Interesting times in the Edmonton real estate market for sure... sales of all property types were well ahead of the past few years, and while single-family prices were up, condo prices are still lagging due to higher than normal supply. The biggest real estate related news this month comes from the Bank of Canada, which gave a surprise warning last week that rates are going to rise significantly next year. We often see an increase in demand before rate hikes, followed, of course, by lower demand. This could move the spring market earlier next year since the hikes will begin in April. I will update this post when the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton releases their monthly report on the market later this week.    

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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: 429 (447, 491, 574) # Sales: 327 (345, 291, 373) Ratio: 76% (77%, 59%, 65%) # Price Changes: 399 (427, 341, 447) Expired/Off-Market Listings: 216 (237, 197, 584) Net loss/gain in listings this week: -114 (-135, 3, -383) Active single-family home listings: 3043 (3089, 3139, 3122) Active condo listings: 2607 (2625, 2672, 2658) Homes 4-week running average: $449 ($452, $457, $458) Condos 4-week running average: $220 ($225, $221, $221)    

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Halloween Weekend is upon us, so we thought we would round up the top Halloween Events in and around Edmonton.

Family Friendly

Telus World of Science is hosting several Halloween-themed events and activities for the whole family to enjoy! Some events are selling out, so make sure you head to their website to see what is still available and pre-book your tickets online. Don't want to venture out? They also have online videos showcasing Spooktacular Science Activities you can do at home. Edmonton Valley Zoo Boo at the Zoo, presented by Co-op. Dress up in your Halloween costume and head to the Edmonton Valley Zoo to celebrate conservation, costumes and candy! You'll get to learn about some of your favourite animals while watching them get their Halloween…

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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: 447 (491, 574, 539) # Sales: 345 (291, 373, 284) Ratio: 77% (59%, 65%, 53%) # Price Changes: 427 (341, 447, 444) Expired/Off-Market Listings: 237 (197, 584, 577) Net loss/gain in listings this week: -135 (3, -383, -322) Active single-family home listings: 3089 (3139, 3122, 3172) Active condo listings: 2625 (2672, 2658, 2657) Homes 4-week running average: $452 ($457, $458, $457) Condos 4-week running average: $225 ($221, $221, $216)  

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Building a fence around your property has many benefits. A solid fence is both decorative and practical as it adds visual appeal, security and privacy to your yard. A fence will provide your family with a safe and secluded outdoor living space for entertaining, relaxing, gardening and for your children to play in. An attractive fence will also increase your property value and make your home more marketable when it comes time to sell. Hiring a fence contractor in Edmonton will ensure that your fence is built properly, that all local regulations are met, and that building permits are obtained. Alternatively, you could choose to build the fence yourself. Here are some DIY tips on how to build a fence:

Obtain a building permit.

In most municipalities,…

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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: 491 (574, 539, 567) # Sales: 291 (373, 284, 353) Ratio: 59% (65%, 53%, 62%) # Price Changes: 341 (447, 444, 457) Expired/Off-Market Listings: 197 (584, 577, 239) Net loss/gain in listings this week: 3 (-383, -322, -25) Active single-family home listings: 3139 (3122, 3172, 3266) Active condo listings: 2672 (2658, 2657, 2832) Homes 4-week running average: $457 ($458, $457, $456) Condos 4-week running average: $221 ($221, $216, $216)          

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What is radon gas?

Radon is an invisible, odourless, cancer-causing, radioactive gas that comes from the ground. When inhaled, radon breaks down into radioactive particles, releasing bursts of radioactivity that can cause injury to lung tissue. Exposure to high levels of radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after tobacco smoking. Radon enters homes where the house comes into contact with the ground and can accumulate into high levels, posing health risks to the occupants. The health implications of radon exposure depend on both the level and length of exposure, and the risk of developing lung cancer is especially high for smokers. The only way to find out if your home has high radon levels is to have your home tested. A reading of 200…

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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: 574 (539, 567, 606) # Sales: 373 (284, 353, 382) Ratio: 65% (53%, 62%, 63%) # Price Changes: 447 (444, 457, 484) Expired/Off-Market Listings: 584 (577, 239, 269) Net loss/gain in listings this week: -383 (-322, -25, -45) Active single-family home listings: 3122 (3172, 3266, 3259) Active condo listings: 2658 (2657, 2832, 2824) Homes 4-week running average: $458 ($457, $456, $448) Condos 4-week running average: $221 ($216, $216, $214)    

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There’s nothing like natural light to brighten up your home; that is until the sun’s rays start to highlight all of the dirt, spider webs and fingerprints built up on your windows. Don’t start wishing for clouds and rain just yet, though; we’ve got seven simple tips to keep your screens and window glass clean year-round. Read on, so you too can look forward to sunny days and open windows.

Save Yesterday’s News

This one might come as a surprise, but it turns out yesterday’s newspaper can come in handy when it’s time to wash and dry your windows. A black-and-white sheet of newspaper is sure to give you a streak-free finish! Of course, you could also use a squeegee if you don’t have a paper handy.

Screen Queens

Window screens are vital for keeping the…

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