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As Realtors, we have experienced just about every version of family. There is a place for everyone, from the single-parent, to empty-nesters, to blended families, to dog & cat moms. 

But there is one important fact you must keep in mind when you look for a home. The likelihood that your family will stay the same and have the same needs for a decade is extremely rare. Every single family we have met in the past 20 years has morphed into something that they can barely recognize.

Five Things to Consider

1) Anticipate Your Needs

Do you have children, and if so, how old are they? Now, look ten years into the future. What will their needs be? If your children are very young, you may want them all on the same level as you are. But what happens…

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Buying a home is an exhilarating but daunting task. As exciting as searching for a home may be, thus purchase will likely be one of your biggest, so spotting any red flags is important to your investment. Make sure you and your Realtor keep a sharp eye out for the following.

Consistency Up and Down

The majority of homes in Alberta have basements. Some are finished by the home builder, and some are not. If you have concerns that the present homeowner's Uncle Joe may have had a hand in some creative DIY, look at the finishing. If the home has soft-round corners upstairs and not in the basement or a difference in baseboards between floors, you are probably looking at DYI, not a builder finish. If you have your suspicions, it is a good idea to…

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There is no doubt about it; we are experiencing one of the strongest seller's markets we have seen since 2007. A seller's market is created when the inventory of listed houses is smaller than the pool of active buyers for those homes. This lack of supply means buyers will be competing with numerous other buyers on the same home. This creates a fast-paced environment with quick decisions, high bids, and only one winner. But don't despair. Here are 14 things you can do to compete in a seller's market while protecting your financial interests.

Get Pre-Approved

Don't underestimate how important this step is, particularly in a strong seller's market. Here in Alberta, a mortgage broker can not give you absolute approval until you actually write an…

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No matter how much you love your neighbourhood, as you move through life, your family size and situations change. Here are 18 signs that you may need a bigger home.

 

1) You Haven’t Seen Your Table Top Since 2017

We have all been there. Whether you are creating a costume for your child’s school play, baking your Christmas goodies, or completing a puzzle with the family, everyone’s dining table occasionally disappears due to a project. But if your table has morphed onto an office/homework, laundry-folding, dump station, it may be time to reclaim your eating space and find a home with a den.

2) Your Front Entrance Feels Like A Mosh Pit

A small entrance is fine for a small family, but if entering your home has family and guests pushing and…

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Do you feel like you are losing control in your kitchen? Making a few changes can create peace in your chaos and save you time and money!

1. Add a pull out organizer for your pots, pans and lids.

My hubby bought this organizer at a local home improvement store. It has changed our lives! There is no more digging around in a landslide of mismatched lids and teetering pots.

 

2. Add a spice rack to the tiny area above your stove.

Don’t discount any sliver of storage space. There is always a way you can put any awkward space to good use. The thin space in front of your hood fan vent can be used for a narrow shelf, or for hooks for utensils.

 

3. Use pull out shelving for your plastic storage containers.

Unless you have the…

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There is always a bit of a lull in the real estate market at the beginning of September. With back-to-school shopping, enrolling kids in various activities, and the last chance at family camping weekends before the snow, attention is diverted from house shopping. By October, things have settled down, and buyers resume their search for a new home. 

 

4 Reasons Fall Is a Good Time To List

1)  The bulk of inventory from the spring market has been sold, so your property will not only have less competition, your home will be something new for the buyers to view.

2)  If someone is out viewing homes in the fall, they are clearly motivated. The weather is getting cooler and, thanks to daylight savings, it gets dark early. It is rare for a buyer to…

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Most years, Claude and I are fairly proactive with our yard cleanup, but the weather has been so nice this year, we put yard work on the back burner. Yesterday was sunny and reasonably warm, and we felt secure in our decision to delay. Surprise!!! This morning it decided to snow! Time to get serious and start our cleanup. 

1)  Don’t Wait Too Long! - Yes, it is Alberta and the weather will warm up. Although there is still time to get the yard ready, some tasks, like cutting back daylilies, are made more difficult with wet leaves. If you have a garbage pick-up that includes an organic cart for grass clippings and leaves, you may want to fill this bin over a period of several weeks.

2)  Clean Out Gutters - Yes, we know this is one of the most…

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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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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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