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Ken & Sue K.
Having Audrey and Mike representing us was the best thing we could have done!  The market was extremely shoppable, unpredictable, overloaded, and definitely a buyer’s market. We started with a non-commission company which caused nothing but headaches due to mistake after mistake in every issue printed.  We then went with a friend which was an even bigger mistake because not only did...
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Loverna P.
Dear Mike, Thank you for all your hard work, the on-line MLS listing, virtual tour, open house, and time spent answering questions of my many phone calls and visits to expedite the sale of my condo. The transition to relocate to Kelowna was so easy with your referral to a RE/MAX REALTOR® in Kelowna, who also worked as diligently as you. For all of this I cannot thank you enough. Again, thanks...
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(BPT) - Few things feel better than waking in the morning refreshed and ready to start the day. But if the first thing you see is a bedroom that needs some improvement, your day might not go as planned. If you're suffering from the bedroom blues, why not reinvent the space? Especially since you don't have to buy new to get a whole new look.

Bring a touch of nature to the room by transforming a boring headboard into a grand focal point. Simply spray paint it with Krylon's Natural Stone Textured Finish, which goes on easy and gives you the natural beauty of stone. Available in eight designer colors, this paint features a smaller particle size for an elegant and professional-looking appearance. To complete the look, add a new comforter and accent pillows to your bed to complement your new creation.

Don't stop there. Give outdated dressers or vanities a facelift with a fresh coat of paint. You can match the furniture to your new headboard, or paint each with a complementary color for extra visual intrigue. For the finishing touch, add new decorative knobs - or simply paint your current ones - to create additional dramatic impact.

Next, look to the accessories around the room that might need a bit of improvement or pizzazz. Lamps, frames and vases can be easily updated from bland to beautiful with a quick spray of paint to coordinate with the rest of your room's new color scheme.

Finally, add a bit of cheer by filling your newly painted vase full of fresh cut flowers on the night stand. For an ultra-relaxing vibe, add lavender to the mix, as the scent soothes and comforts while you drift off into dreamland.

From the moment you wake in the morning to the moment you close your eyes at night, your bedroom should be your haven. By rising to the occasion and incorporating some small spray paint updates, you can kick back and enjoy - morning, noon and night.

For more product or project ideas, visit www.krylon.com.

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If you are considering taking the plunge and having your home insulated, you may want to consider roof insulation. Just what is roof insulation? It is a product that lives up to its name, and could be called the hidden insulation, because many people do not even know that an outdoors form of it exists- they do research about the best kind of insulation for their home, and make a choice without becoming informed about roof insulation.

Roof insulation works silently to make your living space more comfortable. It has been tested and found to reduce the overall cost of heating your house by an astonishing 13%! This type of insulation can also help to keep your house a great deal cooler during the summer months. That can add up to a nice amount of money in a few years time, perhaps even enough to pay for your roof insulation and installation!

There are two types of roof insulation. One of these types goes on the outside of your home in the area between the roof's shingles or tiles, and the sheathing used on top of the rafters as a place for the roofing. Normally, a type of foam board is stapled to the sheathing, and the roofing material is then installed on top of the foam board. This gives you a layer of protection from hot and cold air drifting into your home's attic and then into your living space. Rigid fiberglass insulation can also be used for this purpose. It is a lot easier to install this type of insulation when you are also replacing your roof shingles or tiles, but it can definitely be used on a roof that is already in place or a flat roof as well.

It may only be necessary to place roof insulation in your attic space, which some contractors will call loft insulation. This is the more common type of roof insulation, and you will find that more people have heard of this alternative. Rafter vents are needed to keep any build up of moisture from getting the insulation wet. Once this has been accomplished, the space between the rafters can then be filled with insulation.

Spray foam insulation is one choice that the homeowner has for roof insulation in their attic space. A smaller attic, such as one you cannot stand up in, is a good candidate for this type of insulation. Professionals spray the foam into all the spaces, cracks, and crevices, and it does an excellent job of keeping out air.

Another type of attic roof insulation is that familiar pink colored roll that looks a bit like a huge roll of carpet. These are known as batts, and are usually made of fiberglass, but can also be made from rock wool. The pink batts are flexible, and it is easy to cut and fit them into the needed spaces. It is best to leave this type of installation to a professional, for fiberglass can be rather tricky to work with. It is easy to get some of the fibers embedded into your skin, or even in your eyes. As you might imagine, this is quite painful, and potentially dangerous to your eyesight. There is also the risk of breathing in the glass fibers.

The various types of roof insulation that are available will make your home a comfortable place to live, whether it is winter or summer.

 by: Simon Shannon

http://www.articlecity.com/articles/home_improvement/article_3754.shtml

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Yahoo! I just sold a property at 208 10707 102 AVE in EDMONTON.
This 2 bedroom downtown condo offers many features to satisfy the most discriminating downtown urbanite. Painted in modern colors, there is newer hardwood and ceramic flooring flowing throughout the home. Kitchen has maple cabinetry, breakfast bar and all-black appliances stay including over the range microwave. Living room has corner fireplace, is multimedia surround sound ready and patio door to balcony for your BBQ. Convenient insuite laundry with newer standard size washer & dryer. Huge master bedroom offers bay window and walk-in closet big enough for his & hers. Other features are 10' California knock down ceilings, forced air heating with central air conditioned cooling and secure underground parking with titled stall. Condo fees include all heat, water & external maintenance. Excellent location close to Grant MacEwan, Norquest, shopping, many restaurants, LRT and busing. If you are still looking for a downtown condo, this turn key home should be ranked number one on your must see list! Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to view this home
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Please visit my new public Open House at 3197 WHITELAW DR in EDMONTON.
Open House on Saturday, May 31, 2014 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Windermere!Extremely well kept home with almost 1400 sq ft of living space.Main floor, open concept with neutral tones,cozy living room with fireplace and laminate flooring. Master Bedrooms are generous sized both with their own full ensuites!Lovely Home
Fantastic home located in the Heart of Windermere! Extremely well kept professional home with almost 1400 sq ft of living space. Main floor features open concept with neutral tones, cozy living room with fireplace and laminate flooring. Kitchen has stainless steel appliances, eat up bar, espresso cabinetry and spacious dining with patio doors to maintenance free deck overlooking your fully landscaped yard. Upstairs, you will find a unique layout with bonus loft boasting plenty of room for your office or sitting area. Both bedrooms are very large and EACH have their own walk in closet and full ensuite bathroom. Lower level is unspoiled and ready for your personal touch& has roughed in plumbing for future bathroom. No winter scrapping with attached garage and convenient interior door. Close to all amenities including fine dining, shipping and easy access to Terwilliger and Whitemud Drive. With NO condo fee's, this home shows great and is priced perfect. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to view this home.
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Yahoo! I just sold a property at 12107 136 AVE in EDMONTON.
Located in quiet residential area, this family bungalow has so much to offer. Huge living room will WOW you with wood burning fireplace, stone feature wall & hardwood under the carpet. Den has large window & shelving, perfect for your home office. This room can be converted back to another bedroom. Galley kitchen features cabinetry w/glass doors & gas stove with overhead micro broiler oven. Brightly lite, dining area has double door to back deck featuring overhead terrace. Master bedroom w/newer window & is good size for most bedroom sets. Downstairs family room is very retro w/dry bar, electric fireplace & is tastefully decorated typical of basement development era. Plenty of storage in laundry area & has newer HWT. Some upgrades are vinyl siding, soffit & shaker style shingles. Private back yard w/garage, concrete pad, gas lamp & mature trees. Close to Kensington Park, huge playground, schools & shopping. With quick possession & fantastic location, this home should be number one on your must see list! Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to schedule a private showing.
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Bumps%20in%20the%20Real%20Estate%20Buddy%20SystemJust like any endeavor, sometimes the road is going to be bumpy in the Buddy System in real estate. Here are some examples:

1. There's this buyer who's been in the house for two years already. But then he just stopped paying.

2. There are sellers who won't sell the house the way you want them to. After six months, you just heard the news that the house was sold at a very low price. So, it kept you wondering, "Why didn't they consult you back?" or "Why did they sell it to someone for a lesser price?" Emotion is the reason. The sellers were so fed up with their emotions after 6, or maybe even 12 months,  that they reached a point where they decided to finally accepted it: They need to move on and lower the price to have it sold quickly.

3. Another situation is when the seller just wants to move on with their lives. They reach a point where they just want to have a peace of mind because it's never about the money. At the end of the day, they want the house sold and they'll do anything to get rid of it so they can continue on with their lives.

4. If your buddy's house isn't selling, they might be calling to tell you:

"My wife and I have talked and we would like to express our sincere gratitude for everything you've done. I know you've been selling our house for $400,000 and we've had lots of people coming here. However, things haven't been working out but we're really thankful for your hard work. We also talked of how we eagerly want to move on with our lives because it's such a hassle on our part and we've come to a decision where we just want to move on. We're really grateful for your work and we do want to have the house sold at $400,000 but we were thinking of $320,000?"

So, these are just some of the bumps you and your buddy will be going through. But still, it's always good to consider a Buddy System.

You must both understand that you are not working for the seller and the seller is not working for you either. Instead, you are buddies. You are a team. You work together to get the house sold. You get the paperwork organized and come up with deals so that you can both benefit from this joint partnership. You get what your buddy wants and at the same time gain the profit.

But in the end, the Buddy System can help both buddies maintain a good relationship towards each other, and achieve a nice deal!

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Check it out! I have listed a new property at 4733 49 AVE in LEGAL.
Still looking for a starter home in the quiet family community of Legal? This immaculate 800 sq ft, 2 bedroom bungalow all on a 50'x150' lot will totally impress you. Enjoy morning coffee in the front sunroom just off the large living room which features newer laminate flooring, flowing into both bedrooms. Functional eat-in kitchen with plenty of cupboards & counters and includes all appliances. Downstairs, finished basement has large family room with office nook, utility/storage room with laundry sink and includes washer & dryer. Some past upgrades are newer furnace, upgraded weeping tile & sump and vinyl siding with all windows capped. Extra storage in the attic thru the hide-a-way access in the bathroom. Park in the oversized attached carport, big enough for 2 vehicles. Out back is a huge backyard with 12'x17' storage shed and is large enough for double car garage. Short distance to Military Garrison & Edmonton, this is a fantastic home for a young family to call home.
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(NC)-The days are getting a little longer which means it's time to start thinking about waking up your lawn and garden. Many of us have partially used bags of fertilizer from last year and wonder, will it still work?
 

"We always encourage homeowners to use what they have on hand before buying more," says Kristian Stephens, resident agronomist at the Canadian Fertilizer Institute. "Properly stored, it will last indefinitely, but if you share with friends and neighbours, you'll free up room in your shed or garage and help beautify your community."
 

Here are a few tips on fertilizer use this spring: 
 

Use it: Spring and fall are the best times to feed your lawn for optimal health. If you have leftover fertilizer from the previous season you can use it in the spring. If moisture got in over the winter, you may have lumping of the fertilizer, so be sure to break up any clumps before placing in the spreader.
 

Share it: Most lawns need more food, so share your leftover fertilizer with family and friends or donate it to a local community centre. It is important to use the right fertilizer on any lawn, so always encourage friends and family to read the bag first.
 

Store it: To ensure your fertilizer is in good shape year after year, always keep leftovers in the original package, sealed, and stored in a cool dry place.
 

More information is available online at GreenerWorld.ca.



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With the increasing impact of global climate change, there are more and more severe weather events damaging homes and properties in Canada. These include floods, windstorms, hail and wildfires. One of the most shocking weather events happened in 2011 when a F3 tornado hit Goderich, Ontario. Without warning, the beautiful summer day turned dangerous when a supercell storm hit the centre of town. The 1.5 km-wide tornado flattened the downtown plus another 20 km swath, leaving many injured.
 

While disasters like this usually bring out the best in people, with neighbours working together, sadly there are others who try to take advantage of the situation. "What was most shocking and devastating about the Goderich tornado was that it surprised everyone, including meteorologists," said Joe Daly of Desjardins General Insurance. "When something like this happens, your first impulse after checking to make sure everyone is safe is to start rebuilding. But this is also when you're the most vulnerable, leaving you open to unreliable contractors. Of course, not all contractors are scammers. But it's important to know the difference between the two and how to protect yourself."
 

First, be prepared:
 

1) Experts say that the first three days after an emergency are the most critical. So consider creating a 72-hour emergency kit. Typically it will include 3 days worth of water for each person in your family, imperishable food stuffs, candles, flashlight and batteries, and a first-aid kit.
 

2) Since your home is likely your most valuable asset, make sure you understand the contents of your insurance policy. It's always a good idea to review it at least once a year and to address any questions you may have with your insurance provider. Typically, your policy will cover a fire loss, as well as damage caused by lightning, windstorms, hailstorms and even tornados. Keep in mind that standard homeowners' policies in Canada exclude overland flood damage. However, they do cover other kinds of water damage, like rain coming through a wind-damaged roof. Speak to your provider about your coverage and about possibly purchasing additional coverage.
 

Second, know the tell-tale signs to avoid a potential contractor scam:
 

1) Deposit and Dash: The contractor will have you pay a large deposit to start the work but will then disappear. Protect yourself by insisting on paying a small amount to start with the balance paid upon satisfactory completion of the work. And make sure you get all of this in writing.
 

2) Substandard Repairs: These types of contractors will charge you a large amount to fix the problem, but they will cut corners leaving you vulnerable for more serious damage. Make sure you do a proper inspection before paying the final bill.
 

3) Making matters worse: During an inspection, some discreditable contractors will create larger damage in order to charge you a bigger fee. This includes using a teaspoon, small rocks or hammers to fabricate damage on roof shingles. Be careful of any company that uses door-to-door salespeople or that drop off flyers. The best way to protect yourself is by contacting your insurance company before authorizing any work.
 

For more tips about emergency preparedness and protecting yourself against contractor scams, speak to your insurance provider. Or for immediate answers, visit Desjardins General Insurance at www.desjardinsgeneralinsurance.com.



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Yahoo! I just sold a property at 16818 53 ST NW.
Cameron Homes 2012 built, 3 bed, 2.5 bath 1435 sq ft luxury half duplex in McConachie Landing-NO CONDO FEES- Open concept floor plan with kitchen featuring granite counter tops and porcelain tile in all wet areas. Living room has laminate flooring and cozy natural gas fireplace. Upstairs is the huge master bedroom with ensuite and walkin closet, upper floor laundry and flex room/bonus room-loft. 2 other bedrooms are also an excellent size. Basement is roughed-in for a bathroom and has an excellent layout for another bedroom & family room. With easy access to Anthony Henday & Manning Freeway, shopping, public transit, schools and Edmonton Garrison. Safe and quiet neighbourhood with wide open spacious streets & west facing sunny backyard and deck. Fantastic location, amazing condition, perfect price. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to view this home.
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Yahoo! I just sold a property at 4226 50 ST in GIBBONS.
Excellent starter home for young family. Upon entering the home, you enter the good size living room with laminate flooring, large window for plenty of natural light. Modern kitchen has upgraded window, ceramic tile flooring, stainless and butcher block counters and cabinets & newer patio door leading to back deck. A convenient 2 piece bathroom finishes the main level. Upstairs, all bedrooms feature laminate flooring, fresh paint and newer windows. Downstairs level has cozy family room, storage and utility room and newer hot water tank including furnace. Entertain family and friends on large south facing back deck while the fully fenced backyard is great for kids & pets. With quiet location close in a fantastic family community and great price, this family home should be ranked number one on your must see list. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to view this home.
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Check it out! I have listed a new property at 26 171 BRINTNELL BLVD in EDMONTON.
Welcome to Brintnell Landing. As you enter the home, you will be greeted by the large foyer and ceramic tile flooring flowing thru to the kitchen, convenient 2 piece washroom & garage access. Maple kitchen has pantry, tile back splash and includes stainless steel appliances. Off the kitchen, enjoy the commanding view from east facing balcony. Cozy living room features stone facing natural gas fireplace. Upstairs is 2 huge bedrooms with large windows, each with walk-in closets. Jack and Jill shared bathroom and office/computer nook finish this level. Ready for your personal touch, the walk-out basement has 2 large windows, roughed-in plumbing & central vacuum with attachments. Central air conditioned completes this home. Sliding doors to patio area with beautifully landscaped & well maintained common areas. Condo complex is located across from the park and near Brintnell Lake walking paths. Close to public transit and shopping, this walkout basement home shows great and is price right!
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Check it out! I have listed a new property at 208 10707 102 AVE in EDMONTON.
This 2 bedroom downtown condo offers many features to satisfy the most discriminating downtown urbanite. Painted in modern colors, there is newer hardwood and ceramic flooring flowing throughout the home. Kitchen has maple cabinetry, breakfast bar and all-black appliances stay including over the range microwave. Living room has corner fireplace, is multimedia surround sound ready and patio door to balcony for your BBQ. Convenient insuite laundry with newer standard size washer & dryer. Huge master bedroom offers bay window and walk-in closet big enough for his & hers. Other features are 10' California knock down ceilings, forced air heating with central air conditioned cooling and secure underground parking with titled stall. Condo fees include all heat, water & external maintenance. Excellent location close to Grant MacEwan, Norquest, shopping, many restaurants, LRT and busing. If you are still looking for a downtown condo, this turn key home should be ranked number one on your must see list!
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Check it out! I have listed a new property at 16103 100 ST NW in EDMONTON.
Still looking for a family home? At almost 1300 sq. ft, this 3+1 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 4 level split makes a great home. Kitchen will satisfy any chef with ample cupboard space, counter tops and features all appliances. Enjoy entertaining in your formal dining room or main floor living room. Upstairs, master bedroom has plenty of room for your bedroom set, his & hers closets and convenient 2 piece ensuite. Other 2 bedrooms are also good size. Enjoy the cozy wood burning fireplace in the family room, perfect for big screen TV. Fourth bedroom, laundry and 3 piece bathroom finish this level. Downstairs, the games room is large enough for pool table, bar or games room. Plenty of storage in the separate utility and storage rooms. Enjoy family & friends in fully fenced yard backyard with established veggie garden. No winter scrapping with oversized 24'x24' insulated double car garage. Close to schools, shopping & public transit & major throughways, this family home shows great and is price right.
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Using%20surveillance%20cameras%20for%20your%20homeMany people turn to surveillance cameras as a way to make their home and office more secure. There are so many different types of security measures on offer, however, that it can be hard to know which is the right type of equipment for your needs. This article explores the different security measures and tools available and what the advantages and disadvantages of each of them are.

CCTV cameras can be attached to the outside of the building, can be placed over the door step, can be placed inside or can be entirely hidden from view. There are even dummy cameras available that provide a good deterrent aspect but don't actually incur any additional cost of filming. All cameras that can be seen work well as a deterrent. A burglar is far less likely to break into a home when there is the chance they will shown doing so on video surveillance footage. CCTV cameras don't necessarily sound an alarm however if security is breached in some way. In this respect they may be able to film a crime being committed but they won't necessarily be able to put a stop to it. Having the footage available however does mean there is more chance of getting your things back if they have been stolen.

Burglar alarms are another way that people add security to their homes. These have a large number of problems however. First of all burglaries are usually very quick and the perpetrator can be long gone by the time the police or a security firm have arrived on the scene. Secondly the alarm can in some cases be stopped by simply locating the control panel and breaking it. Cats and other animals can also sometimes trip the alarm when they jump through an open window, which can cause problems for everyone.

The ideal solution is to have both surveillance monitoring of some kind as well as a motion sensor, this way you get the best of all worlds. If this stretches the budget too far however then it is better to simply go with some kind of camera equipment. This provides the best value for money in terms of security. In the past it was just the wealthiest members of society who were able to afford security equipment such as cameras, but these days the prices have come right down and now everyone can benefit. Nanny cameras and hidden indoor cameras are another very popular type of security surveillance. Camouflaged cameras can allow you to see things that you would otherwise not be privy to. Parents like to be able to check their nannies are caring for their children well, employers like to be able to check everything is just as it should be in the workplace.

Another scenario in which hidden cameras are ideal is for the use of gathering evidence. If you are being targeted or victimized, having hard evidence to show the police can mean something can be done. Without the proof however the police may be hesitant to take any real action. There is no doubt that cameras are a valuable and versatile security tool. Surveillance can assist in a number of different ways to keep everyone safe and free from harm. If you are unsure of what type you need the first step is to define what exactly you want the security camera for and then decide how much you are willing to spend.

When you search online you will find a host of companies offering surveillance camera equipment and monitoring devices. Make sure you buy from a reputable company with a good website. There is more choice online than in high street shops so it is best to buy your equipment here. From a wildlife camera to tracking devices, go online to find out what is available and get the best prices.

by: Kathryn Dawson 
http://www.articlecity.com/articles/home_improvement/article_6339.shtml

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Check it out! I have listed a new property at 70 16823 84 ST in EDMONTON.
Welcome to Lakeview Greens! Inside this 3 bed, 2.5 bath home, the kitchen has abundant counter space, maple cabinets and features all appliances. Open concept, the full sized living room has west facing patio doors to the centre court, perfect play area for kids. Steps away is convenient 2 piece washroom. Large master bedroom includes spacious walk-in closet big enough for his and hers. Two more bedrooms of good size are also upstairs. Finished basement with separate den large enough for big screen TV, ideal for multimedia room or family room. 3 piece bathroom finishes off the basement. Save on heating bills with furnace air exchanger with heat recovery system. Off main floor hallway entry door is the attached garage so no more winter scraping. Park 2 more vehicles on your widened parking right out front of the home. Easy access to Military Garrison, all shopping, parks & public transit. Located in pet friendly complex, with quick possession & low condo fees, this home shows great and is priced perfect.
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