GREG STEELE

"Not All REALTORS® Are Alike"©

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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Parkinson SuperWalk (Sep. 8)
A nation-wide fundraiser in support of Canadians living with Parkinson's.


Johnson MS Mountain Bike (Sep. 8 – 9)
An adrenaline-packed weekend with hundreds of bikers showing up for a 90 kilometre mountain-view ride.


Public Art Picnic (Sep. 9)
Enjoy some of Edmonton's public art at a picnic that welcomes all ages.


Kaleido Family Arts Festival (Sep. 14 – 16)
A fun, free event of creative exploration and street performances.


Edmonton Expo (Sep. 21 – 23)
A three-day pop-culture convention for comic fans.


Tibetan Bazaar (Sep. 22 – 23)
A celebration of the Tibetan culture, unique in Alberta, which includes a Himalayan market with food and gifts.


Edmonton International Film Festival (Sep. 27 – Oct. 6)
A buffet of films from around the world, showcasing some of the best cinematic works.

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You are probably feeling excited and overwhelmed as you go through the steps in purchasing a new home especially if you are a first-time buyer. Going to an open house and checking out your potential home is an essential step. Don't worry, we have provided a list of potential home pitfalls that you should watch out for.


1. The roof
This can be a major source of headaches if there are leaks and costly if there are repairs needed. A newer roof can even mean a lower homeowners insurance rate.


2. Plumbing
Don’t forget to check what’s happening underneath your future house. Check the pipes for leaks, damage and mold for both the sake of your health and your wallet.


3. Basement walls
Along that same note, when you’re looking down below, check out the state of the basement. The walls can tell you a lot about the state of the house from its foundation to humidity levels.


4. Electronics
Bring a phone charger to check that the outlets all work and take a peek at the electrical panel.


5. Take the temperature
If it’s unusually warm or cool, that might be a reflection of the insulation. Heating and cooling systems are a must in our climates and expensive to fix.


6. Windows and doors
Make sure they all open, close and latch properly – not just entryways but also cupboards and pantries.


7. Check out the land
Go beyond the garden and see what kind of natural disasters might have an impact. For example, check if the house is in the flood zone area.


8. Home inspection
For full peace of mind before you buy, hire someone to do a comprehensive home inspection from top to bottom.

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Dinosaurs Unearthed: Down to the Bone (August 8 – November 4)
Visit this featured exhibit at TELUS World of Science where you can find life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, full-scale skeletons, and many more.

Animethon 25 (August 10 – 12)
Featuring musical talents and cosplayers from Japan as well as an interactive panel.


Sri Lankan Folk Dance Workshop (August 17)
Learn the different forms of Sri Lankan dance with Anjalee Wijewardan, who has been dancing nearly as long as she’s been walking.


Edmonton Career Fair and Training Expo (August 21)
Perfect for those actively looking for employment or who simply want to network.


Edmonton Metaphysical Market (August 25 – 26)
Free admission for psychic readers, unique vendors, special healers, speakers and a tour of the Freemasons’ Hall.


Eats on 118 (August 29)
A culinary tour de force that guides you on along the avenue for a variety of flavours and foods.

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Have the chance to really relax and soak in the summer rays during this lovely season. Check out these coolest and stylish camping tents you can find out there, either for yourself or for family.
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