Spring Home Maintenance

Thursday, April 20, 2017Norm Rousseauposted in General

Inspect for wind, snow, or ice damage. Check to see that the roof shingles are secure, tightly fastened and in good condition. If any of the shingles are loose, repair with asphalt roofing cement. If they are damaged or missing, replacement will be necessary and may require professional help.
Inspect the flashing around the chimney, plumbing vent stacks, electrical masts, and in valleys where roofing sections meet. Repair or re-flash if the flashing has deteriorated.

A great way to initially inspect the shingles is with field glasses then if it looks damaged call an expert.

Shingle Maintenance

McKenzie Lake two storey

Saturday, April 15, 2017Norm Rousseauposted in Feature Property


This bright and appealing home provides a flexible and open floor plan. The gorgeous renovated kitchen showcases beautiful cabinetry, large granite island, upgraded stainless appliances including an induction stove and built in coffee station. virtual-tour-234231-17Sunny breakfast nook overlooking the private yard, comfortable family room, den and upgraded bathrooms. Three good sized bedrooms including the master with a 5 piece ensuite and dual vanities. The fully finished lower level features a spacious media room, recreation room, 4th bedroom and 3 piece bath. Great outdoor space with large deck for entertaining and BBQ’s and a hot tub for relaxing. Your family will enjoy year round fun at the lake and leisurely walks in Fish Creek Park and the Bow River Pathways.

● Government of Canada ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes Program

● 4-Star Electric’s Residential Electricity Safety audit

Details & Photos: http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/listing/c4110519-247-mt-victoria-pl-se-calgary-alberta-t2z-1p4/

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Housing market set for favourable lead into spring March 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017Norm Rousseauposted in CREB Market Statistics

Detached prices stabilize as city-wide inventory trends down

After a long period of disconnect between supply and demand, Calgary's detached housing sector is firmly in balanced territory. Sales were still 10 per cent below long-term trends in March, but above levels seen in recent years, while average inventory declined compared to last year, supporting price stability in the detached market.Capture

"It's not so much that demand went through the roof in March, but that we had less supply come onto the market, which is really helping to balance things out," said CREB® president David P. Brown. "These changes are lifting the cloud of uncertainty for housing consumers and nicely positioning our market as we move into the more active spring season."


Monday, March 20, 2017Norm Rousseauposted in General

Tax Deductions and Tax Credits: What’s The Difference?

by Robb Engen | Mar 14, 2017 | Taxes

Canadian taxpayers have until April 30th, 2017 to file their 2016 taxes. However, before the calendar turns over to a new year many Canadians want to know how best to maximize their tax refund or minimize what they owe the government.

The two main ways to reduce taxes owing are through tax deductions and tax credits. What’s the difference between a deduction and a credit? Let’s explore:


Do solar panels make sense for Alberta homeowners?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017Norm Rousseauposted in General

Alanna Smith
Published on: March 3, 2017 | Last Updated: March 3, 2017 6:02 PM MDT


What do we know about the Government of Alberta’s solar rebate program?

The Alberta government has created a $36-million solar rebate program to cut solar installation costs. The program will offer rebates of up to 30 per cent for homeowners.

The rebate will be 75 cents per watt, but there will be a cap, said Environment Minister Shannon Phillips.

Further details on qualifying systems and installation and eligibility requirements will be released in coming months. The government is currently looking for a third party to deliver the program. 

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