Dear Friends,

I hope you are enjoying the long, sunny months and have the chance to really relax and soak in the summer rays.

And what better way to enjoy the extra hours of daylight than a summery BBQ with friends and family? Check our guide to putting together the perfect summer dining experience from what to cook to how to decorate.

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 the proposed mortgage changes.

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. Whether guiding you in the direction of summer fun with our recommendations or helping you buy and sell property, I am at your disposal. Have a friend looking to buy or sell? Please keep me in mind; your referral will be put to good use.
Servus Heritage Festival (August 5-7)
More than 85 countries are celebrated at the three-day festival, really showcasing the city’s vibrant multicultural heritage.
Rock Music Festival (August 11-12)
Get ready to rock and roll with this legendary line-up of music.
Tip: Tickets are cheaper if you pay in advance.
Edmonton Airshow (August 19-20)
Take entertainment to new heights with this show of daring manoeuvres and soaring acrobatics. Takes place at the Villeneuve Airport.
Latin Festival (August 12-23)
A celebration and street festival of all things Latino with delicious food trucks, Salsa lessons and fun activities for kids.
Fringe Festival (August 12-27)
This is the 36th year running that the fringe festival takes over the city — the longest running one in North America.
Blues Festival (August 25-27)
There will be a great mix of award-winners, newcomers and favourite faces.
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.
Earlier this month, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) announced that it is planning to tighten the regulations on uninsured residential mortgages in a move to clamp down on risky lending.

The proposed changes mean that anyone taking out a mortgage would need to pass a stress test, even those who already have a down payment of 20 per cent or more. In addition to the new stress test requirements, loan-to-value measurements will need to be adjusted to local conditions and co-lending arrangements that seem to be circumnavigating the current rules, like certain bundled mortgages, are expressly banned.

As it stands now, there are already some measures in place to prevent risky lending. For example, people with bad—or nonexistent—credit records are not suppose to borrow more than 65 per cent of the value of the home they are purchasing. Even those with a solid credit record cannot borrow more than 80 per cent of the property’s value without insurance backed by the government.
But many mortgage lenders have been sidestepping these rules with bundled loans, pairing a primary mortgage with a second loan from an unregulated group. An investigation by Reuters earlier this year revealed that, by bending the rules, property buyers were being allowed to over-borrow—sometimes up to 90 per cent of the value of the home.

The new stress test on insured mortgages and the banning of suspicious co-lending arrangements are hoped to help cool the real estate market. The changes are still in draft mode and OSFI is currently accepting written feedback on the proposal until the middle of August.

The changes, if they go through, will take effect in late 2017.
Summer is heating up and so why not fire up the grill to take advantage outside dining. A little bit of planning can take your BBQ to the next level—these easy tips take the stress out and put the fun in!

Keep the set-up simple
There is really no need to go all-out when it comes to summer dining; the blooming flowers and lush greenery already set the perfect scene. The biggest consideration is seating. Throw down some picnic blankets and cushions for extra space alongside the usual lawn chairs. For extra oomph, string up some white Christmas lights.

Potluck is perfect
Don’t be shy about asking guests to pitch in and bring sides, drinks or deserts. As the host, focus your attention on just a couple of simple main course dishes and leave the extras to everyone else.

Signature drink
It doesn’t need to be a complicated drink but choose one signature drink as a party theme —spiked lemonade, margaritas, watermelon coolers—and your party will not only be memorable but easier to coordinate on the grocery list.

Fun for the kiddies
If you’re expecting kids at your BBQ, pack away a few fun activities to keep them busy and entertained. Chalk, water balloons, face paint, a Twister board, badminton … it’s easy to keep kids (and their parents!) happy with just a little bit of planning.

Prep the night before
Don’t try to save everything till right beforehand. Not only will having some things set up the night before ease the stress … it can actually make things even better! Meat left marinating overnight, for example, has that extra tenderness and flavour and is one less thing to do in the morning.

Music for the mood
Whether you rely on Spotify or a DJ-savvy friend, have a playlist ready that you can trust. Break out those summer tunes and get your groovy dance moves going. Nothing upsets a party like bad music or a break in the playlist. Playlists are repeatable so set up a good one and save yourself time down the line.

Deep breath and enjoy
Don’t lose sight of what matters the most: enjoying time with friends and family. If you are too busy rushing around and stressing, it doesn’t matter how lovely a party you throw, you won’t enjoy it as much as taking the time to breathe, relax and just have fun. 

Acknowledgements

We want to send a special thank you to Glendon Tan for his recent referral. Our business depends on people just like him and it is extremely appreciated!

 

 
 
 
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I have listed a new property at 201 15930 109 AVE in Edmonton.
Platinum Listing! This second floor unit features a spacious living room with laminate hardwood flooring & patio doors leading to a south facing balcony. The kitchen was upgraded with California white cabinetry, newer counter tops & appliances. The bedrooms are a generous size with newer closet doors & light fixtures. Small building with few units has common laundry with card access. Long term tenants are willing to stay if bought as investment, La Villa Belvedere is conveniently located close to shopping, schools & public transportation.
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Please visit our Open House at 79 CHATWIN RD in Sherwood Park.
Open House on Saturday, July 29, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Join Shawntelle Coan at this beautiful home on Saturday between 2-4pm! Refreshments
PLATINUM PROPERTY! Welcome to your new bungalow! This gorgeous home offers a generous entry way leading you to the main floor featuring 9 foot ceilings and huge windows. Kitchen comes with island, raised eating bar, and dining nook. Living room has gas fireplace with built in oak cabinetry and shelving plus access to the large south facing patio. There are 2 bedrooms upstairs, including the master with private ensuite and walk in closet. The fully developed basement offers 2 huge bedrooms and spacious rec room, as well as a full bathroom. The attached garage is perfect for a handy mans with 220V wiring outlet and air compressor line w/compressor. All this in a quiet neighbourhood with an enormous private treed backyard with well maintained Hot tub, which backs onto a beautiful green space. Quiet, beautiful, and well-maintained all in a highly sought-after area of Lakeland Ridge.
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Some people don’t give hallways much thought when painting and decorating. Instead, they focus on rooms.

 

The fact is, a great looking hallway can have the same, if not more, impact than the most eye-catching family room or bedroom, especially when you need to go through the hallway to get there!

 

Here are some painting tips that can bring a dull hallway to life:

 

  • Paint the hallway the reverse of the rooms around it. If the rooms are dark, use light colours in the hall. If the rooms feature simple colours, consider being more dramatic in your choice of hallway paint.

 

  • In a longer hallway, using two shades of the same colour on perpendicular walls can make the space seem less tunnel-like. (The darker shade goes on the shorter walls.)

 

  • Darker colours can work well if the space is well-lit and there are few, if any, shadows cast.

 

  • If you decide to paint the halls white, select an off-white or eggshell white. Avoid stark white as it will reflect light in a way that’s unpleasant.

 

One more tip: Pictures can go a long way in making a hallway look inviting, regardless of the wall colour.

 

Good luck with the painting!  

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Imagine there’s a neighbourhood you’d love to live in someday, but, every time you drive through, you rarely, if ever, see a For Sale sign. It’s as if homes get gobbled up by buyers the moment they get listed.

 

It’s true, properties do tend to sell quickly in desirable, in-demand neighbourhoods. Does that mean you’re destined to either hope for a lucky break or miss out on ever living there?

 

Fortunately, no. There are practical things you can do to increase your chances of getting into that neighbourhood.

 

Your first step is to find out the kind of new home you can afford. You want to get your financial ducks in a row so when a listing does come up in the area, you’re able to respond quickly. Find out the average price range of homes in the neighbourhood. Then, if necessary, talk to your lender or mortgage broker.

 

The second step is to get your current property ready for sale. You don’t necessary need to list it now, but you want to be in a position to do so quickly, if necessary. You may need to clean up and declutter, get repairs done, and spruce up your home in other ways.

 

The third step is to talk to us.

 

You see, listings in popular neighbourhoods often move fast. By the time you see them advertised on the internet, they may be gone. I can closely monitor listings in that area for you, so the moment one comes up that meets your criteria, you can be alerted. This greatly increases your chances of getting that home.

 

So if there is a dream neighbourhood you’d love to get into, give us a call!

 

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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 with an 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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I have listed a new property at 79 CHATWIN RD in Sherwood Park.
PLATINUM PROPERTY! Welcome to your new bungalow! This gorgeous home offers a generous entry way leading you to the main floor featuring 9 foot ceilings and huge windows. Kitchen comes with island, raised eating bar, and dining nook. Living room has gas fireplace with built in oak cabinetry and shelving plus access to the large south facing patio. There are 2 bedrooms upstairs, including the master with private ensuite and walk in closet. The fully developed basement offers 2 huge bedrooms and spacious rec room, as well as a full bathroom. The attached garage is perfect for a handy mans with 220V wiring outlet and air compressor line w/compressor. All this in a quiet neighbourhood with an enormous private treed backyard with well maintained Hot tub, which backs onto a beautiful green space. Quiet, beautiful, and well-maintained all in a highly sought-after area of Lakeland Ridge.
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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. Roof was redone 2 years ago. 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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Please visit our Open House at 11423 58 AVE in Edmonton.
Open House on Saturday, July 15, 2017 2:00PM - 4:00PM Check out this hot new listing and meet Shawntelle! Yes
Platinum Property! Just move in and enjoy this completely renovated 3+2 bedroom Lendrum bungalow peacefully located directly across from the U of A farm. This very cozy feeling home has been entirely modernized with a new kitchen including oak cabinets, quartz counter tops and all new stainless steel appliances. Upgraded bathroom with new tub tiles and cabinet with granite counter top. The main floor has vaulted ceilings and laminate flooring throughout the living room and all 3 bedrooms. Watch the beautiful prairie sunsets from your living room and enjoy your modern electric fireplace. The basement has also been renovated throughout including the spacious bathroom, shower and hardware, family room, and 2 large bedrooms with new carpet & good sized closets. Upgraded windows, furnace & duel hot water tanks. Very private fenced in yard with deck & good sized double garage. It's only a 10 minutes walk to south campus LRT station & quick access to downtown & U of A.
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I have listed a new property at 11423 58 AVE in Edmonton.
Platinum Property! Just move in and enjoy this completely renovated 3+2 bedroom Lendrum bungalow peacefully located directly across from the U of A farm. This very cozy feeling home has been entirely modernized with a new kitchen including oak cabinets, quartz counter tops and all new stainless steel appliances. Upgraded bathroom with new tub tiles and cabinet with granite counter top. The main floor has vaulted ceilings and laminate flooring throughout the living room and all 3 bedrooms. Watch the beautiful prairie sunsets from your living room and enjoy your modern electric fireplace. The basement has also been renovated throughout including the spacious bathroom with new flooring, shower and hardware, family room with new laminate flooring, & 2 large bedrooms with new carpet & good sized closets. Upgraded windows, furnace & hot water tank. Very private fenced in yard with deck & good sized double garage. It's only a 10 minutes walk to south campus LRT station & quick access to downtown & U of A.
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 Dear Friends,

First off, let me wish you a very happy Canada Day!

I hope your celebrations of our beautiful nation were filled with family, friends and fun. If you are looking for more events and celebrations for this month, look no further than our guide for the best things to do around the city in July.

For those of you who prefer to relax at home, taking in the summer sun from your home, we have some advice on how to best maximize that space that you have — whether that is a large back garden, an apartment balcony or a cute patio.

And if you, or someone you know, is looking for a new outdoors space (and the indoor space that comes with it!) please keep me in mind. It would be my pleasure to help guide you in the right direction of your new home.
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.   
Historic Edmonton and Doors Open Festival (July 1 – 9)
Ever wanted to know more about Edmonton’s history and heritage? This week long event explores behind the scenes of the city with tours, exhibits, workshops, horse-drawn wagon rides and bloc parties. All in celebration of the city and it’s community.
Whyte Avenue Art Walk (July 7-9)
The street is lined with nearly 500 artists for three days of art-making and art-watching of all kinds. It’s the perfect chance to pick up a unique piece of Edmonton art.
Street Performers Festival (July 7 -16)
Watch an eclectic mix of street performers from unicyclists to puppeteers to tightrope walkers and acrobats during ten lively days of events. There is even a Be Your Own Busker workshop to learn tricks of the trade.
Taste of Edmonton (July 20-29)
Get a taste of Edmonton’s amazing food scene at this glorious celebration of all things food-related. More than 60 local restaurants come out for the festival and this is hands-down the city’s tastiest event.
Interstellar Rodeo (July 21-23)
This groovy summer rodeo has dancing, great street food and music performances. Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket to take in the sights! 
K-Days (July 21 – 30)
This extravaganza of rides and games, also know as the Klondike Days, will leave you in wonder with all the colour, energy and excitement. It’s the perfect place to take kids who can run off steam while also learning about the history of the Metis people at the education booths, participate in parades and spike their sugar levels with the famous fried donuts.

Small garden? No problem — here’s how to maximize your outdoor space


Summer barbeque season and outdoor patio gatherings are upon us. Whether you have an expansive garden, a cute nook patio or an overhanging balcony, there are always ways to make the most out of what you have.

Hidden storage
There is no getting around it — you need space to keep items you are not using but, in limited areas, that can be tricky. One of the best ways around storage issues is to have hidden places to keep things that are out of the way but easily accessible. One of the most common ways is to have a bench that can lift up to reveal storage underneath for blankets, cushions and whatever else you need to hide away.

Double-duty furniture
Always keep in mind, when you are buying furniture, the versatility factor — one item that can be used twice saves space in the long run! A low table with strong legs can hold your drinks when it’s just you or double as a stool when guests are visiting. Sturdy cushions plush out your seats or can be arranged in a circle for extra seating.

Fake it till you make it
If you don’t have a garden, consider putting down fake grass to brighten up an otherwise bare ground. The grass may be greener on the other side but, when it’s on your side, it can make your space seem that much bigger.

Take your gardening to new heights
If you can’t expand out, then move up. Hanging plants, creeping vines along a wall and shelves of pots can give you all the benefits of a larger yard in a smaller space.
Multiple small spaces
If you have a larger area, make it more user-friendly by setting up multiple small spaces: one corner as a bar, another for gardening, a few chairs for taking in the sun. If your space is more limited, such as one small apartment balcony, consider using it for one specific designated space. Put down a huge cushion and use it as a hanging area for reading, attach a table top to your balcony railing and use it as a bar with a skyline view, the options are endless.

Simple and elegant
Be intentional in how you use your space and how you decorate. Clean lines and minimal colours will make it seem less cluttered and, therefore, bigger. Don’t give up on the essentials but use only what you really need.

Acknowledgments

We want to send a special thank you to Leo Orellana for his recent referral. Our business depends on people just like him and it is extremely appreciated!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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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