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SOUTHWEST EDMONTON’S NEWEST FARMER’S MARKET

As a beam of sunlight suddenly poured into our kitchen I thought, “Did the clouds break? Because I need one.” So I left the chicken dinner on the stove and packed up the kids. But where to go in Windermere on a Tuesday evening?

Bookended by the Starbucks and Brown’s Social Hall, the Currents of Windermere Farmer’s Market runs every Tuesday evening from 4:30pm to 7:30pm and is a perfect place to find some family fun.

 

As soon as we got there I heard it: “Daddy! Daddy! Can I go on the slide?” My son was practically jumping out of his skin to go down RLT Technologies Inflatable Rental’s MASSIVE slide. Their deal is one slide for a dollar, or unlimited for five dollars, and can I make a

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March Sale Activity for the communities of Riverbend in Southwest Edmonton

The month of March shows the real estate market in the Riverbend area starting to ramp up for the busy spring market ahead. Activity is picking up with multiple sales in each of the communities with a total of 26 sales through the communities for single family, and another 7 sales for condominiums. As I am writing this, we are one week in to April and I can say that sales are already picking up even more as our spring market kicks in to gear. With new listings seeing multiple offers, and high buyer traffic, these communities are clearly a focus for prospective buyers. Below, I have included an infographic illustrating the sales for each individual community in Riverbend.

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Looking for a nice place to stop for some of that magic bean drink? Here is a guide to some of our favourite coffee shops in Southwest Edmonton! (in no particular order)

Today’s world of instant information sees many a perspective homebuyer scrolling through homes from their couches, which doesn’t take long to turn tedious. But finding a way to change the scenery with a cup of steamy London Fog or a foamy Cappuccino and a sweet treat while you look for your forever home can really turn an it’s-too-mucky-outside-to-go-anywhere kind of day into an awesome outing!

And this reason to get out extends to more than just the house-hunt. In Canada, we’re pretty well known for our militant loyalty to Tim Hortons, and the convenience factor plays a big

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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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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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