A native Calgarian, Ken has witnessed Calgary grow to a population of over one million people and develop into a prosperous and dynamic city. In 1985 Ken launched his real estate career and over the years has consistently proven to be among the top 2% of Calgary's MLS® Real Estate Agents. In 1997 he joined RE/MAX Real Estate (Central), the #1 RE/MAX Office Worldwide for the last 16 consecutive years, and since 1998 continues to be one of the top agents in this high producing office. In recent years Ken has been awarded the prestigious RE/MAX Chairman's Club award (top 1% of all RE/MAX REALTORS®) and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Recognized as a respected leader in the real estate industry, Ken is known for his excellent negotiating skills along with honesty and integrity. A proven professional for 30 years and a real estate investor himself, Ken brings valuable experience and results to the table on every transaction. His vast and widespread database includes a full range of clients from 1st time buyers to serious investors with many of them repeat customers and referrals.
Early in life, Ken developed a true love for the game of hockey leading him to being a most valuable player for Mount Royal College's hockey team. A dedicated real estate professional and family man, Ken believes in giving back and supporting his community. As a proud father and sporting enthusiast he volunteered for 9 years as a minor hockey coach guiding young athletes to experience numerous team championships and learning important life skills.
Ken's extensive knowledge, professionalism and strong commitment to his real estate career and team have established him as a top selling REALTOR®!
"Ken Richter has been my realtor for many years, with buying and selling over the years; referrals for other properties, as well I can honestly say that Ken has always had my best interest at heart. He makes sure you stage (present) your home for a seller and I can say, it works. His expertise is bar none spot on with efficient staff to help. He is one of the best and his record shows it. Go Team Richter!!"
- Madeleine M.
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Newfoundland & Labrador is Canada's most eastern province, with Labrador attached to the northwest corner of Quebec and Newfoundland hanging off into the Atlantic ocean as an island. The name for this province is Portuguese, but also has significance in the native language of Inuttitut. Newfoundland means "terra nova" in Portuguese, which translates to "new land." The name Labrador is derived from the surname of Fernandes Lavrador, a Portuguese explorer. It also translates to "the big land" in Inuttitut.
Newfoundland & Labrador has a long history of habitation, dating back 9,000 years. While many different indigenous groups occupied the land in relative harmony, by the time of European contact only the Beothuk remained. The Beothuk passionately protected their culture by avoiding contact with European settlers as much as possible.
When the English began to expand beyond the coastline violence intensified between the Beothuk and settlers, each competing for the resources of the sea and land. In 1829, after being decimated by violence, tuberculosis and starvation, the Beothuk were declared extinct. However, Vikings also visited Newfoundland & Labrador, and may have taken Beothuk women with them back to Europe. This means that some Icelanders may carry Beothuk DNA.
On march 31st, 1949, Newfoundland & Labrador officially became part of Canada. It is a province that diligently protects its history and celebrates the diverse people that call it home. When you visit Newfoundland & Labrador, you can expect, "dramatic coastlines, sweeping barrens, thick boreal forests, and ancient rock formations... The living landscape is its own wonder – teeming with seabirds, moose, caribou, and rich marine life." Benefiting from offshore oil production, Newfoundland & Labrador remain closely tied to the sea.
Looking for a way to celebrate Canada 150 with Newfoundland & Labrador? Newfoundlandandlabrador.com suggests the following 10 activities to ring in this birthday (hint: they must all be done in Newfoundland & Labrador):
Be the first person in North America to see the sunrise.
Walk along the earth's mantle.
Snorkel with the Humpback whales.
View fossils that represent the beginning of life on this planet.
Kayak with 10,000 year old icebergs.
Sleep in a Lighthouse.
Hike to one of the four corners of the earth.
Visit the Vikings
Meet the Polar Bears in the Land of Spirits.
Take a picture on Jellybean Row.
Check back in Thursday for the inside scoop on must-see's in Newfoundland & Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador is, perhaps, one of the most overlooked and underrated provinces in Canada. Don't brush aside this underdog: it has a lot to offer. Here are three things you need to check out during your next trip:
St. John's: This gorgeous city "is the perfect combination of big-city luxury and traditional small-town charm. It is the oldest and most easterly city in North America... Wander down the narrow, criss-crossing streets naturally carved by horse and carriage.... Pass the colourful jellybean row houses... [Visit the] iconic Cabot Tower, a castle-like structure built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland... (newfoundlandandlabrador.com). You could spend a lifetime in St. John's and never cease to be amazed by all it has to offer.
L'Anse Aux Meadows National Park: Walk in the footsteps of the Vikings. These Norse explorers first landed on Newfoundland & Labrador 1,000 years ago, and L'Anse Aux Meadows is the only official, authenticated Viking settlement site in Canada. Board a replica of Leif Erickson's ship, try axe-throwing, blacksmithing, weaving, pottery and yearn spinning. Gather in the kitchen to learn all about the Norse tales of Thor, Loki, Erik the Red and more. Canada's connection to the Vikings is undeniable and a thrilling part of our history.
Food, Brews & Sweets: Have you ever wondered what a craft beer made from glacial water tastes like? Have you heard the rumors of how good Newfoundland Chocolate's sweets are? Have you been craving a decadent meal from Raymonds, Canada's 1 rated restaurant? If you said yes to any one of these, Newfoundland & Labrador is for you. With a surprisingly diverse and active food and dining scene, this province does not disappoint. Whether you are in the capital or a small coastal hamlet, great eats await.
What places have you explored in Newfoundland & Labrador? Let us know in the comments
There is nothing better than getting cozy on the couch with a hot drink and watching a classic holiday movie. Not sure where to start? Use this handy list.
THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY MOVIE LIST:
The Santa Clause (1, 2 and 3)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
It's A Wonderful Life
Home Alone (1 and 2)
The Nightmare Before Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Miracle On 34th Street
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
The Polar Express
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer
A Christmas Carol
Office Christmas Party
Christmas With The Kranks
Beauty and The Beast
Earnest Saves Christmas
Deck The Halls
Jingle All The Way
A Christmas Story
Die Hard (DEBATEABLE.)
Calgary loves to celebrate the holidays. Here are ten activities happening around the city to check out this holiday season:
Market Collective: This Christmas market is happening the first three weekends in December and is a great opportunity to find the perfect gift, support local shops and get into the holiday spirit. You'll even get to meet Santa Claus
Zoo Lights: A timeless tradition for many Calgarian's, Zoo Lights allows you to experience the Zoo in new and glowing ways. Enjoy the exhibits and wish all the animals a very Merry Christmas
The Polar Express Train Ride: Hop aboard the Aspen Crossing train and enjoy a night of Christmas cookies, hot chocolate, carols, and a reading of the story The Polar Express. Each child is given a gift and an unforgettable evening
Santa Shuffle 5KM Fun Run: Put on your Santa Hat and bring your family to this fun run that raises money for the Salvation Army. Get active and celebrate the season with other Calgarians
The Core's 150 Trees: Head to The Core downtown shopping centre to view a display of 150 trees, along with one giant tree Each tree will be donated to a family in Calgary before Christmas Eve.
A Charlie Brown Christmas: Join Vertigo Theatre for a musical night of Charlie Brown and his friends This family friendly event is a great way to support the arts and laugh with Peanuts and the gang.
Skate With Santa: Skate with Santa at the Olympic Plaza for free You can bring your own equipment or rent. Rumour has it Santa's Elves and the Frozen princesses will also be there...
Maple Shack: Make your own maple taffy at the Calgary Farmer's Market Enjoy a very traditional winter Canadian activity by savouring real maple syrup just like they did in the old days.
Teddy Bear Toss: Bring a Teddy Bear to the Calgary Hitmen game on Sunday, December 10th When the first goal by the Hitmen is scored, through your teddy bear onto the ice All of them are collected and donated to local charities.
Once Upon A Christmas at Heritage Park: Celebrate the holidays with Heritage Park and partake in Christmas traditions from our country's past. Great for all ages
What is your favourite Christmas event in Calgary? Does your family have an activity you do every year? Let us know and share this article with family and friends
One of the most important things you can do when selling your home is to stage it properly. Staging is the art of presenting your home in its best possible light. When staging your home you want buyers to come away remembering it as clean, bright and open. They should be able to picture themselves lounging on the couch in the living room or having breakfast in the kitchen.
If you are looking for an idea of what a well-staged home looks like, visit a staged new infill. There are professionals you can hire to stage your home for you, as you will see in a show home. You can also stage your home yourself. Check out this link to read all of our blogs on home staging
Home staging is easy, but what about during the holidays? What if you want to decorate a tree, or put lights up outside? When it comes to staging your home for sale during the holidays, we have one word for you: minimalism.
Minimalism is all about removing clutter and keeping things clean. Every object has a function or a purpose. This does not mean your home has to be empty; it simply means it has to be intentional. So when you are decorating for the holidays, ask yourself the following questions:
Is this piece of decor important to the overall aesthetic, or is it extra clutter?
Does this in anyway inhibit potential buyer's ability to see the bones of my property or the potential of my property?
Will this be in the way and make it difficult for people to tour my home?
Keep things simple and clean, but don't be afraid to get into the holiday spirit After all, Christmas is only 16 days away...
Advent Calendar's don't have to contain only chocolate.... here are 10 unique advent calendars for you to keep your eye out for next year:
1). Saje Wellness Calendar: For the person on your list who is really into essential oils, this advent calendar will give them a mini bottle of every scent imaginable (12 of them, anyways). This is a great way for someone just getting into essential oils to sample a wide variety of them and to indulge in some exclusive, limited edition scents.
2). David's Tea Calendar: This popular calendar regularly sells out, and it is no wonder why. Each day you get a mini tin of tea, perfect for 1-2 cups. Start off each morning in December with a warm mug of tea that smells like Christmas and everything good in this world.
3). LUSH Calendar: Do you know that smell that wafts out of LUSH beauty shops in the mall? Well now your bathroom can smell like that all the time. For those of you excited about this idea, the LUSH advent calendar is a must-try Complete with limited edition products, it will become a bathroom staple this month.
4). Lego Calendar: Good things take time, which is why forcing your child to build a Lego set piece by piece, day by day, will not only be something for them to look forward to, but a great life lesson. These calendars can be found in many stores, including Costco and Walmart.
5). Yankee Candle Advent Wreath: Yankee Candles smell like Christmas, so the idea to create an advent calendar out of them was obviously a major win. Light a candle every single day of December in the complimentary tea light holder (again, another great idea). We'll take 5, please.
6). Craft Beer Calendar: The holidays can be stressful. What better way to relax than cracking open a cold one? There are many different brands of beer advent calendars, each with a wide variety of beer types and flavors. If you're wanting to find a new favorite beer, this is a great way to do it.
7). Sephora Beauty Advent Calendar: A make-up lovers dream, this calendar is packed with products for your skin, hair, eyes, lips and heart. After all, there is no faster way to a beauty-lovers heart than free makeup, and new makeup every single day. Indulge with this gorgeous calendar
8). Short Story Advent Calendar: Published by Hingston & Olsen, this calendar brings you 24 days of short stories to enjoy by yourself and with others. The best part about this calendar is that it is one of the few that you will get to reuse over and over again
9). Rogers Chocolate Advent Calendar: Yes, this calendar is filled with chocolate. However, this is not your local grocery store chocolate advent calendar. This calendar is decadent through and through Savor full-sized chocolate treats in all of their traditional glory.
10). DIY Calendar: Have you ever thought to yourself "Wouldn't it be great if there were ________ advent calendars?" With the help of Pinterest, you can make your own calendar stuffed with whatever makes your heart beat a little faster. Get crafty and treat yourself
The end of our Canada 150 series is being amalgamated into our Christmas Advent blogging. Today we are talking all about Calgary's friend to the east, Manitoba. Learn all about this beautiful province and some of its unique attractions
Turtle Mountain, part of which resides in present day Manitoba, was the first area of land to be exposed following the ice age. This made it an ideal spot for First Nations groups to settle. European explorers first came to Manitoba via the Hudson's Bay--named after explorer Henry Hudson whose crew abandoned him. The Hudson's Bay Trading Post was swiftly established, and soon, much like what happened in the rest of Canada, European immigrants flooded in.
Manitoba was the fifth province to join Canada on July 15th, 1870 after a failed rebellion by Louis Riel. Manitoba is celebrating Canada 150 in many ways, one of which being through highlighting their Dairy Farmers. A new book "printed in both French and English, Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future , profiles dairy farmers in each province... dairy farmers were integral in building Canada and feeding the country" (Manitoba Cooperator). Many families in Manitoba have been dairy farmers for generations They have all contributed to Manitoba's rich history.
Here are some items for your Manitoba bucket list:
Summer Northern Safari: Head out to Churchill Manitoba for the outdoor experience of a lifetime. Churchill is "called the polar bear capital of the world... [and] is also known as a beluga whale watching hotspot, a birder's paradise and one of the best places to experience the northern lights" (Everything Churchill). While you can get a glimpse of some of these amazing animals in the Calgary Zoo, in Manitoba you can see them up close and personal.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights: This gorgeous new museum is located in Winnipeg, "where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet on Treaty One Land - a historic meeting place for thousands of years" (Travel Manitoba). Designed to educate and inspire, the "multi-sensory exhibits explore human rights concepts with an international scope, but through a uniquely Canadian lens" (Travel Manitoba). You do not want to miss this
Caddy Lake Rock Tunnels: Take in the beautiful scenery as you canoe through one of Manitoba's gorgeous lakes. But watch out - you may have duck The Caddy Lake Rock Tunnels are "located in Whiteshell Provinchal Park near the Manitoba-Ontario boarder. They were blasted through sold granite rock when the railways were built" (Hike Bike Travel). This hidden gem is best explored when the water levels are low, so check before you start paddling.
What is your favorite thing about Manitoba? Let us know and please share this with friends and family
Tis the season for... buying a new home?
Here is a hot insiders tip about the real estate market: buying a home right before the end of the year has major benefits. Here are three:
1). Tax Savings: Realtor.com puts it this way, “if you close by December 31, you can deduct mortgage interest, property taxes, points on your loan and interest costs. These deductions are significant, especially in the early years of your loan when you’re paying off a lot of interest.” What’s not to love?
2). Motivated Builders & Sellers: Sellers and builders will want to close a deal before the end of the end of the year. For sellers, this is so that they too can take advantage of tax breaks on their home. For builders, they will want to close on as many properties as possible to make their year-end books look better. This means you can negotiate better deals and potentially close with added bonus’.
3). Available Resources: The summer is incredibly busy for movers, cleaners and renovators. This means that for people looking to use these resources in the summer, they may have to wait longer and book in advance or may not be able to book anything. The winter months are so much slower for companies, so it is a great time to book with them and have your pick of times and dates. They too may offer incentives to help them do more business in the slower month
4). Good Timing: Winter break is when most people have extra vacation days and kids have a mid-year break, making transferring locations fairly uncomplicated. It is much easier for you to make a big transition during a break instead of during the business of year.
If you're looking to buy or sell, please get in touch with us Now is a great time to move up. Treat yourself to an early Christmas gift.
Have you taken a moment to browse our current listings? We have a wide variety of property types available, from luxury infills to beginner's condos. With something for everyone, you are sure to find the perfect fit. View all of our listings here and please contact us at 403-630-6363 to set up a showing
We are committed to keeping our valued clients informed on what is happening in the Calgary real estate market. An informed buyer, seller or investor is a better buyer, seller or investor. Understanding the market allows you to make decisions that are educated and strategic. Remember that we are with you every step of the way: if you have any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions please let us know. You can call us directly at 403-630-6363 or email us at email@example.com
As real estate agents in Calgary we are members of CREB®, the Calgary Real Estate Board. They are a great resource for us and anyone looking for information on the market. Each month they post the statistics from the market the previous month, which we always do a summary of for you here on the blog.
Visit this post again next week to see the stats
Gingerbread Houses: a simple little four walled house with candy in a package from the grocery store, right? Wrong
The art of gingerbread house making is real. It is why the Food Network features shows like the All-Star Gingerbread Build every Christmas season. We have to admit, there is something really magical about Christmas baking. However, our baking certainly cannot compete with some of the life-sized works of art professional gingerbread artists create (and yes, that is a thing).
For those of you with Christmas Gingerbread house dreams, check out these great gallery's with stunning Gingerbread creations:
50+ Cutest Gingerbread Houses To Make Over The Holidays by Good Housekeeping
10 Unique and Awesome Gingerbread Creations by Oddee
Get Inspired by These Wow-Worthy Gingerbread Houses by Sweety High
The Coolest Gingerbread Houses From the Web by CBC News
Your Best Gingerbread Houses by Martha Stewart
Craziest Gingerbread Houses You've Ever Seen by Red Tricycle
And of course... browse through Pinterest for some amazing gingerbread houses
Do you enjoy making gingerbread houses? What is one you are most proud of? Let us know in the comments and please share this with family and friends
An essential part of the holidays is giving; not necessarily money, but your time and your heart. Calgarians are known for their selflessness and community spirit. Make someone's holidays a little brighter by volunteering with any one of these charitable organizations this Christmas. Here are the links to their volunteer pages and a description of what you would be helping with:
The Calgary Food Bank: Holiday Fundraising
Operation Christmas Child: Shoebox Packing
Closer to Home: Christmas Elf
Calgary Women's Centre: Toy Pick-Up
Drop-In Centre: Cooking & Serving
Snow Angels: Snow Removal
Looking for more opportunities? Here is a full list of all of the charitable organizations in Calgary. We encourage you to email them and find out how you can help this Christmas season
Where are your favourite places to volunteer this season? Let us know and please share this with family and friends
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