GREG STEELE

"Not All REALTORS® Are Alike"©

Four ways to learn about the school in your new neighbourhood

Buying a new family home and planning to move with school-age kids?
You’ll either want to
1) pick the perfect school first or,
2) find your dream neighbourhood first and then check out the schooling options.


Either way, here are four tips on getting good school information to help you make the right decisions.


1. Find the highest-ranked schools
For rankings, the Frasier Institute’s page at compareschoolrankings.org is your source to see which schools top the lists. Use the pull-down menu immediately below the header to select your province. Use the List view to see schools alphabetically by city. The rankings are based heavily on average scores from province-wide tests.


2. See the schools on real estate maps
Read the recent Realtor.ca article Moving with Kids? How to Choose a Great School... (). It’s a good primer. Then, from any listing on Realtor.ca, click Neighbourhood then select Elementary Schools or High Schools from the menu on the left. You’ll see them on the map. Click the school name in the left menu and information – including the school’s website address -- pops up over its map location. Explore!


3. Visit the school websites… and school boards, too!
Edmonton Public Schools (epsb.ca) educates 104,930 students in 213 public schools. Edmonton Catholic Schools (ecsd.net) operates 95 schools with 44,330 students. Each of these websites (above) features a directory with links to school websites. There are also three charter schools and many private schools in Edmonton. Visit ourkids.net for more information.


4. Visit the schools & chat with teachers and principals!
Once you’ve done your online research – including a look at the Frasier rankings (see above) – arrange to meet with the school’s Principal, administration and teachers, if possible. If you get the chance, walk to the school from the new location of your prospective home. That’ll give you an idea of what the walk or ride will be like for your kids.

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If you’re looking for a neighbourhood undergoing revitalization (with new multi-family developments) that’s close to downtown Edmonton, check out Queen Mary Park.


It runs north-south from 111 Avenue to 105 Avenue and east-west from 109 Street to 121 Street. Much of the original construction took place from the 1950s to ‘70s. Lately, though, the southern edge has seen a proliferation of clean, modern condo buildings as a result of university expansion and a new downtown arena. While a high percentage of the single family homes are owner-occupied, many of the apartment condos are rented out. This makes for a diverse neighbourhood population, with lots of investment properties.


The Holland Plaza (a local mall) opened in 2016 with popular restaurants and cafes that have been featured in local magazines and have lots of good online reviews.

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I have listed a new property at 10648 125 ST in Edmonton.
CHARM, CHARACTER and CONVENIENCE best describe this wonderful 3 bedroom character two storey, situated on a beautiful tree canopied street in Prestigious Westmount. This home makes a great first impression as you walk up to the enclosed front veranda. Upon entering through the original front door, you’re greeted by 9 ft ceilings, maple hardwood & spectacular wood staircase. The original woodwork is evident from room to room. The spacious living and dining rooms are separated by glass french doors and built in book shelves. Oak kitchen cabinets, main floor den and newly reno'd 1/2 bath. Upper floor boasts 3 bedrooms and a newly renovated 4 pc bath with original claw foot tub. The basement has a familyroom/bedroom and a new 3pc bath. New 100 amp service, High efficiency Furnace & hot water tank. Amazing and very private back yard featuring a huge reclaimed brick firepit. Walk a block to enjoy some of Edmonton’s hot spots on 124 St, farmers market & minutes to the new Brewery District. Welcome Home!
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I have listed a new property at 8114 27 AVE in Edmonton.
Adult 55+ fully renovated Half Duplex Bungalow is sure to impress the discerning buyer! The entire condominium has been beautifully painted in modern neutral tones with sunny south exposure and boasts numerous recent upgrades including rich wood laminate and vinyl plank flooring. Newly upgraded kitchen features new back-splash, GRANITE counter-tops, new under-mount sink and hardware. Large master bedroom with double closets, spacious office/den with walk-in closet, beautifully renovated main bath, frosted glass panel doors, energy efficient LED lighting, etc, etc. The fully finished and wonderfully renovated basement has a large family room, gym area, den, bedroom with bonus storage, a gorgeous 3 piece bathroom with barn door. large storage room and NEW HIGH EFFICIENCY FURNACE & Hot water tank. Close to all amenities, shopping, schools, parks, rec centre and public transportation with easy access to the Whitemud and Anthony Henday. Definitely in a fantastic location. This home shows beautifully, 10/10!
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I have listed a new property at 1 HORNER DR in Rural Sturgeon County.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!! The 3 best attributes in Real Estate investment. This is a RARE Opportunity for for someone looking at the best of country living on the border of the City of Edmonton. This special 3.05 Acres parcel features a spacious (1,900S.F.) 4+1 bedroom, 3 Full Bath Bungalow with an oversized (26'x24') double garage and a HUGE (40'x40') heated shop. The drive isle is all concrete from entrance, to house, garage and shop. There's also a massive garden, multiple fruit trees, and tons of privacy backing onto a creek and only minutes to Edmonton & Fort Saskatchewan. Perfect for a growing family that needs access to schools, shopping, work and the great outdoors.
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To get the fastest property sale at the best price, most people agree it makes sense to work with a real estate agent. It’s also about comfort and security, because it’s a legal process and it’ll be one of the biggest financial transactions of your life! Agents understand all of this.


We’ll begin working with you by helping you price your home right. We know the market and have all the comparative sales data. Once we’ve helped you determine your price, we’ll build awareness of your property listing. To do that, we’ll use the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) and leverage Realtor.ca®, with its massive traffic as shown in the infographic below.


And on top of all that, we’ll typically activate a marketing plan that can include printing brochures and reaching out to our own networks of buyers and other realtors. We’ll help you stage your home and optimize curb appeal. We’ll run open houses (including virtual showings for out-of-town buyers), conduct showings and screen potential buyers.


In short, we’ll have your back through every aspect of your property sale. Not a bad deal, right?!

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