The Bank of Canada announced today that it is holding the overnight rate steady, again citing escalating geopolitical and trade conflict risks, which are undermining the global expansion. The Bank also noted that in Canada, the response to the strict qualifying guidelines that went into effect January 1 slowed first quarter growth. The next rate-setting day is Wednesday, May 30.
Posted in: Zone 17, Edmonton Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 202 9927 79 AVE in Edmonton.
Fantastic location on shady treelined street in Ritchie, three blocks from Whyte Ave. This well kept unit is open and spacious, 9 ft ceilings throughout and espresso cabinets, stainless appliances add the new york loft style of this two bedroom and two bath unit. The kitchen features huge counter top space open to the great room that is large enough for entertaining, the two bedrooms are separated by the main hall and maintain privacy and quiet. The master bedroom has large walk thru closet and 4 pce ensuite, Windows abound in the living and dining areas and open to large covered deck with gas hook-up for BBQ and enjoyment of the peaceful street. Insuite laundry and storage room. The large trees provide privacy. Close to all amenities, the university, 82 Ave, easy access to the airport, or to downtown. A Titled underground stall completes the package. Great value!
Posted in: Zone 58, Edmonton Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 266 GALLAND CLOSE in Edmonton.
Judicial sale. 3 Bedroom bungalow in Glastonbury's Park Land Estates. 3 bedrooms 3 full baths. Great location close to all amenities.
Posted in: Zone 15, Edmonton Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 9809 92 AVE in Edmonton.
Incredible Mill Creek Ravine location with spectacular views and setting for your dream home. 2 Houses from Mill Creek Ravine Park. Excellent proximity to the U of A, river valley, and Downtown. RF2 zoning. Approximately 606m2 (133ft x 50ft) perfect for your next home or project. Current home is in tear down condition. Sold "as is"
Posted in: Zone 16, Edmonton Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 3632 118 ST in Edmonton.
Updated and gorgeous family home in GREENFIELD! Unique 2-Story layout and loads of reno's give you the character and functionality you have been looking for. Enjoy upgrades including new triple pane windows, miles of slate and Harwood flooring, custom blinds, LED lighting throughout and central vac. Main floor features modern kitchen with granite counter tops, 2 tone cabinets, auto hot water tap, a large dining area, big living room complete with wood burning fire place, main floor laundry, half bath and access to the rear boot room and back yard. Upstairs boasts, main bath, 4 large bedrooms including the double roomed master with 3 piece ensuite. Basement is fully finished with rec room and cozy wood burning fireplace, 5th bedroom and 3 piece ensuite, utilities including double hot water tanks. Huge back yard is fully fenced, lane access RV parking, 2 tier deck, gas BBQ line and 2 single garages. Great access to all amenities, Greenfield school(French and English), and the Derrick. A can't miss property!
Tips to a Smooth Sailing Sale
1. Get the right, good advice! We know that everyone has an opinion. Wisely choosing where you get advice and how you educate yourself regarding selling a property will set you on the right course from the start. Even the best advice from the previous year may not be the appropriate in the current market. I am a full time Edmonton and area residential Real Estate specialist and am on top of the most current trends, information and statistics to ensure you have the best advice to make the best decision.
2. Shine and Showcase! You have a beautiful home…remember, that’s why you purchased it. Sure, time and life has happened since then but taking the time to properly clean and touch up the property prior to selling is often the least expensive and most impactful action you can take. Not everyone loves minimizing clutter and scrubbing rooms, but you will love the response of prospective buyer’s, a quicker sale and the highest possible selling price.
3. Be prepared to accommodate! Sometimes I joke with my clients that selling is “inconvenient at best”. While you can certainly put some boundaries on how much notice is given for showings and setting certain time frames, you will need to vacate and accommodate days/times that work for buyers. It may be the one opportunity you will have to get them through. I work respectfully with my sellers to make showings work with your daily life.
4. Listen, the market is speaking! From the # of showings and inquiries to the feedback from prospective buyers and their professional representatives together we can deduce how the market is responding to the listing. Being responsive and proactive to these indicators will lead to a smooth sailing sale.
Whether you are just starting to consider a move, or it has been on your mind for some time. I can help you meet the challenge head on with sound advice, practical recommendations and timely communication. Call me today.
Graham Ogden Realtor, RE/MAX River City
Graham was a pleasure to work with in the purchase of my home. Since it's was my 1st house purchase, I was a bit overwhelmed but having Graham as a Realtor really made a difference. He's friendly, professional, trustworthy and very knowledgeable when it comes to buying a home. He even recommended a mortgage broker and lawyer who were both excellent choices. I would recommend Graham to my family/friends and hopefully can use him as my Realtor when I decide to purchase my next home.
Posted in: Spruce Grove, Spruce Grove Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 11 Heron CRES in Spruce Grove.
This bright and 2 storey home is located in the desirable Harvest Ridge on a quiet crescent, just steps away from a green space and playground for the kids. Lots of extras, home features Central Air Conditioning, hardwood floors, maple cabinetry, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, central vacuum system, and a gas fireplace with custom built-in shelving unit great for media storage and your personal touches. Upstairs your family will enjoy your massive 20x15 bonus room versatile enough to serve as a media room, family room and playroom all in one. You will also love the convenience of upstairs laundry and 3 good sized bedrooms including the large master bedroom complete with a walk through closet with access to a 4 pc ensuite. The basement is unspoiled with rough-in for a future bath and high efficient furnace & tank. Enjoy the summer in your fully landscaped yard with custom built privacy deck perfect for entertaining. This house is a great value!
Posted in: Zone 27, Edmonton Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 15736 141 ST in Edmonton.
Are you looking for a full sized lot without a full sized price. Located on a cul-de-sac, don't miss this 3 bedroom half duplex (no condo fees) on a huge fully fenced pie lot. Main floor is open concept with large inviting entry way, functional kitchen with lots of cabinets, eating area, bright living room, and 1/2 bath. Upstairs has 3 good sized rooms and the main 4 piece bath. Basement is partially developed with rec area, laundry, utilities and rough-in for a bathroom. Additional upgrades include new shingles, new hot water tank, alarm system, and roughed in central vac. Plus an attached single garage to keep your car snow free! Close to all amenities, walking paths, school, parks, rec centre, shopping and easy access to the Henday. Great value!
Posted in: Zone 12, Edmonton Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 1405 10130 114 ST in Edmonton.
Upgraded 2 bed/2bath sub-penthouse unit on the 14th floor of desirable Hudson House with 2 underground TITLED parking stalls! This well managed executive property includes a social room, exercise room, additional common storage area, guest suite, on-site building manager, and ample visitor parking. This unit has it all...central A/C, huge balcony with breath taking views and extra storage. General upgrades including hardwood and tile flooring, paint, lighting, custom window coverings, and hardware throughout. The living room complete with gas fireplace is large with views north and west. The modern kitchen boasts upgraded appliances, granite counter tops, and clear glass back-splash. The master is large featuring a double closet and updated 4 piece ensuite. The 2nd bedroom is also large and complete with a double closet. The main bath is updated and includes a jetted soaker tub. Insuite laundry completes this can't miss property. Close to all downtown amenities, shops and transit. Definitely worth a look!
Posted in: Zone 28, Edmonton Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 8918 179A AVE in Edmonton.
Exceptional fully finished, 4 bedroom Landmark home loaded with extras: central A/C, security cameras, newer hot water tank, central vacuum system, and new windows. On the main floor a powder room, modern kitchen, stunning granite countertops, gorgeous back splash, loads of cabinets, hardwood floors, living room with corner gas fireplace, granite countertop island with room for several stools, new French doors out to fully fenced yard, landscaped with grass, concrete block and large deck with gas BBQ hook-up as well as hot/cold taps. Upstairs is the main 4 piece bath, family friendly bonus room and 3 good sized bedrooms including the master complete with a huge walk in California closet, an oversized spa-like ensuite with makeup table, soaker tub and shower. The basement is finished with 3 piece bath and 1 large bedroom and a flex room that could be used for a rec room or bedroom. Double attached garage is fully finished, heated, has a new garage door and opener as well as hot/cold taps. Shows very well!
Posted in: Zone 55, Edmonton Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 301 263 MACEWAN RD SW in Edmonton.
Open concept, modern and well maintained two bedroom and two bathroom condo in MacEwan Gardens II. Conveniently located across from a park and walking trails with easy access to the Anthony Henday, schools, public transit and only a few short minutes away from the Century Park LRT station. This corner unit boasts 9 foot ceilings, a large wrap around balcony that includes a bbq gas line, kitchen with eat in bar (all appliances included), in-suite laundry, large master bedroom with walk thru closet and a three piece ensuite, a good size second bedroom and another full bathroom. Other features include cork flooring, granite counter tops, 1 underground titled parking stall and large storage cage located on the same floor. This building is very well maintained that includes a large amenity room on main floor with also a 2nd floor exercise room. Condo fees include ALL utilities including electricity! Immediate possession available. Amazing value!
5 Tips to Gain Traction and Find the Home of Your Dreams
1. Take control from the start! Get a Pre-Approved Mortgage; this puts you in the driver’s seat, and ready when that perfect home reveals itself. Combine that with continuously changing mortgage rules and rate’s make a full pre-approval a necessity. You will shop with confidence, clarity and on budget, with a rate, terms and conditions to suit you. I have an excellent data base of experienced mortgage professionals I can refer.
2. Write Your Wish List . . . What do you want? Where do you want to live? This is a balancing act between the luxuries and functionality, proximity and commute, and of course budget. Your wants vs needs will determine on your lifestyle as a home owner and when you are clear on what is realistic, you will save countless hours, and frustration.
3. Consider the Age of the Home you want . . . Do you want a fixer-upper, or move-in ready? Deciding on what you are comfortable taking on in the way of updating, repairs and maintenance will focus your search and lead to happy ownership.
4. Timing is everything! There are many driver’s behind deciding on when is the right time for me to hand you the keys to your new home. Factors like the school year, seasons, ending of a lease, start/completion of work, growing your family and others will play into this. Knowing that most seller’s will require 30-60 days to vacate a property can help you on deciding when to start your search and negotiate more favorable terms.
5. Think long-term. You are buying a home now and your current housing needs may be obvious. Your home should accommodate your plans, and your lifestyle. Will your family size change? Do you want a pet? What is changing in the community? Ask the questions. If the LRT is planning to add an extension in the area you are considering, will it be at your front door? Future resale will be affected by outside factors.
I can help you navigate through your wish list and determine what makes sense. Edmonton has been my race track for 14 years, I know the Edmonton market, and have a team of professionals to cover all the corners.
Graham Ogden Realtor, RE/MAX River City
Posted in: Zone 53, Edmonton Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 171 1804 70 ST in Edmonton.
Great value in this 2012 built townhouse complete with central air conditioning and DOUBLE garage. The main floor is open concept with a large living room featuring hardwood floors, modern kitchen and eating area. Upstairs boasts the main 4 piece bath, 3 bedrooms including the master with it's own ensuite and walk-in closet. Out front a small fenced yard for your BBQ and enjoying warm weather. Close to all amenities, schools and exclusive Summerside Home Owners perks including the lake, tennis courts, and club house. Definitely worth a look!
The Bank of Canada announced today that it is raising the overnight rate .25 per cent given a strong economy and despite the uncertainty surrounding NAFTA. The Bank noted that the Canadian and global economies continue to strengthen, but that NAFTA is a definite concern so they will be cautious about any future rate hikes. The next rate-setting day is Wednesday, March 7.
Homeowners with variable-rate mortgages will see their rate increase along with a possible modest payment increase. Lines of credit will be similarly affected.
In a very difficult market, Graham managed to bring many perspective buyers through our home, providing timely feedback after each showing. Graham was always professional, courteous and pleasant to deal with.
Rob & Carolyn H.
Posted in: Zone 02, Edmonton Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 8004 136 AVE in Edmonton.
Everything is done, welcome home! Conveniently located in Delwood close to all amenities, schools, shopping and transit. This fully upgraded home is a can't miss property. Located on a large lot plus included public utility lot equate to nearly 775sqm. Great for kids, pets and RV/Toy parking. Upstairs features bright and open living room, new kitchen with extra large 40 inch cabinets, quartz counter tops, all new appliances, gourmet cooking island, 3 bedrooms and 5 piece bath. The fully finished basement includes large open rec room, a 4th bedroom, full bath with gorgeous tile shower, laundry and additional storage. All new windows, plumbing, new high efficient furnace/hot water tank, lighting, flooring bathrooms and new shingles/eaves in 2016. Add in the oversized double detached garage, fully fenced yard and the package is truly complete. Amazing value for a beautiful, modern, move-in ready home.
Posted in: Zone 30, Edmonton Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 4043 30 ST in Edmonton.
Fully finished bi-level ready for its next family! Convenient Larkspur location close to all amenities, schools and transit. This home boasts several recent upgrades, including, furnace(2012), hot water tank(2017) shingles(2016), garage door, and front window. Upstairs features a full bath, 3 good sized bedrooms including the master, complete with it's own walk-in closet and 3 piece ensuite. The kitchen is functional and bright with lots of cabinets and large eating area. Downstairs was professionally completed in 2012. Big and beautiful rec/media/family area, corner area currently used as office space, gorgeous 2-sided gas fireplace, laundry, extra storage and crawl space. Outside is fully landscaped, fenced and features a gorgeous two-tier deck with Gas BBQ hook-up. Topping it all off is the attached double garage for your vehicles and extras. Amazing value, make it your own today!
Posted in: Sherwood Park, Sherwood Park Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 121 GREAT OAKS in Sherwood Park.
Fantastic end unit location with views of the golf course and lake. This 2 bedroom, 2 and half bath unit is large and bright. Main floor is open and inviting with the functional kitchen, living room complete with built-in-cabinetry and a half bath. Upstairs boasts 2 large rooms including the over-sized master, serviced by the main bath complete with Jacuzzi tub. Basement is developed with wet bar, rec area, full bath and laundry/utility area. Easy to enjoy the nature and golf course setting on the huge deck. Conveniently located close to all amenities and includes an assigned, serviced parking stall. Additional stalls can be rented if available. Building has newer shingles, eaves, all underground water lines, windows and doors. Well managed complex. Unit has tons of potential and a great value!
Posted in: Leduc, Leduc Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 27 BIRCHMONT DR in Leduc.
Fantastic, fully finished, 3 bedroom, 2 storey located in Bridgeport with lots of extras including central A/C, 3.5 baths, maple kitchen, California knock down ceilings, over sized double garage, extra wide front drive, and large deck at the back. Spacious front foyer with ceramic tile, arched niche that opens to the large living room. 2 piece bathroom & a mud room provides access to the garage. Living room is open to the kitchen & eating area. Other upgrades include laminate flooring, large window, corner gas fireplace with river rock, slate, maple mantle and TV niche above. The kitchen boasts newer appliances, a centre island, abundance of maple cabinets, corner pantry and built in desk. The adjacent eating area has a garden door to deck. Backyard is fenced & landscaped. The master bedroom is complete with a walk in closet & 4 piece ensuite. Basement is fully finished with spectacular games room, wet bar and 3 piece bath. Great location, amazing value. A must see.
Today’s Bank of Canada rate hold announcement marks almost four straight years that the key benchmark rate has remained unchanged, since September 8, 2010. Great news if you have a variable-rate mortgage or home equity line of credit; the prime rate stays at 3%.
The announcement noted that “the risks to the outlook for inflation remain roughly balanced, while the risks associated with household imbalances have not diminished.” With these considerations, the Bank is maintaining its monetary policy stimulus, and remains neutral with respect to the timing and direction of the next change.
The next rate-setting day is October 22nd.