating the damage of deferred repairs) is possible once homeowners understand how they can spend their limited resources to limit the degradation of the structure or grounds.

Catching It Early

Even if a homeowner can't afford to fix the problem with DIY projects, noticing it in the infancy stages can give all the residents an edge. The key is for

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Why You Should Use a Drone For Home PhotographyIt’s no secret that when it comes to selling a home that the homeowner needs to ensure that every listing they post has high quality photos so buyers have an accurate representation of what they’re seeing. The classic way of doing this is just for the seller to take photos themselves or hire a professional photographer to do it for them. However, with improving technology comes a new way of taking photos: using drones. Here are some of the different ways drones can be used and why using them can be helpful when selling a home.

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

1. Drones Are Affordable

Homeowners don’t have to purchase their own drone in

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How to Sell Your Home in a Buyer's MarketSelling a house in a slow real estate market can be difficult. In times like these, it's not enough to simply list your home and wait; you actually have to sell your home. No one really wants to sell anything when the market is bad, however, it's not impossible to sell your house in these conditions. It just takes a positive attitude and a different kind of game plan.

Even though the market's not favourable to sellers and widespread economic recovery may be months, even years off, there are a number of tactics available to increase the likelihood of a sale.

Know Your Market

One of the most important things you can do to get your house sold is to learn your market, the value of your property and your competition. Most sellers operate in the

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