August 25, 2015
EDMONTON'S MOVING RESOURCE AND DIRECTORY
If you are moving or have ever moved, you know there are several calls to make in order to coordinate your change of address and services. We’ve
put together a list you can use as a quick reference for moving, or for any other reason:
ATCO GAS 780-424-5222 www.atcogas.com
DIRECT ENERGY 1- 866-374-6299 www.directenergy.com
EPCOR 780-310-4300 www.epcor.ca
PHONE AND CABLE:
TELUS 1-888-811-2323 www.telus.net
SHAW CABLE & INTERNET 780-490-3555 www.shaw.ca
BELL 1-866-310-BELL (2355) www.bell.ca
ROGERS 1-877-343-5745 www.rogers.com
EDMONTON TIPS (Property Tax) 311 or 780-442-5311 www.edmonton.ca
PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD 780-429-8000 www.epsb.ca
CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD 780-441-6000 www.ecsd.net
PROVINCIAL AND FEDERAL:
CANADA POST 1-800-267-1177 www.canadapost.ca
CANADA REVENUE AGENCY 1-800-959-8281 www.cra-arc.gc.ca
ALBERTA HEALTH CARE 403-310-000 then dial 780-427-1432 www.health.alberta.ca
OTHER CALLS TO MAKE:
• Contact your lawyer to schedule an appointment for signing the closing documents.
• Contact your bank to ensure your mortgage documents are in order for closing day.
• Contact your insurance company to ensure your house insurance documents are in order for closing day
August 20, 2015
Edmonton Events - August 2015
• The 23rd annual Edmonton Marathon – Wednesday, August 22nd and Thursday, August 23rd
• Edmonton Blues Festival Music – Tuesday, August 21st to Thursday, August 23rd
• Wanderlust 108 – Saturday, August 29th
• Sonic Boom Festival – Saturday, September 5th and Sunday, September 6th
August 18, 2015
Prices Dip As Result Of Higher Inventory
Edmonton, August 4, 2015: Prices for all residential properties in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) for July were down from the previous month according to the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. The average all residential price was $372,910 (down 1.4% from June) due mostly to the drop in price of single family homes to $436,948 (down 1.8%). The drop was not felt across all categories with condo prices up 0.4% at an average of $256,708 and duplex/rowhouse prices up 1.4% from June at an average of $356,237. While all residential average prices were down month over month, they still remained 3.3% higher than July of last year.
“This small dip in prices is expected due to our higher inventory and lower sales numbers. We continue to be surprised by how strong prices have been this year compared to last when we had higher sales and very tight inventory. The wait and see attitude of buyers seems to be diminishing, but people continue to be cautious, explains Geneva Tetreault, Chair of the REALTORS Association of Edmonton.
With reported all residential sales in July down 9.8% from June and down 2.8% from last year, average days on market is up to 50. This is up from 46 average days on market in July 2014. Single family dwellings spent an average of 48 days on market in July of 2015, duplex/rowhouses were at 43 days, and condos at 54 days.
We have seen the biggest drop in condominium sales year to date at 14%. That drop coupled with an increase of condo listings of 17% explains why condos are taking longer on average to sell. Some of these buyers may be moving over to duplex/townhouse options which is the only residential category showing an increase of sales of 6% year to date. Tetreault continues, We are seeing the effects of many condominium projects that broke ground when inventory was coming onto the market recently. Condominiums continue to offer the best price point for those entering the housing market and the ease of care and smaller size that appeal to an older demographic.
Higher priced properties continue to keep pace with sales of last year, likely contributing to the strong average prices in 2015 so far. There were 73 properties over a million dollars sold by this time last year, the exact same number as this year.
Inventory is still strong at 7,226 for the Edmonton CMA at the end of July 2015, up slightly from 7,177 in June and much higher than the 5,609 available in July of 2014. All residential listings were up year over year by 14.9% but down month over month from June by 2.2%.
August 14, 2015
New property listed in Sherwood Park, Sherwood Park
I have listed a new property at 3112 SOMERSET PT.
Gorgeous custom built 2,580 sq. ft. 2 storey in desirable Summerwood. As you enter you are greeted with a stunning open foyer with porcelain flooring. The gourmet kitchen boasts an abundance of maple cabinets & granite counters, ceramic backsplash, corner pantry, s/s appliances and breakfast bar island. Open to the nook with garden door access to deck & yard. Added bonus...huge main floor den with French doors! Upstairs is the spacious bonus room with beautiful vaulted ceilings, the master bedroom is large and boasts plush carpet & huge walk-in closet. Relax in the 5 pce spa inspired ensuite. Two other good sized bedrooms, 4 pce main bath and convenient laundry room complete this level. Downstairs is the fully finished basement where you & your family can spend time in the huge rec room and games area with bar. A 4th bedroom and 4 pce bath finish it all off. Entertain family & friends and enjoy the deck in the fully fenced & landscaped yard. Close to all amenities incl nearby lake & walking trails.
August 13, 2015
Where to Take a Dip this Summer
Public Pools – www.edmonton.ca - Edmontonian’s adore their public pools, and they have been a mainstay in our summer fun for more than 80 years. Upgraded with kiddie pools, splash parks and diving areas, these pools are staples of summer days where you can always find the smell of chlorine, screaming school age kids and a freezie from the ice cream stand.
Provincial Park Beaches and Lakes – www.albertaparks.ca - There are plenty of lakes near town that offer great beaches and swimming less than an hour away. Many of these including Aspen Beach, Wabamun, Pigeon, Miquelon and Long Lake are provincial parks and offer great amenities such as restrooms, playgrounds, showers, picnic sites, firepits and boat launches.
Wading Pools And Splash Parks – www.edmonton.ca - For those looking to cool off with the little ones without the stresses of a deep end, there are a growing number of safe and fun locations around town. These are large purpose built spray parks with tons of exciting water play features but the hours vary so check out the (City website) before you go.
River Tubing – www.pembinarivertubing.com - If gently floating down the river on a hot summer day is more your speed, Pembina River is a great place to do just that. An hour west of Edmonton, this river offers magnificent views of a river gorge carved out during the Ice Age. You can take two cars and a couple of tubes on your own, or use the rental and shuttle service offered by Pembina River Tubing.
August 1, 2015
Edmonton's Summer Festival Scene
Edmonton’s Summer Festival Scene rivals any other, with performers and artists embarking on our city each year to put on a great time. It wouldn’t be summer without checking out at least a couple of the events, and the sights, sounds and culinary adventures they have to offer.
The Servus Heritage Festival Aug 2nd – 4th
This year marks the 40th annual showcase of Canada’s vibrant multicultural heritage. Located at Hawrelak Park. Sixty pavilions representing more than 85 cultures from around the world will showcase culinary delicacies, performances, artwork, and clothing, reflecting cultures and their present-day communities.
Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Aug 6 – 9, 2015
Downtown in the fantastic Gallagher Park, folk fest offers a great atmosphere, world-class music, and affordable prices. The quality of the music and the depth of the performer line-up this year does not disappoint: Alex*Cuba, Bruce Cockburn, Charles Bradley, Dehli 2 Dublin, Feist, Loreena McKennitt and Sinead o’Connor to name a few.
International Fringe Theatre Festival, Aug 13 -23, 2015
North America’s largest and longest-running Fringe Festival, this year’s 34th festival theme SupercaliFRINGEilistic! features enchanting performers, buskers, artisans and vendors that will mesmerize the outdoor crowd while over 1,600 live indoor theatre performances will be hosted by 50 venues or more!
Edmonton Rock Music Festival August 14 – 15, 2015
Get ready to rock and roll Edmonton! This year’s line –up includes some legendary greats including the Stampeders, Punch Drunk Cabaret, Ray Sawyer of Dr. Hook fame Pat Benetar. Head down to the Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park to enjoy the rockers, food vendors and beer gardens.
The Edmonton Blues Festival Aug 21st – Aug 23rd
This year’s festival brings some great acts to the Heritage Amphitheatre – an excellent venue to enjoy some great jammin’ and soak up the party atmosphere. Newcomers, legends, award winners will fill the stage for a weekend full of soul. Canned Heat headlines this year’s line-up.
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