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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                          
posted in General at Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:20:44 -0700

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...
posted in General at Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:13:51 -0700

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 ...
posted in General at Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:35:59 -0700

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...
posted in General at Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:09:50 -0700

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...
posted in General at Thu, 06 Feb 2014 13:34:08 -0700

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...
posted in News at Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:12:51 -0700

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...
posted in General at Tue, 04 Feb 2014 06:32:41 -0700

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 ...
posted in General at Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:56:00 -0700

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...
posted in General at Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:03:05 -0700

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - Just Sold - E3359591

Just sold this listing:"Adorable home on a Large Lot with RF3 Zoning in Alberta Ave! So much has been redone and it's close to the finishing line. Newer Roof, Appliances, Furnace, Hot Water Tank, updated Electrical panel, updated Bathroom, Lighting, Paint & Landscaping! As you walk in you are welcomed to a large living room that connects to your Kitchen, that has a Huge amount of Storage, and to your classic dining room. On the main floor there is also a updated bathroom and a larger back ...
   posted in Listings at Sun, 26 Jan 2014 05:00:00 -0700

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - Modern ElectricFireplaces

        
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Thursday, January 23, 2014 - New Listing - E3360797

Just added this listing:"Great 2-Storey with Oversized, Heated, Double Garage in Carlton! With almost 1400 sq ft, you are welcomed by a large front entrance that connects to your main floor living room. Your great kitchen offers plenty of cabinet & countertop space, with a large corner pantry, an updated sink & classic white appliances and connects to a good size dining room area. There is also a 2 piece bathroom & access to a good size yard with a deck that has a gazebo & your very own ...
   posted in Listings at Thu, 23 Jan 2014 05:00:00 -0700

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...
posted in General at Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:30:00 -0700

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

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - New Listing - E3360117

Just added this listing:"Lovely custom built 2-storey with over 2650 sq ft in the prestigious community of Donsdale! You're welcomed by a large entry, vaulted ceilings & access to your den. Your kitchen features classic white cabinets, a corner pantry & raised eating bar that overlooks your dining & living room that has a cozy gas fireplace & vaulted ceilings. Your master bedroom is conveniently located on the main floor & has a large ensuite with a corner jetted tub, shower & a walk-in closet. ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Thu, 16 Jan 2014 05:00:00 -0700

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - Just Sold - E3357930

Just sold this listing:"Welcome home to this great bungalow in Lorelei! The large living room features newer laminate flooring & a newer large front window. The dining space offers loads of room for entertaining & connects to your kitchen that gives you plenty of cabinet and countertop space. Your master bedroom is large enough to fit a king size bedroom set & has your own 2 piece ensuite! The main floor also has 2 additional large bedrooms & a full bathroom. Downstairs there is a huge living ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Thu, 16 Jan 2014 05:00:00 -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

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - Just Sold - E3358948

Just sold this listing:"Welcome home to this wonderful 2 Storey in Tamarack! With little left to do, this home is perfect for those just wanting to settle in! Your main floor offers a large front entrance, a good size family room & a great kitchen with a corner pantry, new fridge & centre island. There is also a 2 piece bathroom & access to your fully fenced & landscaped backyard, that has a great deck for enjoying the summers & your own double detached garage. Upstairs is your large master ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Sat, 11 Jan 2014 05:00:00 -0700

Friday, January 10, 2014 - New Listing - E3359591

Just added this listing:"Adorable home on a Large Lot with RF3 Zoning in Alberta Ave! So much has been redone and it's close to the finishing line. Newer Roof, Appliances, Furnace, Hot Water Tank, updated Electrical panel, updated Bathroom, Lighting, Paint & Landscaping! As you walk in you are welcomed to a large living room that connects to your Kitchen, that has a Huge amount of Storage, and to your classic dining room. On the main floor there is also a updated bathroom and a larger back ...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 10 Jan 2014 05:00:00 -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...
posted in General at Mon, 06 Jan 2014 04:01:39 -0700

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...
posted in General at Fri, 03 Jan 2014 06:09:42 -0700

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - New Listing - E3358948

Just added this listing:"Welcome home to this wonderful 2 Storey in Tamarack! With little left to do, this home is perfect for those just wanting to settle in! Your main floor offers a large front entrance, a good size family room & a great kitchen with a corner pantry, new fridge & centre island. There is also a 2 piece bathroom & access to your fully fenced & landscaped backyard, that has a great deck for enjoying the summers & your own double detached garage. Upstairs is your large master ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Wed, 01 Jan 2014 05:00:00 -0700

Friday, December 27, 2013 - Just Sold - E3356790

Just sold this listing:"Lovely, Fully-Finished Four-level split in Cumberland! As you walk in you'll notice an open, bright floor plan with vaulted ceilings, your living room that over looks your dining area & kitchen. Your kitchen space offers light maple cabinets, black appliances, a large corner pantry and a centre island for more countertop space. Upstairs is your large master bedroom with your own walk-in closet and 4 piece ensuite. There is also an additional bedroom and another 4 piece ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 27 Dec 2013 05:00:00 -0700

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...
posted in General at Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:16:05 -0700

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...
posted in General at Wed, 11 Dec 2013 02:08:52 -0700

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...
posted in General at Fri, 06 Dec 2013 05:40:44 -0700

Monday, December 2, 2013 - New Listing - E3357930

Just added this listing:"Welcome home to this great bungalow in Lorelei! The large living room features newer laminate flooring & a newer large front window. The dining space offers loads of room for entertaining & connects to your kitchen that gives you plenty of cabinet and countertop space. Your master bedroom is large enough to fit a king size bedroom set & has your own 2 piece ensuite! The main floor also has 2 additional large bedrooms & a full bathroom. Downstairs there is a huge living ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Mon, 02 Dec 2013 05:00:00 -0700

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.
posted in General at Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:44:58 -0700

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - Seven Tips to Help Sell Your Home

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Thursday, November 21, 2013 - Just Sold - E3356666

Just sold this listing:"Fully renovated home at a great price in Kiniski Gardens! Just move in! Upstairs you are welcomed to your large living room with updated laminate flooring that opens to your fully renovated kitchen! Rich espresso cabinets with newer countertops and stainless steel appliances offer plenty of storage & space. On the main floor there is also 2 additional pantry spaces for extra storage & a fully renovated half bathroom. Downstairs are 2 large bedrooms with a master that ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Thu, 21 Nov 2013 05:00:00 -0700

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...
posted in General at Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:53:54 -0700

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...
posted in General at Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:06:48 -0700

Monday, November 11, 2013 - Lest we Forget

        
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Monday, November 11, 2013 - New Listing - E3356790

Just added this listing:"Lovely, Fully-Finished Four-level split in Cumberland! As you walk in you'll notice an open, bright floor plan with vaulted ceilings, your living room that over looks your dining area & kitchen. Your kitchen space offers light maple cabinets, black appliances, a large corner pantry and a centre island for more countertop space. Upstairs is your large master bedroom with your own walk-in closet and 4 piece ensuite. There is also an additional bedroom and another 4 piece ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Mon, 11 Nov 2013 05:00:00 -0700

Friday, November 8, 2013 - Pet Warmers

        
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Friday, November 8, 2013 - New Listing - E3356666

Just added this listing:"Fully renovated home at a great price in Kiniski Gardens! Just move in! Upstairs you are welcomed to your large living room with updated laminate flooring that opens to your fully renovated kitchen! Rich espresso cabinets with newer countertops and stainless steel appliances offer plenty of storage & space. On the main floor there is also 2 additional pantry spaces for extra storage & a fully renovated half bathroom. Downstairs are 2 large bedrooms with a master that ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 08 Nov 2013 05:00:00 -0700

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...
posted in General at Tue, 05 Nov 2013 00:13:22 -0700

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: ...
posted in General at Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:19:19 -0700

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - Just Sold - E3349584

Just sold this listing:"Lovely 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo in Holland Gardens! This great condo is located in one of few Concrete low-rise buildings in the North Edmonton community of Belvedere. The kitchen offers plenty of cabinets & countertop space with black appliances & eating bar that overlooks your living room & dining room area. The unit also offers a bedroom that can easily fit a queen size bed & has a good size closet, a full bathroom, 9 ft ceilings & in-suite laundry. The complex ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Thu, 31 Oct 2013 06:00:00 -0600

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...
posted in General at Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:55:13 -0600

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, ...
posted in General at Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:07:10 -0600

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...
posted in General at Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:12:46 -0600

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: ...
posted in General at Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:11:48 -0600

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...
posted in General at Fri, 04 Oct 2013 01:50:35 -0600

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.
posted in General at Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:44:32 -0600

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 ...
posted in General at Thu, 26 Sep 2013 23:22:03 -0600

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 ...
posted in General at Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:25:46 -0600

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: ...
posted in General at Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:15:54 -0600

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - How to Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - New Listing - E3349584

Just added this listing:"Lovely 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo in Holland Gardens! This great condo is located in one of few Concrete low-rise buildings in the North Edmonton community of Belvedere. The kitchen offers plenty of cabinets & countertop space with black appliances & eating bar that overlooks your living room & dining room area. The unit also offers a bedroom that can easily fit a queen size bed & has a good size closet, a full bathroom, 9 ft ceilings & in-suite laundry. The complex ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Wed, 21 Aug 2013 06:00:00 -0600

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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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - Just Sold - E3343612

Just sold this listing:"Beautiful 1 Bedroom, Top Floor, Air Conditioned with Underground Parking & Den in Fabulous Magrath Mansion! This is a wonderful unit that offers a large kitchen that has plenty of countertop & cabinet space that overlooks your dining room & living room, perfect for having guests. Your master bedroom is a great size and has access to the patio as well as its own walk-in closet. The full bathroom features a jetted tub, and there is a den that would be perfect for an ...
   posted in Listings at Tue, 13 Aug 2013 06:00:00 -0600

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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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 ...
posted in General at Mon, 08 Jul 2013 01:11:13 -0600

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...
posted in General at Tue, 02 Jul 2013 08:44:50 -0600

Friday, June 28, 2013 - New Listing - E3343612

Just added this listing:"Beautiful 1 Bedroom, Top Floor, Air Conditioned with Underground Parking & Den in Fabulous Magrath Mansion! This is a wonderful unit that offers a large kitchen that has plenty of countertop & cabinet space that overlooks your dining room & living room, perfect for having guests. Your master bedroom is a great size and has access to the patio as well as its own walk-in closet. The full bathroom features a jetted tub, and there is a den that would be perfect for an ...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 28 Jun 2013 06:00:00 -0600

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...
posted in General at Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:16:39 -0600

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - Just Sold - E3337321

Just sold this listing:"Welcome to this great unit in Lakeside Estates Beaumaris! Offering a great layout, the kitchen has recently had a facelift with fresh paint, newer countertops, stainless steel fridge and stove plus you have a dishwasher. The main floor also offers a dining room that opens to your living room that features a wood burning fireplace. There is also a main floor washroom and access to your own low-maintenance backyard. Upstairs there is your huge master bedroom that has ...
   posted in Listings at Tue, 11 Jun 2013 06:00:00 -0600

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...
posted in General at Wed, 05 Jun 2013 01:44:26 -0600

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...
posted in General at Mon, 03 Jun 2013 07:38:32 -0600

Monday, June 3, 2013 - Just Sold - E3338667

Just sold this listing:"Meticulously maintained & updated bungalow in Satoo! You are welcomed by a large entry that overlooks your sunken living room that features a corner, brick facing fireplace with hardwood floors that bring you to your formal dining area. The kitchen has been updated & offers plenty of countertop & cabinet space, plus there is additional space for a casual dining table & a pantry for extra storage. Your master bedroom is huge & easily fits a king size bed, plus you have ... 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...
posted in General at Mon, 27 May 2013 01:45:18 -0600

Friday, May 24, 2013 - New Listing - E3338667

Just added this listing:"Meticulously maintained & updated bungalow in Satoo! You are welcomed by a large entry that overlooks your sunken living room that features a corner, brick facing fireplace with hardwood floors that bring you to your formal dining area. The kitchen has been updated & offers plenty of countertop & cabinet space, plus there is additional space for a casual dining table & a pantry for extra storage. Your master bedroom is huge & easily fits a king size bed, plus you have ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Fri, 24 May 2013 06:00:00 -0600

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...
posted in General at Thu, 23 May 2013 20:33:32 -0600

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...
posted in General at Mon, 20 May 2013 19:44:16 -0600

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - Tips for Successfully Marketing Your Home - Video

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - New Listing - E3337321

Just added this listing:"Welcome to this great unit in Lakeside Estates Beaumaris! Offering a great layout, the kitchen has recently had a facelift with fresh paint, newer countertops, stainless steel fridge and stove plus you have a dishwasher. The main floor also offers a dining room that opens to your living room that features a wood burning fireplace. There is also a main floor washroom and access to your own low-maintenance backyard. Upstairs there is your huge master bedroom that has ...
   posted in Listings at Tue, 14 May 2013 06:00:00 -0600

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - Just Sold - E3335256

Just sold this listing:"Welcome home to this great 2-Storey with Bonus room and Landscaped Yard in Webber Greens! You are welcomed by a large entry with a vaulted ceiling and an open floor plan. Your kitchen features upgraded Stainless Steel appliances, Granite Countertops, dark maple cabinets and a Walkthrough Pantry, that overlooks your dining area and living room with a Gas Fireplace! The main floor also offers a convenient Laundry room with front load stainless steel washer and dryer plus ... Full Article...
   posted in Listings at Tue, 14 May 2013 06:00:00 -0600

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 ...
posted in General at Mon, 13 May 2013 17:10:53 -0600

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 5 Top Mistakes Home Sellers Make - Video

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