Land title transfers are seriously delayed at the moment; according to the Alberta Registries Site, they are currently registering Land Title Documents received on February 16th and Survey Plans/Documents received on March 9th, which places the current processing times well above the industry standard. Below we dive into what land titles are, why they are important, the cause of these delays, the issues the delay may cause and what home buyers and sellers can do to protect themselves. 

What is a Land Title?

A land title is a document that proves ownership of a piece of land and the specific interests (such as mortgages, caveats and easements) registered on them. When a home is bought or sold, the land title is transferred to the new owner, which…

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Whether you’re remodelling to enhance your family’s treasured home for your own enjoyment or to increase resale value, it is bound to be a vast undertaking. To adequately prepare yourself for the project that lies ahead, consider the following common renovation problems and the best solutions to fix them.

Being Caught Off-Guard by Hidden Issues

Sometimes, once the renovation project is underway, problems surface that require further attention, time and money. Be aware of the following issues that could pose extra work during your remodel process:
  • Carpentry – When a floorboard is removed, other surprises often lurk, such as rotten framing or unleveled areas.
  • Glazing on windows is often thin in older homes and can break easily.
  • Asbestos…

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You know, some things just seem so simple… Take the following question, for example; Does GST apply to the sale of your home? You’d assume the answer would be a simple and straightforward “No, there’s no GST on a resale home.” LOL…Assumptions are dangerous. (I’m sure I’ve said this before.) The actual answer is a much more complex “Maybe. Actually, generally no, but possibly.” You must be thinking, “wait, what?” The fact of the matter is the only one who can answer this is you or your accountant. It’s all based on how you’ve filed your taxes, so every case is different. For example, if you own an acreage and run a business on it or lease a portion of to, let’s say, a cell tower or an oil well, you may have obligations to pay GST on the sale of your…

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If you’ve recently looked at listing your home or spent any amount of time watching HGTV, you’ve likely heard of home staging, but is it necessary? The short answer is yes.

Why Should You Stage Your Home?

Staging showcases your home in its very best light, using furniture and decor to highlight your home’s best features and minimize its imperfections. This allows potential buyers to see themselves in your home, often leading to a quicker sale at a higher price point. Over time we get so used to how the home functions for us, that we don’t consider if the current function really showcases the layout and flow of the home. We often bring a professional stager to our listings to guide our clients through the process. Edmonton has some really great home…

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A lot of people don’t know about the importance of Real Property Reports (RPRs) when buying or selling a home and often ask us about the benefits of having an RPR or Title Insurance. So let’s set the record straight right off the bat: An RPR with compliance is generally better than Title Insurance alone, but it’s not an ideal solution in every real estate transaction.

What is an RPR?

An RPR is basically a survey or a drawing of a property that shows the location of all of the improvements such as the house, garage, deck, fence, hot tub and so on. It also includes information about utility right-of-ways, easements and overhangs.

What is an RPR with compliance?

Most municipalities will issue a compliance stamp or certification when an RPR is…

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