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November 30, 2014
WOW! New property listed in Spruce Grove, Spruce Grove
Check it out! I have listed a new property at 14 GREENWOOD CLOSE S in Spruce Grove.
Excellent potential for this family home located in the quiet community of Spruce Grove. Great for a young family, it has 3 full bedrooms on main floor while master bedroom features convenient 2 piece ensuite washroom. Downstairs is partly developed with family room, den, 3 piece washroom and separate laundry room. Entertain friends and family on good size deck while kids play in the huge fenced backyard which includes a kid's treehouse. No winter scrapping with double car garage, big enough room for garage hobbies. Needing some TLC, this home is a fantastic opportunity for somebody to put in some elbow grease and turn this house into a great place to call home. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to view this home
November 11, 2014
How to survive a bidding war
Understand market value: No matter the listing price, a home will typically sell for what it's worth. Silver recommends determining the home's market value-by consulting a real estate agent or looking up comparable properties on the Canadian Real Estate Association's Multiple Listings Service (MLS)-and bidding that amount. If the house is listed for $100,000 less than it should be, most of the offers won't make it past the first round.
Put in your best offer: When up against two or three other bids, give your best offer right away, Silver recommends. If you don't get the house, you can at least feel comfortable knowing that you tried your best. Remember that putting in your best offer doesn't mean going beyond your budget. Determine your limit and stick to it.
Nix your conditions: Removing conditions from your offer may make your bid more appealing. The financing condition is fairly easy to remove, as long as you have completed the mortgage approval process before bidding. You may also want to eliminate the home inspection condition. That doesn't mean forgoing the actual inspection - pay to have it done before you make an offer, not after.
Be prepared to walk away: While it's good to be optimistic that your bid will win, you and your agent need to be ready to move on. I say to my clients: we'll put in our best offer, but there's a good chance we'll be out looking for houses again tomorrow. For more information on buying a home please visit, www.genworth.ca
November 11, 2014
Driveway Gates: An ideal way to finish off your drive
When it comes to your home, you want it to be as unique as you are, and first impressions are very important. It makes sense to start with the part of your house that everyone will see first - your gates and railing. Wrought iron driveway gates are an ideal way to finish off your drive and give your home that wow factor.
Driveway gates and fences will enhance the beauty, privacy and security of your home. A driveway gate extends your home security to the boundaries of your property, and in a time where people are increasingly worried about their security, adding an iron gate at the driveway entrance has become popular. Having a secure fence and gate can be a great comfort, particularly if your house lies in an area of heavy traffic. In addition to the security benefits, adding a gate also contains animals, clearly marks property lines and makes a huge aesthetic improvement to your home.
When you choose an iron driveway gate for your home, you can be confident in the knowledge that they are known for their strength and endurance. This makes them less likely to break or bend. With today's power coating options, wrought iron gates can become just as rust resistant as aluminum. Iron gates can be matched with existing fences, pedestrian gates and access control systems.
It can be very frustrating to finish a long commute only to have to get out of the car, open a gate, drive through it, get out of the car again and close the gate. With this in mind another trendy feature for your iron driveway gates is to install an automatic gate opener. Electric gates provide indispensable convenience, allowing a gate to be opened without ever having to leave your car and therefore eliminating all those cumbersome steps.
When purchasing electric gates you need to consider a few options. The most obvious is deciding whether you want your driveway gate to open by sliding or swinging outwards. Swing gates are more aesthetically pleasing but you must take into account the opening radius depending on the length of the gate. Sliding gates will eliminate this issue as they retract rather than swing out.
You will also need to consider how much power is required to open and close your driveway gate. The amount of power is dependent on the size of your gate, how it opens and how many times it will need to be opened each day.
Finally, how will your gate be accessed, and by how many users? Electric gates are operated by a controller which sends a signal to the opening mechanism.
There are several options for your controller:
•Keypads with intercoms
•Key card operated controllers
•Controllers operated by remotes or telephones
Each of these features will affect the price and your final decision should be based on your budget and personal preference. Once you have taken all these points into consideration you can narrow down your options and choose the best Driveway Gates for your specific needs.
by: Mehboob Talukdar
November 7, 2014
Woot! I've just sold another property at 302 6315 135 AVE in Edmonton
Categories:Zone 02, Edmonton Real Estate
Yahoo! I just sold a property at 302 6315 135 AVE in Edmonton.
At almost 700 sq ft, this luxury 1 bedroom condo in located in Holland Gardens, a highly desirable complex close to Londonderry Mall. Situated on third floor for security, this non-smoking home includes a modern open concept floor plan. Good size kitchen has black appliances, plenty of cabinets & counters including large working island. Other features include high ceilings, large bedroom with 2 closets, insuite laundry with storage room, laminate flooring, BBQ gasline and a beautiful south facing view from your private balcony of the centre courtyard. No more winter scraping with TWO underground parking stalls, each with their own secured storage cage. Complex offers a complete fitness room plus plenty of visitor parking stalls & on-street parking. Condominium contributions include unlimited ELECTRICITY, HEAT, WATER, lawn care with snow removal and all exterior maintenance. Close to public transit, thorough ways & all shopping. With a quick possession, this home shows great & is priced perfect. Call Mike at 780-242-5229 or email me to view this home
November 5, 2014
In the bathroom, white is always right
(NC) Interior designers have a favourite saying about the decision to go all-white in a bathroom - "At its best, it will be the most spectacular room you ever designed; at its worst it will be perfectly satisfactory." In other words, always safe, and sometimes, out-of-this-world. What makes the difference?
A lot depends on what you put into it. An all-white background will showcase anything to its best advantage. Tone-on-tone white adds another dimension. Marble, quartz or gleaming white tile always brings a degree of sophistication and elegance. White towels, co-ordinated accessories and lighting all encourage an oasis-like ambience.
Not all whites are created equal. For example, there are 140 colours in the Benjamin Moore White and Off-White Collection. There are grey whites, blue whites, and pink whites. A warm white beside a cool white can , very subtly, accentuate architectural details and create a look of luxury. But, be sure to check the
light levels in your room before you choose the wall colour and bathroom fixtures.
Like fine sheets, a white bathroom encourages relaxation where you can escape all the stresses of the day. It is a place where you can linger in the shower or fill the tub and use your favourite bath oil to luxuriate in your own private world.
A range of fixtures is available, including sculpted toilets, vintage faucets, rainforest showerheads and free standing soaker tubs, as well as useful, but beautiful, accessories The styles shown here can be viewed and saved online at www.americanstandard.ca.
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