GREG STEELE

"Not All REALTORS® Are Alike"©

A Midsummer Night's Dream (until Feb. 9)
One of Shakespeare’s best known plays, filled with humour and mirth. 


The Art of the Book (until Feb. 16)
A book event that only happens once every five years, this is a great opportunity to learn more about both Canadian and international book artists.

Chinook Series (until Feb. 17)
A 11-day performance series that brings everything from dance to theatre together for the community.


Swingin' City Sundays (until Feb. 24)
Free live music and dance lessons every Sunday at City Hall this month.


Habitat for Humanity workshops (until Feb. 28)
The non-profit housing organization is offering workshops to the public — not only are these a pre-requisite to volunteer with the group, it’s a great way to learn about home building and renovations.


Mommy Mentors for Professionals (until March 4)
A great network for other career-minded moms to seek advice and support each other.


Portraits Exhibition (until April)
From quirky to iconic, this art exhibition has a little bit of something for everyone to identify with.

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Putting together your resolutions and goals for the new year is a great motivation to make positive changes in your life.


Although we sometimes fall off our resolutions quickly, we can think of our resolutions as a plan, and make it a habit to celebrate small milestones you’ve achieved to keep you inspired and excited throughout the year.


We searched the net and put together the 20 most popular resolutions that people write every year.


  • Lose weight or stay in shape
  • Eat healthier 
  • Live a more active lifestyle
  • Travel more and see the world
  • Save more money
  • Get out of debt
  • Get a new job (turn hobbies into a career)
  • Enjoy and love yourself more (Self-care)
  • Learn a new skill
  • Read more
  • Get a new hobby
  • Make new friends
  • Spend more time with family and friends
  • Reduce stress
  • Stop procrastinating
  • Find a significant other
  • Be more confident and face your fears
  • Reinvent yourself or give yourself a makeover 
  • Stop smoking
  • Drink less alcohol
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Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out (until Mar 21)
Explore this amazing exhibition created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens at the Telus World of Science. You can examine the anatomy of over 100 animals including exotic species.

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation in IMAX (Jan 10 – Jan 31)
Watch this film at IMAX - Telus World of Science with family exploring volcanoes and their impact on humans and the world.

Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival (Jan 12 – Jan 13)
Bring your family and friends, and have an amazing weekend at the 12th annual Deep Freeze Winter Festival. Enjoy the cold weather, and join the games and fun.

The Dark Crystal: PJ Party in the IMAX Theatre (Jan 19)
Watch this movie classic at IMAX - Telus World of Science in your coziest pj’s with family and friends.

Ballet BC (Jan 22 – Jan 23)
Experience an evening of dance from this internationally acclaimed ballet company and created by some of the most celebrated choreographers of our time.

The Art of the Book 2018 (Jan 22 – Feb 16)
Visit this juried exhibition of the book arts at the University of Alberta. The exhibition includes artists’ books, boxes, calligraphy, and more by Canadian and international book artists.

A Night Under the Stars - Friend Raiser Gala (Jan 26)
Support the Sturgeon Community Hospital Foundation by attending the 27th Friend Raiser Gala at The Enjoy Centre in St. Albert.

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Make Your Own Gingerbread House (Dec. 15)
A great way to pass the time with some kids and get them in the spirit of Christmas.

Winter Wagon Nights (Dec. 20 – 23)
Experience the holiday spirit with family, friends, and loved ones in a cozy horse-drawn wagon ride at Fort Edmonton.

Christmas Group Show (until Dec. 22)
An exhibition with more than 30 painters, glass artists and others showing off their work.

Snowshoe and stargaze (Dec. 22)
A lovely way to pass the evening outside, taking in some amazing sights.

Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert (Dec. 30)
An annual Edmonton tradition, this year’s concert will feature Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from beloved operettas performed by acclaimed European singers, champion ballroom dancers, ballet, and live symphony orchestra.

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Upgrading your home is a significant, often life changing decision so it’s natural for sellers to wonder when’s the best time to make such a monumental move.


If you are upgrading homes — selling and buying — waiting means the price of home you are trying to sell also drops.

Buying and selling simultaneously means that you’ll still be ahead of the game because the price reduction on the new house is likely to be greater than the loss on the old home, if the new home is worth more — that’s just a simple math in terms of percentages.


Example of 10 per cent down market

$300,000 current home: Down 10 per cent of $30,000 would make it now $270,000

$500,000 future home: Down 10 per cent of $50,000 would make it now $450,000

$50,000 - $30,000 Gain = $20,000

$450,000 - $270,000 = $180,000 (i.e. you are spending an additional $180,000 to move into your dream home)


Housing markets drop but they also spike back up. Wait too long and you may be facing the opposite problem.

If your home goes back up to 10 per cent to $300,000, this is what happens.


Example of 10 per cent back up market

$300,000 current home

$500,000 future home

$500,000 - $300,000 = $200,000 (i.e. you are spending an additional $200,000 to move into your dream home)


While it’s important to look at the general market trends, trying to predict where they’ll head next can turn into a guessing game.


You simply cannot time the market perfectly but spending “time in the market” beats trying to “time the market.”

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Before we move on to decorating for the holidays, let's continue on the fall home décor theme. Our photo gallery features some creative and unique door wreaths ideas you can use to beautify your home this fall.

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Peter Shostak Exhibition (Nov. 3 – 15)
Check out the work that covers scenes of everything from prairie life to hockey games. 


Open Studio (every second Tuesday)

A chance to create art with various members of Edmonton’s Art Club.


Habitat for Humanity Workshops (Nov. 10 – 24)

Learn home building skills such basic tools training and painting in Habitat for Humanity workshops at their Prefab shop. Limited slots only.


Rozenvain Family Show (Nov. 17 – 29)
A painting exhibition with textural mountain scenes and expressive animals where the works are available for sale.
 

On the Verge (Nov. 29 – Dec. 8)
A theatre production that follows the story of three Victorian women who set off to explore unknown territory. Special prize for seniors and students!

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Creative solutions for accommodation are always popular — and who’s not on the lookout for a good property investment. One of the most attractive options right now are secondary suites because of the flexible options they present.


Secondary suites are self-contained units that are detached from the main residency — such as a backyard unit, a laneway house, a basement suite or an above-garage unit.


Secondary suites are gaining acceptance across the country and laws are slowly catching up to reflect this new reality.

In Edmonton, for example, there are about 3,500 registered secondary suites this year. The city is expecting 1,600 additional suites in the coming years.


Now is an opportune moment to jump on the bandwagon of building rental suites.


Councils in cities across Canada from Calgary to Edmonton to Vancouver are paving the way to encourage landlords to pursue this option — but the incentives won’t last forever.


Back in August 20, 2018, the council approved the amendments of the zoning laws to expand secondary suite opportunities in semi-detached, duplex, and row houses. The requirements on the minimum lot size and location on where you can build your secondary suite have been relaxed.


If this is a direction you decide to head in, keep in mind certain safety measures to protect life and property.

For example, the unit has to have an interconnected smoke alarm, adequate fire separation and proper ceiling height and window sizes, and at least one emergency exit that leads directly outside.


In order for a suite to be legal, there are several steps that must be taken. There is the application, permits, construction and inspections, and the final building inspection. For more info, you can download the city’s secondary suite guide here


All this means that NOW is the perfect moment to look into legalizing a secondary suite. It’s not a difficult or complicated process but there are several steps and the sooner you act, the sooner you can reap the benefits of a rental investment.

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No matter how large your home, extra storage space is always a blessing.


Sometimes, it’s just as simple as adding some cabinets but other times, solutions need to be a bit more creative.


Here are some ideas to spruce up your storage space this fall:


Entrance way


Storage chests act as a tasteful piece of furniture where you can place flowers or other decorative items while still hiding away bulky items.


Mudroom benches serve the double purpose of providing a space to sit as you pull on your shoes and also a place to dump scarves, mitts, hats and other items of easily tossed off clothing.


Coat racks are a must — they make all the difference when it comes to walking in the door and immediately have a place to put your jacket — and take up relatively squared foot space.


Living room


A storage ottoman looks like a centre table but, in reality, has plenty of space under the lid. It can act as anything from a coffee table to foot rest, depending on your needs.


Hang your television up on the wall so that, when it’s not being used, it can be hidden away behind closing doors alongside all the television knickknacks like the remote, DVDs and wires.


Bedroom


Use a storage bed where you can artfully stack boxes or tuck away drawers underneath the bedframe.


Kitchen


Lay your bottles out in a counter top wine rack that stacks the bottles up neatly, one on top of the other, so save up space that otherwise would be wasted. A great way to keep your collection of wine tidy!


On the wall pot hangers are the best way to get your pots and pans out of a tangled mess in the cupboard and somewhere easily accessible.


Office


Create storage cubbies at your desk with layers of shelving where you can tuck papers, receipts, pens and other office supplies.

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