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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
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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:
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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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Monday, July 15, 2013 - Make your yard pop

Non-grass alternatives to your lawn will make your house stand out among a sea of bland yards in your neighborhood. ??- Synthetic grass - No one likes cutting grass. Synthetic grass is a great alternative and requires no maintenance. There are many turf varieties to choose from. To keep the grass clean simply rinse it off with a hose.?? - Clover lawn - If you don?t use your lawn often then try turning it into a clover field. Clover requires no chemical fertilizers to grow and is relatively ...
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Friday, July 12, 2013 - Interesting Outdoor Lighting

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Monday, July 8, 2013 - Tips for Moving in the Summer

Summer is the busiest season for moving. Changing homes is quite a daunting task and as someone that has moved upwards of 10 times I know all of the work and planning that is involved. Here are some tips for making a seamless transition: Moving company or do it yourself? The answer depends on your lifestyle (do you have time to pack and move everything? do you have the vehicles required?), household size, and budget. If you?re going to hire a moving company make sure to get at least three ...
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Thursday, July 4, 2013 - Edmonton Market Update July 2013

Listings vs Sales 2012 ? 2013 Average Residential SOLD Price  2012 ? 2013
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - The key to safety in a condo fire? Be prepared

Knowledge saves lives, though fires are rare in newer buildings. Do you know what to do if there's a fire in your condo? Though there are codes to ensure buildings are constructed to a high standard of safety, there are other things you can do as a condo resident to ensure you're prepared for a fire emergency. WHERE FIRES START There's little difference between a single-family residence fire and a condo fire in terms of where they originate, says Capt. Jim Gervais, an Ottawa firefighter. The ... Full Article...
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Thursday, June 27, 2013 - Top 5 Issues in Preparing Your Home - RE/MAX Fit to Sell - Video

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - How the neighbours clean up

If you haven?t toured a newly built or renovated house lately, you might be amazed by what?s going on around here. Not only is the rate of residential construction robust in Edmonton ? $5.6 billion?s worth in 2012, with this year already slightly ahead of that pace according to the Canadian Home Builders Association ? the range of what?s being built is certainly not the same-old same-old. This week, Built In Edmonton takes a peek at a selection of the utterly on-trend ensuites created by local ... Full Article...
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Friday, June 21, 2013 - Pretty and Sensible Boot Trays

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - Everyone gravitates to outdoor space

Donna Livingstone, new president and CEO of the Glenbow Museum, says that museums are "a way of exploring how arts and culture can really change how you look at the world around you." "I think people are going to be surprised with the variety and the kind of engagement we will be offering them with our exhibitions," says Livingstone, who was appointed to the position this spring after an international search. "We'll be offering people really wonderful experiences that will connect them with our ... Full Article...
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Thursday, June 13, 2013 - Deal makers for your home buyers - Video

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - Colourful loft condo fresh start for Laval native

After more than three decades living in Laval, Theo Giovanis left his 1,200-square-foot condo and headed downtown. Giovanis, who does business development and consulting for call centres, looked at a dozen places in the Old Port, near the Bell Centre and close to Mont-Royal, and was dismayed to see how little space his budget would buy. Finally, last January, he found a modern condo located steps from downtown in a former tobacco factory that was built in 1936. The 700-square-foot loft has a ... Full Article...
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Friday, June 7, 2013 - Exciting new designs for your mailbox

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - Edmonton Market Update Jun 2013

Local housing sales ease up in May Edmonton, June 4, 2013: Housing sales activity in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) slowed in May according to the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. Housing sales dropped 10% when compared to May 2012. Sales of single family detached homes (SFD) were down 14.4% Y/Y and duplex/rowhouse sales were down 20.3%. In contrast, during the same period, condo sales were up 4.9% compared to May 2012. ?There is a lot of activity in the real estate market at ... Full Article...
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Monday, June 3, 2013 - Going Green: environmentally friendly roofing ideas

For those that have had the displeasure of replacing roofing for their home, they know how difficult it is. If you can afford it, you should obviously pay a professional to do it and while they?re up there baking in the hot sun for a few days why not install an environmentally friendly roof?   The days of the hazardous asphalt shingles (which are created from petroleum products) are numbered. A common alternative is to use cedar shakes which are beautiful to look at and biodegradable that can ... Full Article...
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Thursday, May 30, 2013 - Modern Eavestrough Ideas

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Monday, May 27, 2013 - The condo conundrum

How to know if you're ready for the big move. Many people come to me - clients and readers alike - to help them consider if they are suited to condo living. This is a particularly tough decision for families living in larger homes. But once the nest is empty and you are a couple living in a family-sized space, you may find you are ready for a change. There are many pluses of condo living, including less upkeep and ease of travelling. It may also be lonely in a big home, walking past rooms that ... Full Article...
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Thursday, May 23, 2013 - Catering to baby boomers

Christenson Developments has found a niche catering to adults who want the option of living in bungalows they could age with. The company only builds for adults and seniors seeking an active adult community, a retirement community, or one with assisted living. ?It is the aging in place idea, where many adults and empty nesters are downsizing and want to stay in their homes as they age.? said Linda Wilkins-De Man, bungalow sales consultant for Christenson Development. ?Everything they need is on ... Full Article...
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Monday, May 20, 2013 - Kids and condos can go together

Location, amenities can make youngsters feel right at home. The most famous "condo kid" surely must be Eloise, who grew up on the "tippy-top floor" of the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. Technically, she lived in a hotel, but she occupied the penthouse, so it counts. Eloise may be a character in a children's book, but that doesn't mean that your dreams of raising a family in a condo can't come true. Although Canadians might associate condo living with young professionals and downsizers, people in big ... Full Article...
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Thursday, May 16, 2013 - Tips for Successfully Marketing Your Home - Video

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Monday, May 13, 2013 - Decorating for a new prince or princess

Whether you're a duchess like Kate Middleton or a regular expectant mom on the go, decorating for a new prince or princess is all about using every square inch. From a fantasy carriage crib costing around $19,000 to a machine that warms up your baby's wipes, there's little doubt that there are many products around to make a baby feel just like a little prince or princess. And with pictures emerging almost daily of the Duchess of Cambridge and her "bump" - including last week's snap of her ...
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Friday, May 10, 2013 - 5 Top Mistakes Home Sellers Make - Video

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Monday, May 6, 2013 - Getting your home sale or purchase right

A step at a time: Before seriously house hunting, have your mortgage financing in place, says Kent Browne, broker of record with Royal LePage Team Realty in Ottawa. Make sure you also have roughly two per cent of the anticipated purchase price set aside in cash for legal fees, land transfer tax and other expenses. Browne suggests scouting out communities before looking at individual homes: "Visit the school, go to the dog park, ask people if they like living there." If you're going rural, ...
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Monday, May 6, 2013 - Edmonton Market Update May 2013

Stability marks spring?s real estate activity Edmonton, May 2, 2013: With the a later than expected arrival of spring, average prices for housing in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) decreased month-over-month in April after a surprising uptick in March. The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton reports that the all-residential price (including single family detached, condominiums, duplexes and row-houses) decreased 1.8% over March to $348,535. Compared to April 2012, the all-residential ... Full Article...
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Friday, May 3, 2013 - Pretty Flower Vases for Mother's Day

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Monday, April 29, 2013 - Common sense can keep your home safe

When it comes to home safety and security, this advice may sound like a no brainer, but is worth repeating: always lock your doors. It's surprising how often burglars enter through unlocked doors. Don't get into the habit of closing a window without locking it. All too often, homeowners close a window and forget to lock it, creating an easy entry for the "bad guys." Window coverings not only conceal you; they also mask your expensive electronics, so make sure you always close your drapes or ... Full Article...
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Thursday, April 25, 2013 - RE/MAX Fit to Sell - Updates Repairs - Video

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Monday, April 22, 2013 - Curb Appeal: Lush plantings, grey palette create natural elegance

First to go: dated awnings and colour scheme. What struck me at first were the striped, sun-bleached awnings that the owner wished to replace. The last time I saw these probably was in the '80s. The weak-looking, unattractive round post, the white plastic fixtures and the powder blue and banana cream colouring of the house felt so passé. There is an imposing, gigantic, icy blue fir adorning the lot. Near it is an attempt to create a perennial garden from which most of the plants should be ...
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Thursday, April 18, 2013 - The Transformers

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Monday, April 15, 2013 - Living Wall Beautifies Balcony

Fill a picture frame with colourful succulents. One of the hottest trends in gardening today is vertical or wall gardens, in which plants are grown on a vertical surface as opposed to in pots or planters on the horizontal plane. I recall writing columns on this topic many years ago, and it appears what was old is new again. A walk around the University of Alberta campus will show vertical gardening going back to the 1900s. The Virginia creeper-covered brick walls always had a special appeal, ... Full Article...
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Thursday, April 11, 2013 - Turning your Home into a Model Home - Video

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Monday, April 8, 2013 - More vs less

The best thing about my job is shopping with other people's money and get paid to do this. I whip through a decor store and pile my cart mountainously high full of the latest bling, trending colours and decorative accessories. Groovy toss cushions in the season's hottest hues and hip patterns, statuettes of anything from nature's forms to spiritual symbols. Picture frames, fake greenery and other functionless paraphernalia we adore accenting our spaces with. My most recent renovations, after a ... Full Article...
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Friday, April 5, 2013 - Edmonton Market Update April 2013

Housing prices and sales up in active, but balanced market Edmonton, April 3, 2013: The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton reports that residential property prices in the Edmonton CMA were up again in March. The all-residential price (includes single family detached, condominiums, duplexes and row-houses) rose 3.5% in a month and single family detached prices were up 3.9%. Compared to March 2012, the all residential price was up 4.3% and the SFD price was up 7.0%. ?The average price increases ... Full Article...
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Thursday, April 4, 2013 - Interesting Window Plants

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - From child's room to adult space

When a young adult leaves the comforts of home to set out on his or her own, homeowners are left with a bedroom that just calls out to be made over. However, the experience of a child leaving the nest can be bittersweet, and some parents struggle with the decision to renovate or leave the room intact. Converting a room can be an emotional process, but there are several different ways to put a newly vacated room to good use. What to do with a room may hinge on who still lives in the house. ...
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Friday, March 29, 2013 - Easter Decorating Ideas

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Monday, March 25, 2013 - Consider a pro for paint jobs

Any good professional painter will say that 90% of a home painting job is done before the can is opened. There is a tremendous amount of prep work needed in order to achieve a perfect finish. "Your home is your most valuable possession and believe it or not, your paint finish can make or break the look," says Sharon Grech, the colour and design expert for Benjamin Moore. "We've all seen poor paint jobs with messy lines, drips and splatters left behind. So unless you're willing to take your ...
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Thursday, March 21, 2013 - Are You Fit to Buy Real Estate

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - Read fine print before purchasing home alarm

There could be a hefty price to pay with so-called 'free' systems. Increasingly, people selecting an alarm company can become somewhat confused. With so many companies listed on the Internet and in phone directories, it's hard to know where to start. Then there are those enticing "free" alarm systems, which makes the selection process even tougher. Imagine getting an alarm system for free. How great is that - or is it? Let's take a closer look at what you get. These offers usually consists of a ... Full Article...
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Friday, March 15, 2013 - Cool Bike Storage Ideas

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - Organizing Your Home Office

Facilitate Workflow: The home office is, after all, a working space. Any design or organizational elements you choose should make the space as functional as possible while maintaining an attractive creative flare. Office Organization: Your office can double as a home library, making great use of custom shelving units. The shelves should include space for books and decorative pieces, and categorized boxes grouped together for loose items. You can add some colour by using concealing plastic ...
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Thursday, March 7, 2013 - Transformer table

The Transformer Table by Quentin Kelley is an ultimate small space hit. In its folded state the piece is only 12? wide and can be used as a console or sofa table. But when the dinner party is in formation, it unravels into a 36? wide, spacious dining table.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - Edmonton Market Update March 2013

Edmonton, March 4, 2013: The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton reports that the housing market in the Edmonton CMA1 remains active. Residential listing activity was up 10% as compared to January and sales increased by 18.2%. The all-residential price (includes single family detached, condominiums, duplexes and row-houses) rose 4.3% in a month. While the average price for a single family detached home broke through a psychological barrier at $400,973 in February ($399,832 in January), it was up ... Full Article...
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Monday, March 4, 2013 - The new "statement wall": bolder than ever

Statement walls are in. But they're no longer limited to just painting one wall a bold color: Statement walls are now going bigger and bolder with texture, patterned wallpaper or collections of art. While statement walls have been around for quite a while, said designer Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in Northern California, ?we have found more elements to support it and have gotten more creative in how to achieve it.? Make the Statement You can create a statement wall around anything. ... Full Article...
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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - RE/MAX Fit To Buy - Are you Energy Fit? - Video

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Monday, February 25, 2013 - Inspection needed even when buying new condo

Many buyers think it's unnecessary to hire a building inspector before purchasing a new condo. Prospective owners often assume a condo building and their unit of interest is fine and everything is to code and working properly. While this is usually the case, purchasers still need to protect themselves against those rare occasions where a problem exists. A friend of mine, for example, moved into a newly constructed condo where someone had inadvertently dropped a piece of plywood down the chimney ... Full Article...
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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - Extraordinary Wall Clocks

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Monday, February 18, 2013 - Decisions, decisions, decisions

Building, renovating and decorating can become sensory overload. When feeling overwhelmed by all he choices available, you're in the company of many. Racks and rows of tiles, thousands of paint colours, cabinet finishes and styles -- is it any wonder people need expert advice to help narrow things down? It's sensible to take guidance, information and expertise from salesclerks at the store -- just keep in mind their job is to sell products and services. The best route is to hire another pair of ... Full Article...
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Thursday, February 14, 2013 - HOME STAGING TIPS - Pre-Sale Inspections - Video

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Monday, February 11, 2013 - First condo... but don't know how to decorate?

At first glance, it's tempting to dismiss the condo-in-a-box decorating trend as a serious case of laziness or an unhealthy need for instant gratification. For many of us, our homes and how we decorate them are outward expressions of who we are, or wish we were. Hiring a stranger to do it all seems impersonal and appears to miss the point of home-as-self-expression. But the meaning of home is changing. In the past, hearth and home was the centre of family life, a comfortable embrace we ...
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Thursday, February 7, 2013 - Beautiful Porch Seats

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - Edmonton Market Update February 2013

Local Housing Market Continues to Grow ? REALTORS® Edmonton, February 4, 2013: Year-over-year average prices and sales were up for most types of residential property in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in January. Single Family Dwelling (SFD) average prices were down 1.93% from December but up 7.7% when compared to January 2012. Condominium prices were also down (-3.1%) month-over-month but up 1.7% year-over-year. The all-residential price was up year-over-year at $328,525 (up 2.5%). ... Full Article...
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Monday, February 4, 2013 - Flexibility key part of renovations

A decent house managed well is my definition of successful home ownership, but this won't happen reliably without something that rarely gets airtime in the home-improvement world. Whether or not you complete home improvements yourself or hire a pro, success or failure depends on something other than hands-on skill. Some of the ugliest homes got that way as overly practical people combined considerable manual skill with a large dose of poor judgment. And at the other end of the spectrum you'll ... Full Article...
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Thursday, January 31, 2013 - Tips for Successfully Marketing Your Home - Video

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - Why clutter matters and decluttering is difficult

By Amanda Enayati | Spaces "I feel like if I could just get rid of all this clutter, I could go on to do great things," I say as I am pouring out my heart to Jennifer Hunter, a perfect stranger who happens to be a professional organizer."Maybe that's why you keep the clutter," she says, without any hesitation.I am stunned. And vaguely defensive.I'm not sure what I expected her to say exactly. But certainly not that the clutter I can't seem to banish from my life is serving as some sort of ...
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Thursday, January 24, 2013 - USB Wall Plug In

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Monday, January 21, 2013 - Edmonton Outdoor Winter Fun

Slip Slide Away ? Edmonton has 7 maintained toboggan hills when you feel the need for speed. - Click here for more info. Ski The City - Edmonton's expansive river valley and parks system provides 55 km of cross-country trails. - Click here for more info. Down-home Downhill ? Snow Valley, Sunridge, Rabbit Hill and Edmonton Ski Club are all either in or just outside Edmonton. - Click here for more info.
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Thursday, January 17, 2013 - Choosing a Real Estate Agent? Let RE/MAX Help - Video

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Thursday, January 10, 2013 - Staging VS Selling Vacant Property

Consider this? a great place had been sitting on the market much too long. The home owner finally decided to get help from a home stager, and with a little TLC and some strategic decorating, the house sold less than two weeks later. Why?  It?s basic psychology.  Empty spaces feel cold and seem smaller than they actually are.  Many buyers can?t envision the space filled with furniture and accessories, so a vacant house looks and feels lifeless; and, perhaps, a bit creepy. You can?t expect to ... Full Article...
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Monday, January 7, 2013 - Edmonton Market Update January 2013

Solid Growth of Local Real Estate Market in 2012 reported by REALTORS® Edmonton, January 3, 2013: The local housing market in 2012 ended as it began, with robust sales, slowly increasing prices, stability and an optimistic swagger. The average all-residential price in December was $333,140, up 1.5% from the previous month. The price in December 2011 was $316,020. Sales during December were 31.0% down from November and 16.8% down from last December. Note: for comparison purposes current month ... Full Article...
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Thursday, January 3, 2013 - Houseplants Helpful for Clearing the Air

If you?re struggling with today?s Sudoku or crossword puzzle, it may have more to do with a lack of houseplants than with a lapse in your mental acuity. Research shows that today?s well-sealed buildings often have elevated levels of carbon dioxide, particularly during winter. Although the levels aren?t dangerous, the stale air can make people a bit drowsy and less able to concentrate. Houseplants can help counteract those effects because while we breathe carbon dioxide out, plants breathe it ... Full Article...
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Monday, December 31, 2012 - Happy New Year!!

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Friday, December 28, 2012 - How to Extend the Life of Your Carpet - Video

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Sunday, December 23, 2012 - Condo developers design green spaces

Developers are installing seriously cool green spaces In tandem with movements such as smart growth and healthy cities, there?s been a sea-change from the perception of cities as places apart from nature, to one that actively nurtures and integrates nature into urban landscapes. Community-based planning is helping create parks and open spaces that are safe and comfortable and accommodating of people of all ages and abilities year-round. So it follows that new condominium developments across the ... Full Article...
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Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 2012 Holiday Decorating Trends

Christmasworld is the world?s leading trade fair for festive decorations, it's held in Frankfurt Germany just weeks after the pervious Yule tide season. The trade fair covers over six halls and well over 10,000 footsteps. Christmasworld showcases trends and innovations for the coming festive seasons. The wide range of unique products on display, make Christmasworld the leading trend and ordering platform for designers, boutiques, florists and decorators. Every year Christmasworld collaborates ... Full Article...
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - Awesome Natural Holiday Decor

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Monday, December 17, 2012 - Fit to Sell - Pre-Packing - Video

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Thursday, December 13, 2012 - Keep the home fires burning

Choosing the right furnace will keep your family comfortable while saving you money Today?s high-efficiency forced-air furnaces use a lot less energy than older models and can save you money on your heating bills. If you are considering replacing your old furnace, take some time to compare energy choices and equipment options to get the best furnace for your situation. If you need a new furnace because your old one has just broken down ? or has been ?red-tagged? or condemned by gas inspectors ? ... Full Article...
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - House Moving Packing Tips: Color Coding Your Moving Boxes - Video

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - Critical Role of A Real Estate Agent - Video

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - Canadians see homes as an investment not an expense

CALGARY ? By Mario Toneguzzi, Calgary Herald November 6, 2012  The majority of Canadians ? 77 per cent in fact ? indicate their home is an investment rather than an expense, according to a Scotiabank poll.For Canadians who see the home as an investment, not as expense ? the differences between the regions are as follows: Quebec (79 per cent), Manitoba/Saskatchewan (80 per cent) and Alberta (69 per cent). The Scotiabank poll found that two-thirds (69 per cent) of Canadians report owning a home ... Full Article...
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Monday, December 10, 2012 - You Don't Have to "BE" Green to "GO" Green

You Don?t Have to ?BE? Green to ?GO? Green 6 simple & inexpensive ways to be greener & save money this holiday season: ?No pain, no gain? doesn?t have to be the case here.  Just be open to shake things up and add a little fun.  Here are holiday tips that will reduce waste, save energy and protect the environment. 1. Send Holiday e-cards  Send out online versions. There are many free e-card sites with a variety of choices; no paper AND save cash at the same time. 2. Switch to LED lights to ...
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Friday, December 7, 2012 - Light up Your House for the Holidays

Check the weather forecast. Aim to hang the lights on a warm day before the weather turns frosty.Inspect your supply Dust off your lights and assemble the supplies you need.  Double-check that all the lights work before putting them up.  The new energy saving LED lights are a reasonable alternative if your old lights need replacing! Devise a plan Strategize where you want the lights to go and ensure you have enough strands to cover the area. Shop smart  Buy shorter strands as they?re less ...
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - Edmonton Market Update December 2012

Average Housing Prices make dramatic leap in November Edmonton, December 4, 2012: A significant lift in single-family detached prices from $372,061 in October to $382,923 in November drove up the all-residential average price from $324,924 to $331,198 (up 3.32% Y/Y). Condominium prices, which surged upwards in October, dropped back to the September level for an average of $230,493. This is about 1% higher than a year ago. Duplex and rowhouse prices were $312,041 on average (up 3.2% y/y). The ... Full Article...
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Monday, November 12, 2012 - Edmonton Crime Tracker

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Thursday, November 8, 2012 - Unusual Bookcases

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