Imagine your coffee maker switching on by itself, staying on for hours, overheating and becoming a fire hazard. That's not science fiction. As more and more appliances incorporate WIFI, the opportunities for hackers to play havoc with your home gadgets increase.

How do you prevent that from happening? Here are some safety tips:

• If your gadget uses a password to access the settings, change that password frequently. Ideally, change it once every 3 months.

• Some gadgets, such as alarm systems, come with their own connection to the internet. Learn how to turn that connection off if it becomes necessary to do so.

• Don't leave an internet-connected appliance or other gadget on constantly unless it’s necessary. For example, you don't need…

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Tracy Carson, Broker/Owner of MaxWell South Star, is known to so many as the first female Broker/Owner at MaxWell Realty. She has been in the real estate business for 20 years and we wanted to share her real estate journey with the rest of the MaxWell family.

 Here is Tracy’s story:

I have been in Real Estate for 20 years; I’m as old as MaxWell. In the three years before becoming licensed, I worked in sales for new home builders. That is where I met my husband, James. He came in to buy a house from me. In the early days, RECA’s required licensing education could be anything that fits into the category of Real Estate related education. I didn’t want to waste my time, so I did retraining courses that would benefit me in the industry. Those…

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Christine Gallacher - MaxWell Grande Realty

Michael Andrew - MaxWell Progressive

Greg Dunham - MaxWell Progressive

Rob Aldridge - MaxWell Progressive

Christie Bergman - MaxWell Progressive 

Kacie Phillips - MaxWell Capital Realty Bridges

Bill Bowers - MaxWell Progressive

Dan Kurney - MaxWell Progressive 

Gail Docken - MaxWell Progressive 

Heather Gardiner - MaxWell Capital Realty

Jeremiah Townsend - MaxWell Progressive

Paul Gravelle - MaxWell Progressive 

Trina Pozzolo - MaxWell Progressive

Lenny Burt - MaxWell Progressive 

Sharon Trelenberg - MaxWell Progressive 

Johnny Bede - MaxWell Progressive 

Paul Mcphail - MaxWell Progressive

Bernie Molzan - MaxWell Progressive 

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If you're thinking about buying a new home, you may be considering purchasing in a new development.

How does that compare to purchasing a resale property?

Buying a newly-built home has some advantages. Depending on the development, you may have leeway in the style of the home and the lot you choose. Also, when the home is built, you'll be moving into a place where everything is brand new!

On the downside, however, you may be forced to make a decision based purely on marketing brochures and floor plans. Unless there's a model home just like the one you want, you'll be buying sight unseen. Also, there may be unpredictable construction delays — an unpleasant experience if you've already sold your current property.

Of course, buying a…

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When you sell, you’ll probably want to get the best possible price for your property. Who wouldn’t? Unfortunately, there are many ways to inadvertently leave money on the table – sometimes thousands of dollars. How do you avoid that possibility? Just remember the 4 Ps:

• Prep. Do everything you can to prepare your home so that it looks great to buyers. Clean, declutter, fix, make improvements. Home staging can also help. In fact, effectively staged homes have been shown to sell for up to 5% more than comparable un-staged properties.

• Price. Set the right asking price. That’s crucial. If it's too low, you'll attract only deal-hunters — and you might end up getting less than you should. If the asking price is too high, however, you'll discourage…

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NEW LISTING ALERT 274082 Range Road 24a, Rocky View County

For Full Listing, Click Here: https://tinyurl.com/27408224a

Call/text Yasin @ 403-681-0319 for more info or to book your showing!

Perfect 38 acre property for you to enjoy the peace & solitude of country living! Picturesque acreage just mins from Airdrie that is set up for horses w/fencing, cross fencing & pasture land. Enjoy the stunning views of the mountains & the hills! 2 large outbuildings-1 is a 35x22 machine shed & the other a 36x36 barn/machine shed. Property also has a fenced off, huge garden area. 1391 sq ft, 2+2 bedroom bungalow w/a developed basement. Main floor has open family room w/gas fireplace, large windows to take in the gorgeous views, vaulted ceiling & your…

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OPEN HOUSE 132 Pinto Lane SE, Airdrie Sunday May 26, 2-4pm

For Full Listing, Click Here: http://tinyurl.com/132pintolane

Call/text Yasin @ 403-681-0319 for more info or to book your showing!

Gorgeous updated & upgraded bungalow w/heated 48X25, 4 car garage in Yankee Valley Estates, Airdrie; a few short mins to amenities! 2 acres w/hundreds of trees & shrubs added in recent years. Beautiful mountain views! Grand foyer w/double closets, site finished hardwood, grand rock fireplace, maple cabinets incl large wall pantry, SS appliances, new granite counters, back splash, hood fan, carpets & paint. Main floor den, laundry rm w/sink, speaker system throughout & lots of windows. Master is spacious & has a beautiful ensuite w/2 sinks, shower & free…

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OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY SEPT 15, 11-2PM!

2577 Coopers Circle SW, Airdrie

For Full Listing, Visit Here: https://tinyurl.com/2577coopers

Call/text Yasin @ 403-681-0319 for more info or to book your showing!

Have you been looking for a spacious, fully developed bungalow where you can actually park 2 cars in the garage? Gorgeous 2+2 bedroom, fully developed home w/a 24x22 garage in the wonderful Coopers Crossing community. 1433 sq ft up+another 1282 sq ft down! Walk up to the front porch & enter into a spacious front entry. Main floor has hardwood & is an open concept design w/vaulted ceilings, grand rock fireplace in family room, quartz counters & stainless steel appliances in the kitchen & wrought iron railing for the staircase to basement. Good…

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Open House Sunday Sept 15, 2-4PM 227 Appaloosa Lane S.E. Airdrie

For Full Listing, Click Here: www.tinyurl.com/227appaloosa

Custom family bungalow in Yankee Valley Estates, Airdrie with 2553 sq ft + another 2229 down, 3 good sized bdrms + a den on the main floor, striking floor to ceiling fireplace, tall ceilings, luxurious ensuite, amazing mudroom & separate large laundry room, in floor heated, walk down to basement from garage, developed basement with 2 more bedrooms, theatre room and so much more... $1,099,900 MLS #C4195652

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