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selling an edmonton home in winterSelling your Edmonton home in the winter months can seem difficult; however, with a few staging tricks, you could be fighting off bids. Cold temperatures welcome buyers inside so it's important that you make your home warm and inviting. Potential buyers will walk through a home and envision their own lives there. Staging your home to enhance a buyer's experience can make or break a sale. Keep reading to learn these easy tips on staging your home without spending a fortune.

Clean Up & Depersonalize

Potential buyers will be browsing your home, trying to visualize their lives. It makes sense to declutter your place and have a tidy kitchen with minimal exposed items. Additionally, put away your personal items. It's tempting to keep all of your holiday

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Spider-proof Edmonton homesIt’s that time of the year again, and just like you can’t wait to get in your warm and cozy home on a chilly afternoon, either can the little eight-legged critters that are hanging around outside your home. Nearly half of all women and one in five men confess to having arachnophobia. Needless to say, these little house guests aren’t so much welcomed with open arms as they are with newspapers and shoes. While gently escorting them out of the home is the ideal solution, it isn’t something that everyone can handle.

Here are a few tips to help humanely spider-proof your home this winter in Edmonton so that spiders and you can happily coexist in your own separate habitats.

Keep Your Home Clean

For a spider, coming into a messy home is like an

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Edmonton has established itself as a centre for industry and is commonly referred to as the "Gateway to the North". It's one of Canada's fastest growing cities, attracting more and more wealthy home owners as its economy continues to grow.

Let's take a look at how the other half lives! Here are 5 of the most expensive Edmonton homes for sale currently on the market!

5) 147 161 Avenue NW – MLS#: e3418515, $3.5 million.

Found just outside of the Evergreen development in Northeast Edmonton, this stellar luxury home is just steps from both the Quarry and Raven Crest Golf & Country Club. Coming in at over 6000 square feet, the sprawling estate if brimming with attractive old-world elegance: beautiful hardwood flooring, stone pillars, and a grand

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trendy edmonton neighbourhoodsIf you're looking for a new investment opportunity, these 3 Edmonton neighbourhoods are ones you should keep an eye on! They each have huge potential and have been flagged as up-and-coming communities, perfect for trend-setters and savvy buyers.

Arena / ICE District

The arena district has been considered a hot market for a while, but recent interest from international real estate investors is causing this Edmonton area to surge in popularity.

The development of Rogers Place Arena and the Edmonton Downtown Community Arena is expected to begin in 2016, alongside the Winter Garden, Edmonton Civic Tower, Grand Villa Edmonton Casino and MacEwan LRT station. The subsequent phase, planned for 2017-2020 includes residential units, condos, a four-star

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remembrance dayLest We Forget...

These words never hold more true than today, November 11 - Remembrance Day. The men and women who serve in our country's military make sacrifices every day so we can be proud and enjoy the many freedoms of our great nation.

This year, a Remembrance Day service will be held at City Hall in the City Room from 10:15-10:35 am, honouring the achievements and sacrifices of our military. Seating will be first-come, first-served and the doors will open at 9:45 am. Following this service there will be a wreath laying ceremony, outside at the City Hall cenotaph. If you wish to watch the wreath-laying ceremony, organizers are asking that you be in place by 10:50 am and to keep the area around the cenotaph clear.

You can also take part in

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protect your homeAs we head into the cooler months and closer to Christmas (it's less than 2 months away!), it's likely that you or someone you know will be doing some travelling. Maybe your whole family is getting together at Grandma and Grandpa's ol' farm for a few days, or maybe you're one of the luckier ones and escaping our cold Canadian winter for a sun-soaked paradise for a month.

Regardless of where you're going or how long you're going for, you don't want to be worrying about what's going on at home, or with it. Below, you'll find a list of 5 some simple precautions to take to protect your Edmonton home while you're away this winter.

Safety First!

Firstly, unhide your spare key. Don't leave it under the doormat, in a flower pot, in the mailbox, or under

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sell your home in winterWhile selling a home during the winter months may present a unique challenge, it's not impossible. As with any real estate transaction, you'll get more offers by taking the needs of the buyer into consideration. What can you do to take those needs into consideration and increase the odds of selling a home; especially during what is traditionally a slow season for home sales?

Make Your Home Easy to Navigate

If there is no place to park on the sidewalk because of a large snowdrift or there's no room to park in the driveway because it's covered in snow, no one will stop by your open house. The last thing that anyone wants to do is park a kilometre away and walk to the house in freezing cold weather. Furthermore, make sure the walk is shovelled and

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snow shovelling tipsOnce again winter is here and of course, that means snow. While it can transform a barren landscape into a winter wonderland, you still need to be able to get to work, school, or the grocery store. Whether you pay someone to dig you out or have your own snow blower, you usually need to do a little bit of shovelling to finish the job. Because of this, almost everyone has at least one snow shovel, but how can you be prepared for this winter? Check out our shovelling tips for the answer.

Don't be in a Hurry

It may be tempting to just grab a shovel and head outside as soon as the snow stops. Snow is light and fluffy anyway, right? Actually, depending on the temperature and density of the snow, you could get quite a workout from simply clearing off a

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edmonton haunted buildingsEdmonton has been accused of being a straight-laced, emerging city with a large resource-based industry and not a whole of lot of personality. While Edmonton may not have the long history of some of Canada’s more established cities, it has had plenty of time to acquire plenty of skeletons in its proverbial closet.

With Halloween on its way to the city this weekend, we thought it’d be a great time to explore some of Edmonton’s most haunted buildings. So turn off the lights, climb under the bed covers and let’s dive right in, if you think you can stomach it!

Charles Camsell Hospital -
6427 112 Avenue

The original building on the site that would become the Charles Camsell Hospital was constructed in 1913. It was transformed into a tuberculosis

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Winter & Fall house buying tipsSpring and summer have this reputation for being the best time of the year to hunt for a new home, but fall and winter can be just as great, if not better. Whether you're a smart and savvy homebuyer who's looking to save a buck or just need to relocate for work, here are a few of our top tips for buying a home during the fall and winter seasons.

It's A Buyers Market

With everyone settling back into their routines after the busy summer months the real estate market tends to slow right down too, but there's still plenty of homes for sale and not too many buyers.

If you're looking to purchase a home during the colder months you've actually got a number of advantages on your side. Realtors aren't as busy, so they have more time to focus on you,

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