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I have listed a new property at 160 25100 Township Road 554 in Rural Sturgeon County.
ARE YOU READY TO ENJOY THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE? COUNTRY LIVING WITH ALL OF THE BENEFITS OF BEING IN THE CITY? At over 2,938SqFt of living space this LUXURIOUS home is virtually brand new & makes for the PERFECT SANCTUARY! Enjoy a morning coffee on the HUGE DECK that overlooks the TREE LINED YARD & evenings sipping a glass of wine as you host guests in the lower level w/a stylish WET BAR. Wide plank hardwood flooring leads you through to the DREAM KITCHEN W/ granite counters, UPGRADED APPLIANCES-GAS RANGE, an island w/EATING BAR overlooking the open concept living rm & COZY GAS FIREPLACE. KING-SIZED MASTER RETREAT has a SPA-LIKE ENSUITE w/a GORGEOUS STAND ALONE CLAW FOOT TUB, his & hers sinks & in-floor heating. Another good size bedroom & 4 pc bath complete the main floor. Lower level has an exceptional layout with a huge REC ROOM, in floor heating, 2 more good sized bdrms & full bath. Triple car garage is the perfect compliment to this home w/a floor drain, in floor heating, built-in cabinetry & sink
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I have listed a new property at 25 11008 124 ST in Edmonton.
GORGEOUS UPDATED 2 BDRM condo with IN-SUITE LAUNDRY in a well-maintained building only steps to all of downtown’s amenities! Easy access to MACEWAN, NAIT & U of A. With HARDWOOD FLOORS this condo is STYLISH, BRIGHT & PERFECTLY TURN KEY! A well-equipped kitchen has PLENTY OF CABINETS, AMPLE COUNTER SPACE, a dishwasher & microwave. Host fabulous dinners IN THE DINING AREA & relax in the SPACIOUS LIVING AREA. The open concept layout is functional & contemporary! French doors open up to a bedroom or flex space & a KING-SIZE MASTER SUITE features luxurious CORK FLOORING with a MODERN 4 PCE BATHROOM nearby. ENJOY SITTING OUTSIDE on your LARGE BALCONY overlooking the treelined street w/ space for a BBQ & more. EXTRA STORAGE ROOM, POWERED PARKING STALL & plenty of free street parking make this an AMAZING PROPERTY TO CALL HOME! You will absolutely love this location – in the heart of the trendy 124th District with the Brewery District only a short walk away! Perfect for students, investors or first-time buyers.
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I have listed a new property at 80 Blossom LANE in Boyle.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A PRISTINE & PEACEFUL LAKE FRONT SANCTUARY? You are guaranteed to fall in love with this INCREDIBLE 4 Bdrm 2.5 Bath LAKEHOUSE that is situated in one of the best spots on the lake. Step inside & be instantly impressed! The open concept living area will WOW you with the perfect mix of contemporary design and charming rustic touches. Cook delicious meals in the kitchen that offers an abundance of counterspace & a huge island w/ eating bar. Entertain your guests in the great rm w/soaring vaulted ceilings & regal stone surrounded fireplace while everyone enjoys the lake views offered from the floor to ceiling windows. You will love sipping on your morning coffee or evening wine on the spacious wrap around deck that has space for all of your guests. 2 MASTER SUITES with ensuites & views, a 2 pce bath & large family room w/craft/hobby nook. In the loft are 2 more good size bedrooms with great views. The OVERSIZED garage with HUGE 1-of-a-kind workshop is the perfect compliment to this home!
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I have listed a new property at 15003 133 ST in Edmonton.
STOP NOW! YOU HAVE FOUND THE PERFECT FAMILY HOME located with tons of parks & schools close by! This bi-level has 3 BDRMS & 2 FULL BATHS, TOTAL living space of 1,509 SqFt, has been METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED & COMPLETELY UPGRADED. The VAULTED CEILINGS, huge windows, open concept main floor & GORGEOUS NEW FLOORS gives this house a feeling of grandeur! The EXCEPTIONALLY APPOINTED KITCHEN has been PROFESSIONALLY UPDATED with EXOTIC NAICA GRANITE countertops, custom cabinetry, HIGH-END APPLIANCES, undercabinet lights & cabinet organizers/lazy susans! This FANTASTIC FAMILY HOME includes, fresh paint, new lighting, CENTRAL A/C & a fully developed basement boasting large windows, a DEN area, REC ROOM, 3 PCE BATH & BDRM! The FULLY FENCED BACKYARD is STUNNING with a large wrap around MAINTENANCE FREE DECK, stylish landscaping & A GORGEOUS GAZEBO W/ HOTTUB! This home comes with a DOUBLE DETACHED GARAGE, RV PARKING or parking for 5 vehicles total! This home is 100% TURN KEY & it’s waiting for YOUR FAMILY TO MOVE IN!
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I have listed a new property at 10108 90 AVE in Morinville.
UPDATED & UPGRADED FAMILY HOME! HUGE LOT! TREE-LINED STREET! QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD! WELL MAINTAINED BI-LEVEL with 3 BDRMS plus 2 MORE ready for your final touch in the basement. You will love the UPDATES INCLUDING: KITCHEN, FLOORING, WINDOWS, backsplash, dishwasher, newer ROOF & FURNACE. Create delicious meals in a WELL-APPOINTED KITCHEN with plenty of cabinets/counter space! Kitchen is open to the SPACIOUS dining area & the living area is just steps away making this a great layout for entertaining your guests. REST WELL in the KING-SIZED MASTER BEDROOM. GOOD-SIZED 2nd & 3rd bedrooms & large 4 pce bath finish off the main level. The basement features a LARGE LAUNDRY AREA & plenty of storage, great allocation of space & awaits your final touches to accommodate 2 bdrms, bathroom, a rec room. Ample parking & an ENORMOUS & mostly FENCED YARD in a PRIME LOCATION w/close access to schools, parks, lakes, the upcoming rec centre & tons of amenities are all around. Don’t miss this one, it is sure to impress!!
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I have listed a new property at 8744 81 Ave in Edmonton.
LOOKING FOR EDMONTON’S HOTTEST NEW LISTING? Look no further! This highly anticipated home is now on the market but it WON’T LAST LONG! Not only does this home offer a PRIME LOCATION & a HIGH WALKABILITY SCORE in the desirable neighbourhood of King Edward Park but it is also COMPLETELY UPGRADED! HWT(2010), furnace(2011), roof(2018), triple pane windows, weeping tile(2010), doors, kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, plumbing, electrical panel, insulation, appliances & MORE! The EAT-IN KITCHEN has been nicely updated w/GRANITE COUNTERS, HIGH-END APPLIANCES, Stylish tile backsplash & plenty of cabinets/counter space. The SPACIOUS LIVING RM is steps to relax or entertain. Master bdrm features a large walk through closet that leads to a 3 pce ensuite. Upstairs is two more good-sized bdrms & another full bath. You will love spending time with your family in spacious rec room downstairs & don’t forget about the HUGE YARD w/deck & gas line to the BBQ & detached garage. VERY well updated & upgraded! Just move in & ENJOY!
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I have listed a new property at 6 Lorne CRES in St. Albert.
DON’T WAIT – THIS ONE ISN’T GOING TO LAST! 3,420 sq ft of living space + 10,000 SqFt Lot = A ONE OF A KIND OPPORTUNITY! FAMILY FRIENDLY & METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED! 3+1 BDRMS, 3.5 BATHS, HUGE DOUBLE ATTACHED HEATED GARAGE & AMAZING BACKYARD! The FAMILY-SIZED KITCHEN is nicely situated w/STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, plenty of cabinets/counter space, gas range & island/eating bar. The FORMAL DINING/LIVING RM is steps away to entertain your guests. You can relax in the family rm w/a cozy GAS F/P, wired speakers & windows overlooking the SERENE & SECLUDED BACKYARD. 2PCE BATH, LAUNDRY RM & office finish the main floor. KING-SIZED MASTER w/3PCE ENSUITE, 2 more bedrooms on the upper level along w/a spacious main bathroom. Fully developed lower levels have a rec rm, 4th bdrm, R/I wet bar, media/flex room & full bath! You will LOVE spending time in the MASSIVE SOUTH FACING YARD WITH BRAND NEW DECK & tons of trees for privacy! WALKING DISTANCE TO MANY SCHOOLS, SHOPPING, RESTUARANTS, PARKS, LAKES, TRAILS, & A DOG PARK!
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I have listed a new property at 39 Wentworth CRES in St. Albert.
DON’T WAIT – THIS ONE IS NOT GOING TO LAST! This 1684 SqFt bi-level has an EXCEPTIONAL LAYOUT & A ONE OF A KIND BACKYARD. 3 BDRMS, 3 FULL BATHS, BRAND NEW ROOF, DOUBLE ATTACHED GARAGE & well maintained throughout. Kitchen is nicely laid out w/plenty of cabinet/counter space, GAS STOVE, pantry, breakfast nook & sky light. The FORMAL DINING/LIVING RM are just steps away to entertain your guests or relax in the nearby family rm w/a cozy FIREPLACE. KING-SIZED MASTER w/3PCE ENSUITE, 2 more good-sized bdrms & another full bath. Patio doors lead to the SERENE BACKYARD that is the perfect SANCTUARY– the spacious deck overlooks the BEAUTIFUL & UNIQUE LANDSCAPING including a POND & FIREPIT. You will also LOVE the HEATED SUN ROOM! FULLY FINISHED basement has a WETBAR, LARGE REC ROOM, another full bath & plenty of storage space. You will fall in love with this location as the tree lined street has plenty of character & charm. Option for laundry upstairs or down! WALKING DISTANCE TO GREAT SCHOOLS, MANY PARKS & TRAILS!
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I have listed a new property at 30 Dalhousie ST in St. Albert.
You are guaranteed to FALL IN LOVE with this METICULOUSLY MAINTAINED & EXQUISETELY UPGRADED 2038 SqFt home on a MASSIVE LOT! 4+2 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, DOUBLE ATTACHED GARAGE & every family member can have some privacy w/a LIVING RM, FAMILY RM & REC RM! RECENTLY RENOVATED: kitchen, baths, appliances, windows/doors, flooring, paint & more! Vaulted ceilings, EXOTIC HARDWOOD floors & tons of natural light bring you through this home to the DREAM KITCHEN – STLYISH & SPACIOUS w/BRAND NEW CABINETS, tile backsplash, quartz countertops, upgraded appliances & a large island w/EATING BAR. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms, RENOVATED MAIN BATH & a KING-SIZED Master bdrm w/SPA-LIKE ENSUITE, jacuzzi tub & SEPARATE SHOWER. A HUGE BASEMENT is a great space w/2 more bdrms, full bath, rec rm & plenty of storage. Enjoy time with family & friends on the 2-TIERED DECK that overlooks the HUGE & INCREDIBLY MANICURED YARD w/NEW SIDEWALKS & FENCE, 4 types of fruit trees, 4 HOLE PUTTING GREEN, shed, trampoline, above ground pool & firepit.
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I have listed a new property at 205 340 Windermere BLVD in Edmonton.
AFFORDABLE LUXURY IN ONE OF EDMONTON’S MOST DESIRABLE NEIGHBOURHOODS! Located only a few steps to shopping, restaurants, trails, lakes, 3 mins to the Henday & easy access to public transit. Also nearby is the VIP Movie Theatre & Terwillegar Rec Centre! Perfect layout for a couple starting out or for roommates with 2 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS & 2 PARKING STALLS AVAILABLE! STYLISH WIDE PLANK FLOORING leads you from the entry way to the kitchen w/beautiful ESPRESSO CABINETS, plenty of counter space, upgraded refrigerator & LARGE PENINSULA ISLAND w/EATING BAR. Host your guests in the DINING AREA that overlooks the living room filled w/light from WEST FACING WINDOWS & patio doors to a SPACIOUS BALCONY that is perfect for enjoying summer BBQS (gas hookup). Master bdrm features a good-sized WALK-THRU CLOSET & 4 pce ensuite. 2nd bedroom & full bath is located on the other side of the unit making a great floor plan for room-mates. IN-SUITE LAUNDRY & TWO TITLED PARKING STALLS AVAILABLE to complete this WELL-APPOINTED HOME!
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I have listed a new property at 52 Lodgepole CRES in St. Albert.
FANTASTIC FAMILY HOME in a PRIME LOCATION! This home has been TASTEFULLY UPDATED throughout & features over 1,990 sq ft of livable space! 3+1 BDRMS, 2.5 BATHS & every family member can have some privacy w/a LIVING RM, FAMILY RM & a REC RM! YOU WILL ALSO LOVE THE RV PARKING! Recently EXTENSIVELY RENOVATED including the KITCHEN & ALL BATHS. You’re guaranteed to fall in LOVE w/the BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN that boasts TONS OF CUPBAORDS, space for 2 chefs, a pantry, computer nook & large eating bar. Kitchen is open to the dining area which creates a great FAMILY & ENTERTAINING atmosphere. The living room is bright, spacious & inviting w/large windows! Upstairs you will love the KING-SIZED MASTER bdrm w/2 PCE ensuite. AMPLE SIZED 2nd & 3rd bdrm & an UPDATED BATH complete this level. LOWER levels feature a family rm w/fireplace, rec room, ANOTHER FULL BATH, a 4th bedroom & TONS OF STORAGE. HUGE Backyard, 26x24 DETACHED GARAGE, mud room, recently painted & a NO carpet home! Walk to schools, dog parks, lakes & amenities!
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I have listed a new property at 4228 121 ST in Edmonton.
RARELY WILL YOU FIND AN OPPORTUNITY LIKE THIS! Professionally REMODELLED TO PERFECTION from top to bottom! 3+1 BEDROOMS, 2 GORGEOUS BATHS, OVER 2,100 SqFt of living space with a great floor plan & DESIGNER DÉCOR. The kitchen is outfitted with the finest materials & craftsmanship with tons of pot’n’pan drawers, lazy susan’s, QUARTZ COUNTERS, TOP-END APPLIANCES, HUGE PANTRY CABINET W/PULL OUTS & a large island. Beautiful WALNUT HARDWOOD floors throughout, a vaulted ceiling with OPEN BEAMS, a GAS F/P w/remote & floor to ceiling windows w/ CUSTOM BLINDS in the living rm. Refresh in a SPA LIKE 5 PCE bath, separate soaker tub & MASSIVE GLASS WALL SHOWER W/BUILT IN BENCH, his/hers sinks & even a FIREPLACE. Downstairs: 1 more bedroom, huge rec room, full bath & plenty of storage spaces. But wait…there’s more: Brizo fixtures throughout, A/C, SUMP PUMP/weeping tile, DOUBLE DETACHED GARAGE, upgraded electrical & a large/private SW facing yard. WINDOWS, ROOF, FURNACE, HWT & SIDING ARE ALL NEW. Don’t delay act today!
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I have listed a new property at 15 61 Lafleur DR NW in St. Albert.
ARE YOU READY TO ENJOY THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE? At over 2600 SqFt of living space this LUXURIOUS home is in IMPECCABLE CONDITION & makes for the PERFECT SANCTUARY! Enjoy a morning coffee on the HUGE DECK w/ LAKE VIEWS & evenings sipping a glass of wine as you host guests in the lower WALKOUT LEVEL with a stylish WET BAR, cozy gas fireplace & 2ND OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE! The EXQUISITE INDONESIAN HARDWOOD flrs throughout lead you to a DREAM KITCHEN w/GRANITE counters, UPGRADED APPLIANCES-GAS RANGE, pantry cabinet w/PULLOUTS & an island w/EATING BAR overlooking the open concept living rm & GAS FIREPLACE. A KING-SIZED MASTER has a palatial DRESSING RM w/CUSTOM ORGANIZERS & ENSUITE BATH. DEN/FLEX RM, powder rm, tons of storage closets & a LAUNDRY RM w/ storage cabinets completes the main flr. 2 MORE BDRMS, FULL BATH along w/plenty of storage areas in the basement & don’t forget about the A/C, DOUBLE ATTACHED GARAGE, CENTRAL VACUUM W/FLOOR SWEEP, BUILT-IN SPEAKERS THROUGHOUT & low fees! This home is a TRUE 10/10!
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If privacy or security issues are keeping you out of the backyard, it's time to make some changes. With a quality wood fence you can leave your worries behind and enjoy a private, safe area outside the patio door. An easy DIY project with big benefits, these three important tips from the pros will guide you through how to build a wood fence.


1) Location Is Key

Always start by finding your lot lines, even if the fence is not on them. That information can be found on your survey, which is often supplied with the paperwork you received when you bought the house.


You need to decide whether the fence will be squarely on your property (a full 2 to 4 inches within the lines) or whether splitting costs and responsibilities with the neighbor will allow you to install it directly on the border between you. Discuss this important aspect with your neighbors well ahead of time. If that's not possible, opt to be safe and install the fence on your own property, thereby making it completely yours.


Another essential step is to find the location of any underground utility lines in your yard. This can often be done by calling a local Before You Dig hotline that will put you in touch with or gather information from local utilities. Phone, cable, natural gas and hydro all need to be contacted and that information should be on hand when the posts are dug.


Check out this link for tips from the City on building a fence 

https://www.edmonton.ca/documents/PDF/Fence_Brochure.pdf



2) Digging Posts Can Be Tough

Depending on the soil conditions in your area, drilling the post holes can become a lengthy process. Rent an auger if possible and have a few friends help you out. Use that survey to mark the post locations with paint or stakes ahead of time. Make sure the line is as straight as you can get it and plan to hand dig any posthole that falls within 3 feet of a buried utility line.


Dig all of the holes and clean them out. You'll need to find a place to dump the dirt, but it's a good idea to wait until after the posts are set to do that.


Go slowly and remove any large rocks as you move along. Stop the auger when it begins to slip or jam. You'll end up breaking auger teeth and even the entire bit if you push the machine too far through hostile ground.Place 4x4's or 6x6's in the holes and pour cement around the wood, filling the hole nearly full. Now look for that soil you left piled nearby. A thin layer of soil on top of the cement will allow the grass to grow right up to your posts.


3) Think About the Top and Bottom Of the Fence

After you have installed your 2x4 stringers between the posts and checked them with a level, it's time to install the fence boards. Decide whether you want the top of your fence to be level as well. Sometimes it's more important that there be no gap in the bottom of the fence. You can have both if you buy long enough fence boards and do a lot of trimming, but most DIY fence builders choose one or the other.


For a level top, you'll likely need to trim the boards at the bottom as the grade slopes. Or alternatively you can install the fence boards in full lengths and when the section is complete, snap a chalk line and zip the tips of them off to form an even line. If you want the bottom closed off completely, simply set the boards against the ground and nail into the 2x4's. The top of the fence may be uneven, but can then be trimmed if the height allows it. With a little planning ahead you can ensure the finished fence looks more professional and fulfills what you need it to.


The pros have plenty of other tips on how to build a wood fence. Wood quality, fastener options and lattice or scalloped toppers are just a few different areas to cover. These three handy tips will get you started though, well on your way to building a wood fence to be proud of.


Posted by: TrustedPros 

https://trustedpros.ca/articles/fences/3-trusty-tips-on-how-to-build-a-wood-fence

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I have listed a new property at 11450 123 ST in Edmonton.
READY TO BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME? This lot is already fully serviced ($25,000 in value) and 100% ready to build your DREAM HOME on. The lot price includes demolition and removal of house, leveled and cleared land and utilities installed. The beautiful design of a skinny house (2 storey, 1,983 sf) has been completed and the new construction can start anytime now. Seller is also a reputable builder and can help you take your plans and dreams to the next level! Easy access to one of the hottest infill areas in the city, don't miss your chance to be part of the redevelopment of this great community! Located close to schools, shopping, parks, downtown and walking distance to the trendy 124th street area. DON'T DELAY!
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I have listed a new property at 11446 123 ST in Edmonton.
DESIGN meets ELEGANCE in this totally refined 1983 SqFt 2 Storey infill. Walk through the door of this LUXURIOUS home & you will see the difference that you’ve been looking for w/attention given to EVERY DETAIL in the design. The foyer passes you by a den/bdrm/flex room & onto the open concept great rm with FEATURE FIREPLACE wall. Warm flooring draws you through into the MASSIVE kitchen w/a HUGE ISLAND, eating bar, gorgeous counters throughout w/pantry cabinets finishes this space. 2 PCE powder rm, a glass wall & tons of windows complete the main flr. Upstairs is a BONUS ROOM, laundry area, 2 AMPLE SIZED BEDROOMS that both have WALK-IN CLOSETS, a family-sized main bath & be impressed with the KING-SIZED Master suite with a huge CUSTOMIZED walk-in closet & palatial, SPA-LIKE 5 PCE ensuite w/a separate soaker tub! Basement is READY FOR YOUR TOUCH & can accommodate all of your DREAM IDEAS. This home will be 100% turnkey, DOUBLE DETACHED GARAGE, LARGE DECK, HIGH END FINISHINGS & A GREAT LOCATION! DON’T DELAY!
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I have listed a new property at 45 Norris CRES in St. Albert.
TRENDY & MODERN MEETS FAMILY FRIENDLY! This home has EVERYTHING YOU COULD WISH FOR:1632SqFt 2 storey perfectly situated in the DESIRABLE COMMUNITY of North Ridge, 3+1 BDRMS, 2.5 BATHS, HUGE BONUS ROOM, FINISHED BSMT & DESIGNER DECOR. GORGEOUS KITCHEN w/PLENTY OF CABINETS, large pantry, UPGRADED STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, CONVECTION RANGE OVEN & LARGE ISLAND. Family-sized dining area, SPACIOUS LIVING RM, GAS FIREPLACE, 2 PCE powder rm complete the main floor. You are guaranteed to FALL IN LOVE w/ the BONUS ROOM that features plenty of natural light & vaulted ceilings. KING-SIZED MASTER features a 4pce ENSUITE & WALK-IN CLOSET. Also upstairs is 2 more good size bdrms, 4 pce bath & DREAM LAUNDRY ROOM. The bsmt boasts a REC ROOM w/ high ceilings, 4th bedroom, rough in for bath & all the STORAGE SPACE you could ever need. Enjoy BBQs/morning coffee on the DECK OVERLOOKING THE FENCED YARD. This METICOUSLY MAINTAINED home has an ATTACHED DOUBLE GARAGE, A/C, oversized HWT & offers a PRIME location.
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I have listed a new property at 28 Summerton ST in Sherwood Park.
10 things you are GOING TO LOVE in this FANTASTIC FAMILY HOME: 1. OPEN CONCEPT layout! The house is SPACIOUS & INVITING with tons of NATURAL LIGHT. 2. A HUGE LOT! 437.5 M2, which is over 30% LARGER THAN MOST YARDS in the area. Yard is west facing, has a large DECK & lots of room for anything else… If you can dream it, this yard can accommodate it! 3. OVERSIZED DOUBLE DETACHED GARAGE! There is also extra storage space with the ATTACHED 6X20 SHED plus plenty of street parking. 4.GAS FIREPLACE: keeps you cozy! 5. FINISHED BASEMENT w/a REC ROOM, DEN/FLEX SPACE & rough in for future bath. 6. FUNCTIONAL KITCHEN has plenty of cupboard/counter space & dining nook. 7. BRAND NEW LUXURY VINYL TILE flooring is durable, stylish, modern & easy to maintain 8. RECENT UPGRADES (2018): Dishwasher, washer & HWT. 9. SPACIOUS: Enough for the whole family as well as your guests with 3 good sized bedrooms plus a flex space (Bsmt). 10. PREMIUM LOCATION: schools, parks, playgrounds, trails & shopping are ONLY A SHORT WALK AWAY.
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You’ve been saving for awhile, weighing your options, looking around casually. Now you’ve finally decided to do it—you’re ready to buy a house. The process of buying a new home can be incredibly exciting, yet stressful, all at once. Where do you start? It is essential you do your homework before you begin. Learn from the experiences of others, do some research. Of course, with so many details involved, slip-ups are inevitable. But be careful: learning from your mistakes may prove costly. Use the following list of pitfalls as a guide to help you avoid the most common mistakes.


1. Searching for houses without getting pre-approved by a lender:

Do not mistake pre-approval by a lender with pre-qualification. Pre-qualification, the first step toward being pre-approved, will point you in the right direction, giving you an idea of the price range of houses you can comfortably afford. Preapproval, however, means you become a cash buyer, making negotiations with the seller much easier.


2. Allowing “first impressions” to overly influence your decision: 

The first impression of a home has been cited as the single most influential factor guiding many purchasers’ choice to buy. Make a conscious decision beforehand to examine a home as objectively as you can. Don’t let the current owners’ style or lifestyle sway your judgment. Beneath the bad décor or messy rooms, these homes may actually suit your needs and offer you a structurally sound base with which to work. Likewise, don’t jump at a home simply because the walls are painted your favourite colour! Make sure you thoroughly the investigate the structure beneath the paint before you come to any serious decisions.


3. Failing to have the home inspected before you buy:

Buying a home is a major financial decision that is often made after having spent very little time on the property itself. A home inspection performed by a competent company will help you enter the negotiation process with eyes wide open, offering you added reassurance that the choice you’re making is a sound one, or alerting you to underlying problems that could cost you significant money in both the short and long-run. Your Realtor can suggest reputable home inspection companies for you to consider and will ensure the appropriate clause is entered into your contract.


4. Not knowing and understanding your rights and obligations as listed in the Offer to Purchase:

Make it a priority to know your rights and obligations inside and out. A lack of understanding about your obligations may, at the very least, cause friction between yourself and the people with whom you are about to enter the contract. Wrong assumptions, poorly written/ incomprehensible/ missing clauses, or a lack of awareness of how the clauses apply to the purchase, could also contribute to increased costs. These problems may even lead to a void contract. So, take the time to go through the contract with a fine-tooth comb, making use of the resources and knowledge offered by your Realtor and lawyer. With their assistance, ensure you thoroughly understand every component of the contract, and are able to fulfill your contractual obligations.


5. Making an offer based on the asking price, not the market value: Ask your Realtor for a current Comparative Market Analysis. This will provide you with the information necessary to gauge the market value of a home, and will help you avoid over-paying. What have other similar homes sold for in the area and how long were they on the market? What is the difference between their asking and selling prices? Is the home you’re looking at under-priced, overpriced, or fair value? The seller receives a Comparative Market Analysis before deciding upon an asking price, so make sure you have all the same information at your fingertips.


6. Failing to familiarize yourself with the neighbourhood before buying: Check out the neighbourhood you’re considering, and ask around. What amenities does the area have to offer? Are there schools, churches, parks, or grocery stores within reach? Consider visiting schools in the area if you have children. How will you be affected by a new commute to work? Are there infrastructure projects in development? All of these factors will influence the way you experience your new home, so ensure you’re well-acquainted with the surrounding area before purchasing.


7. Not looking for home insurance until you are about to move: If you wait until the last minute, you’ll be rushed to find an insurance policy that’s the ideal fit for you. Make sure you give yourself enough time to shop around in order to get the best deal.


8. Not recognizing different styles and strategies of negotiation: Many buyers think that the way to negotiate their way to a fair price is by offering low. However, in reality this strategy may actually result in the seller becoming more inflexible, polarizing negotiations. Employ the knowledge and skills of an experienced realtor. S/he will know what strategies of negotiation will prove most effective for your particular situation.

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5 Real Estate “Hacks” You Can Do in 5 Minutes or Less

Definition of “Hack” – an appropriate application of Ingenuity


Here are five things you can do right now to increase your productivity and drive your business forward.


1) Set up Google Alerts 

If you’re not already using Google alerts to stay updated, you should fix that. You can set up searches for news pertaining to your real estate board, specific areas you specialize in, general real estate news in your city, changes to mortgage rules and anything else you can think of that could be useful to you or your clients.

Most importantly, once you receive that information do something with it. If you read something that could be valuable to your clients, post it to social media, write a blog post or better yet, pick up the phone.


2) Pick Up the Phone

Make a quick, spontaneous call to someone in your database. Maybe you drove by their house recently and want to point out what a beautiful job they’ve done on their landscaping. Maybe you call and see how things are working out in a new home.

Are they still considering that renovation? Can you suggest a contractor for the job?

Whatever the reason, this isn’t a sales call. Just a quick call to say hello, add value and stay top of mind.


3) Write a Note

What’s more likely to get a response; an email or a hand written note? Notes are rare in today’s world and they feel special when you receive them. Take a few minutes to write and mail a note to someone. Maybe it’s a great agent you worked with recently on a transaction, a valued client, a dear friend or your mother (mothers love hand written notes). Shifting your focus outwards will not only brighten someone else’s day, it will probably brighten yours, as well.

Giving starts the receiving process.


4) The Dinner Party CMA

When someone knows you’re a Realtor, what’s the first thing they ask?

How’s the market?

Apart from always needing a good answer to this question, it helps to quote specifics. Next time you’re heading out to an event, do a quick search for active and recently sold listings in that immediate area.  Memorize the key details. When you inevitably get asked this question, you’ll not only be able to give them your expert advice on market conditions, but you can tell them exactly what the house next door sold for two weeks ago. Suddenly, you’re a real estate super star.


5) Get Up and Move

Movement is the quickest way to bring new perspective to your current challenges. Get outside if you can and feel the sun. Move your legs and shake out the day. If the weather is terrible, walk around the office or better yet take a mid afternoon dance break. Chances are, no one else participates but you’re guaranteed to make someone smile, and who in a real estate office doesn’t need a smile?

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