If you're like most Canadian homeowners, you've worried about rising energy costs over the last few years, are concerned about paying high utility bills now, and are wondering how all of these expenses will impact your budget. Keeping your home comfortable in every season can be challenging especially if you've got drafty windows or insufficient insulation. During the winter months, you may have been tempted to turn up the thermostat to take the chill off but instead put on another sweater to save a few dollars. Don't forget about those dog days of summer that are just around the corner. Are you going to crank up the air conditioning as a reprieve from the heat or open the windows hoping for a natural breeze to give you a few cool hours of comfortable…

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Here is our update on the Edmonton real estate market. (Previous week’s numbers are in brackets). For the past 7 days: New Listings: 575 (667, 705, 691) # Sales: 274 (324, 310, 337) Ratio: 48% (49%, 44%, 49%) # Price Changes: 423 (445, 422, 423) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 146 (183, 153, 336) Net loss/gain in listings this week: 155 (160, 242, 18) Active single family home listings: 3,325 (3,231, 3,172, 3,065) Active condo listings: 2,906 (2839, 2,745, 2,624) Homes 4-week running average: $438k ($437k, $442k, $443k) Condos 4-week running average: $248k ($251k, $248k, $248k) Have a great weekend!

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Asphalt shingles are by far the most common type of roofing material used, but you will find a variety of roofing materials used on Edmonton homes including metal, wood and tile. If you have a low-pitched or flat roof, you’ll need a special roofing system altogether. Here is some information on different types of roofing, including the pros and cons of each. Photo Credit: Crest Roofing & Co.

Asphalt Roof

Pros: Asphalt roofing is the most affordable roofing option. Asphalt shingles are durable, stand up well to Alberta’s changing climate and can last 15 or more. They come in a variety of colours and can easily match your home’s exterior design. Roofing contractors in Edmonton usually offer good warranties on asphalt roofs that are owner-transferrable…

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Here is our update on the Edmonton real estate market. (Previous week’s numbers are in brackets). For the past 7 days: New Listings: 667 (705, 691, 632) # Sales: 324 (310, 337, 312) Ratio: 49% (44%, 49%, 49%) # Price Changes: 445 (422, 423, 369) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 183 (153, 336, 159) Net loss/gain in listings this week: 160 (242, 18, 161) Active single family home listings: 3,231 (3,172, 3,065, 3084) Active condo listings: 2839 (2,745, 2,624, 2,592) Homes 4-week running average: $437k ($442k, $443k, $436k) Condos 4-week running average: $251k ($248k, $248k, $256k) Have a great weekend!

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Here is our update on the Edmonton real estate market. (Previous week’s numbers are in brackets). For the past 7 days: New Listings: 705 (691, 632, 511) # Sales: 310 (337, 312, 263) Ratio: 44% (49%, 49%, 51%) # Price Changes: 422 (423, 369, 288) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 153 (336, 159, 165) Net loss/gain in listings this week: 242 (18, 161, 83) Active single family home listings: 3,172 (3,065, 3084, 2,992) Active condo listings: 2,745 (2,624, 2,592, 2,520) Homes 4-week running average: $442k ($443k, $436k, $436k) Condos 4-week running average: $248k ($248k, $256k, $251k) We're certainly seeing a "healthy" number of new listings for this time of year, sales are roughly in line with last year. Have a great weekend!

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You probably don’t think about your plumbing system very often, until there is a problem! Once you do detect an issue, it should get your immediate attention. Putting off repairing your plumbing could result in expensive water damage and even more costly repairs. It’s also important to look for plumbing issues in a home you might be considering to purchase. Anything causing water damage or moisture issues could mean there is mildew and mould lurking in the walls. If so, this can be hazardous to your health and will have to be dealt with immediately. Moisture can also damage the insulation, framing, drywall and other parts of the home and can be a real headache to deal with. Though the majority of the plumbing system is inside the walls, there are some…

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Here is our update on the Edmonton real estate market. (Previous week’s numbers are in brackets). For the past 7 days: New Listings: 691 (632, 511, 650) # Sales: 337 (312, 263, 313) Ratio: 49% (49%, 51%, 48%) # Price Changes: 423 (369, 288, 306) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 336 (159, 165, 147) Net loss/gain in listings this week: 18 (161, 83, 190) Active single family home listings: 3,065 (3084, 2,992, 2,958) Active condo listings: 2,624 (2,592, 2,520, 2,494) Homes 4-week running average: $443k ($436k, $436k, $433k) Condos 4-week running average: $248k ($256k, $251k, $246k) Have a great weekend!

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The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton has released their monthly report on the real estate market saying:

“Average monthly prices across all categories have increased,” says James Mabey, REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair. “Despite slightly slower April sales, the spring buying season is off to a solid start.”

I had a different interpretation of the numbers when I first published the numbers on Monday: "Whatever improvements we were seeing in the market for the past few months seem to have come to a screeching halt in April. After a few months of year over year increases in sales, sales of both condos and single family homes dropped in April." I'll let you decide which opinion you think is more realistic. Here's our snapshot on the real estate…

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