Edmonton Real Estate Blog

Investing vs Paying Off Your Mortgage Faster, Which One Is Right For You

Investing or paying off a mortgage faster is one of the biggest questions many people want the answer to. It's a question most people struggle with on their quest for financial freedom. The truth is the answer to this question depends on different factors. Each situation is different, and you must understand your situation before you make a decision. If you'd like more information on whether you should invest your money or whether you should pay off your mortgage faster then you'll find this information valuable. In this post, we’ll take a look at why it might be better to pay off your mortgage first in some situations, how to do it and why it might sometimes be a better option to invest your money first. 

Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Faster?

For many people, the dream is to get out of debt and start living...

Edmonton Real Estate Stats - May 2017

"We are in the middle of our busiest season for real estate,” says James Mabey, REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair. “More sellers are entering the market and are motivated to move their properties before the summer months, which provides the best selection of properties for buyers who are actively looking and taking advantage of the increased number of listings typical for this time of year.”

Edmonton Real Estates Stats May 2017

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Hi-Tech Garden and Lawn Maintenance Tools

3 Hi-Tech Gardening Tools To Take Your Gardening To The Next Level

Technology is becoming a regular convenience in our everyday life. Many of the things we couldn't do years ago we could now because of technology. One of these things is gardening. With the new technology on the market today, gardeners have the ability to use their smartphones to enhance their gardens. Hi-tech gardening tools take the hassle out of gardening. How? By allowing you to use sophisticated plant monitoring technology and tools. If you live in Edmonton and you’d like to take your Edmonton home gardening efforts to the next level this post is for you. 

Plant Sensors

Plant sensors allow you to track the humidity, light levels, soil moisture, air temperature and the level of nutrition in the soil. A plant sensor lets you know the status of your garden especially if you have other responsibilities in your life that take you away from your garden. If you have an Android or IOS...

Living Like The Jetsons

Six Ways To Transform Your Home Into A Smart Home

As technology moves forward, we are beginning to see significant advancements in smart home technology. Smartphones and smart technology give us the ability to do many of the things we couldn't before. With smart real estate technology, we have more convenience in the home. More people are seeing the benefits of turning their homes into smart homes. If you are interested in turning your Edmonton home into a smart home, then the six steps in this post will help you to do so.

 What Is A Smart Home?

A smart home is a home that uses integrated automated systems that allow homeowners to control different functions in their home with their smartphone, laptop and tablet devices.

1. Smart Lighting

Lighting is a critical part of you home, and with smart lighting, you can control the lights in your home with your smart device. Smart lighting is perfect for setting the mood in your...

Edmonton Real Estate Stats - April 2017

Edmonton Real Estate Stats April 2017

“Average monthly prices across all categories have increased,” says James Mabey, REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair. “Despite slightly slower April sales, the spring buying season is off to a solid start.”

“Inventory levels and unit volumes continues to increase as the weather warms, which is typical for the market at this time of year,” says Mabey.

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Some of Edmonton's Top Neighbourhoods

Edmonton Top Neighbourhoods

Edmonton Top 5 Neighbourhoods

When looking for a place to live there are many things you must consider. Things like the commute and the different amenities available. Are you thinking about moving to Edmonton and need to find the right neighbourhood? Well, this post should give you some direction to help you find the right place for you and your family. In this post, we’ll take a look at Edmonton’s Top 5 Neighborhoods. After reading this post, you should know more about the top areas in Edmonton and find one that suits your needs.

Grovenor, Zone 21

Looking for an affordable neighborhood that’s close...

Edmonton Real Estate Stats - March 2017

“It is promising to see positive movement in the condo market. We have seen a large increase in both new and resale inventory, so it is good to see sales starting to follow suit,” says Mabey.

“We generally see activity in the housing market start to increase at this time of year,” says James Mabey, REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair. “Buyers can look forward to more inventory to choose from and sellers can count on more buyers in the marketplace.”

March 2017 Real Estate Stats

Edmonton Monthly Market Statistics

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Condominium Insurance

How To Find The Right Insurance For Your Condo

If you own a condo, there are a few things you need to know to keep yourself from the different risks that come from owning one. Although a condominium association covers different parts of the complex, you're still required to get separate home insurance.

Having building insurance policy is the best way to  protect a condo building. A building insurance policy covers areas such as elevators, the lobby, and the gym. Building insurance only covers these areas and does not include the personal things owned by the condo owner. Also if you make improvements or cause damage to another unit, this insurance will not provide you with coverage.

After learning this, you now understand why it's important to get insurance for your condo. Although it's not something you have to get it provides you with protection from the different risks that come with owning a condo. Just like having home insurance having this type of coverage is required...

What Is Infill and Why Does Edmonton Need It

Edmonton Infill Houses

The urban environment is constantly changing and this affects the lifestyle of all residents of Edmonton. One of the major projects undertaken by the City is the Edmonton infill which has been in effect since 2010 and has achieved considerable progress to date. Here you will learn the most important things about it and how the city and the owners and buyers of Edmonton homes will benefit from it.

Understanding the Infill Concept

While it is applied in various spheres of life and scientific fields, the concept of infill is most commonly used in residential development and construction. It is the filling of empty lots within existing neighborhoods. That is why it is often formally referred to as urban infill. Most often, the term is used to describe the building of single-family homes. However,...

Drones: The New Way to Sell Edmonton Real Estate

Drones: The New Way to Sell Real Estate

A great number of real estate companies are turning towards drones to sell their properties. Although this option is not authorized in every city of the world, Edmonton MLS has gained a lot of resources by using this flying device which shoots compelling photographs.

Reasons for Using Drones

While this option is still pretty new for many real estate agents selling Edmonton homes, it’s rapidly gaining popularity. Before, real estate agencies would use it to sell luxurious properties which needed a shot from every angle. Here are a couple of reasons why more and more companies felt the need to turn towards the use of drones:

  • It beats ground-based photography – Try to compare a photograph of the front of a house with the dramatic angles provided by drones. You...

Edmonton Real Estate Stats - February 2017

“As we head into the spring buying season with stable prices, coupled with increases in unit sales and seasonally-appropriate inventory levels, it seems like a positive sign for our market,” says James Mabey, REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair.

“As the weather warms and we begin looking towards spring, both buyers and sellers are making some of the biggest financial decisions of their lives,” said Mabey. “A professional REALTOR® is here to help you through it.”

Edmonton Real Estate Stats February 2017

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Northern Views and Southern Blues

U.S. interest in Canadian real estate sees a steep upsurge following Trump’s presidential win, according to recent report

According to a recent report published by Royal LePage Americans, are progressively intrigued by Canadian real estate following President Donald J. Trump’s political victory in Washington.

Royal LePage’s web traffic that originated south of the border saw an unprecedented upsurge (329 per cent) on November 9, the day following the U.S. presidential election. The week following the election saw American browsing numbers skyrocket, quadruple in fact, rising a massive 210 per cent from just one year ago – numbers that could directly affect the Alberta real estate market and indirectly affect the Edmonton MLS® market.

Royal LePage said that this pattern of high volume from the land of red, white and blue was sustained for...

5 Real Estate Agent Tricks and How to Steer Clear of Them

Real Estate Agent TricksHave you ever heard the saying one bad apple spoils the whole barrel? Well it is wholly untrue and, unfortunately, the same stereotype exists in every profession, including the real estate business. There are those who conduct themselves unprofessionally in every industry and those are the ones that people tend to remember. Conversely, there are numerous Edmonton realtors that do their job and do it well – those that will get you the best return on your investment. Finding these types of agents is crucial to home buying and selling.

To help you identify who will help you and who will not, here are some potential hoodwinks you should to watch out for to ensure you find the right Edmonton realtor for you.

The Imaginary Buyer

A common gimmick that some realtors use is the imaginary buyer. It involves...

Edmonton Real Estate Stats - January 2017

2016 was a steady year for real estate in Edmonton and many of the surrounding communities. The ongoing economic instability certainly affected unit sales and inventory, but sale prices have continued to hold.

Edmonton Real Estate Stats January 2017

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Edmonton Real Estate Stats - December 2016

The average monthly selling price for single family homes increased by 3.95% and 6.39% for duplexes and rowhouses relative to October 2016. Condominiums experienced a minor decrease in price of 1.68% relative to October 2016. Prices for single family homes grew 1.76% relative to November 2015. November’s unit sales dropped 11.41% relative to the same period last year.

Edmonton Real Estate Stats  December 2016

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Recent Study Shows Millennials Prioritize Travel

According to a recent conducted study examining the priorities of millennials, travelling abroad ranked higher than most of what else might concern a young person – this included priorities like buying a home or car, savings and retirement funds, and even paying off debt. It seems that the up-and-coming generation of Edmontonians will be buying less Edmonton Homes and more plane tickets.

The study involved approximately 1,000 participants aged 18 to 35 in the U.S., U.K. and China. It posed a question to millennials: What are your priorities for the next five years? The study’s aim was to determine the emphasis that those of the younger generation place on travel and what will influence their travel decisions.

In the U.S., participants gave savings and investment funds the position of highest import, closely followed by travel and vehicular purchases. Also, travelling sat higher than becoming a home owner.

In the U.K., travelling and savings sat virtually equal, and, consequently, both ousted...

Edmonton Real Estate Statistics - November 2016

The Edmonton Real Estate Market continues to remain firm. Most average selling prices increased this month, partially due to the sale of higher priced listings. The all residential median selling price is down from last year, along with single family median and condominiums median.

Single family homes continued to sell well, with the average days on market at 51. However, condominiums and duplexes/rowhouses were both affected by the seasonal market shift.

If you have any questions about the current Edmonton Real Estate Market feel free to let us know. Also check out the latest live market statistics.

Edmonton Real Estate Stats November 2016...

Home Buying During the Holidays: A Smart Decision?

Edmonton Holiday Home Buyers

Anyone who is familiar with the Art of War will know that military deception can be a key to success, in particular, diversion tactics. If a commander is outnumbered in warfare, creating a diversion can be what decides the outcome. Create a diversion, then, while the enemy is distracted, attack. Home buying during the holiday season is very similar, the only difference being the diversion is already provided. While everyone else is busy marveling at lights and eating copious amounts of sugar, you can slip in and snag yourself a pretty great gift – the home that you want at a great price.

Home buying during the holidays gives you, the buyer, an advantage in the Edmonton Real Estate...

What to Do in Edmonton this Weekend Dec 2nd - 4th, 2016

December is here and if you are looking to enjoy some holiday activities or practically anything else, you have come to the right place. The following is a collection of the happenings this weekend in The Big E.

Light-Up & Celebrate the Season at the Alberta Legislature

The Alberta Legislature’s annual Light-Up and Celebrate the Season is coming home for the holidays with musical performances throughout the month of December. Close to 70 musical ensembles from across Alberta will be featured on the rotunda’s grand staircase with daily performances. The Legislature grounds will be featuring thousands of lights – perfect for a festive meander with a loved one – and at the centre of it all, a 60-foot spruce dressed with over 5,000 sparkling lights.

Who – This event is for all ages and admission is free! Everyone can enjoy the Legislature’s splendid offering.

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Keep Your Home Energy Efficient

Energy efficiency is a topic of particular importance to modern consumers. As more consensus is reached regarding how humanity’s actions affect the planet’s climate, it has become clearer to more people that environmentally conscious efforts are the best way to move forward. Here are some of the top technologies and methods to boosting the energy efficiency in your home.

1. Smart Home Technology

Many new smart appliances and other home tech (including temperature control systems) have the ability to link to mobile devices. This allows homeowners to monitor their energy output with real-time data. Some smart appliances even have the ability to pair with smart thermostats like Nest, which can monitor who is in the home and what is in use, adjusting energy use of devices and ...