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awesome edmonton neighbourhoodsAre you planning to move to Edmonton but unsure of where to buy real estate in the city? Are you an Edmonton resident who wants to know how to price a home in your neighbourhood? While Alberta's sprawling, prosperous capital boasts several brand new developments with many new homes for sale, many of its most popular neighbourhoods are actually mature, centrally located communities. Close to shopping, resturants, nightlife, public transportation and University of Alberta campuses, these communities are ideal for active young people seeking to buy their first home. Based on data complied from a variety of sources, here are 5 of the most awesome Edmonton neighbourhoods:

#5: Malmo Plains

Once part of the University of Alberta's research farm, this

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increasing curb appealHomeowners, from getting back to the basics to getting on with the show, this is your one-stop checklist for whistle-worthy curb appeal. What's the one thing everyone does when they want to wow someone? They clean up, get spruced up, and turn on the smile. Your home can do the same to wow and woo buyers to stop in. Check out and check off these tips to make your home hard for buyers to resist.

Bedazzle Basics

Akin to spring cleaning, detailed deep cleaning and attention to detail makes for a lasting impact. A curb-clean home hints and beckons to more of the same inside, a well-maintained property demonstrating pride of ownership. We know to stay on top of regular maintenance, but over the years we can become complacent about little things that will

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edmonton neighbourhoodsYou dream of lovely Victorian homes with large trees, spacious yards and porch swings, readied for lazy summer sunsets and lemonade. However, homes built during the early 1900's often need extensive repairs, plumbing upgrades and insulation. You can execute minor repairs, but extensive remodelling is beyond your skill set, and hiring contractors seems overwhelming. If you enjoy the character and personality of vintage residential architecture, but want the amenities associated with newer homes, you can realize your dream by taking advantage of infill housing.

Residential infill projects place new homes among older homes in historic neighbourhoods. Buyers enjoy parks, mature trees and established community associations while controlling urban sprawl,

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budget when buying a homeThe planning and effort required to prepare for the purchase of your new home must also extend to the additional expenses that usually occur after closing on your property. Smart homeowners plan for these costs in advance so they're not surprised by a big expense when it occurs. So what do you need to budget for when buying a home?

Moving Expenses

Once you’ve chosen your new home and gone through all the documentation, you still need to move out of your current house. Some people may only have a few boxes to transfer to their new house, so they choose to move themselves, using either one of the rental companies like U-Haul or calling on a friend with a pick-up truck. Normally they also enlist the help of friends and family to do the heavy lifting.

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It’s the time of year where we start thinking of hunkering down and riding out those long, cold and dark days of winter; curling up by the fireplace, wrapping up with blankets, catching up on all our favorite recorded TV shows. Old man winter seems pretty far off right now, but really it’s just around the corner and it’s never too late to prepare. We’ve already touched on your home maintenance checklist for fall, but let’s take a closer look on how you can prepare your lawn, flower and vegetable gardens to protect them through those crisp autumn months and on into winter. Take a look at some of our top tips you can do to prepare your yard and gardens for fall and winter and keep your Edmonton real estate in tip-top fall and winter shape.

Raking Fall LeavesRake the

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home maintenance checklistSummer’s end triggers thoughts about the coming months when weather changes cause additional stress on your home’s external structures and internal systems. Homeowners can use the cooler days of fall to do a thorough inspection and minor repairs that will help to keep your home cozy and secure throughout the winter months. 

Foundation

In the fall, take a walk around the perimeter of your home and check the condition of the foundation. Take note of any large cracks, missing pieces or water stains. These signs can indicate a potential water problem in your basement. Consult a reputable foundation contractor for advice about repairs. 

Roof & Gutters

Your roof system may have sustained damage from spring and summer storms. A thorough inspection in the

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Infill properties in EdmontonInfill properties more in demand than ever before. This type of real estate has exponentially grown in Edmonton in recent years, and for a number of reasons. Here's the low-down on the good, the bad, and the beautiful elements of these homes.

Here are just a few reasons why home buyers are choosing infill properties.

1. You can choose your neighbourhood: Do you want to be close to downtown in a chic, ultra-modern house? Infill homes are often located in mature and desirable neighbourhoods with terrific accessibility and stunning views.

2. It reduces urban sprawl: Many homebuyers want the features and finishes of a new home, without having to travel too far away from the centre of town to find it. As cities grow, they tend to expand outwards. The

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decorate master bedroomIf you're like the average Canadian consumer, then chances are high that your master bedroom is your safe haven and the place in your home where you can escape from the chaos of daily life. It only seems fitting that it should be decorated to your liking to suit your personal style. Listed below are some creative tips and tricks for decorating your master bedroom on a budget.

Go Bold with Wall Decals

Maybe you aren't quite ready to paint your walls your favourite royal purple, and maybe that wallpaper you like is just a little too loud for your quiet space. If you find yourself in these situations, then you might choose to play things up with some bold wall decals. They're affordable, they're easy to apply, and you can find plenty of them online at

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home improvement tipsBuying a home is one of the most important investments you can make. After this purchase, it’s time to think about how to customize, remodel or upgrade the space. We know no home is perfect. If you take the time to investigate the property, you can give it the facelift it deserves. This could be as small as adding a new coat of paint or upgrading the kitchen appliances. The following are some general home improvement tips and ideas to get you started.

Upgrade the Appliances

New microwaves, refrigerators, ovens, and washers and dryers are smaller in size, energy efficient, and quiet to run. You can thus make the most of a home’s space and save on electricity bills too. Investing in smaller models helps you lessen your carbon footprint and save on

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buying house abcBuying a house involves digesting a lot of information. All of the real estate jargon can get overwhelming. Back in December we touched on this - the vocabulary of buying a house! Don't stress - we have some more terms and definitions of real estate to help make the transaction of your home go smoothly.

Annual Percentage Rate (APR): The rate of interest on your mortgage. It can be at a fixed or variable rate depending on the terms of your mortgage.

Blended Payment: A payment combining principal and interest with the long term effect being a decrease in interest but an increase in principal.

Closed Mortgage: A mortgage type which doesn't allow you to pay it off in full before the agreed upon length without imposing penalty fees.

Depreciation: In

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