Edmonton Real Estate Blog

(NC) COVID-19 has brought changes to everything, and home design is no exception. Experts are expecting to see lasting impacts on everything from the materials we use to the rooms we prioritize. Check out these and other noteworthy trends:

Houses over apartments. Many people who live in condos or apartments do so to be closer to the action – work, entertainment and shops – and never planned on spending much time at home. But the pandemic has changed that, and more people are going to want a home that offers plenty of room and outdoor space in case they need to self-isolate again.

Self-sufficiency: A hard lesson we’ve learned is that things and services we thought we could count on aren’t necessarily a sure thing, so items that increase self-reliance will become very popular. Expect to see more homes with sources of energy like solar panels, sources of heat like fireplaces and stoves and even urban and indoor gardens that allow you to grow your own produce.

Outdoor...

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If you're looking for a concrete highrise condo in Edmonton's downtown, the options seem endless. One criterion that often gets overlooked, especially when budgeting what you can afford, is the condo fees.


Condo fees can have a dramatic effect on the affordability of any condo, and it's important to know what the fees include. Some condos may start out with low fees when they're first built, but once a condo board and reserve fund is established, those fees can increase significantly and very quickly. Some buildings, at first glance, may seem to have high condo fees, but they may be including amenities such as a gym, pool, car wash, social/games rooms and guest suite. When you factor in the cost of a gym membership or paying to get your car washed, you may actually find you can save money. Some buildings even include extra utilities or services, such as electricity, cable and wi-fi.


When buying any condo, the fees and what they include is an essential consideration.


With that said, I've...

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(NC) An estimated three million Canadians have one, and they have emerged as the single largest contributor to the growth of household debt in Canada.


Yet many consumers do not appear to fully understand how they work.


No, we’re not talking about credit cards or car loans. We’re talking about home equity lines of credit or HELOCs.


According to a 2019 survey by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, many people appear to lack awareness of the terms and conditions of this widely sold financial product, exposing them to the risk of over-borrowing, carrying debt for extended periods and uninformed decision-making.


HELOCs are a secured form of revolving credit. The lender uses your home as a guarantee that you'll pay back the money you borrow. And, as you pay your HELOC down, you can borrow it again, up to a maximum credit limit.


Most major financial institutions offer them with a mortgage as a combined product, which is sometimes called a readvanceable mortgage. Many use them for...

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Identity theft has been on the rise so I thought I would share some information to protect yourself from identity theft.

How to Spot Identity Theft

  1. Review your credit report regularly to spot suspicious account openings.
  2. Check banking transactions regularly. Report anything strange immediately.
  3. Recognize, and look into it, if youre not getting important pieces of mail (i.e. bills, bank statements).
  4. You are receiving calls from debt collectors about debts that aren't yours.
  5. You get a notice that your information was compromised at a place you do business with or have an account. 

How to Protect Yourself

  1. HTTPS. Purchasing or putting your information into a website that does not have the prefix HTTPS means it is not secure. Watch out for sites that only have HTTP.
  2. Secure your mail. Do not leave any trace of information on credit card statements, utility bills, and the like. This is a strategy lots of thieves use to gather information from you. Shred anything that has your name and address...
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I have sold a property at 415 237 Youville DR E in Edmonton.
Welcome to this spacious 1200+ sq ft, 2 bedroom + den suite with 2 full baths. There are no small rooms in this fantastic south-facing, 4th-floor condo. New paint, carpets & stainless steel appliances. 18+ adult building. Open floor plan with a spacious kitchen featuring a large pantry and plenty of cupboard and counter space. In-suite laundry with extra storage (enough for a freezer if desired). Massive master bedroom with walk-in closet and ensuite. Gas fireplace. Gas bbq hookup on the balcony. Sienna Point features an impressive list of amenities including heated underground parking with storage locker, a workshop, car wash, clubhouse building with rec room, pool table, shuffleboard, large amenity room with kitchen, sauna, steam room, gym and even a guest suite for your visitors. Located close to Grey Nuns Hospital, medical professional buildings, public library, bus and soon to be new LRT line and Millwoods...
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I have sold a property at 2004 South Creek DR in Stony Plain.
Welcome to this gorgeous, move-in-ready home built by highly-praised Alquinn Homes. This over 2100 sf Bridgeland model home is guaranteed to impress. The home is bright and open with TALL 9' CEILINGS and gleaming HARDWOOD FLOORS. The large windows are complimented with trendy MODERN BLINDS AND WINDOW COVERINGS. The chef's kitchen boasts dark cabinetry stretching to the ceiling, QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS with MASSIVE CENTRE ISLAND and convenient WALK-THROUGH PANTRY. Upstairs, you'll find a spacious master bedroom featuring WALK-IN CLOSET and ELEGANT 5-PIECE ENSUITE with separate bath, tile/glass-surround shower and HIS/HERS SINKS. An additional two bedrooms, fantastic BONUS/FLEX ROOM, another full bathroom and a handy laundry room complete the upper floor. Outside, the yard is FULLY FENCED AND LANDSCAPED with DECK AND FIREPIT. The BASEMENT IS FRAMED AND PARTLY FINISHED with living space, bedroom & bathroom. All this plus...
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Provincial Property Assessment notices have arrived in the mail, giving some homeowners a big smile and a bit more spring in their step (increased property taxes aside), while others wilt and lament at a modest gain or decrease in assessed value.


Hold on a sec, neither this assessment document nor either party's emotions, are tied to current true market value. In fact, provincial property assessments can be significantly too high or too low. Values are determined in July of the previous year, and properties are rarely visited in person by provincial appraisers.

For this reason, provincial property assessments should never be solely relied upon as any sort of relevant indicator of true market value for the purposes of purchase, sale, or financing.


Think of the assessed value, instead, as something akin to a weather forecast, spanning far larger and more diverse areas than the unique ecosystem that is your neighbourhood, your specific street, or your specific property. A weather forecast...

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I have listed a property at 415 237 Youville DR E in Edmonton.
Use the link below for more information and to book a showing.
Welcome to this spacious 1200+ sq ft, 2 bedroom + den suite with 2 full baths. There are no small rooms in this fantastic south-facing, 4th-floor condo. New paint, carpets & stainless steel appliances. 18+ adult building. Open floor plan with a spacious kitchen featuring a large pantry and plenty of cupboard and counter space. In-suite laundry with extra storage (enough for a freezer if desired). Massive master bedroom with walk-in closet and ensuite. Gas fireplace. Gas bbq hookup on the balcony. Sienna Point features an impressive list of amenities including heated underground parking with storage locker, a workshop, car wash, clubhouse building with rec room, pool table, shuffleboard, large amenity room with kitchen, sauna, steam room, gym and even a guest suite for your visitors. Located close to Grey Nuns Hospital, medical professional buildings,...
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