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An emotional farewell concluded our build and it’s taken me a few days to really collect my thoughts and feelings before summarizing my experience with Jar and June (the happy new homeowners), the local building supervisors, and of course this incredible team of volunteers that became a family of sorts focused on a common objective.

Our time together here in Chiang Mai has ended now and today many of us are on our way home via Bangkok, Vietnam, Laos, etc., while a few are staying behind to tour more of this fabulous Chiang Mai region. Although the chances of us all reconnecting on another build somewhere else is unlikely, I think all of us now fully understand the meaning of the "Hab-addiction" Dave told us about and we all feel a connection to each

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Have you been thinking about selling your house but you haven’t been able to decide if now is a good time or not? Home prices have been fairly steady and actually increasing but some experts are warning of a housing bubble in a few years. The Bank of Canada recently released its Monetary Policy Report and it looks like interest rates are going to be staying where they are at now, at least through next year. So with steady home prices and low rates, now is a great time to sell and buy another home. Still not sure? Here are four more signs that it's time to sell.

  1. You’ve got equity. Have a real estate agent do a comparative market analysis for your home. If you have enough equity to cover 20% of your new home purchase, you’ve got your down payment
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Selling your home can be a complex, time consuming, emotional and challenging process, especially so if you’re a first time home seller. Strangers will be walking through your home even when you aren’t there, poking through your cupboards and closets, criticizing your choice in decor or talking about the changes they’d have to make, and then offering you less money than you think your home is worth. It's a brutal process! It can be easy to make mistakes when it comes time to sell your home but we have some tips that can help you to avoid some of the common pitfalls.

Don’t get emotional. Yes, this is your home where you’ve spent many years and maybe even started your family but you need to emotionally detach from it to be able to sell it with a level

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SOURCE Habitat for Humanity Canada

Organization announces first project on First Nation reserve, celebrates 100thAboriginal family served on World Habitat Day

TORONTO, Oct. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, on the UN-designated World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity Canada is making significant strides in serving aboriginal families as Habitat for Humanity Lloydminster signs a memorandum of understanding with Flying Dust First Nation at Meadow Lake in order to make affordable Habitat homeownership available on the Saskatchewan reserve. This milestone comes as the organization celebrates their 100th safe, decent and affordable home to be provided to an aboriginal family, currently under construction in Slave Lake, Alberta.

"As we celebrate our 100th family

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One of the great things about living in Edmonton is that every community has a community league that supports the residents of the area. The leagues are not just social although they do have a lot of fun events. They are also a very important part to how our communities grow and evolve.

Community Leagues take part in civics and planning by communicating the wishes of the community residents to property developers and the City of Edmonton’s planners. It’s through your membership and voting that you get to have a voice on new buildings and redevelopments. They also work to maintain community safety by working with residents, community organizations and the Edmonton Police Service.

On top of all this, they offer sports and educational programs for

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Happy Halloween! Today is the day that little ghosts, goblins, pirates and princesses will be roaming our city street in search of candy. The Edmonton Police Service put out a list of Halloween safety tips for kids and parents. Please read these and make sure to implement them. There is nothing more important on Halloween than the safety of our children.

Tips for Children

  • Trick or treat in groups or with parents/guardians
  • Carry a flashlight and cell phone
  • Have an emergency plan if something bad happens – know who you can talk to or approach if you have any problems or get lost
  • Let your parents/guardians know where you will be and stay in areas that you know and are comfortable with.
  • Ensure that you can see through a mask or makeup
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Century 21 Canada recently released the results of a homebuyer survey they did and the results are very interesting. If you are thinking about putting your home on the market, there are some things you should know about the trend in current homebuyers “must have” lists. 

  1. Canadians will overwhelmingly (41%) choose a home with energy efficient upgrades over one with updated finishes (22%) like granite countertops or hardwood floors. This makes sense since a granite countertop isn’t going to save you any money on your heating expenses. Consider making your home energy efficient before doing any other big upgrades.
  2. They also say that a home’s layout is the most important consideration (27%) and has the strongest impact on their first impression
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From Chiang Mai.

Days 1 and 2 were extremely hot on the work site as we arrived shortly after sun-up to begin the work day. The first day was a bit emotional when we first met the waiting family who must have been looking forward to this for months – maybe longer. We arrived as ordinary people but were received as heroes. A seemingly happy and welcoming couple of few words but big smiles and obviously big hearts greeted us emotionally and an instant respect and connection was forged between the two groups of people with vastly different backgrounds. These people clearly don’t have much as they live in and under the structure (house) next to the build site. The children as well as the grandparents who all contribute to the work necessary to get the job

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The greatest thing about my business is the opportunities and freedom that it affords me to be able to contribute to the world and make a difference for someone somewhere.

I arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand yesterday to spend a few weeks working for Habitat for Humanity to help build a home for a family in need. That’s the good news. However, my luggage wasn’t as fortunate. But that really doesn’t bother me this morning because, as I write this, the sun is just cresting over the horizon and the viewable portion of the city that I’ll live in for the next couple weeks is coming into view. A quiet calm blankets Chiang Mai before the heat, scents and noises which surely return once the city awakens. I arrived at night and was quickly a part of the crowded

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Halloween is just around the corner. If you don't have your celebration planned yet and need some ideas of something to do, we have a huge list of events happening around Edmonton. There is everything from family friendly for the little ones to the really scary for those who are bigger and braver. Get out there and enjoy the spooky festivities our great city has to offer.

Fun For The Whole Family

Prairie Gardens Haunted Pumpkin Fest
October 25 & 26
Extra Festivities & Entertainment runs from 11am-3pm.
Details

Prairie Gardens Safe Kids Halloween Fun at the Farm!
October 31
Kids in Costume Get in Free on Halloween (must be under age 12)
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Fort Edmonton Park SPOOKTACULAR
October 24, 25 and 31
Tickets Required
Details

Spooky Saturday at the

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