Make the most of your apartment balcony, plant a garden.

Just because you choose to live in a stylish downtown apartment doesn’t mean you don’t still want a garden and an outdoor oasis to enjoy during the hot days and the long summer evenings. That’s what spacious balconies were made for! Balcony-scaping. It’s a thing! That’s right. With more and more people choosing to live … Read More

When your nest feels empty, rent a smaller nest.

Kids grown up? Are they off raising families of their own? Are you still rattling around in a multi-thousand square foot home when you really only use the kitchen and bedroom? What effect is all that empty space having on you mentally? Empty nest syndrome isn’t a clinical diagnosis but it is a very real … Read More

How to pick a great neighbourhood to rent in

You’ve decided you want to rent an apartment with a friend. You already know you get along well. You’ve downloaded your roommate agreement and have a plan for how all the details are going to work. Now you’re running all around Calgary looking at apartments (probably based on price point alone) and are totally overwhelmed … Read More

Renting 2 bedrooms makes a lot of sense

Renting 2 bedrooms makes a lot of sense when you’re starting again. Have you seen this new This Hour Has 22 Minutes sketch? So funny. But seriously, eating alone…living alone…can actually be a positive choice. Waking up each day on your own schedule. Knowing that the cake you put in the fridge last night will … Read More

Rent to reduce stress during separation and divorce

Rent to reduce your stress during big life changes like divorce. What happens between separation and divorce? You’ve got at least 1 year of stressful, emotional and confusing changes. Add kids to the mix and all those feelings are amplified. You need to figure out finances, living arrangements, parenting schedules. Not exactly a great time … Read More

Find an apartment that fits – who you are and who you want to be

Apartment hunting can be exhausting. Frustrating. Stressful. And confusing. Especially if it’s your first time. When you start out you’re probably just going on budget alone. And seeing anything and everything in your price range. But just because it fits your budget, doesn’t mean it’s going to fit you – your style, your life, your … Read More

Budget for fun (and still pay the rent)

A renter’s guide to making sure building your nest egg doesn’t leave you bored. You’re living on your own. Renting your first apartment. You’ve got big plans. Big dreams. It’s time to take things to the next level. So you start saving. Saving for a wedding, a house, a big trip…and next thing you know … Read More