With Edmonton’s harsh winters, we understand the last thing you want to do head out house-hunting in sub-zero temperatures. But the truth is, there are many key advantages to buying a home in the winter that you just don’t get any other time of year. So, before you opt to put off your search until next spring, be sure to consider these top winter-buying benefits first:

1. Cut the Competition 

One of the biggest advantages of buying a home in the winter is the lack of competition. Cold weather aside, many Edmontonians are reluctant to buy due to the holiday season and/or the possibility of having to uproot their children from school. As a buyer who’s willing to brave the winter weather, however, you can look forward to fewer bidding wars and…

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Think you might be ready to own your own home? Here are 8 ways to tell:

  1. You’re tired of paying someone else’s mortgage
  2. You long for freedom
  3. You’re down payment ready
  4. You’re in a good spot financially
  5. You’re ready to put down roots
  6. Your family is growing
  7. You’re not afraid of a little maintenance
  8. You’re comfortable with the home buying process

1. You’re Tired of Paying Someone Else’s Mortgage

While renting may have once been an affordable alternative to homeownership, you’ve come to realize it’s costing you more in the long run. Not only are you lining someone else’s pockets, but you’re denying yourself the opportunity to build wealth.

Why pay to improve someone else’s net worth when you could be boosting your…

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Looking for affordable, amenity-friendly living with a small-town feel? A bedroom community may be exactly what you’ve been searching for! Neighbouring suburban towns and cities such as St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Fort Saskatchewan, and many more, are seeing rapid increases in popularity thanks to the amazing benefits they have to offer.

Here are just a few of many great reasons to consider calling a bedroom community home:

1. Affordability

One of the first and best reasons to buy into a bedroom community is the home prices – and the potential to get more bang for your buck. For instance, say you’re in the market for a single-family home. Because prices in the surrounding areas can vary by (tens) of thousands of dollars (compared to…

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Celebrate the season in Alberta’s famous “Winter City”. Here are just a few of the many fantastic holiday events Edmonton has to offer!

Curated. Holiday Market YEG

Curated’s Holiday Market is quickly becoming one of Edmonton’s favourite places to (Christmas) shop til’ you drop. The market features over 70 handmade vendors/curators (offering everything from art and jewelry to home décor and tasty treats), as well as live entertainment, on-site food trucks and prizes.

When: November 16th & 17th, 2019

St. Albert Indoor Christmas Market 

St. Albert’s Christmas Market is back for yet another season of great food, good fun and, of course, shopping! This year’s market will offer the homemade wares of over 75 vendors, every Saturday, starting…

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Of course, you can’t believe everything you hear, especially regarding REALTORS® and one of the most significant transactions of your life. In fact, when it comes to your Edmonton home purchase or sale, it’s essential to separate fact from fiction if you hope to save money, time and stress in the process.

Here are our top 4 REALTOR® myths exposed.

1. You’ll Save Money If You Sell On Your Own 

While it’s true you COULD save by opting to sell your home without the help of an Edmonton REALTOR®; it’s a pretty risky undertaking. Here are just a few of the many reasons why selling on your own may cost you more in the long run:

Market Knowledge – If you hope to sell fast and for top dollar, you need to have a keen understanding of…

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When it comes to placing an offer, financial unpreparedness won’t just cost you time and money – it may cost you the home of your dreams. Be ready ahead of time with the help of these four essential steps.

Step 1: Decide on a Down Payment  

Chances are, you already know you need to have a down payment ready before putting in an offer. Of course, HOW MUCH you’ll need to put down will depend on the following:

What is the Average Listing Price?

Your down payment amount will vary depending on the style of home you’re interested in. For instance, in Edmonton, the 5% minimum for a single-family home vs. a duplex can differ by thousands of dollars. 

Are You Willing to Pay Mortgage Insurance? 

Mortgage insurance allows home buyers to…

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After enlisting the help of an expert Edmonton REALTOR®, it’s time to get your home ready for potential buyers. Our essential home-showing list of do’s and don’ts will tell you everything you need to know.

Don’t: Put Off the Inspection 

Be sure to have an inspection before putting your home on the market. Not only will this give you the opportunity to fix any noticeable issues (i.e. damaged siding or leaky plumbing), but it will allow you to maintain (or boost) your home’s value at sale time.

Do: Sale-Friendly Renovations 

Depending on the condition of your home, a few changes can go a long way – and they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. A simple coat of paint and a few minor upgrades can make all the difference in selling your…

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In addition to less maintenance, lower utility bills and affordable mortgage payments, those considering downsizing also have a wealth of unique Edmonton home styles to choose from. In this article, we’ll cover the top-recommended property types for downsizers, their benefits and why they might be the right choice for you.

Apartment-Style Condos 

If your retirement dreams include escaping Edmonton’s harsh winters or travelling the world, an apartment-style condo may be the way to go. Ideal for those seeking a “lock it and leave it” lifestyle, this type of home is about as low maintenance as you can get (not to mention, very affordable). But don’t let the word “apartment” fool you, these units come in a variety of sizes and shapes, offering…

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From little trick or treaters to adult-sized thrill-seekers, Edmonton hosts a wide range of Halloween-related events for boys and ghouls of all ages.

Little Scares (All Ages)

Haunted Pumpkin Festival

The Haunted Pumpkin Festival is one of the most popular Halloween events in the capital region. Every year, the folks at Prairie Gardens Adventure Farm put on a month-long Spooktacular – featuring everything from pumpkin cannons and haunted houses (no gore) to hayrides and corn mazes.

When: Every weekend throughout October

Imax Theatre Costume Party 

All aboard! Join Dracula and the rest of the gang for the ultimate cruise and costume party! Held at the Telus World of Science, this all-morning event features an optional hot breakfast,…

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While it’s hard to assess the true condition of a home without the help of a licensed REALTOR® and professional inspection, there are a few tell-tale problems to watch out for.

Be on the lookout for any of the following: 

1. A Run-Down Roof

2. Leaky Business 

3. A Sense of Smell

4. Extreme Temperatures

5. Sketchy Structure

6. A Long History 

7. “Cover-Ups”

1. A Run-Down Roof

Missing or warped shingles, sagging and deterioration around roof extremities (such as vents or chimneys) are indications of poor maintenance. Even if you don’t see signs of distress, be sure to ask the current owner when the roof was last repaired or replaced.  

2. Leaky Business 

A poorly maintained roof is one of the first signs of…

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