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Why People Love Luxury Real Estate in Calgary

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Canada isn't usually the first country that springs to mind when people imagine themselves with luxury real estate, yet the multimillion-dollar home industry is a thriving success in Calgary. Between 2005 and 2012, the number of sales of homes at $1-million or more has steadily increased. Let's take a look at some of the factors that make this market one of the most successful luxury real estate regions in the world. If there's one thing to know about Calgary, it's that our humble city is...

New Community Search Technology For Increased Leads

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JustinHavre.com is utilizing the latest in IDX and programming technology, to make it even easier for clients to find the homes they're looking for. Working directly with the REW team, we've created a new community map search that our buyers already love. We think you'll love it too, which is why we're sharing this great website feature. We wanted to create an easy-to-use and visually appealing way to find real estate in geo-targeted communities. By developing an interactive map, our clients...

One House, On the Rocks Please

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Phil Johnson of Christchurch, New Zealand, has put a new twist on turning life's lemons into lemonade. His home was damaged during the 6.3 magnitude earthquake last month, when a 25-tonne boulder ripped his house in half. Rather than letting this devastating situation get him down, Johnson used the event as an opportunity to share a laugh, and raise money for charity. Eager to get rid of the offending boulder, Johnson decided to post the following advertisement on an online auction site:...

Calgary Ranks Among World's Most Liveable Cities

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The rest of the world now knows what we here in Calgary have been celebrating for years. Calgary is a great place to live! The western Canada city has just been placed fifth in the top cities in the world in The Economist Intelligence Unit's 'Global Liveabilty Ranking' 2011 report. For the fourth year in a row the Alberta city ranked highly in the survey, which assesses 140 cities based on a number of factors. These include healthcare, infrastructure, education, stability, culture a...

Calgary House to Homeowner: I'm Melting, Mellltiiing!

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An interesting phenomenon has been happening with Calgary houses, and with homes around North America. They're melting. It seems that houses equipped with vinyl siding are at risk of sustaining heat damage if they're located next door to a home with low-e windows. Apparently, the reflection from low-e windows can cause intense, concentrated heat, that vinyl siding just isn't capable of withstanding. According to a report put together by the U.S. National Association of Home Builders ...

Calgary Condo Sales Go Sky-High

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We've been hearing a few negative stories regarding the Calgary housing market just lately, so it was great to see buyers feverishly vying for the chance to snap up forthcoming University City condos in the past few days. Phase 1 of this master planned community sold out in no time, with Phase 2 units rapidly following suit. The sales office, which opened for business last weekend, saw unprecedented numbers of buyers queuing for their chance to own a piece of the city's hottest condo block. ...

New Calgary Real Estate Site Contest

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Top10Calgary.com is having a contest right now to find the 10 best agent sites and 10 best broker sites in Calgary, and JustinHavre.com is proud to be among the nominees. Everyone is eligible to vote and/or nominate his or her favourite Calgary real estate site. The contest is running until the end of November. There are some really great looking websites in the running, so you should definitely check them out and vote :)   --The Justin Havre Writing Team

Shopping Online: What's The Net Worth?

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Once upon a time, the relatively simple act of buying the latest Britney Spears CD, or a making a hotel or flight reservation, meant either a trip into town, or a needlessly long and complicated telephone conversation. For millions of consumers, for whom a visit to a book store or shoe shop might be rather less than convenient, the internet revolution has been quite a lifesaver. For many Canadians, the days of trawling endlessly around the malls or downtown in search of what you need, may be...

New Development Offers Environmental Innovation

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Perched majestically among the verdant hills of Southwest Calgary, with spectacular views of both the city skyline and Bow Valley, The Landings at Cougar Ridge real estate is destined to become the talk of the local housing market. This latest development, by the award-winning Statesman Group, presents a community of exceptionally designed, luxurious townhomes and garden villas, boasting numerous exceptional innovations. With sustainability a high priority for the developers, the homes on th...

New Search Tool for Better User Experience

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Thanks to Google and its brethren, people are trained to type what they're looking for into a search engine, and get immediate results. Pouring over endless copy, or clicking on a series of links that don't lead where you want is tedious, and can quickly prompt a user to click off your site, and try a competitor's instead. Having a user-friendly architecture is important, as it makes it easy for users (and spiders) to navigate your site and find what they're looking for. It's also important ...