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 Dear Friends,

Look around and what do you see? Probably technology, everywhere.

This year, home technology and smart devices are making a bigger splash than ever. We’ve taken a look at some of the top technology trends for 2018 so you can keep your house as flashy as you want.

Also in this month’s newsletter, for an up-to-date look at what is happening in the world of real estate, we’ve included the latest market report and a news brief on property assessments.

On the more light-hearted side, if you are looking for something to do with family and friends this month, look no further than our guide to the most fun, upbeat events happening around the city.

No matter what your needs are, we have you covered.

If you, your friends or family are looking to buy or sell real estate please keep me in mind. I am happy to answer any questions and look forward to guiding you on a housing search.
Silver Skate Festival (Feb. 9 – 19)
Nearly three decades of sports celebrations, this festival is rooted in Dutch tradition and love of winter.
Great Canadian FitFest (Feb. 10 – 11)
One of the largest interactive fitness festivals in the country, bringing together competition and healthy living.
Proteus Saxophone Quarter (Feb. 17)
Redefining the tradition of saxophone in this vibrant and vivacious concert.
Indian-inspired meals (Feb. 22)
Who needs to order in when you can learn to make your own delicious meals.
Intersect (Feb. 23 – 24)
Dynamic ballet performance, bringing together two very different pieces.
Swing n’ skate (until Feb. 25)
Local bands bring the swinging, the swaying and the jazz to this free event every Sunday.

Homeowners in Edmonton began receiving their 2018 property assessment notices in the mail at the beginning of the year.

By now, everyone should have received one and have a clear idea of the assessed value of their property.

This is important because this value determines the property taxes that must be paid.

Property assessments in Edmonton were fairly stable this year, with an average increase of less than one per cent compared to last year.

The one exception was single-family detached homes in neighbourhoods along the river valley like Windsor Park, Quesnell Heights, Glenora and Oliver.

You can look up different property assessments on the City of Edmonton’s website to compare different 2018 property assessments.

In order to assess the value of the property, a number of key factors such as location, size, land surface, age and condition of the building are taken into consideration.

A large increase in property assessments does not always translate into a corresponding increase in property taxes, however. It also takes into account changes relative to your community.

Property taxes in Edmonton make up about half of all revenue that the City receives.

It helps fund essential services like police, fire fighting and emergency rescue. They also support community programs, recreation centres, public libraries, parks and much more.

Property taxes bills arrive in May and must be paid by June 30.

They can be paid in multiple ways; in person, online banking, credit card or cheque. You can set up a Property Tax Monthly Payment Plan to avoid paying them all at once.

Assessments can be appealed up through a customer review period until March 12, 2018. A complaint can be made online or in person about property assessment, but you cannot appeal your property tax bill.

From smart watches to smart kettles, technology is entering homes at the speed of light.

One of the biggest home technology trends for 2018 is that devices now provide many uses — just one function won’t cut it anymore.

A new voice activated mirror recently came out that changes the lighting, tells you the weather and plays music as you get ready. There’s a door alert system that not only provides lighting but also extends the home’s wifi.

Part of it is an issue of space and availability of outlets — why buy an item that only does one thing when the same sized device does many functions?

Home security is a key example of how technology in the home is taking off.

Many of the security systems on offer are fully integrated and often include functions that are not typically associated with home safety like lighting and doorbell ring tones.

Almost all the systems now include an option to lock and unlock doors and keep an eye on the situation remotely via wifi.
Technology is not always cheap but when used right can help you save money in the long run.

For example, monitoring devices can help curb energy use because it gives you real-time data. Smart thermostats and lighting systems, which are programmable, can also help save money by only using energy when you need it.

Simple safety improvements like smart thermostats, smart fire detectors and smart carbon monoxide detectors are a bonus when selling a home too.

A survey by Smart Home Marketplace recently found that 70 per cent of homebuyers want these kinds of features in a home and so a few inexpensive touches can really make it stand out to buyers.
 
 
 
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Family Day is a special opportunity to spend uninterrupted time with your loved ones. As Edmontonians, we are lucky to live in a place where so many festivities are held to celebrate this special day! And lucky for you, you know a Real Estate team that has collected some of the best, and FREE, events in the city for you to check out. ;)

Edmonton Public Library

 

Enjoy puppet shows, crafts, scavenger hunts, and more! 

Reuse Centre 

 

Create a fire-breathing dragon, engage with a master balloon artist, devour some popcorn, the list goes on!

Sir Winston Churchill Square

 

Learn some new moves at the Swing n' Skate! Free skate rentals and jazz music!

Art Gallery of Alberta

 

Create beautiful art while learning about Alberta's forests and the families of animals that live there!

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Valentines Day is only a week away! If you're on a budget, or are looking to create something extra special for your loved one this year, these adorable DIY cards are just what you need! These tutorials are simple (even for the artistically challenged) and require minimum supplies. Happy crafting!

 

For the foodies that you love...You've Stolen a Pizza my Heart! 

 

Valentine Paper Fortune Cookies

 

 

18 & 24 are my personal favourites...

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2017 was a great year. We helped so many families find their dream homes and really focused on our core values.

We can't wait to see what 2018 has in store for us.

 

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I have listed a new property at 12316 82 ST NW in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! PRE-INSPECTED! BEST PRICE for BRAND NEW HOUSE between 1800-1900 sqft in the city. Brand new home minutes from 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 with an easy set up for in-law suite or basement suite rental with separate side entrance.
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It can be tough to decide what to do for Valentines Day. Check out these events in Edmonton for v-day date night ideas!

 

Love Grows • Muttart Conservatory 

February 9 • 6:00pm – 8:00 pm 

Enjoy the botanical paradise of the Muttart Conservatory at their romantic Love Grows event. Have a romantic meal at Culina Restaurant, and afterwards, take part in romantic activities inside the botanical gardens. (9626 96A St NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 4L8) 

Meet Me at Lovers’ Lane • Hawrelak Park 

February 9, 10, 14, 16-17 • 5:00pm – 9:00 pm 

The Meet Me at Lovers’ Lane event — which is part of the Silver Skate Festival — starts off with hot chocolate and a Valentine’s Day lantern, and then continues with a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through Hawrelak Park. (9330 Groat Road, Edmonton, AB T6G 2A) 


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Sweet Nothings • Capitol Theatre (Fort Edmonton Park) 

February 16 • 7:00 pm 

Are you interested in seeing a romantic performance? Sweet Nothings at the Capitol Theatre in Fort Edmonton Park is a love-themed dance show, which is accompanied by the live music of Asim Chin, a singer/songwriter from Edmonton. (1920 Street, Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton, AB T6H 4P3) 

Where the Wild Things Art • Edmonton Valley Zoo 

February 14 • 7:00pm – 10:00 pm 

Head to the Edmonton Valley Zoo on Valentine’s Day for their “Where the Wild Things Art” event, in which you’ll enjoy making animal-themed paintings as you drink some wine and eat some appetizers. This event is for adults-only. 


Happy Valentines Day!

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I have listed a new property at 305 10825 113 ST in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! Top floor end unit 2 bedroom one bathroom suite. Great opportunity for investors. Unit is spacious and offers convenient location and hassle-free lifestyle. Maintained building with card laundry on second floor. There is a long term tenant that wants to stay and although you could self-manage, this unit is part of a rental pool with low vacancies in this building if you wanted to have this unit managed for you.
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I have listed a new property at 2-207 4245 139 AVE in Edmonton.
If I was looking for a home that was stylish & trendy, that gave me a super convenient commute to work, that was close to ALL amenities, had underground parking & in-suite laundry, was on a floor that was securely above ground level, but low enough to easily evacuate, allowed me to keep a little furry friend, AND had a spare room for an office or guests... THAN THIS IS IT! What more could you need than this absolutely perfect 1 bed/+den uptown condo in Clareview. This home features clean neutral tones keeping it classic yet chic. The kitchen has tons of cabinet space & enough room for you & your lover to dance around while cooking. The eat up peninsula island has room to seat 4 which is IDEAL for entertaining. Your living room gives you a large picture window to let in that natural light & a doorway out to the balcony retreat, complete w/gas line hook ups for your grill & partial shade for summer time lounging. You have a 4pc cheater ensuite, ample sized office/den & a laundry room! PLATINUM PROPERTY!
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I have listed a new property at 105 10040 154 ST in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! East facing 1 bedroom one bathroom suite. Great opportunity for investors. Unit is spacious and offers convenient location and hassle-free lifestyle. Maintained building with card laundry on same floor and comes with additional storage unit. Current tenant has been there since 2010 and would like to stay, Although you could self-manage, This unit is part of a rental pool with no current vacancies in this building if you wanted to have this unit managed for you.
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I have listed a new property at 102 10040 154 ST in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! Great opportunity for investors. Unit is spacious and offers convenient location and hassle-free lifestyle. West facing 1 bedroom one bathroom suite. Maintained building with card laundry on same floor and comes with additional storage unit. Current tenant has been there 1 year and would like to stay, Although you could self-manage, This unit is part of a rental pool with no current vacancies in this building if you wanted to have this unit managed for you.
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I have listed a new property at 420 Ravine CRT in Devon.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! Welcome to 420 Ravine Ct in the beautiful town of Devon. This beautiful home is perfect for an established family or one looking to grow. 4 bedroom, 4 bathrooms with 3 fully finished levels of living space. Once you enter this home, you will see a wonderfully laid out, open concept floor plan that connects the living room with the kitchen & dining area. Main level also has a large den as well as a great coat room to store whatever you need. Upstairs is home to 1 giant master bedroom, 2 very large bedrooms as well as a very convenient laundry room & a master ensuite that you can't help but fall in love with. Downstairs is fully finished (w/surround sound) with a great family room, extra bedroom & another bathroom. That's only the start!! Once you get outside, you will instantly feel at home. One of the largest lots in the area (fenced), the property is almost 1/2 acre, & it back onto a ravine and walking path. No back yard neighbors EVER!! Underground sprinkler/central A/C, 3 car garage!
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I have listed a new property at 5232 39 AVE NW in Gibbons.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! Home sweet home really says it all in this inviting 5 bedroom 3 bath home in the growing community of Gibbons. Looking for its future family, this just under 1800sqft above grade bi-level will lure you in with its bright & open concept floor plan. Hosting get-togethers will be a blast with this eat up kitchen island, comforting living room space, and walk out dining room. The double french doors lead you to a deck worth boasting about enclosed by a private newly landscaped yard. There are endless opportunities to make this house your own with its abundance of space. You have a front flex room which would be great for an office, and a fully finished basement with large windows, 2 additional bedrooms, double sinks in the 5pc bath, and a huge storage room! Plus, an incredible amount of storage space and double attached garage.
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I have listed a new property at 104 10235 112 ST in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! Great value for this 2 bedroom, 2 Bathroom Condo in the heart of Edmonton. This court ordered sale is move in ready with a great layout. It is an above grade 1st floor unit including in-suite laundry and underground parking. West facing balcony with natural gas connection. Walking distance to all amenities.
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I have listed a new property at 307 10503 98 AVE in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! PET FRIENDLY, Contemporary 2 bedroom - 2 bathroom condo with titled underground heated parking stall. 1000 sqft featuring floor to ceiling windows, 9 ft ceilings, bright and open unit with new carpets in both bedrooms. Perfect condo, great for entertaining, modern kitchen provides you with an abundance of cabinet/counter space, SS appliances, stylish tile back-splash, and raised eating bar! Large master bedroom with walk in closet and full ensuite. Spacious second bedroom and in-suite laundry. gas line hook up for outdoor BBQ, commute easily with transit routes and LRT nearby, enjoy the close proximity to GRANT MACEWAN, UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA as well as Edmonton’s treasured RIVER VALLEY TRAILS, parks, coffee shops, restaurants, RE/MAX field, The Legislature Grounds and much more!
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 Dear Friends,

The holiday season is upon us, with lots of cheer and time with loved ones to brighten up the coming month.

December seems to always be a particularly busy time for having guests over and, as lovely as having friends and family up can be, visits can also prove to be a source of stress if it’s not planned properly.

Fear not, we have some tips and tricks to help keep your hosting as easy as possible so you can focus on the fun parts.

Looking for something to do with your visiting guests or just for yourself? We have that covered too with our lists of upcoming events around the city!

On a more serious side, we are also pleased to keep you updated on the latest real estate trends and market reports. 

From going to the perfect Sunday afternoon event to entertaining guests to finding your dream home, it’s my pleasure to help you. Please keep in touch.

Happy holidays!
Zoominescence (Dec. 1 – 31)
A month long festival of lights, held at the zoo.
Celebrate the Season (Dec. 7 – 23)
Free event of music and colourful lights, held in front of Alberta’s Legislature Building during the evenings.
Choir! Choir! Choir! (Dec. 11)
International singing phenomenon that showcases the best of collaboration and choir.
A Christmas Peril Food Bank Benefit (Dec. 15)
Trio of locally based experimental musicians. All proceeds go to Edmonton’s Food Bank and, for those who donate non-perishable goods, entry is free.
Glow-in-the-dark Axe Throwing (Dec. 23 – Jan. 7)
Not your typical holiday activity but one-of-a-kind fun for the whole family.
Shumka’s Nutcracker (Dec. 29 – 30)
A new twist on a holiday classic, this local production features both ballet and folk dance.
Salute to Vienna (Dec. 30)
Highly romantic and spirited, the beauty of this ballet waltz will bring you to the heart of Europe.
With vacation days, visiting family and countless engagements with friends over the coming month, don’t let the pressure ruin the fun.

Communication
Be very clear on when guests are leaving and arriving. If they are taking a flight, how will the airport run be coordinated? If it’s a dinner party, are children invited? Communication can go a long way to solving issues before they arrive. If in doubt, call to check-in.

Food
Do not be shy about asking guests to contribute to the menu. Christmas dinner can easily be made into a potluck and ask closer friends to bring sides, desserts or drinks. Don’t forget to check about any allergies or dietary restrictions before meal planning.

Children
If you are having several guests with children over, consider hiring a babysitter for the evening to keep the children entertained. The children will enjoy the evening more and parents will appreciate the break!

Arrivals
If your guests are arriving by car, make sure there is enough parking space. If necessary, move your car down the road so they can have easier access.  Have a place to drop shoes and jackets near the entrance so there is no scramble at the doorstep. If it’s chilly out, a freshly made pot of tea or eggnog will be welcomed.

Overnight guests
Think about the things you need when you stay at a hotel and use that as guidelines for preparing the room for your guest – put out clean towels, a water bottle and make sure the room is not cluttered. And it’s always a good idea to have a spare toothbrush lying around, just in case someone forgets one.

Asking for help
Most guests are eager to help wherever they can but don’t know what to do. Let them help you. Guide them towards what they can do to give a hand – can they dry dishes or lay the table? Including guests in the preparation can often make everyone feel more at ease.

Relax
At the end of the day, don’t lose sight of what is important – enjoying the time with your guests. The house doesn’t have to spotless, the meal doesn’t have to be perfect and the activities don’t have to be seamless. Do the best you can and then sit back, relax and enjoy.
 
 
 
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I have listed a new property at 8373 162 AVE in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! Resting in the heart of Belle Rive, is where you will find this classically built 3 bedroom home worthy of all curb appeal. Walk into an inviting space brought on by a warm colour pallet & fine oak wood finishes. The gorgeous bay windows in the front living room attract an abundance of natural light. Pristine from head to toe, each & every wall has been freshly painted & the carpets professionally cleaned. The quality of this build can be seen right into the woodwork of the kitchen cabinetry. Quaint and country is how I describe this culinary space. Tons of prep room with the peninsula counter top where you could pull up a stool to eat or sit with the family at your additional casual dining space that overlooks the huge fenced in backyard. The master bedroom has a 3pc ensuite & his/her closets while you have 2 additional bedrooms & a 4pc down the hall. The massive lower level is a blank canvas awaiting your own creative layout. Rec room? More bedrooms? Office? Art space? You decide!
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Please visit our Open House at 8373 162 AVE in Edmonton.
Open House on Saturday, December 9, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM Cheese, Crackers, Juice and Wine, OH MY!
PLATINUM PROPERTY! Resting in the heart of Belle Rive, is where you will find this classically built 3 bedroom home worthy of all curb appeal. Walk into an inviting space brought on by a warm colour pallet & fine oak wood finishes. The gorgeous bay windows in the front living room attract an abundance of natural light. Pristine from head to toe, each & every wall has been freshly painted & the carpets professionally cleaned. The quality of this build can be seen right into the woodwork of the kitchen cabinetry. Quaint and country is how I describe this culinary space. Tons of prep room with the peninsula counter top where you could pull up a stool to eat or sit with the family at your additional casual dining space that overlooks the huge fenced in backyard. The master bedroom has a 3pc ensuite & his/her closets while you have 2 additional bedrooms & a 4pc down the hall. The massive lower level is a blank canvas awaiting your own creative layout. Rec room? More bedrooms? Office? Art space? You decide!
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I have listed a new property at 64 70 CAVAN RD in Sherwood Park.
PLATINUM PROPERTY!! This 2 storey townhouse style condominium with single garage in "The Lofts at Lakeland Ridge" is ideally located overlooking a courtyard in front and backing to a greenbelt, within walking distance to all amenities; shops, restaurants, public transportation, walking trails, just off baseline rd. Great home for a first time buyer or as an investment/rental property. An open plan upstairs features the kitchen with black appliances, opening to the dining area and living room, and the master bedroom and the main bathroom. Main level offers the 2nd bedroom, a full 2nd bathroom, the utility/laundry room, storage and access to your garage. Out front is your west facing concrete patio complete with a natural gas BBQ hook up. Pet friendly, adult only (18+), low condo fees, and plenty of visitor parking. Available for quick possession.
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This 2 storey townhouse style condominium with single garage in "The Lofts at Lakeland Ridge" is ideally located overlooking a courtyard in front and backing to a greenbelt, within walking distance to all amenities; shops, restaurants, public transportation, walking trails, just off baseline rd. Great home for a first time buyer or as an investment/rental property. An open plan upstairs features the kitchen with black appliances, opening to the dining area and living room, and the master bedroom and the main bathroom. Main level offers the 2nd bedroom, a full 2nd bathroom, the utility/laundry room, storage and access to your garage. Out front is your west facing concrete patio complete with a natural gas BBQ hook up. Pet friendly, adult only (18+), low condo fees, and plenty of visitor parking. Available for quick possession.

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