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Barn doors bring an interesting rustic touch to your home. The sliding door is a space-saving alternative to traditional doors and is perfect for your home office, laundry, or bathrooms. Here are some creative barn door designs;

 

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Poor indoor air quality can lead to serious health problems for you and your family. Your home air quality matches the cleanliness of your house. Keeping your home clean and tidy goes a long way to improving your indoor air quality. Aside from regular dusting, washing, and cleaning, here are some tips that will help improve the air in your home:

Keep Pollutants Out – It's easier to keep your home air clean by keeping the pollutants out. Remove outdoor shoes at the door, repair air leaks, put walk off mats at entrances, and avoid activities indoors that uses varnish, paint, glue, and other similar substances.

Invest in a Good Vacuum – Choose a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. This traps allergens, airborne pollutants, and smaller particles regular vacuums can miss. Buy one with rotating brushes and strong suction.

Regularly bathe and Groom Pets – Pets are adorable and improve quality of life. Sadly, keeping animals in the house has a downside to the quality of your indoor air. Minimize the smell and air pollutants by regularly bathing and grooming pets and cleaning pet paraphernalia.

Ventilate and Circulate – Ventilation and air circulation is crucial to keeping indoor air fresh. Open windows as much as you can. Use exhaust fans, attic fans, or run window AC with open vent control to remove air contaminants.

Change Filters Often – AC, vacuum, air purifiers and heater filters can easily get clogged with filtered pollutants and particles. The dirty build-up will compromise the performance or your AC or heater, and will eventually contaminate the air you're trying to clean.

Minimize Moisture – Damp areas encourage mould and mildew growth. Prevent the proliferation of dust mites, mould, mildew, and other harmful microbes in your home with proper ventilation and keeping humidity level below 50%. You might need a dehumidifier to achieve this.

Keep up with the Laundry – Don't stack dirty clothes for too long. Also, regularly change and launder beddings, towels, curtains, and upholstery.

Watch your Smoke – Smoke releases pollutants into the air. Candles, wood-burning fireplaces, cigars, and cigarettes all contribute to poor indoor air. Minimize the effect by using non-toxic candles, dried wood, and banning indoor smoking.

Bring in Plants – Plants are natural air purifiers and fresheners. The best plant choices to bring in for their air freshening qualities are English Ivy, Peace Lily, Boston Fern, the Spider plant, Dracaena, Ficus or Weeping Fig, and Aloe Vera.

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The Canadian real estate industry is highly organized and regulated by different government bodies. There are several real estate organizations tasked to serve consumers and regulate realtor and broker licenses. The main objective is to ensure real estate professionals are serving consumers well.

A huge amount of resources are spent to create useful guides, tools, and content to educate the public about the process of buying and selling a home, but they are often overlooked. Here are some useful websites and resources available to anyone considering buying a home in Alberta.

REALTOR.ca (https://www.realtor.ca/)

REALTOR.ca is Canada's most popular and trusted real estate platform displaying residential and commercial listings from REALTORS® across the country. Buyers, sellers, and real estate investors use REALTOR.ca to find, share, and compare trustworthy listings, search professionals, and research statistical demographic data in specific neighbourhoods.

Home Buyers’ Roadmap
https://www.realtor.ca/Resource/en-ca/homebuyers_road_map.pdf
Mortgage Calculator
https://www.realtor.ca/Residential/calculator.aspx

RECA.ca (https://www.reca.ca/)

RECA or Real Estate Council Alberta is the independent governing authority that sets, regulates and enforces standards for real estate brokerage, mortgage brokerage, property management and real estate appraisal professionals in Alberta.

Buyer Brochure
https://www.reca.ca/consumers/information/PDF/Buyer_Brochure_08.pdf
Buying a House or Condo
https://www.reca.ca/consumers/information/buying-a-house-or-condo.htm

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/)

CMHC has helped millions of Canadians meet their housing needs. CMHC provides mortgage loan insurance that enables you to buy a home sooner with a minimum down payment starting at 5%. CMHC provides valuable information to walk you through the process before, during and after your home purchase.

Home Buying Step by Step
https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/buho/hostst/index.cfm
The Buying Process
https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/buho/hostst/hostst_004.cfm

HowRealtorsHelp.ca (http://howrealtorshelp.ca/)

When you enlist the help of an expert REALTOR®, you're not just gaining support to buy or sell a house – you're gaining an ally who'll help you make the most out of your home. REALTORS® can guide you through every step of the process, explain the current market, help navigate complex paperwork and offer invaluable advice. When you're ready to make a move, get a REALTOR®.

Your Dream Home Checklist
http://howrealtorshelp.ca/pdf/Dream_Home_Checklist.pdf
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- Edmonton French Film Festival – Saturday, March 5 – Tuesday, March 22

- Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen's Show – Thursday, March 10 – Sunday, March 13

- Adopt a Block Program Registration – Saturday, March 12

- St.Patrick's Day Trail Run – Sunday, March 13

- Edmonton Cat Show – Saturday, March 19 – Sunday, March 20

- Hop to it! Easter Monday at the Edmonton Valley Zoo – Monday, March 28

- The Sustainable Living Show – Wednesday, March 30


Links

- Edmonton French Film Festival

http://www.af.ca/edmonton/french-film-festival/

- Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen's Show

http://www.edmontonboatandsportshow.ca/

- Adopt a Block Program Registration

http://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/graffiti_litter/adopt-a-block.aspx

- St.Patrick's Day Trail Run

https://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=12633

- Edmonton Cat Show

http://www.edmontoncat.com/

- Hop to it! Easter Monday at the Edmonton Valley Zoo

http://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_events/schedule_festivals_events/events-calendar.aspx?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D117504895%26view%3Devent%26-childview%3D

- The Sustainable Living Show

http://www.global-sustainable.com/

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Edmonton, March 2, 2016: Residential inventory saw another significant increase in February, surpassing 6,000 listings on the market, ending the month with 6,681 properties for sale on the MLS® System for the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). That’s a 16.17% increase over last month, and 33.41% more homes listed for sale than February 2015. Sales for February were up 36.54% month-over-month at 837 compared to 618 in January, but 10.1% lower than the 931 properties that sold during the same time last year.

“Sales numbers are increasing consistent with seasonal trends,” REALTOR® Association of Edmonton Chair Steve Sedgwick explains. “Relative to 2015, potential buyers have more inventory to choose from. Despite this inventory growth, prices have moderated only slightly compared to last year, so home owners and sellers can maintain some confidence that housing prices are remaining stable.”
February brought strength back to the average all-residential selling price, ending the month at $363,266, which is 6.93% higher month-over-month and virtually on par with this same time last year. Prices in all categories saw an increase in the Edmonton CMA market compared to just one month ago. Single family house prices averaged $419,940, virtually flat to last month (up 0.24%) but down 2.79% year-over-year (YoY). Condo properties sold for an average of $247,090, up 8.83% over last month, and down just 1.32% YoY. The biggest average price gain came in the duplex/rowhouse category, with the price in February finishing at $354,386, up 8.41% and 1.24% compared to January 2016 and February 2015, respectively.
February’s average days-on-market for all housing types dropped to 57, down from 71 in January but up from 48 YoY. On average, condos sold in 57 days last month, that’s down significantly from the 85 days it took in January, but still higher than the 49 days in February 2015.
“Buyers are still taking their time to consider all of their options before purchasing a new home,” Sedgwick said. “But with warmer weather just around the corner, clients are reaching out to their REALTOR® for support as the busy spring buying season approaches.”

 

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Fun cat furniture your cats would adore, and it still looks stylish in your home

 

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