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Audrey and Mike have listed a new property at 4514 163 AVE in Edmonton.
This beautifully maintained Bedrock built "Hinton" two-story boasts of style and modern charm, nestled in the quiet neighborhood of Brintnell. The spacious foyer welcomes you home with warm, natural color tones, laminate flooring and ample natural light throughout. Open concept main floor features spacious kitchen with granite enhanced counters, an oversized island, walk-in pantry and bright breakfast nook with patio door access to the new two-tiered deck and fully fenced back yard. This floor plan offers laundry on a separate level and a gas fireplace in family room. Upstairs showcases a master suite with walk-in closet, 4 piece en-suite, 2 additional spacious bedrooms & 4 piece main bathroom. Other highlights include flow through humidifier, R-I vacuum system, double attached garage and a FULLY FINISHED basement with a 4th bathroom, 4th bedroom and large family room. Conveniently located close to shopping & grocery stores, Manning Drive, Anthony Henday, Yellowhead Trail, & LRT.
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Audrey and Mike have listed a new property at 1 4616 49 AVE in Gibbons.
WELCOME HOME! Looking to downsize?! Then look no further than this gorgeous 1270 square foot half duplex 2 bedroom condo located in the heart of Gibbons. The main floor boasts of a spacious entrance with ample closet space, U-shaped kitchen with breakfast bar and corner pantry, large living room with corner gas fireplace, a 2 piece bath/ laundry room, generous sized second bedroom, and a massive master bedroom with attached 4 piece en-suite. Your no maintenance patio overlooks a fenced common area to enjoy. Heated and finished garage, air conditioning, and additional parking are just some of the many upgrades you will find in this no maintenance property!
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Audrey and Mike have listed a new property at 5722 143 AVE in Edmonton.
This home has been redone from top to bottom! Your main floor offers a comfortable living room that looks through to your kitchen with newer cabinets, lots of storage, tiled granite counter-tops, water filter, stainless steel appliances & ceramic tile flooring. All appliances stay including the HE front load washer & dryer. There is also a desk area & a newly renovated half bathroom. Upstairs offers a huge master bedroom that easily fits a king size bed, 2 additional bedrooms plus a beautifully renovated bathroom. Downstairs is fully finished with beveled laminate flooring and offers even more space for you. Outside is a fenced back yard that backs on to a quiet green space area. Your serviced parking stall is directly in front of your unit, plus there are newer windows & storm doors. Almost everything has been done! Welcome Home!
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Do You Know the Basics of Home Security?

Most people feel confident about the basics of Locked & Secured Edmonton Homehome security. For example: Keep all doors locked. Have a light on in the house while away. Never hide a key outside in an obvious place, like under the mat. Yet, almost a million and a half (WOW!) properties get burglarized in North America each year. So how can you prevent that from happening to your home? Here are a few less known home security basics:


  • Actually, never hide a key outside. Thieves know all the hiding places. Instead, make sure all family members have a key.
  • Two-thirds of home burglaries occur during the day. So be extra vigilant about making sure doors and windows are locked while you're away at work during the day.
  • Surprisingly, most thieves are not daring. They are 2.7 times more likely to target a home without an alarm system. At the very least, nave some signs prominently displaying an alarm company. Sometimes, merely see these signs will make the burglar move on.
  • Thieves will attempt to force entry throughBarred Edmonton patio door to increase your home security sliding-style doors and windows first. So make sure these have a locking bar or extra bolt lock.
  • Surprising, 40% of household burglaries do not involve forced entry. The thief is able to slip in through an unlocked window or door.
  • Don't show off possessions! An imported racing bike/fancy ski-doo parked next to the garage or expensive audio equipment clearly seen through a window, is an invitation to burglars.
  • Take a look at the lighting and landscaping around your property. Are there spots where a thief could easily hide? If so, make some changes like add motion enabled lights.
  • When planning a trip, have a trusted neighbor or family pick up newspapers, flyers and anything else that may accumulate at your front door.

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If crime rate is a major concern for you, Edmonton has a crime map, where you can see hhow much crime has taken place over the last few months in all communities. Check it out!

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Cannabis legalization could be a problem for Edmonton homeowners.

As an experienced residential Edmonton REALTOR® for more than 20 years, I can foresee growing Cannabis inside our Edmonton homes as a huge negative.

 

 

When selling a property, many buyers are sensitive to smells and find lingering cigarette smoke, pet smells, strong cooking odors very offensive. Marijuana will add to this list.

I understand the benefits and personally know seniors who really enjoy the relief of pain and the relaxing sensation it creates. However, passing a law to allow Edmontonians to grow cannabis in their own homes is completely insane.

For me personally, there are so many questions. Will we need a license to have a pot plant, like our family pets? Should we be smoking the cannabis inside our homes, the ingrained smell is no different than cigarette smells. What if we grow it outside? Who will be responsible for any losses? Let's drug our wildlife. Watching a "stoned" squirrel or bunny hopping down the back alley could be pretty funny. Will we need special insurances in our greenhouses? Are we allowed to play with, alternate this cannabis to create a more potent drug? Can we smoke it with children in the room?

If laws are implemented for growing marijuana inside our homes, will these laws also apply to certain poisonous household plants, making beer and wines, rolling cigarettes Will it stop there or will it continue until we have no freedom of our own property?

As a licensed real estate agent in Alberta, am I suppose to now report everyone who has a cannabis plant? Will my Seller's homes be considered a "Drug House"? Will it be "red flagged" by CMHC and all future mortgages will have to be conventional.
 
One of the key issues that CREA's federal affairs team has been working on recently is on Bill C-45 and the legalization of cannabis in Canada. This is a great article from the Canadian Real Estate Aassociation. - read more

Would love to hear your thoughts on growing cannabis in our Edmonton homes and on purchasing a home where homeowners smoke the cannabis inside.

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Audrey and Mike have listed a new property at 417 6220 134 AVE in Edmonton.
TOP FLOOR UNIT! Open concept floor plan with 9 foot ceilings, over sized windows, laminate floors, stylish black appliances and in-suite laundry. This unit also comes with heated underground parking and a storage cage. The complex is professionally managed, includes heat, water and electricity plus all the perks of condo living and offers a spacious exercise room. Close to shopping and transportation. Superior construction, architecture and quality in Holland Gardens Edmonton.
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Audrey and Mike have listed a new property at 15 8716 179 ST in Edmonton.
Absolutely stunning 2 storey townhouse located in a private cul-de-sac. 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath. This home features all the bells and whistles in the fully finished kitchen upgraded with granite counters, cabinets, full height mosaic glass tile back splash, and stainless steel appliances. The living room is bright, open and large enough to accommodate a sectional furniture. Just off the dining area you find a spacious balcony. Upstairs has 3 bedrooms, full bathroom and en-suite off master bedroom with 5' shower. Along with a double garage and no maintenance outside this end unit makes the perfect home. This gorgeous home is located only a few blocks from the Klarvatten lake and park. A perfect home for anyone who wants a modern home with upgraded appliances, double attached garage and no yard work! Contact Audrey at 780-910-5179 or Mike at 780-242-5229 or email us to view this Klarvatten home
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Replacing Your Edmonton Home Ceiling Lights is Easy and Affordable

Changing your ceiling lights is a great way to improve the look and feel of your space and you have more options than ever before in terms of selection and price. Most projects will only take a little bit of your time, even if you're a DIY novice, and they really do make a big impact on the level of comfort people will experience in your Edmonton home.  Edmonton Ceiling Fan Image
Changing out an old ugly ceiling light to a modern new one is easy and only takes seconds. Underneath the cover, at the base of the lamp will be a couple of screws that hold it to the ceiling. After turning off power to the room, unscrew the unit and detach the wires from it. Once you do this, you can simply reattach the new ceiling light, restore the power and enjoy a whole new effect in the room. It really is that simple for most installations, so the only thing to seriously consider is the look you want your light to give off.  Don't forget to flip off the breaker or you will have a shocking experience! haha

One option is to also install a dimmer switch. This is also a simple procedure, and the switch is very inexpensive and can be found in almost any lighting accessory retail location as well as online at your favorite dealer. This will allow you to control the brightness of your ceiling lights, and is perfect for areas such as the dining room, study or even the bedroom.

Chandeliers are a great way to accentuate rooms that have high ceilings, but they can also be small enough to fit over any existing fixture. Whether you are looking to use a chandelier as the focal centerpiece in an entryway or a small accessory for the dining room, there are plenty of models to choose from, and the designs can range from contemporary to classical. The only thing to remember is that your ceiling will need to support the weight of the chandelier, so it is very important to know what those limits are before installing a new piece. You may need to reinforce the mounts or consider an alternative that is less heavy. 

If you do install a chandelier in a room it's also worth considering
Edmonton New Light Fixture imageplacing a large mirror on one wall, this will give the impression of greater space in the room and will accentuate the impact of the chandelier.

Ceiling fans are also exceptionally beautiful and can add a lot to a room, especially kitchens and bedrooms. Most come with or without light fixtures, and you have the option of choosing a simple fan or one with a light attachment. A double benefit of having circulating air as well as light is that it can make a stuffy or crowded room much more pleasant to be in. Just as easy to install as replacement ceiling lights, it can be a simple weekend project that most people can do in about an hour. Finding the right one will depend on need, space and personal taste.

Whether looking for ceiling lights or fans, there is a wide selection to choose from for prices you won't find in traditional stores. A trusted online retailer (Google is your friend) should be a one stop resource for not only products, but for service and coaching as well. If you have a project, you can find a lighting accessory retailer that can help you to transform any space into an inviting place. Just give yourself some extra time for your order to be shipped. Don't forget to check out Amazon.

Styles don't last forever, and changing ceiling lights is easier and less expensive than most people think. From simply replacing a cover to switching to a whole new light entirely, there are more options than ever to transform that dull room into a luminescent space that is warm, inviting and comfortable. Whether you want to install ceiling fans or chandelier lights, there are many design options to choose from, and knowing what the effect is that you want to create will help you to make satisfying choices.


If you have further Edmonton ceiling lights replacement tips, please comment below or thru our contact page

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Almost perfect homes can be yours!

Attention Edmonton House Hunters! If you are a picky buyer, looking for a perfect home and are becoming fustrated because you keep finding the "almost perfect home". There may be a solution.

Did you know, several of our banks and financial lending companies will add in renovation costs with your mortgage. If you have been out House Hunting in Edmonton and find that almost perfect home (but needs a new kitchen, a finished basement or maybe a garage), talk with your mortgage broker and find out if you and your new home qualifiy for combined renovation mortgage.
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What to Take With You When Edmonton Home Shopping

You will want to make the process of shopping for an Edmonton home as productive and enjoyable as possible. After all, you'll be on a quest to find your next dream home. That's why it's important to take the right items with you:


• Digital camera, so you can take pictures of the features you like in the properties you see. Note, you can only take these photos of the outside unless you have permission from the home owner for those interior pictures. Yes, you can use your cell phone camera.
Notepad on clipboard used for shopping for Edmonton homes image• Notepad, so you can take detailed notes. A clipboard is also useful if you have property feature sheets to write on. You can also  take notes on your tablet, too.
• Measurements of your largest pieces of furniture, so you can confirm they'll fit in the rooms of properties you like. Important for those large bedroom suites, sectional couch or even the height of your monster truck (will it fit into the garage?). Have those numbers ready
• Measuring tape to check those measurements. If you have have electronic measuring tools, bring those, too.
Some healthy snacks and beverages, (especially important if you're taking the kids along). Bottled water should be on this list.
Map of the Edmonton local area, so you can check out local parks and other neighbourhood features. Google Maps works, too.
Clear driving directions to each of the properties you want to see. A GPS could Chequebook used for deposit for offer on Edmonton proprty for sale imagebe useful, too. (yes, cellphone!)

• Your cheque book. If you find your perfect home, you want to write an offer before someone else snaps it up. Many Edmonton listings today are asking for bank drafts so this isn't as important as a few years ago.

• Slipon shoes, easy to get and out of those houses really fast. Snow on the ground, bring easy to put on boots. Stay away from lace up footware.


One of the best ways to shop for a home, and actually enjoy the experience, is to work with a great REALTORS® like Audey and Mike. Give us a call 780-910-5179 or 780-242-5229 or reach out through our contact page and we can go over the buying process to get you moving into your dream home. What else do you think we should bring? If you can think of anything else, just comment below.

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Audrey and Mike have listed a new property at 17816 87 ST in Edmonton.
A beautiful home in the heart of the Lakeview community with over 2500 sq.ft. of living space. As you enter this wonderful home, you are greeted with a spacious foyer, followed by the open concept and gorgeous maple hardwood flooring throughout the main floor. Kitchen features include extended counter top, working island with curved breakfast bar, matching maple cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, and walk-in pantry. Just off of the kitchen is a ceramic tiled step-down landing to the garage, laundry, bathroom, and storage closet to keep out dirt from the outside. This home is very meticulous! Upstairs is a huge bonus room with soaring ceiling and built-in window seat plus three generous sized bedrooms with master suite and walk-in closet. Other great features of this home include oversized windows in a dining room for maximum sunlight, water softener, gas fireplace, fully finished basement with 4th bathroom and a fully fenced backyard accented by a fabulous composite two-tiered deck perfect for summer BBQ's with friends and family. Audrey at 780-910-5179 or Mike at 780-242-5229 or email us to view this Klarvatten home
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Top 5 Mistakes Edmonton Buyers Make

So you're ready to meet the challenge of buying a new home? With common-sense planning, you can avoid these five common buyer mistakes and steer yourself towards success:

1. Impulse buying

To skip this mistake, do some serious research on what are your specific needs. Example is, how are the local schools? Are there parks or gym facilities that fit your needs? How is the traffic to shopping centres, work, friends &

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family? Is shopping close by? In other words, compare areas in terms of what is important to you personally. You

might find your "dream house" only to discover that resales are slow, schools are terrible, traffic is a nightmare or that aircraft fly right over the front yard ~yikes~. Bottom line – make your new Edmoton home earn its stripes. Before you commit to a long term home relationship, make certain you are both compatible.

2. Not setting any budget limits

Don't make the classic mistake of buying more than you can afford. Your first responsibility is to pay your mortgage, taxes and insurance. If you're set on upgrades or remodeling, can you fit them into your budget? What about furnishings? Can you afford the extra furniture for those extra bedrooms or for that huge new living/family room? And what about utilities? Those cathedral ceilings are breathtaking, but have you considered the additional heating costs?Foreclosure is not fun and that what happens if you don't pay those bills.

Edmonton mortgage pre-approval image3. Not getting pre-approved for a mortgage

Speaking of monthly payments, most experts  (including us) consider it absolutely crucial for buyers to seek pre-approval from a lender before even looking to purchase. While pre-approval doesn't mean you are approved for a loan, at the very least it establishes precisely what you can afford. Once you have that info, you can avoid the heartbreak of finding the perfect home only to discover that it's beyond your financial reach. In addition, pre-approval substantially improves your status as a buyer in the eyes of a seller... BIG TIME. If you don't have a lender, ask and we know some great people who can help.

 

4. Not working with professionals

So, you've found a lender. Now you need to complete your professional support team. Too many buyers believe they can do this on their own and they disregard professional input. Avoid a nightmare later by assembling a group of professionals who will suit your needs, represent you, and whose expertise you respect. Begin your search with a buyer's agent (preferably an ABR®) . Resist the urge to call the REALTORS® number on the For Sale sign. The seller's agent works for the seller. You need a REALTOR® who will work on your behalf and negotiate with your best interests in mind. Will you need a lawyer? It's a great idea to find an excellent lawyer as your search begins, rather than in the midst of it. To say that Real Estate documents are confusing is an understatement. A lawyer specializing in Real Estate is best suited to protect you from unexpected terms or surprises when it's time to sign on the dotted line. We have a list of recommended lawyers you may want to choose from. And what about a home inspector? Which brings us to the next mistake…

Don't cut corners, use a licenced Edmonton home inspector image 5. Cutting corners on the home inspection

Some lenders may require a home inspection before they will approve a mortgage. Buyers are wise to pay for a thorough inspections to include structural components, electrical, piping, roof integrity, sewage or leaks, etc. A minor investment with a home inspector is a small price to pay in exchange for enormous deficiencies later. I have a list of recommended licenced home inspectors you may want to choose from. Even thou your friend or family member (uncle, dad, brother) may work in the trades or contruction doesn't mean they are a home inspector.

Ultimately, with smart planning and a realistic approach to home buying, you really can enjoy the dream of owning your perfect home. Please browse thru our buyers pages as we have plenty of preliminary info for you. When you are ready to look for your Edmonton home or have general home ownership questions, please call us direct Audrey 780-910-5179, Mike 780-242-5229, thru our contact page or even down below in the comments.

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Top 12 Things to Pack Last

It's time to pack up your rental apartment and move to your new Edmonton home. Here's a helpful list of 12 items to pack last and keep handy (a.k.a. they're the things you'll need to get to first and frequently)

  1. Extension cords, batteries, everything's electric these days it seems. Computers, CD players, smart phone, all those little gizmos you just can't seem to live without. So it just makes sense to keep that extension cord or pack of new batteries right on top within reach.Packing boxes to move into your new Edmonton home image
  2. Tools. We're talking hammers and screwdrivers, nails & screws, scotch tape, duct tape and especially a tape measure. A good multi tool wouldn't hurt, either. Will be handy for assemling those beds.
  3. Dehydration is a sneaky beast, so be prepared. A bottle opener and glasses. Thirst always seems to come first, particularly if you have to lug that stuff around. Make sure you have enough for your moving crew, too! (great way to "brib" them as they are moving your stuff).
  4. Snack, pizza or fast food coupons. You're going to work up a hunger so think about treating yourself to a quick bite or a night out to your favourite fast food joint. Again, make sure you have enough food for the moving crew/friends!
  5. Address book or important contacts on your smartphone. Keep those important telephone numbers handy.
  6. Cell phone or regular landline telephone to plug in - put these within easy reach. There's is always potential for an emergency call.
  7. Sufficient cash. If you are opening a new bank account, you may have to wait for your first check to clear. Traveller's checks wouldn't hurt, either. Usually your debit card would work.
    Alarm clock to wake you up for work in your new Edmonton job image
  8. Copy of your lease & personal ID such as driver's license. Speaking of banking, if you are starting a new checking account (or applying for utilities service), you'll need proof of your new address. Ask your bank if they would accepted your purchase contract.
  9. Cleaning materials. Paper towels, broom & dustpan, mop, bucket, garbage bags, etc. Accidents do happen. Oh yes, don't forget some toilet paper, soap & hand towel.
  10. Extra light bulbs as you may have some burnt out bulbs, a small lamp (perhaps a flashlight). It may be dark when you move in.
  11. Alarm clock. You don't want to miss your first day of work, do you? Nowadays, your smartphone will be a great substitute.
  12. Box cutter. Don't pack that tool as it's the first thing you need to open your boxes.

If you can add anything to this list, please let us know thru our contact page or comment below.

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Please visit our Open House at 4062 33A ST in Edmonton.
Open House on Sunday, March 4, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Basement features open concept with large custom kitchen. Call Audrey at 780-910-5179 for more details no
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
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Please visit our Open House at 4062 33A ST in Edmonton.
Open House on Saturday, March 3, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM Basement features open concept with large custom kitchen. Call Audrey at 780-910-5179 for more details no
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
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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.

 

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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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