Holiday Shopping Tips

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The winter holidays will be here in a matter of weeks – are you ready? If you still have a lot of holiday shopping to do, here are some great tips for making your life a little easier and more affordable this season.

Use Money-Saving Technology

There are many apps and websites that make holiday shopping more affordable. One is RetailMeNot, which has both an app and a website. It lists deals and promo codes at top retailers, both online and in-store, and can save you big bucks on holiday gifts. It also has cash-back offers for certain retailers. Another great site to try is Ebates, which has cash-back offers at thousands of retailers, giving you savings in the form of rebates. Sometimes they also offer exclusive discounts.

Find Your Local Markets

If you want to skip the crowded malls and support local small businesses instead, look for the local winter holiday markets in your city. While these may be harder to find in smaller towns, most big cities have holiday markets where numerous artisans sell handmade gifts. You’ll be supporting small local businesses while purchasing unique gifts for your loved ones.


Consider Donations Instead of Gifts

Is your house already packed to the brim with stuff? Or is money really tight this year? One way to reduce clutter and expenses — and make a positive impact in the world — is to get your family to skip traditional holiday shopping and instead each make a donation to a cause you care about. When your family gathers, go around in a circle and share what cause you chose to donate to and why it’s meaningful to you. If you can’t bear to part with gift-giving, you could make a rule that each person can give one gift for each family member, but the rest of the gift money goes toward a good cause.


If you’re thinking about shopping for a home sometime soon, please reach out any time — We would love to help you.

Doug, Susan and Kristen



What to do this December in our majestic Rocky Mountains

If you are fortunate enough to live in Calgary or surrounding areas you are just over an hours drive from our lovely Rocky Mountains where people from all over the world travel 12 months a year to see. This December there’s a plethora of activities to enjoy – You can eat, drink and be merry in the mountains this month with special dinners, wine events and family fun. Click HERE for full details.

We need your HELP to Help feed our Veterans in Calgary


If you are attending the Field of Crosses Remembrance Day service -PLEASE drop into our office at #306 Memorial DR NW with a non perishable food item. We will deliver what is gathered to the Veterans Food Bank.

The Veterans Food Bank of Calgary is a registered not-for-profit organization, founded in August 2018, to serve food security and other resource needs of Veterans from Calgary and surrounding area. Veterans who’ve served in all branches of the Canadian Armed Forces and Reserves are eligible for assistance through these programs.

Remembrance Day Activities and Ceremonies in Calgary This Year

Commemorate those who serve by attending ceremonies or services or watching a theatre production. Click HERE for all locations. Our family will be attending the ceremony on Memorial Dr NW at the Field of Crosses right next to our office. Looking forward to maybe seeing you there. Feel free to drop in and say Hello to Doug, Susan and Kristen afterwards. This year is the 10th anniversary of the Field of Crosses and the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War.

November 11th: A Remembrance day ceremony at 11:00 a.m. will be held at the Field of Crosses. The commemoration will be one to remember and will include:

10:00 a.m. 300 soldiers of the 41 st Infantry Brigade will march by the Field of Crosses.

10:30 a.m. 100 members of the Calgary Police service and other local service units will march to the Field of Crosses and take up position on the east bound lanes of Memorial Drive.

10:40 a.m. Remembrance day Ceremony commences.

11:00 a.m. An artillery gun of the 20th Independent Field Battery (Lethbridge) will fire a signal gun at the exact moment the First World War ended and commencing the start of 2 minutes silence.

Christmas in the Rockies!

We are so VERY blessed to live close enough to the majestic Rocky Mountains to enjoy a day trip or get away for a weekend to enjoy all of the fantastic events going on this upcoming holiday season. Ignite your festive spirit and watch the town of Banff come alive during the famous Santa Claus Parade of Lights in November. The Banff Christmas Market is another great way to enjoy the festive atmosphere, indulge in culinary delights, and find one-of-a-kind treasures.Whether you’re looking to indulge in Christmas shopping, relax in the crisp mountain air, or enjoy a winter adventure, there’s truly something for everyone in Banff and Lake Louise. For full details click HERE!

We are a family real estate team who has been serving Calgary since 1977 and we love what we do and where we live! We enjoy sharing all the amazing things there is to do you in wonderful province of Alberta! Please do not hesitate to contact Doug, Susan or Kristen with any of your real estate needs.

Remodelling your bathroom?

A bathroom remodel is one of the most rewarding projects you can undertake as a homeowner. When well-planned, it can improve your home’s aesthetics while adding convenience. And it usually offers a significant return when it comes time to sell. Remodels don’t have to break the bank, either. With just a few hundred dollars and a little elbow grease, you can make a remarkable impact to your space — both in value and style. Not sure where to start on your bathroom remodel? Here are some of today’s hottest trends:
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What Motivates the Wealthy to Invest in Real Estate?

Wealthy individuals have been investing in Real Estate for centuries, from the acquisition of land to high-end luxury condos. Motivations for investment however, tend to differ from client to client.
By understanding the cultural preferences and financial motivations of investors and offering top class advice and service, advisors can tailor their approach to form and cement long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships. For the full article click HERE.

Where to See a Comedy Show in Calgary

We love to laugh so thought we would share this with you. Every Monday night, Broken City, a live-music venue and bar on 11th Avenue S.W., transforms into one of the best comedy clubs in the city — Zach Galifianakis famously dropped in one time and took the stage. With a $5 cover charge and $4.25 highballs, Broken City is also one of the most accessible comedy venues in Calgary (just make sure you show up early). And if it’s warm enough, there’s a rooftop patio for pre-show food and drinks. Thank you Avenue magazine – for full details click HERE.