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RE/MAX is Wack
If you haven't seen this before, enjoy. Very catchy tune. One of our favourite YouTube videos
Have a great Thursday!
We are Posted From Edmonton...What's Next?
So after a good talk with your career manager, you been told that you are posted out of CFB Edmonton. What's next? You need to find a good REALTOR® on Brookfield's IRP list to help sell your home. Audrey Abuan and Mike Muranetz will get you moving. We have already been getting calls to do what we call "Pre-Listing" appointments. These are basically consultations to help you get a jump start for preparation of selling your Edmonton & area home. We will show you how to get your home ready (paint, minor repairs), provide a RE/MAX exclusive "Fit to Sell" DVD for staging, give a market snapshot of homes for sale & sold in your neighborhood, discuss options for your move & address any other concerns. No pressure & no paper work.
If you like, we also have a list of preferred REALTORS® which we have personally worked with in the past. These hand picked people to have the same work ethic and experience to help you on your eventual House Hunting Trip (HHT) with your new home. We are only half the journey and can hand you off to someone who will look after you and your family needs to the same calibre.
If you been verbally told you are posted or if some stroke of luck, actually have a posting message in hand, don't hesitate to give us a call 780-242-5229 (Mike Muranetz, CD), or 780-910-5179 (Audrey Abuan)
or email us Sold@EdmontonHouseHunting.com You won't be disappointed by our guidance, experience & ultimate results!
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.
Posted in: Zone 12, Edmonton Real Estate
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!
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.
First 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
We Sold a House at 67 Birch Dr Gibbons T0A1N0
Modern Upgrades! At 1225 sq ft, this beautiful 3+1 bed, 1.5 bath, 2 storey home has so much to offer. Impressive kitchen features newer cabinets, decorative back splash, pantry, includes all appliances w/microwave hoodfan & big dining area. Large sized living room offers plenty of natural light. Convenient 2 piece washroom finishes this level. Master bedroom offers ceiling fan & closet with built-in shelving. Other 2 bedrooms are also a good size. Fully finished downstairs w/4th bedroom & family room. Includes washer & dryer, newer HWT & high efficiency furnace. Other upgrades are newer windows, decor switches/plugs & baseboards. Out back is private deck, fenced yard & firepit. Oversized heated single car garage plus RV parking. Short walk to neighbourhood playground & splash park. With a super quick possession, short drive to Edmonton & Fort Saskatchewan but has small town charm, this Gibbons family home should be ranked number 1 on your must see list!
If you have a Gibbons home to sell, please go to our Seller Profile and we'll shortly get back to you.
CURB APPEAL IS CRUCIAL!
Curb appeal is attractiveness of the exterior of an Edmonton residence as viewed from the street and is in the eyes of a buyer, an indicator of the initial appeal of a property. This is so easy to know what to do. Simply view your home and your neighbours homes from across the street and notice what needs attention.
Remember, when determining the value of your Edmonton home, first impressions are crucial.
Owning A Piece of History in Bonnie Doon
Bonnie Doon has always been one of Edmonton's most sought after southeast locations.
The Molstad House is located in the heart of Bonnie Doon, southeast Edmonton and was built in constructed in 1912 ans was the first residential building to receive historical designation.
If you are interested specifically in the Bonnie Doon community, please reach out to us. Thanks!
BATHROOMS ARE THE #1 SELLING FEATURE!
When buyers are home shopping, they check out your bathrooms. Below are a few helpful ideas to freshen up the spa area of your home and help save you some money.
Add a few new towels, creative soap bars and scented candles. All of these items can be purchased at any dollar store.
Money tight? Need to Sell? For more tips on inexpensive renovations, reach out to us. Thanks!
Posted in: Zone 27, Edmonton Real Estate
Audrey and Mike have listed a new property at 17832 108 ST in Edmonton.
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
Selling a House During the Holidays
Christmas can be a hectic time of your and trying to keep your home tidy for showings may seem to be a daunting task. Below are some tips to help you make selling your home during the Christmas season a little easier.
Posted in: Zone 30, Edmonton Real Estate
Audrey and Mike have listed a new property at 4062 33A ST in Edmonton.
An inner city urban oasis featuring a tranquil waterfall, pond with koi fish, mature foliage and trees, private fenced off garden area, fire pit, flagstone walking paths and huge west facing covered deck overlooking a spectacular landscape. Indoors, both the upstairs and downstairs kitchens are bright, open and offer ample counter and cupboard space. This home has plenty of built in storage, a large foyer, a formal dining room, massive loft, 3.5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, wood burning and gas fireplaces, loft over looking the foyer, a completely finished basement, underground sprinklers, R.V. Parking with an 8 foot door and so much more. An amazing home with an amazing view! Audrey at 780-910-5179 or Mike at 780-242-5229 or email us to view this home
Posted in: Zone 02, Edmonton Real Estate
Audrey and Mike have listed a new property at 102 6315 135 AVE in Edmonton.
At almost 700 sq ft, this luxury 1 bedroom condo in located in Holland Gardens, a highly desirable complex close to Londonderry Mall. Situated on main floor for security, this non-smoking home includes a modern open concept floor plan. Good size kitchen has black appliances, plenty of cabinets & counters including large working island. Living room is large with patio door leading to outside, perfect for guest access & extra parking. Other features include high ceilings, large bedroom with 2 closets, insuite laundry with storage room, laminate flooring & BBQ gasline. No more winter scraping with underground parking stall & secured storage cage. Pet friendly complex offers a complete fitness room plus plenty of visitor parking stalls & on-street parking. Condominium contributions include unlimited ELECTRICITY, HEAT, WATER, lawn care with snow removal and all exterior maintenance. Close to public transit, thorough ways & all shopping. With a quick possession, this home shows great & is priced perfect. Audrey at 780-910-5179 or Mike at 780-242-5229 or email us to view this home
NEW YEARS IS TOO LATE!
With the change in upcoming qualifing mortgage rules, there is some good news.
If you would like a contact information for one of our in-house mortgage brokers for your pre-approval, contact us.
Why Buy in Edmonton?
Have you ever asked yourself that question? I know I have. I’ve questioned the idea in my head once or twice. What makes it so great from a business stand point, what is the job market like and is it really worth buying in Alberta? The short answer is: yes… wait, the answer is HECK YES! There is something great about Edmonton besides the Roger’s Place at the Ice District in downtown.
According to The Culture Trip, houses on average are roughly $350K. Which, for the most part, is true. Prices have not doubled in the last 10 years and have been surprisingly steady and unchanging in this period of time. Edmonton is one of the cheapest Canadian cities to live. With over 1.3 million people in surrounding areas and roughly 900K living in the city, the capital of Alberta has so much more to offer than our rival city, Calgary (there's that "Battle of Alberta" happening).
Our Real Estate market has been receiving some hate due to the increased growth of the city within the last six months but it benefits those eager to buy. This means you'll receive a steal-of-a-deal that you won't get anywhere else. The best places to buy are downtown and the south side right now!
So the question is, why Edmonton? Why buy here? If you want more bang for your buck, Edmonton is relatively cheap. Cheaper housing than Calgary, one of the best job markets, minimum wage is one of the highest across Canada, awesome people and lower gas prices because we’re an oil province! Go here to get started
Is 5% really what you need to purchase a home in Edmonton....
You've been looking on line and found that perfect home, calculated and saved your 5% downpayment and want to make an offer to purchase. But are you really ready to buy your Edmonton dream home?
Guide to Hiring an Amazing Edmonton REALTOR® Team
When you’re buying or selling an Edmonton home, it’s crucial to work with a qualified REALTOR or real estate agent. Not just a professional, but an amazing agent and a market expert. So how do you ensure you’re hiring an amazing real estate agent (or team)?
There are currently more than two million real estate professionals in North America. With so many options to choose from, how does a prospective home buyer or seller choose the right agent or broker from the REALTORS Association of Edmonton? According to the National Association of REALTORS®, trust and reputation are the top deciding factors consumers use when hiring an agent.
But how do you measure trust and reputation ... and what criteria can be used to help you make your decision?
In this guide, we've outlined the top attributes that amazing agents possess to make sure you’re working with the right Edmonton market expert(s) to achieve your Real Estate goals.
5 ATTRIBUTES OF AN AMAZING Edmonton AGENTS
As we mentioned above, not all real estate professionals are the same. And it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the options and information about working with real estate professionals to buy or sell your home. In fact, many Alberta Real Estate markets are oversaturated with agents.
To help you understand what makes top agents and market experts stand apart from the competition, following are five key attributes of an amazing agent:
1. A Pricing Specialist
Whether buying or selling a home, pricing can be tricky. Market experts can help navigate best-possible pricing strategies, and also secure the home you want within your budget.
2. An Effective Time Manager
Even a well-intentioned agent may not have the skills, tools or technology to make the experience easy for you. There are lots of hidden activities that may take up unexpected time, and a market expert will save you time and energy.
3. A Market Insider
Getting relevant and specific market knowledge can be difficult and time
consuming, which is why many real estate agents don’t have it. Whether you’re buying or selling a home, an experienced real estate agent is often the best source of information about a city, neighborhood, or even street … we’re literally conducting market research every day.
4. A Strong Negotiator
Many agents can feel the stress of the negotiation process, and may agree to terms of the buyer/seller. Working with a market expert will help ensure you get the best deal, not just the fastest deal.
5. An Effective Closer
Many agents don’t have a firm understanding of contracts. Because a real estate transaction often involves a significant investment, even a small mistake can mean serious trouble. With that in mind, it’s often best, and most responsible, to work with a true market expert.
LET'S GET STARTED!
Now that you’re armed with the 5 Attributes of Amazing Agents to ensure you work with the best possible real estate agent, you’re ready to start interviewing agents. Here is an awesome downloadable version.
Audrey & Mike would love an opportunity to win your business. Schedule a free consultation with us to find out how true market experts can help you achieve your real estate goals! Just drop us a line on our contact page. Thank you.
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