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How to stand out in a buyer’s market

We’ve heard it all winter, on the news, on social media, from our “knowledgeable” uncle, that this year the real estate market in Edmonton is a buyer’s market. Well, if you’re a buyer this year then lovely, but if you’re trying to sell your home then how can you increase your chances of making your home stand out so that buyers are clamoring to put in offers rather than tossing you that dreaded low-ball?

Firstly, and possibly most importantly, having a clean home is of utmost importance. It is probably the most cost-effective way to make your home appealing to buyers. Now we aren’t talking about the kind of cleaning one does to prepare for the in-laws. We’re talking the what’s-this-gunk-behind-my-fridge kind

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For many, purchasing a new home, or selling their current home, or possibly both, are a big part of their new year goals. Here is a quick read to help you get the ball rolling.

For one of my neighbours, the taking-down of the multi-coloured Christmas tree display in his back-yard signals the end of the holiday season. For most, the unwanted gifts have been returned, the Christmas tree has been taken down, and the hardening remains of the Christmas baking have been eaten. For many who are in the habit of forming New Year’s resolutions, this is the time of year when goals are refreshed, or new ones are made with the roadmap of the year ahead in mind.

But for those whose goals for the year include the sale of a home, or a downsizing to something

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Here's a look at what happened in the community of Windermere for 2018

Single Family Home Sales

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Windermere home sales were down just slightly for the month of December 2018, compared to the same month in 2017. December is typically a slower month for any community due to the holiday season.

 

Below are the sales numbers for single family homes for the 2018 year in Windermere. The previous couple years are in brackets.

 

January – 11 (4 in 2017, 6 in 2016)

February – 12 (11 in 2017, 5 in 2016)

March – 9 (12 in 2017, 15 in 2016)

April – 14 (16 in 2017, 15 in 2016)

May – 16 (30 in 2017, 22 in 2016)

June – 14 (14 in 2017, 18 in 2016)

July – 13 (19 in 2017, 17 in 2016)

August – 17 (23 in 2017, 16 in 2016)

September

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THE FESTIVAL OF TREES, STILL A HOLIDAY FAVOURITE

Walking into the Festival of Trees is like a Christmas-y trip down a twinkling memory lane for anyone who grew up in this city. I remember as a kid wandering through the Shaw Conference Centre trying to decide which tree was going to win my vote. Impossible task. And speaking of impossible tasks, how do they make those gingerbread houses look like something I’d like to live in andeat at the same time?

It’s no wonder this event stirs up the nostalgia for those of us who grew up here, because it has been fundraising for the University Hospital and kicking off the Christmas season in Edmonton for an impressive 34 years in a row.  

The festival runs from Thursday November 29th– Sunday December

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Edmonton is known as the festival city. We know how to party. And when it comes to Halloween, it is no exception. If you’re looking for somethings to do this Halloween with the family, or without, here is a quick list of some of the goolish festivities.

Family Frights

  

Boo at the Zoo – Head down to the Valley Zoo for some freakish festivities. Dress the kids in their costumes, and get ready for some Halloween fun! Sunday October 28th, 2018 from 11 to 4PM. Cost is general admission.Celebration of the Day of the

Day of the Dead At the Muttart Conservatory, the feature pyramid will host the Day of the Dead exhibit from September 22 through November 18. On October 28th, 2018,dress up for the Ghoulish garden Party for some family friendly

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Summerside Grand Boulevard Halloween DecorationsSummerside Grande Boulevard in South Edmonton

I think we can all agree that this year those of us living in Edmonton who love the fall have been feeling a bit cheated. It’s one of the most beautiful times of year in this city, and how many times did it snow? Fifty? Felt like it. Makes it kind of tough to really soak in the season with snow on the ground. 

But sweet reprieve! This final weekend before Halloween promises to be bearable, and dare I say… maybe even a bit warm? So for those of us looking to squeak in some spooky fun with the kids, Summerside Grande Boulevard might be something to consider! 

As Halloween’s answer to Candy Cane Lane, this southeast Edmonton street has it all. From unique eye-catchers like Ursula the sea witch and

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home inspection for new construction homes edmonton

Should you do a home inspection on a brand-new home?

This is a question I hear literally every time I sell a new construction property. "Since this house is brand new and covered under Alberta New Home Warranty, do I really need to do a home inspection?

My answer is always the same. I recommend a home inspection even if the property is new and covered under new home warranty for a few different reasons. But before I get started on why I think its a good idea to get the inspection done, I'd like to make it clear that I completely understand why someone may not want to do it. Though I regularly hear a wide variety of reasons, here are just a few of them:

 

  1.     Cost. Obviously, the cost of a home inspection is always the biggest reason why
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Moving to your new home doesn't need to be an overwhelming and stressful experience. Even if you are selling a previous home as well as purchasing a new one. The key is to be as organized as possible, and to have everything prioritized to ensure a stress free transition to your new home. There are many moving parts in this process and missing or forgetting one, can cause a chain-reaction that leads to stress and anxiety! We have created a list to help you keep some of the important items top of mind. There are many other issues that may come up depending on your personal situation (moving to a new city, province or country for example) that may not be listed here, but this list should certainly get the ball rolling for you.

                           

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The month of May was quite busy for the community of Windermere. With 19 single family detached  home sales, 2 of which were over 1 million! Down just slightly from this time last year, but still nice and busy for the spring market. It's still a great time to buy out there with good inventory, less buyer competition and low interest rates.

If you're thinking of selling this year, it is still a great time to list your home. We are well in to our spring market, and it's a great time to list and sell before you start thinking summer vacation! If you would like to know what your home is worth, feel free to use our online Home Evaluation tool, or contact us to schedule an in-person evaluation. 

Windermere Market Statistics For May 2017

 

If you are interested in searching homes for sale

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Southwest Farmers Market Entrance

Yesterday (May 17, 2017) kicked off this year’s Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market! The clouds seemed to part after a couple days of rain and cooler weather just in time, and the market was full of people. We had shown up about an hour after the market opened and some of the vendors were already sold out of many of their hot ticket items.

There were food trucks, a variety of vendors offering fresh organic fruit, vegetables, meats, fish, as well as baked goods, crafts, and an eclectic mix of delicious heat & eat dishes from all over the word. Live music and kettle corn added to the fun community atmosphere, making it a great way to spend a Wednesday evening with the family.

The Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market is held every Wednesday from

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