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I have listed a new property at 1915 108 ST.
Welcome to this 1,955 sq. ft. 2 storey located in Keheewin. As you enter you are greeted by a spacious ceramic foyer and very open floor plan, vaulted ceiling, living & dining rooms with laminate flooring, large open kitchen with loads of cabinets and garden door to deck. Family room with beautiful gas f/p, 2 pce bath & main floor laundry complete this level. Upstairs to the master retreat with 2 large closests, 5 pce ensuite with marble tile flooring and huge vanity. Two other good size bedrooms both with walk-in closets and a 4 pce main bathroom complete the 2nd level. The basement is f-fin with recreation room, den and 4 pce bath. Have fun and relax in the hot tub room...perfect for family & friends! Convenient central air conditioning! Enjoy the beautifully landscaped & fenced yard with huge deck with built-in benches, mature trees and large garden shed. Very private and backs onto school yard. Spectacular location, close to LRT, ravine, shopping & restaurants. Great family home!
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I have listed a new property at 5962 164 AVE.
Located in the great community of Matt Berry is this fabulous 1,407 sq. ft. 2 storey half duplex just waiting for you! Enjoy the very open floor plan with laminate flooring on the main, maple kitchen with loads of cabinets, breakfast bar & pantry, open to the eating area & living room with gas fireplace. A 2 pce bath completes the main level. Up the stairs to the spacious bonus room with large windows for an abundance of light and neutral carpet, the master bedroom with 4 pce ensuite and spacious walk-in closet, 2 other good sized bedrooms, and 4 pce main bathroom finish it all off. The basement is open and awaits your design ideas! Relax in the beautifully maintained fenced & landscaped private yard with deck perfect for entertaining. A convenient single attached garage, close to all amenities such as schools, playgrounds, shopping & transportation makes this the perfect home for you!
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I have sold a property at 14608 86 AVE.
SPECTACULAR LAURIER HEIGHTS LOCATION! A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH! Welcome to the mature neighborhood of Laurier Heights and this fabulous 1,088 sq. ft. 3+2 bedroom fully finished bungalow. As you enter this home you are greeted with a large formal living and dining room, both boasting large picture windows and perfect for entertaining. The kitchen features standard cupboards, window overlooking the back yard and eating nook. The master and two other good sized bedrooms and 4 pce bathroom complete the main level. Downstairs you will find the recreation room, 2 other spacious bedrooms, laundry area, convenient 3 pce bathroom and plenty of storage. The yard is fenced and landscaped with a great patio for relaxing and a detached oversized single garage. Other features of this home include carpet and lino flooring, all appliances, beautiful neighborhood close to schools, shopping, transportation and all amenities. Transform this fabulous property into your perfect retreat!
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Artificial grass has been used in warmer climates for some time, but it’s also become more popular in Canada as an alternative to a natural lawn. The jury is still out as to which is best, and there are definitely pros and cons on both sides of the fence.

Natural Grass
Benefits:  There’s nothing like the lush, organic feeling of natural grass under your feet.  It’s affordable to install, and with maintenance, it can last a lifetime.

Things to consider:
Maintenance – A lot of time and effort is needed to cut, water and maintain the lawn.  It’s difficult to keep it looking good all year round.
Environmental Impact – Tons of water are used every day to get that ”green” look.  Harmful pesticides used also wash away into the water system.
Expense – Sod may be cheaper to install ($1-$2/ yard), but the monthly water bill is much higher than artificial turf.

Artificial Grass
Benefits:   Today’s artificial grass is like a carpet for your yard. The turf looks great all year round with virtually no maintenance, no water and no monthly cost.

Things to consider:
Expense: Artificial turf is very expensive to install.  Anywhere from $4-$9/ sq. ft, a small 500 sq ft area can cost upwards of $4500.
Environmental impact – Although it doesn’t need the water and pesticides and has a lifespan of 15-25 years, artificial grass is synthetic and does eventually end up in the landfill.
Animal waste – The turf can be watered and liquids pass through, but there are mixed reviews on how well Fido’s business washes away.

Whichever you prefer, you will start noticing artificial grass in more residential and public spaces. Artificial turf is being used in dog runs, playgrounds, on boats, trade show booths and golf courses.  Toronto is even installing artificial turf on its medians. It looks like it is here to stay.

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Not long ago, in 2008, the mortgage rate in Alberta was 5.39%. This year, we have consistently seen posted rates under 3%. The low rates offer significant opportunities for buyers and sellers alike, but to take advantage of the trend, learn to evaluate your financing options.

Taking advantage of the lowest rates possible allows you to make real strides on interest payments. But if your mortgage is short-term and a variable rate, there is a possibility it could change with the market.

If you are looking to reside in a home for a while or invest in a long-term rental holding property, some lenders offer up to a 10-year fixed rate.  Fixed rates are generally higher than variable, but can minimize uncertainty and the risk of higher interest and payments in the future.

Refinancing an existing mortgage to a lower rate might also help you save. However, you are liable to pay penalties and administrative costs for breaking your mortgage.

A mortgage consultant can assess the specific needs of your situation and guide you in choosing the financing plan that will fit you best.

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I have sold a property at 20 BURNHAM AVE.
Welcome to this 1,354 sq. ft. bungalow in the mature neighborhood of beautiful Braeside. Located on a beautiful tree-lined street, this property has great bones but needs a cosmetic upgrade. The main floor boasts 4 good sized bedrooms, the master with 2 pce ensuite and large walk-in closet. The living room is large with picture window and is open to the formal dining room. The kitchen is cozy with window overlooking the backyard. Original hardwood flooring under all the carpet! The basement is full, open and awaits your ideas to complete your dream. Close to all amenities such as shopping, transportation, schools, parks, playgrounds & walking trails. This diamond in the rough could be the perfect family home with a little bit of polishing!
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I have sold a property at 43 26106 TWP RD 532A.
Exceptional bright and sunny CUSTOM BUILT 2,168 s.f. Bungalow with an OVERSIZED TRIPLE HEATED GARAGE. There's over 4,200 s.f. of developed living space, 3 spacious bedrooms up and 1 down and 4 baths including a luxurious JACUZZI ENSUITE in the MASTER. The Main floor features an impressive front entrance with vaulted ceilings front to back allowing loads of natural sunlight to flow through from dusk til dawn. Rich hardwood and ceramic floors on the main and a beautiful see through gas fireplace as a central feature. The CHEFS KITCHEN has ample cupboards with GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, and features a raised breakfast bar/island overlooking the dining area. There's a multilevel low maintenance composite deck with powder coated railings, tempered privacy glass and a HOT TUB overlooking the meticulous and private fully fenced yard. This is one beautiful EXECUTIVE country residential retreat only a five minute drive to Edmonton... GST may be applicable.
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I have listed a new property at 5016 142 ST.
Gorgeous 2,440 sq ft 1.5 storey across from a park in desirable Brookside. The formal living & dining rooms boast extra plush neutral carpet & lrg picture windows. The huge kitchen has an abundance of cabinets, beautiful new granite counters with beveled edges, lrg island, under cabinet lighting & gleaming oak h/w. Open to the nook with lrg windows overlooking the back yard & garden door access to deck. The family room is spacious with wood burning feature wall f/p & built in shelves/cabinets with patio door access to deck. A main floor bdrm/den, 2 pce bath & laundry rm complete this level. Upstairs is the huge master bdrm with plush carpet, 2 lrg closets & huge 3 pce ensuite with corner shower. Two other good sized bedrooms & 4 pce main bath complete the upper level. Downstairs features a lrg rec room with wet bar, hot tub & lrg storage area,2 furnaces & 2 HWT. Enjoy the new deck, stone patio with gazebo in the perfectly manicured yard. Very private & serene west facing yard...perfect for relaxing!
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Edmonton events

 

- Homeless for a Night – Friday, June 12th – Saturday, June 13th
- 2015 Edmonton Festival of Quilts – Saturday, June 13th – Sunday, June 14th
- Edmonton River Valley Offroad Triathlon & Duathlon – Saturday, June 20th
- DARK MATTERS – Thursday, June 18th
- Safeway Father’s Day Walk/Run – Sunday, June 21st
- TRi KiDS Triathlon Series – Sunday, June 28th
- Edmonton's 2nd Annual Superhero 5KM Fun Run & Walk – Sunday, June 28th

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I have sold a property at 21510 FORT RD in Edmonton.
Perfect holding or future development property!! Over 29 acres of highway frontage on Manning Freeway. The existing home is a spacious bungalow with a fully developed lower level is perfect for a revenue property or country residential owner occupied. There is an additional multi use recreational building on the property for BBQ's or large parties. For the car enthusiast ...there are 3 detached garages capable of storing more than 10 vehicles. This is a very unique property very close to the new Northeast extension of the Anthony Hendey and Manning Drive.
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I have listed a new property at 20 BURNHAM AVE.
Welcome to this 1,354 sq. ft. bungalow in the mature neighborhood of beautiful Braeside. Located on a beautiful tree-lined street, this property has great bones but needs a cosmetic upgrade. The main floor boasts 4 good sized bedrooms, the master with 2 pce ensuite and large walk-in closet. The living room is large with picture window and is open to the formal dining room. The kitchen is cozy with window overlooking the backyard. Original hardwood flooring under all the carpet! The basement is full, open and awaits your ideas to complete your dream. Close to all amenities such as shopping, transportation, schools, parks, playgrounds & walking trails. This diamond in the rough could be the perfect family home with a little bit of polishing!
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I have sold a property at 50 ALDERWOOD BLVD.
Come on in to this immaculate 1,306 sq. ft. 4 level split located in the mature neighborhood of Akinsdale. As you enter this home you are greeted with a spacious entry way and closet, open to the formal living room/dining room with plush carpet and huge windows for tons of light. ....great for family times or entertaining. Continuing into the huge oak kitchen with abundance of cabinets and counter space, window overlooking the back yard, lino flooring and good sized breakfast nook with garden door to deck. Down a few steps to the family room boasting 2 large windows for natural light and a beautiful oak/tile gas fireplace. The master bedroom is spacious and features plush carpet and convenient 3 pce ensuite. The other 3 bedrooms are perfect for the rest of the family or convert into a home office/den! The basement is unfinished and has plenty of storage. You will enjoy relaxing on the huge deck with adjoining patio in the fully fenced and landscaped back yard. Close to all amenities.
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I have listed a new property at 3548 65 ST.
Here is a beautifully upgraded 3 +2 Bedroom Bi-Level situated in a quiet crescent location in the desirable community of Hillview. Recent upgrades included a GORGEOUS HICKORY KITCHEN, CERMIC BACK SPLASH, raised center island, Newer light fixtures, Newer Appliances, NEW BIRCH HARDWOOD FLOORING, NEW MAIN FLOOR BATH WITH A BEAUTIFUL OVERSIZED CERAMIC SHOWER and glass sliding doors, Newer VINYL WINDOWS THROUGHOUT, Freshly painted in modern tones, new baseboards, new trim, NEW SHINGLES IN 2012, there's an oversized double detached garage that is insulated and drywalled, a private fully fenced yard with underground sprinklers, a vegetable garden, deck and more. Close to schools, shopping, public transportation. This is the prefect family home
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I have listed a new property at 3 Riverridge RD.
Located on .62 acres is this beautiful executive bungalow in prestigious Riverstone Pointe. Spoil yourself in the gourmet kitchen with s/s appliances, abundance of cabinets, breakfast bar island & walk-thru pantry. The eating area is spacious & bright with deck access. Open to the great rm with gleaming h/w floors & lovely floor to ceiling feature wall stone f/p with b/i entertainment centre & tons of lrg windows for cascading light thru-out. The master bdrm boasts a 5 pce spa inspired ensuite, lrg walk-in closet & garden door access to deck. A 2nd spacious bdrm, bathroom & laundry area complete the main. A great retreat or office area would be good use for the 400 sqft loft area which is spacious & open. Downstairs is the f-fin basement with lrg rec room, wet bar, theatre room, bathroom, & 3 spacious bdrms. Relax in the beautifully landscaped yard with huge deck & firepit with interlocking brick surround for those warm summer evenings. Don't forget the quad garage....room for vehicles and all your toys!
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Inventory beginning to stabilize while prices still rise

 

Edmonton, June 2, 2015: With new listings down over 2% from last May, we are finally starting to see the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) inventory begin to stabilize. Even with a wealth of residential property on the market (almost 30% more than last year), we are continuing to see price increases for all residential properties.

 

“As expected, the average days on market is up four days year-over-year and one day over last month at 45. We can expect this number to continue to grow due to slower sales and higher inventory,” REALTORS® Association of Edmonton President Geneva Tetreault explains.


The average days on market for single family last month was 43, condominiums were 49 days, and duplex/rowhouse took an average of 45 days to sell.

 

Residential sales in Edmonton’s Census Metropolitan Area are beginning to pick up with 1,784 reported sales in May 2015. That is up 12% from 1,597 reported in April but still down almost 10% from May 2014. Again this month, reported sales are down in all categories except duplex/rowhouse (up 4% y/y) – a trend we have seen all year. Single family sales were 1,078 - down 11% over last May (1,213 reported). Condo sales were down 10% over May 2015 at 510. Sales were up in all categories over April 2015. Year-to-date, residential sales are down 13%.

“Last month we were down 13% year-over-year in all residential sales. This month we are down less than 10%. We expect this trend of increased sales to continue as confidence in the stability of the market grows,” Tetreault adds. “We are still seeing multiple offers in popular price brackets. The fact that we haven’t seen a decline in prices is giving buyers more assurance. They are venturing back into the market with the feeling that prices won’t plummet any time soon.”

 

Despite a decline in all residential sales, the average sale price was $381,111 up 2.5% from May last year. Single family dwellings sold for an average of $451,312 (up 3% from last May), condos for $256,143 (up 2% y/y) and duplex/rowhouses were the only price drop at $345,659 (down 2% y/y).

 

The end of month residential active inventory was 7,303 for the Edmonton CMA. May 2015 all residential new listings were down 2% from last year at 3,314. That meant 5% less single family, 6% more condo, and 4% less duplex/rowhouse listings than in May last year.

“People are continuing to take advantage of low interest rates and a greater selection in the marketplace. We are moving into our busiest season for real estate. Your local REALTOR® can help you find what you are looking for in the neighbourhood that best suits your needs.”

 

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I have listed a new property at 38 CAIRNS CLOSE.
Spectacular executive custom built walk-out bungalow in prestigious Allin Ridge Estates with over 6,000 sq. ft. of luxurious living space. This stunning home is situated on 1.06 acres of beautifully manicured and incredibly private estate property overlooking the picturesque Sturgeon Valley. Exquisitely appointed executive finishing throughout from the 27 foot vaulted ceilings in the foyer to the elegant and dramatic curved oak staircase leading to the fully developed basement. The gourmet kitchen makes entertaining/meal prep a breeze with top of the line appliances, massive island and butlers pantry. With a total of 4 large bedrooms there is room for everyone...the two lower bedrooms boasting their own private ensuite. The oversized triple garage boasts an additional roll up door inside leading to a private self contained woodworking shop and an additional garage on the lower level for more toy storage. Every mans dream garage! Expect to be impressed with every detail in this luxurious home.
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