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Friday, November 24, 2017 - FALL BACK TO GOOD HABITS: HEALTH FOR YOU AND YOUR HOME

Bustling winds, rainy days, and stormy nights are now solidly upon us with few hints left of warmer times left. Do not despair, with the shift of seasons comes a chance for change for both you and your home. Take the right steps for you and your family to be happy and well.  Air quality Spring-cleaning is an old adage but don?t wait till next year. Now is the time to vacuum, dust and sweep up dust bunnies and cobwebs. Thoroughly check for moisture spots and moulds?certain strains, like black ... Full Article...
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - November - Edmonton Market Update

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - Stylish floor lamp design ideas

Floor lamps are essential not only for its function but also for creating a statement or design element in your living room. Here are just some stylish floor lamps to decorate your home.  
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Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Bank of Canada's interest rate spike: What does it means for homeowners with mortgages?

The Bank of Canada hiked interest rates twice this summer and the increases come at a time when many Canadians are struggling to pay off debt. First, in July, the bank announced a raise from 0.5 to 0.75 per cent and then, at the beginning of September, hiked rates again to a full one percentage point. A report by TransUnion last year estimated that if interest rates were raised by one percentage point, 700,000 Canadian households would face serious financial ramifications. Those most affected ... Full Article...
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Thursday, October 26, 2017 - The real deal: School rankings and House prices

The relationship between the quality of a school district and real estate prices in the neighbourhood is a bit of a ?chicken-and-the-egg? question. The highest-ranking school districts tend to have higher house prices than less sought-after districts. At the same time, more affluent homeowners often live in more popular school districts. It?s not always clear which is the motivating factor: do school districts influence house prices or vice versa? Regardless of which came first, at the end of ... Full Article...
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Friday, October 20, 2017 - October - Edmonton Market Update

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Things to do in Edmonton this month

Bison?s Eye View - Oct 15Explore the legends and history of the great bison at Elk Island National Park.  Short Film Festival - Oct 14 to 15A screening of indie and local films, celebrating Albertan independent filmmaking.  Ladies Learning Code - Oct 21One day bootcamp workshop for women to learn the fundamentals CSS and how to add custom fonts, icons and animations to websites.  A Caravan Cabaret - Oct 21Annual party hosted by the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers with music, performances and ...
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - Antique and Modern Doorbell Designs

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - How Do You Choose Your Neighbourhood? Tips, Tricks and Things to Keep in Mind

  When you are buying a new home, choosing the right neighbourhood can be just as crucial to consider as the house itself.In general, people tend to be creatures of habit and, when moving, will look at the neighbourhoods they know best first and opt to stay in the same part of the city that they are accustomed to whenever possible.But sometimes circumstances like family, work relocation, school or other life events push us into unfamiliar territory and so the search for a new neighbourhood must ... Full Article...
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - September- Edmonton Market Update

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Friday, August 25, 2017 - Design of Home Gates

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Friday, August 11, 2017 - August - Edmonton Market Update

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Thursday, July 27, 2017 - CREA Quarterly Forecast - June 2017

"The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate Boards and Associations in 2017 and 2018."  To read the entire forecast, CLICK HERE.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Small garden? No problem â?? hereâ??s how to maximize your outdoor space

Summer barbeque season and outdoor patio gatherings are upon us. Whether you have an expansive garden, a cute nook patio or an overhanging balcony, there are always ways to make the most out of what you have. Hidden storage There is no getting around it ? you need space to keep items you are not using but, in limited areas, that can be tricky. One of the best ways around storage issues is to have hidden places to keep things that are out of the way but easily accessible. One of the most common ... Full Article...
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - July - Edmonton Market Update

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Monday, July 3, 2017 - Trendy Picnic Baskets for Summer

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - Jun - Edmonton Market Update

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Monday, June 5, 2017 - Working from home, coffee shop or rent-a-desk?

Who hasn?t dreamt of working from home ? no more alarm clocks beeping, lengthy commutes at rush hour or having to choose fancy office attire over pyjama pants, so the vision goes. It?s a life that many freelancers, remote workers and other independent professionals choose. But many of those who have traded corporate for coffee shops are now turning to a new environment: coworking spaces. Sharing workspace and renting a desk in a flexible office has taken off in popularity in recent years ...
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - May - Edmonton Market Update

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Thursday, April 20, 2017 - April - Edmonton Market Update

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Friday, March 31, 2017 - Real Estate Industry Facing Major Changes After B.C. Ruling

A recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling has been gaining a lot of attention right now as it will hugely impact Canada's real estate market today. The ruling specifically targets tax exemptions given to foreign nationals who bought and sold houses. Check out the article below for more details: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/b-c/landmark-b-c-court-ruling-will-shake-real-estate-industry-lawyers-say-1.13029717
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - Six Modern Backyard Studios and Office Sheds

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 - Modern Office Shed

In recent years, the number of business owners who run their businesses from home has increased for several reasons. The most important one is to be available for their kids or be near family. However, working from home brings a lot of distractions even with a temporary office set up within the house. A solution to this could be to build an office in your backyard, or a ?Shedquarter?. Shedquarters, a cube room, or a garden room are becoming a rage these days. It offers the privacy and ...
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Thursday, March 9, 2017 - March - Edmonton Market Update

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 - Modern refrigerators for your home

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - FRIDGECAM: The Smarter Solution For Food Shopping

We?ve all been guilty of buying more groceries than we need and oftentimes throwing away food because it?s spoiled or expired. There is now a high-tech solution to this problem called the FridgeCam? by Smarter. This new home gadget presented at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas, is the first wireless camera that can be placed inside the fridge to keep track of the contents, item expiration dates, and other relevant information. The device connects to the Smarter Chef app, which provides recipe ...
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Monday, February 13, 2017 - February - Edmonton Market Update

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 2016 Real Estate Review In Numbers

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - The Micro Condo Global Trend: The Future Of Real Estate

Micro apartments or condominiums have become a popular trend in huge urban cities like Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, etc. The roots of this ?Tiny House Movement? has started in Japan, where the residential land area is limited. Nowadays, limited land space is not the only reason why people are shifting to ?living small?, other reasons such as financial concerns, environmental concerns, and the desire to live simply and experience freedom have encouraged ... Full Article...
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - Feature Multifunctional Kitchen

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - Christmas Tree Decorations Ideas

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - Edmonton Real Estate Market Update

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Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Things you need to know about Canadaâ??s new mortgage rules

On October 3rd, 2016, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced four major changes to Canada?s housing rules. These changes mainly address concerns of foreign buyers investing in the Canadian market and middle class families carrying high debt ratios. Both have an impact on housing affordability and economic stability. Below are the said changes:Change #1: Effective October 17, first-time buyers with mortgages insured by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will now undergo a more ...
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - Pet Furniture

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - Edmonton Real Estate Market Update

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Monday, October 31, 2016 - Home Maintenance Checklist For Winter

Fall is the perfect time to start winter proofing your home so you can enjoy the cold weather with zero worries. Whether you choose to have a professional handle them or do it yourself, here?s a checklist of things you need to go over your house before winter. Attic Insulation ?12-15 inches? minimum of even insulation is needed to keep heat in the house and money in your pocket. Have your R-value checked by a professional if needed.Furnace Cleaning ? A dirty furnace is less efficient so have ... Full Article...
posted in General at Mon, 31 Oct 2016 04:27:48 -0600

Friday, October 28, 2016 - Tips To Avoid Moving Disasters

Moving to a new home needs a lot of careful planning to avoid pitfalls along the way. Whether it?s a local or a long distance move, use these helpful tips when hiring your moving company. 1. Get Quotes or EstimatesMake a detailed list of what items you have and the condition. If possible, get your movers to check your items before booking them to ensure you get the right estimate. Quotes are based on weights and moving companies tend to quote on lower weight to make the price attractive. Once ... Full Article...
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Monday, October 3, 2016 - Photo Gallery Feature

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Monday, September 12, 2016 - Edmonton Real Estate Market Update

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Friday, August 12, 2016 - Edmonton Market Update

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - YEG Mid-Year Market Review

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Monday, June 27, 2016 - Unique Roofing Ideas

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - Father's Day

Father?s Day gifts that are for the home can be a constant reminder of your love for dad! Here are some ideas for this year:   Storage ­ After the spring cleaning is done, you need a way to keep everything organized for the rest of the year. This can be especially helpful in the garage or the basement where a ton of seasonal items and tools tend to reside.   BBQ supplies ­ whether it?s a grill or patio furniture to enjoy the meal, or tongs and an apron to keep his clothes intact, if your dad ... Full Article...
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - Garden Faucets Ideas

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Thursday, April 7, 2016 - Spring sales begin to pick up as prices hold steady

Edmonton, April 4, 2016: 1,364 properties were sold in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in March, up nearly 63% from the 837 homes sold last month, but down 6.13% from the 1,453 relative to March 2015. There were 863 single family detached homes sold in the Edmonton CMA, a 67% percent increase month-over-month, and down only 1.5% from the same time last year. March saw the sale of 335 condos and 144 duplex/rowhouses, up 44% and 82% from February, respectively.   ?Sales, relative to ... Full Article...
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - Alternative Barn Door Designs

Barn doors bring an interesting rustic touch to your home. The sliding door is a space-saving alternative to traditional doors and is perfect for your home office, laundry, or bathrooms. Here are some creative barn door designs;
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - Steps to Improve your Indoor Air Quality

Poor indoor air quality can lead to serious health problems for you and your family. Your home air quality matches the cleanliness of your house. Keeping your home clean and tidy goes a long way to improving your indoor air quality. Aside from regular dusting, washing, and cleaning, here are some tips that will help improve the air in your home: Keep Pollutants Out ? It's easier to keep your home air clean by keeping the pollutants out. Remove outdoor shoes at the door, repair air leaks, put ... Full Article...
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Monday, March 21, 2016 - Real Estate Buyers Tools and Resources

The Canadian real estate industry is highly organized and regulated by different government bodies. There are several real estate organizations tasked to serve consumers  and regulate realtor and broker licenses. The main objective is to ensure real estate professionals are serving consumers well. A huge amount of resources are spent to create useful guides, tools, and content to educate the public about the process of buying and selling a home, but they are often overlooked. Here are some ...
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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - Events in Edmonton

- Edmonton French Film Festival ? Saturday, March 5 ? Tuesday, March 22 - Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen's Show ? Thursday, March 10 ? Sunday, March 13 - Adopt a Block Program Registration ? Saturday, March 12 - St.Patrick's Day Trail Run ? Sunday, March 13 - Edmonton Cat Show ? Saturday, March 19 ? Sunday, March 20 - Hop to it! Easter Monday at the Edmonton Valley Zoo ? Monday, March 28 - The Sustainable Living Show ? Wednesday, March 30   Links - Edmonton French Film ...
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Sunday, March 6, 2016 - Housing prices hold steady as inventory grows

Edmonton, March 2, 2016: Residential inventory saw another significant increase in February, surpassing 6,000 listings on the market, ending the month with 6,681 properties for sale on the MLS® System for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). That?s a 16.17% increase over last month, and 33.41% more homes listed for sale than February 2015. Sales for February were up 36.54% month-over-month at 837 compared to 618 in January, but 10.1% lower than the 931 properties that sold during the ... Full Article...
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - Purrfect Cat Furniture for Conservative Cat Homes

Fun cat furniture your cats would adore, and it still looks stylish in your home.
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Monday, February 15, 2016 - Making Sense of your Property Tax Assessment

You should have received your Annual Assessment Notices from the City of Edmonton by now. This is the assessed value of your property, which substantiates how much tax you have to pay on it. Simply speaking, the assessment places a dollar value on your home for tax reasons.It is not possible for the City of Edmonton to physically appraise each house, so assessments are based on the fair market value of the property. A number of key factors such as age, size, layout, traffic noise, proximity to ... Full Article...
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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - Market is cautiously watched by home buyers

Edmonton, February 2, 2016: Residential inventory continues to remain strong, as January closed out with 5,751 properties for sale on the MLS® System for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). That?s an increase of 39.2% over this time last year, and 13.03% up over last month. Sales for January were down however, with 618 properties selling in the first month of 2016, down 13.32% month-over-month, and 7.21% lower year-over-year (YoY). ?Sales volumes are down, relative to the same time ... Full Article...
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - Thinking of a Home-Based Business?

Forget that long commute and the structured 9-5 work day.  Make it a thing of the past by starting up your own home-based business, where you can work at home and be your own boss. More and more people are leaving the office setting behind for the comfort of their own home.  Two types of home-based businesses allowed in Edmonton. Minor Home-Based Businesses are those that are considered to have no impact on the neighbours and are basically invisible. Typical businesses would be consultants, ... Full Article...
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Monday, January 18, 2016 - Backyard Ice Rink - Do It Yourself!

Nothing is more Canadian than passing the time of a long, cold winter on a backyard ice rink.  Sadly, there is a perception homemade rinks are difficult to make and even harder to maintain.  Now with an array of products and how to videos available online, now it can be a simple project well worth a little effort for a ton of fun. Before you begin, you?ll need to consider a few things: How big of a rink do you want and where will you put it?The bigger the rink, the more the materials and ...
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - Sales declined in 2015 - prices and inventory are up

Edmonton, January 5, 2016: Sales of residential property through the Edmonton Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in 2015 in the Edmonton CMA were down 9% from 2014 but up over 1% from 2013. This decrease was reflected across all property types except duplex and rowhouse sales which were up 6%. Single family homes were down 9% over last year and condos were down 13%. There were 17,298 residential sales reported in 2015 as compared to 18,991 in 2014. Although sales were down, prices are up ... Full Article...
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Monday, January 4, 2016 - Edmonton January 2016 Events

Let?s welcome 2016 and be merry!  - Ice Castles ? Friday, January 1 ? Monday, March 14 2016 - Swing 'n Skate Sundays at City Hall ? Friday, January ? Monday, February 29 - The Motorcycle and ATV Show - Edmonton ? Friday, January 15 ? Sunday, January 17 - Ice on Whyte Festival ? Thursday, January 21 ? Sunday, January 31 - Snowshoe Adventure ? Saturday, January 23 - The Lunar New Year Extravaganza 2016 ? Saturday, January 30 & Sunday, Jan 31    
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - New Year Celebrations in Edmonton

Celebrating New Year impressively!  - 2016 Edmonton International New Year?s Eve Gala - New Year's Eve - New Year's Eve Downtown - World Waterpark's New Year's Eve Beach Ball - Strathcona County New Year's Festival 
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Monday, December 14, 2015 - It's the season to make your home standout

The holiday season is joyous but also teeming of school concerts, parties, visits to Santa and shopping trips to the mall.  However, if your home is on the market at this time of the year you can know the courageous buyers out there are serious. Seeing your home decked for the holidays just might make them want to ring in the New Year there as their own home. Try these tips to get buyers in the buying spirit:Pure and Simple.  Adding reindeer and snowmen figurines to an already cluttered home, ... Full Article...
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Friday, December 11, 2015 - Holiday Events in Edmonton

- Festival of Light - Saturday, December 5 to Monday, December 14   - Candy Cane Lane - Friday, December 11 to Sunday, January 3, 2016  - Southeast Winter Fun Festival - Saturday, December 12   - Hay Rides + Santa Photos - Saturday, December 12 & Saturday, December 19  - Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree - Thursday, December 17 - Sunday, December 20   - Miracle on 34th Street Food Bank Fundraiser - Wednesday, December 23  
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Thursday, December 3, 2015 - November sales down a lesser amount than 3% from last year

Edmonton, December 2, 2015: Edmonton?s housing market saw strong sales numbers in November. November?s all residential reported sales were down only 2.9% year-over-year (YoY), a notable improvement compared to October 2015 numbers which saw a 15% drop compared to October 2014. The average residential sales price in November for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) dipped slightly by 3.1% YoY, however average year-to-date prices in November 2015 remain strong year-to-date (YTD) and are ... Full Article...
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - Year-over-year prices fixed, up over 1%

    Edmonton, November 3, 2015: The outlook for Edmonton?s housing market remains stable. The average residential price in October for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) is up 1.72% year-over-year (YoY) despite reported sales being down 15%. Single family sales are down 14%, with prices up 3% YoY. Condo sales are down 17% YoY and prices are down almost 6% from October of 2014.   ?The average recorded selling price of single family homes in October was bolstered by the sale of two ...
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - Edmonton - November 2015 Events

You?ll have to come and join us!  Beyond Rubik's Cube Exhibition - Saturday, November 7 to Monday, February 15, 2016   Roots, Shoots and Winter Squash Long Table Dinner - Sunday, November 8  Canadian Finals Rodeo - Wednesday, November 11 to Sunday, November 15  Farmfair International - Wednesday, November 11 to Sunday, November 15 Christmas on the Square Holiday Light Up - Saturday, November 14  Santa's Parade of Lights 2015 - Saturday, November 21   The Festival of Trees - Thursday, November ... Full Article...
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Friday, October 30, 2015 - Vital Winterizing List

Attic Insulation ? 12-15 inches minimum of even insulation is needed to keep heat in the house and money in your pocket. Have your R-value checked by a professional if needed. Change Air Filter ? For healthy, indoor air, change your air filter once a month in the winter months. Your furnace has to work twice as hard with an air-borne allergen clogged filter. Vacuum Vents ? Take off the covers and hoses to your dryer, bathroom and stove vents and suction out lint and debris. This will increase ... Full Article...
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - So far the Lowest and Highest Price Paid for Homes in 2015

These data are based on MLS Sales in Year 2015 so far for the lowest and highest price paid for homes so far in 2015 give you a sense of the wide range of possibilities in the city. Indeed, our local housing market is diverse and constantly evolving.   - Apartment Condos - Least expensive - $49,999 - Size: 190.52 sq. ft. in Inglewood Most Expensive - $1,299,000 - Size: 2,447.73 sq. ft. in Downtown Edmonton - Townhouses - Least expensive - $119,900 - Size: 990.29 sq. ft. in Rundle Heights Most ... Full Article...
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Thursday, October 15, 2015 - Edmonton October 2015 Events - Come and join us!

    Late Night Clarinet ? Friday, October 16 Fall Edmonton Woman's Show ? Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 Dedfest ? Wednesday, October 21 to Monday, October 26 Edmonton Fall Home Show ? Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October 25 Spooktacular Grave Discoveries ? Friday, Oct 23, Saturday, Oct 24, and Friday, October 30 
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Friday, October 9, 2015 - Prices continue to be Virtually Unaffected by Dip in Sales

  Edmonton, October 2, 2015: The average residential price in September for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) is down less than 1% year-over-year (YoY) despite reported sales being down 6.76%. Single family sales (down 9.72% YoY) and condo sales (down 9.07%) continue to be down over levels reported in September of 2014, while duplex/rowhouses (up 17.21% YoY) buck the trend.   ?The strength of prices in the Edmonton market is an excellent indication that we are maintaining stability,? ... Full Article...
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Friday, October 2, 2015 - Sell First or Buy First?

  As a current homeowner, you might be planning you next move to a new home. You are now stuck with the dilemma of whether to buy or sell your existing home first.  You could try to buy a home with a condition that says the purchase is subject to the sale of your existing home but in most markets that will give you a huge disadvantage when competing with other buyers.  Truth be told, there are rewards and drawbacks with either choice. It is in your best interest to keep the following in mind ... Full Article...
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Friday, September 25, 2015 - Ultimate Home Staging Checklist

Staging a home to sell is a conscious effort to prepare your home a step above  the competing listings on the market. You want a potential buyer to walk into  your home and feel like they have to have it! Staging is not easy to do but with  some effort the results could truly pay off. Here?s a checklist on how to  impress from curb to closet: ? Cut and water the lawn, and trim and prune all trees and shrubs? Remove pet waste, leaves, and weeds from the yard along with tools, toys and  other ... Full Article...
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - September 2015 Edmonton Events

Western Canada Fashion Week ? Thursday, September 17 ? Saturday, September 26  U.N. International Day of Peace Celebration ? Monday, September 21  Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo ? Friday, September 25 ? Sunday, September  27 
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - Average residential prices post modest gain of 1% over August of last year

Edmonton, September 2, 2015:  The average residential price in August for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) is up 1% year-over-year (YoY) and down slightly by 0.2% relative to last month. A single family home in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) sold for an average of $439,829; up 0.7% from July and up 1.0% YoY. The average for all residential properties sat at $372,256; down 0.2% from July and up 1.0% over last August.  ?Edmonton continues to experience a relatively stable ... Full Article...
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Monday, August 24, 2015 - EDMONTON'S MOVING RESOURCE AND DIRECTORY

If you are moving or have ever moved, you know there are several calls to make in order to coordinate your change of address and services.   We?ve put together a list you can use as a quick reference for moving, or for any other reason:  UTILITIES:ATCO GAS     780-424-5222 www.atcogas.com DIRECT ENERGY     1- 866-374-6299 www.directenergy.com EPCOR      780-310-4300  www.epcor.ca  PHONE AND CABLE:TELUS       1-888-811-2323 www.telus.net SHAW CABLE & INTERNET  780-490-3555 www.shaw.ca  BELL     ... Full Article...
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - Edmonton Events - August 2015

?    The 23rd annual Edmonton Marathon ? Wednesday, August 22nd and Thursday, August 23rd ?    Edmonton Blues Festival Music ? Tuesday, August 21st to Thursday, August 23rd ?    Wanderlust 108 ? Saturday, August 29th ?    Sonic Boom Festival ? Saturday, September 5th and Sunday, September 6th
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Friday, August 14, 2015 - Prices dip as result of higher inventory

Edmonton, August 4, 2015: Prices for all residential properties in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) for July were down from the previous month according to the REALTOR Association of Edmonton. The average all residential price was $372,910 (down 1.4% from June) due mostly to the drop in price of single family homes to $436,948 (down 1.8%). The drop was not felt across all categories with condo prices up 0.4% at an average of $256,708 and duplex/rowhouse prices up 1.4% from June at ... Full Article...
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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Edmonton's Summer Festival Scene

Edmonton?s Summer Festival Scene rivals any other, with performers and artists embarking on our city each year to put on a great time.  It wouldn?t be summer without checking out at least a couple of the events, and the sights, sounds and culinary adventures they have to offer.   The Servus Heritage Festival Aug 2nd ? 4thThis year marks the 40th annual showcase of Canada?s vibrant multicultural heritage. Located at Hawrelak Park. Sixty pavilions representing more than 85 cultures from around ... Full Article...
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Monday, July 20, 2015 - Cost of Buying a Home, Plan your Budget Wisely

There are many costs associated with buying your first home or your dream home. There are upfront costs and ongoing costs that you need to consider when planning your home-buying budget. Upfront costs may include: - Down Payment ? This needs to be ready at time of purchase and its source to be verifiable by the bank.- Initial and Additional Deposits - This is part of your down payment and has to be accessible when you're placing an offer on a property.- Home Inspection - Costs of a home ...
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - Edmonton Klondike Days 2015

Enjoyed by thousands of people, K Days is 10 days, July 17th to 26th, of parades, concerts, food, and fun. In the heat of the summer, the grounds at Northlands are transformed into an arena of endless games and rides, entertainment and concerts, shopping, food and family activities.  Here?s a list of must-do?s to experience the essence of K-Days: Schedule of Events The Parade kicks things off at 10 a.m. on July 18. There will also be a mini parade in the midway from July 22 to 26 at 4:30 and ... Full Article...
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Thursday, July 9, 2015 - Slower Market Beginning to Take a Turn

Edmonton, July 3, 2015: For the first time in 2015, the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton recorded an increase in year-over-year reported sales for the month. June 2015 Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) had 2,008 reported sales for all residential properties, 2.4% over the 1,961 all residential sales reported in June 2014. This number includes 1,243 single family dwellings (2.1% more than 2014), 572 condo sales (1.6% more than from 2014) and 156 duplex/rowhouses (11.4% more than 2014). Sales were ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 09 Jul 2015 15:00:58 -0600

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - Is the Grass Always Greener on the Other Side?

Artificial grass has been used in warmer climates for some time, but it?s also become more popular in Canada as an alternative to a natural lawn. The jury is still out as to which is best, and there are definitely pros and cons on both sides of the fence. Natural GrassBenefits:  There?s nothing like the lush, organic feeling of natural grass under your feet.  It?s affordable to install, and with maintenance, it can last a lifetime. Things to consider:Maintenance ? A lot of time and effort is ... Full Article...
posted in General at Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:29:49 -0600

Friday, June 19, 2015 - How Low will they Go?

Not long ago, in 2008, the mortgage rate in Alberta was 5.39%. This year, we have consistently seen posted rates under 3%. The low rates offer significant opportunities for buyers and sellers alike, but to take advantage of the trend, learn to evaluate your financing options. Taking advantage of the lowest rates possible allows you to make real strides on interest payments. But if your mortgage is short-term and a variable rate, there is a possibility it could change with the market. If you ... Full Article...
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Friday, June 12, 2015 - Upcoming Events & Festivals - Edmonton

Upcoming Events & Festivals - Homeless for a Night ? Friday, June 12th ? Saturday, June 13th- 2015 Edmonton Festival of Quilts ? Saturday, June 13th ? Sunday, June 14th- Edmonton River Valley Offroad Triathlon & Duathlon ? Saturday, June 20th- DARK MATTERS ? Thursday, June 18th- Safeway Father?s Day Walk/Run ? Sunday, June 21st- TRi KiDS Triathlon Series ? Sunday, June 28th- Edmonton's 2nd Annual Superhero 5KM Fun Run & Walk ? Sunday, June 28th
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - Edmonton Market Update - June 2015

Inventory beginning to stabilize while prices still rise Edmonton, June 2, 2015: With new listings down over 2% from last May, we are finally starting to see the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) inventory begin to stabilize. Even with a wealth of residential property on the market (almost 30% more than last year), we are continuing to see price increases for all residential properties.   ?As expected, the average days on market is up four days year-over-year and one day over last month ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 03 Jun 2015 15:57:40 -0600

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - Keep it Green while you Spring Clean

Keep it Green while you Spring Clean It?s that time when many of us do a thorough clean of our home after a long winter.  A few of our basic pantry items can do the job just as well or better than the heavy duty supermarket cleaners.  Here?s five great tips that don?t need more than four ingredients: Vinegar, baking soda, rubbing alcohol and lemon. Mattress:  Sprinkle baking soda on mattress.  Leave for 1 hour and then use upholstery attachment and vacuum. Spray mattress with rubbing alcohol. ... Full Article...
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Friday, May 22, 2015 - Are you Sure you Can do That??

  Before you begin on any major projects in your yard this year, make sure you have an up to date Real Property Report (RPR) and that you obtain the proper development permit. If your improvements do not comply with the City rules or real property lines, it could be quite costly in fees, fines or even lawsuits down the road.   A general rule, all of the following must be met in order to meet the City bylaw requirements (m = meters): 1. A shed that is not attached to the house and is less than ... Full Article...
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - Upcoming Edmonton Events Edmonton Community Events - May 2015

Upcoming Edmonton EventsEdmonton Community Events - May 2015     - Dinosaurs Unearthed ? Friday, May 15 ? Sunday, Oct 11   - The Shean Strings & Piano Competition ? Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 1   - May Madness Car Show and Shine ? Saturday, May 23   - Alberta Provincial Music Festival ? Wednesday, May 27 ? Saturday, May 30   - Edmonton International Cat Festival ? Saturday, May 30
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - Edmonton Market Update - May 2015

Edmonton and Area Average Price Still Up Edmonton, April 2, 2015: Despite a decline in all residential sales over those reported in March of 2014, last month saw continued growth of residential prices for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area CMA of 3%. The average sales price of a single family home was $438,880 - up 1.5% y/y; condo was $249,841 - up 1.2% y/y; and duplex/rowhouse was $354,022 - up 6.9% y/y. Sales are down in all categories except duplex/rowhouse which are up over 6%. Single ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 06 May 2015 11:58:40 -0600

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - Edmonton Cycling in the City

As Spring invites us to get outside, what better way than to pull out the bike and hit the pathways around town.  Besides being a great way to commute, cycling is a great way to discover the city that can?t be done from behind the wheel.  Whether it?s an all day excursion or a leisurely spin on a warm evening, here are three great routes to check out: 1. Scenic South EdmontonThis leisurely route from the Southwest of Edmonton to Devon and back has some breathtaking scenery and is just the ...
posted in General at Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:12:05 -0600

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Edmonton Recycling Program

Since initiating a curbside recycling program in 1988, Edmonton has become a global leader in effective urban waste management. Today, over 90% of Edmontonians voluntarily participate in the City's recycling programs. Paper, newspaper, boxes, tin cans, glass jars and bottles, plastic containers and bags are all acceptable items for any of our recycling programs. Visit What Goes Where? to find a list of what you can recycle, take to an Eco Station, or put into your garbage. Blue Bag ...
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - Upcoming Events & Festivals

- FAVA FEST: Film and Video Arts Festival ? Monday, April 13 ?    Saturday, April 18- Law Day (Access to Justice) ? Saturday, April 18- The Walrus Talks Aboriginal City ? Thursday, April 23- Bond and Beyond ? Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25  
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - Edmonton Statistic For March 2015

Edmonton and Area Average Price Still Up Edmonton, April 2, 2015: Despite a decline in all residential sales over those reported in March of 2014, last month saw continued growth of residential prices for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area CMA of 3%. The average sales price of a single family home was $438,880 - up 1.5% y/y; condo was $249,841 - up 1.2% y/y; and duplex/rowhouse was $354,022 - up 6.9% y/y. Sales are down in all categories except duplex/rowhouse which are up over 6%. Single ... Full Article...
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - Hidden Home Office Ideas

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - First-Time Home Buyers Tax Credit

The fees associated with purchasing a first home can really add up. To help Canadians with these costs, our Conservative Government introduced the First-Time Buyer?s Tax Credit. The credit allows Canadians to save up to $750 on qualifying homes purchased after January 27, 2009. The First-Time Buyer?s Tax Credit is also available to existing homeowners who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) who purchase a more accessible or functional home, or for the benefit of a DTC-eligible ...
posted in General at Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:41:07 -0600

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - How To Prepare your Home To List

It is crucial when listing your home to ensure it stands out amongst the crowd.  When the time comes, there are a few things you can do beforehand to make sure it shows its best features. Pre-Sell Inspection ? Many people hire an inspector when purchasing a new home, but most overlook it when selling.  A home inspector can uncover unknown problems that can be repaired before listing the property.  This can prevent buyer?s walking away from a deal or seeking a price reduction. Hire a Handyman ? ... Full Article...
posted in General at Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:59:23 -0600

Friday, March 13, 2015 - Upcoming Edmonton Events and Real Estate News Rundown

- Habitat for Humanity hosts Women Build Week ? Tuesday, March 10 to Saturday, March 14- Brazilian Carnaval ? Saturday, March 14- Once Upon a Springtime ? Sunday, March 22- Easter Eggstravaganza ? Saturday, March 28 - Falling oil prices unnerve Edmonton, but little sign of major downturn yet ? Edmonton Journal- Canada?s oil capitals are headed for their first major housing correction ? Financial Post- Long-term plans underway for major southeast Edmonton development ? Edmonton Journal- ...
posted in General at Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:07:57 -0600

Friday, March 6, 2015 - Prices Remain Strong as Spring Sales Pick Up

Edmonton, March 3, 2015: Average prices maintained positive growth month over month and year over year in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) market. The all residential price was up a mere $38 from January (up almost 1 percent from February 2014). Single family houses averaged $430,770 up 0.84% over January and 1.17% over the same month last year. Condo prices continued upward with a 1.2% increase over January and 4.7% increase from February 2014. Duplex and Rowhouses were down 10.55% ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:51:20 -0700

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - How to Raise the "Awesome" Metre in your Home

You know the feeling you get when you walk into someone's house that's decorated to the nines and is so clean you could eat off the floor? The one that makes you stand back and say 'wow?? Well, here are some ways to take this one step further when renovating your home. Not only will your guests say 'wow,' but their jaws will hit the floor, their eyes will pop out and their hearts will skip a beat. 1. An ?S? shaped seat turns your shower or steam room into one you can lie down in2. Consider a ... Full Article...
posted in General at Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:09:13 -0700

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Making Sense of your Property Tax Assessment

Most likely, you've already received your property tax assessment from the City of Edmonton. Although the City doesn't have enough staff to look at every house, it bases the assessment on several key things such as age, size, layout, traffic noise, proximately to things like schools, etc. Here are some helpful tips for better understanding your assessment. What is it? This assessment makes sure the value of your home reflects how much tax you have to pay on it. So in other words, the ...
posted in General at Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:13:21 -0700

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - February 2015 Events in Edmonton

Edmonton RV Expo & Sale ? Thursday, Feb 5 to Sunday, Feb 8 Indiana Jones: The Exhibition ? Ongoing until April 6 2015 Silver Skate Festival ? Friday, Feb 13 to Monday, Feb 23 Valentine?s Day Disco Skate ? Saturday, Feb 14 Sweet Nothings ? Saturday, Feb 14 Treasure Stone Beads Market ? Saturday, Feb 28
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Friday, February 6, 2015 - Listings Up and Sales Down Means Bigger Inventory

Edmonton, February 3, 2015: Residential listings are up almost 30 percent compared to January of last year. 2,316 new listings came on the MLS® System for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in January compared to only 932 new listings in December. Sales for January were 666 (not adjusted) - down 13.5 percent month over month and down 25.9 percent from last year. These two factors resulted in a 35 percent inventory growth from 3,059 to 4,132 last month. Inventory is up almost 17 percent ... Full Article...
posted in General at Fri, 06 Feb 2015 11:09:28 -0700

Monday, January 26, 2015 - Effective Tips to Tackling your Household Debts

Often times New Year's resolutions are so focused on losing weight or quitting a bad habit, that people forget it's also a great time to reassess their finances. This year, make it a resolution to create a plan to tackle household debt. Here are four simple steps to get you started:1. Cut down mortgage costs.By making your mortgage payments more frequently, you'll save a substantial amount of money in the long run. Instead of making a payment each month, change to a weekly pay mortgage, or even ... Full Article...
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