GREG STEELE

"Not All REALTORS® Are Alike"©

Who doesn’t dream of a multi-room house with a large garden and picket fence? But sometimes, your palace might be a bit smaller than you hoped and you’ll have to get creative with the space.


Tiny homes, which are less than 400 square feet, are becoming increasingly popular in big cities like Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.  Despite their size, tiny homes are subject to the same land use bylaws as other residencies.  


However, mobile tiny homes have to abide to a different set of municipal rules, depending on whether they are built on a chassis or on a permanent undercarriage. For example, parking regulations can vary city to city.


We turned to people living in the smallest of spaces for advice: those living in vans, RVs, micro-homes, laneway houses, and other unusual set-ups for a variety of tips.  


No matter what your living situation is, these ideas will inspire better living in minimal spaces.


1. Dual purpose storage

 

"If and when you need to bring organizational pieces into your tiny home, consider stylish items that can function beyond their intended purpose," says Whitney Leigh Morris, author and founder of The Tiny Canal Cottage.


Items that pull double duty, like storage chests that act as seats, are both functional and stylish.

 

2. Wall mounted shelves

 

"Open shelving allows you to see what you have, while maintaining openness," say Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons, who live and travel in a tiny home on wheels.


These shelves can be everything from pots and pans, spices, and bicycles. Open shelves help create the illusion of space by clearing the floor.


3. Space saving tables and beds


Furniture that folds up and tucks away, like a bed that hides away or turns into a couch, means more space for everyday use. Some tables, for example, have hinges so you can hide it away when not in use.


4. Use lighter colours  

"Use white or light color paint on your walls. Painted wall panels can also lead your eye to a focal point, creating length in your space," says Jenna Spesard, who runs a tiny house blog.


A lighter colour palette brightens up a space and makes it look larger. Avoid dark coloured woods.


5. Think vertically


"Store items high and low, and out of the eye-line to make spaces seem bigger," says blogger Jenna Spesard.


Other tricks to make space look bigger include hanging mirrors up and keeping windows clear and open.

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I have listed a new property at 10924 38 AVE NW in Edmonton.
Fantastic DUGGAN location!! This spacious OPEN BEAM 1,270 S.F. 3+2 bedroom Bungalow is situated on a quiet crescent location close to LRT, Multiple Schools, Southgate, Whitemud, Parks, etc. The long term owners have meticulously maintained and upgraded this home over the years. Newer Vinyl Windows, Furnace, Hot Water Tank, upgraded appliances, newer garage door and opener, Air Jet bath tub, etc. The large Master bedroom has 2 closets and a 2 piece ensuite. The home is very solid and in wonderful condition...perfect opportunity for a cosmetic upgrade! There's a beautiful fully fenced and private yard with garden boxes, covered deck, 2 sheds and an oversized (heated) 24'x22' garage and RV parking. OPPORTUNITY IS KNOCKING.
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Every January, Edmonton mails out property assessments for both municipal and provincial taxation purposes. The assessment reflects the estimate market value — essentially how much it would sell on an open market.


The tax rate is calculated by dividing the city’s budgetary needs by the number of properties assessed. As an individual homeowner, you then pay a share of that tax based on the rate and the assessed value of your property.


This means that the amount of tax you pay each year can fluctuate based on the assessed value of your home or the city’s budget.


If you disagree with the assessment, it’s possible to dispute it.


Before reaching out to the city, check the factual information on record, review your assessment, and compare your assessment to similar properties through a sale search. 


Contact the city or Edmonton’s Assessment Review Board with any concerns.

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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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I have listed a new property at 58 14428 MILLER BLVD NW in Edmonton.
ENJOY YOUR LIFE IN STYLE! This Adult (45+) half-duplex bungalow in Miller Garden Estates is located near amenities, shopping, public transportation and everything you could possibly need! Enjoy the comfort of a double attached garage and the convenience of landscaping/snow removal year round! Upon your entry, you will note the spacious open concept floor plan, with a good-sized kitchen open to the dining area and living room. The spacious master bedroom boasts a large walk-in closet and a 3 piece ensuite. There's a second bedroom/den and 4 piece bathroom on the main. The basement has an extra bedroom/den, complimented with a recreation room. The east-facing deck provides lots of sunlight for your morning coffee! This home is located in a superb location, with very close proximity to Anthony Henday, public transportation, restaurants & shopping centres. The retirement home should be at the top of your shopping list!
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I have listed a new property at 1004 GOODWIN CRT in Edmonton.
This beautiful Jayman Master Built "Altair 1" home is situated in the desirable family oriented community of "The Hamptons" in a quiet cul-de-sac in West Parkland Estates. This spacious 2,339 S.F. home features 3 oversized bedrooms up & 2 more down, 3 and a half baths and a large bonus room. The main floor boasts a massive Living room with corner gas fireplace, formal dining room, large kitchen with ample maple cabinetry, walk in pantry, Stainless Steel Appliances, raised breakfast bar, dinette, 9' ceilings, large Laundry/Mud room & 2 pc bath. The FULLY FINISHED BASEMENT has 9' ceilings and features a huge family room, 2 bdrms & 4pc luxury bath. Oversized fully finished double garage, large deck, private yard backing onto a walking trails leading to lakes and parks. Close proximity to Sister Annata Brockman school, Bessie Nichols School & Kim Hung School K-7. Easy access to Anthony Henday and Whitemud drive. 5 minutes drive to Costco, 10 minutes drive to West Edmonton Mall and 25 minutes drive to airport.
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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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I have listed a new property at 1004 GOODWIN CRT in Edmonton.
This beautiful Jayman Master Built "Altair 1" home is situated in the desirable family oriented community of "The Hamptons" in a quiet cul-de-sac in West Parkland Estates. This spacious 2,187 S.F. homes features 3 oversized bedrooms up & 2 more down, 3 and a half baths and a large bonus room. Main floor features include a massive Living room with corner gas fireplace, formal dining room, large kitchen with ample maple cabinetry, walk in pantry, Stainless Steel Appliances, raised breakfast bar, dinette, 9' ceilings, large Laundry/Mud room & 2 pc bath. The FULLY FINISHED BASEMENT boasts a huge family room & custom 4 pc luxury bath. Oversized fully finished double garage, large deck, private yard backing onto a walking trails leading to lakes and parks. Close proximity to Sister Annata Brockman school, Bessie Nichols School & Kim Hung School K-7. Easy access to Anthony Henday and Whitemud drive. 5 minutes drive to Costco, 10 minutes drive to West Edmonton Mall and 25 minutes drive to airport.
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