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Monday, January 19, 2015 - Simple Steps to Cut the Clutter

Many families are plagued by clutter in their homes, leaving them feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Here are some tips to help cut the clutter this year:Toss up your wardrobe - Identify clothes you haven't worn for about six months and take them to a consignment store, or donate them.Get smart about storage - Put up hooks and hangers in your garage, purchase more shelves and drawers for you home, buy containers to store items under beds -- any opportunity to utilize an area for storage should ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:52:00 -0700

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - Edmonton Market Update January 2015

Edmonton, January 5, 2015: Sales of residential property through the Edmonton Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in 2014 in the Edmonton CMA were over 11 percent higher than in 2013, exceeding growth expectations by a large margin. This increase was reflected across all property types including a 9.8% increase in sales of single family detached properties, an over 11% increase in condo sales and a 25.4% increase in duplex and rowhouse sales. There were 18,991 residential sales reported in ... Full Article...
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - New Year Celebrations in Edmonton

NYE by City of EdmontonNew Year's EveEdmonton International NYE GalaMuttart Masquerade New Year's EveNew Years Eve 2014: An Evening of Music & Magic 
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - Fabulous Christmas Tree Ideas

        
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Monday, December 15, 2014 - How to Decorate your Home on a Budget

It's tough enough trying to get the perfect gifts for all your friends and family, let alone worrying about splurging on extravagant decor. Because the holidays are such an expensive time for many, here's a few ways to decorate your home for less:? Buy a tree-cutting permit for $5.25 and find your own perfect tree, rather than spending hundreds of dollars on a fake one. You can purchase a permit here: www.extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/treecuttingpermits/permits? Make Pinterest your best, decorating ... Full Article...
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - Edmonton Market Update December 2014

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Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Sorry to Disappear!

Sorry that you haven't heard much from me lately!  With the recent Anti-Spam legislation, a company that was helping me stay on top of updates for you closed with short notice.  With a busy work schedule, I am in the midst of researching alternate companies that can help me provide you with relevant and informative content.  Please bare with me and I will hopefully have this sorted out as soon as possible.   I do hope that you have all had a wonderful summer and it's hard to believe that it's ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:15:08 -0600

Friday, June 27, 2014 - Edmonton house prices climb to record highs

The average price for a single family home is near its all time high. Greg Steele, president of the Realtors Association of Edmonton, said competition is fierce for entry-level single family homes. For some first-time homebuyers, the market is pushing them to condo ownership, or to learn some patience. ?We?re in an active real estate market which is balanced and well-behaved,? Steele said. The average single-family detached home was $432,458 in March 2014, down 0.2% from month to month, but up ... Full Article...
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Monday, June 23, 2014 - Blend the old with the new

Flea market finds, along with new pieces, can add personality to your home away from home. A bungalow on the beach. A cabin for weekend getaways. Second homes, designed for relaxation, are often decorated with hand-me-down furniture and other castoffs from the owner's main living space. But, say interior designers, a bit of creativity can transform a small vacation home into the perfect haven - a place to combine family heirlooms, funky flea-market purchases and a few new pieces, with style and ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:22:25 -0600

Friday, June 20, 2014 - Rezoning farmland to build condos will boost crime, traffic and lower property values, McConachi

EDMONTON - Citing traffic and crime concerns, one McConachie resident will be heading to city hall on Monday afternoon to speak out against the possible development of another condo complex in the area. Patricia Hope, who is working to organize her neighbhours, said they will air a number of grievances to the city. ?If they put this other one in, we?ll be completely surrounded on three sides by condominium complexes,? Hope said. ?We?re trying to fight this.? Read more: ...
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Monday, June 16, 2014 - When is the Best Time to Sell?

Spring is undoubtedly the most agreeable of all seasons. It is also the most active season for real estate. Buyers take advantage of longer days to look around and view homes and sellers are better able to showcase the best assets of their house. But it is the end of spring that shows optimum selling. Here are reasons why the end of spring is the best time to sell:- Enough time to recover from winter. By late spring, muddy sloshes, withered lawns, and musty smells in the house are gone. Sellers ... Full Article...
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Friday, June 13, 2014 - Fun Backyard Play Sets

        
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - Covert Costs in Home Purchase

The actual cost of purchasing a home is not equal to its listing price.  Buyers should be aware of and be prepare for other home purchase costs. Here are some of the most common home buying expenses that are not included in the price tag:Interest / Lender?s Fee ? In average, lenders ask from 1% to 2% of the purchase cost in the closing expenses.Lawyer ? Every home purchase needs a lawyer to process documentation. Some real estate lawyers ask a fixed professional fee, while others will first ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:33:14 -0600

Friday, June 6, 2014 - Things to Consider when Building your Kids' Backyard Playset

Summer's a-coming and with it, the school break. Keep your kids entertained with their own backyard play space.Safety ? Above anything, make sure that play equipment is safe for kids? rough play. Anticipate falls, bumps, and scratches and design their play set to prevent these hazards. Age of users ? Create a play set that matches the age of your kids. Toddlers enjoy a sandpit, while monkey bars, slides, and swings could keep pre-teens busy and engaged in play. Location ? To easily check on the ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 06 Jun 2014 07:37:19 -0600

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - Edmonton Market Update June 2014

Edmonton, June 3, 2014: Members of the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton list and sell homes on the local Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) from dozens of towns and counties in the local area. REALTORS® are active in every community from Wetaskiwin to Westlock and from Wabamun to Cold Lake. This month we report on average prices in some of the larger centres as well as Edmonton; but first the Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) numbers.  In May, the average price of a single-family detached (SFD) ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:21:41 -0600

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - Putting money where their house is

Young Canadians feel that housing remains a very good investment, according to the 21st Annual RBC Home Ownership Poll. Nearly nine-in-ten (86 %) of those aged 25-34 believe that owning a house or condo is a very good investment, up from less than eight-in- ten (78 %) in 2013. This sentiment has echoed into buying intention, as likelihood to purchase has increased in nearly every region in the country. Interest from the 25-34 age group has increased significantly from one-in-four (25 %) in 2013 ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 29 May 2014 12:20:16 -0600

Monday, May 26, 2014 - Creating an Outdoor Kitchen

A new trend in home design is ?outdoor living? which is a great way to extend the square footage of your home provided that the weather agrees with your plans. Here are some tips for creating a great outdoor kitchen.Extend your living and entertaining space with an outdoor kitchen for summer parties. Think about what you might want to cook in your outdoor kitchen and design the space to fit those needs. Functional amenities, layout and smart storage solutions will transform your outdoor kitchen ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 26 May 2014 10:19:21 -0600

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - Happening Now: Host Edmonton

Challenge the conventions of food, drink and hospitality. Local and international experts and chefs will share their best tips, tricks, drinks and dishes, with plenty of parties and tastings to fill your plate! Host Edmonton is a combined trade, food and educational show that puts you in the mix with top hospitality professionals, exposing you to trends, techniques and ingredients that are guaranteed to elevate your next home or restaurant hosting experience. So are you coming? Click here for ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 22 May 2014 15:02:53 -0600

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - Love and colour are in bloom

I'll admit I'm not the world's best gardener but I'm a quick study. I am also blessed with lots of friends who are perhaps the some of the best in the world, so I have great resources when I need advice. I always start with what I love and what I can grow to make life just a little bit more fabulous! As you start to plan your gardens and containers for the summer, think about your décor inside the house and what you would love to have in the garden that you can bring inside, whether it be for ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 20 May 2014 09:35:24 -0600

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - Grass Repair: tips to get your grass back

Gardener's tips in growing back your grass fast; Never fertilize stressed grass: try watering first. Give it at least an inch, wait a day or two, and repeat. If it greens up, then the grass should get at least one inch of water per week. Tear out the old grass and plant new seeds. If the grass is dead, rip out the dead sod and replant.  Sprinkle a large amount of grass seed on the empty spot, spread dirt over the seed until you can?t see the seed anymore, and then water lightly so you don?t ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 15 May 2014 16:14:45 -0600

Monday, May 12, 2014 - Spring Clean-Up Checklist

Spring cleaning isn?t all about scrubbing and washing your home from ceiling to floor. Spring is also the best time to check for small leaks and cracks your house might have gotten through the long winter. Roof Care ? A roof can take a real beating from the winter. Inspect your roof for missing, loose or buckling roof shingles, nail pops or failed fasteners.  Make sure the seals around the air vents are still sufficient.Gutter Drainage ? If you notice water stains on exterior walls, your ...
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Thursday, May 8, 2014 - Delightful Outdoor Swings

     
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Saturday, May 3, 2014 - Edmonton Market Update May 2014

North Central remains busiest sales region of Edmonton Edmonton, May 2, 2014: According to the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton the average price of a single family home (SFD) in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA)1 in April has dropped slightly from the high in March, even with the sale of 13 homes over a million dollars. In April, the average SFD price was down more than $5,000 to $427,685; a decrease of 1.5% from March but up 5.9% from the same month a year ago. The all-residential ... Full Article...
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Friday, May 2, 2014 - Curbing the curse of clutter

With spring the common time to cleanse, hit the refresh button and wipe out junk clogging up sacred spaces. Clutter in the home often sneaks up unsuspectingly. Coming from the Middle English root word "clotteren", clutter in essence, suggests to "clot". Just as blood accumulation blocks movement through veins and arteries in the body, clutter inhibits a healthy stream of energy and traffic patterns in life. Feng Shui has been a popular method throughout time to increase desires, all while ...
posted in General at Fri, 02 May 2014 10:17:06 -0600

Monday, April 28, 2014 - Eliminating mould and dust in your household

The decor of homes may vary, but the one thing the interiors have in common is the air -- yet most homeowners don't consider the quality of what they're breathing. Very few people are aware of all the nooks and crannies where mould, one of the most common indoor air pollutants, can build, says Norm Hoessmann, licensed home inspector with Victoria's Aardvark Inspections. "Older homes often have bits of mould in several places, which means they can be overlooked," says Hoessmann. "But if you ...
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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Edmonton Poetry Festival

Poetry is a source of energy, entertainment and joy shared by all societies. The Edmonton Poetry Festival celebrates poetry in all its forms. We get people from across the city involved as creators and audiences. Doesn?t matter what age you are, what culture you come from, or whether you fall for slam poetry or jump at reading the classics. The Edmonton Poetry Festival kicked off in 2006, with the help of Edmonton?s then-poet laureate Alice Major and an organizing committee representing a wide ... Full Article...
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Monday, April 21, 2014 - Bring more Natural Light into your Home

Natural light is wonderful thing to have in your home. It makes your home feel warmer and more inviting compared to a home filled with artificial lights. Sunlight has a direct positive impact on our bodies and minds by increasing the production of Vitamin D and boosts the production of serotonin. This helps elevate our moods and increases energy. A great way to increase the amount of natural light in your home is to install skylights or sun tunnels.Skylights have been in use for centuries ...
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Monday, April 14, 2014 - Garage suites can be sweet spaces

When Jessica Foulston purchased her colourful bungalow in Old Strathcona, she knew she wanted to supplement her mortgage payments with rental income. But after living as a renter for many years, she also yearned for an unshared living space. The solution came to her when she decided to rebuild her crumbling, one-car garage. She began exploring the option of topping its replacement with a modest garage suite. Foulston admits to getting lucky zoning-wise because even though her first house is not ... Full Article...
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Friday, April 11, 2014 - Most Innovative Light Switches

        
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Take Advantage of Spring to Improve your Curb Appeal

If you?re selling your home in the spring, a great way to make it stand out from all the rest is to increase its ?curb appeal.? This means fixing up the front of your property so it appeals to potential buyers when they?re driving by, ie ?from the curb.? Here are a few tips to improve your property?s curb appeal: Repaint the front door: a front door that pops can be hugely cheering. Add new porch furniture: a pair of matching rockers, Adirondack chairs or a cozy glider is a must when you have a ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:03:15 -0600

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - Edmonton Market Update April 2014

Housing prices in first quarter rise in active local market Edmonton, April 2, 2014: The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton reports that the housing market in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA)1 is poised for a very active spring sales period. Sales of all types of residential properties in the first quarter in the Edmonton CMA were up 5.8% as compared to the same period in 2013. Single family detached (SFD) sales were up 5.1% while condo sales rose a staggering 11.0% in the first ...
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Monday, March 31, 2014 - The mettle of a metal

Among a cast of rivals, copper is warm, friendly and eager to please. To the ancient Egyptians, copper represented eternal life. They had part of it right: Because it's in the cells of plants and animals, and in much of what we eat, it's fair to say it is vital to life. Since it was first used more than 10,000 years ago, our dependence on copper has grown to the point that in 2012 we used 20 million tonnes of the metal. The supporting actor of other metals, it's found in more than 400 alloys, ... Full Article...
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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - Ideas to Brighten Up your Laundry Room

Laundry rooms do not have be just a functional room but can be well-designed and beautiful. Here are laundry design ideas to spruce up your laundry room.Bright Colors: use a light green or yellow to brighten up your laundry room. Another option is a bright wallpaper with some complementary strip that will make it look welcoming and comfortable.New Flooring: use a vinyl flooring to give your laundry room a fresh look. Vinyl flooring is very durable and easy to clean.Rolling closet: this will ... Full Article...
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Monday, March 24, 2014 - New Beginnings

Moving madness is one of the top life-changing stressors in life. Next to death and divorce, setting up house in a different place can test any-one's very last nerve. Going from point A to B is about mourning, saying goodbye and releasing the old to invite in the new. Sometimes moving residences comes coupled with the sad ending of relationships and separations, doubled with the strain of creating a new life and home. On the flipside, a fresh relationship move-in-together brings accelerated ... Full Article...
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Thursday, March 20, 2014 - What Home $500,000 buys in Canada

In late December 2013, the Canadian Real Estate Association predicted that the national average price for a home will be $391,000 this year. But it's hard to compare how far your buck will go in Canadian cities using that figure, since the average prices at year's end are so very different: $785,574 in Vancouver and $320,693 in Montreal, for instance. So we've found a round figure in the middle and asked, what could approximately $500,000 have bought homebuyers in various markets across the ... Full Article...
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - Hot Colors and Other Home Painting Trends

The first company to produce home paint was Sherwin, Williams, & Co. in 1866.  Then in 1883, Benjamin Moore became their main competitor who put emphasis on the chemistry behind improving color mixing and production and were also the first company to design the computer based color-matching system introduced in 1982. Interior painting has become a common practice among homeowners in the twentieth century up to the present. The style of interior home painting has changed significantly over the ... Full Article...
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Thursday, March 13, 2014 - Photo Feature: Contemporary Laundry Room Ideas

           
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Monday, March 10, 2014 - The Appropriate Lighting Sell Houses

The staging process is an important part of selling a home. Lighting is one of the most crucial elements of the staging because poor lighting can make a clean house look grubby and harsh lighting can make the furnishing look ugly. Strategic lighting can be used to emphasize the architectural features of a home and make the various rooms in your house look inviting and beautiful. Here are few tips for lighting your home.Take advantage of natural light. Open all the curtains and blinds and use as ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:47:05 -0600

Friday, March 7, 2014 - CMHC's move to hike mortgage insurance premiums prompts competitors to follow

The cost of mortgage default insurance is about to go up for most consumers after competitors moved quickly to follow Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.?s decision to raise premiums. The federal agency announced Friday it is increasing premiums across the board, effective May 1. The change does not impact existing homeowners and is expected to raise up to $175-million for CMHC. ?The higher premiums reflect CMHC?s higher capital targets,? said Steven Mennill, CMHC?s vice-president of insurance ... Full Article...
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - Edmonton Market Update March 2014

Edmonton, March 4, 2014: The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton reports that the housing market in the Edmonton CMA1 remains active. Residential listing activity on the Edmonton Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) was up 7.3% as compared to January and sales increased by 24.4%. The all-residential price (includes single family detached, condominiums, duplexes and row-houses) rose 2.9% in a month. The average condo price was up just 1.6% from January to $238,854 with the median sale price at ...
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Monday, March 3, 2014 - Keep downsizing down to earth

Adjusting to less space requires a new perspective. Downsizing can be a super-stressful process. Moving into less space sets our inner voice screaming, "Where will I put everything?" You can quiet that voice by making a design plan that follows a few basic steps. You'll reduce stress and reap the benefits of living with less. BE REALISTIC If you are moving from a 2,000-square-foot house to an 800-square-foot condo, you won't get it all in. Look at the new space's size and layout and decide what ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:44:21 -0700

Monday, February 24, 2014 - Creativity and Environmental Significance of Re-Purposing

The re-purpose movement has been gaining more currency in contemporary home design circles that are trying to find creative ways to recycle the enormous amount of wasted materials that our society produces.In North America there have been several re-purpose centers created to collect trash as supplies for artists and designers to create something new from something old.The re-purpose movement has generated ?green-collar? jobs, workers producing goods and providing services that explicitly help ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:22:10 -0700

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - The Silver Skate Festival

Last few days to enjoy this yearly winter festival, now on its 24th year of show stopping ice extravaganza. For more information, visit their official website http://www.silverskatefestival.org/homepage/the-festival                          
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - New tower slated for Edmonton skyline: 2,000 city staff to be consolidated

The city is moving about 2,000 workers into a new Katz Group partnership office tower in the first project confirmed for the downtown arena district.The 20-year lease with the Katz Group and WAM Developments will see the city occupy about half of a 27-storey tower at 104th Avenue and 101st Street. Construction at the former Staples store site is scheduled to begin this spring and be completed by August 2016. ?I think it?s going to be an exciting addition to the skyline of our city,? Mayor Don ... Full Article...
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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - Contemporary Small Space Living

Sometimes less is more. While this old adage might seem a little odd when talking about living space, there are a few lifestyle benefits that come from contemporary small space dwellings.Many of the original ideas for small space living came from Japan, some dating as early as the 1960s. The original name for small space living was ?Metabolism? based on the idea of flexible design and architecture. The first major building in this movement was the Nakagin Capsule Tower founded by designer ...
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Monday, February 10, 2014 - Getting a mortgage when you're self-employed

If you?re self-employed, be prepared for a long chat with your mortgage professional. This week, I want to outline what to expect from the mortgage process when you?re applying as a self-employed borrower. A lot of the same rules apply, though there are a few key differences you should be prepared for. You?re considered a self-employed borrower if one or more of the following apply to you: You own your own business, either incorporated or sole proprietor, you are responsible for the payment of ... Full Article...
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Thursday, February 6, 2014 - Edmonton Market Update February 2014

Local housing sales and inventory up in stable market Edmonton, February 4, 2014: The residential home inventory on the Edmonton Multiple Listing Service® (MLS® System) rose 16% in January. Typically just over 1,800 homes in the Edmonton CMA (census metropolitan area) come onto the market in January. Last month?s listings of 1,842 were higher than the 783 listed in December. Sales figures (adjusted) of 885 properties (820 reported) were higher than a typical January and higher than sales in ... Full Article...
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - Changes to the Alberta Real Estate Industry

Important information to buyers!  Effective February 4, 2014 the Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) released new forms that are mandatory for all real estate agents to use. The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA), will require all real estate agents to enter into a Service Agreement not only with sellers, which is already standard practice, but with buyers as well.  Buyer service agreements have been around for a number of years, however they have not been mandatory for us to enter into ... Full Article...
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - Seven ways to add personality to your condo

Refined details can help elevate your condo from regular to outstanding. Many people think all condos in a building will look the same, but by changing a few minor details, you can make your condo reflect your personality. Here's how: 1. Ceiling treatments They can make rooms feel smaller and more intimate or more expansive. Installing a barrel-vaulted ceiling in a bedroom or living room is an excellent way of giving the impression of greater space. If you can't do this, create a similar effect ... Full Article...
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Thursday, January 30, 2014 - Edmonton's luxury housing market has spiked 81% since 2009; price point starts at $750,000

EDMONTON  - Edmonton?s luxury housing market is booming, according to a new Re/Max Canada report. The RE/MAX Upper End Report shows luxury house sales in Edmonton rose 32% in 2013, with an astonishing 81% spike since 2009. It?s a trend that is sweeping the nation, as over two-thirds of markets set new records for high-end sales in 2013. ?Canada?s luxury market is rising to an entirely unprecedented level,? said Elton Ash, regional executive vice president, RE/MAX of Western Canada. ?As ...
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Monday, January 27, 2014 - The History of Rock and Roll - Now Happening

Few more days to experience history! ?I don?t care what people say, rock ?n roll is here to stay!? This is a line from the 1958 hit by Danny and the Juniors and at the time no one could have guessed how prophetic this simple lyric would be! Join us for a jam-packed musical evening as we explore the origins of rock ?n roll from its infancy, which saw jazz and gospel transform into the undeniably infectious sound that became known as rock ?n roll. This All-American music review highlights it?s ... Full Article...
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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - Modern ElectricFireplaces

        
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - Add renovation costs to your mortgage

You find the perfect neighbourhood you want to live in and everything you need is close by, but you just can?t find the perfect home. One has an awful looking bathroom, another has an outdated kitchen, and a third home has no garage. Enter the Purchase- plus- improvements mortgage product. This type of mortgage allows you to not only get a mortgage to purchase the home, but also to include any upgrades you want to make in order to turn a ?so-so? house into an ideal home by including the costs ... Full Article...
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Thursday, January 16, 2014 - The Wonders of Electric Fireplaces

Electric fireplaces are a great alternative for homeowners who want to enjoy the warmth, comfort and ambiance of a fireplace without all of the hassle associated with wood burning fireplaces, or worrying about expensive hookups for gas fireplaces. There are four main designs of electric fireplaces, ranging in look, convenience, and price, that provide several options for prospective consumers.Wall-Mounted FireplacesThese plasma-style fireplaces take up no floor space, making them great for ...
posted in General at Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:38:37 -0700

Monday, January 13, 2014 - From rent payments to a mortgage, Edmontonians take the plunge into real estate

Edmontonian Lindsay Fitcher opted for a mortgage instead of monthly rent payments. ?Right now, to rent and buy it is basically the same thing,? said Fitcher, who recently inked a deal to purchase a new home and will be paying less in mortgage than she was in rent. Local real-estate marketing expert Sara MacLennan explained that, like Fitcher, people are looking to buy as the city?s average price of rent continues to rise and the vacancy rate continues to decrease. ?Mortgage rates are ...
posted in General at Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:24:22 -0700

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - How to Avoid Mold in Your Home during Winter Months

Both mold and mildew cause many problems for homeowners: structural damage to the house, bad for health, and creates a foul smell in your home. If left untreated, mold and mildew will only get worse so it is best to get rid of it as soon as possible.Mold and mildew develop in homes because of moisture and mold spores gravitate towards areas with excess moisture or water build ups in your home. Moisture can come from a leaky roof, flooding, bad drainage, poor ventilation, high humidity and ...
posted in General at Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:04:02 -0700

Monday, January 6, 2014 - Edmonton Market Update January 2014

Edmonton, January 6, 2014: Sales of residential property through the Edmonton Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in 2013 in the Edmonton CMA were almost eight percent higher than in 2012. From 2011 to 2012 the number of sales increased 6.2%. There were 17,055 residential sales reported in 2013 as compared to just 15,812 in 2012. Sales were up in all residential categories with 10,487 SFDs sold in 2013 (up 3.4%) along with 5,059 condominiums (up 14.7%) and 1,144 duplex/rowhouses (up 18.2%). ... Full Article...
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Friday, January 3, 2014 - Curb Appeal: Taming fussy design creates elegant home

Often enough, a parent intercedes on behalf of a son or daughter to submit to Housewarming the home of their progeny. This time, a son sent me the photo of this 1993 attached dwelling in Lachine. I finally had the pleasure of communicating with his mother, who shared with me her loathing of the light pink surfaces decorated with a low relief lozenge, a circle and rectangles as well as a stained seam right in the middle. I would have this aluminum surface completely ripped out and refaced with ... Full Article...
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - Get familiar with the homebuying process

Most homebuyers need a mortgage loan to help finance their home purchase. Before lenders will approve a mortgage, they want to be assured that you can afford the monthly payments and will meet your payment obligations. Familiarizing yourself with all the requirements for obtaining a mortgage can help make the homebuying process go more smoothly. Before you begin your house search, it's important to know the maximum price you can afford. The amount will depend largely on your gross monthly ...
posted in General at Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:18:48 -0700

Friday, December 13, 2013 - Preparing your Home for Holiday Guests

Visiting is an established tradition during the holidays. People gather from far and wide to spend this special time of the year with their family. If you are not visiting, it is more likely that you are the host. Here are some ideas to help you prepare for that joyous gathering:Sleeping Provisions ? Most home owners can only afford one extra bedroom. If you?re expecting ten people on Christmas Eve, you may have to provide extra sleeping areas. Make your guests comfortable by turning your den ... Full Article...
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - Advantages to house shopping this winter

Every time you come into the house in winter and you stomp the slush from your boots, you probably think, ?I can?t wait for summer?. You are far less likely to think, ?I?d like to stomp my boots in a new home?. But you should. Buying in winter can make a great deal of sense, and cents. Now, firstly I need to address recent news reports that the housing market in Canada is looking doomy and gloomy. Like much of the news, it?s largely speculation. This is especially the case when you look at a ... Full Article...
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Friday, December 6, 2013 - Edmonton Market Update December 2013

November home sales not affected by Old Man Winter Edmonton, December 2, 2013: The sudden onslaught of winter did not slow real estate sales in November according to figures released by the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. One month sales in November were the highest in five years. The figures are based on sales through the Multiple Listing Service® System in the Edmonton CMA. The number of all-residential sales in the Edmonton CMA in November (adjusted to account for late reported sales) was ... Full Article...
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Thursday, November 28, 2013 - Portable Fireplaces

        
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Monday, November 25, 2013 - 'Tis the season to decorate

It's hard to believe it's time to think about the Christmas tree, but it's true. The Christmas season is upon us. Glitz, glamour, fabulous decorations, fragrant pine scents, fresh holly boughs, mistletoe, yards of exquisite ribbon, twinkling lights, candles and garland will soon adorn our homes. Let's make this year the most stylish to date. Let's begin the Christmas magic with the tree. Read more at: http://www.edmontonsun.com/2013/11/22/tis-the-season-to-decorate.
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Thursday, November 21, 2013 - Seven Tips to Help Sell Your Home

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Monday, November 18, 2013 - Where Can We Put Our Guests - Creative Sleeping Arrangements

Unexpected guests are always a delight. However, most of us don?t have that extra room or two for them to use. There is the couch, but there are alternative and more comfortable beds you could offer to your guests. One can be creative in providing guests with comfortable sleeping spaces. Here are some bed alternatives that are perfect for space restricted homes:Sofa Beds ? Sofa beds are multi-functional furniture that can serve as your sofa by day and transforms to an extra bed by night. The ... Full Article...
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Friday, November 15, 2013 - A Room's Crowning Touch

In the kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom, the coatroom, the closet and even in the den, chandeliers are hanging out in unexpected places. I am crushing over the vast array of amazing and unique chandeliers available on the market today. In a recently completed design project, we hung a beautiful chandelier made entirely out of seashells over a solid stone bathtub and draped a large black metal chain chandelier over one end of the kitchen island. In my shoe closet, I have a stunning three-tier ... Full Article...
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Monday, November 11, 2013 - Lest we Forget

        
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Friday, November 8, 2013 - Pet Warmers

        
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - Edmonton Market Update November 2013

Youthful buyers continue to drive housing sales in October. Edmonton, November 4, 2013: The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton released market housing statistics for the month of October based on sales through the Multiple Listing Service® in the Edmonton CMA. The all-residential average price in the Edmonton CMA is $337,599 as compared to $332,232 in October 2012, a +2.5% change. The median price for a home in Edmonton is up at $327,250 compared to $315,600 last October. All-residential sales ... Full Article...
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Monday, November 4, 2013 - Easy answers on hardwood flooring

Finding the right flooring for your home can be a lengthy process. Hardwood has become one of the most popular flooring options and the selection can seem endless. EiEiHome spoke to Dodd & Souter Flooring, a family owned company specializing in hardwood flooring for over three generations. Over the years they have expanded and created a relaxing environment in their showroom where their experienced sales associates provide homeowners with many options and great advice. Read more at: ...
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Monday, October 28, 2013 - The drive for good security

Before you leave on your winter vacation, make sure you do a thorough check of your home's security. A great place to start is the outside. Did you know your home's security starts at the property line? Most folks think their home security starts at the front door but, in fact, the measures you take on the outside are just as important as the inside. One of my favourite security items is the driveway alarm. A driveway alarm is a device designed to detect people or vehicles entering onto your ... Full Article...
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Thursday, October 24, 2013 - Remax Fit to Sell Program - Furniture Placement and Lighting

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Monday, October 21, 2013 - Time to try mellow yellow

They may call it mellow yellow, but it will liven up homes in 2014. That's because mellow yellow is the hottest colour for 2014, expected to take the spotlight in all areas of interior décor, says Canadian paint brand CIL paint. "Next year's standout colour can best be described as a butter cream yellow, a warm pastel shade that has a fullness to it, but is still light enough to act as a neutral," said Alison Goldman, brand manager for CIL paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings, ...
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Thursday, October 17, 2013 - Fall Home Organization Tips: starting with the kitchen

Having an organized home is always good but can be hard to pull off if you?re working 8 hours a day, helping kids with homework, cleaning your home, and then finding some leisure time so you can recharge for the next day. If your home is in slight disarray then trying to impose order on chaos is daunting so try starting with just one room first instead of trying to organize your entire house immediately. Start with the kitchen. Everyone uses their kitchen on a regular basis so it?s better to ... Full Article...
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Monday, October 14, 2013 - Happy Thanksgiving!

        
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Thursday, October 10, 2013 - Interesting Coffee and Accent Tables

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Monday, October 7, 2013 - A touch of tile can add so much

With the fame of the Internet's wealth of virtual ideas and the visual glam of design shows on TV, it's nice to see, touch and feel in person with our actual fingers, the newest merchandise and established product lines available from around the décor world. Last week, the I.D.A. (Inter ior Designers of Alberta) hosted Urban Encounters, an annual table top trade show to meet and greet industry suppliers and resource specialists. Read more at: ...
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Friday, October 4, 2013 - Edmonton Market Update October 2013

September housing prices up 5.4% from last year Edmonton, October 2, 2013: The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton released market housing statistics for the year to date (YTD) including the month of September. The all-residential average price for the first three quarters of the year in the Edmonton CMA is $350,741 as compared to $340,090 in 2012. In September, the all-residential average was $352,057, up 5.4% from a year ago and inching up from $351,455 in the previous month. Year-over-year ... Full Article...
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Monday, September 30, 2013 - Fall within your home

Without a doubt, I ask this question around this time of year: Where did Summer go? I adore Summer, but it always comes and goes so quickly. It?s like most of the best things in life; it leaves us wanting more. Since there is no point in worrying about what I cannot change, such as the weather, we may as well focus on what we can change ? and that is embracing the new season ? Fall ? at home. Read more at http://www.edmontonsun.com/2013/09/09/fall-within-your-home.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013 - Quest for the perfect couch

Chairs and sofas are staple items in all our homes ? the investment we make in them will determine the style and comfort of our homes. It is important to make the right choice upfront if you want to make the most of what these pieces of furniture can offer. Structure The quality of the structure will certainly determine the price point. Like most other things in life, you get what you pay for. Both sofas and chairs have many ?parts.? Therefore, if you want it to last get something which is ...
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Monday, September 23, 2013 - Be gone wasps!

Mosquito's are annoying but wasps are literally a pain. Here are some tips for getting rid of these pests:Block the wasps from entering their nest: if the nest can be blocked then it?s much safer and easier to get rid of the wasps by blocking re-entry.Buy wasp killer: this foam can be purchased for anywhere between seven and thirty dollars at your local hardware store. It?s worth the money and it?s extremely effective if you can hit the nest with it.Water trap: cut a pop bottle top off and ...
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Thursday, September 19, 2013 - Frequently Asked Questions - RE/MAX Fit to Sell

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - Preparing your home for the winter season

Summer has come and gone in sunny Alberta which means it?s time to get your house ready for the winter and the fall is the perfect time to do that. You?ll want to get on it before the weather gets too cold.  Here?s a checklist that will help.Furnace Inspection - Don?t do this yourself (unless you?re a certified HVAC professional) but call an HVAC pro to inspect your furnace and clean the ducts. Stock up some furnace filters and change them every month. Think about changing your thermostat to a ... Full Article...
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - What to avoid when flipping a house

Real estate investment is a great way to invest your money. Flipping a house is a different game than simply investing in property. Here are some mistakes to avoid when flipping a home.Don?t expect to get rich quick. Flipping a house takes time. Working nights and weekends, making sure every renovation is done right and up to building codes. If you have the skills then do it yourself; it will take up your time but at least you?re not paying a premium for another contractor to do it for ...
posted in General at Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:08:48 -0600

Friday, September 6, 2013 - Edmonton Market Update September 2013

No pressure from mortgage rate increases in local market Edmonton, September 4, 2013: The local housing market will not feel any pressure from the recent mortgage rate increases, according to the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. Several of the major banks increased their mortgage rates in August because of changes in the bond market. The higher rate will increase the monthly payments on a typical mortgage or decrease the total amount that a buyer can borrow from their financial ...
posted in General at Fri, 06 Sep 2013 05:58:45 -0600

Monday, September 2, 2013 - Evergreens aren't bad in the garden

A lush green or blue spruce tree adds color to every landscape right from January to December. The needles of a pine tree add texture and interest. With evergreen trees and shrubs, one can also expect their needles to drop as it is a natural process.   Typically soils in Alberta tend to be more alkaline than acidic. Generally, this does not pose a huge concern. Plants grow best and are healthiest in soils with a pH between 6.5 and 7.5. Most garden soils will fall into this range.   Read more ... Full Article...
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Friday, August 30, 2013 - Mirrors Reinvented

           
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - Bring Luxury to your Home

Running not only an interior design firm but also a luxury concierge business, I?ve learned a few lifestyle tricks. We work hard, we play hard and we do a darn fine job of taking care of our families and friends, so treat yourself with some of these concierge ideas at home. Bring home fresh flowers every week and put them in a location where you?ll be able to enjoy them most. Perhaps the foyer, night table, kitchen counter or on your desk. Read more at: ...
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Thursday, August 22, 2013 - How to Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale

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Monday, August 19, 2013 - Perennials Look Best when Planned

Perennial beds need to be thought out and planned. Take into consideration the basic design concepts before randomly planting perennials in a bed. The three key elements to keep in mind before you begin are colour, texture and form. When designing with colour, one can choose from cool to warm and from single to combination colours. Warm colours such as red, orange and yellow will provide more excitement and passion. Cool colours such as green, blue, and violet will make the garden feel calm and ... Full Article...
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Thursday, August 15, 2013 - Fun Outdoor Furniture: Hammocks

        
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Monday, August 12, 2013 - How to make your garage door safer

You can never be too careful and this is especially true when you have kids running around the house. Parents can?t see everything and it?s good to know that your house is made as safe as possible for your kids. Especially when kids are playing and goofing around the house it?s good to be proactive about safety. Here are ?s a few tips on making your garage door a danger free zone. Garage doors, especially older ones, are one of the most common household hazards. Thankfully most modern garage ... Full Article...
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Thursday, August 8, 2013 - Edmonton Market Update August 2013

Edmonton experiencing robust housing market Edmonton, August 2, 2013: Sales of residential properties are up in double digit increments in all categories when compared to last year, according to the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. Total residential sales in July were up 24.9% year-over-year with 1,875 sales (1,736 reported). Sales figures are adjusted to account for unreported transactions at month end. Prices were also up year-over-year in all categories. The average price for a single ...
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Monday, August 5, 2013 - Feeling dull in your decor?

The countless decisions you make when decorating or renovating your home can leave your head spinning. Often at the top of the list of headaches are wall and floor finishes, the backdrop to any room. An injection of the latest trendy paint colour is simple and inexpensive, but the investment and beauty of natural wood floors brings value to your home and can be enjoyed by generations to come. However, when your floor begins to lack lustre it can make you cringe. Ralph Swan, the Minwax wood care ... Full Article...
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Thursday, August 1, 2013 - Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Selling Agent - Video

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Monday, July 29, 2013 - The realities of home ownership

Sometimes folks say they want something, but then do things that totally work against them achieving their goal. Home ownership is a perfect example. I get letters every week from people who say they want to own their own homes. They can even paint a pretty clear picture of what that home will be like, where it will be and what it will feel like to live there. Read more at: http://www.edmontonsun.com/2013/06/03/the-reality-of-home-ownership
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Thursday, July 25, 2013 - Funny and Interesting Doormats

              
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Monday, July 22, 2013 - Choose condo board members who can commit

Half-time residents may not be best option for important jobs. Q: I am treasurer for our condominium board, and my term will end this summer when I move. Recruiting new members is difficult. As a result, the board intends to assign the treasurer position to a board member who is out of the country six months a year. I am against this, and am hoping you can point me in the right direction in terms of how we can deal with this issue. A: I too would be concerned about assigning an officer position ... Full Article...
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Thursday, July 18, 2013 - Why Choose a RE/MAX Agent? - Video

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