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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I have listed a new property at 201 15930 109 AVE in Edmonton.
Platinum Property and an Investor special. This spacious, second floor, two bedroom unit is minutes away from major shopping, restaurants and schools. Unit features laminate flooring in the hallway area and the living room, carpets in bedrooms as well as linoleum in the kitchen and bathroom. It features a 4-piece bathroom. The windows on the unit face south as does a balcony which is accessed through patio doors from the living room. There is card operated common laundry. The unit was completely renovated in 2007 which included a new kitchen as well as flooring throughout the unit. Assigned parking stall in the back and ample street parking is available as well. The tenants are long term tenants who wish to stay making this a perfect investment property to add to a portfolio as no immediate repairs/updates are needed and the unit has positive monthly cash flow.
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Please visit our Open House at 12316 82 ST in Edmonton.
Open House on Sunday, November 26, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM Yes
PLATINUM PROPERTY! 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. Builder is including $10,000 towards double car garage or $10,000 in additional incentives if purchased before the end of November.
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Downtown Edmonton is entertaining, appealing, historic, and offers convenience at its finest. Here are some of the reasons we believe downtown Edmonton to be a fantastic investment:


Efficiency


If you work downtown or visit regularity, a substantial amount can be saved on your daily commute alone. Getting anywhere downtown is a breeze when your always in walking distance.


Convenience


If you like being able to walk everywhere, living downtown may be the right choice for you. Everything you want and/or need is just outside your door!


Savings


Occasionally, purchasing a place downtown may be more expensive. However, you'll save substantially in other areas such as transportation, utility costs,  potential tax breaks, and more!


Entertainment


Downtown Edmonton offers endless entertainment options. Wining, dining, partying, and expanding your cultural experiences..."ing", are available on a whim and with ease!


Investment


Properties in the downtown are highly soughtafter. Meaning if you do ever decide to sel, it is likely that you'll be pleased with your investment.


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I have listed a new property at 12626 71 ST in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! If you didn't think it was possible to find a detached single family home that is move in ready w/ a DBL garage & finished basement under $300k, you were wrong! Vibrant, charming, & full of personality are the first words that come to mind w/ this 4 bed/2 bath raised bungalow. Walk in & revel at the vaulted ceilings of this open concept living space. The arched wall niches add tons of character to accent your favorite decor. Rich laminate flooring carries through into a spacious kitchen w/ eat up breakfast bar. A drop-in anthracite sink, duel stainless steel oven, & new lighting fixtures are just some of the upgrades. Need pantry space? This kitchen has it w/ tons of counter space too. The main floor is complete w/ a master, 2 additional flex rooms, & a 4pc bath. In the basement you have a nice sized family room w/ adjacent rec room & additional bedroom w/ walk in closet. Another 2pc bath awaits your finishing touches. Extra storage loft above garage. A FANTASTIC & AFFORDABLE home!
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Please visit our Open House at 15867 13 AVE in Edmonton.
Open House on Sunday, November 12, 2017 1:00PM - 3:00PM Contact Katrina Lopez @ 780-938-4298 Yes
PLATINUM PROPERTY! This gorgeous home is located in the beautiful area of Glenridding! Walk-in to the gorgeous entry with custom finishings! Tucked away from the hustle-and-bustle you'll find a den-perfect for an office or kids play area (no more stepping on toys in the living room!). Continuing through the home is a large living space (w/fireplace), kitchen w/stainless steel appliances and massive eat-up island, and a huge dining area with access to the deck-perfect for your summer BBQ's! The main floor also features a large laundry area, powder room, and walk-through pantry. Upstairs you'll find massive bonus room, 4 piece bathroom, remarkable master suite (ensuite and walk-in closet included!), and two additional spacious bedrooms. The neutral colour scheme and large windows throughout provides a light and airy feeling that flows to the outdoors where you have a fully landscaped and fenced backyard. Plus, you'll never worry about storage again with the unfinished basement and double garage!
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 Dear Friends,

Winter is coming and, as statistics show, Canadians spent between 80 to 90 per cent of their time indoors during the colder months.

This means that it is hugely important to consider the health of your home – from air quality to lighting – to make sure that you and your family are as healthy as possible. We have some advice on what to look for.

And speaking of what to look for — check out our lists of upcoming events around the city to look out for! Many of them are free, family-friendly and fun, making it a great excuse to get out of the house.

To keep you up-to-date in the world of real estate, we’ve happily included the latest market report, in an easily digestible infographic form, and a news brief explainer on the new mortgage qualification rules.

No matter what your needs are, we have you covered. Whether guiding you towards a healthier, happier home or helping you buy the perfect house, I am here for you and happy to help you, or a friend, in a real estate journey.
Cyber Summit (Nov. 7 - 9)
Event of workshops and discussions about the effects of technology on the economy and different parts of the world, held in Banff.
Farmfair International (Nov. 8 - 12)
Western-style agricultural fair with events like bronco riding and barrel racing, held at the Expo Centre.
Hadestown (Nov. 11 - Dec. 3)
A play based on the Greek myth of Orpheus, telling the story of love, epic quests and the struggle between faith and doubt. Showing at Citadel Theatre all month.
All Is Bright Festival (Nov. 25)
Street festival lights and fire dancers, perfect to get in the holiday mood. Free and family-friendly.
St. Albert Indoor Christmas Market (Nov. 25 Dec. 16)
Four weekends of Christmas markets with fresh produce, baked goods and little gifts.
Festival of Trees (Nov. 30 Dec. 3)
A holiday celebration focused on a good cause; this festival of all things Christmas-related raises money for the Alberta Hospital.
Bustling winds, rainy days, and stormy nights are now solidly upon us with few hints left of warmer times left.

Do not despair, with the shift of seasons comes a chance for change for both you and your home.  Take the right steps for you and your family to be happy and well.

Air quality
  • Spring-cleaning is an old adage but don’t wait till next year.
  • Now is the time to vacuum, dust and sweep up dust bunnies and cobwebs.
  • Thoroughly check for moisture spots and moulds—certain strains, like black mould, can be deadly.
  • Consider purchasing an air filter for improved quality.
Lights
  • A lack of sunshine and light during the winter can cause SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Proper lighting and vitamin D supplements can help mitigate the symptoms, however.
  • Sunlight lamps produce a glow similar to the sun and, in addition to helping with the winter blues, can feel more calm and natural that harsh light.
  • Consider switching to LED lights to lower electricity costs.
  • Tri-coloured bulb – with each flick of a switch, the bulb casts a different tone and it’s a great way to control the lighting without buying multiple lamps. 
Green clean
  • Air fresheners, though pleasant smelling, often contain harmful chemicals that can cause lung disease and aggravate allergies. Switch to natural, biological fresheners.
  • If you don’t recognize the long list of ingredients on your cleaning products, consider switching to something more natural. Eco-friendly choices are good for you, your home and the environment.
  • What’s in your laundry detergent and soap? Some chemicals can dry skin and damage clothes. Biological keeps you just as clean without the harshness.
Safety
  • Even more important than health consciousness, basic safety measures can be life-saving. Do not skimp or skip on this front.
  • Check that your fire alarm works and you have a fire extinguisher close at hand and easy to locate in an emergency.
  • Make sure there are carbon monoxide detectors working and placed around your home, especially in bedrooms.
  • Have an earthquake preparedness kit at hand and an evacuation plan ready – know with certainty where you will seek shelter if the earth starts shaking.

Qualifying for a mortgage has never been a breeze and it’s about to get much harder.

In mid-October, the federal government announced changes to mortgage qualification rules and a more stringent “stress test” for uninsured mortgages for those with a 20 per cent or higher down payment.

The biggest impact these changes will have is on purchasing power and housing affordability. Rate Hub, a rate comparison website, looked at two different financial scenarios to compared what a family could afford to buy before and after the new rules.  

Before the changes, a buyer could borrow roughly the equivalent of seven times their yearly income. With the new rules, that has been reduced to slightly more than five times their yearly income.

In practice, the new rules means that homebuyers have had their buying power slashed by about 20 per cent.

The latest stress test comes after several other rule changes this year in the real estate market that have been met with equal criticism. Earlier this fall, borrowers with less than 20 per cent down payments were affected and, now, the focus has turned to those with 20 per cent or more down payment. 

The idea, regulators explain, is to help protect banks and ensure that everyone – no matter how much money they’ve initially put down – have to undergo a stress test before borrowing.

Banks are competitive and, to drive business, do not want to offer below-market rates and mortgages if other banks are doing so. By making it a federal regulation, it means that all banks have to be on board – levelling the playing field and reducing risks from uninsured mortgages all around.

For homebuyers, however, it means that some properties are now out of financial reach which brings up all sorts of issues of housing affordability because people will no longer qualify to borrow as much money as previously.

Experts say that the new measure will hit the real estate market like a sledgehammer by driving down prices. Others believe it is a good change and will equalize the market over time.

The changes come into effect on January 1, 2018.



Acknowledgments

We want to send a special thank you to Jan Nilsson and Sam Gervais for their recent referrals. Our business depends on people just like them and it is extremely appreciated!

 
 
 
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I have listed a new property at 1003 10055 118 ST in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! As Edmonton's Urban life is VIBRANTLY growing, you can be a part of it all by living in the SERENITY, a luxury condo that has lived up to the hype ever since it was built. Not only is the location superb in trendy Oliver, but you are just mins away from the shops & restaurants on Jasper Ave & the views of Victoria Promenade. Now let's chat about this gorgeous space; modern, sleek, spacious, & pretty remarkable! As soon as you enter the 1200+ sqft unit, the open floor plan, 9ft ceilings, & abundance of natural light captivate you. You have 2 bedrooms plus a den, insuite laundry, & 2 full baths. The master has a huge walk in closet & a private ensuite designed to those w/contemporary style. The 2nd bedroom overlooks the City Skyline which is picturesque when the sun rises. The kitchen is crisp & streamlined to flow well with all S/S appliances, subway tile backsplash, an eat up island, & opulent granite countertops. 10th floor views, AC, & open space...this is living in true well-being!
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I have listed a new property at 12316 82 ST in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! 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. Builder is including double car garage or $10,000 in additional incentives if purchased before the end of November.
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I have listed a new property at 104 10815 83 AVE in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! If you're looking for simple living, it doesn't get much better than this! This condo is located in the convenient community of Garneau-just off Whyte Ave! Easy access to shopping, parks, dining, the U of A and more! This unit has an upgraded kitchen, windows, flooring, bathroom, and includes newer appliances. The open floor plan and windows allows for an airiness and spacious feel to this one bedroom apartment. Low condo fees is the cherry on top to this great property!
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I have listed a new property at 15867 13 AVE in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! This gorgeous home is located in the beautiful area of Glenridding! Walk-in to the gorgeous entry with custom finishings! Tucked away from the hustle-and-bustle you'll find a den-perfect for an office or kids play area (no more stepping on toys in the living room!). Continuing through the home is a large living space (w/fireplace), kitchen w/stainless steel appliances and massive eat-up island, and a huge dining area with access to the deck-perfect for your summer BBQ's! The main floor also features a large laundry area, powder room, and walk-through pantry. Upstairs you'll find massive bonus room, 4 piece bathroom, remarkable master suite (ensuite and walk-in closet included!), and two additional spacious bedrooms. The neutral colour scheme and large windows throughout provides a light and airy feeling that flows to the outdoors where you have a fully landscaped and fenced backyard. Plus, you'll never worry about storage again with the unfinished basement and double garage!
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I have listed a new property at 1020 MONY PENNY CRES in Sherwood Park.
Platinum Property! Nice bungalow in quite West Sherwood Park neighborhood. Upstairs has Master bedroom w/ensuite, 2 addition bedrooms with hardwood and tile throughout. Basement is fully finished w/large family room, 4th bedroom and full bath. In need of a little TLC but good size and layout to work with. 613m2 size lot with deck and over-sized double car garage with front drive access so plenty of parking. Bank owned so will require a bit of time to review offers and property is sold "as-is, where-is"
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I have listed a new property at 205 10825 113 ST in Edmonton.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! East facing 2 bedroom one bathroom suite with galley kitchen, updated flooring and counters is located on the 2nd floor. Great opportunity for investors. Unit is spacious and offers convenient location and hassle-free lifestyle. Maintained building with card laundry on same floor. Current tenant is on a 1 one year lease and would like to stay, 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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