Radon in Alberta: What is Radon Gas and Why Should I Care?

It’s fall, and that means it’s time to test your home for radon gas. If you’ve never tested your home before, Health Canada recommends that we should all should test our homes for radon gas at least once during the winter heating months (October to April). Why should I care about radon?  Exposure to high […]

How We are Helping our Clients Stay Safe During COVID-19

We are open and ready to help; whether you need a totally contact-free experience, would like to limit contact, or are comfortable with physically distant meetings, we can and have done it all, and will happily adapt our process to meet your needs. The city of Edmonton mandated the use of masks in public spaces […]

New “Pending Sale” Rule Changes Real Estate Marketing

A small rule change has lead to big changes for buying and selling real estate in Alberta. The new rule requires that REALTORS® report pending sales to their Association’s MLS® system database unless the sellers complete a form instructing their agent not to report the pending sale. When a property is reported pending, it will […]

How to be a Successful Agent in a COVID World

To succeed in real estate for the coming months and years, you will need to step up your mindset and find another gear. Right now that means extra forms, extra effort to set up showings, extra precautions when meeting with clients. You will have to sharpen your skills, take a hard look at your business […]

Top 5 Tips for Selling Your Home During COVID-19

A lot of people are interested in how real estate is being conducted with COVID-19 restrictions in place. While the market has slowed down, there are still a lot of people buying and selling, albeit with some extra precautions in place. If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate this spring you can also […]

COVID-19 FAQ’s for Real Estate

Do you have questions about buying and selling real estate during COVID-19? We’re certainly getting a lot of questions from clients and friends, not to mention colleagues across North America. Whether you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in the near future, or you’re just curious about what it’s like for real estate agents […]

What to Expect When Buying a Home During COVID-19

Are you wondering what it’s like to buy a home in the Edmonton area right now? While many things have changed, many things also remain the same, and people are still viewing and buying homes in today’s market. If you’re considering taking advantage of historically low-interest rates, and a strong negotiating position while entering the […]

Should you Buy or Sell a Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic? – UPDATED

April 29 updates in green. When I first wrote this article, we had been socially isolating for just over a week. No one knew what it was going to be like, or how long it would last. While we still don’t know the answer to how long this will last, we have a pretty good […]

Awards Season – Recognizing Customer Service Excellence

Awards season is not just for celebrities, real estate agents receive awards at this time of year as well. In the industry, agents are typically given awards for selling a lot of real estate, which in our minds, does not necessarily equate to being a great real estate agent. We know that our clients want […]

Top Five Tips For Renovating Your Basement

Whether you’re looking to turn your unfinished basement into livable space, you’re interested in creating a legal basement suite or you just want to refresh and repurpose a dated basement – there are a few things to consider before you get to picking out paint colours. By doing your homework, finding the right fit and […]

An Agent’s Guide to Choosing a Brokerage

It’s astounding how many different business models exist in our highly regulated industry. As a real estate agent, how do you determine which is the best model and brokerage for you? There are two main business models for brokerages: desk fees and commission split. From there, you can find combination models, employee (salaried) models, multi-level […]

Troubleshooting your air conditioner

We haven’t had much summer in Edmonton yet this year but we’re getting a taste of it now, and if you’re like me, I’m counting on my a/c in this warm weather. Regular maintenance of your HVAC system, including the air conditioner, can prevent major breakdowns and repair costs. Review this air conditioner maintenance checklist […]

Found a property that needs work?

Estimating Edmonton renovation costs before you buy. By Camillo Esposito, Owner of Independent Bath & Renovations: https://www.independentbath.com/ You found a house or a condo in a mature neighbourhood you love but it needs some attention for you to call it home. Established neighbourhoods provide mature trees and landscaping, shopping, a central location and a ton […]

The 5 Best Smart Home Devices for Your Rental Property

We live in the digital age. It seems that everything is getting more intelligent: from phones and TVs to toasters and washing machines. And home devices are part of this technological trend. In this article, Upkeep Media Inc., after successfully working with many property managers, looks at the best smart home devices that attract new […]

Tips for Buying and Selling Real Estate in Today’s Market

The real estate market right now feels different from any market we’ve experienced in Edmonton, from the stress test to the economy, to the inventory of homes on the market, we’re seeing some unusual things happen. So, we’ve put together some tips for those looking to buy or sell a home in the Edmonton area […]

Choose cabinet painting for a cost-effective kitchen renovation

A kitchen renovation can be a massive investment, but it does have a good return. A new, modern kitchen will improve the aesthetics and personal enjoyment of the space. It can also add resale value to your home and improve marketability if you decide to sell. The most expensive part of your kitchen renovation will […]

Questions to ask before building a home addition

If your family has outgrown your current house, you might be considering a big change. Or, maybe you want that luxurious master suite, a third bathroom or an additional family room. If you need more living space, you have two options: add on to the house you already have and renovate it to make it […]

10 Tips To Make Moving Easier

Moving is often a time-consuming and stressful event, but you can make the process easier by using a variety of tips that are recommended by others. Here are 10 tips to use so that you can make the transition to your new home easier. Tip 1: Contact Professional Moving Companies Right Away  As soon as […]

Edmonton Landscape Trends For 2019

From creating a space for mindful relaxation, to cultivating your own food, landscaping trends in Edmonton in 2019 are going to be all about getting away from the everyday rush, spending time with loved ones, and getting closer to nature. The outdoor living trend will carry over and grow from 2018, to realize creating unique, […]

Top 3 Reasons to Add a Secondary Suite to Your Property in Edmonton

In August the City of Edmonton updated their Secondary Suite zoning bylaws, making it easier for property owners to add a secondary suite to their property. The city expects to see 500 new legal suites in duplex homes, 600 in row-houses and about 550 in homes on small lots around the city, which has greatly […]