April 2016

Found 13 blog entries for April 2016.

It may feel like it right now given the cold and the snow, but spring is upon us here in Edmonton, and that means it’s getting close to spring cleaning time. Cleaning up after the winter is a good idea for any household, but it’s especially important if your home may be going to market this year. Here’s a checklist of spring cleaning you’ll need to do around your home this spring that can help you reduce clutter, get rid of dust and grime, and get your house looking like its best self.

1. Walls

Cleaning walls should be an annual tradition. It not only helps your entire home look a little brighter, but cleaning annually can help you avoid scrubbing off years or grime that can accumulate. The best way to wash your walls is to start with your vacuum

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The first step in the process of buying a new home is not what most people think. Many believe it would be to look at listings, or get pre-approved for a mortgage, but it’s actually none of those. The best first step you can take is checking your credit score, and improving it if need be. Here’s some tips on getting your credit score to a place where you can get a better deal on your mortgage.

1. Pay on Time

Timing, when it comes to credit, is extremely important. It shows you have borrowed within your means and that your financial situation isn’t precarious. So always pay your bills on time, whether it’s your phone bill, your credit card bill, or something much bigger like a previous loan or car payment. All of these matter, and all of them should

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When it comes to looking for the perfect home, most people look only at the property, not the surrounding area. But neighbourhoods are just as much a feature of a home as almost anything else, so it’s important that you look into where your home is located just as much as the home itself. Here are just a few tips that you can use to evaluate a neighbourhood and determine if the location is right for you and your family.

1. Check Out the Neighbourhood

One of the best things you can do when looking at a neighbourhood is pound some pavement. Especially in the warmer months, simply walking around a neighbourhood can give you a feel for much of what the place has to offer. It can also help you evaluate if the things listed as “within walking distance”

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Buying your first home is a complicated process, one that has plenty of potential to go terribly wrong. Here are a few common mistakes that first-time home buyers make, and how to avoid them.

1. Going Over Your Budget (Or Not Setting One)

House hunting is an activity filled with temptation, one that can easily get you in over your head before you’ve even made up your mind. The trick to avoiding this kind of temptation, and the many problems that can happen as a result, is to set a budget before you head out to look at homes. By setting a budget first, you can avoid seeing homes out of your price range that you may love, and try to buy to disastrous results. But with a budget firmly in place, you can see what’s available at your range, and find a

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When people start looking for real estate, they often make one of their first decisions without even really considering the options. That decision is the choice between a traditional single-family home and a condo. Each have their own benefits and drawbacks, but so many new home buyers ignore the condo market in favour of a regular home, which means they could be missing out on a lot of advantages. Here are some of the key benefits of buying and living in a condo compared to living in a single-family home.

1. Leave the Outdoor Work to Someone Else

Shovelling snow, mowing lawns, seeding grass, all of these activities are handled by someone else when you buy a condo. Sure, working a garden can be therapeutic, and lead to some great homemade meals

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Compared to other cities in Alberta, Edmonton’s economic situation is much better than many people expected. It seems much of the city has been planning for an economic shake-up for a few years now, and it’s showing in a few of the city’s best neighbourhoods. Here are a few Edmonton neighbourhoods that are doing very well in the current economic climate, and may be great places for real estate investment in Alberta’s capital region.

1. Elmwood Park

A beautiful community with plenty of different housing options available, Elmwood Park is a great neighbourhood that’s been on the rise for a few years now, despite the economic situations facing many other areas in Alberta. In terms of housing prices, the average is a low $270,992, with everything from

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When it comes to selling a home, most people think there’s only one piece of paper that needs to get signed when an agreement to sell has been made. This is simply not the case. In fact, there are lots of different documents that the seller must provide and sign with every real estate sale. Knowing which ones you need, and how to get your hands on them, can be a challenge, which is why it’s a good idea to use the right professionals when selling a home. But if you’re selling a home, be sure to double-check you have the following pieces of paper. It will help your home sale go much more smoothly and keep you in compliance with local laws.

1. The Land Title Certificate

This document is can be found at your local registries office or Service Alberta

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When we think of spring cleaning, we often think of the indoors. The term comes from having to clean out a home after the winter in preparation of spring celebrations and festivals, which often had a very social aspect. And indeed, spring does often result in more people coming around to each other’s homes, shedding the desire to stay indoors during the winter and taking advantage of the warm weather. But spring cleaning should include the outdoors, especially if you’re planning on selling your home. Here are a few things to do to help with your outdoor spring cleaning list of chores.

1. Time to Grab a Doggy Bag

If you own a dog or pet that spends time outdoors, you will probably have to begin your spring cleaning rituals by cleaning up any waste

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With the imminent relaunch of People, an app that lets its users rate people like Yelp rates restaurants, today is a great day to think about your online presence. What people see and think of you is a major factor in everyday life in our modern world. Potential employers will look into people’s social media accounts. Poor reviews of professionals can have direct and serious consequences for their business moving forward. There are a number of ways in which what people say about us online can impact our real world activities, and selling homes is such an activity. If you are thinking of selling your home, it’s time to not only think of your online presence, but your online reputation. Here’s some tips on how.

1. Know That Quantity is Not Always

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