Posted in: Zone 29, Edmonton Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 1017 73 ST in Edmonton.
Great Location and value for this fully finished 4 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath Bi-level in Menisa. Spacious living room and dining room. Beautiful hardwood through out living room and hallways. Solid oak cabinets with updated hardware in kitchen. Kitchen has laminate tile, updated light fixtures, and stainless steel appliances. Large storage pantry in hallway. Huge laundry room has solid oak cabinets and front load steam washer and dryer. Large master bedroom complete with 2 piece ensuite. Basement has 2 bedrooms and nice size family room. Additional upgrades include new furnace, tank and central air-conditioning. Fully fenced backyard nicely landscaped complete with storage shed, deck and gas BBQ hook-up. Double attached garage caps things off. Absolutely worth a look!
I wanted to take this opportunity, on behalf of my parents and myself, to drop you a note to thank you for all your help in our search for the perfect home. It wasn’t easy finding what we were looking for but you helped us make it happen. Thank you for your patience, care, and dedication to do a great job. You are, without a doubt, an excellent example of a professional in your field. Thanks again for everything.
The Bank of Canada announced today that it is holding the overnight rate steady, noting that the Canadian economy was stronger than expected in the first quarter, although housing has remained soft as it adjusts to new mortgage rules and higher rates. However, labour income growth is solid, which supports “the expectation that housing activity will pick up and consumption will continue to contribute importantly to growth in 2018.” The Bank did hint that we could see potential future increases in order to keep inflation in check. The next rate-setting day is Wednesday, July 11.
For most people, a home is the most expensive purchase they'll make in their lifetime. It's a serious transaction with significant financial and emotional ramifications for the parties involved, and having proper representation is critical. Yet, many people are unclear on what I am going to do for you ... and if it’s necessary?
What do I do?
Take on fiduciary responsibility
When you work with a Realtor®, their fiduciary responsibility is to you. That means you have an expert who is looking out for your best financial interests, an expert who's contractually bound to do everything in their power to protect you. That's “big”, the value of that commitment cannot be overstated. I have the expertise and experience to help sellers protect their investment and help buyers build theirs.
Keep up with changing real estate regulations.
Buying or selling a home is not like purchasing a plane ticket. Every home is different, and laws change every year and vary across the country. People purchase a new home every 7-10 years, and a lot can—and usually does—change between transactions. Working with a professional who is immersed in real estate and must stay current with all the updates in regulations, laws, contracts and practices is hugely beneficial. Let me put my knowledge to work for you.
Help you find the right home, beyond square footage and # of baths.
Browsing online is a terrific way to start a home search—in fact, almost all people start their home search online. But when it's time to buy, knowing all the pros and cons of a property can help you make the right decision. I live and breathe real estate and can share information about a home that you wouldn't otherwise know. For example, I could tell you about the perils of polybutylene piping (a plumbing material that's prone to bursting) or the range of years many homes were built with aluminum wiring (wiring known for over heating and potential fire risk) I can go beyond the aesthetics and tell you important details about homes you're considering as well as connect you will the best professionals to ensure the home is right for you.
Contracts and negotiations
Finding the right home is the fun part. Then the real work begins. Today's contracts can be many pages long, not counting addendums and schedules. I can help you navigate these complex documents and craft an attractive offer that makes sense for you. Plus, when it comes to negotiation, I am your advocate and can bring an objective voice to a very subjective situation.
This only scratches the surface, but I would love the opportunity to discuss in greater detail how I can help you make the most of your next real estate endeavour.
My Wife and I are grateful for your kind assistance. We could not have asked for more. You were pleasing to deal with. We knew even from the start that we were in good hands! Thank you for your assistance, your market knowledge and quick response to our concerns.
Keith and Gwen
Posted in: Zone 29, Edmonton Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 2907 83 ST in Edmonton.
Great family home in Tipaskin. This well cared for 5 bedroom 2 full bath bi-level is open and functional. Upstairs the large bright living room boasts a beautiful brick fireplace and laminate flooring. Kitchen has loads of cabinets and updated appliances are included. Three spacious bedrooms and the updated main bath. From the main floor enjoy direct access to the huge deck, fully landscaped and fenced back yard. Yard backs the walking trail. Basement is fully finished with a large family room, laminate flooring, rough-in for wet bar, four piece bath, 2 large bedrooms, laundry/utility room with high efficient furnace and loads of storage. Located in a quiet loop street location with mature landscaping and close to park, playgrounds and schools. Great value, don't miss it!
Posted in: Zone 14, Edmonton Real Estate
I have listed a new property at 9319 Simpson DR in Edmonton.
Well maintained family 2 Storey in South Terwillegar complete with double detached garage. The property is fully fenced and landscaped with stone work, deck, large garden, raspberry bushes, and shed. The main floor features beautiful walnut laminate flooring and loads of large windows. The spacious living room with gas fire place is open to the kitchen and dining area. The kitchen layout is great and functional with large island, raised eating bar and pantry for extra storage. The large dining space can easily accommodate a large table and has a sunny window for a view of the south facing backyard. Other features include main floor laundry, 1/2 bath and built in storage bench with coat hooks. Upstairs you will find the oversized master bedroom complete with a walk-in closet and 4 piece ensuite as well as 2 more bedrooms and another 4 piece bath. Close to all amenities, shopping and access roads. Don't miss this property...fantastic value.
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
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.