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46

As of November, the number of days it took to sell single-family resale homes. For resale condos, it has took 53 days.

3,761

As of the end of November, the number of detached homes listed for sale in and around Calgary, compared with 3,869 a year ago.

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1.02%

The increase in the average selling price of single-family homes in November compared to last year. This November, it was $467,140. Source: Calgary Real Estate Board

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I think it’s really important that people set goals. It doesn’t matter what your plan is, as long as you have one. You’ll make better decisions, every day.

Couple ‘kickin’ it’ within rec room Place to relax while entertaining JAcqUElINE loUIE For the Calgary herald

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oney $mart Mom author Sarah Deveau practises what she preaches. Deveau, 33, and husband Keith Kucharski, 34, are on track to retire to a lakefront cottage in rural Nova Scotia within the next eight years. “We really try to live within our means,” says the Airdrie-based mother of three, author of Money $mart Mom: Financially Fit Parenting and Sink or Swim: Get Your Degree Without Drowning

A built-in diner booth with a large fish tank is part of Deveau’s favourite room.

in Debt. She is also a blogger offering financial advice for parents on the Yummy Mummy Club (YummyMummyClub.ca), an online community for moms founded by Canadian celebrity Erica Ehm. “I think it’s really important that people set goals,” she says. “It doesn’t matter what your plan is, as long as you have one. You’ll make better decisions, every day. Know the real cost of what you are buying and consume less: understand your wants versus your needs. There is a real price to pay for overconsumption.” “Which is not to say my husband and I don’t ever do anything fun — we absolutely do. But we don’t spend anywhere near what our means are. It’s not like we make a ton of money either; we’re really careful with our money. We’re going to be better off in the long run if we can just make do.” Deveau and Kucharski, who were high school sweethearts, have three daughters: Kate, 6, Jacqueline, 3, and Nicole, 2. In addition to blogging, Deveau is a freelance writer for the Calgary Herald and Today’s Parent magazine. She also sells Stella and Dot jewelry at trunk shows/home parties, and heads up a team of 100 Stella and Dot stylists/sales representatives. Deveau graduated from the

Sarah Deveau

Colleen De Neve, Calgary Herald

From left, Sarah Deveau reads with her six-year-old daughter Kate Kucharski in her basement recreation room. University of Calgary with a communications degree, then went to work for WestJet as a communications writer. She left WestJet after the birth of her first daughter to open her own retail store, Cater Tot Consignment, a children’s consignment boutique in Airdrie, which

she ran until last summer. She closed up shop to stay home with her daughters and work from home. In the next seven or eight years, Deveau and Kucharski plan to retire to Nova Scotia. See ROOM, Page F4

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