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Prime Edmonton Real Estate - 1st time home buyers - I am speaking to you. You may be in your 20s, 30s, or 40s, and have tons of reasons to buy your first place. You might be sick and tired of renting, securing that solid job that allows you to afford a good place, or for a financial investment. Whatever the reasons are, you have the desire, but not the plan....yet.

Excellent! This is where I can help.

And trust me, I remember my 1st home purchase - and even though I had been selling real estate for years, it was still a huge deal for me! I had just received a rent increase notice in my mailbox, and pledged that I would not give my landlords any more money. So, primarily out of spite, I started the home buying process. Unfortunately I still had a

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Prime Edmonton Real Estate - Edmonton Garneau is one of the oldest neighborhoods in all of Edmonton. I am lucky enough to have a new apartment listed for sale in the area, and have absolutely fallen in love with what it can provide people who are wanting to live in the area!

First - the unit itself that I have for sale is turn key ready - which is a nice change of pace from a lot of the units in the area. One of the natural consequences of looking for a condo for sale in an older community like Garneau is that there are a lot of units that need updated. This unit has all the updates - kitchen, lighting, flooring, nice! The other nice this about the unit is that it is in a boutique condo complex that is self managed in a very efficient manner and

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Prime Edmonton Real Estate - Edmonton comes alive in the summer with many festivals and events, but Kdays is over and above the biggest and the best summer festival in Edmonton. This past Friday I gave a pair of admission passes for some lucky Edmonton festival goer to enjoy and the response was awesome!


What makes Kdays such a cool place to go to? Well I think that it combines the nostalgia of adults' memories of attending as a child as well as innovative ideas that capture the imagination of today's kids.


Everyone has a favorite Kdays memory, or ten! I have lots of great memories of my times there, from childhood going with my dad to going by myself as a teenager to taking my kids as an adult. But my all time favorite memory? Going on the Zipper

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Edmonton Highlands Home For SalePrime Edmonton Real Estate - There is something awesome about living in Highlands. There's a reason why it is consistently voted as one of Edmonton's Top places to live. For me, I went to school in the area growing up and it has been home for over a decade now.

My latest listing in the Highlands area gives me the chance to share with you what I love about this place!

First of all - let's talk a bit about the property. I really like this home - it is a rare one for the Highlands area - a 5 bedroom, 3 full bath 1990's built bungalow with vaulted ceilings in the living room and kitchen, tons of updates and upgrades. The basement was completely done a few years ago so you can have older children, roommates, or students from nearby Concordia University

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  Prime Edmonton Real Estate - It's that time of year again in Edmonton, where homeowners work diligently on their yards to make them look like a beautiful oasis. My mom and dad always had an excellent yard growing up, with meticulous grass, well pruned shrubs, and an array of beautiful flowers. But man, is it a lot of work - and expensive!   I'll talk more about how to save money to spruce up your garden down below...   Did you know that the City of Edmonton has a Yards in Bloom contest every year? Anyone can nominate a neighbors yard for this award. In fact, they even have tours to show people all of the nominees and some of the cool stuff they are doing in their yards!   The qualifications are simple:  
  • Anyone can
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Prime Edmonton Real Estate - Ever heard of Alexa? How about Google Home? Well, if you are an Edmonton home buyer you should learn a bit about them and how they might be tracking your home shopping trips.

For those of you who don't know, Alexa and Google Home are the next wave of in home 'smart' products engineered to automate our everyday lives. So how would this affect a home buyer when they are out on showings?

Simple. They might be recording you. And they could be using what they record against you.

See, Alexa and Google Home have to being able to hear people's voices to do their jobs, and they also have recording features. So, it is very feasible that a home owner can have their devices on 'record' mode when you step into their place to view

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Edmonton Real Estate Technology
Prime Edmonton Real Estate - I have been in Edmonton real estate for 20 years now, and if there's one thing that has changed more than anything in that time, it has been the role of technology and how people buy and sell their homes. Gone are the days of "White Pages" style catalogs coming out every two weeks, hustling over to individual brokers to hand pick up keys to then go and do showings, and all the other inefficient ways that we realtors used to do business.

 

These days, all I pretty much need is my phone. With the digitization of the Edmonton real estate market, everything is now a lot more efficient for those who have adapted to the new times. Not all the advancements have been good ones, but for the majority of the time, buyers and

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Prime Edmonton Real Estate - This past week in Edmonton, we saw quite the wind storm.  I mentioned in an Instagram story that it can actually end up causing tons of damage to your home and your pocketbook.

Nobody loves the wind, rain or snow that we get in severe amounts, but having it cause issues in and around your home is even worse!

Here are a few tips to prevent big issues with severe weather:

1. Protect the North and West first

This is especially true for severe weather in that most of the heavy rain, whipping wind and blowing snow that we receive comes from either the north or the west.  Can you even remember the last time that we had a strong wind from the south?  It might happen every couple of years tops.  So for things like window

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Prime Edmonton Real Estate - Yesterday, I stopped by my clients sold condo in Millwoods to give him his house warming gift for his new home in Beaumont and to collect keys for the condos new owner. While the idea of moving into a new home is exciting it is also met with an inevitable daunting task, moving!    Over the years, I have found a few tips and tricks to help home buyers move in a way that's a little less painful. Because let's be honest, who really loves the process of moving?
 
Here are my top five tips:
 
5. Make sure your moving vehicle is big enough so that you only have to take one trip.
Psychologically, the move is so much easier if you only do it in one trip. Cost-wise, renting a giant 27-foot truck really isn't more expensive than renting…
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Edmonton home buyers and sellers have recently been confronted with the new reality of higher mortgage interest rates after many years of historic lows.  When the federal government instituted the mortgage stress test last year, I predicted that mortgage rates would be going up. And in a hurry. They have increased even higher than the 4.5% that was set with the stress test.  So far, it looks like my predictions is coming to fruition.

Now having said that, Canadians have enjoyed very low interest rates for many years now.  This has allowed people to borrow higher amounts for the same payment that they would be paying for less money back in the early 2000's.

So what does this mean for somebody who is wanting to buy an Edmonton home this summer? 

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