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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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We all have that one eyesore in our yard that drives us crazy! For some, its an air conditioning unit, for others the garbage cans. For us; the ugly trampoline in the corner. Although there was no way to completely hide its existence, we did find a way to blend it into the background. 

Although this photo is taken from our deck (a higher elevation), from the ground, a large portion of the trampoline is hidden from sight. We put railings that matched our deck on either side of a stationary gate that the roses climb up. This frames in the corner of the yard and creates a hidden space for the kids and grandkids (yes, we have grandkids!) to jump and play. 

Next year, our youngest child will be fifteen, and we have decided to reclaim our space! The…

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1. It Is Almost Always Sunny

Edmonton experiences an average of 325 sunny days each year. It also has a dry climate, so even on a very cold winter day, the lack of moisture and blazing sun makes the the temperature bearable. (Average of 22 °C in July, -8 °C in January)

 

2. Edmonton is Known As "Canada's Festival City"

Edmonton is host to over 30 annual festivals, and over 50 “events" each year! The Folk, Fringe and Street Performers festivals are internationally renowned!  http://exploreedmonton.com/festivals-and-events/all

 

3. Edmonton's Most Dangerous Predator Is The Mosquito!

More than 30 species of mosquito live in the Edmonton area. Many people choose to put up bat houses near their homes to reduce the number of…

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