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Staging a home to sell is a conscious effort to prepare your home a step above the competing listings on the market. You want a potential buyer to walk into your home and feel like they have to have it! Staging is not easy to do but with some effort the results could truly pay off. Here’s a checklist on how to impress from curb to closet:


• Cut and water the lawn, and trim and prune all trees and shrubs
• Remove pet waste, leaves, and weeds from the yard along with tools, toys and other visible items
• Clean all exterior doors and windows on house and garage
• Paint the exterior trim and stain the deck and fence
• Stage an outdoor sitting area with flowerpots, pillows, outdoor carpets, and fire pit or fountain
• Install outdoor solar lighting along all driveways and walkways in front and back yard
• Replace your mailbox, house numbers and paint your front door for a quick curb appeal facelift
• Paint the interior – including walls, doors, ceilings, closets and trim – in a neutral beige or grey
• Remove all shoes, jackets, keys, mail, umbrellas and bags from entrances
• Lubricate doors, furniture and windows to eliminate squeaks
• Remove ALL but the essential items from countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms
• Clean INSIDE and ON TOP of all appliances including refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and oven
• Dust entire home including ceiling fans, light fixtures, air vents, lampshades, TV’s and electronics
• Clean door frames, doors, windows and window sills, walls, light switches, trim and baseboards
• Place a large bowl full of one fruit such as lemons or apples on the kitchen countertop or table
• Change cat litter and keep it out of sight along with pet food bowls, pet beds and pet toys
• Use fresh plants and flowers to compliment a focal point of the home
• Use an odor neutralizer with a fresh scent even if you don’t think you need one
• Replace all light bulbs with maximum watts and have all lights on and all blinds and draperies open
• Depersonalize the space by removing family photos, trophies, mementos and magnets on the fridge
• Coordinate décor accessories, pillows, and artwork with no more than two accent colors per room
• Float furniture away from walls, into conversational groups, and place so the traffic flow is obvious
• Arrange décor accessories in groups of three – a small, medium and a large item clustered together
• Vary the pattern and grouping of wall hangings and have one or two large focal pieces in living area
• Pack unnecessary items and furniture – at least 1/3 of your home and store them OFF the property
• Don’t neglect storage areas – place items in plastic containers and neatly stack on shelving
• Leave commercial-free easy listening music playing at a low but audible volume on in the house

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I have listed a new property at 15411 95 AVE.
Estate Sale. Redevelopment or Investor Opportunity!!! This 6,925 s.f. (49.5'x140') south facing lot is a rare find and perfect for a redevelopment. The property is being sold "As is" and is marketed as lot value. The Vendor discloses foundation deficiencies, cracks, water penetration and 60 amp electrical service. Perfect infill opportunity with numerous new builds in the immediate area.
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I have listed a new property at 14 51028 RGE RD 261.
INCREDIBLE RARE FIND AND ONE OF A KIND!! Amazing custom built home with numerous hand crafted top quality appointments throughout make you feel like you are in Tuscany! Solid maple hand made front door. Travertine stone floor beautifully displayed through the main floor. Stunning hardwood floor in the master bedroom. The cathedral archway outside the master bedroom is a work of art! A Chefs DREAM KITCHEN with ALL BUILT-IN APPLIANCES, COFFEE BAR, GRANITE, CULTURED STONE. All bedrooms have WALKIN CLOSETS and ENSUITES. There's a spacious and inviting great room/entertaining room perfect for those company parties and large family get togethers! A spectacular Media Room allows you to enjoy those blockbuster movies with a dozen of your closest friends. Extra large in-law or Nanny suite on the lower level that has its own separate entrance. Amazing extra large Multi-level deck overhanging the ravine with a second story that overlooks your very own private stream that is always flowing and needs no maintenance!
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I have listed a new property at 6207 92A AVE.
DEFINITE WOW FACTOR!!! TOTALLY RENOVATED BUNGALOW FROM TOP TO BOTTOM!! Move in ready! Beautifully Redesigned open concept for the living room, dinning room and kitchen areas. Gorgeous Chocolate Maple Hardwood floors. Stunning NEW KITCHEN with glass door fronts, under mount stainless steel sink, under mount cabinet lighting, GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, Spacious centre island, & glass back splash. 2 NEW luxurious bathrooms featuring a deep soaker and floor to ceiling tiles. There's a completely remodelled basement with 2 bedrooms, a large rec room, storage, and new Laundry Room. New Vinyl Windows throughout,Upgraded plumbing, light fixtures, wiring, NEW HIGH EFFICIENCY FURNACE and hot water tank. Can you believe there's even a BRAND NEW oversized detached double garage!! The Private fully fenced yard has a wonderful apple tree and concrete patio for entertaining family and friends. Best of all, it's minutes to downtown and close to schools, shopping, parks and public transportation!!!
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Edmonton, September 2, 2015: The average residential price in August for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) is up 1% year-over-year (YoY) and down slightly by 0.2% relative to last month. A single family home in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) sold for an average of $439,829; up 0.7% from July and up 1.0% YoY. The average for all residential properties sat at $372,256; down 0.2% from July and up 1.0% over last August.

“Edmonton continues to experience a relatively stable market with respect to year-over-year prices. A slower pace of sales, combined with growing inventories, are creating favourable conditions for entering the Edmonton market,” explains Geneva Tetreault, Chair of the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. “We have a great selection of inventory this year, a luxury we did not have last year. Sellers may have to wait a little longer to sell their houses but they should still being getting a good price for their house. Buyers can take more time to select their home and have more choice than they would have last year.”

“While there is no doubt that oil prices and the resulting economic slowdown have impacted the housing market, Edmonton has been able to weather these changes better than other Alberta markets.” Tetreault continues, “New developments and projects both in the city and outlying areas have kept the housing market moving.”

Sales continue to lag behind last year in all areas except duplex/rowhouse. An increase in availability of duplex/rowhouse options has helped this category grow over last year in sales (up 1.7%) and price (up 1.53%). Condos continue to be the hardest hit, with sales down 7.7% and average prices down 2.8% from last year.

Sales of all residential properties reported last month are down 5.6% from those reported in August of 2014. Single family home sales of 884 were down 4.3% YoY compared to 1,111 reported last month. Inventory remains strong at 7,227 for the Edmonton CMA at the end of August 2015, up 35% from last August. All residential listings were up YoY by 26.9% but down by 6.3% from last month. There is currently just under five months’ supply of inventory in the Edmonton CMA.

Average days on market for all residential properties was up again this month at 54. Single family average days on market was up to 52 from 48 in July. Condominiums were averaging 56 days compared to 54 in July, and duplex/rowhouses took an average of 52 days to sell in August.

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I have sold a 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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