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I have listed a new property at 350 13441 127 ST in Edmonton.
Welcome to Shepherd's Place Kensington an AGE RESTRICTED 55 Plus Community! This bright and clean 753 s.f. 1 bedroom condo has everything one needs for comfort and security! The large entryway leads into the main living area with gracious sunny south facing bay window that open up the home to lots of natural light and air! A comfortable open concept that offers generous closet space and convenient in-suite laundry! Enjoy sunny days on the south facing balcony, walking along the path in the courtyard oasis, or join in at the lounge for socializing. The perfect home for a senior wanting to join a flexible and welcoming community, Shepherd's Place offers Long Term Care, Supportive Living, and Independent Living in a faith based setting. Conveniently located next to Kensington shopping centre, Kensington Bingo Hall, nearby 137th ave shopping, restaurants, grocery stores, and a bus stop right at your front door!
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Last March, for the first time since 2001, a NDP government delivered a budget to British Columbians for the coming year.

 

The name of the game in the new budget is affordability — huge investments were promised in everything from childcare to healthcare to housing.

 

With pledges of money, though, comes a need to generate revenue to fund it. With that came a plethora of new regulations and taxes in the property market, outlined the budget.

 

The main take-aways for real estate in B.C. are:

 

1. Speculation Tax

This new annual tax will apply to foreign and domestic property owners who are not residents of B.C.

Some exemptions may be made for principal residences or long-term rental properties but it will include properties that are left vacant.

 

The tax will be introduced this fall and apply initially apply to homes in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and some other capital regional districts like Victoria, Nanaimo, and Kelowna.

 

It will start at tax rate of 0.5 per cent of the assessed value in 2018 and increase to 2 per cent of assessed value next year.

 

2. Enhanced Foreign Buyers Tax

Starting this month, the previously-introduced foreign buyers tax will be increased from 15 per cent to 20 per cent. It will extend to other areas across the province and no longer cover just Metro Vancouver.

 

3. Property Transfer Tax on Homes Above $3M

An additional 2 per cent property transfer tax will be applied to homes above $3 million, on top of the previous transfer taxes.

 

4. Pre-sale Condos

The government will be cracking down on the pre-sale condo market, requiring developers to collect and report comprehensive information and building build a database on pre-sale condo assignments.

 

5. First Time Buyer Program
Details have not been finalized but the previous home partnership loan that matched first-time buyers with down payments up to 5 per cent will be replaced with a different program to support the development of affordable housing options.

 

6. Affordable Housing

The province promised $6 billion over the next decade to build 114,000 affordable homes units including modular, student and social housing.

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I have listed a new property at 609 REYNALDS WAY in Leduc.
Former WESTERN LIVING SHOWHOME!!! This STUNNING 1846 S.F. boasts an open concept floor plan perfect for entertaining family and friends. The SPACIOUS KITCHEN has ample RICH CHOCOLATE COLOURED MAPLE CABINETRY with Centre island breakfast bar, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, custom glass tile backsplash, large living area with beautiful custom feature wall TV nook and gas fireplace combo, the dinette overlooks the DECK, FULLY FENCED YARD with a GATE TO NEW PLAYGROUND, WALKING TRAILS AND LAKE. gorgeous DARK HARDWOOD FLOORS, a beautiful powder room with tile feature wall, spacious mud room with built in bench and storage round out the main floor. Upstairs is home to a lovely bonus room with vaulted ceilings, office niche & laundry room. 2 fantastic children's bedrooms, a full bath and a LUXURIOUS MASTER SUITE with walk-in closet and 5 piece ensuite with his & hers sinks, a deep soaker tub and separate double shower. Bonus Features are CENTRAL A/C, HEATED GARAGE, GAS hook up on deck...
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I have listed a new property at 60 53217 RGE RD 263 RD in Rural Parkland County.
EXECUTIVE COUNTRY RESIDENTIAL LIVING ONLY 5 KILOMETERS FROM EDMONTON. Here is the perfect building site for your executive retreat. This sloping walkout .683 Acre lot backs onto the Lois Hole Provincial Park in Rural Parkland County and is surrounded by Million Dollar Homes. Opportunity is knocking for this RARE Building Pocket only minutes to West Edmonton and yet situated next to a Provincial Park in a very quiet and private setting...
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1. Doors and Windows
The cost of a new door is almost entirely recouped when it comes to selling and greatly improves both look and security. A steel door costs an average of $1,162 and would recoup nearly 97 per cent of that cost, according to a survey by Cost vs. Value Report.

 

The same is true for windows. Dual pane windows in particular are popular and, in addition to improving attractiveness, can cut heating costs in the winter.

 

2. Landscaping
With warmer weather come fresh flowers and plenty of yard work. “Curb appeal” is hugely important when it comes to selling. Use your garden’s size and dimensions to your advantage — cutting back overgrown bushes and planting a delicate perimeter of flowers can do wonders for a small garden. Even for large gardens though, don’t overcrowd it.

 

3. Kitchen Remodel
This is a costlier upgrade than some of the others but one that will spike your home’s value. Kitchens are one of the rooms that can most obviously date a house and one of the biggest selling points for a prospective buyer.

If major renovations are not on your to-do list, consider smaller upgrades: new appliances, a fresh coat of paint on the cupboards or more storage space.

 

4. Bathroom Remodel
Similar to the kitchen, bathroom remodelling is an extremely valuable project albeit it can be costly. New fixtures, shelving and shower head are easy additions that can quickly improve the look. Fresh paint and fixing any water-stained marks are also must-dos.

 

5. Paint and Other Small Tasks
Small hardware changes – burnt out light bulbs, broken cabinet fixtures, squeaky cupboards and leaks are all little fixes that don’t take long but make all the difference.

 

A fresh coat of paint, particularly in a neutral colour like cream or pale yellow, can immediately brighten a room and make a home appear much more current.

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I have listed a new property at 113 10838 108 ST NW in Edmonton.
RARE FIND!! BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED CONDO 2 BLOCKS to MacEwan University and 2 BLOCKS to Kingsway Mall, NAIT, ICE District, Downtown and the LRT. NEW KITCHEN CABINETS, COUNTER-TOPS, SINK, BACK SPLASH, VINYL PLANK FLOORING, PLUSH CARPET, CERAMIC TILE, TRIM, PAINT, ETC. This property is perfect for someone starting out or looking to downsize. The bright living room is spacious and features a RARE WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE. The walkout patio doors lead to a private patio overlooking a quiet ELM TREE LINED STREET for you to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The condo is well maintained and FEATURES A NEW ELEVATOR, NEW INTERIOR DECOR, VINYL SIDING, FIBERGLASS SHINGLES, DIGITAL SECURITY CAMERAS, LED LIGHTING and managed by an on-site caretaker. FANTASTIC CENTRAL LOCATION!!!
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I have listed a new property at 6240 166 AVE NW in Edmonton.
This amazing, immaculate, 5 bedroom and 3 full bathroom home has a gorgeous vaulted ceiling. The house was made to entertain; with a massive deck and landscaped backyard for the summer. In the winter months, you can cozy up to the fireplace in the living room. Plus, entertain year round in the open kitchen/dining room or visit in the beautiful family room just a few steps away. The attached, over-sized, double car garage is heated, insulated and dry-walled. Ready for cars, storage or projects. Families with children have options for schooling as there are 13 designated schools serving this area. Outdoor enthusiasts, you are just a couple of blocks away from the Edmonton Trails system, which link over 160 km of multi-use trails. Perfect for walking, biking or rollerblading.
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Please visit our Open House at 18607 72 AVE NW in Edmonton.
Open House on Sunday, March 25, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM Spacious bungalow across from a park and school, private sunny fully fenced yard, 2 full kitchens, 8 appliances, close to public transportation, schools, shopping, WEM, Callingwood Rec Centre, N/A
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!! Hear is a spacious bungalow facing a park and only steps to Lymburn Elementary School. A quiet street close to many amenities like shopping, public transportation, YMCA, Callingwood Rec Centre, WEM, the Whitemud and Anthony Henday. The main floor consists of a large living room dining room combination, a spacious oak kitchen with movable island overlooking the familyroom, 4pc bath, Generous Master with walk in closet and 4pc ensuite and an additional large bedroom. The fully finished basement has 9' ceilings, a SECOND FULL KITCHEN, a masive bedroom and full bath, laundry room and storage, Newer Forced air furnace (2009) hot water (2004). Private fully fenced south facing yard, sundeck and storage shed.
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I have listed a new property at 18607 72 AVE NW in Edmonton.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!! Hear is a spacious bungalow facing a park and only steps to Lymburn Elementary School. A quiet street close to many amenities like shopping, public transportation, YMCA, Callingwood Rec Centre, WEM, the Whitemud and Anthony Henday. The main floor consists of a large living room dining room combination, a spacious oak kitchen with movable island overlooking the familyroom, 4pc bath, Generous Master with walk in closet and 4pc ensuite and an additional large bedroom. The fully finished basement has 9' ceilings, a SECOND FULL KITCHEN, a masive bedroom and full bath, laundry room and storage, Newer Forced air furnace (2009) hot water (2004). Private fully fenced south facing yard, sundeck and storage shed.
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Lindi Ortega (March 16)

Canadian Country Music Award winner, she has worked with musicians like K.D. Lang and Carrie Underwood before. Her raw vocal power and roots rhythm is not to miss.

 

Northern Lights Folk Club (March 24)

Featuring singer, songwriter and guitarist Roy Forbes.

 

Anneke’s Antique Sale (March 30 – 31)

More than 130 collections of antiques and old glories from vintage jewellery to furniture are for sale.

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Adding an eye catching and stunning rug in your living room can automatically elevate your home. Check out some of the design trends for floor rugs this year.

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I have listed a new property at 13350 109B AVE NW in Edmonton.
RARE FIND!!! Here is a beautifully renovated bungalow in the desirable community of NORTH GLENORA. A partial list of recent interior upgrades include, Kitchen, Appliances, Bathroom, Lighting, Plumbing, Electrical, High Efficiency Forced Air Furnace, Hot Water Tank, Engineered Hardwood, Ceramic Tiles, Closet Organizers and Cabinetry, Entrance Doors, etc. Exterior includes Vinyl Siding, Soffits, Fascia, Eaves, Shingles, Insulation, 6' Privacy Fencing, Sidewalks, New Lawn and Landscaping and an INCREDIBLE OVERSIZED HEATED GARAGE WITH LOFT. This is an incredible TURN KEY PROPERTY on a quiet street close to Schools, Shopping, Public Transportation, Parks, Peter Hemingway Pool, Space & Science Centre, Nait, U of A, the Downtown ICE DISTRICT and the North Saskatchewan River Valley Park System.
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Homeowners in Edmonton began receiving their 2018 property assessment notices in the mail at the beginning of the year.

 

By now, everyone should have received one and have a clear idea of the assessed value of their property. This is important because this value determines the property taxes that must be paid.

 

Property assessments in Edmonton were fairly stable this year, with an average increase of less than one per cent compared to last year.

 

The one exception was single-family detached homes in neighbourhoods along the river valley like Windsor Park, Quesnell Heights, Glenora and Oliver.


You can look up different property assessments on the City of Edmonton’s website to compare different 2018 property assessments.

 

In order to assess the value of the property, a number of key factors such as location, size, land surface, age and condition of the building are taken into consideration.

 

A large increase in property assessments does not always translate into a corresponding increase in property taxes, however. It also takes into account changes relative to your community. 

 

Property taxes in Edmonton make up about half of all revenue that the City receives. It helps fund essential services like police, fire fighting and emergency rescue. They also support community programs, recreation centres, public libraries, parks and much more.

 

Property taxes bills arrive in May and must be paid by June 30.

 

They can be paid in multiple ways; in person, online banking, credit card or cheque. You can set up a Property Tax Monthly Payment Plan to avoid paying them all at once.

 

Assessments can be appealed up through a customer review period until March 12, 2018. A complaint can be made online or in person about property assessment, but you cannot appeal your property tax bill.

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From smart watches to smart kettles, technology is entering homes at the speed of light.

 

One of the biggest home technology trends for 2018 is that devices now provide many uses — just one function won’t cut it anymore.

 

A new voice activated mirror recently came out that changes the lighting, tells you the weather and plays music as you get ready. There’s a door alert system that not only provides lighting but also extends the home’s wifi.

 

Part of it is an issue of space and availability of outlets — why buy an item that only does one thing when the same sized device does many functions?

 

Home security is a key example of how technology in the home is taking off.

 

Many of the security systems on offer are fully integrated and often include functions that are not typically associated with home safety like lighting and doorbell ring tones.

 

Almost all the systems now include an option to lock and unlock doors and keep an eye on the situation remotely via wifi.


Technology is not always cheap but when used right can help you save money in the long run.

 

For example, monitoring devices can help curb energy use because it gives you real-time data. Smart thermostats and lighting systems, which are programmable, can also help save money by only using energy when you need it.

 

Simple safety improvements like smart thermostats, smart fire detectors and smart carbon monoxide detectors are a bonus when selling a home too.

 

A survey by Smart Home Marketplace recently found that 70 per cent of homebuyers want these kinds of features in a home and so a few inexpensive touches can really make it stand out to buyers.

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Silver Skate Festival (Feb. 9 – 19)

Nearly three decades of sports celebrations, this festival is rooted in Dutch tradition and love of winter.

 

Proteus Saxophone Quarter (Feb. 17)

Redefining the tradition of saxophone in this vibrant and vivacious concert.

 

Indian-inspired meals (Feb. 22)

Who needs to order in when you can learn to make your own delicious meals.

 

Intersect (Feb. 23 – 24)

Dynamic ballet performance, bringing together two very different pieces.

 

Swing n’ skate (until Feb. 25)

Local bands bring the swinging, the swaying and the jazz to this free event every Sunday.

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I have listed a new property at 29 NORTHWOODS VILLA NW in Edmonton.
Beautiful 1/2 duplex home in wonderful and well located location and community! Lovingly maintained and updated with new furnace in 2016, new water heater in 2011, new washing machine in 2011 and complete carpet, lino and professional paint in 2009. Low condo fees with excellent track record and list of upgrades including new roofs, windows and common area improvements. Great location within walking distance to shopping, schools, restaurants, transit depot, YMCA and the beautiful Beaumaris Lake. Great living starts HERE!
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