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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.

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Emerald Management & Realty Ltd

For more than four decades, Emerald Management & Realty, Ltd., has been providing rental property services to national, local, and international investors. With experience in single-family homes, condos, and apartments, Emerald Management & Realty, Ltd., ensures that properties and residents stay safe.

Security is everyone’s responsibility. Please help yourself and your neighbors stay safe in your homes by considering some of the following basic safety measures in your house, condo or apartment building:

If you don’t know them … don’t let them in: No one should follow you in the front door and/or into the parkade without request. The same applies to your intercom or your own personal front door: if you don’t know them – don’t let them in. If you see someone that doesn’t belong, please take note. Contractors should all have identification and able to show this to you — we can’t imagine anyone that would mind providing proof when respectfully asked if they belong in the building or on the property.

Check the locks: Make sure that doors lock after you’ve entered or exited. Further, check your window locks to make sure they work properly.

Meet the neighbors: Residents who know the people in their building or on their block, are better able to spot strangers. Being familiar with neighbors also makes it easier to look out for one another by watching a neighbor’s space or pets when they are gone.

Get a safe: If a burglar gets into an apartment, condo or house, a secure safe may be the only other way to protect valuables. Safes can be purchased in a variety of sizes and for varying prices. Using a safe is also great for hiding possessions in smaller areas around the apartment.

Suspicious activity should always be reported to the non-emergency police line at 403-266-1234. If a break in is imminent and/or in progress – call 911. If you have been broken into, please report it to the police – call 911 and let your property manager know what has taken place.

Being mindful of the above steps along with the awareness of surroundings, can go a long way in the prevention of crimes and property break-ins.

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Small Space

With more than four decades of experience in the arena of property management, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. maintains a range of commercial and residential properties in Calgary, Canada. Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. encourages tenants to decorate their spaces to make them feel more at home.

For those living in small spaces, home decorating can seem daunting when trying to maximize every square foot. However, with a little creativity a small space can be attractive, comfortable, and functional. Here are a few tips for buying furniture for small spaces.

1. To maximize the space of a small home, consider purchasing pieces that can be used in multiple ways and that offer storage. For instance, some kinds of ottomans can be used as either a footstool or a coffee table while doubling as storage for blankets or other items.

2. When considering furniture purchases, make sure to measure the space before shopping to determine the correct size of your new furnishings. Buy items that actually fit the space; otherwise they overpower the room and make it look even smaller than it already is.

3. Finally, don’t forget about vertical spaces. Pieces that extend toward the ceiling, like bookshelves, lighting, and art pieces, redirects the focus of the room and can make the space appear more spacious. Taller shelving can also provide additional storage and added functionality to a smaller space.

Whether you live in a cozy studio apartment or want to get more out of a small room or cozy nook, these simple three tips can help create the feeling of more space regardless of the size of your home.

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Property Management

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. has more than 35 years of experience providing property management services for investors. Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. manages several types of properties, including rental houses, apartments, condominiums, and commercial buildings. To have a successful career in property management, individuals need a range of skills.

For many people, attaining a certification in real estate or property management can be very helpful, especially if their aim is working in a well-established property management firm. However, individuals also can acquire most of the essential knowledge through on-the-job experiences. Although contractors will handle the actual work, having a basic knowledge of building repairs and maintenance is vital for pricing and quality assurance purposes. Property managers also must be able to inspect properties and identify maintenance needs and safety issues.

Since property managers deal with residents, contractors, and others, they must have excellent abilities in building relationships with people. In addition, property managers must keep track of rent payments and cash flow and thus need to have solid financial skills.

While the field of property management isn’t for everyone, those that enjoy problem solving and assisting people obtain results, this can be a very rewarding career. The opportunity to be hands-on and deal with a variety of challenges can be very rewarding in seeing projects from implementation to completion. From maintaining safe and attractive properties to arranging financing for major renovations, each day is varied as the people and properties being dealt with.

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Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. oversees properties located in and around Calgary, Alberta. Services that Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. offers also includes landscaping, particularly properties in urban areas.

Landscaping and maintaining properties located in denser, urban areas can present unique challenges. These properties tend to have smaller outdoor spaces to work with, and certain approaches to landscaping are better suited to these areas. More traditional landscaping approaches, such as cultivating grassy lawns, might not always be the best choice in these areas due to parking, pedestrian traffic and water limitations.

Instead of a grassy lawn, a landscaper might consider a courtyard area paved with stones, decorative floral accents and a interesting rock grouping or sculptural element. Similarly, a wide paved path with beds on either side with innovative lighting solutions might be a good choice to improve not only on the properties appearance but also minimize safety concerns. Pebbles can make for good ground cover, and areas of potted flowers and ornamental shrubs can provide visual interest and pleasing texture in small outdoor spaces. These solutions also offer easier maintenance in addition to an attractive appearance.

Additionally, a landscaper should pay close attention to proportion in urban outdoor areas. For example, large trees can be too much and overwhelm a small area and a poor fit for the overall landscaping scheme and potentially create unsafe areas. Instead, look for designs that complement smaller areas rather than overpowering them. With water conversation becoming more important than ever, there are a variety of options on the market to improve water consumption and efficiency of irrigation systems. The importance of dryscaping or xeriscaping continues to grow in popularity with the reinterpretation of the ‘traditional lawn’, with a new one created using beautiful yet drought-tolerant planting material and variety of visual elements. Not only is this good for the environment and water conservation, it is in many cases more interesting than sod.

Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. promotes that the exterior of your property is very important as it is your prospective resident’s first formed opinion of whether or not they see this as their home and a peak into what they can expect from the inside.

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As a leading provider of real estate managerial oversight, Emerald Management and Realty Ltd. has developed careful protocols surrounding rent collection. Rent collection is one of the most important aspects of real estate management, as it provides the financial returns of any property. Emerald Management and Realty Ltd’s protocols are designed to ensure the swift, efficient, and protected transfer of funds. These policies also minimize the owner’s losses due to tenant non-payment and property vacancy, which allows the owner to profit from the full potential of his real estate investment.First, no payments may be made in cash, as cash is vulnerable to both theft and loss. Rent is always collected in the form of money orders, checks or pre-authorized payment.

Second, rent payments are due reliably on the first day of every new month. Tenants may receive two notices warning them if they are late on their payments, and a mounting penalty is imposed for each day that the sum remains overdue.

As soon as a specific tenant fails to pay the required amount on the first of the month, a collection agent from Emerald Management Realty Ltd is assigned to the case. This agent provides focused attention in follow-up interactions with the tenant, ensuring that the case is handled quickly and effectively. If the funds are still not forthcoming, the delinquent account is labeled overdue and passed on to a proven independent collection agency. In addition, 14 tenancy terminations are delivered after the third day of a tenant’s non-payment.

Third, all rent charges are based upon the findings of carefully completed market spot surveys. In fixing rate amounts, the company also takes into consideration Canada Mortgage and Housing surveys, economic forecasts, and other housing surveys. This practice increases rent fees to the optimal level in an ever-changing market.

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