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Homeowners in Edmonton began receiving their 2018 property assessment notices in the mail at the beginning of the year.

 

By now, everyone should have received one and have a clear idea of the assessed value of their property. This is important because this value determines the property taxes that must be paid.

 

Property assessments in Edmonton were fairly stable this year, with an average increase of less than one per cent compared to last year.

 

The one exception was single-family detached homes in neighbourhoods along the river valley like Windsor Park, Quesnell Heights, Glenora and Oliver.


You can look up different property assessments on the City of Edmonton’s website to compare different 2018 property assessments.

 

In order to assess the value of the property, a number of key factors such as location, size, land surface, age and condition of the building are taken into consideration.

 

A large increase in property assessments does not always translate into a corresponding increase in property taxes, however. It also takes into account changes relative to your community. 

 

Property taxes in Edmonton make up about half of all revenue that the City receives. It helps fund essential services like police, fire fighting and emergency rescue. They also support community programs, recreation centres, public libraries, parks and much more.

 

Property taxes bills arrive in May and must be paid by June 30.

 

They can be paid in multiple ways; in person, online banking, credit card or cheque. You can set up a Property Tax Monthly Payment Plan to avoid paying them all at once.

 

Assessments can be appealed up through a customer review period until March 12, 2018. A complaint can be made online or in person about property assessment, but you cannot appeal your property tax bill.

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From smart watches to smart kettles, technology is entering homes at the speed of light.

 

One of the biggest home technology trends for 2018 is that devices now provide many uses — just one function won’t cut it anymore.

 

A new voice activated mirror recently came out that changes the lighting, tells you the weather and plays music as you get ready. There’s a door alert system that not only provides lighting but also extends the home’s wifi.

 

Part of it is an issue of space and availability of outlets — why buy an item that only does one thing when the same sized device does many functions?

 

Home security is a key example of how technology in the home is taking off.

 

Many of the security systems on offer are fully integrated and often include functions that are not typically associated with home safety like lighting and doorbell ring tones.

 

Almost all the systems now include an option to lock and unlock doors and keep an eye on the situation remotely via wifi.


Technology is not always cheap but when used right can help you save money in the long run.

 

For example, monitoring devices can help curb energy use because it gives you real-time data. Smart thermostats and lighting systems, which are programmable, can also help save money by only using energy when you need it.

 

Simple safety improvements like smart thermostats, smart fire detectors and smart carbon monoxide detectors are a bonus when selling a home too.

 

A survey by Smart Home Marketplace recently found that 70 per cent of homebuyers want these kinds of features in a home and so a few inexpensive touches can really make it stand out to buyers.

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Silver Skate Festival (Feb. 9 – 19)

Nearly three decades of sports celebrations, this festival is rooted in Dutch tradition and love of winter.

 

Proteus Saxophone Quarter (Feb. 17)

Redefining the tradition of saxophone in this vibrant and vivacious concert.

 

Indian-inspired meals (Feb. 22)

Who needs to order in when you can learn to make your own delicious meals.

 

Intersect (Feb. 23 – 24)

Dynamic ballet performance, bringing together two very different pieces.

 

Swing n’ skate (until Feb. 25)

Local bands bring the swinging, the swaying and the jazz to this free event every Sunday.

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I have listed a new property at 29 NORTHWOODS VILLA NW in Edmonton.
Beautiful 1/2 duplex home in wonderful and well located location and community! Lovingly maintained and updated with new furnace in 2016, new water heater in 2011, new washing machine in 2011 and complete carpet, lino and professional paint in 2009. Low condo fees with excellent track record and list of upgrades including new roofs, windows and common area improvements. Great location within walking distance to shopping, schools, restaurants, transit depot, YMCA and the beautiful Beaumaris Lake. Great living starts HERE!
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I have listed a new property at 2132 GLENRIDDING WAY in Edmonton.
This immaculate Pacesetter "Paladin Model" features 3 bedrooms, 2 and a half baths, generous and stylish top end finishes invites comfort and exudes modern elegance. You'll enjoy a perfect setting for relaxing and entertaining. Plenty of natural night flows throughout the home's open, airy layout with a generously sized living room, cozy gas fireplace, an open kitchen that will inspire your inner chef, center island with bonus seating, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES & a large dining area. Guest bath and functional mudroom are just around the corner. The huge master bedroom features a private 4pc ensuite and spacious walk-in closet, 2 additional bedrooms and another full bath! The basement is an unfinished blank canvas with RIDP, a Kinetico water system & Air purification system. There's an OVERSIZED DOUBLE GARAGE for larger vehicles & toys. Glenridding is nestled away from bustling city life yet still conveniently connected by Anthony Henday & many major amenities nearby.
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