I have listed a new property at 12316 82 ST in Edmonton.
Platinum Property! Brand new home minutes to downtown. With just under 1900sq ft, this 2 storey has everything for your growing family. Main floor has a powder room and Den as well as an open concept great-room with 9' ceilings, Gas Fireplace, huge kitchen island, and amazing pantry. Upstairs is complete with 3 bedrooms as well as a laundry room. The master has a walk-in closet and 5 pc ensuite including duel sinks and separate shower/soaker tub. Basement is unspoiled but there is easy set up for in-law suite or basement suite rental with separate side entrance. Builder would be willing to put up a double car garage for a very reasonable fee.
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We were live today with David Bier from A Buyers Choice Home Inspection and he gave us some great tips! Check out the video and post any additional questions for David on our facebook post. Next month, we'll be interviewing Stephanie with Unforgettable Spaces regarding home staging and what sellers can do to attract more interest in their home. Keep checking our Facebook page for more details!

 

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I have listed a new property at 23 450 MCCONACHIE WAY in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! This gorgeous 2-story is located in McConachie and is walking distance to the new K-9 school. No need to wipe the snow off your car as this unit includes a DOUBLE ATTACHED GARAGE! This home is spacious with nearly 1400sqft above grade and additional storage space in the basement. Main floor has 9' ceilings and features a stunning kitchen and a large living room that has access to your beautifully landscaped back yard and deck. Upstairs there are 3 large bedrooms, 4 pc bath, plus a loft/den. Master bedroom features massive walk in closet and 4pc ensuite. Beautiful finishings include hardwood, tile, granite, stainless steel kitchen appliances, tile backsplash, and much more! Well managed complex with reasonable condo fees. Enjoy the benefits of owning a home with all the conveniences of condo management!
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I have listed a new property at 342 16311 95 ST in Edmonton.
Welcome to Eaux Claires! This charming 2 bedroom 2 bath unit offers just under 900 square feet of living space, in-suite laundry, and ample storage area. Master bedroom features good size walk in closet and 3 piece ensuite. Second bedroom is a generous size and shares the 4 pce main bath. The kitchen includes an eat-up bar, plenty of counter space, and a large dining area. The living room is grand and includes a cozy gas fireplace to warm up during those cold winter days. Or, stay cool in the summer with central air conditioning! Don't stress about parking! This unit comes with a titled energized parking stall! In addition to this beautiful unit, the building comes fully equipped with an exercise room, social room, and rent-able guest suite, as well as security cameras to keep your mind at ease! Convenience is also a major asset in this building with ETS and shopping right outside your front door and only minutes away from the Anthony Henday!
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Please visit our Open House at 6607 39 AVE in Beaumont.
Open House on Saturday, June 17, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM Join Angie Resendes for light refreshments to view this beautiful, custom built home! Light.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! PRICE REDUCED! This remarkable new-build is perfect for a large and/or multigenerational family. With top of the line finishings and stunning features this home has everything a home-owner could ask for. Hardwood and tile floors, beautiful plush carpet, incredible custom kitchen, and stunning fireplace creates a main floor that your guests will be in awe of. The main floor also features a large bedroom and 3 piece bathroom with a huge shower, perfect for grandparents or in-laws. Entertaining is a breeze with your large dining area and walkout kitchen to your beautiful deck. Upstairs you'll find a stunning view of the lower level from your huge loft, 3 additional large bedrooms w/walk-in closest, 4 pc bath, laundry, and a massive master bedroom featuring his and her closets and a 5pc ensuite w/double sinks, soaker tub, and stand up shower. Outside you have a double attached garage for cold winter months, and a wide driveway that easily accommodates two additional vehicles.
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I have listed a new property at 36 3751 12 ST in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! This gorgeous townhouse offers the hassle-free lifestyle of condo living while offering the space and perks of a single family home. The well maintained complex offers low condo fees, easy access to amenities, and a personal rear deck that backs onto a common green space! Imagine, after spending your morning at the Meadows Community Recreation Centre (only minutes away!), you pull up to your beautiful townhouse and park in your spacious attached tandem garage. On the main floor you find your large kitchen with gorgeous maple cabinets, tile backsplash, and huge island with an eat-up bar, perfect for entertaining! The large livingspace extends out to the balcony allowing tons of natural light and highly desired open concept feel along with a powder room for your convenience. Upstairs consists of two very spacious master bedrooms, each with their own ensuite and large closets, and laundry room. This is home ownership at its best! All conveniently located in the SE community of Tamarack.
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 Dear Friends,

The sun is out, the clouds are gone and summer is finally upon us—a much-needed reprieve after the winter!

There are lots of events and activities around the city to look forward to this month, from Canada Day celebrations to street festivals. Check out our guide for the hottest, most upbeat summertime events that you can’t miss. 

And, of course, don’t forget to celebrate the fathers, grandfathers, uncles and mentors in your life on June 18 — we have advice on where to go on Father’s Day too! Also in this month’s newsletter, check out our update on recent developments in the local real estate market and the latest market reports.

As fun as the summer season is, don’t let your usual good habits melt away with the warmer weather. We talked to our city’s police department and have some tips for keeping your property safe and secure this summer.

As always, I am at your disposal to help. If you, your friends or family are looking to buy or sell real estate please keep me in mind. Your referral is the best compliment I can receive.
Holidays:
Father’s Day (June 18)
There are plenty of places to take your father today and ways to celebrate across the city. Take him to Fort Edmonton for the day, a meal at the Devonian Botanic Gardens or a beer at a microbrewery.
Canada Day (July 1)
Celebrations are happening across the city to celebrate our country’s 150th birthday. Check out the events at the Alberta Legislature, the Muttart Conservatory or Millwoods Park.
Events:
Park after Dark (June – September)
Edmonton’s biggest patio party is the best way to start your weekend off on the right foot. Best part, it is every Friday night this summer.   
Sustainival (June 8 – 11)
This fun carnival, powered entirely by green energy, is coming to Edmonton this year. With its free admission and friendly message, it makes for a great family day out.
Edmonton Pride (June 9-18)
The multi-day festival has a bit of everything – music, parades, award ceremonies, celebrations and movie nights. The main pride parade is June 10.
Improvaganza (June 14 -24)
Edmonton’s international improv and sketch comedy lasts a week and half; it’s sure to get a few laughs and cheers!
National Aboriginal Celebration (June 21)
There are events and celebrations across the city for a week to celebrate the heritage, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal Peoples in our country. The celebrations continue throughout the week.
Security is important all year round but during the summer months especially, property crimes and break-and-entries tend to spike. Warmer weather means people are more likely to leave their windows open, their patios unlocked and their houses unattended. 

We talked to our city’s police department about why property crime increases and what people can do to keep their homes safe and secure during summer. This is what they told us:

Always lock up
It’s easy to pop out quickly for a walk around the block or a quick trip down the road to the shop, but always lock the door, windows and patios behind you no matter how soon you’ll be back. A third of burglars enter a home through an unlocked door. Even if you are out in the back gardening, lock you front door — you’d be surprised at how quickly and quietly a thief can slip in.

Out of sight, out of mind
Most property crimes are opportunistic – the thief sees a chance to steal something and takes it. If it’s hidden away, there is less temptation and opportunity. So if you buy a nice new item, wait till pick-up day to put its packaging outside in the recycling. You don’t want to advertise to thieves what valuables you have in your home. Don’t leave visible items in your car; thieves have been known to smash a car window to steal something as small as a gym bag or a pile of papers. 

Report suspicious activity
The police want citizens to call and report suspicious activity, even if doesn’t seem like a crime is being committed yet. If you see someone milling around and you have a bad feeling, report it. It’s not a waste of time or resources, the police officer we spoke to told us, and it might prevent a theft. 

Final check
Before you leave your home, do a quick walk around and final check. Put yourself in the mind-set of a thief – if you wanted to break and enter, how would you do it? That curtain fluttering in the breeze? Close the window. That ladder leaning against the wall? Put it away. Prevention is the best way to keep your property safe and thief-proof.

Log it
Keep a list of details about your most valuable items if worst-case scenario should happen. If something is stolen, you will have more chances of getting it back if you can provide details and a picture of the item. The majority of stolen goods the police recover are never returned to their rightful owner because they can’t be tracked down. With bicycles, for example, you can imprint a serial number on the frame and log it with the police; that way, if your bike is stolen and someone tries to sell it, you will be notified.
 
 
 
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I have listed a new property at 16609 90 AVE in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! Excellent starter sized bungalow in a fantastic location. You have 3 bedrooms up with a fully finished basement. The lower level comes complete with a rec room, laundry room and fourth bedroom. The double garage has built in work benches and a fenced in yard that is fully landscaped with additional RV parking. This quaint home is close to West Edmonton Mall and tons of schools and parks. Great investment potential!!! **Please note** property is sold “as is where is at time of possession”. No warranties or representations.
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We went live today with Kris Crawford from Innovative Mortgage Solutions! Kris answered all of our client's frequently asked questions and provided us with some insights from the other side of the table. Check out the video to see if your questions were answered and feel free to let us know if you have any additional comments! 

Our next live session will be on June 22, @ 1:00pm with our Platinum Preferred Home Inspector, David Bier with A Buyer's Choice Home Inspections. Watch for posts and "like" our Facebook page for notifications and information about all of our upcoming broadcasts!

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I have listed a new property at 603 10145 109 ST in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! First time Buyers and Investors!! 2 Bedroom Condo Steps from The Downtown Ice District, the Restaurants and Nightlife of Jasper Avenue, MacEwan University, and the LRT!! Step Inside this Unit to find a Large Open Floor Plan, Including New Vinyl Flooring throughout. Enjoy the Summer Evenings on your huge Balcony complete with Private Outside Storage. The Building Also Features a Massive Rooftop Patio and Spacious Rec/Games Room as well as a Large Exercise Room and Sauna. This Unit also comes with Titled Heated Underground Parking Stall, Oak Kitchen Cabinets, and In-Suite Washer and Dryer. Whether you’re an Investor, A Student, or a First Time Buyer looking to get into the Downtown Market while it’s still affordable, this Unit is ideal for all Three!!
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I have listed a new property at 14059 152 AVE in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! If you are looking for a storybook like home that you can create lasting memories in, this may be the place for you! Walk past the sweet smells from the lilac tree in the front yard onto the quaint front porch. When you come through the door, you will be impressed by the abundance of space & openness of this home. Instantly revel at the gorgeous vaulted ceilings & charming formal living space. The craftsman style kitchen has beautiful, rich cabinetry, a centre island for more counter space, brick mosaic back splash, & a walk in pantry. Head upstairs to the 4pc bath, 2 ample sized bedrooms, & a master retreat w/walk in closet. The lower level is where your will find an additional office/den, 4pc bath, & your cozy family room complete w/gas fireplace. Your basement goes on for days w/storage space. Walk out to a fully fenced in backyard w/ private patio. There's a double paved parking pad awaiting a potential garage that could be custom to your every need. THIS IS IT, home sweet home!
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I have listed a new property at 209 2311 119 ST in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! This 2 bedroom, END UNIT condo is conveniently located to everything you could need AND has a private balcony that overlooks a green space with mature trees. It's just perfect for outdoor alone time (such as enjoying coffee in your PJs)! Walk into a bright, open living space with charming, vintage accents such as unique lighting fixtures and classic finishes. The country kitchen has quaint glass cabinetry and glass tile backsplash. You have IN-SUITE laundry and a large, walk in pantry/storage room. Even more storage is located in a space just outside on the balcony. The master bedroom is definitely big enough for a king sized bed and has tons of closet space. The included parking stall has electrical plug-ins for the winter. BONUS and if you think it couldn't get better, your furry friends are allowed!!! Yes, you can have pets here too! Let's welcome you to Featherstone Village; close to shopping, schools, and the LRT but most importantly... IT'S AFFORDABLE!!!
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Please visit our Open House at 2704 MILES PL in Edmonton.
Open House on Saturday, May 13, 2017 2:00PM - 5:00PM Enjoy light refreshments and take a tour of this beautiful 2-storey home!
PLATINUM PROPERTY! This amazing 2-storey home has everything you'll need & more, all in the beautiful south community of MacEwan! As you enter the home you are greeted by a large entry way w/a large closet, built in bench, & an abundance of natural light. The remarkable Brazilian Tigerwood hardwood floors guide you to the open concept living room & dining area & into the gorgeous kitchen featuring granite counter top, maple cabinets, & white subway tiles. SS appliances pull the room together. Upstairs you'll find a large family room w/HUGE windows & a large projection screen steps away from your 4pc bath, master bedroom w/walk-in closet & 4 pc ensuite, & 2 good sized bedrooms. On your way down to the basement you'll find your 2 pc bath, laundry space, & entry to your double attached garage (fully insulated & heated w/new wiring). Down the stairs you'll find a fully finished basement w/wet bar, mini fridge, rec space, 4th bedroom, and 3pc bath! Outside you have a fully fenced/landscaped yard w/2-tier deck!
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 Dear Friends,

We hope this unusually wet and cold start to spring hasn’t gotten you too down but don’t worry, there are sunny days ahead!

In this upcoming month, we have Mother’s Day to look forward to and a celebration of all the women in our life. Take a moment to appreciate the people around you and spend time with loved ones this spring. Don’t just stop to smell the flowers, bring a bouquet home to share.

Sharing offices and renting co-worker space for at-home-workers is a new hot trend. We’ll delve into why more and more people are seeking a shared workspace and lay out some tips for how to create a more productive workspace.

Also, in this month’s newsletter, we’ve included an update on recent developments in the local real estate market and the latest infographic market reports.

This May, keep in mind that having a strong support system around you is fundamental to success and happiness. That is why we would like to gently remind you that we are here to guide and support you on your real estate journey, whether buying, selling, or just looking.

We look forward to helping you.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Holidays:
Mother’s Day – May 14, 2017
Victoria Monday – May 22, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
Who hasn’t dreamt of working from home — no more alarm clocks beeping, lengthy commutes at rush hour or having to choose fancy office attire over pyjama pants, so the vision goes. It’s a life that many freelancers, remote workers and other independent professionals choose.

But many of those who have traded corporate for coffee shops are now turning to a new environment: coworking spaces.

Sharing workspace and renting a desk in a flexible office has taken off in popularity in recent years because of the endless opportunities it offers to socialize, network, collaborate with other like-minded professionals and increase productivity.

According to studies, one of the biggest factors that determines productivity at the office is the workspace itself and a well-designed space can increase productivity by 20 per cent.

Whether renting by the hour, setting up a more permanent environment at home or tweaking the space at your office desk, here are the top three things to create a more efficient workspace:
  • Lighting: Choose a desk next to a window if you can for natural light or, if not, consider bringing natural light bulbs. Many of the coworking offices are now focused on light, airy spaces and décor.
  • Noise level: Everyone has a different tolerance to noise and, for some, too quiet is just as bad as too loud. Part of the appeal with coworking spaces is the chance to be around other people but, unlike your neighbourhood coffee shop, there are designated quiet zones and respect for fellow workers.
  • Refreshments: Almost all the coworking offices offer a fully equipped kitchen with amenities like blenders, toaster ovens and espresso machines. Some offer limitless coffee or beer on tap. Whatever fuels your brain should be easily accessible, wherever you choose to work.
 
  • Unit B
They value creativity and support the idea that the best ideas sometimes start in a basement.
  • Homestead
They are geared towards creating a professional coworker space, building the city and growing businesses to support the greater good.
  • Interchange
Best known for their building, Interchange is situated in a four-story building against a green wall, a bike room and lots of airy spaces.
 
 
 

 Acknowledgements

We want to send a special thank you to Claire Robinson, Sheena Dennis, and Janet Hughes, for their recent referrals. Our business depends on people just like them and it is extremely appreciated!

 

 
 
 
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Imagine finding the perfect home, only to discover there is serious interest from at least a dozen other buyers. It’s like scrambling for the last piece of cake at a buffet!

 

 

Fortunately, there are things you can do to help get the home you want, even in a highly competitive market. Here are just a few ideas:

 

  • Only view a few ideal properties at a time. If you see too many, and thus spread yourself too thin, you risk homes slipping through your fingers.
  • Be realistic about price. Focus on finding a great home that you can afford, rather than trying to find a bargain.
  • Consider homes that need some work. They get less interest than perfectly staged properties, yet can turn out to be a dream home.
  • Be prepared to make an offer with as few conditions as possible. An offer conditional on passing inspection is usually fine, but in a competitive situation, offers with other conditions will likely be turned down flat.
  • Make your decisions quickly. If there are likely to be other interested buyers, you want to get your offer in early.
  • Make the right offer. To win the deal, you want your offer to be as enticing as possible to the seller — especially when it comes to price.

 

Yes, it can be tough finding an ideal home in a hot market, but we can help. Give us a call and we’ll show you how. 

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Last week we went live on Facebook to talk about the Home Buying Process with our very own First Time Home Buyer Specialist, Daisy Aw! Daisy answered some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to buying a home, and gave some great advice regarding what people can expect. Our next broadcast will take place on May 29th at 1:00pm, and will feature Platinum Preferred Vendor and Mortgage Specialist, Kris Crawford. Kris will go over the pre-approval process and what people need to watch for when obtaining or renewing a mortgage. Let us know any questions you may have for Kris or the team by reaching out to us on Facebook or send us an email at clientcare@platinumteam.ca.

 

We look forward to our next broadcast and hope to see you all there!

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I have listed a new property at 6607 39 AVE in Beaumont.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! Welcome to Beaumont! This remarkable new-build is perfect for a large and/or multigenerational family. With top of the line finishings and stunning features this home has everything a home-owner could ask for. Hardwood and tile floors, beautiful plush carpet, incredible custom kitchen, and stunning fireplace creates a main floor that your guests will be in awe of. The main floor also features a large bedroom and 3 piece bathroom with a huge shower, perfect for grandparents or in-laws. Entertaining is a breeze with your large dining area and walkout kitchen to your beautiful deck. Upstairs you'll find a stunning view of the lower level from your huge loft, 3 additional large bedrooms w/walk-in closest, 4 pc bath, laundry, and a massive master bedroom featuring his and her closets and a 5pc ensuite w/double sinks, soaker tub, and stand up shower. Outside you have a double attached garage for cold winter months, and a wide driveway that easily accommodates two additional vehicles.
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Please visit our Open House at 4904 214 ST in Edmonton.
Open House on Sunday, April 23, 2017 2:00PM - 5:00PM Enjoy viewing this beautiful half duplex with light refreshments and engaging conversation! Yes
PLATINUM PROPERTY! The Hamptons is one of West Edmonton's best designed neighbourhoods. The community is modern, family friendly, & in a prime location to enjoy the quiet suburban life. That's why this Coventry Homes built 4 bedroom, half duplex is easy for us to gloat about. Located in a quaint cul de sac, walk into this home & revel at the open to above entrance way. The open concept living space ensures family time is maximized. Chat w/ those sitting in front of the fireplace while prepping a feast in your spacious kitchen (equipped with stainless steel LG appliances & floor to ceiling maple cabinetry) or socialize w/friends around your huge island or dining room table that overlooks the backyard. Your 2 tiered deck also accommodates outdoor relaxing. Inside you have an abundance of extra space w/ 3 bedrooms upstairs, incl. a master retreat w/ vaulted ceilings, 3pc ensuite, & walk in closet. PLUS a fully finished basement w/ additional bedroom. Like I said, easy to boast about this home. It has is all!
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Please visit our Open House at 6607 39 AVE in Beaumont.
Open House on Saturday, April 15, 2017 2:00PM - 5:00PM Contact Ken Dumas for more info 587-785-5005. Enjoy refreshments while admiring this newly built custom home!
PLATINUM PROPERTY! Welcome to your brand new home in Beaumont! This remarkable new-build leaves no stone unturned. With top of the line finishings and stunning features this home has everything a home-owner could ask for. Hardwood and tile floors, beautiful plush carpet, incredible custom kitchen, and stunning fireplace creates a main floor that your guests will be in awe of. There is loads of space to entertain including your large dining area and walkout kitchen to your beautiful deck. Upstairs you'll find a stunning view of the lower level from your huge loft, 3 additional large bedrooms w/walk-in closest, 4 pc bath, laundry, and a massive master bedroom featuring his and her closets and a 5pc ensuite w/double sinks, soaker tub, and stand up shower. Outside you have a double attached garage for cold winter months, and a wide driveway that easily accommodates two additional vehicles. All of this and more located in the quaint town of Beaumont. This custom built home will surely not disappoint!
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I have listed a new property at 2704 MILES PL in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! This amazing 2-storey home has everything you'll need & more, all in the beautiful south community of MacEwan! As you enter the home you are greeted by a large entry way w/a large closet, built in bench, & an abundance of natural light. The remarkable Brazilian Tigerwood hardwood floors guide you to the open concept living room & dining area & into the gorgeous kitchen featuring granite countertops, maple cabinets, & white subway tiles. SS appliances pull the room together. Upstairs you'll find a large family room w/HUGE windows & a large projection screen steps away from your 4pc bath, master bedroom w/walk-in closet & 4 pc ensuite, & 2 good sized bedrooms. On your way down to the basement you'll find your 2 pc bath, laundry space, & entry to your double attached garage (fully insulated & heated w/new wiring). Down the stairs you'll find a fully finished basement w/wet bar, mini fridge, rec space, 3rd bedroom, and 3pc bath! Outside you have a fully fenced/landscaped yard w/2-tier deck!
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