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The Edmonton Real Estate Blog, Market Information, Advise & Opinion

 

Please visit our Open House at 17832 108 ST in Edmonton.
Open House on Saturday, February 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Call Mike 780-242-5229 for further info None
EXECUTIVE BUNGALOW IN NORTH EDMONTON! An exceptionally well built 4 bedroom Homexx Home constructed in 2004 in the highly sought after community of Chambery. As you step into the foyer, you are greeted by accented high ceilings pavilion windows with hidden architectural lighting awaiting to feature your show pieces. Few steps forward brings you to the open concept floor plan with access to the colossal stairway to the fully finished lower level. This level has many features including main floor laundry leading to the heated triple car tandem garage, central vac and double sized kitchen pantry. Inviting master bedroom was designed for royalty and is massive with its own fireplace, glamorous ensuite and more pavilion windows. Lower level offers more 2 bedrooms, fitness room, welcoming family room with a third fireplace & plenty of storage. With quick possession & priced below city assessment, this amazing bungalow is an ideal home for professionals needing that home of distinction. Call Audrey at 780-910-5179 or Mike at 780-242-5229 or email us to view this home
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Please visit our Open House at 17777 95 ST in Edmonton.
Open House on Sunday, February 25, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Best priced townhouse in North Edmonton. Call Audrey at 780-910-5179 for more details no
Best priced unit in Lakeview Estates. The entrance of this two-storey home off of the front veranda is bright, inviting and offers a spacious living room with gorgeous, gleaming custom designed hardwood floor and a white kitchen with sandstone ceramic tiles on the main floor. Upstairs offer two nice sized bedrooms with a modernized bathroom. And if you need extra space for guests, the almost fully finished basement has a great den/rec room and plenty of storage space. Outside, in the large private back yard, offers low maintenance landscaping, BBQ hook ups, organic raspberries and white crushed rock - great for entertaining. Walking distance to schools, parks, amenities, public transportation and easy access to 97 Street. Other features of this home include low condo fees, upgraded windows, pet friendly and air conditioner. WELCOME HOME! Call Audrey at 780-910-5179 or Mike at 780-242-5229 or email us to view this home
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Please visit our Open House at 17777 95 ST in Edmonton.
Open House on Saturday, February 24, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Best priced townhouse in North Edmonton. Call Audrey at 780-910-5179 for more details no
Best priced unit in Lakeview Estates. The entrance of this two-storey home off of the front veranda is bright, inviting and offers a spacious living room with gorgeous, gleaming custom designed hardwood floor and a white kitchen with sandstone ceramic tiles on the main floor. Upstairs offer two nice sized bedrooms with a modernized bathroom. And if you need extra space for guests, the almost fully finished basement has a great den/rec room and plenty of storage space. Outside, in the large private back yard, offers low maintenance landscaping, BBQ hook ups, organic raspberries and white crushed rock - great for entertaining. Walking distance to schools, parks, amenities, public transportation and easy access to 97 Street. Other features of this home include low condo fees, upgraded windows, pet friendly and air conditioner. WELCOME HOME! Call Audrey at 780-910-5179 or Mike at 780-242-5229 or email us to view this home
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10 Tips Before Listing Your Edmonton Property

If you’re thinking of listing to sell your Edmonton home and take advantage of our 2018 spring market, then now’s the time to get it in shape. Here are ten tips you can do to maximize its perceived value.

 

Edmonton home professionally staged and ready for sale image

 

1. Talk to a REALTOR® (us please). Even if you feel that your home is in perfect condition, it’s a good idea to have a professional REALTOR® team look at your property. They may suggest simple changes or repairs that could help you sell your home quicker.

 

2. Crank up the curb appeal. Make sure when potential buyers pull up in front of your house they like what they see. Touch up exterior paint and tidy up your garden, cut your grass, etc. Of course, weather permitting so shovel the snow if (God forbid) we get snow when you are on the market.  First impressions are huge.

 

3. Clean up your act. The cleaner your house, the better it will show so thoroughly clean every room in the house. Get curtains and carpets professionally cleaned. Don't forget to handrails, light switch plates, litter boxes and pickup backyard doggie-doo (even in the snow). Dirty light switches and handrails are nasty and turn off buyers. Yes, we have seen this before. ~yikes~

 

4. Clear out the clutter. Make rooms look bigger by getting rid of the clutter. Put extra furniture and items in a storage locker, garage or neatly in a unfinished basement corner. Box up unneeded clothes and neatly store them.

 

5. Nix the knick-knacks. As buyers walk through your home, they want to picture themselves living there. Remove your personal effects, knickknacks, family photos and collectibles. Sometime, too many collectibles are a negative as they are looking at your stuff and not the house.

 

6. Do a quick fix. Fix a dripping faucet, update handles on kitchen cabinets, replace light switches and touch up scratches on hardwood floors & paint. Who wants to buy a home at a premium price and still need to fix it up?

 

7. Let the sun shine in. Buyers appreciate good light in a home. Clean the windows, remove dark curtains and put in higher wattage light bulbs (don't exceed manufacturer's maximum wattage). I suggest old fashioned incandescent bulbs as they don't need a minute to "warm up" like compact fluorescent lights (CFL) and are much cheaper than LED bulbs.

 

Edmonton home sellers want their home sold image8. Keep it neutral. A fresh coat of neutral paint will make rooms look clean and inviting. You may not have to repaint every room, but certainly ones that are chipped, marked or painted in bright colors. No purple or lime green walls, please!

 

9. Set the stage. Consider hiring a professional stager to turn your home into a true showpiece. Look for a highly experienced & local home stager. Ask us as we know a few top notch stagers.

 

10. Create more storage space. Look at ways to improve the storage space in your home, such as adding shelving to closets and storage rooms. Remove 50% of items in your closets to make them look HUGE. If it's winter, store your summer clothes and if summer, yes you got it, store the winter clothes away.

 

Review our YouTube channel with Fit to Sell videos, review our free sellers reports then contact us or leave a comment for further selling preparation info. We're sure you will be impressed our ultimate results!

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Don't Overprice Your Edmonton Home!

Usually, four common strategies are used to price a home. Understanding these techniques can help you get a better deal on your home, while matching your needs.


Over priced Edmonton home for sale sign image

1. Greatly overpriced

Every seller wants to get the best price for their home. In a hot seller's market you need to careful with multiple offers, the battle may be won by inflating the price, anywhere from 5-10% of its true market value. Determine a fair offering price range with your Edmonton REALTORs® (us please) before getting into a bidding war with multiple offers.  Too high a price could leave the home on the market for months (not good). The home could be great, just offered at the wrong price. If it does not sell, it could be considered a problem. The price may have to be reduced to sell it and typically you get less for the home in comparison to pricing it correctly from the start.


2. Somewhat overpriced

Homes in this category also tend to sit longer on the market. The reasons: there may be room for negotiation in the price, or the seller is emotionally attached to the home (not good). Once it's on the market, sellers need to let go that attachment.

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3. Priced at fair market value

These homes tend to sell within a reasonable time usually within the average Days on Market (DOM), at close to the asking price. Competitively priced, their price represents a thorough analysis of other neighbourhood homes on the market.

4. Priced below fair market value

For various reasons (including health, relocation, condition of the home, divorce, etc), a seller may want to sell a home quickly. This type of sale often results in multiple buyers, with the home being sold quickly. The stress is over quicker BUT you may not the best price for your home. Every Real Estate sale is different and you may have your reasons.


We can provide you with a thorough analysis of any home you are considering to sell. This price will be based on market conditions (time of year), similar homes in the neighbourhood and condition of the home. At the same time, as your REALTOR® team,  we'll work with you to find a new home which meets your needs in a fantastic neighbourhood. Call either Audrey 780-910-5179 or Mike 780-242-5229 or go to our contact page.

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Difference Between Customers and Clients for Edmonton Buyers

Edmonton house buyers working as either customers or clients image


If you are a customer, a REALTOR® will:

  • Maintain loyalty to the seller's needs
  • Tell the seller all that they know about you
  • Keep information about the seller confidential
  • Focus on the seller client's property
  • Provide just the material facts
  • Only provide price information that support's the seller's listing price
  • Protect the seller
  • Negotiate on behalf of the seller
  • Attempt to solve problems to the seller's advantage & satisfaction

If you are a client, your REALTOR® will:

  • Pay full attention to your needs
  • Tell you all they know about the seller
  • Keep information about you confidential
  • Focus on the choices that satisfy your needs
  • Provide material facts as well as professional advice
  • Provide price counseling based on comparable properties & their professional insights
  • Protect and guide you
  • Negotiate on your behalf
  • Attempt to solve problems to your advantage and satisfaction

 

Need to know more about customer versus client relationships with you REALTOR®? Please call us direct Mike Muranetz -780-242-5229 or Audrey Abuan 780-910-5179 thru our contact page.

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Please visit our Open House at 17832 108 ST in Edmonton.
Open House on Sunday, February 11, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Contact Shelly Littlefair 780-221-2979 for more information no
EXECUTIVE BUNGALOW IN NORTH EDMONTON! An exceptionally well built 4 bedroom Homexx Home constructed in 2004 in the highly sought after community of Chambery. As you step into the foyer, you are greeted by accented high ceilings pavilion windows with hidden architectural lighting awaiting to feature your show pieces. Few steps forward brings you to the open concept floor plan with access to the colossal stairway to the fully finished lower level. This level has many features including main floor laundry leading to the heated triple car tandem garage, central vac and double sized kitchen pantry. Inviting master bedroom was designed for royalty and is massive with its own fireplace, glamorous ensuite and more pavilion windows. Lower level offers more 2 bedrooms, fitness room, welcoming family room with a third fireplace & plenty of storage. With quick possession & priced below city assessment, this amazing bungalow is an ideal home for professionals needing that home of distinction. Call Audrey at 780-910-5179 or Mike at 780-242-5229 or email us to view this home
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Inexpensive Ways to Reduce Your Edmonton Energy Bill

You could get upgraded insulation installed in all the walls of your home, or buy a new high-efficiency furnace and air conditioner. These improvements would certainly reduce Programable thermostat for your Edmonton home imageyour energy costs – but they each require a significant investment.

 

What if you don't have the budget?

 

There are a lot of little things you can do to make a big difference in your heating or cooling bill. Here are just a few examples: 

  • Turn down the thermostat a couple of degrees in winter. (And turn it up a few notches in summer.) Chances are, you'll hardly notice the difference in comfort, and you'll cut your heating/cooling costs by about 5%.
  • Do you need the air conditioner on all the time during the summer months? Yes, some homes in Edmonton have air conditioners.  Consider turning it way up, or completely off, at night when it's cooler outside.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat. That way, you'll be able to set up a schedule that uses less  heating/cooling energy while you’re out of the house at work or sleeping. Some folks are using smart thermostats liike the Google Nest. Look for sales as Google has them at a discount a couple times  a year.
  • Let the sunshine in through windows in the winter (and block the sun where possible in the summer.) "Passive heat gain" can contribute to up to 20% of the heat in your home. Best of all, the sun is free.
  • Use energy efficient lights throughout your home. These can cut the cost of lighting by Compact fluorescent light bulbs are excellent to upgrade your Edmonton home pictureup to 40%! Look for compact fluorescent lights (CFL) at your hardware store. Some have gone one step further and installed higher effecient LED (light Emitting Diode) lights for further savings. 
  • Be careful with outside lights, which can use a lot of energy! Turn them off before you go to bed or, better still, use programmable outside lighting that can be set to turn off automatically. This is especially true during the Christmas festive season. 

These are just a few ideas for reducing your energy bill. If you do some research, you can probably discover many other ways to cut your costs. It's worth the effort! If you want some more tips how to improve your home's energy footprint, call Audrey 780-91-5179 or Mike 780-242-5229 or thru our contact page or comment below. We have a free copies of the Federal government's book from the energy audit for anybody interested improving their home energy usage.

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Please visit our Open House at 17832 108 ST in Edmonton.
Open House on Saturday, February 10, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM Call Stephen Jones 780-554-4995 for further info No
EXECUTIVE BUNGALOW IN NORTH EDMONTON! An exceptionally well built 4 bedroom Homexx Home constructed in 2004 in the highly sought after community of Chambery. As you step into the foyer, you are greeted by accented high ceilings pavilion windows with hidden architectural lighting awaiting to feature your show pieces. Few steps forward brings you to the open concept floor plan with access to the colossal stairway to the fully finished lower level. This level has many features including main floor laundry leading to the heated triple car tandem garage, central vac and double sized kitchen pantry. Inviting master bedroom was designed for royalty and is massive with its own fireplace, glamorous ensuite and more pavilion windows. Lower level offers more 2 bedrooms, fitness room, welcoming family room with a third fireplace & plenty of storage. With quick possession & priced below city assessment, this amazing bungalow is an ideal home for professionals needing that home of distinction. Call Audrey at 780-910-5179 or Mike at 780-242-5229 or email us to view this home
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Audrey and Mike have listed a new property at 115 155 Edwards DR SW in Edmonton.
Terrific ground floor 2 bedroom unit. Perfect for pets lovers who want to be steps away from the "doggy retreat". Almost 900 square feet with an open layout- minimal hallways so all the space is utilized. Wonderful bright kitchen boasts a movable island and overlooks the Great room. Step out onto the patio to enjoy the warm summer nights and for the chef to Barbecue. Two very spacious bedrooms with ample closet space. The master bedroom features a full en-suite and the other bedroom has access to the 4 piece bathroom right outside it's door. Storage/laundry room. Titled 2 car tandem stall with room for additional storage. Parking is secured heated underground and easily accessible to your suite (stall #194). Low condo fees includes heat, water and other amenities including a fully equipped exercise room. Lots of visitor parking. Easy access to the Airport, Anthony Henday, shopping (minutes to Edmonton South Common) and Restaurants.
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5 Questions Young Edmonton Home Buyers Need to Ask

Young Edmonton Buyers Searching for Their First Home image

Believe it or not, even in these rough Alberta economic times, the average age of the first time home buyer has been gradually decreasing. In 2008 the average age was 35 years old, and in 2011 the average age dropped to age 30. Personally, I think of all the people I know that bought a home in the last few years and many of them are 27 years old or younger (our youngest Edmonton home buyer was 19 years old!), which has raised the question: are they different challenges to first-time home buyers because of their age?

It turns out, yes, different circumstances call for different situations, and if you’re a 30 something or younger individual thinking of buying a home, here are some things you need to consider:

 

1.)  Do I have a substantial down payment?

An obvious challenge of buying a home at a younger age is clearly not having as much time to save money for a down payment as your older counterparts. A smaller down payment means a higher monthly mortgage payment, which is often why so many people choose to wait a few years more to save up enough money in order to have a monthly payment they can afford. Today you need minimum of 5% of purchase price to meet CMHC criteria. More is better as you will have a small CMHC premium.

 

2.) What will my mortgage rate be?

Part of the criteria in applying for a loan is job stability, meaning you need to show that you have been working at a particular job for a long amount of time. For many 20-30 year olds, the length of time they have been at a job is particularly small simply because they haven’t been a part of the workforce very long. It’s perfectly natural to skip from  job to job to job during your college years, as you often have different requirements that need to be met (class schedule, moving, wage changes, seasonal work, etc.). However, this doesn’t particularly reflect well when applying for a home loan. Rates today are in the low 3% which is great as we have seen 6+% in the past. Yes, people still bought homes.

 

3.) Are my expectations realistic?

Many young home buyers simply have no idea just how much certain features cost. A “decent amount of space” might be a completely unreasonable requirement for a 25 year old looking for an affordable place to live in SW Edmonton. Let’s be honest, the words ‘SW Edmonton’ and ‘affordable’ don’t often appear in the same sentence.

 

 

Young Edmonton Home Buyers Dream of Their New Home

4.) Am I ready?

Every first time Edmonton home buyer will need to ask themselves this question, but a young home buyer especially. A younger individual usually has more variables in their life. Are you in a stable job that you will most likely stay in (or even want to stay in) for the next 10 years? Are you sure you won’t have to move (career, relationships, family issues, corperate relocation) in the next 10 years? In addition, research has shown that the brain isn’t even fully mature until around age 25, so are you sure you will even want to still own a home in a few years?

 

5.) Am I able to put in the work?

For any first time home buyer, you have to be ready to put in a little bit of elbow grease, but for a younger home buyer, you really need to be ready to do some home renovation projects. A smaller down payment and a likely higher mortgage rate means you will probably have to limit your search to homes that need a little bit of work, and you’d better be ready (read: have the energy and skills to complete these renos) to fix it up a bit. Are you up to the task?

 

Can you add to these questions young Edmonton home buyers need to ask themselves? If so, please reach out thru our contact page or comment below.

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Preparing Your Edmonton Home for Winter Showings

There is no doubt about it! Even if the weather is relatively pleasant, your Edmonton home won’t show as well in the winter as it would in the summer, especially from the outside. Fortunately, there are many ways to make your home look more attractive and appealing to buyers during the winter season.


First, before showing your Edmonton home to a potential buyer,Clearing snow for all walkways on your Edmonton home to prepare for winter showings clear your front walkway including walkway to the garage if applicable. Make sure fence doors and gates open freely. Also, clear snow off the backyard deck or patio area. You want those picky buyers to be able to explore around your property without any obstructions. In short, do everything you can to make the experience of walking up to your front door and around your property as pleasant as possible.


Second, clear away any boots, shoes and other outerwear from the front foyer as you walk in. You want buyers to focus on your beautiful home, not a cluttered entranceway. Also, have mats on both the outside and inside of your main entranceway. This will give buyers – as well as you and your family – a chance to wipe their boots and shoes.


Adjust your thermostat to be comfortable for your Edmonton winter showings imageThird, adjust your thermostat. You want your home to feel warm, cozy and comfortable for potential buyers.If you have a gas fireplace, turn it on for that cozy feeling. Remember, being warm is a pleasant experience and that's what we are looking for.


Finally, in the winter, homes show much better during the day. In the evening, it may be too dark to fully  appreciate your property especially yard. Working with us as your REALTORS® to schedule viewings during the day whenever possible. If you can, have pictures of your property available that showcase what it looks like in the spring/summer. A flower garden in bloom or that fully grown in hedge really gives the buyers a better idea of how your home looks in non-winter months. That takes planning. So if you're even just casually thinking of the possibility of selling your home, take some good "spring/summer" pictures. Just don't have a date time stamped on the picture.


Hope you got something from this short blog post. Want more advice on how to sell your home in the winter? You can get a hold of us thru our contact page. Thanks!

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There are Advantages to Buying a Home in Edmonton's Winter

Here’s some advantages to buying a home during the off season in Edmonton, which means that you’ll be buying from November to February.


1.  Less competition …. There is less Edmonton winter home for sale giving buyers a great advantage picturecompetition from other buyers.   Many buyers don’t want to brave the cold and icy roads by driving the neighbourhoods and looking for properties during this time of the year.  This can translate into lower prices and better deals for the buyer.


2.  Prices decline …. Prices are typically less this time of the year, proven by the statistics from the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton (RAE) and from Realtor.ca.


3.  More time from your REALTOR®…..  Your real estate agent isn’t as busy this time of the year, you may get more of their time and expertise (so true compared to the busy spring rush).


4.  Not as many properties are receiving multiple offers …. We can remember during the summer season of 2012, many houses in Edmonton that were priced correctly had multiple offers on them, which translated into higher prices for the seller. All great news for sellers, not such great news for buyers. There is an emotional trigger than happens in multiple offers, and buyers can sometime offer more for the house than they had originally planned on.


5.  Ugly Ducklings….. Some houses that are still on the market in December and January may have been on the market for a long, long time. This could be for a variety of reason, including the home has been overpriced.  Or it could just be that the property doesn’t show well, it’s an ugly duckling.  Maybe it’s too crowded with personal belongings, maybe the interior paint colour is horrible, maybe the lighting is bad, or maybe the home is dirty.  All of these are easy things to fix once you own the property, and if you can look through these items, you may be able to get an ever better deal.


Now is a great time to buy. A few years ago, when Mike viewed the existing house he lives in a  between Christmas & New Years & had it pending by first week of January. He knows he saved money as they "had to sell" & there wasn't many qualified buyers looking in the cold winter. Good for Mike, the buyer &  bad for the sellers. There are many other great deals out there right now! If you are thinking about buying in the spring, why wait? Shop now & save. Contact Audrey and Mike thru our website or call Audrey direct 780-910-5179 or Mike 780-242-5229 & I'll show you some great Edmonton Real Estate deals.

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Audrey and Mike have listed a new property at 17777 95 ST in Edmonton.
Best priced unit in Lakeview Estates. The entrance of this two-storey home off of the front veranda is bright, inviting and offers a spacious living room with gorgeous, gleaming custom designed hardwood floor and a white kitchen with sandstone ceramic tiles on the main floor. Upstairs offer two nice sized bedrooms with a modernized bathroom. And if you need extra space for guests, the almost fully finished basement has a great den/rec room and plenty of storage space. Outside, in the large private back yard, offers low maintenance landscaping, BBQ hook ups, organic raspberries and white crushed rock - great for entertaining. Walking distance to schools, parks, amenities, public transportation and easy access to 97 Street. Other features of this home include low condo fees, upgraded windows, pet friendly and air conditioner. WELCOME HOME!
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If you haven't seen this before, enjoy. Very catchy tune. One of our favourite YouTube videos


 

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Did Your "Edmonton Street Name" Change?

Do You Live on a Historical Street?


Right after 1910, Edmonton's real estate growth started to boom and in West Ingle, many of the streets had be renamed in order to accommadate the growth on both sides of the saskatchewan river.

 

The following is a list of the historic names of streets and avenues in West-Ingle. With support and funding by residents streets names could be re-introduced in West-Ingle at mid block or engraved in the sidewalk at intersections. Adding street names in West-Ingle particularly in the Architectural Heritage Area bounded by 110 Avenue (Albany Avenue) on the north, 125 Street (St. Catherine Street) on the east, 107 Avenue (Short Avenue) on the south and 126 Street (Groat Street) on the west will contribute to preserving the older character of West-Ingle.

 



122 Street = Notre Dame Street
123 Street = Saint James Street
124 Street = Edward Street
125 Street = Saint Catherine Street
126 Street = Groat Street
127 Street = Park Street
128 Street = First Street
129 Street = Second Street
130 Street = Third Street
131 Street = Fourth Street
132 Street = Fifth Street
107 Avenue = Short Avenue
108 Avenue = Coot Avenue
109 Avenue = Green Avenue
109A Avenue = Saint Lawrence Avenue
110 Avenue = Albany Avenue
111 Avenue = Muskoka Avenue
112 Avenue = Nipigon Avenue
113 Avenue = Brazeau Avenue
114 Avenue = Stikeen Avenue
115 Avenue = Okanogan Avenue
116 Avenue = Yukon Avenue
117 Avenue = Pembina Avenue
118 Avenue = Alberta Avenue

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Audrey and Mike have listed a new property at 417 10311 111 ST NW in Edmonton.
Welcome to Railtown, a highly sought-after condominium complex with a fantastic downtown location! This bright, top floor one bedroom plus den unit includes a titled underground parking and a large storage cage. The well laid-out floor plan includes a spacious living-dining room and an open kitchen with tons of cupboards and a great functional kitchen island. The spacious master bedroom offers a walk through closet and cheater door to the 4 piece bathroom. The den is also a very good size, and easily serves as a home office or a guest room! This home also has a spacious in-suite laundry/storage area. The large west facing balcony features a perfectly retro downtown Edmonton view with a gas line hookup for summer BBQ's. Building amenities include fitness room, social room, guest suite and loads of visitor parking. Condo fee includes heat and water. Fantastic location! Walking distance to City Centre, Grandin LRT Station, restaurants, shopping, River Valley and MacEwan University is right across the street!
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Real Estate Cost of Owning Pets

No matter how much we love our pets, they cost us money and real estate is no exception. Even if you have the best behaved animal, they still make an impact when it comes to selling your home. There are 2 main triggers which can reduce the value of your home.

 

Selling your home with PetsFirst is pet odors. If you have ever owned a cat, you know how often they use that kitty box. But did you know the scent from plastic kitty boxes can linger for years. Using a litter which forms clumps when moistened with urine is great for odor control. As soon as you remove the clump, the odor is usually gone. Adding a layer of odor absorbing additive, such as baking soda will also help. For all you dog lovers, remember when buyers are viewing your home, they also look outside. Clean up the doggie bombs, replace those yellow grass stains, wash all pet bedding and put away the pet toys.

Second concern is all that pet hair. Many buyers have allergies to animals and even though your home smells good, the lingering pieces of hair can cause stuffiness and not attract that "Home Sweet Home" ambiance. It’s estimated that 20% to 30% of young adults will react to an airborne allergen, such as pet dander. It is impossible to completely eliminate all evidence of pets, but by having your carpets and furniture professionally cleaned, it will make an impact. Animal allergies are a common concern, and buyers who have them can be easily turned off if a house has pets.   

Don't forget the basics. .
- Please, please remove pets during showings
- Keep your animals smelling fresh
- Remove all pet owning evidence including pet beds, pet dishes, crates, treats, leashes, etc
- Replace any torn carpets or furniture previously used as scratching posts, chewed baseboards, etc

- Air out your home an hour before showing

 

Our pets are part of our families and we love them, but when it comes to selling your Edmonton home, they will cost us both time and money. Clean, Vacuun, steam clean and vacuun again. Don't try to cover up pet smells with air fresheners or fabreeze - Buyers will notice.

 

More money saving tips on making your Edmonton Home more saleable

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Maximum the Value of your Edmonton Home.

The easiest and cheapest way to improve your home's value whether you're getting ready to sell your home or want to give your home a fresh new look for your own enjoyment. We have several inexpensive tips which will make your home more attractive. If you have major renovations, there are several places in Edmonton to purchase materials, such as Habitat for Humanity Edmonton - ReStore North, for a fraction of the price the big retailers charge.

 



Spruce up your front yard - Creating curb appeal will make your home more appealing to buyers.


Pay attention to bathrooms - Make your bathrooms as inviting as possible. If a buyer happens to use your toilet, they are looking at every detail in your powder room and are contiplating whether or not your home has made thier house buying short list.


Give your walls a fresh coat of paint - Adding a fresh coat of paint, especially on an older home can make the inside of your home feel completely different. Choose your colors carefully.


Pets are not that precious - If you own a pet, this is a must to read.


Match your appliances! PLEASE! When a buyer is looking at your kitchen and there is one mis-matched appliance, they will be thinking all of the appliances will need to be replaced, thus bringing in lower offers.

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ADD SOME MAGIC PAINT TO YOUR HOME!

We saw a shift with paint colors in 2017 towards more pigment choices. When ever you paint a wall in your home, it can change the whole feeling of the room. Paint connoisseurs are saying "move over greys and blues. Sage is taking over." Personally, I am not a fan of green walls, but am a fan of feng shui. Below is a list of colors to paint your home via feng shui to create a more inviting place to live.

 


Yellow is the color of sunlight, cheerful and uplifting yellow will always brighten any home or office. Yellow color also creates cozy, welcoming feng shui energy in your kitchen, living room or children's rooms. From hot sunflower yellow to pale buttery yellow color tones, the use of yellow colour is identical to the feng shui use of orange colour, as both are a gentle expression of the fire feng shui element.

Red is the color that carries the energy of the Fire feng shui element. Fire has always been a symbol of divine energy and can be both destructive and creative. Fire represents the energy of sun and life. A balanced feng shui fire element in your home will bring joy, excitement, and strong sexual desire. An imbalance of the same element will bring either fiery arguments, restlessness and even aggression (too much Fire) or a lack of energy and enthusiasm for life (too little Fire).

Green is the color of renewal, fresh energy, and new beginnings. Green is very nourishing to your health, as it calms your nerves and balances your whole body by bringing healing feng shui vibrations from Mother Nature. If you find a beautiful green color paint and decide on a green room in your Health & Family area,  do not stop at just the wall color, but be sure to bring at least two more decor details in a green that is somewhat different from your wall color. These details can be pillows, vibrant art, a sofa throw in a fresh spring green, a side table, etc.

Light blue is considered the feng shui color of harmonious expansion and gentle growth, while darker blue evokes the feng shui energy of deep calm, wisdom, and serenity. Great for Bathrooms and childrens bedrooms.

Deep blue colors should be used sparingly in the feng shui areas of South, Northwest and West areas of your home or office, and freely in the North, East, and Southeast. One of the most calming feng shui combinations is the combination of the blue and white color. It brings the happy energy of clear skies and crisp fresh energy of new beginnings.

Purple should be used with moderation. It is a very strong, high vibration color, the color of connection to the spiritual realms. In terms of energy centers of the human body, the purple color is connected to the higher energy center. Great for bedrooms.

If once you have painted your walls and things don't quite seem right, Add a few home accessories with a darker shade than the walls.

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