8 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Winter 

We all knew it was coming - After this weekend, we can probably say that winter is here.  With Calgary quickly becoming a Winter Wonderland, it is time to prepare your home! Here are 8 tips we have put together for you. 1) Furnace Inspection Have your furnace serviced and ducts cleaned (every 2 years) Stock up on furnace filters and change them monthly. It is good practice to write the date...

Protecting Your Home While On Vacation

Vacations are meant to be relaxing... Have you ever got to the airport and suddenly thought "did I lock the back door?" Yep, me too! Labour Day Weekend is the perfect time to pack up and head out on a final family adventure before school, snow and seasonal depression hits in. But what about your new home?  It should be fine while you are gone.   But what if it is not? Leaving home with...

Surface Water Management – How To Handle The Unexpected

Let's Face It... Calgary Weather Is Like A Box Of Chocolates.... You Never Know What You're Gonna Get! When you live in Alberta, you become familiar with the unique and often profound weather patterns our province can experience. One week, you’ll have to put up with polar weather conditions, clearing a mountain of snow & ice from your driveway then suddenly with the assistance of the...

How soon should I pay off my mortgage in Canada?

Many people dream of buying their own house, but once they do, that dream may change to a dream of being debt-free... We all know homes are expensive, and unfortunately, that means most people will need to incur debt to make their purchase. It seems like a fair trade-off – a home for some debt – but having such a large financial obligation hanging over you can be stressful.As a result, most people...

The Hripko Team Visits Made By MOMMA

Earlier this month, John Hripko & Partners volunteered our time, ingredients and Can Do attitudes to a local, Calgary based and truly amazing meal support program called Made By MOMMA.   Made By MOMMA is not just a local food bank. They have dedicated themselves to providing healthy, incredible, homemade frozen meals.  These meals, along with fresh bread and...

Karen’s Korner – The Final Edition

This will be my last Karen's Korner blog post. The growth I have experienced over the past 7 years - has prepared me for the next step in my real estate career.  It is with deep sorrow - that I use this forum to inform all - that I am leaving my FAMILY at The John Hripko Real Estate Team.  I will embark on this real estate journey alone.  I am ready to pursue the...

Nothing Says “I Love You” More Than A New House Plant!

Valentine's Day is here!.. ...And if you are anything like me, you didn't realize the date until you heard it on the radio on on your Monday morning commute to work! Now you are scrambling to think of a good gift for your partner!(DO NOT PANIC AND GET GAS STATION FLOWERS... YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF BACK IN THE DATING POOL!!)Flowers and Chocolates are always nice, but flowers die and...

Karen’s Korner Feb 2022 – Where Have All The Houses Gone!?

Where are all the homes for sale!!!!!? From 2015-2019, you could find houses that sat for months!  You would drive through your community - and see a new sign go up every day.  Now, you can hardly find ONE home for sale. When you do find a home you like, you often call or text your real estate agent - only to learn that it sold yesterday - or is already pending. Welcome to a seller’s market. Come...

5 Reasons Sellers Should Seriously Consider Ordering a Pre-Listing Home Inspection!

Typically, it is the buyer who orders a home inspection... however we strongly suggest that as a seller, you should consider being proactive versus reactive on this matter. The minimal cost is an investment, NOT a cost, in that most home inspections will find any number of items that should be attended to be they minor maintenance items or major issues. It is not unusual for buyers to then renegotiate...

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