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February 28, 2014
Woot! I've just sold another property at 7407 187 ST NW in EDMONTON
Categories:Zone 20, Edmonton Real Estate
Yahoo! I just sold a property at 7407 187 ST NW in EDMONTON.
Excellent potential in this 2+4 bedroom, 3 full bath family bungalow. Main floor has large front entry, good size living room & dining area, both with bay windows. Master bedroom is oversized and likely could be made back into 2 separate rooms which COULD increase total bedroom size to 7. Relax in your ensuite bathroom which features a soothing jacuzzi tub. Second bedroom is also a good size. Fully finished downstairs has family room, full 4 piece bathroom and 4 more bedrooms, all with large windows. Entertain family and friends on the large south facing deck. With great curb appeal on a quiet crescent close to Lymburn Park, there is plenty of potential as a bit of elbow grease & sweat equity could bring this home back to it's former glory. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to schedule a private showing.
February 27, 2014
CMHC to Increase Mortgage Insurance Premiums
CMHC to Increase Mortgage Insurance Premiums
Well, it seems CMHC is raising it's premiums for new mortgages by approximately 15% starting 1 May 2014. What this will do is increase the cost of buying a new home, estimated to be $5 per month to the average Edmonton home buyer. Not a lot of cash but still, will be your cash. The trick is to have a firm sale on your new home before the deadline. This will beat the premium increase. Here is a quick breakdown:
Apparently, the other two private mortgage insurance companies Genworth and Canada Guaranty have already matched this increase, too. You can read the full information on CMHC's website. How do YOU think this will affect home buying within Canada? Please comment below or privately thru my contact page.
February 25, 2014
Thoughtful design in everyday spaces
Thoughtful Design in Everyday Edmonton Spaces
Have you ever stopped to consider how much thought and effort went into the design of the spaces you visit every day? You may not realize it, but your favorite restaurants, Edmonton neighborhood grocery store and go-to movie theater follow some very specific design principles in order to create a unique space that is both visually appealing and user-friendly.
February 19, 2014
Raising the bar on bath safety
Raising the Bar on Edmonton Bath Safety
The bathroom is your daily sanctuary to retreat to and enjoy a few moments alone. For that reason, it should be serene, stylish and of course, safe. -Think that words "safety" and "style" can never go together? Think again. Fortunately, it's easy to incorporate essential bath safety elements that will leave your room feeling more like a resort instead of rehab.
If you can think of any other bathroom safety ideas, please comment below or thru my contact page.
February 12, 2014
Committing to a mortgage with your honey? Consider these house hunting essentials
Committing to a Mortgage with Your Honey? Consider These Edmonton House Hunting Essentials
Edmonton House-hunting couples have many important decisions to make together – from deciding on a new-build condo or century-old bungalow to agreeing on the ideal neighbourhood and the type of mortgage that will work best for them.
According to research from TD Canada Trust, 73% of Canadians bought or expect to buy their first home with their significant other. Since a home is the biggest purchase most couples will make, Farhaneh Haque, director of mortgage advice at TD Canada Trust, provides her top three tips to ensure couples are on the same page before hitting any open houses.
"The last thing couples want is an unwelcome surprise when they're about to sign on the dotted line," Haque said. "By speaking with a mortgage specialist well before you've entered the pressure-cooker of the house hunt, couples can make informed decisions that can save money and stress in the long run."
Check out my mortage calculator page where I also have contacts for excellent mortgage specials to help you find that great mortage deal.
February 12, 2014
Explore the great outdoors this winter
Explore the Great Outdoors this Edmonton Winter
As temperatures drop, many Edmontonians are tempted to enter a sort of hibernation, abandoning the outdoor activities they love in favour of nights spent in the warmth of home. While the days may be shorter, you can still take advantage of the sunlight and enjoy the many parks, trails and conservation areas that are found across Canada.
"The Canadian landscape is breath-taking all year round, and Canadians should get outside and enjoy the beautiful natural environment no matter what the season," says Mary Desjardins, the executive director of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF). "However, it is important to be mindful of the natural environment when enjoying the great outdoors, especially if we want to protect it for generations to come."
TD FEF recommends these tips to Canadians looking to explore the great outdoors this winter:
• Maintain a zero footprint while outdoors to help keep the environment pristine. Take all garbage with you, and don't disturb the natural environment any more than is necessary.
• Watch your step, and be sure to stay on marked trails. Many nature areas maintain marked trails – complete with guide signs and posts. Staying on marked trails will keep you from getting lost, and ensure you're not venturing onto marshes, protected habitats and other dangers that may be hidden beneath the snow fall.
• Stay hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water, especially if you're jogging outdoors during the winter. While you may not sweat as much as you do in the summer, it is important to keep hydrated when you plan to be outdoors for long periods of time.
• Bring a map, guidebook or mobile phone with you. If you are exploring an area for the first time, if the weather worsens, or you become disoriented you can find your way to safety.
TD FEF supports numerous trails and natural areas, helping to ensure that Edmontonians can enjoy the natural beauty of the environment year-round.
If you have anymoe tips to enjoying our beautiful Edmonton winters, please share below or thru my contact page.
February 11, 2014
Woot! I've just sold another property at 13531 121A ST in EDMONTON
Categories:Zone 01, Edmonton Real Estate
Yahoo! I just sold a property at 13531 121A ST in EDMONTON.
Wonderful 3+1 bedroom, 2 bath bungalow perfect for young family. As you enter the home, huge living room welcomes you with plentiful natural light thru the oversized windows. Beautifully maintained, original hardwood flooring flows throughout main level including all bedrooms. Kitchen offers oak cabinetry featuring pantry & pot drawers along with plenty of counter space. Off the dining area is sliding doors to south facing 18'x10' deck, perfect for entertaining family & friends. Master bedroom is large enough for your bedroom set while other rooms are big enough for the kids. Downstairs is fourth bedroom, 3 piece bath, utility room, laundry area & large family room with cozy wood stove. Extra storage is available with multiple closets on this level. Out behind garage is fenced dog run, ready for Fido. Quiet location, just across the street from Kensington community hall, playground, 2 outside skating rinks & sports field. With quick possession, this family home shows great and is priced perfect. Check out the virtual tour here. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to set up a private showing.
February 4, 2014
Find the Right Insulation for Your Edmonton Home
Find the Right Insulation for Your Edmonton Home
A growing number of Edmonton homeowners and builders are investing in spray foam insulation since it offers an array of benefits that traditional insulation materials cannot provide. With longevity and eco-friendly qualities, spray foam insulation is an energy-efficient material that minimizes heating and cooling costs. Here are a few more details:
It stays in place – Expanding up to 100 times its volume when applied, spray foam insulation fills in gaps that might otherwise cause air leakage. Traditional insulation types such as cellulose and fiberglass are usually loosely packed, which could lead to drafty spots throughout the home. Such spots can lead to higher than expected heating and cooling bills.
The material is greener – Spray foam insulation is an eco-friendly product and helps keep allergens and pollutants outside for a healthier and cleaner indoor environment, making it a smart choice for those who suffer from allergies.
It protects against moisture and mold – Traditional insulation materials absorb water, which can lead to structural damage and mold build-up over the long-term. Spray foam insulation allows water to pass through, allowing homeowners to address any structural issues and preventing the formation of mildew, moisture and mold.
If you can add to home insulation ideas, please comment below or fill out my contact page.
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