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Founded in 1972, Emerald Management and Realty Ltd. has offered services in the greater Calgary real estate market for more than 35 years.

Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. helps Calgary residents find rental units throughout the city. Downtown continues to appeal to clients, especially as the restaurant scene continues to expand to include new and exciting dining choices. For instance, a new restaurant called downtown food specializes in catering to the needs of the growing “locavore” movement. The eatery carries items crafted from local produce and meat. In addition to a wide array of salad, meat, and vegetable options, the chef also engages in other unique practices. For instance, he buys an entire steer and then dry ages the beef in house to provide exceptional flavor. He also cooks many of his fried dishes in locally sourced Alberta duck fat.

Even the mobile restaurant scene thrives on high-quality, environmentally friendly food. Canada’s first LEED-certified food truck has arrived, and it patrols the streets of Calgary. The Naanco truck offers tacos with a shell made of naan, a bread product of India. It provides freshly picked herbs from the garden on the truck’s roof, uses organic vegetables, and locally raised hormone- and antibiotic-free meat. The truck’s owners also plant trees to offset their carbon use.


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A recently released poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion reveals that the majority of Calgarians regard The Stampede City as one of the most livable and employment-friendly of Canada’s largest cities. Residents of Canada’s three other major metropolises (Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver) responded more critically when asked to assess their municipal governments and to describe the overall quality of life in their cities. A city of 1.1 million people, Calgary has scored highly in other quality-of-life surveys as well, especially during the last decade.

This latest report shows that 90 percent of Calgarians consider their city “on the rise,” 89 percent believe it to be a livable place, 88 percent agree that it offers good job prospects, and 75 percent concur that it provides a good environment for starting a business. Furthermore, 62 percent of Calgarians stated that the current municipal government does a very good or good job, compared with 42 percent of Vancouver residents, 28 percent of Toronto residents, and 21 percent of Montrealers. While residents of the four cities gave high marks overall to their respective municipalities, Calgary received higher ratings than all other cities. For example, 87 percent of Calgarians said they were satisfied with their city’s quality of life, while 75 percent of Montrealers provided similar answers regarding their city.

About the Author: Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. maintains a quarter century of experience serving the needs of property owners and managing residential and commercial buildings in Calgary.

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Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. is a real estate management company focused on administering single-family homes, condominiums, and apartment complexes in the Calgary area. Founded in 1972, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. continues to provide a high level of tenant-centered management and building maintenance services to a growing clientele.

Individuals and families who are relocating to Calgary in Alberta, Canada, for business or personal reasons will find a wealth of cultural and recreational activities awaiting them in Calgary. Located in the southernmost region of Alberta, Calgary rests in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies mountain range and along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Downtown Calgary offers all the delights of a major urban center. It has art galleries, theaters, music venues, and an active nightlife graced by frequent festivals and celebrations, including the Calgary Stampede, the world’s largest Rodeo, and the annual GlobalFest cultural event, a world-class, multi-cultural festival and international fireworks festival that offers an affordable and accessible multi-faceted cultural experience. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the mountain lifestyle to ski or snowboard, go hiking, and play golf on conveniently located courses throughout the city, or experience some of the world’s most spectacular mountain golf courses. With over 80 square kilometers of public parkland and green space, newly settled residents can relish the many opportunities for peaceful relaxation in a natural setting.


When you move out of a rental, the best way to regain your security deposit is to leave the property in as good or better condition than when you first moved in.

Emerald Management & Realty Ltd operates in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, managing multiple rental properties throughout the region, including single-family housing and apartment buildings. For more than 35 years, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd’s team has collaborated with property owners and renters throughout the leasing process, from an initial walk-through to beyond a final inspection. With that experience, the team offers the following tips for retrieving your security deposit.

1. The first step in securing a property begins on your initial walk-through. Always inspect the unit carefully before moving in, and record any defects on an inspection sheet signed by you and the property manager. Taking pictures of problems can help document pre-existing damage.

2. While living in the rental, stay ahead of normal repairs. Contact your property manager as soon as you discover an issue so your landlord can repair the problem before it leads to greater damage. If you fail to promptly report concerns, you may be held liable for damage due to lack of repairs.

3. Follow your landlord’s guidelines regarding painting and/or hanging art. Heed pet stipulations, as well.

4. While some “wear and tear” is normal, make a good faith effort to repair items, such as broken fixtures, excessive nail holes, and other damage you may have caused while living there.

5. When moving out, clean the property thoroughly. Leave the unit “move-in ready” by making sure to thoroughly scrub the space. Do not forget to clean appliances, such as the oven.

6. Just as you perform a walk-through with the landlord when you move in, do so when departing, as well.

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Calgary-based Emerald Management and Realty Ltd is located in Alberta, Canada, a scenic and vibrant province in the western part of the country.

Established as one of the three prairie provinces in 1905, Alberta borders the provinces of British Columbia to the west and Saskatchewan to the east, as well as the State of Montana to the south at the United States border. As one of the few landlocked provinces within Canada, Alberta makes up for a lack of waterways with an abundance of trees, wildlife, parklands and the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Calgary lies at the crossroads of two of North America’s major highway systems: the Trans Canada Highway, which stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and the Canamex Corridor, which extends from Northern Canada to Mexico.

Economically speaking, Alberta designates the area’s plentiful supply of oil reserves; the Athabasca Oil Sands have estimated oil reserves in excess of those of the rest of the world, estimated at 1.6 trillion barrels. One of the largest purveyors of natural gas, Alberta continues to be recognized as a leading supplier of gas products, including conventional and synthetic crude oils. Petrochemicals are also widely produced in the region, making Alberta Canada’s leading producer of petrochemicals. There are two main petrochemical complexes in the province, one at Fort Saskatchewan, near Edmonton and the other located at Jeoffry near Red Deer

Agriculture also represents a significant part of Alberta’s economy. Cattle, sheep, wheat, and wool, as well as grains, buffalo, and canola serve as primary revenue generators for individuals and corporations alike.

Alberta also provides a home to a myriad of educational institutions, including the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, and Athabasca University. Additionally, Mount Royal University, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and Grant MacEwan University educate students in the region. Numerous private universities also exist, providing Alberta’s residents with a wide range of educational options and opportunity.

Investors from all sectors of the vibrant Alberta economy have relied on Emerald Management and Realty Ltd to manage their homes, apartments, and commercial properties while they fulfill the commitments of their demanding careers in Alberta’s growing economy. The firm’s goals include to realize long-term profitability for clients’ real estate investments; to minimize risks and maintain a selective, conservative approach to the management and development of properties; and to provide customers with high-quality and responsive management services.

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At Emerald Management & Realty Ltd., we employ a wide range of real estate professionals, including residential and condominium property managers, commercial property managers, leasing agents, and a number of administrators. With experience in every branch of the real estate and management business, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. has seen people find success in a variety of positions.


The purchase of real estate is a complicated and highly significant event in most people’s lives. As a difficult and expensive purchase, it often warrants consulting a real estate professional such as a real estate broker or sales agent. With a strong knowledge of the laws and intricacies of the real estate market, brokers, agents, accounts and managers help people navigate the daunting waters of these major purchases.


Careers in real estate are known for their flexibility and freedom; often, real estate professionals set their own hours and pace. Income tends to reflect the amount of effort put in, making it a very satisfying field for entrepreneurial and driven individuals. Those who succeed in property management are good time managers, goal-oriented, determined, self-motivated, ambitious, and people-oriented individuals.


A number of schools offer courses in real estate, including programs through which students can complete undergraduate or graduate courses. Real estate professionals must seek licensing, which often requires both education and experience, as well as the passage of a written exam.


There are many opportunities for employment in the property management sector of real estate, from working in the field with heavy contact with customers, to strategizing as an entrepreneurial property owner, to analyzing cash flows from new developments. Each of these careers demands different academic preparation, so those considering a career in any real estate field should consult their local library or colleges for information on relevant coursework, exams, and other prerequisites.


Real estate professionals work in residential and commercial property, as real estate appraisers or property managers, and in development and construction.

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Many landlords attempt to manage their own properties, but find that it takes more time, energy, and expertise than they had imagined. At Emerald Management & Realty Ltd., we have years of experience assisting property owners and landlords in managing rental properties of all types, including apartments, houses, and commercial spaces.


Property management companies deal directly with current and prospective tenants, handling every phase of the showing, lease signing, maintenance, and repair process. The company’s managers respond to all tenant complaints, collect rent, perform maintenance, and, if necessary, pursue evictions. Property management companies bring their extensive experience in the legal and practical questions of handling rental investments and properties to bear on their clients’ portfolios, lifting the burden of overseeing the day-to-day operations. A management company usually operates as an independent contractor, so instead of hiring an employee, a property owner merely contracts with the company. This simplifies tax and benefit arrangements considerably. Emerald Management & Realty Ltd., offers the Owner the benefit of working with both full time maintenance employees, and trusted contractors which can increase response time on any given project.


Property management services can be expensive, however. Often, landlords do not choose to contract with a property management company unless their circumstances justify the expense. For instance, an owner who lives far away from their property may find the cost invaluable, as might an owner with many rental units. Owners with limited time, or those who don’t enjoy hands-on management, also tend to get the most out of property management services.


When looking for a property management company, owners should ask for recommendations from friends, family, or local apartment associations, as well as check out online directories. The next step is conducting thorough interviews with one or more property management companies for answers to all relevant questions. If you are located in the Calgary area, check out Emerald Management & Realty Ltd.; we can be found online at