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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. provides quality rental properties in the Calgary, Alberta, area. In addition, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. offers full-service property management services for multiple property types, including condominiums. The company also makes clients aware of the value of a strong board of directors in condominium communities.

For condominium communities, a board of directors is a governing body elected by condo owners. The board has responsibility for running the corporation and managing the property, which they may outsource to professional property managers. Proactive boards arrange for routine inspections and set priorities for repairs and improvements. In addition, the board addresses issues that arise within the community, such as building damage or disruptive residents.

In condominium communities, owners pay an annual fee to fund repairs and other necessities. Establishing an annual budget, setting the yearly fee, and handling the condo association’s financial resources are other focus areas for the board.

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Calgary-based Emerald Management & Realty, Ltd., provides a selection of rental properties in the city and surrounding areas. Emerald Management & Realty, Ltd., manages multiple types of residential properties, including single-family homes, apartments, and condominiums, along with commercial properties. Because many of the company’s properties are located in urban settings, its clients may have to adapt their landscaping projects to small spaces.

Single-family homes in urban settings often feature small yards, but landscaping experts note these small spaces can make a big impact. Since a front yard is a home’s showcase to the neighborhood, residents can select complementary plants and other elements to reflect their personal style while complementing the home’s architecture. Proportion is key to creating the best look in a small, urban yard. Residents may want to avoid trees or plants that are too tall, as these can overwhelm or obscure the home. Brightly colored flowers can be an eye-catching alternative to traditional shrubs or hedges and help define spaces or borders in a small yard.

In small spaces, residents may opt for stone courtyards or walkways, boarded by flowerbeds. Alternatively, residents can use attractive gravel or pebbles to cover yards. With these approaches, residents can avoid grass maintenance chores and enjoy a beautiful yard that is perfect for urban settings.

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Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. strives for excellence in its property management functions. Among the services Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. performs is overseeing the running administration of condominium properties.

Professional management offers many advantages to condominium boards, owners and residents. Running a condominium is a large task that can be substantially simplified with the assistance of an experienced management company. Instead of the condominium corporation having to hire individual contractors or find volunteers to perform tasks, processes that are often difficult and result in delays in service, a management company can handle all or some aspects of the condominium’s operations, depending on the corporation’s or owners’ needs.

For example, the company can handle financial activities, which can include keeping careful records of the property’s expenses and handling the collection of monthly contributions and fees. The company can also work with the board to put together a budget designed to help keep the condominium running smoothly. Additionally, the management company can supervise repair work and maintenance, negotiate utilities contracts, and make necessary purchases. All of these activities help ensure that residents and owners are satisfied with how the condominium is run and its long-term outlook as an investment and place to live.

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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.

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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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