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Real Estate Advice

Advice on Buying and Selling your home. Topics include staging your home, pricing your home, getiing ready for a sale, when to sell your home, and when to buy a house.

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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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Copperhaven, Spruce Grove's newest public school, is set to open this September! Serving as a prototype for new schools in the County of Parkland, Copperhaven will hold 900 students and will feature energy forward construction, including 4 banks of solar panels.

Located on the West side of Spruce Grove, in the new Copperhaven subdivision, this school also offers a location directly adjacent to Spruce Grove's new School Bus Transfer Site. Until now, all students from Spruce Grove were required to board a bus close to their home, travel to the East side of Spruce Grove to the Greystone Transfer Site, board a second bus and travel back to their designated school. For some students (such as my daughter), this meant traveling across town in the

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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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Edmonton - 2017 2nd Quarter Market Update

7867 New Listings from Apr 1 to June 30, 2017

3889  SOLDs from Apr 1 to June 30, 2017

5264  Active Listings as of June 30, 2017

                  Single Family                        Condos
                    2746 Sold                         1143 Sold

Highest Price $2,638,800  Highest Price    $965,000
Lowest Price       $95,000 Lowest Price      $8,000
Average Price  $444,505  Average Price  $253,561

If you are interested in knowing what your house is worth, please call us today! We would be happy to provide you with a complimentary market evaluation.

Claude Gaboury & Christina Henker-Gaboury
RE/MAX Real Estate
www.thegabouryteam.com
780-982-5969

*This report was created

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Stony Plain - 2017 2nd Quarter Market Update

192  New Listings from Apr 1 to June 30, 2017

115  SOLDs from Apr 1 to June 30, 2017

161  Active Listings as of June 30, 2017

           Single Family                    Condos
          
    97 Sold                         18 Sold

Highest Price$695,000    Highest Price $410,000
Lowest Price  $155,000   Lowest Price   $98,000
Average Price $368,007  Average Price $232,461

If you are interested in knowing what your house is worth, please call us today! We would be happy to provide you with a complimentary market evaluation.

Claude Gaboury & Christina Henker-Gaboury
RE/MAX Real Estate
www.thegabouryteam.com
780-982-5969

*This report was created using the REALTORS®

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Spruce Grove -2017 2nd Quarter Market Update

365  New Listings from Apr 1 to June 30, 2017

186  SOLDs from Apr 1 to June 30, 2017

269  Active Listings as of June 30, 2017

     Single Family                        Condos
        166 Sold                            20 Sold

Highest Price$725,000    Highest Price $360,900
Lowest Price  $204,000    Lowest Price $138,000
Average Price $387,735  Average Price $235,505

If you are interested in knowing what your house is worth, please call us today! We would be happy to provide you with a complimentary market evaluation.

Claude Gaboury & Christina Henker-Gaboury
RE/MAX Real Estate
www.thegabouryteam.com
780-982-5969

*This report was created using the REALTORS®

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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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