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The Appeals of Condo Culture

Owning a house can sometimes be, for lack of a better word, exhausting. We live such busy lives already with work and family responsibilities that having to maintain and care for a house can be draining at times. 


Houses come with more maintenance and repair obligations, so you have more to stay on top of.  A condo is compact and offers everything you need to live a comfortable and happy life without the headache of being a house owner. 


There could be several reasons why moving to a condo unit could be beneficial to you. You may have too much on the go to properly care for your home, so living in a smaller space can ease the stresses of maintaining a clean and happy home. 




Depending on the type of condominium you choose to live in, some are turn-key and others offer a variety of amenities.  Workout facilities, swimming pools, a spa and other health-driven amenities can add so much value to your lifestyle. Having these amenities appeal significantly to those seeking a more health-conscious lifestyle. Furthermore, owning a treadmill or any other gym equipment can be expensive and excruciatingly challenging to bring into your home due to their extreme weight. 


Imagine having a swimming pool that you never have to clean to maintain. Letting someone else worry about the maintenance of the gym equipment and other facilities is a much better way of life. You get to focus on yourself and reach your fitness goals. 


Opportunities to participate in social committees


Living so closely with others fosters a sense of community that is distinct from that which you might discover in a conventional neighbourhood. Many condo dwellers take great pleasure in their area, and neighbours often wind up becoming good friends. This is great for anyone who is often lonely or has difficulty meeting new people. 


Less responsibilities


Let this be why you decide to switch from house to condo living. While you do pay condo fees aka contributions, you are getting so much in return. Everything is taken care of when you live in a condo: lawncare maintenance, janitorial duties in the common areas, maintenance of the amenities, security, and much more. 


Condo living also means you have fewer things to stress over in your home. With fewer chores to deal with, you can expect the stress of keeping tabs on all the things you need to clean or maintain to decrease substantially. This will significantly improve your well-being because you can focus on the essential things that matter to you. 


Easy access to neighbourhood gems


You can often find condos for rent in the heart of any metropolis. Since everything worth seeing will be within walking distance or easily accessible via public transportation, you can count on not needing a car anymore. You will save so much money by eliminating car ownership, and the extra walking will benefit your health in the long run. 


Condo living enables you to be part of your community and experience a more engaging lifestyle. Spend the morning sipping on a matcha latte at a local coffee shop or pick up fresh produce from a nearby farmer’s market. No longer being bound by a car makes for easy movement within a city, giving you more access to some neighbourhood gems. 


More affordable cost of living


Many condos for sale are, of course, more affordable than a house. Condo living offers incredible lifestyle changes that benefit your lifestyle. 

Consider Condo Living Today!


If you desire to make the change to condo living, our Emerald Management & Realty team can help you. We take pleasure in providing licensed condominium management that supports condominium owners and condominium boards. You can reach us by phone at 403-237-8600 or fill out our online contact form to get started.

Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. receives nomination for Top Choice Award 2023

Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. is proud to announce that we are a 2023 Top Choice Award Nominee! WOOHOO!

Now, we need your help to WIN!  Voting is now open and if you feel that we have earned your vote, we would appreciate your support.

This is the 7th year the team at Emerald Management has been nominated for this award. Winning the Top Choice Award is one of the largest endorsements a business can receive within North America, so this is a BIG deal!

Your vote will automatically enter you into a draw for a chance to win 1 of 4 cash prizes of $500 given out by Top Choice Awards!!!!

You can vote for us here:

Voting ends December 21st, 2022 at noon EST.

If you believe we are your Top Choice, please show us some love and help us spread the word!

Thank you for your time and we appreciate your vote!

P.S your written feedback in the survey is very important to us, as it allows us to know what you love about us and what we can improve to continue serving you every day and providing the best customer experience possible. Many thanks in advance!

Emerald Insights: Fall & Winter Newsletter 2022/2023

The season of falling leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and football is almost behind us. Now the focus is on pulling out our winter jackets, boots, and changing our winter tires to brace ourselves for all the winter season promises to bring.

This Fall & Winter 2022/2023 Issue of Emerald Insight’s has been delivered to all of our valued residents and board members to  provide valuable information pertaining to their homes.  Emerald Management & Realty Ltd’s goal is that these winter procedures and tips will help conserve energy, avoid unnecessary insurance claims and prevent costly winter repairs.

Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. is a family owned and operated Property Management Company & Condominium Management company located in Calgary with 50 years of experience. Emerald provides a myriad of property management and rental property services for tenants, property owners, homeowner associations, and condominium corporations.  Contact Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. today!  We’d love to learn more about your property management goals and how we can help! 

Landlord vs. Property Manager: Which to Rent From?

When you’re looking for a place to rent, it’s important to know the difference between a landlord and a property manager, as there are subtle differences and rules that apply to each. Here’s a breakdown of the subtle differences between the two, as well as what the renting experience looks like with each.

The Difference Between a Landlord and a Property Manager

The biggest difference between landlords and property managers is that landlords would typically be known as the owner of the property they’re renting out, while property managers are usually contracted by the owner to take care of day-to-day operations, communication, and maintenance. 

Another key difference is that landlords usually only have one or two properties that they’re responsible for, while property managers might have dozens (or even hundreds) of properties under their purview. That can make it easier to get help from a property manager if there’s an issue with your rental unit since they likely have staff on hand who can deal with the problem quickly. 

The Difference in Responsibilities 

The biggest difference between landlords and property managers is the amount of responsibility they have. Landlords have a lot more financial responsibility because they’re ultimately responsible for paying the mortgage and all the expenses of the property. 

Property managers have much less financial responsibility but are equally as responsible if contracted to handle repairs and maintenance, marketing the property, screening tenants, and collecting rent, along with all the other day-to-day tasks associated with running a rental property.  

What the Renting Experience Looks Like 

The renting experience will vary depending on whether you’re dealing with a landlord or property manager. For example, if you’re working with a landlord, they might live in the same building as you do or in the unit next door. That proximity can be helpful if there’s an issue with your rental unit that needs to be fixed ASAP, but it can also be intrusive if your landlord is constantly stopping by without notice. 

On the other hand, property managers may have a resident manager who lives on-site.  They also usually employ a team and have strong relationships with contractors.  That means if there’s an issue with your rental unit, you might have to wait a little bit while work is coordinated or approved by the property owner, but you ultimately can rely on their ability to get the work done. 

The Relationship Between a Landlord and a Property Manager

In most cases, landlords hire property managers to take care of their rentals for them. 

Of course, there are always exceptions to this rule—some landlords prefer to manage their own properties, while some property managers work for themselves instead of being employed by a landlord. But in general, these are the roles that landlords and property managers play in relation to each other. 

So, Who Should You Rent From?

There’s no easy answer when it comes to deciding whether you should rent from a landlord or property manager. It really depends on your own personal preferences and what you’re looking for in a rental situation. 

If you care more about having someone on-call 24/7 to deal with any issues that might arise, then going through a property manager might be the way to go. 

Let Us Help You Find the Right Rental!

When it comes time to look for a new place to rent, there are many factors to consider.

Still not sure which option is right for you? Contact Emerald Management & Realty today at 403-237-8600, or fill out our online contact form and we’ll help you find the perfect rental unit in Calgary & Area!