Buying a home is exciting, especially if it's your first. However, there are a number of ways that your home-buying experience can turn sour if you're not diligent. Failing to do the proper prep work can lead to expensive surprises cropping up later. Most Canadians know that buying a home is sometimes a risky endeavour; however, that doesn’t stop the horror stories from happening. Here are a few tales of Canadian consumers' home ownership dreams turning into nightmares, so you can avoid repeating their mistakes.

False Advertising Misleads Drayton Valley Couple

In May of 2013, the CBC reported that a couple in Drayton Valley, Alberta, purchased a house through the brokerage that had listed the home. It turned out to be decades older than it was…

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It’s not surprising that The Silver Skate Festival is the longest running winter festival in the City of Edmonton. It’s a ton of fun! Get your mittens and toque and head to Hawrelak Park for a day full of winter activities. The festival runs until February 23rd, with a host of different events happening every day.

We went on Family Day and it was packed, although there was a bit of a line up to get into the park, there is plenty of free parking on site. There is also a $2 ETS shuttle from the U of A.

There is plenty to do at the festival, including skating, horse drawn sleigh rides, cross country skiing, show shoeing, and face painting, all of which are free! Our kids particularly enjoyed the snow maze, ice slide, and make your own cabane à sucre…

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Every time February 14th rolls around, the emphasis is placed on all of those adorable couples out there. If you're looking for someone to enjoy Valentine's Days with in the future, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is ready to help. Not only are they going to share the steamy secrets practiced by other members of the Animal Kingdom to attract mates, but they are also providing an opportunity to practice these freshly learned techniques on the field with a speed dating event organized by Eight Minute Date Edmonton!

You may not end up with a mate of your own, but no matter what happens, this evening will be sure to put a smile on your face. On top of meeting new people and learning about the Animal Kingdom's evolutionary secrets to finding love, there will be…

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The Provincial Government has announced three new schools will be built in Edmonton, opening in 2016. Residents in Lewis Estates, Ambleside and Summerside are excited to have new schools being built close to home. In addition, a major expansion to 5-year old Lillian Osborne High School in Terwillegar will make room for 600 new students. In all, the new schools will make room for 3,100 new students.

Lewis Estates is a neighbourhood in the far west end of Edmonton, west of the Anthony Henday and North of The Whitemud. Many families in the area have had to drive long distances to get their kids to schoo. The new junior high school in Lewis Estates will accomodate 900 students.

Ambleside is a neighbourhood in the Windermere area, south of the Anthony…

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Like tobogganing? As part of the Winter City Edmonton initiative, the City and Global TV have teamed up for "Sip 'n Slide Sundays." Bring your sled, crazy carpet, saucer or snow racer to some of the best hills in the city and get warmed up with some free hot chocolate.

Every Sunday in February from 1-5 at Rundle ACT Park, Jackie Parker Park, and Gallagher Park. 

Want to live near some of Edmonton's best hills? Check out homes for sale in Beverly Heights, Cloverdale, Greenview and Jackson Heights.

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