December 2014

There are 8 blog entries for December 2014.

Apartment living can be great, but can also be a pain, especially when you are in a wood frame building and not a concrete constructed building, and ESPECIALLY when you have really loud neighbors beside or above you. I recently had a client who got new neighbor above them, and the new neighbors make noise late at night at levels so loud that his bed and light fixtures move while he tries to sleep. This is not good! Here are 5 steps you can do to help deal with a noisy neighbor.

  1. Introduce yourself to the neighbor BEFORE there is a problem so that they know the face that they are waking up in the middle of the night! Then, make sure that the 1st time it happens, let them know about the problem. They may not be aware that there is a problem, and may
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When excited home buyers look online at the newest Edmonton MLS listings that their Realtor provides them, they usually look at the photos first.  With the increase in easy to use photo editing software, many home listing photos have been lightened, stretched, and manipulated to the point where they are no longer a snapshot of the condition of the home. Knowing which photos are more authentic  and which photos are not will help home buyers avoid disappointment later on at the home viewing stage.

Marketing rules for Realtors that state that they cannot intentionally deceive clients or potential clients in advertising of my services or of properties they  have for sale. These rules, however, are a bit blurrier (pardon the pun) for visual

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Creating a real estate needs & wants list is a great way to get the home buying process going. It is important that you have a clear number of wants and needs on the list, and that there are the right number of each. Having too few or too many may complicate the process later on!

Real Estate Needs & Wants

The first question that home buyers when I suggest they create this list is "how many should be on it?". This is a great question, and completely depends on your situation. The general rule of thumb is that you list in total should have between 10 and 20 items on it. This surprises people for different reasons; some people think that this is too large a list, while others state that the list is way too small. That's why it's the perfect size.

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Edmonton City Council finished its funding deliberations for 2015 yesterday and approved a tax increase of 5.7%. St. Albert, Sherwood Park, and other municipalities will be doing the same soon, or have already done so. This increase however, is misleading. Each year Edmonton homeowners assume that when the news tells them that they will be getting a decrease or increase on their taxes, that they will be getting that exact amount. They are shocked when the bill comes in the mail a few months later and they see an amount much different than what they thought their property tax was going to be. Knowing how property taxes work and why you won't  be getting a 5.7% tax increase will help prepare you against the shock of getting the bill.

How Edmonton

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Prime Edmonton Real Estate - A real estate purchase contract is a written agreement between the buyer and the seller that outlines the sale of a home. If I ever have 1 single piece of advice for you this is it: PLEASE sure you know about it ahead of time so that there are no surprises that make you feel uncomfortable!

The Purchase Contract - A Living Document

The Real Estate purchase contract is what I like to call a 'living document'. There are 2 reasons why a states this: 1) because the contract does not end, or "die", on possession day, but lives on afterwards , and 2) this contract is constantly being refined by provincial real estate experts and provincial regulatory bodies to adapt to the most current issues while still staying true to

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When I first entered the home buying market, I had seen thousands of  homes in my life as a Realtor. This experience helped me to know decisively that the home I was in was the home for me. But is it possible for you to view that many homes as part of your home buying process - of course not! So how many is 'the right number' of homes before it's time to make a decision? There are a few factors that go into figuring out this number.

Factors That Influence Home Buyers

There are a few factors that will influence how many homes you should look at before making a purchase. The first and most important factor is your previous home buying experience. If you have bought 10 homes in your lifetime chances are you will need to see far fewer homes than a new

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A real estate listing is the first line of information for home buyers. Many real estate listings can be similar in nature, but there is a wide variety of viewing styles . Knowing all of the real estate acronyms and nicknames will help alleviate confusion as you look for the facts of a listing.

Viewing Types of Real Estate Listings

The onset of technology over the past 15 years has drastically changed how real estate listings are viewed by home buyers. 15 or 20 years ago a catalogue resembling a white pages book would be delivered to each real estate office with all of the Edmonton home listings. There was 8 listings per page and each listing had a 1.5 inch by 1 inch photo ( usually blurry) and barebones information. From there you could go onto

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The Realtors Association of Edmonton (RAE) recently released the Edmonton real estate sales report for the month of November - and it is shows that sales are continuing to trend upwards. Did you know that last month alone over $317 million in Edmonton and area real estate was sold? This is truly an astounding amount given the cooling temperatures, and an increase of over 16% from November of 2013. And this amount is for single family home sales only!

The average Edmonton home sale also rose in November. Single family homes were sold on average for just over $442800. This is an increase of almost 9% over November of last year. That means the average home increased in price $36000 in just 12 months.

Here are some more November sales facts:

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