February 23, 2016
Selling Home with Pets
Our furry or feathered friends are lovable and very much a part of our families. When it comes to selling your home, pets can sometimes inconvenience or even hinder the selling process. There are a few extra steps you can take to ensure the process is a little easier on you, your pet and a potential buyer.
Preparing your Home to Sell
- Freshen the Air ñ You may not know or have become used to it, but pet homes tend to smell. Pet smell is a major turn-off. Freshen up the air with a thorough clean up. Replace or have the carpets professionally cleaned. Remove stained pet beds and litter boxes. Neutralise the air with natural air fresheners such as flowers, bowls of fruits, aromatic spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, or freshly baked goodies. Using neutralizing essential oils and diffuser is also a great way to eliminate odours.
- Repair pet destruction ñ Scratched doors or posts, scuffed floors, damaged furniture, and chewed off carpets should be repaired or replaced.
- Clean up the fur ñ Many people are allergic to pet fur and dander. Be sure to vacuum, sweep and launder anything with traces of fur.
- Tidy pet clutter ñ Remove all pet evidence from the house. Pet bowls, water fountains, beds, litter boxes, carriers, and toys can add to the clutter.
Clean the yard ñPatches of yellowed grass, droppings, dug holes, damaged plants, and abandoned toys can be taken as signs of neglect.
- Relocate pets ñ Arrange for a friend or family to look after your pet during a showing. Relocating your pet for few days or weeks will help keep the house clean and minimize maintenance.
- Remove pets from the house ñ If relocation is not an option, make sure to remove your pet during showings. Hide all pet paraphernalia like pet bowls and beds away from plain sight.
- Quickly run the vacuum or sweep before showings.
February 19, 2016
New property listed in Zone 20, Edmonton
I have listed a new property at 1319 WELBOURN LANE in Edmonton.
Located in the heart of Prestigious Wedgewood Heights in a quiet cul-de-sac is this incredible 2 storey home. You are greeted with a spacious front foyer with glass side lighting and plenty of natural lighting. An elegant staircase that will take you to the four bedrooms on the upper level. The gourmet size kitchen has plenty of cabinets, a walk in pantry, granite counter tops, an island with sitting area and stainless steel appliances. Curl up in the family room and enjoy the gas fireplace. The master bedroom has a huge walk in closet and the ensuite has a spa like feel with its Jacuzzi tub. On the lower level there is a second family room, bedroom, games room ,storage room and a 4pc bathroom. The triple garage has 12 ft ceilings giving you plenty of room for storage and all of your toys. Close to river valley trails, ravine, tennis courts, shopping, transportation and schools.
February 15, 2016
Making Sense of your Property Tax Assessment
You should have received your Annual Assessment Notices from the City of Edmonton by now. This is the assessed value of your property, which substantiates how much tax you have to pay on it. Simply speaking, the assessment places a dollar value on your home for tax reasons.
It is not possible for the City of Edmonton to physically appraise each house, so assessments are based on the fair market value of the property. A number of key factors such as age, size, layout, traffic noise, proximity to establishments like schools, parks, restaurants, etc. help determine the assessment amount.
Your property assessment should manifest the overall market of the previous year; for example, the assessed value of your property will most likely decrease if houses in your neighbourhood didn't sell as well as they did the year before. Alternatively, the assessed value of your property may increase if either renovations or upgrades have been done and you registered these improvements with the City via permits and/or a revised Real Property Report.
There is a secure website that enables you as a property owner in Edmonton to obtain assessment information specific to your property. Sign in information is located on your most recent City of Edmonton property assessment notice. Review a full report of your assessment here.
Following the mailing date of the Assessment Notices on January 04, 2016, a property assessment review period is held until March 11, 2016 wherein you can arrange to speak with an assessor concerning any disagreement you may have with the assessed value of your property.
However, if you still disagree with the assessed value, you may file a complaint with theAssessment Review Board. The formal complaint must be filed prior to the deadline on March 11, 2016 in order for the Board to review your case. Regardless if a formal complaint has been filed, you still need to pay your taxes on time or you'll be penalized.
Property tax bills are mailed out May 24th and are due June 30th. The City allows you to pay in multiple ways; in person, online banking, credit card or cheque. If you don't want to have the financial burden of paying all at once, you can set up a Property Tax Monthly Payment Plan. You can request enrolment in the plan here.
February 15, 2016
New property listed in Zone 58, Edmonton
I have listed a new property at 21112 60 AVE in Edmonton.
Located in West Edmonton's desirable community "THE HAMPTONS". Hawthorne Homes built this beautiful "Pondera Model" half duplex loaded with wonderful upgrades and a great open concept floor plan. The main floor is bright and sunny and wide open from front to back. The spacious kitchen features ample Maple cabinets, a centre island with breakfast bar, Stainless Steel appliances, all overlooking the dining/living areas. There's sliding patio doors off the dining area overlooking the fully fenced yard. Upstairs features 2 MASTER SUITES both with WALKIN CLOSETS and 4 pc ENSUITES. The basement is unfinished, has roughed in double plumbing for an additional bath and ready for future development. There's a 22'x18' concrete pad already poured waiting for a new garage. There's easy access to schools, shopping, public transportation, the Anthony Henday, lakes and walking trails.
February 13, 2016
I have sold a property at 2569 COLE CRES in Edmonton
I have sold a property at 2569 COLE CRES in Edmonton.
This BEAUITFUL 1,520 S.F. "Trista Model" Stirling Built 2 Storey sits on a HUGE PIE SHAPED LOT in a Quiet Cul-De-Sac. Wonderful OPEN CONCEPT, Spacious kitchen with ample dark chocolate stained cabinets, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, a CHEFS DOUBLE OVEN GAS STOVE, centre island with breakfast bar and large dining area for your family meals. Find comfort and relaxation in the huge master bedroom with the 4 pc ensuite and deep walk in closet. Two additional bedrooms and a convenient laundry room round out the upper level. The Partially finished basement has a ROUGHED IN THEATRE/REC ROOM (DRYWALLED, TAPPED, WIRED, INSULATED), roughed in bath & storage room too. Enjoy the private fully fenced yard, fire pit and more while relaxing on the deck. There's gas and electrical hook up for the BBQ and future HOT TUB!!!
February 12, 2016
New property listed in Rural Sturgeon County, Rural Sturgeon County
I have listed a new property at 3 Riverridge RD in Rural Sturgeon County.
This INCREDIABLE executive bungalow in prestigious Riverstone Pointe sits on a SPACIOUS PRIVATE .62 acre lot. Spoil yourself in the gourmet kitchen with STAINLESS STEEL appliances, ABUNDANCE of cabinets, breakfast bar island & walk-thru pantry. ENJOY the great room featuring its open concept, floor to ceiling feature wall stone fireplace, built in entertainment centre and tons of LARGE windows for cascading light thru-out. The master bedroom boasts a 5 pc spa inspired ensuite and MASSIVE walk-in closet. A 2nd spacious bedroom, bathroom & laundry area complete the main. A great retreat or office area would be good use for the 400 sqft loft area. Downstairs you will find the rec room, wet bar, theatre room, bathroom, & 3 bedrooms. Relax and enjoy the BEAUTIFUL landscaped yard with HUGE deck and firepit that is surrounded by interlocking brick for those warm summer evenings. Don't forget the quad garage....room for vehicles and all your toys!
February 6, 2016
Home consumers remain to prudently watch market
Edmonton, February 2, 2016: Residential inventory continues to remain strong, as January closed out with 5,751 properties for sale on the MLS® System for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). That’s an increase of 39.2% over this time last year, and 13.03% up over last month. Sales for January were down however, with 618 properties selling in the first month of 2016, down 13.32% month-over-month, and 7.21% lower year-over-year (YoY).
“Sales volumes are down, relative to the same time last year,” REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair Steve Sedgwick explains. “It is likely that home buyers are responding to current economic uncertainties. Although prices have dropped slightly, they remain stable. Growth in inventory may create more opportunities for potential buyers, and given the low interest rates, we remain optimistic about market growth as we head into the spring buying season.”
Prices in all categories saw a decline in the Edmonton CMA market as many lower priced properties sold in January. The all-residential price ended the month at $339,714, down 7.2% from December and 6.3% YoY. Single family house prices averaged $418,928, down 1.3% and 1.2% from the previous month and YoY, respectively. Condo properties sold for an average of $227,052, down 8.8% over last month and 10.3% YoY. And the increasingly popular duplex/rowhouse category, which held steady for much of 2015, took the biggest average selling price decrease, coming in at $326,885, down 12.7% from the previous month and down 13.6% from the same time last year.
January’s average days-on-market rose to 71, up from 62 in December and 58 in January 2015. The increase is mainly attributed to the increased days-on-market for condos, which sat at 85 for January, up from 62 from last month and 61 YoY.
“The increase in the average days on market just appears to reflect that buyers are taking time to consider their options before purchasing a new home,” Sedgwick said. “Clients are looking to their REALTOR® for advice and guidance as they navigate their own individual situations.”
February 2, 2016
I have sold a property at 9008 99 AVE NW in Edmonton
I have sold a property at 9008 99 AVE NW in Edmonton.
THE BRICKYARD IN RIVERDALE is one of Edmonton's hidden gems and this complex is overlooking the MAJESTIC NORTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER VALLEY! This third floor one bedroom unit in the RIVER GRANDE is a rare find. Enjoy making a meal in the BRIGHTLY LIT kitchen with ceiling and under cabinets lighting. Cozy up to the gas fireplace in the living room on those long winter nights. Enjoy the convenience of in suite laundry and loads of storage. The Best of River Valley living with cycling, walking, jogging trails, skating rink and parks right next door. 5 minutes to the downtown core. This adult building (+18) offers an exercise room, games area, social room, guest suite, car wash, underground heated parking, storage locker, plenty of visitor parking and a pet friendly building.
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