Real Estate Blog / Data - Blog Archive: August, 2018

August 2018

Found 22 blog entries for August 2018.




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4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, $399,900. 

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I just finished uploading this House for sale, 12723 135 Street, Edmonton, Alberta

Newly renovated 3 bedroom bungalow with extra level in a beautiful quiet neighbourhood! This property has a dream backyard with over 25k in concrete alone! Huge lot that is newly landscaped with a new fence and tons of space for all of your toys. This property has new windows, flooring, interior and exterior paint, doors, trim, kitchen cupboards, appliances and a lot more! This is the best value you can find in this price range and is cheaper than buying a condo. This home is fully finished and is move in ready.

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Next to “location, location, location,” the truest maxim in real estate is “change, change, change.” While your first home is a milestone, keeping pace with your changing needs is about making all the right moves.

“Move-up buyers have been through the process before and know what they want,” said Michael Winiarz, vice-president of sales and marketing for Mattamy Homes in Calgary.

“Double-car garages and a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms will always be important, and schools, parks and the right community design are also a focus. Move up buyers see these homes as their long-term plan, so they need to check off more boxes personally and emotionally.”

So, what exactly constitutes a move-up home? And who are these move-up buyers?

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City of Calgary, Aug. 15, 2018 – Stricter lending criteria, higher rates and a slow economic recovery weighed on housing demand over the first half of 2018.

This is causing sales to ease more than originally anticipated.

"Easing sales combined with rising inventories has pushed the market into an oversupply situation for all products, affecting pricing for all products, which include detached, semi-detached and row, and apartment," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

Overall, prices are expected to ease by over one per cent across the city, with expected declines ranging from 2.5 per cent in the apartment sector to nearly one per cent in the detached sector.

"Prices were not expected to improve this year. However, supply has not

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Renovations or repairs to your home can make it a nicer place to live and add resale value for the future. But when it comes to home improvement projects, the first decision to make is whether you should do it yourself or leave it to the professionals.

Mikael Anderson, Western Canada director of field services with Lowe’s Canada, says customers at the company’s Lowe’s and Rona stores tackle all sorts of home renovations, but preparation is key.

“Preparation can make the difference between a project that you fall in love with, versus a project that you actually end up regretting that you attempted,” he said.

Anderson says skills, materials and tools should all be considered when deciding whether a project should be DIY or “do not attempt.”

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The home improvement industry has become a key economic driver in the country over the last few years as more Canadians look to add value to their humble abodes.

A poll by CIBC in the spring found that 45 per cent of Albertans plan to renovate within the next 12 months. The average spend on a home renovation was expected to be $8,073. That’s nine per cent higher than a year ago, but off by 65 per cent from 2016, when homeowners said they were spending on average $23,000 to improve their homes.

Those are impressive numbers, and figures that fuel economic prosperity for several different trades and retailers. They also add value to a home.

In the same poll, 86 per cent of Canadians said they believe any renovation is an investment in their home.

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When remodeling a kitchen, deciding on the right design layout is crucial. After all, the exact location of your various countertops and appliances will dictate just how smoothly you can cook, clean up, and chat with your guests while rinsing the arugula.

You probably have a dream kitchen already built in your head, but that doesn’t mean it’s a perfect fit for your space. That's why, in the latest installment of our Dream Kitchen Remodeling Guide, we highlight the various kitchen design layouts you should consider, as well as their pros and cons.

For starters: "The size of the kitchen will largely determine the layout, since many kitchen functions require certain amounts of space around them to be the most efficient," explains Nancy Vayo, senior

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Whether you’ve recently purchased it or lived there for years, an older home in an established area is chalk full of lifestyle benefits, from great schools to stunning streetscapes with mature trees. However, older homes often need a little bit of love when it comes to design.

Fear not, though, as refreshing the look can be easy. With a few simple upgrades, that ’50s bungalow or ’70s split-level can sparkle with style, making it feel brand new.

“The key to success is to use neutrals as the backdrop, along with timeless materials and finishes,” said Julia Lindsay, an interior designer with Crush Interior Design and Flooring.

Lindsay suggests hiring a designer and mapping out a plan. “Because often there can be a domino effect once you start a

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