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High Quality Condos by Aqua Terra

posted by My Saskatoon    |   May 24, 2017 16:42

Looking for your first condo in Saskatoon but just don't know where to look? Aqua Terra is the place for you.

These luxurious condos, built by Tino Mazza, are great for buyers that are wanting well built condos in an amazing location for an awesome price. Sitting on Nelson Road, Aqua Terra has everything around you that you could ask for. Whether you are wanting a condo close to local shops, restaurants, parks or schools, Aqua Terra has you covered.

Enjoy a night with friends by playing a game of pool in the attractive games room, complete with a natural gas fireplace and wet bar. Residents of Aqua Terra also have access to other great amenities such as a spacious meeting room which can be booked for private gatherings, a workshop/hobby room, and a fitness facility for anyone that wants to keep healthy.

As Canadians, we know how cold it can get in the winter. That is why Aqua Terra also provides a heated underground parkade with a car wash bay.

Learn more about what Aqua Terra has to offer in their condo complex by reading their brochures.

If you would like to request a tour of one of these beautiful condos, contact Aqua Terra here.

Make sure to swing by Aqua Terra's spotlight profile and read more about them!

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Aqua Terra - Saskatoon's Luxury Condos

posted by My Saskatoon    |   May 19, 2017 15:02

In 1961 Italian born Tino Mazza arrived with his family to Canada. In 1972 Mr. Tino Mazza, with a dream to bring high quality building techniques and innovations to the city, began his career in construction and real estate development. He started building single family homes, semi-detached dwellings, commercial buildings and apartment blocks. In the height of this era his company was building as many as 50 units annually.

In the 1980’s when the climate for construction and development was unfavourable due to inflation and high interest rates, Mr. Mazza ventured to Florida to build condominiums for business colleagues. This is where many innovative ideas took hold and he aspired to continue real estate development when the demand improved in Saskatoon. More recently, in 1998 Mr. Mazza formed Bella Homes, which focused on upscale luxury custom-built homes.

In 2004, Mr. Mazza acquired several commercial land parcels, and formed Martino Development Corp. As president, Mr. Mazza led the development, sale and occupancy of a successful 126 unit luxury condominium project known as Casa Bella. In 2008, Mr. Mazza continued this multi-family direction, seeing the continued increase in demand for this type of lifestyle and residence. Tino formed Aqua Terra Development Corp. and began the development of an innovative two phase condominium project called Aqua Terra.

Aqua Terra condominiums, is currently under construction and features 110 units of luxury urban residences comprised of two 55 unit phases.

To see more of these luxury condos, check out their website.

Want to get in touch with Aqua Terra for an open house tour? Find their contact information here.

Find out more about Aqua Terra through their spotlight profile on My Saskatoon.

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Kevin Cross - Making Saskatoon Real Estate Easy

posted by My Saskatoon    |   May 10, 2017 18:51

Kevin Cross is a real estate agent in Saskatoon working for Royal LePage. He has made it his mission to give top notch service to his clients. In today's competitive real estate market timing is important, speed is critical and knowledge is power. Whether you are buying or selling you need a professional you can trust to have these areas covered for you. That is where Kevin stands above the rest of the crowd. Kevin specializes in helping buyers and sellers make their move with the utmost service and care.

If you are in the market to buy, Kevin can help you find the home you're looking for and negotiate the best price and terms. If you want to sell your home, Kevin can put his knowledge of the market to work for you in order to present your home properly and get the price right.

Kevin has built his business by providing service and putting clients first. He does not use "pressure sales tactics", but rather he has respect for his clients and knows that the road to success in real estate is paved with service. Kevin's goal is to earn your business. If you have any general questions about buying or selling real estate in Saskatchewan Kevin would be more than willing to help.

You can contact Kevin online by using this online form.

Alternatively you may call Kevin here: (306) 220-4433

Don't forget to browse his web site for listings, reports and important local real estate information, or visit his spotlight profile on My Saskatoon.

Kevin has some fabulous listings in Saskatoon that you can browse through on his website link above like 1442 Richardson Rd in Hampton Village, Saskatoon.

Deb Murdoch - Neighborhood Profile: Rosewood

posted by My Saskatoon    |   July 16, 2016 16:07

Rosewood Neighbourhood Saskatoon, SK. 

  • Population: 2,207
  • Home Ownership: 100%
  • Personal Income: $55,230
  • Dwelling Price: $457,548
  • Walking Score: 7*
  • Biking Score: 78*

Find out more about the Rosewood Neighbourhood Saskatoon Walking Score here.

Don’t let the low “Walking” score fool you, this is a beautiful area that is better on a bicycle. The bike lanes and flat streets make it ideal for a morning commute on two wheels. Saskatoon is becoming a better city for biking every year, that great for the Saskatoon environment AND the people!

So get a bike and move to Rosewood! You’ll love it here!

 

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The Insider's Guide To Choosing A Security Provider

posted by My Saskatoon    |   July 14, 2016 21:40

In July 2015 Lead Pilates, Cycle & Fitness and Lead Integrated Health Therapies expanded into their 9,000 square foot facility in the Sutherland area. Their state-of-the-art facility hosts over 100 classes per week including classes for healthy and healing bodies, for golfers, for bodies who are or have gone through cancer treatment, and athletic classes like their Hot Pilates (appropriately named "Burn).  Their youngest client is 5 and their oldest is 87.  Connected to the fitness area is their integrated health services clinic - home to chiropractic, massage therapy, sports medicine and reiki. Later this summer their Naturopathic Medicine doctor and their Reflexologist will join the team. The goal at Lead is to educate, inspire and move every body that walks in their door. Their team works together to meet the wellness needs of their clients. In essence, each client has their own personal wellness team!

To start the project we met Jason Danielson, co-owner, on site and provided a FREE Security Evaluation. After the installation we connected with Jana Danielson, co-owner, and these were her comments: 

  • There were many options that we considered when we selected a security provider for our new location
  • Criteria that we used to narrow down our selection was:
    • service from a local company
    • experience in the industry
    • quality of product compared to price
    • technology available in the security system to protect our investment
  • When considering these parameters there was only one company that not only met all of our requirements, but ranked highest in almost every category and that was Reed Security
  • Right from the proposal phase of our experience with Virgil and his team, they were by far the most detailed and easiest to work with
  • We encountered a few challenges caused by other contractors actions prior to the installation that the Reed Security team stepped up and handled without even troubling us during a very busy and stressful time prior to opening our doors


"Reed Security Makes Families Feel Safe and Helps Businesses Grow the Bottom Line" LEARN MORE...

Contact Us today for a FREE Security Evaluation

SASKATOON...Call 306.653.3200
PRINCE ALBERT...Call 306.922.7200
CALGARY...Call 587.393.2800

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David Reekie: Unusual RRSP Facts That You Should Know

posted by My Saskatoon    |   February 12, 2016 17:09

 

 

                                                                                

 Here's what you probably already know about RRSPs: You regularly contribute to RRSP-eligible investments, the contributions are tax-deductible and the RRSP is tax-sheltered until you make withdrawals in retirement and you enjoy the considerable benefits of compound growth over the longer term of your time in the plan.

 

Here are a couple RRSP facts that you may not know- but knowing them will help you get the most from your RRSP-eligible investments:


The Home Buyer's Plan allows you to borrow from investments held in your RRSP for the purchase of your first home. You and your spouse can each borrow up to $25,000 if you are considered first-time home buyers and you must repay investments held in your RRSP over the next fifteen years or you'll pay tax on any amounts not repaid.

The Lifelong Learning Plan allows you to use funds held within your RRSP to pay for training or education. If you qualify, you can withdraw up to $10,000 in a calendar year with the total withdrawal amount capped at $20,000 over a maximum of four consecutive years. You must repay within ten years to avoid tax penalties. 

 

 

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David Reekie: The Super Seven Ways To Save & Grow

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 25, 2016 14:34

You already know that one of the best retirement savings strategies for most Canadians is a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RSSP)-- and, as this year's RRSP contribution deadline nears, here is a Super Seven list of some of the best ways to get the most of your RRSP.

 

1. Beat the deadline

This year's RRSP contribution deadline is February 29, 2016- don't miss it!

2. Maximize

Always make your maximum contribution each year- that's how to get the most in immediate tax savings and in long-term growth. You will find your contribution room on your most recent notice of assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

3. Catch Up

Fill up unused contribution room. You can do that in a single year or over a number of years until you reach age seventy-one.

4. Rise Up

To have more money in retirement, raise your RRSP contributions as your income rises.

5. Borrow To Save

An RRSP loan can be a good option for maximizing this year's contribution or catching up on past contributions- but only if the interest rate is low and you can pay it back as quickly as possible. A good way to do that: Use your RRSP tax savings to help pay off the loan.

6. Diversify For Growth

Your maximum RRSP contributions are capped by the government-so to get the additional income you'll likely need to enjoy the retirement of your dreams, be sure to invest in a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) and a wel- balanced non-registered portfolio based on an asset allocation plan that matches your rise profile and time horizon.

7. Designate

Choose a beneficiary for your RRSP. Generally, RRSP assets with a beneficiary designation do not form part of your estate and do not attract probate fees. If your beneficiary is your spouse/partner or a disabled child/grandchild, your RRSP can be transferred tax-deferred to your beneficiary's registered plan.

 

Saving for retirement is an absolute necessity- and an RRSP is a great way to do just that when it's part of an overall financial plan tailored to achieve your retirement dreams. 

 

 

 

                                 

 

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Reed Security In Saskatoon: How To Prevent Home Theft

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 8, 2016 12:07

 

How to Prevent Theft

  • Use Common Sense
    • If you lose a key, get the locks changed.
    • Ask all strangers for identification.
    • Never hide an extra key outdoor - especially underneath a mat or on top of a light fixture. This is the first place the bad guys look. Leave an extra house key with a friend or a neighbor.
    • DO NOT advertise on Facebook or other social media that you are on vacation.
    • For insurance purposes take photos of the contents of your home.
    • Keep all receipts in a safe and easy to find location.
    • Write down the model and serial number of all electronics.
  • Make it Difficult
    • Door chains are easy to bypass. Install deadbolts.
    • Install a stopper or stick on all sliding doors and windows.
    • Install window bars on all basement windows.
    • Make sure all doors and windows are properly locked.
    • Keep your premises well lit at night.
    • Install timers that turn lights on at different times. This gives the appearance that someone is home.
  • Install a monitored Home Security system
    • 400% less likely to have a break-in.
    • up to 25% insurance discount.
    • optional ALARM.COM with automatic lights.
  • In case you do have a break-in:
    • If it looks like a door or window was forced open, DO NOT go inside. The Burglar may still be on site.
    • Call the Police from your cellular phone or from a neighbor's house and wait.
 

 
Check out Reed Security's Spotlight Profile for information on location, hours and more!

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Maaco Saskatoon: How To Purchase Winter Tires

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 4, 2016 12:50

A message from locally owned, Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting.

 

Buying your winter tires is an important choice which should be made with careful consideration.  Upon buying them, you must also maintain them, which is another important consideration.  During this segment, we want to offer you some collected wisdom that we’ve gathered from all over the place that we personally swear by, if you’re ever in need of purchasing or maintenance advice.  Also in our tips are some common sense strategies that will hopefully have an effect on winter driving in general, and getting used to your winter tires.

                                                    


1.  All-season tires are a bad compromise. On snow, ice or cold pavement, the stopping distance of a car that has winter tires can be up to 30 to 40 per cent shorter than one with all-seasons.  The force of a crash increases as a result of the square impact of speed, and this could mean the difference between life and death.

2. Although it’s the treads that a customer buying tires usually notices, the most important part of a winter tire is actually the rubber compound that it is made up of.  This rubber compound is designed to stay soft in freezing temperatures. Similar to a gecko climbing a sheet of glass, a winter tire sticks to the road by conforming to tiny imperfections.  The weather transforms a summer tire’s consistency into that of a hockey puck.  The soft rubber treads of a winter tire are able to splay and wrap themselves around miniscule protrusions on cold pavement, or even on what appears to be ice that is perfectly smooth. Summer tires, which have been designed to operate in warm temperatures, harden as the temperature falls. Although all-season tires must be designed for year-round use, they cannot match winter tires in low temperatures.  They still hold a bit of rigidity in frigid weather, though not as much as summer tires, and cannot beat the snow tires’ elasticity, as well as the studs that snow tires can come with.

3. Premium winter tires perform better than basic models. What you’re paying for is the latest in rubber technology and tread design. What you get is traction that may be up to 15 per cent better than economy-model winter tires. (If you want to see the difference between different grades of winter tires, go to an ice race. Ian Law, an Ontario racer and winter driving instructor says, “The drivers with the premium tires are all out in front.  There’s no comparison.”)

4. It’s about temperature, not snow. Winter tires must be installed when the customer expects temperatures to fall to 7 C (that’s plus 7!) or below. As the temperature falls, the rubber in summer and all-season tires becomes inflexible, killing traction. Watch the thermometer and use common sense, because no one will tell you exactly when to put on snow tires (except in Quebec, where the law dictates that your car should be equipped with winter tires between Dec. 15 and March 15).

5. Winter tires should be narrower than summer models. Customers have expressed the thought that proper winter tires can look a little like spare tires.  Experts recommend going down one or two sizes when installing winter tires – if you car came with 215-millimetre wide summer or all-season tires, for example, your winter tires should be 205 mm or 195 mm. Reducing the width of a tire increases the pressure it exerts on the surface beneath it – this will help the tire slice through snow, and reduces hydroplaning.

6. Winter tires are designed to move water. When a tire presses down on snow or ice, it melts the top layer, which creates a thin film of water.  This is the same phenomenon that occurs as a skate glides across a rink, because of the friction created by movement. If the water isn’t moved away from the area in front of the tire, the car will hydroplane. This is why winter tires are covered with grooves (including tiny channels known as “sipes”) that move water away to the sides, allowing the tire to stay in contact with the surface.

 

                                                       

 

7.  In the old days, winter tires came with deep, aggressive treads designed to paddle through deep snow. This made for a noisy ride and compromised stability, since the treads deflected under acceleration, braking and cornering loads. Current winter tire technology now focuses on shallower treads with closely spaced grooves that carry away the water film created when the tire presses down on ice or snow.

8. All-wheel drive helps you accelerate, not stop. On slippery surfaces, vehicles with four driving wheels can accelerate better than those with two-wheel drive. But their cornering and braking capabilities are little different than a two-wheel-drive model. When you’re trying to stop or turn, the limits are determined by the traction capabilities of your tires, not the number of driven wheels.

9. Black ice is not a death sentence. In the case of black ice, good winter tires will stick, but only if they are within their traction limits. If your car begins to slide, look straight down the road to where you need to go, and maintain a light grip on the wheel. As the car decelerates, you will gradually regain control as the tire’s rubber begins gripping surface imperfections on the ice. Slow speed and gentle control inputs will maintain traction.

10. The performance of winter tires has been significantly improved over the past decade by advanced rubber compounds that allow designers to make tires softer without sacrificing other critical properties, including wear and heat buildup as temperatures climb. Major manufacturers spend a lot of money on R&D. Jaap Leendertse, winter tire platform manager for Pirelli in Milan, Italy, has said that his company has developed more than 300 compounds in the ongoing quest for the ideal winter tire.

11. Although testing makes it easy to see the performance advantages of a winter tire, the technology behind it is deceptively complex. Tire designers must consider a long list of factors, including tread stability and hysteresis.  This is a process which generates heat as a tire repeatedly deforms and recovers as it rotates under the weight of a car.

 12.  Although they offer an advantage on glare ice, studded tires are far less effective than non-studded models on cold, bare pavement (where most drivers spend the majority of their time during the winter months).

13.  Some manufacturers offer winter tires that use rubber mixed with hard materials (like crushed walnut shells and chopped nylon strands) to give increased bite. Although these can offer improved traction in some conditions, the most important factors in a winter tire’s all-round grip are the quality of its rubber compound and its tread design.

14.  Although it’s not recommended for everyday driving, reducing the air pressure in your tires can help you gain in an emergency. Reducing tire pressure increases the tire’s contact patch, and may help you make it up an otherwise impassable icy grade, for example. Bear in mind that this is an emergency technique only, and will reduce overall control of your car by making the tire carcass less stable. Unless you’re stuck at the bottom of an icy hill with no other option, the inflation pressures recommended by your car manufacturer should be used. If lowering the tire pressure in a winter tire is needed to make it out of an emergency situation, be sure to drive slowly and re-inflate the tires back to the recommended pressure as soon as possible.  Driving with lowered tire pressure than is normal can be hazardous if maintained for too long of a period.

 

                                                                   

 

 

We hope you are never involved in a collision, but if you are, we are here to help, during and after your car has been fixed, with our Customer for Life program.  Please call us at 306-653-5655, or come down to the shop at 659 51st St E, so that we can help you out and get you back on the road.  Remember, we can’t prevent an accident, but we can make it like it never happened.     

 




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Safety Training Courses at Victory Safety Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 21, 2015 11:28

 

"Wow, it wasn't even boring!"

At Victory we here this all the time. Why should safety training be boring when at Victory we have a great crew of instructors of many different courses including Standard First Aid (Red Cross), H2S Alive (Enform), Ground Disturbance level 2 (Global Training Centre), OSSA Fall Protection (Fusion Safety Svs.), OSSA Confined space entry (Fusion Safety Svs.) and much more available regularly at our location in Saskatoon.

We can also accommodate your group on your schedule as well.

So why settle for anything less when you can come to Victory for some of the most highly recognized training courses in the industry at a reasonable rate in a fun friendly environment. All because "At Victory, YOUR SAFETY IS OUR BUSINESS."

 

 

 

 


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