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Why Live in Secord, West Edmonton?

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

The community of Secord was established in 2007 and consists of townhomes and semi-detached houses. While there is still much of the community to be developed, it lies in a commuter-friendly Westside location. This alone has made it an attractive place to live but the commute isn’t even the half of it. Featuring beautiful pathways, expert landscaping and a plethora of hardwood trees, the neighbourhood is aesthetically pleasing and includes a reflecting pond.

Here’s your Guide to Home Buying and Selling in Secord, Edmonton.

Is it Time to Stop Renting?

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Stop Renting in Edmonton

Renting can seem like a no win situation sometimes; you pay your rent and have not much say over the home you reside in. Stuck on a treadmill paying someone else’s mortgage and not getting any of the equity in the end. Perhaps it might be time to take a look at purchasing a home of your own. Taking the big step to become an owner as opposed to renter is not a decision most people take lightly, and nor should they. Buying a home is one of the biggest emotional and financial decisions you’ll ever make.

The best course of action is to learn about the home buying process and all of the responsibilities of homeownership. There is a very large difference between renting a home and buying a home, and both options have their pros and cons. Before moving forward with the home buying process there are some things that should be considered.

  • Do you have the necessary financial management skills? How financially stable are you?
  • Are you ready to take on the responsibility of all the costs involved in homeownership, including mortgage payments, repairs, and maintenance?
  • Are you able to devote the time required for home maintenance?

These are some big questions that will require some serious thought. Some of my clients find it best to make a list of the pros and cons of both buying and renting. Once you have spent some time and thought it over and you have decided it is time to follow your dreams and buy that home, what’s next? Well now it’s time to find out if your financially ready to buy a home, make a list of your monthly cost and make a budget of how much you can afford towards the cost of homeownership. There are many places to find information, the internet is a good place to start however talking with a Realtor may be more helpful.

Realtors can answer most of the questions you will have and direct you to the people you will need to contact. Then comes the fun part, now that you know your ready to buy a home and have an idea of your budget, it time to see what’s out there. Think about what you will need in your future home, how many bedrooms, bathrooms, and where would you like your new home to be. A realtor will be able to show you the listings that fit your range and perhaps even show you some options you may not have considered yourself. Navigating the home buying process can be a challenge but with the help of a good Realtor, you will see that the process can be one of the best life choices you have made yet. Is it time fore you to stop renting?

That’s the Cats’ Meow.

What’s great about Blackmud Creek?

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The Blackmud Creek community was developed in the early 2000’s with the largest development occurring between 2001 and 2006. It was named for the Blackmud Creek which borders the neighbourhood on its South and East sides. Since this is a low-density residential community, residents gets the benefit of space. Homes are not tightly packed here, as they are in many developing communities which are striving to fit more families into smaller areas. The Virginia Park Woodland is located to the Northeast of the community providing a splash of nature. The area along the Creek is an environmental reserve, guaranteeing residents that this significant strip of natural land will remain unchanged and undeveloped. The area also boasts easy access to the Anthony Henday, good proximity to the Edmonton International Airport and only a short commute to shopping and dining experiences.

Here’s your guide to Home Buying and Selling in Blackmud Creek.

Blackmud Creek Community League here.

City of Edmonton Neighbourhood breakdown – Blackmud Creek here.

Is Your Family Prepared for an Emergency – Can you get through 72 hours without help?

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996. It is a collaborative event undertaken by provincial and territorial emergency management organizations supporting activities at the local level, in concert with Public Safety Canada and partners. Emergency Preparedness Week encourages Canadians to take three simple steps to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies: Know the Risk, Make a plan, Get an emergency kit.

As Albertan’s most of us are familiar with just how quick disaster can happen in our province, as illustrated by last year flooding in the south of or province.  In the days leading up to June 20, 2013, Alberta, experienced heavy rainfall that triggered catastrophic flooding described by the provincial government as the worst in Alberta’s history. Areas along the Bow, Elbow, Highwood, Red Deer, Sheep, Little Bow, and South Saskatchewan rivers and their tributaries were particularly affected. A total of 32 states of local emergency were declared and 28 emergency operations centres were activated as water levels rose and numerous communities were placed under evacuation orders.  Four lives were lost, and over 100,000 people were displaced as a direct result of the flooding.  You may think that the Edmonton area can’t be effected like our neighbours to the south, however this is just not the case.  Floods can happen in our city due to a number of factors, including but not limited to; snow melt from plains or mountains, Rain fall, and Ice jams.  These three factors have the greatest effect on the population as a whole, as flooding from these factors generally effects a large area.

Alberta Environment monitors weather patterns, precipitation and provincial water levels and flows. The Environmental Monitoring and Evaluation Branch provides a comprehensive series of public advisories about potential flooding. These warnings are posted on the Alberta Environment website.  There are steps that you can take to ensure that you’re prepared for the possibility of flooding.  Know where to obtain sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber to protect your house.  Remove any household effects you can. If this is not possible, move possessions from the basement to an upper floor.  Seal hazardous materials such as weed killers and insecticides in plastic garbage bags and move them into safe storage or dispose of them safely.  At the first warning of flooding, and if it is safe to do so, turn off electrical power and leave it off.  Following these steps will help to reduce the risk from any possible flooding.  Perhaps one of the best ways to avoid being affected by flooding is to purchase a home on higher ground.  Properties in low lying areas whether near a water source or not, have inherent flood risk, either due to melting snow pack, higher then normal rains, or broken underground pipes.  Floods can happen at anytime to almost any house, having a plan and discussing the plan with your family will help to ensure that your prepared in the event of a flood.  Don’t forget to include your furry family members in your flood planing.

The government of Canada, suggest that every household be prepared to survive with out assistance for a period of 72hr.  They have issued helpful information on their Get Prepared website, that will give you some of the information you need on making plans for dealing with disaster and how to make a preparedness kit. This Realtor has made a plan for herself and her kitties, have you?

And That’s The Cats’ Meow.