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Prime Edmonton Real Estate - the exterior of most homes are now considered low maintenance. Gone are the days of having to paint or stain the wood siding every 2 or 3 years now that stucco and vinyl siding are the predominant forms of cladding. However, low maintenance does not mean no maintenance, and it is very common to see these low maintenance exteriors looking, well, quite shabby.

So what are some things you can do to spruce up and update your home's exterior without breaking the bank? Here are 5 great ideas for you to consider:

  1. Wash the Age Away - It never ceases to amaze me what a simply wash of a home's exterior can do to make it look better. A pressure washer (which can be rented at a very affordable rate,) and exterior cleaner can be
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Prime Edmonton Real Estate - There is nothing more exciting than possession day in real estate. The anticipation of a new beginning, the excitement of finally getting into a new home - it's fantastic! It's a little different when you are renovating the home, however. The same excitement and anticipation is there, but there is also some underlying dread of 2 things: 1) how sore and tired you're going to get over the next few weeks/months, and 2) worry about what unexpected issues may pop up once demo starts.

We had all of these feelings on that bright, sunny, morning last July when I got the call that keys were released and we were officially owners of the home. There was no doubt that I was excited, planned, and prepared, but we had A LOT of work to

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Acreage Living

Prime Edmonton Real Estate - For many it is a lifelong dream to own an acreage in and around the Edmonton area. Having a quiet place to live where nature is around you, there is plenty of room to roam, to have farm animals, or maybe just a little piece of solitude. Coming from a farming family, I can tell you that every time I am out on an acreage, things just feel....better.

Many people believe that a transition from city life to country life is an easy one - but it's not. There are a ton of differences between these two types of home ownership. Some make things easier, some make it more difficult.

Here are 5 of the most common differences between living in town or out on an acreage that acreage buyers fail to take into account:

  1. You will be
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Prime Edmonton Real Estate - Today the Realtors Association of Edmonton released the home sales numbers for April 2016, and there are many surprising numbers within that. For those in the market who thought that the sky was falling, think again!

What isn't a surprise is that the overall number of sales are down about 11% over April of 2015. These decreases are fairly spread out over single family home sales, duplex/rowhouse sales, and condominium sales.

Now here's where it gets interesting.

The average residential property sold in Edmonton and area in April of 2016 actually went up over this time last year. Now, this is an extremely small amount, equalling less than .05%, but the facts support the reality that Edmonton's housing market prices

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Greatest Part of Edmonton

Prime Edmonton Real Estate - Edmonton consistently ranks high as one of the best places to live in Canada. It has ranked on numerous international lists lately, including a recent top 10 ranking as one of the best cities to get a slice of pizza. Other rankings have us ranking high in the areas of city festivals, amount of daylight per year, quantity of green areas per person, dedication to reducing and recycling, # of restaurants and golf courses per capita, and other contributors to residents' daily quality of life.

But what is the greatest part of living in Edmonton? Here are some leading candidates:

  • World Famous River Valley - not just a great photo opp, the abundance of river valley access and usage is one of the things that make Edmonton
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Home Inspection

Prime Edmonton Real Estate - A home inspection is always an important part of the home buying process, but when someone buys a home that needs a lot of work, it becomes even more important. In the case of our most recent home purchase for renovation, it proved to be priceless.

We had chosen to purchase a home that had a lot of updating to be done. We knew that we would have to remove the old plaster walls and ceilings, redo the plumbing and upgrade the electrical, replace the kitchen and bathrooms, and replace the windows. We had taken this into account when we desired to put an offer on the home. What we found out later is that we had a much bigger issue at hand.

During the inspection it was discovered right away that we had vermiculite in the

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Home Asbestos

Prime Edmonton Real Estate - There are few things that strike fear into home buyers and home owners than the word asbestos. This compound has been known for years as a severe health hazard, with many people who have worked with it suffering from cancer and respiratory issues later on in life . It has delayed redevelopment of older buildings like the Charles Camsell Hospital and old Cromdale Hotel, and caused other redevelopments to stop altogether. But what is this substance, and what can you do to protect yourself from it?

Asbestos was a product that was used beginning in the first part of the 20th century for a variety of purposes, due to it's durability, insulating traits, and fibrous nature. It was used in everything from insulation

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Prime Edmonton Real Estate - Our home renovation adventure really started to become real once we wrote the purchase contract and started negotiating the terms. Real estate investors, many of whom are smarter than I, maintain that you make your money on the buy, not the sell. What we did as part of the purchase helped to protect us against both market fluctuations and hidden surprises.

Now the property was a complete 'fixer upper' - and that was being kind. Built in 1947, this had been a one family owner home up until it went on the market - almost 70 years. There had been deaths in the family and it had been passed down, but we would essentially be the 2nd owners. It was an estate sale, which is a factor that can complicate purchases at times, should

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Prime Edmonton Real Estate - I often have home buyers asking ask me 'How hard is it to completely renovate a home?'. Many people have seen how quickly things get done on TV (look! They flipped and entire house in only 30minutes!)and they want to learn more about the process.  It has been about 9 months since I started out on my latest home renovation project, and so I thought it might be helpful to embark on a series of blog posts detailing how my latest (and biggest) renovation has gone.

Now, I will start will a very quick disclaimer - the process time completely depends on three things: 1)how much money you have at your disposal, 2) how much experience/expertise you have in the various systems of a home (plumbing, electrical, etc.), and 3) how much

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Sale of Buyers Home Condition

Prime Edmonton Real Estate - There is a growing trend recently of including the Sale of the Buyer's Home Condition as part of the purchase contract. I always inform homeowners who are trying to sell their home that they have an option - to have 2 properties for a short period of time, or have no place to live for a short period of time. This is because it is unusual to coordinate the sale of the previous home and the purchase of the new home to align up perfectly. This clause is something that is used more often by home buyers when it is a buyer's market, as the home buyer is unsure that there will be a buyer for the current home, and they are unwilling and/or unable to be in possession of both their past home while it still sells and their new home

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