Real Estate Blog For The Gaboury Team, RE/MAX Preferred Choice

Two weeks ago my husband and I embarked on a home renovation adventure that, as per Youtube, should have taken 4-5 days to complete. Here are our top tips on how to paint your kitchen cabinets! 

    

1)   Choose Your Colour Wisely - Over the past 10 years, our maple cabinets had yellowed, and we were looking for something fresh and clean. We were aiming for a creamy white, but what we achieved with our first try was as close to snow-white as we could get. Because we did a test door, we realized our mistake right away. We ended up taking the cream colour of our baseboards and pantry door and using 3/4 of that colour depth.

2)   Stay Away From Oil - Our first primer was a hybrid oil-based primer; horrible! It was very hard to roll smoothly and it…

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Spruce Grove is home to numerous adult communities, and each community offers unique features and locations. Whether you want a homeowners association that just takes care of lawn and snow removal, a secure, gated community, a luxurious apartment style condo with numerous activities or you are a snow-bird wanting security for your home while you travel, we can help you find your perfect home! Give us a call for your complete list of available adult properties for sale. 

 

Arbor Green - 55+ Condo at 112 Church Rd, Spruce Grove  

Description: This 4-storey low-rise apartment, situated in the heart of Spruce Grove, was built in 1994 and features balconies, heated underground parking, an amenity room, and it is close to shopping, restaurants, a…

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In the words of Donna Corcoran, Shark Tank and Real Estate Guru "Home staging used to be optional. Today, it's a necessity in selling a house."

Staging is a HUGE part of selling a home, and as Certified Home Stagers, Claude and I not only help stage our client's homes, we stage the pictures and video we take as well. 

Many of our clients have asked about my "Little Staging Emergency Bag". I bring it along when we take pictures of our homes. Inside, I have everything we need to fix little chips, nicks and tame unruly fabric so our client's homes will show their best. Today I will walk through all of my items and what we use them for. Keep in mind; these touch-ups are not to trick a buyer into thinking a home is perfect. They just help to minimize…

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In our very competitive real estate market, it is imperative not only to reach potential buyers, but that you capture their attention. One of the most innovative ways is by adding drone footage to your property videos. We have two new additions to our collection of video equipment which we believe has helped our listings reach more buyers.

 

Handheld Drones 

Although it is not practical to fly a drone through a house (ask my houseplants after Claude’s first trial), the DJI Osmo is a handheld stabilized camera, with three-axis gimbal, and grip, that shoots 4K video, giving you the capability of “floating”, drone-like video of the interior of your home, without the risk of flying a machine indoors. This fluid stabilized video footage really…

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Even in today's very instantaneous, high-tech world, there are still those with the view that all you need to do to sell a property is take a few pictures and put them on the MLS. Yes, if a Buyer is already looking at the specific area, with that exact criteria inputed into a system, they will receive notification of a new listing. However, one thing Claude and I have discovered over the last decade or two of selling real estate is that a Buyer rarely purchases exactly what they start out looking for. 

One example is Claude's parent's home search. Twelve or so years ago, Claude's parents decided to move to Spruce Grove, and asked him to show them houses meeting a very specific set of criteria; 3 bedrooms, formal living room, nice yard, and most…

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What will make a Buyer decide to write an offer on your home versus another? If two properties are very similar in size, location and price, it comes down to Selling a Lifestyle

One of the main reasons a buyer feels it's time to move is the need for a bigger house. Most likely, they are living in a home that has too little storage space, and as a result is cramped and unorganized. This chaos spills over into their daily life. Being unorganized means it takes longer to find coats, school bags, matching socks and sports gear, resulting in a family is always running late. Then the “blame game” begins; the laundry room is too small, there is no room for hockey equipment, shoes and jackets are spilling out from the closet.

If buyers are looking for…

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Why February just may be the best time for you to list your home in Alberta.

We have all seen the signs of spring in our communities. As Alberta homeowners slowly emerge from their winter cocoons and blink weakly at the tepid sun, a brilliant array of “For Sale” signs decorate the slushy streets, brightening the fields of brown grass and barely-budded branches. 

Traditionally, the spring real estate rush began at the end of March, with the market in full swing by April and May. The same lack of snow and the warm weather that creates a “spring cleaning” itch also prompts buyers to see visions of a new home.

But in the last 5-8 years, Realtors have seen that busy spring market begin earlier and earlier. In fact, Claude and I have been advising…

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It has been many years since Christina graduated from NAIT with a Marketing Diploma, and Social Media didn't even exist back then. Now, Social Media is the most important avenue available for promoting our properties. Unlike Print and Radio Advertising, Social Media such as Facebook, Instagram, Google+ & Twitter offer opportunities for 2-Way Interaction. Instead of just receiving information, a potential buyer can now show interest, ask questions, and share listings with others. Using Social Media, we are able to target specific markets and get your property out to potential buyers, answer questions they may have, and encourage them to book a viewing of your home.    

Always striving to provide exceptional service to her clients, she has completed…

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As many parents find out, the craziness of Halloween week can reek havoc with your normal, busy week. Shopping for or making costumes, baking treats for your child’s class, decorating the lawn and carving pumpkins while driving your kids to lessons and practices can be overwhelming!

Several years ago, when our girls were both heavily into dance, youth group, and piano lessons, I sat down with my calendar, desperately trying to figure out when we would carve our pumpkins. There wasn't a free evening anywhere! During one of the girl’s many practices, I wandered into Michaels and found the answer to my prayers! I purchased two artificial pumpkins and showed my daughters when I picked them up. They were apprehensive; pumpkin carving was a big part of our…

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Anyone who knows me is aware of my Glitter Obsession/Dependancy (I justify my obsession because of my theatre/dance background, as well as having raised very girly daughters). I'm sure my very tolerant friends will not be the least bit surprised at my latest finds. 

When staging a home, a tiny touch of glam is a good thing in a room. While layering textures and colours, something shiny, metallic, or iridescent can both draw the eye and reflect light. I recently encountered two products which can add a bit of bling without being overbearing.

                              

The first product is "Valspar Signature Paint Crystals" (available at Lowes). These fantastic crystals add a subtle sparkle when mixed with paint. The uses are endless- from…

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