One of the top unknown realities of a first time home buyers is: the buyer does NOT have to pay real estate fees!!! Just in case you missed that - If you’re a buyer, you do not have to pay any real estate fees. How awesome is that??? We, as Realtors have Fiduciary Duties to ensure that we look after YOUR best interests and no one else’s. There are so many legal entities involved in a real estate transaction, there are certain due diligence that you want to take to protect yourself and your investment…….and how about paying a fair market value for your new home AND knowing that it has good resale value! This is what your realtor will do for you while representing you. 

Many buyers will approach the listing realtor of each home for them to show that home…… this is another “faux pas”. That is a conflict of interest as the listing realtor is also representing the seller. The best advise I can give you is to interview a few realtors and see who is most in line with what you’re looking for and who you connect with the best. Work with that realtor to find the perfect home for YOU!!


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Have you been toying around with the idea of buying your own home instead or renting? Are you tired of abiding by the landlord’s rules and having their decor? Now, might be the time to start looking into what it all entails.
The first thing you DON’T want to do is just start looking at homes. There are so many things you’ll want to educate yourself on first. Let’s start by taking the time to chat with the experts in the field? Who can you talk to? My suggestion would be to talk to a few realtors and see who you feel most connected to. See who you feel would be looking after your best interest and will take the time to properly educate you so you can make proper decisions along the way. This will most likely be the biggest purchase of your life.
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I have listed a new property at 11259 10 AVE in Edmonton.
Welcome home to this Immaculate Carriage Custom Built Bungalow located on a beautifully treed, quiet street in Twin Brooks. As you enter the front door, you’ll be in awe with this impeccably maintained home. There is plenty of room to host family get togethers in the LARGE DINING ROOM and formal front living room. The kitchen features VAULTED CEILINGS, large PANTRY and overlooking the quaint family room with GAS FIREPLACE. Patio doors lead to the extended OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE, which features covered and uncovered patios. The south facing backyard is right out of the “Home and Garden’s” Magazine and can be your own private retreat. The basement is fully finished with another family room, games room, wet bar, 3 pc bathroom, Den and Two more HUGE BEDROOMS. All this plus a newer furnace and HWT. Act quickly, as this beautiful bungalow won’t last long.
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I have listed a new property at 3 HIGHLANDS WAY in Spruce Grove.
Picture this: As you enter the front foyer you will be impressed with the OPEN CONCEPT and beautiful hardwood floors. The 18 FT CEILINGS in the living room and GORGEOUS STONED GAS FIREPLACE will have you in Awe. The kitchen features TIMELESS WHITE CABINETS, stainless steel appliances, a WALK-THRU PANTRY, and a huge eating area. A beautiful OFFICE with FRENCH DOORS, powder room and laundry area complete the main level. As you walk up the stairs to the second level you’ll be impressed with the UPGRADED ROD IRON RAILING where you can overlook the family room. The BONUS ROOM features hardwood floors, and large picture windows. The master bedroom has a BEAUTIFUL FEATURE WALL, huge ensuite with soaker tub, and walk-in closet. Two more bedrooms and a 4-piece bath complete this level. The basement features a HOME THEATRE, a bar to entertain with family, a 3-pc bath and the 4th bedroom. Entertain in the backyard with a built-in speakers, barbecue, bar fridge and a gorgeous two tiered non-maintenance deck.
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I have listed a new property at 402 9503 101 AVE in Edmonton.
BREATHTAKING VIEWS! Don’t miss out in viewing this gorgeous condo, situated downtown on the RIVER VALLEY! As you enter the front foyer, you’ll be impressed with the OPEN CONCEPT, 9 ft CEILINGS and LARGE PICTURE WINDOWS overlooking the river valley. The quaint kitchen features a BREAKFAST bar, and an EAT-In kitchen, big enough to host your dining room table. The HUGE open concept living room has plenty of room for all your furniture and entertainment centre. Sit outside on the BALCONY with a coffee in the morning and take in the beautiful East facing SUNRISE! Two generous sized bedroom, 4- pc bathroom and In-suite laundry complete this unit. This condo has all new FLOORING and has been freshly painted. The blinds are HUNTER DOUGLAS top-down/bottom-up and the unit comes with CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING. All this plus, an UNDERGROUND heater parking stall and EXTRA LARGE STORAGE. Act quickly as this home is priced to sell.
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I have listed a new property at 110 2904 139 AVE in Edmonton.
Why rent, when you can own this lovely condo? This home is definitely a ONE OF A KIND! The kitchen has been beautifully UPGRADED with timeless WHITE CABINETS, modern counter tops and gorgeous BACK-SPLASH. You’ll be impressed with the NEW LAMINATE FLOORING throughout. The SUNKEN FLOOR leading into your living room is just the start to it’s AMAZING ECLECTIC design. The Feature wall boasts barn wood finishing along with a barn door acting as a window covering. The GORGEOUS wood burning FIREPLACE is a feature piece of this room. Patio doors lead to a private, Covered patio, along with a storage room for your personal items. A CUSTOM BARN DOOR leads to the large second bedroom, and just down the hall, you’ll find your own personal MASTER SUITE. It features a WALK-THRU closet, 2 pc bath and PATIO DOORS leading to your own patio. The unit is complete with a BEAUTIFULLY upgraded 4 pc bathroom featuring a JACUZZI tub, and your private IN-SUITE LAUNDRY Room. All this, plus a second storage room on the 4th floor.
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I have listed a new property at 3 HIGHLANDS WAY in Spruce Grove.
Picture this: As you enter the front foyer you will be impressed with the OPEN CONCEPT and beautiful hardwood floors. The 18 FT CEILINGS in the living room and GORGEOUS STONED GAS FIREPLACE will have you in Awe. The kitchen features TIMELESS WHITE CABINETS, stainless steel appliances, a WALK-THRU PANTRY, and a huge eating area. A beautiful OFFICE with FRENCH DOORS, powder room and laundry area complete the main level. As you walk up the stairs to the second level you’ll be impressed with the UPGRADED ROD IRON RAILING where you can overlook the family room. The BONUS ROOM features hardwood floors, and large picture windows. The master bedroom has a BEAUTIFUL FEATURE WALL, huge ensuite with soaker tub, and walk-in closet. Two more bedrooms and a 4-piece bath complete this level. The basement features a HOME THEATRE, a bar to entertain with family, a 3-pc bath and the 4th bedroom. Entertain in the backyard with a built-in speakers, barbecue, bar fridge and a gorgeous two tiered non-maintenance deck.
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The kitchen is the heart of the home. When it’s well designed it can elevate the entire look and feel of a property, both in terms of appearance and in terms of functionality. And when it’s not, it can make an entire home feel dated and inefficient—which can be a big problem if you’re thinking of selling. Because it plays such an important role, many homeowners look to the kitchen first when making home improvements. But does a kitchen renovation increase home value enough to justify its expense?

A kitchen renovation is the third most popular type of home improvement, according to the National Association of Realtor’s (NAR) 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, with general kitchen upgrades coming in at number two. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Valuereport however, the return on investment for all types of kitchen renovations—including mid-range and upscale remodels—is going down. So what gives? Below, we’ll go over what you need to know in answer to the question does a kitchen renovation increase home value?, including how you can make the most of your remodeling investment.

Does a Kitchen Renovation Increase Home Value?

In a word: yes. Most realtors will tell you that kitchens sell houses, but increasing home value and getting a big return on your spend aren’t the same thing. As you make a home renovation budget and determine which efforts are worth the cost, you’ll need to evaluate whether the expense of a major kitchen remodel is efficiently offset by the increase in home value that if affords.

Turning back to Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value report, here’s how various degrees of a kitchen renovation increase home value:

Minor Kitchen Remodel – Midrange

Average cost: $23,452
Average resale value: 
$18,206
Recouped expenses: 
77.6%

Major Kitchen Remodel – Midrange 

Average cost: $68,490
Average resale value: 
$40,127
Recouped expenses: 
58.6%

Major Kitchen Remodel – Upscale 

Average cost: $135,547
Average resale value: 
$72,993
Recouped expenses: 
53.9%

Data was not provided for midrange major kitchen remodels.

You’re rarely—if ever—going to get a 100% return on a home improvement investment. For that reason, it’s important to do a careful cost benefit analysis and determine whether it’s worth spending tens of thousands of dollars (the average cost of all kitchen renovations is $25,093, or $150 a square foot, according to HomeAdvisor) to increase your home’s value.

Key to keep in mind here is that just as a stunning, updated kitchen can sell a home, an outdated kitchen can stand in the way of a sale. So even if you can’t do a complete kitchen renovation, you’ll still have something to gain from making targeted improvements (more on those later).


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I have listed a new property at 129 1670 JAMHA RD in Edmonton.
Welcome home to this quaint townhouse situated in the heart of JACKSON HEIGHTS. This BEAUTIFUL end unit, has been completely RENOVATED in 2021. On the main level, you’ll be impressed with the new GORGEOUS WHITE KITCHEN featuring CABINETS TO CEILING, QUARTZ Counter tops, NEW STAINLESS STEEL appliances, and MODERN BACKSPLASH. There are PATIO DOORS leading to your own deck and private FENCED YARD. The living room features a CORNER GAS FIREPLACE, which has been updated with modern tile, a LARGE BAY window which brings in a ton of NATURAL LIGHT, and plenty of room for large living room furniture. A powder room and LAUNDRY AREA completes this level. Upstairs, you’ll be impressed with the MASTER SUITE. It features FRENCH DOORS leading in, a LARGE WALK-IN CLOSET and 4 pc Ensuite, the HUGE spare bedroom has plenty of room for a bedroom set and its own sitting area. The VIEW from this room is breath taking, overlooking JACKIE PARKER RECREATION AREA and Millwoods Golf Course. All this, plus a DOUBLE ATTACHED garage.
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I have listed a new property at 18042 95A AVE in Edmonton.
Welcome home to this nicely upgraded half-duplex situated in the heart of La Perle, close to Schools, playground, and public transportation. This home has been upgraded in the last few years with flooring, paint, and Trim. More importantly it has a BRAND NEW FURNACE, newer Windows and Doors, NEWER SHINGLES and an OVERSIZED Hot Water Tank. You’ll be impressed when you walk through the front door and see the open floor plan. It has plenty of room for your living room and dining room furniture. The kitchen is NICLEY RENOVATED, with warm oak cabinets and UPGRADED STAINLESS STEEL appliances. A pantry/storage area and 2 pc Bathroom complete this level. Upstairs you’ll find a HUGE MASTER BEDROOM with plenty of room for a KING bed and sitting area, the 4 pc bathroom has been RECENTLY RENOVATED, and two more bedrooms complete this level. The basement is all set up and ready for your HOME THEATRE. It also features another room, perfect for a home gym or an office. All this, plus a LARGE FENCED yard.
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I have listed a new property at 105 3010 33 AVE in Edmonton.
Welcome home to this AMAZING townhouse situated in the heart of MILL CREEK RAVINE in Silverberry which features GORGEOUS VIEWS from your living room and deck. As you walk up your stairs to the OPEN CONCEPT main level you’ll be impressed with the 9 FT ceilings and view out the back to the ravine. The kitchen features DARK STAINED cabinets, island and plenty of room for a large DINING TABLE. The living room features a CORNER, Stone GAS FIREPLACE and PATIO DOORS leading to your outdoor LIVING SPACE. The laundry area and a 2 pc bathroom complete this level. Upstairs you’ll love the TWO MASTER BEDROOMS, each with their own ENSUITE and Walk-in Closets. This is perfect for bringing in a room mate to help with the mortgage. Why rent or why buy an apartment style condo when you can have ALL of this at this GREAT price? Act quickly as this great home won’t last at this price.
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I have listed a new property at 101 2905 141 ST in Edmonton.
Welcome home to your trendy townhouse situated close to shopping and public transportation in the HEART of Chappelle. Enjoy the morning sun from your front SOUTH FACING patio which is fully fenced for children or pets. As you enter the front door, you’ll be impressed with the OPEN CONCEPT, modern LAMINATE FLOORING throughout, and plenty of natural light. The kitchen has GORGEOUS DARK CABINETS, with a modern backsplash and QUARTZ counter tops. The dining area is of good size to host your family gatherings, and then relax in the living room and cozy up to your ELECTRIC FIREPLACE. Upstairs, the Master bedroom has plenty of space and features a WALK-IN closet and 3-pc ENSUITE. Two more bedrooms and a 4 pc bathroom complete this floor. In the basement you’ll find your FULL-SIZE washer and dryer and access to your DOUBLE ATTACHED GARAGE. All this plus CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING. Act quickly, as the homes in the complex are selling quickly.
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I have listed a new property at 4158 6A ST in Edmonton.
You won’t want to miss viewing this amazing FAMILY HOME situated in Maple. As you enter the front foyer you’ll be impressed with the OPEN CONCEPT and airy feel. The gorgeous HARDWOOD FLOORS flow throughout the main floor. The chef’s kitchen features DARK CABINETS to ceiling, Stainless Steel Appliances, Quartz Counter tops, Corner Pantry and a LARGE ISLAND big enough to seat four. The living room has a ton of natural light and a door to lead out to the backyard deck. Upstairs, the large Master bedroom boasts WALK-IN CLOSET and a SOAKER TUB in the ensuite. Two more bedrooms and a 4pc bath complete this level. The basement is FULLY FINISHED, with a cozy family room, 4th bedroom and bathroom and 9 ft ceilings. All this, plus HOT WATER ON DEMAND, Central A/C, a HUGE oversized TRIPLE GARAGE (24x36) with ATTIC STORAGE and PIE SHAPED LOT. Act Quickly as this great home won’t last.
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I have listed a new property at 152 LEE_RIDGE RD in Edmonton.
Perfect for the FIRST TIME BUYER or INVESTOR. Situated in a quiet location in Lee Ridge, this lovely townhouse has some very nice features. On the main floor, you’ll be impressed with the LARGE SUNKEN LIVING ROOM which features a FIREPLACE and patio doors leading to the back yard. The kitchen features newer CINNAMON stained MAPLE CABINETS with modern back splash and newer counter tops. The DINING ROOM has plenty of space for your large dining set and entertaining family for dinner. The whole main floor also boast newer LAMINATE FLOORING. Upstairs, features a HUGE MASTER BEDROOM with access to the main bathroom. Two more large bedrooms complete this level. The basement is FULLY FINISHED with an entertainment area, flex room and LAUNDRY/3 pc bathroom. The whole home has been freshly painted and vanities in the bathrooms have been upgraded. With a little loving care you could make the backyard your own little Oasis.
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I have listed a new property at 67 2905 141 ST in Edmonton.
A home with a VIEW………..don’t miss out in visiting this gorgeous end unit townhouse which faces the POND and walking path. Enjoy the morning sun from your front patio which is also fully fenced. As you enter the front door, you’ll be drawn to the modern design and all the natural light that flows into the home. French doors lead into the flex room which is perfect for your HOME OFFICE or WORKOUT ROOM. Upstairs you’ll love the OPEN CONCEPT with modern LAMINATE FLOORING, and plenty of natural light. The kitchen has GORGEOUS WHITE CABINETS, with a modern backsplash and QUARTZ counter tops. The dining area is of good size to host your family gatherings, and then relax in the living room and cozy up to your GAS FIREPLACE. Upstairs, you’ll enjoy the convenience of the LAUNDRY AREA, steps from the MASTER SUITE. The room has plenty of space for a king sized bed and features a WALK-IN closet and 3-pc ENSUITE. Two more bedrooms and a 4 pc bathroom complete this floor. All this plus a DOUBLE ATTACHED GARAGE.
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I have listed a new property at 12227 107 ST in Edmonton.
Attention all Trades people!! You won’t want to miss viewing this fantastic home with an amazing SHOP, situated close to the Yellowhead and to Downtown. As you enter the front door, you’ll be impressed with the natural hardwood in the good sized living room. The kitchen has been upgraded with GORGEOUS CINNAMON MAPLE Cabinets, modern backsplash and STAINLESS STEEL appliances. The two bedrooms on this floor are decent size, and the master bedroom has WALL-TO-WALL closets with custom shelving. Downstairs, you can easily put up a family members in the In-Law suite. It has a large family room, dining area, kitchen, bedroom and a 3-pc ensuite. This is just the start……..how about an incredible newly built 24x30 SHOP, with a 10 foot over head door, IN-FLOOR HEATING, plumbing for bathroom and 200 amp service. The concrete around the shop/driveway has been recently poured, and there is also room for RV Parking. The Sewer line to the city street has been recently replaced, as well as a back water valve installed.
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I have listed a new property at 311 WATT BLVD in Edmonton.
Welcome home to this GORGEOUS 1/2 duplex 2 Storey situated within walking distance from shopping and public transportation. As you enter the front foyer, you’ll be in AWE of the OPEN and UNIQUE Floor Plan. From the 9 ft CEILINGS and LED pot lights to the TRENDY LIGHT LAMINATE flooring, you’ll be planning where all YOUR furniture should go when you move in. The main floor boasts a BEAUTIFUL kitchen with GORGEOUS DARK cabinets, UPGRADED stainless steel appliances, HUGE CORNER PANTRY and GRANITE counter tops. Upstairs, you’ll enjoy the SPACIOUS BONUS ROOM, Laundry area, two generous sized kids rooms and a LARGE Master Bedroom with 4pc Ensuite. What makes this home even more unique is the large UPPER FLOOR PATIO, where you can enjoy the sunny outdoor weather in your very own private space. What more can you ask for? Well how about a DOUBLE ATTACHED GARAGE with a driveway long enough to fit two more vehicles on it. Act Quickly, as this GEM won’t last.
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I have listed a new property at 6003 183 ST in Edmonton.
Welcome home to this amazing 2-storey family home situated in the heart of Dechene. You’ll be impressed the moment you walk into the front door with the VAULTED Ceilings and OPEN floor plan. The front room has plenty of space for entertaining your family and friends. You can easily fit a large table and buffet hutch in the DINING ROOM, and still have plenty of room in the kitchen for the big Family gatherings. Cozy up to the FIREPLACE in the family room on those cold winter nights. A Den, powder room and laundry area complete this level. Upstairs, you’ll find a GORGEOUS Master Suite with a WALK-in closet and a large 3-pc Ensuite. Also situated upstairs is a RENOVATED bathroom and two LARGE kids bedrooms. The basement is completely finished with a Games Room, Media room, Hobby room, 3 piece bathroom and storage. All this and so much more. Act quickly as this great home won’t last.
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The market is picking up and the weather is getting nicer.........I love ❤️ this time of the year when we can ditch the winter coats. Happy Saturday *
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Below is a statement from RECA regarding real estate agent services as an essential service (issued March 28, 2020):  

The Government of Alberta has deemed real estate agent services, and services that provide access to credit, stocks or other forms of liquidity or finance to individuals, groups or businesses to be essential services. This exempts licensed real estate and mortgage professionals from restrictions during the COVID-19 outbreak, as long as they follow all public health guidelines, including physical distancing measures.

This means brokerages will not need to shut down operations at this time. Albertans rely on these professional services, and brokerages are encouraged to remain open.

"RECA's mandate is first and foremost to protect the public, and it remains our highest priority," said Duane Monea, Administrator of the Real Estate Council of Alberta. "By being deemed an essential service, real estate and mortgage professionals have been given a great responsibility in assisting Albertans during this crisis. I am confident the industry will meet the challenge, and adapt their business practices in order to protect the health and safety of the public."

Firstly, professionals must ensure they explain to their clients the impacts of COVID-19 in their real estate or mortgage transaction, and discuss all options together with their advantages and disadvantages, so their clients can make informed decisions. Professionals can be a reliable source of information on minimizing any health risks involved in trading in real estate or dealing in mortgages at this time. Professionals should point clients to RECA's COVID-19 for Real Estate Consumers' website.

Secondly, professionals must also assess their own risk, and remain vigilant to their health, the health of their clients, and the health of their colleagues. They must take steps to minimize their health risks and stop the spread of COVID-19.

"Real estate and mortgage professionals must follow the direction and guidance of Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19," continued Monea. "Professionals must have honest discussions with their clients about the risks during a real estate transaction or mortgage deal, and must explore alternatives to minimize that risk."

Review the industry-focused COVID-19 and Real Estate webpage for information on discussions with sellers and buyers, along with FAQs and specific information for mortgage brokers, on amending contracts, and for residential and commercial property managers.

"I also want to thank the various trade associations for the work they are doing to reduce risk, in particular the Alberta Real Estate Association in respect to the holding of open houses," said Monea. "Open houses pose an unreasonable risk to real estate professionals and the public."

RECA will continue to update all industry professionals and the public if any further directives from the government will impact the industry, and offer advice on how to continue offering the high level of service the Alberta public expects.

RECA will continue operations as the Government of Alberta has deemed all enforcement and regulatory services as essential.

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