Planning a renovation project in your home can be especially challenging if you're living there while the work is being done. Add a couple kids and pets to the mix and you've got yourself a very chaotic household. Whether you're doing the work yourself or hiring a contractor, once your project is underway even simple tasks will be difficult. Personal items will be moved from their usual spots, tools and equipment will block well-traveled traffic areas, and work zone noise and dust will permeate your entire home. To reduce the stress associated with your disrupted routine you'll need to take these crucial steps BEFORE you start these home renovations: The first thing you'll want to do: Set up a temporary family staging centre in an area away from…

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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: 628 (503, 565, 535) # Sales: 243 (231, 276, 264) Ratio: 39% (46%, 49%, 49%) # Price Changes: 361 (329, 326, 262) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 297 (132, 126, 142) Net loss/gain in listings this week: 88 (140, 163, 129) Active single family home listings: 2,848 (2,781, 2,736, 2,670) Active condo listings: 2,411 (2,369, 2,305, 2,217) Homes 4-week running average: $430k ($440k, $438k, $437k) Condos 4-week running average: $246k ($239k, $235k, $234k) With the market conditions better than last year (even if it's just slightly better) I'm surprised we're still seeing more price reductions than sales. However, when you have a…

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The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton released their monthly report on the real estate market in Edmonton this week, saying:

“We generally see activity in the housing market start to increase at this time of year,” says James Mabey, REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair. “Buyers can look forward to more inventory to choose from and sellers can count on more buyers in the marketplace.”

There are some interesting sub-plots going on when you dig into the numbers. First off, luxury home sales have significantly increased in the first quarter of 2017: As you can see from our snapshot on the market below, prices are up slightly, while inventory is down and sales are up: The board changed the way they report sales, so I won't have to make adjustments…

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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: 503 (565, 535, 570) # Sales: 231 (276, 264, 255) Ratio: 46% (49%, 49%, 45%) # Price Changes: 329 (326, 262, 258) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 132 (126, 142, 163) Net loss/gain in listings this week: 140 (163, 129, 152) Active single family home listings: 2,781 (2,736, 2,670, 2,582) Active condo listings: 2,369 (2,305, 2,217, 2,188) Homes 4-week running average: $440 ($438k, $437k, $436k) Condos 4-week running average: $239k ($235k, $234k, $238k) Full month report coming out tomorrow! 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: 565 (535, 570, 577) # Sales: 276 (264, 255, 227) Ratio: 49% (49%, 45%, 39%) # Price Changes: 326 (262, 258, 275) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 126 (142, 163, 322) Net loss/gain in listings this week: 163 (129, 152, 28) Active single family home listings: 2,736 (2,670, 2,582, 2,510) Active condo listings: 2,305 (2,217, 2,188, 2,113) Homes 4-week running average: $438k ($437k, $436k, $425k) Condos 4-week running average: $235k ($234k, $238k, $231k) Have a great weekend!

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Building a deck will enhance your outdoor living space by giving you a place to relax, dine, entertain and spend time as a family. Building a deck will increase your own personal enjoyment of your yard and will also enhance the value of your home. Photo credit: Alberta Vinyl Decking & Railing Ltd. Here are some reasons why you should build a deck:

Increase your property value.

If you think you’d enjoy having a new deck, you can assume potential buyers would feel the same way. An outdoor living space is attractive to buyers, can help you sell your home faster and will increase your property value. According to Remodelling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report for 2017, you can expect to recoup over 71% of the cost of building your deck. The numbers of…

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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: 535 (570, 577, 516) # Sales: 264 (255, 227, 224) Ratio: 49% (45%, 39%, 43%) # Price Changes: 262 (258, 275, 219) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 142 (163, 322, 124) Net loss/gain in listings this week: 129 (152, 28, 168) Active single family home listings: 2,670 (2,582, 2,510, 2,479) Active condo listings: 2,217 (2,188, 2,113, 2,100) Homes 4-week running average: $437k ($436k, $425k, $418k) Condos 4-week running average: $234k ($238k, $231k, $240k) Two condos have sold for over $1million this month, which is not a common occurence in Edmonton, at the same time, 11 have sold for under $100k including a few under…

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Most of the time, few of us actually know where to put and where we have put things in the garage. This makes it even harder to find things after the organizing is done. Implementing specific zones in the garage can make finding your items and tools easier. Here are few ideas and simple steps to help take your garage to the next level. Plan the zones. Before starting to organize anything, plan zones specific to your family’s needs. Your garage could have a mudroom zone, beach zone, snow removal zone, etc. This is a wonderful customized plan that is entirely based on what you actually use. Start simple. As with anything, don’t stress yourself out so badly that you lose your taste for organizing. There are so many different ways to organize the garage…

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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: 570 (577, 516, 424) # Sales: 255 (227, 224, 235) Ratio: 45% (39%, 43%, 55%) # Price Changes: 258 (275, 219, 248) # Expired/Off Market Listings: 163 (322, 124, 140) Net loss/gain in listings this week: 152 (28, 168, 49) Active single family home listings: 2,582 (2,510, 2,479, 2,400) Active condo listings: 2,188 (2,113, 2,100, 2,017) Homes 4-week running average: $436k ($425k, $418k, $420k) Condos 4-week running average: $238k ($231k, $240k, $245k) Have a great weekend!

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Home automation allows you to control systems in your home with a touch of a button. Where the first home automation systems were controlled only by a central panel, the latest in automation and mobile technology now allows homeowners to control their system from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet or computer. Home automation in Edmonton can be installed during construction of a new home and in existing homes. Home automation can enhance your lifestyle and enjoyment of your home by adding luxury and convenience, enabling you to control things like lighting, blinds, temperature, music and video. They can also help protect your home and family through high-tech security systems and help you save on energy bills through energy efficient…

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