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There are a multitude of methods to decorate or update an existing kitchen that don't require an exorbitant amount of time or money. Start with a generalized plan. Is the overall style outdated? Does the space need brightening? Perhaps you need more storage space. Consider the key elements that you want to change and design a plan around particular objectives. We've put together some ideas for decorating your kitchen on a budget so read on and see which ones appeal to you.

Painted Facelift

Paint and a free weekend go a long way toward transforming a kitchen. Consider the look of your current cabinets. White cupboards, windows and other wood trim, combined with a pastel palette on the walls, and a darkened room becomes a resplendent, sunny

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Buying a home is a huge investment, so you don't want to complicate the process with errors. There are many things that can make your first home buying experience feel overwhelming, but learning how to overcome the obstacles will alleviate some stress and headaches. Here are the top five mistakes a new home buyers make, and how you can avoid them.

1. Not Becoming Pre-Qualified

Getting pre-qualified for a mortgage allow you to understand the home prices you can afford. You won't be searching above your means. It also proves that you're a serious buyer. When you're pre-qualified, you may place a bid immediately after you find the perfect home. Also, it gives a real estate agent a negotiating edge over other bidders.

2. Not Understanding the Total

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top edmonton luxury communitiesWe probably don’t have to tell you how wonderful life can be in beautiful Alberta. Although Edmonton is Canada’s fifth-largest municipality, the city’s location in the River Valley offers plenty of outdoor adventure. Edmonton is a family-friendly city where there are numerous parks and recreation areas. Only a few years ago, Edmonton was deemed to have the "best economic potential" of any North American city with a population of 500,000 to 2,000,000. Many successful entrepreneurs make their home in Cameron Heights, Wolf Willow Ridge and other upscale Edmonton neighbourhoods.

Perhaps you have been residing in one of Edmonton’s more modest neighbourhoods and are now ready to upgrade your residential lifestyle. If this is true, you’ll surely want to know

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paranychBack in 1878 there were 148 people living in what would later become the fine city of Edmonton. Fifty years later there were 67,744 people who called this place home. Today that number has grown to 877,926 and that number will only keep on growing. With that growth comes the expansion of the city's infrastructure, including residential and commercial real estate. But one thing that shouldn't be overlooked with all these new developments are the city's heritage buildings. It's not hard to see that Edmonton is a place with a deep heritage and rich history. This is evidenced in many things we see day to day, most visibly in the city's architecture and design that sometimes date back to the city's beginnings. The restoration and preservation of the city's

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request home inspectionSo you’re getting ready to sell your home, but you want to make sure you do it right. One of the first things you should do is get a home evaluation done. These are different from a home inspection!

Most reputable Realtors will have a place right on their site where you can request a home evaluation from the comfort of your living room. A team member will contact you to set up the appointment so they can come out and take a look at your home. You can call the office directly too!

When you first take a look at the form for a home evaluation, it looks like a lot of information to fill out, but there’s a purpose. The real estate agent you speak with will use that information to search online to see the comparables in your particular neighbourhood, both

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downsize edmonton homeEach year, more and more people are choosing to purchase a property smaller than the one they currently own. Whether you are switching to a smaller space because your family is changing, or you would like to retire in a place that requires less maintenance, there are plenty of benefits to downsizing.

Access The Equity In Your Home

Downsizing your home is a great way to convert your home equity into capital that you and your partner or family can use for whatever is needed. The money could go towards a vacation home, savings for a
better retirement, or even a contribution towards your kids or grandkids’ education. Whatever your end plan for the money, keep in mind that not all downsizes will result in a large amount of capital. Going from a 4,000 sq.

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Spring is in the air, and what better way to celebrate than bringing some of the sunshine inside your home? Shake off the icicles and welcome the warmth - plus, create a sanctuary for any lingering winter days - with these quick decorating tips to update your home!

Use What Mother Nature Gave You

Nothing says spring quite like fresh fruits and flowers. Give your home a festive feel by grabbing a clear glass vase, topping it with water, and throwing in some sliced lemons, limes, and tangerines for an instant colourful centrepiece. Up the ante by topping with fresh cut flowers. This easy trick comes with the added benefit of giving your space a fresh, clean scent! Not enough colour for you? Pick up a fruit bowl and fill with a variety of fresh fruits.

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new construction homesPurchasing new construction homes straight from the builder is a popular choice for many homebuyers for a number of reasons. Firstly, it allows for a complete customization, so buyers can build their dream home. New homes are also more energy efficient than older houses, often use higher quality materials, and typically have lower maintenance costs, as everything is brand new.

However, if you're planning on buying a new construction home, there are some important things to consider before jumping right in. Below, we've provided five tips for new build home buyers to ensure that you're not taken for a ride when it comes to building your home.

Use a Buyer's Agent

Using a buyer's agent when buying a new construction home can help make the process

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Winter is finally over! It's time to go outside and enjoy nature. Gardening, re-decorating, or just taking a stroll down the city to check out the blooms can be therapeutic activities for you and your family. More enjoyable still is trying out new, delicious recipes for the season. Gather your friends and family and celebrate spring at home with this simple meal menu. Make it a garden party, and enjoy the best that spring has to offer!

simple-spring-recipes-salmon-pea-podsSmoked Salmon Pea Pods

One food that represents the fresh spring season is the snow pea. Delicious, crunchy and cool to the palate, mix it with a nice dip and your guests will eat them all up.

​Ingredients

  • Trim 20 to 30 snow pea pods, depending on your number of guests.
  • 1 pack of cream cheese or smoke
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Spring is the ideal time to prune back woody plants in order to eliminate diseased or damaged branches and to refresh older shrubs so they’ll produce more flowers and enhance their overall shape. However, pruning tends to put most people off since they’re scared of a making a mistake or actually killing the foliage due to their errors. But, there’s no need to worry. It’s highly unlikely that you will kill your plants and shrubs and any mistakes that you do make will naturally disappear as the foliage grows.

gardening-tips-for-spring-roses-square-imageIn fact, spring pruning actually stimulates foliage growth. For example, when a shoot is pruned, it causes the buds on the rest of the branch to literally break into growth. However, be aware that a trait called apical dominance makes the uppermost

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