Dear Friends,

The first month of the new decade has already come and gone!

In this issue, we take you through a five year look-back at the Edmonton real estate market and ask for your 2020 forecasts on four key indicators: Home Prices, Sales, Time to Sell and Market Distribution.

If you’re buying or selling this year, remember that the right price, good advertising and beautiful staging can all help to ensure you sell fast for a good price… regardless of what the stats might be saying!

We hope to have the opportunity to work with you as 2020 continues.
Platinum Team
Ph: (780) 271-8326
Email: Sales@PlatinumTeam.ca
Web: www.PlatinumTeam.ca
Ice Castles (until March 20)
Enjoy this award-winning frozen attraction built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists.
Silver Skate Festival (Feb 7 – 17)
Have fun with your entire family in this longest winter festival in Edmonton. Discover breathtaking snow sculpture, winter sports, live music, and much more.
Snowshoe & Stargaze (Feb 8 and Feb 15)
Experience the night sky with fellow enthusiasts at Astotin Lake after dark!
OSCAR® Nominated Shorts: DOCUMENTARY (Feb 9)
See ALL of the nominees in each category before the Academy Awards. Proceeds from the OSCAR® Nominated Short film programs support this year’s EIFF (September 24 to October 3, 2020).
Valentine’s Day at Miller Crossing Farmers Market (Feb 14)
Explore the market to find everything you need to make a special dinner or buy special gifts for your special one.
Winefest Edmonton (Feb 14 – 15)
Swirl, sip and savour the all-inclusive sampling of wines from all over the world and an array of delectable hors d'oeuvres!
SkirtsAfire (Feb 27 – Mar 8)
Come visit the only theatre and multidisciplinary arts festival featuring women.

The results are in. The 2019 home price for Edmonton, based on sales, was $360,262. That was down 3.09 percent from $371,748 in 2018. Looking back, the price rose for three straight years from $367,055 in 2014 to $376,771 in 2017 before a weakened economy drove markets down slightly in 2018 and 2019. It’s difficult right now to predict what’s going to happen next. Some experts believe we’re at the bottom of the market (a great time to buy)! What do you think Edmonton’s home price will be in 2020?

Spring

With 16,557 Edmonton homes sold last year, 2019 was the worst-performing year in the last six. When sales volume is low and supply grows due to new listings, we typically call it a buyer’s market. If you’re selling, you might need to wait for a while before you find a buyer and then you might get a lower offer than what you’re hoping to see. Despite fewer sales in 2019, supply was also lower, tempering this dynamic. The sold-to-listings ratio actually rose by several percentage points.

For five years in a row in Edmonton, the Time to Sell has risen. In 2019, it took an average 64 days (more than two months) to sell a property. In 2014, when sales volume was higher and there were fewer listed properties to choose from, that number was 48 days. If you’re buying in Edmonton, the last few years of lower sales and higher supply have meant there’s been plenty to look at. If job growth and other factors improve, we could see that situation change, with lower supply and faster sales. What do you think is going to happen in 2020?

Look at the infographic and you’ll see that the vast majority of Edmonton’s home sales activity for 2019 occurred at prices below $800,000. The highest volume (3,596 sold) was in the $300,000 to $399,999 price range. Five properties were purchased for $2-$3 Million. Only two sold for more than $3 Million last year.

Thanks! We’ve been getting good feedback on our new Neighbourhood Profile feature in this monthly newsletter. We didn’t run it this month because we wanted to share 2019 data, look back over the last few years and get you thinking about 2020. The Neighbourhood Profile is back next month, though, so we ask: “Which Edmonton neighbourhood would you like us to profile next?”

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the world's biggest tech show held in Las Vegas last January showcasing the latest and upcoming innovations from artificial intelligence, robotics, gadgets, and much more. We are highlighting a few of the best smart home tech that were featured in the event in our photo gallery. These gadgets are not only cool but are useful and provide benefits for consumers at home.

 

 

 
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 Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

Welcome to a new decade.

If this is the year you think seriously about finding your dream home, you’ll love this issue. We point out that dream homes come in all shapes, sizes, price points and neighbourhoods. It’s about connecting to the lifestyle you want, then making your home a perfect fit for the way you want to live. If you’re selling, we can stage your property as a dream home for its next inhabitants. It might not take much!

Check out the latest trends in interior design. We cover them here for you.

We’ve also added a new feature to the newsletter: A Neighbourhood Profile. If you like it, we’ll continue it in upcoming issues, giving you the lowdown on all the top locations.

Please reach out to me this month with any questions about buying or selling. It’s a brand new year.

All the best!
Platinum Team
Ph: (780) 271-8326
Email: Sales@PlatinumTeam.ca
Web: www.PlatinumTeam.ca
Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival (Jan 11 – 12)
Embrace the cold northern climate by enjoying artistic panache and authentic cultural and heritage winter games and fun at the 13th annual winter festival.
Boardwalk Ice on Whyte (Jan 23 – 26, Jan 30 – Feb 2)
Join Edmonton’s fantastic winter festivals. The real fun starts when temperatures drop below zero.
Jasper Beer & Spirits Festival (Jan 31 – Feb 2)
Get ready to experience a unique mountain retreat at this 2 night festival hosted at the world-renowned Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

It’s an interesting topic. Everyone has their idea of what “dream home” means. They’re at every price point.

If you’re looking for yours in 2020, read on for tips. If you’re listing, make it someone else’s dream home by staging it that way!

Buying?

Dream homes are not one size or style fits all.

Can you picture your dream home? Try. It’s much easier to find when you know what it looks like!

If you need help getting started, think about the lifestyle you’re after and then imagine your new home at the epicentre of it.

You might want a family home that better suits your active lifestyle, for example. Maybe you’re renting and your dream is to own. Or it could be you’re ready to lock-and-leave as you travel to exotic destinations.

Once you’ve given some thought to your lifestyle and the home that’ll best suit it, think about your budget. The good news is there are dream homes at every price point. It’s all about the fit.

Consider the most appropriate square footage, floorplan and number of rooms. Give some thought to the type of neighbourhood you want to live in.

Selling?

If you’re listing because you want to move – position your property as someone else’s dream home!

Who is the buyer that’ll see it that way? If you understand your home’s key strengths -- based on what people want -- you can enhance them for the sale. This doesn’t mean extensive renovations. You might not get your money back. It means great staging, though.

Stage it yourself or let us help you attract the right buyer. Consider updating colour schemes, furniture and layouts. Give our Interior Design Trends article in this newsletter a quick read.

Whatever you do around presentation, make sure it’s priced right when it hits the market and you’ll have a better chance at selling it quickly.

Make it happen this year!

Talk to me in January about finding your dream home in 2020… or selling your property to fulfill someone else’s dream. I’ll buy the coffee.

Spring

If you want to live in an Edmonton neighbourhood with the best of all worlds, you should take a look at Strathcona.

Here, it’s an easy drive downtown or to the University of Alberta and a nice walk to the North Saskatchewan River Valley or the Mill Creek Ravine.

The real estate is a mix of older, character homes in great condition (some 100 years old) and modern apartments and condominiums, high- and low-rise.

At the centre of it all is hip, artsy Old Strathcona with its historic town feel and bustling, main artery, Whyte Avenue. Whyte’s famous for its art galleries, pubs and night clubs, trendy boutiques, theatre venues, international restaurants and coffee shops.

It’s a world class festival hub in the summer, with all kinds of live music and entertainment. As of 2019, Strathcona’s roads and sidewalks are getting re-surfaced and decorative, new streetlamps are being installed. The improvements are scheduled for completion in 2021.

We’ve been hearing a lot about “the next decade of interior design.” That’s too far ahead for us. Everything changes too fast.

Here’s what we expect to see in 2020 that we like:

  • The home gets back to being a comfortable retreat where you can just chill inside calm, relaxing spaces with less clutter and more ambiance.
  • Expansive whites and earthy greens and browns re-connect us with a soothing, natural aesthetic.
  • Lighting becomes better and brighter, spotlighting and showcasing feature walls with materials like wood, rock and cork.
  • Enviro-conscious living takes over with tech-smart, energy-saving abodes where recycling rules.
  • Open floorplans are improved with chic, industrial partitions that create functional flow.
  • The kitchen remains the hub for both families and entertainers.
  • The cactus makes a comeback.
  • Velvet is dusted off, too, re-introducing plush, luxurious affordability.
  • Ceilings break free, embracing new, integrated design concepts.
 

 

 


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 Dear Friends,

Here comes the closure of yet another year — and I truly do hope 2019 was full of success, happiness and prosperity for you.  With a bright-looking 2020 peeking up around the corner, it’s time to think about the future and set goals for the New Year.

At the end of each December, I like to make a list of goals I accomplished and noteworthy things I did that year. It’s a good reminder of what to be grateful for and inspiration for future resolutions. Give it a try, it comes in handy!

This is the season to celebrate and we’ve got just the perfect idea for you. Read on to find out the must-not-miss events this December — and it’s not just about Christmas!

And, as always, I’m here with the latest stats and real estate information to help you in your search for the perfect home.

If you or anyone you know needs help, please get in touch. I am at your disposal to help.

Happy holidays!
Platinum Team
Ph: (780) 271-8326
Email: Sales@PlatinumTeam.ca
Web: www.PlatinumTeam.ca
Luminaria (Dec. 6 – 8)
A popular event with thousands of candles lit up.
Christmas Urns (starting Dec. 9)
Learn how to make a traditional Christmas urn.
Shumka's Nutcracker (Dec. 15)
The media is calling this the “best” Nutcracker performance for generations.
Christmas Bureau Breakfast (Dec. 17)
Give some holiday cheer at this charitable event.
A Christmas Carol (until Dec. 23)
A holiday classic, not to be missed.
Boxing Day (Dec. 26)
Sales events happening around the city, don’t miss out on savings!
New Year’s Eve  
Check out our feature of New Year’s Eve fireworks!

Edmonton is a magical time in the winter, with frosted windows and snow-covered peaks within reach.  And December, with all the holiday festivities from Christmas to New Years Eve, is the best month to celebrate.

There’s a lot happening around town, from quaint markets to ballet performances (if you’re in doubt, check out our list of events!) but there’s one place in particular that stands out: New Year’s Eve fireworks.

What is New Year’s Eve without a dash of lights and the bang of firecrackers going off?

And, of course, the best place to see the firework’s display in Edmonton is at the province’s iconic building: the Legislature.

There will be lots of family-friendly activities in the evening, followed by the bright lights starting at 9 PM

Details:

Federal Building
9820 107 St., and Capital Plaza
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Fireworks: 9:00 PM


Don’t forget to bundle up warmly when heading out to watch the lights, there can be lots of waiting around beforehand.

And if the government building isn’t your place to be, try these options instead:

Telus World of Science Edmonton
11211 142 St.
9:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Monday and Tuesday


Haddow Park
2099 Haddow Drive
5:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Monday
Fireworks at 8:00 PM


Some of the surrounding areas are also hosting their own local displays including:

Heritage Park
5100 41 Ave., Stony Plain
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Monday
Fireworks at 8:45 PM

Broadmoor Lake Park
2015 Oak St., Sherwood Park
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Monday
Fireworks at 8:00 PM

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 Dear Friends,

Halloween has come and gone, with all the outfits for little ghosts and clowns tucked away again for another year. Next up is Christmas, a magical time in Edmonton when the river valley is frosted with fresh snow and nights twinkle with starlight. In the meantime, it’s November, a time for dreams.

On November 11, we take time to remember our dreams and those who died fighting to protect them. It’s a day when we think about those who have fought, and continue to fight, for our country. In Edmonton, there are quite a few events to choose from. I encourage you to attend, if you want to remember what it takes to win, how tough the battles and the losses can be… and what we’re prepared to do to protect our country, our values and our freedom.

Everyone has dreams, although the day-to-day world can get in the way, sometimes! Yes, the journey is what’s important but it’s good to remind ourselves of exotic and exciting destinations that beckon. With that theme in mind – the prize within the dream -- we’re happy to introduce a new feature, the Luxury Property Report.

We take you inside some of the most extravagant properties on the planet for a look at their features as we enter a new decade of real estate, the (Roaring?) 2020s. The Luxury Property Report begins with a global perspective and then zeroes in on the Edmonton marketplace to identify premium realty, high-end neighbourhoods and pricing considerations if you’re chasing the dream.

As usual, in this newsletter, we’ve got the stats and the inspiration to help in your search for the perfect home, whatever your current price range.

And as always, if you, your friends or family are looking to buy or sell real estate, please keep me in mind.
Platinum Team
Ph: (780) 271-8326
Email: Sales@PlatinumTeam.ca
Web: www.PlatinumTeam.ca
Remembrance Day (Nov 11)
Beverly Memorial Cenotaph in Edmonton invites you to join them for a Remembrance Day service Monday, November 11 from 10:30 to 11:30 am. 4001 118 Ave NW, Edmonton. For more Remembrance Day events in Edmonton this year, please visit edmonton.ca where you’ll find a Calendar of Events.

Farmfair International (Nov 6 – 10)
Visit one of Canada’s top agricultural show at Edmonton EXPO Centre this month.
The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival (Nov 8 – 9)
Pair the best wines, beers, and spirits with delectable local dishes at this year’s Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival.
Avenue Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 (Nov 12 @ 5:15 pm – 9:00 pm)
Join an evening of networking and entertainment with the Edmonton’s most exceptional emerging community and corporate leaders.
All is Bright (Nov 16 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Celebrate the coming winter season by lighting up the 124 Street and enjoying the fun activities with family and friends.
The Festival of Trees (Nov 28 – Dec 1)
The University Hospital Foundation is again kicking off the holiday season with Edmonton’s signature Festival of Trees for 35th time this year.

Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace.
– Veterans Affairs Canada

More than 2.3 million Canadians have served our country in World War I (1914 to 1918), World War II (1939 to 1845), the Korean War (1950 to 1953) and other wars and conflicts.

More than 118,000 Canadians have died serving Canada and helping to protect the values of our country and the free world.

Please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website at veterans.gc.ca for an educational backgrounder on Remembrance Day. It includes the following statement:

“The Canadians who went off to war in distant lands went in the belief that the values and beliefs enjoyed by Canadians were being threatened. They truly believed that "without freedom there can be no ensuring peace and without peace no enduring freedom."

Spring

When you think luxury property, what comes to mind?

Are we talking mega mansion with panoramic views and rooftop patio with helicopter pad?

How about a sprawling home gym that more closely resembles a private superspa? What’s that? A superspa usually takes up an entire floor and can come complete with your own team of personal trainers and a movable climbing wall. It features every type of exercise equipment plus wet, dry and infrared saunas, lap pools, massage rooms and meditation gardens. Everything in a superspa is run by smart technology.

Luxury homes with features like this are real. They’re sometimes sold with on-call staff to help run them and these days the list of features is limited only by our imaginations. Luxury homes around the world now run into the hundreds of millions of dollars and often come “fully loaded” with the following:

  • IMAX home theatres
  • Superspa home gyms
  • Fleets of supercars and other premium vehicles
  • Showroom-style, glass-walled, multi-level, multi-car garages
  • Indoor/outdoor infinity pools with waterfalls and waterslides
  • Boutique-style walk-in closets that double as fashion party venues
  • Every type of specialty bar (from Irish Pub to Health Bar)
  • Park-like landscaping with high-end outdoor sound systems and lighting
  • Outdoor kitchens (with seasonal covers) featuring world class grilling equipment
  • Pool halls with arcades and DJ booths
  • State-of-the-art smart home operating and security systems
  • Top-of-the-line weather-proof doors and windows with adjustable tints
  • Elevators with panoramic views

Luxury real estate is about making – or borrowing – enough cash to surround yourself in a high style, spare-no-expense new construction (or renovation) that is the absolute expression of what you love most in this world: Architecture, automobiles, sports, fashion, interior design, art, entertainment… you name it!

In Edmonton, luxury real estate often means historical as well as modern mansions on expansive properties with views of the downtown city skyline, the North Saskatchewan River or the river valley’s parkland, which, stretching for 25 km is the longest area of connected parks in North America.

The luxury category here (depending on who you ask, of course) starts at approximately $1 Million. Some of the highest-priced real estate to be found in Edmonton is in the neighbourhoods of Westridge (average active listing price of $3,650,000); Wedgewood Heights ($3,465,580); Brander Gardens ($3,429,333); Richford ($3,250,000) and Windsor Park ($2,301,273).

One of the properties in the luxury price range that’s currently on the market is an $8.5 Million property described in its listing as a “classic English brick Manor” on a .79 acre ravine lot in Westbrook Estates. It’s 19,500 square feet (14,025 above grade; 5,478 walk-out basement), custom-designed and surrounded by nature. It features an indoor pool and hot tub, chef-inspired kitchen, formal living, dining and family room, butler's pantry, crown mouldings, imported tiles, an exceptional upper floor master retreat, large additional “luxury suite” bedrooms, an elevator, media room, fully equipped bar, rec room, wine room, upgraded mechanical and security systems.

Also popular in Edmonton at the moment, as far as luxury features go:

  • Soaring ceilings and state-of-the-art skylights
  • Beautiful, open (and sometimes flexible) floorplans
  • Massive, high-end windows with stunning views and smart tint control
  • All architectural styles
  • The finest materials, such as (Italian) Carrara marble
  • Environmentally-conscious monitoring systems

Here’s a sample luxury mortgage calculation for your monthly payment:

 

 

 

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 Dear Friends,

I hope you are enjoying the changing colours of the leaves and the approaching cooler temperatures — and all the fall festivities that come with switch of seasons.

Just because the temperatures are dropping doesn’t mean you should give up your garden quite yet. Read on to find out the best types of houseplants to grow this fall.

The season can be a great time to buy and sell property as well, but requires a different strategy — use fall festivities like Halloween and Thanksgiving to your advantage to sell your house faster. Also, check out our photo gallery for cozy autumn garden planters that can further enhance your curb appeal.

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 – many of them are free!

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

Please don’t hesitate to reach out, I am delighted to help you or your friends.
Platinum Team
Ph: (780) 271-8326
Email: Sales@PlatinumTeam.ca
Web: www.PlatinumTeam.ca
Art & Design Technicians and Staff Exhibition (until Oct. 26)
An exhibition that showcases a wide range of work in the fine arts.
250 Years of Alexander von Humboldt (Oct. 10)
A free event, with a film screening and lecture with Dr. Sandra Rebok, about the legacy of Alexander von Humboldt.
Edible and Medicinal Gardening (Oct. 12)
A lecture all about the traditional knowledge and practices of garden plants and products.
Edmonton Comedy Festival (Oct. 16 – 19)
Get ready for four days of funny at different locations throughout the city.
Fight Night (Oct. 17 – 27)
An interactive production that looks at how people make decisions.
Litfest (Oct. 17 – 27)
This literary festival brings books to life in a way that even those who don’t love to read will enjoy.
TELUS: MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes (Oct. 18)
Celebrate your favourite Marvel Super Heroes on this one-night exhibition.
Jasper Dark Skies Festival (Oct. 25 and Oct. 26)
Experience the most memorable star gazing event along the shores of Lake Annette with your friends and family.
Alberta Ballet’s Frankenstein (Oct. 31)
A state-of-the art world premiere of a classic, just in time for Halloween.

Just because the water is getting cooler doesn’t mean it’s time to hang up your gardening gloves just yet — fall can be a great time to focus on indoor plants.

Unlike an outdoor garden, houseplants can survive even the bleakest of seasons to continue lighting up a room and, in some cases, providing food to harvest all throughout the year.

These are some of the best ones to plant now.

Tillansia
These are also known as “air plants” because of how easy they are to maintain. They sustain themselves off the moisture in the air and require no soil to grow. They come in hundreds of different forms to add a splash of life to a room.

Spider plant
This pretty little potted plant spills over with long, lush foliage but requires little work to keep alive. It thrives in low to bright indirect light, making it perfect for an indoor setting.

Chives
This edible plant can be grown in almost any condition. Harvest them at the base and add them to a dish.

Zebra plant
This is one of the easiest succulents to grow because it requires low light, minimum water and can be happy in either open spaces like a living room or smaller rooms like a bathroom.

Mint
This perfect leaves can be added to teas, desserts or simply sucked on – a special treat, grown right in your living room.

Dragon Tree Dracena
A colourful tree that’s easy to maintain but can grow to a healthy size, adding vibrancy to a room while purifying the air.

Bay Laurel
Also known as the bay leaf, this is a herb that’s often called for in pastas, chillies and stews. Why buy it when you can grow it right at home?

Spring

With the advent of fall comes a lot of festivities from Thanksgiving to Halloween. All those decorations and celebrations can make it the perfect time to sell a home with that in mind.

Don’t simply let the season wash over you — use it to your advantage. The fall can be a hot season to sell, after families have returned from summer vacations and kids have settled in school but before the rush of Christmas.

For example, there are several fall decorating strategies that can help sell a home faster. Pull out the throw blankets on the couch, light some spiced candles and create that warm, cozy feeling in your place. It’s exactly that type of décor and staging that can set the scene for a very happy sale. 

At the same time, check basic maintenance requirements like furnace filters so when you turn on the heat, the air remains fresh-smelling. Also wash the windows, both on the inside and outside, to get the grime of summer off before any buyers’ peer out.

Don’t forget about the outside of your house as well — many people make up their minds based on first appearances, after all. While it may seem appealing to jump on the bandwagon of spider webs and broomsticks when Halloween rolls around, resist the urge.

Instead, focus on some tasteful gardening. First, deal with the basics: weeding, trimming the lawn and raking the leaves. Then, change out summer floral arrangements for some fall plants that bring in splashes of oranges, yellows and reds.

Add a swinging chair with some pillows and a blanket on the porch, for example, to tempt would-be buyers with the taste of relaxing to come. All this combines to create great autumn curb appeal.

 

 

 

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 Dear Friends,

With summer winding down and regular routines starting back up, it’s time to start thinking about the more serious sides of things.

Most people are on top of their car insurance and life insurance, but do you have coverage for all your personal possessions if something catastrophic should happen? We have more information on contents insurance and how to better protect yourself.

With the kids back in school, this also means making sure they wake on time. Our photo gallery features the trendiest alarm clocks that you can buy from traditional to chic and modern.

On a more fun side, we have plenty of information about how to enjoy the coming month. Check out the list of events happening around the city this month for inspiration.

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.
Platinum Team
Ph: (780) 271-8326
Email: Sales@PlatinumTeam.ca
Web: www.PlatinumTeam.ca
SONiC Field Day (Sept. 7 – 8)
An alternative rock festival featuring many modern rock heavy hitters, including Said The Whale.
Walk a Mile in her Shoes (Sept. 11)
A fundraising walk against domestic violence that raised over $1 million in ten years.
Kaleido Family Arts Festival (Sept. 13 – 15)
An open arts festival for the family with everything from theatre to rooftop performances.
Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo (Sept. 20 – 22)
The city’s biggest pop culture convention, celebrating all things sci-fi.
Mosquers Film Festival (Sept. 21)
A film festival that focuses on the Muslim experience.
Harvest Fair (Sept. 21)
A fun day of old-fashion farm games and competitions.
Edmonton International Film Festival (Sept. 26 – Oct. 5)
Enjoy more than a week of independent and eye-opening films from around the world.

Everyone is familiar with the idea of car insurance, life insurance and house insurance — but what about protecting the personal items you own?

If you think about it and tally up the total of all the material things you have in your house, gathered over the years, it can easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

That’s where content insurance comes in. It can usually be included as part of a package with house insurance, but it’s important to specify what the policy actually covers and with what stipulations.

Contents insurance covers everything from the major appliances like the fridge or washing machine, clothing, sports gear, jewellery, and artwork. Essentially, it covers all of your personal property.

Like all insurance policies, a lot of the cost comes from how much value is covered and the deductible that is set for a pay out.

Ideally, the policy should be “all-risk”, which means that the items are covered in all circumstances except for exceptions specified beforehand — so if a flood, fire, burglary, or anything else happens, the belongings are covered by insurance. Oftentimes, even items stolen out of a car would be covered by the policy.

The other option, the “named perils” policy is usually not as comprehensive but can be cheaper. Just make sure to think about all the situations where you might lose your possessions and make sure you’ve got all bases covered.

So who should get contents insurance? Essentially, everyone.

As homeowners, contents insurance is usually tied in with house insurance policies and, for an extra few hundred dollars a year, a huge amount of liability is lifted. 

Renters can also get contents insurance, which is often sold as a stand-alone policy.

Keep in mind that contents insurance often only covers the person named on the policy and their immediate family they live with – so if you are renting out a room to a friend, for example, they might not be covered.

Guests, on the other hand, typically are covered as long as their stay is within a certain time limit.

So where can you buy contents insurance from? Any third-party insurance agency, like BCAA, or Westland, or Square One, offer different forms of it, and some banks like TD or RBC, also offer competitive deals.

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 Dear Friends,

I hope the summer is treating you well and you are enjoying the sunshine. 

As the fall creeps up, it’s the time that people start thinking about home renovations and improvements – whether it’s to create a more spacious bathroom or to upgrade the kitchen. Whatever the case, I have some suggestions on how to best prep for a major project from the planning stage to stress management.

Before the work gets underway and the summer is over, check out some of the fun (and often free!) events happening around the city – I have a list of suggestions included.

And because its back to school month, make your kids’ homework space fun and exciting by simply adding any of these cool desk lamp ideas in the photo gallery section.

If you, or someone who know needs help selling or buying property, please feel free to reach out. It would be my pleasure to assist you.
Platinum Team
Ph: (780) 271-8326
Email: Sales@PlatinumTeam.ca
Web: www.PlatinumTeam.ca
Edmonton Folk Music Festival (Aug. 8 – 11)
Four days of lovely music and food in a stellar setting.
Animethon 26 (Aug. 9 – 11)
A threeday festival for fans of anime, gaming and Japanese pop culture.
Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival (Aug. 9 – 11)
This festival offers a glimpse into the culture of the Caribbean.
Feast on the Field (Aug. 14)
A long-table event featuring a true Albertan feast.
Edmonton Fringe Festival (Aug. 15 – 25)
There’s no festival quite like the theatrics on show at the Fringe.
Edmonton Rock Music Festival (Aug. 16 – 17)
A weekend of music and a live party.
International Cat Show (Aug. 24 – 25)
Similar to a dog show, except the cats don’t need to be purebred to compete.

Planning for a home renovation is like any big project — the idea is exciting, but getting it done can be stressful.

When it comes to improving parts of your home, from the kitchen to the bathroom, and everything in between, there are several steps you can take to ease the process, saving both time and money. 

1. Figure out the scope of your project.
What exactly do you want to accomplish and what’s your budget? If it’s a huge undertaking and more money than you have on hand in cash, look into applying for a home equity loan or reverse mortgage.

When creating your budget, be mindful of the full set of costs: labour, materials and equipment. If you’re painting a room, for example, don’t forget to take stock of any brushes and buckets you’ll need to buy on top of the paint.

2. Decide whether it’s possible to live at home while you execute your renovation.
Renovations can be a dusty, noisy, and inconvenient business. If necessary, stay with family or friends — or, if someone else is doing the work, this might be a good time to go away on holiday.

If you do choose to stay at home while the renovations are underway, make sure to have a plan in place for children and pets. Both are curious by nature and it’s important to set up the necessary safety protections ahead of time to keep them safe. Also, keep in mind where you will sleep and cook while the work is being completed.

3. Hire the right people.
To avoid delays, make sure to be in close contact with the right people from the start and get a written record of all requests and expected deadlines. Be decisive in your decisions, and make sure to select whatever materials and products you need well enough in advance to avoid backlogs.

Also, be realistic about what parts of the project are do-it-yourself. This is where many people overestimate their abilities and end up taking on more than they can chew. Certain tasks like painting, cabinets, and other small fixtures are easily done but things like plumbing or electrical work should be left to professionals, unless you have a very strong background in it.

4. Prepare yourself mentally.
It’s okay to feel stressed during a home renovation but knowing that you’ve readied everything as much as possible will help ease some of the burden. Stick to your plan but try to be flexible if anything unexpected happens like delays. At the end, you’ll have a beautifully remodelled home.

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 Dear Friends,

First off, happy Canada Day! I hope your celebrations of our nation are as wonderful as the rest of your summer plans.

Summer is the time of fun with friends and leisurely afternoons in the sun. For some children though, screens can be more appealing that sunshine.

We have a list of suggestions and do-it-yourself backyard games so next you hear the word ‘I’m bored.’ There’ll be no excuses for not getting outside and being active!

Our photo gallery features outdoor lighting ideas that will transform your deck or patio into a relaxing space this summer.

If you are hunting for something fun to do with your family, look no further than our list of the hottest, most fun events happening around the city.

As always, I enjoy providing you with both the information and the support you need to make the right decisions.

If you, your friends or family are looking to buy or sell real estate, I am delighted to help.
Happy Easter
Platinum Team
Ph: (780) 271-8326
Email: Sales@PlatinumTeam.ca
Web: www.PlatinumTeam.ca
Khalid (July 4)
Global super star Khalid, known for his music, is making an appearance in Edmonton.
The Mac and Cheese Festival (July 5 – 7)
A celebration of the gooey classic favourite.
Edmonton International Street Performers Festival (July 5 – 14)
A whirlwind of acts, from dances to mimes, hits the streets.
Dog City Festival (July 13)
A new event that brings together dogs — and tries to break the world record for the biggest dog yoga class ever.
Taste of Edmonton (July 18 – 28)
Western Canada’s largest food festival that lasts for nearly two weeks.
K-Days (July 19 – 28)
An extravaganza of rides, games, music, food and adventure that kids and adults alike will love.
Interstellar Rodeo (July 26 – 28)
A must-see music festival that’s unique in more than one way.

The warm summer weather and sunshine should be enough to entice most kids out of the house but sometimes, staring at screens for hours at a time can be all too tempting.

The easiest way to get kids active and moving around outside is to simply make it fun. So the next time they complain about being bored, suggest some of these activities instead.

1. Run a lemonade stand
This is a classic summer pastime for children of all ages. Let the kids figure out pricing, marketing and sales — not only will selling lemonade (and whatever snacks on the side, like cookies or brownies) earn them some spending money this summer, it’ll also teach valuable lessons.

2. Make a giant board game with chalk
Whether it’s hopscotch or Twister, pull out the chalk sticks and get creative. Invite a few neighbourhood kids over for double the fun.

3. Visit the public library
Even for kids who aren’t bookworms, there is likely something to pique their interest at the local library. Oftentimes, they run all kinds of classes and workshops for kids from finger painting to meet-and-greats with authors.

4. Make ice cream or popsicles
Even the youngest of children can follow a simple recipe of freezing popsicle mixtures — and, for the older or braver, turn to ice cream bowls and a bit of elbow grease to make some deliciously cold treats.

5. Look into summer camps
If you’re stuck working and can’t take time off, summer camps can be a great way to keep kids out of trouble and engaged. There is a camp for almost every interest, from adventure to science to cooking to coding — the options are endless.

6. Go camping — in your backyard
There’s no need to go very far for a camping adventure. Just pitch a tent in the back garden, make some s’mores over a fire (or the BBQ) and stargaze from just metres from the safety of home.

7. Have a water balloon fight
When the water restrictions come into effect and sprinklers are turned off, it’s not the end of water fun. Fill up some balloons and cool off by tossing them around.

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Dear Friends,

Summer is solidly here, and I hope you are enjoying the season with friends and family.

It’s the time of quick getaways, reunions with loved ones, and a chance to explore the path...
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Dear Friends,

I hope the somewhat wet start to spring hasn’t gotten you too down but don’t worry, there are sunny days ahead!

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Dear Friends,

Spring has sprung with some record-breaking hot spikes so far this season.

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Dear Friends,

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Dear Friends,

It’s not quite spring but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start spring cleaning and decluttering.
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Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

We hope you all have enjoyed the New Year’s Eve celebrations partying hard, watching fireworks, or
snuggling up with loved ones in the comfort of your home.

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 Dear Friends,

Fall is firmly planting itself around us with an abundance of bright colours and warm tastes of spices. Take a moment to soak in the lingering splashes of sunshine before the cooler weather settles in.

Housing, like the weather and other things that affect our daily lives is a constant conversation topic.

One issue in particular that’s coming up a lot lately is secondary suites, as municipal governments introduce legislation to encourage and facilitate the building of suites like basement units and laneway houses.

This means that now is the perfect time to look into a rental investment like this. We’ve laid out some of the reasons and guidelines about secondary suites, for your information.

On a more light-hearted note, if you are looking for something fun to do this month, we have put together a list of events happening around the city for your enjoyment. Also, check our photo gallery for mantle décor ideas this fall season.

As always, I enjoy providing you with both the information and the support you need to make the right decisions.

If you, your friends or family are looking to buy or sell real estate, I am delighted to help.
Platinum Team
Ph: (780) 271-8326
Email: Sales@PlatinumTeam.ca
Web: www.PlatinumTeam.ca
Dinosaurs Unearthed: Down to the Bone (Oct. 10 – Nov. 4)
The Telus World of Science has an exhibition about dinosaurs, spectacular prehistoric scenes, intriguing fossils, and more.
10 Year Anniversary of Women in Science, Engineering & Research (Oct. 11)
A University of Alberta event that celebrates women working in STEM.
LitFest (Oct. 11 – 21)
Canada's only nonfiction literary festival that focuses on topics from climate change to politics to social issues.
360° Night: Edmonton Short Film Festival (Oct. 12)
An evening of 360°-virtual reality film screenings, part of the Edmonton Short Film Festival.
New North Collective (Oct. 12)
A group of artists and spoken word performers from the Yukon and Northwest Territories that explores ideas from the north and shares them with the rest of the country.
St. Andrew's Quilt Sale (Oct. 13)
An annual event, running for the 15th year, selling one of the largest collections of quilts and other blankets in the city.
DARK (Oct. 18 – 27)
Get ready for an adrenaline kick and to be immersed in a state of terror at this haunting event at Fort Edmonton Park.
Creative solutions for accommodation are always popular — and who’s not on the lookout for a good property investment. One of the most attractive options right now are secondary suites because of the flexibility they present.

Secondary suites are self-contained units that are detached from the main residency — such as a backyard unit, a laneway house, a basement suite or an above-garage unit.

Secondary suites are gaining acceptance across the country and laws are slowly catching up to reflect this new reality.

In Edmonton, for example, there are about 3,500 registered secondary suites this year. The city is expecting 1,600 more in the coming years.

Now is an opportune moment to jump on the bandwagon of building rental suites.

Councils in cities across Canada from Calgary to Edmonton to Vancouver are paving the way to encourage landlords to pursue this option.

Back in August 20, 2018, the Edmonton approved the amendments of the zoning laws to expand secondary suite opportunities in semi-detached, duplex, and row type houses. The requirements on the minimum lot size and location on where you can build your secondary suite have been relaxed.

If this is a direction you decide to head in, keep in mind certain safety measures to protect life and property.

For example, the unit has to have an interconnected smoke alarm, adequate fire separation with proper ceiling height and window sizes, and at least one emergency exit that leads directly outside.

In order for a suite to be legal, there are several steps that must be taken. There is the application process, permits, construction and inspections, and the final building inspection. For more info, you can download the city’s secondary suite guide here.

All this means that NOW is the perfect moment to look into legalizing a secondary suite. It’s not a difficult or complicated process but there are several steps and the sooner you act, the sooner you can reap the benefits of a rental investment.

Acknowledgments

We want to send a special thank you to the following amazing clients for their recent referrals. Our business depends on it and it's very much appreciated.

Thank you,
Crystal and Kelly Stiles, Danielle Snider

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Leo Orellana | TD Canada Trust
Manager, Mobile Mortgage Specialist
Phone: 780-218-1158
Leo.Orellana@td.com

 
 
 
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 Dear Friends,

Summer is coming to a close rapidly but don’t despair yet — there are still lots of fun, seasonal activities to do from apple fairs to sunflower festivals.

Check out our list of events around the city for inspiration of what to do with your free time.

Talking about freeing up time, what about freeing up space?

A house can feel so much bigger when things are stored properly and everything has its place. We’ve come up with some creative ideas for storage, no matter what kind of size you are working with or what room in your place you want to clean up.

Sprucing up storage can help whether you are just preparing for the winter or looking to sell.

If you are looking to sell, or buy, please keep me in mind. I am happy to answer any questions and look forward to guiding you on a housing search.

No matter what your needs are, I have you covered.
Platinum Team
Ph: (780) 271-8326
Email: Sales@PlatinumTeam.ca
Web: www.PlatinumTeam.ca
Parkinson SuperWalk (Sep. 8)
A nation-wide fundraiser in support of Canadians living with Parkinson's.
Johnson MS Mountain Bike (Sep. 8 – 9)
An adrenaline-packed weekend with hundreds of bikers showing up for a 90 kilometre mountain-view ride.
Public Art Picnic (Sep. 9)
Enjoy some of Edmonton's public art at a picnic that welcomes all ages.
Kaleido Family Arts Festival (Sep. 14 – 16)
A fun, free event of creative exploration and street performances.
Edmonton Expo (Sep. 21 – 23)
A three-day pop-culture convention for comic fans.
Tibetan Bazaar (Sep. 22 – 23)
A celebration of the Tibetan culture, unique in Alberta, which includes a Himalayan market with food and gifts.
Edmonton International Film Festival (Sep. 27 – Oct. 6)
A buffet of films from around the world, showcasing some of the best cinematic works.
No matter how large your home, extra storage space is always a blessing.

Sometimes, it’s just as simple as adding some cabinets but other times, solutions need to be a bit more creative.

Here are some ideas to spruce up your storage space this fall:

Entrance way
Storage chests act as a tasteful piece of furniture where you can place flowers or other decorative items while still hiding away bulky items.

Mudroom benches serve the double purpose of providing a space to sit as you pull on your shoes and also a place to dump scarves, mitts, hats and other items of easily tossed off clothing.

Coat racks are a must — they make all the difference when it comes to walking in the door and immediately have a place to put your jacket — and take up relatively squared foot space.

Living room
A storage ottoman looks like a centre table but, in reality, has plenty of space under the lid. It can act as anything from a coffee table to foot rest, depending on your needs.

Hang your television up on the wall so that, when it’s not being used, it can be hidden away behind closing doors alongside all the television knickknacks like the remote, DVDs and wires.

Bedroom
Use a storage bed where you can artfully stack boxes or tuck away drawers underneath the bedframe.

Kitchen
Lay your bottles out in a counter top wine rack that stacks the bottles up neatly, one on top of the other, so save up space that otherwise would be wasted. A great way to keep your collection of wine tidy!

On the wall pot hangers are the best way to get your pots and pans out of a tangled mess in the cupboard and somewhere easily accessible.

Office
Create storage cubbies at your desk with layers of shelving where you can tuck papers, receipts, pens and other office supplies.

Acknowledgments

We want to send a special thank you to the following amazing clients for their recent referrals. Our business depends on it and it's very much appreciated.

-Thank you, Jason and Trish Kopan, Sokun Hin!

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Pierre Juaire Papineau 
Certified Professional Inspector / Owner
780-716-0752
pierre@overviewpropertyinspection.ca
www.overviewpropertyinspection.ca

 
 
 
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