Whole Foods Coming to South Edmonton in Fall 2016

Tue, 03 Mar by Terry Paranych
A Whole Foods store in Texas

A Whole Foods store in Texas. Photo: Salon.com

Whole Food, a Texas-based natural and organic grocer announced that the company is expanding into south Edmonton next year.

The company was established in 1980, has been in Canada for over ten years and currently has 10 stores in B.C. and Ontario. “The store will offer natural, organic and local products including high-quality meats, sustainable seafood and fresh baked goods. The company will work with growers, ranchers and other suppliers to source as many local products as possible” says Whole Foods executive co-ordinator for marketing in the Pacific Northwest region. The new store will open in fall 2016 and will be located in the South Park Centre, at 3803 Calgary Trail South.

How do you think Whole Foods will do in Edmonton?

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home For Edmonton’s Spring Market

Tue, 24 Feb by Terry Paranych

The days are getting longer, the weather is warming up, the snow is melting and many Edmonton homeowners are preparing their home for the spring market. While preparing  your home for sale, it is easy to overlook the repairs that you (the homeowner/seller) may consider low priority “quick fixes” on account of just living with them for a long time.  That being said, buyers will notice the repairs that need to be done and make a judgment about how much they will have to put into the house after they purchase. Then, it’s not uncommon for buyers to bring up the”quick fixes” during the negotiation which prolongs the sale and costs more time and money. So, to help make life a little easier for everybody involved in the deal, here are five common repairs to consider doing before you put your house on the market this spring:

1) Wobbly Hand Rails

Unstable handrails and even deck rails can indicate to a buyer that the home is not well taken care of and the inspector might think it’s more of a safety issue more than you realize.

2) Fogged Windows

A fogged window is an indication that the seal is broken. That can mean the window needs to be replaced and that the heating costs will be higher because the window is not sealed as it should be.

3) Gutters

If the gutters are not functional and no longer directing water away from the home’s foundation, it can call into question how strong the foundation of the home is overall.

4) Light Bulbs

If a bulb is missing or simply not working, it could mean more than just a burnt out bulb. Often times, inspectors don’t take the time to check if it’s just a burnt out bulb so they could make the judgement that there is a possible electrical problem in the home.

5) Leaky Faucets

If anything in your home is leaking, fix it. Calling a plumber to check all the faucets will save you time and money in the long run.

Thanks for reading and don’t hestitate to get in touch with the Paranych Real Estate Team to discuss how we can help you this Spring!

 

University of Alberta: A World Class Institute

Tue, 17 Feb by Terry Paranych
Photo: www.communityrelations.ualberta.ca

Photo: www.communityrelations.ualberta.ca

The University of Alberta consistently ranks among the top five universities in Canada and among the top public research universities worldwide. We thought we would do a brief spotlight of this world-class institute that Edmontonians have in their very own backyard.

The Univeristy of Alberta jumped 12 places in the 2014-15 QS World University Rankings, a respected ranking of universities worldwide and as of Septemeber 2014, the University placed 84th among the 2,000 universities in the survey.

The University of Alberta is a major reason for an influx of new residence into Edmonton each year. More than 39,000 students from across Canada and 150 other countries enroll at the University of Alberta each year. The Universities 5 campuses (North Campus, South Campus, Campus Saint-Jean, Augustana Campus and Enterprise Square),  400 distinct research laboratories and 18 faculties draws international students from far and wide.

Looking to learn more about the University of Alberta? Visit the News and Events page.

 

Edmonton Community Spotlight: Mill Woods

Tue, 10 Feb by Terry Paranych
Photo: seedmonton.ca

Photo: seedmonton.ca

Mill Woods is a residential community located in southeast Edmonton. It consists of 26 neighbourhoods that make up a total of 8 surrounding communities (Burnewood, Knottwood, Lakewood, Millbourne, Millhurst, Ridgewood, Southwood, and Woodvale), including a Town Centre Community (Mill Woods Town Centre).

It is bound by Whitemud Drive (Highway 14) to the north, 91 Street to the west and 34 street to the east and Anthony Henday Drive to the south.

Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 6.51.43 AMMill Woods is a community known for it’s diverse demographic, large visible minority population and a strong sense of community. Approximately, 78 000 Edmontonians call Mill Woods home.

Shop Till You Drop in Mill Woods 

Mill Woods Town Centre Mall has 85 retailers including Shoppers Drug Mart and Canadian Tire. It also includes a recently added Good Life Fitness gym. This mall also houses on of Edmonton’s most used Edmonton Public Library (Mill Woods branch).

Photo: Seedmonton.ca

Photo: Seedmonton.ca

Mill Bourne Mall is a smaller mall that includes Safeway and TD Bank. This mall also includes a community outreach centre known as the Welcome Centre for Immigrants.

Stay Active in Mill Woods

Mill Woods Park, located at the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 66 Street, provides residents ample opportunity to enjoy the summer months in the great outdoors. Complete with multiple picnic sites, sports fields and a small lake, Mill Woods Park is go-to destination for community sports teams, families celebrating special occasions and all residents looking to enjoy nature.The water playground at Mill Woods Park is a summer staple for young children from Mill Woods and its surrounding areas. Complete with water slides and fountains, the water playground is open daily from 9am – 5pm from May to September.

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Photo: Edmonton.ca

Mill Woods Recreation Centre is located next to J. Percy Page Highschool. It is a fitness centre complete with amenities such as squash and racquetball courts, a large pool and even an ice rink used frequently by community league members young and old.

Mill Woods Golf Course is a sought after location for golf enthusiasts from all over Edmonton. The golf club offers private lessons, a driving range and hosts multiple tournaments throughout the year.

Visit Edmonton Real Estate Community Profiles to learn more about neighbourhoods in Millwoods.

Take Part in Edmonton’s Winter Walk Day!

Tue, 03 Feb by Terry Paranych

Did you know that on the first Wednesday of February each year, thousands of Albertans take it outside to celebrate living in a beautiful winter province? It’s called Winter Walk Day, and it is a province-wide walk that draws 160 000 Albertans annually. The mantra for the event is “don’t hibernate… participate” and that is something we can definitely get behind.Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 12.30.28 PM

If you’re not sure about registering for Winter Walk Day this year, we’ve compiled a short list to get Edmontonians inspired. Hopefully after reading this, you will reach out to your friends, colleagues and neighbours and encourage them to bundle up on February 4th to join you for at least a 15 minute walk.

Walking Makes You Happier

It’s a commonly known fact that walking releases feel-good endorphins into the bloodstream that can reduce stress and anxiety. Additionally, numerous studies have shown that walking can improve your mood and increase brain activity.

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A recent study revealed that walking boosts creative inspiration. Here’s an idea, use this information to convince your colleagues to walk with you on Winter Walk Day! Also, remember that taking a walk with a colleague or two when you hit a roadblock on a project might be the best way to get your creativity flowing again.

Walking Boosts Your Vitamin D Levels

Walking outside exposes you to vitamin D, a nutrient that’s hard to get from food, but that we can synthesise from exposure to sunlight. It’s important to get enough vitamin D because it improves your immunity and can keep your bones strong.

Have these reasons encouraged you to take part on February 4th? We hope so!  And we also hope you see the importance of getting outside and taking advantage of all the great outdoor spaces that Edmonton has to offer year round.

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