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Not Some Catty Remarks – Review for Jeanine Boutet Osborne

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Jeanine is a fantastic, professional and knowledgeable Realtor. She made the process of purchasing my first home so incredibly easy. She consistently went above and beyond to ensure I was purchasing a home that was right for me. She was always prompt and courteous in answering my many questions and gave good honest advice. I never felt like she was pressuring me to make a quick sale and when I did find the right place she fought to make it happen. For anyone looking to buy or sell a home I would wholeheartedly recommend Jeanine. She is definitely someone you want on your team.

-Mat Fasullo-

A Canadian First – Hawk the Trauma Dog

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Calgary Police Trauma Dog

Hawk the Trauma Dog – Calgary Police

Here’s something I can sink my teeth into. A large step in the understanding of the abilities of our creatures on this great big planet of ours. As an advocate of animals, I am happy to showcase another example of the greater good animals provide. Which brings me to Hawk.

My head wants to call him the ‘Wonder dog’ though you can refer to him as a Calgary Police dog and even better than that his title is a ‘Trauma Dog.’ Hawk started his career in October of 2013, and just over a year later he is helping a very little girl with one of the toughest moments in her life.

She had some play dates with Hawk, the Labrador Retreiver and his ‘animal spirit’ of ‘unconditional acceptance’ rose right to the top. He walks past others and goes straight to her in the court room. He just knows where he is needed.

“When you’re dealing with young kids who have been victimized by adults it’s hard for them to connect to another adult, but suddenly something magical happens when a dog like Hawk makes his appearance. I mean it’s just immediate trust. There’s things that can be done through animals, through dogs, that just can’t be done no matter how hard we try as people,” said Chief Rick Hanson of the Calgary Police Force.

It’s a Canadian first, and Ellen O’Neill-Stephens, the founder of Courthouse Dogs came up with the idea of pairing victims of crimes and dogs about a decade ago. It is already popular in the US and I am hoping it will become more prominent in the world. This REALTOR hopes that alongside the greater service needs from Earths friendly creatures will come greater rights. Right as this is going on; there is a Canadian movement to change the laws for animals, because without the law behind the issue there is little to no recourse for how abusers and oppressors are dealt with.

The Animal Charter is premised on the recognition that animals experience suffering and pleasure in a way that is not biologically distinguishable from that of humans; that discrimination on the basis of arbitrary characteristics—like species—is a violation of equity, natural justice and the rule of law; and that our legal system must not exclude the most vulnerable members of society.

It is a telling comment on the western world that legislation for the prevention of cruelty to animals (started with horses) predated protection of children in most areas. A century ago in England, eight- and nine-year-old children were forced to work longer hours in the coal mines than the pit mules, which were protected by law. In 1884, John Colam, Secretary of the RSPCA, helped to form the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

I wish that neither the Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals or the Society for the prevention of cruelty to children had to exist in this world. Perhaps this type of pairing is exactly what the world needs to witness, to learn how to speak up and prevent cruelty to both.

Canada Housing Market Confidence

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Canadian Housing Market Confidence

RBC recently finished their long running Annual Home Ownership Poll in Canada. Poll and year number 21, to be exact. The news and outlook of entry buyers is encouraging – especially after witnessing how recent financial legistlations have left buyers positioned in our fastest growing economy of Edmonton. Here are some of the interesting points to note:

Young Canadians, aged 25 – 34, feel that housing remains a very good investment. Nearly nine in ten (86 per cent) of them believe that owning a house or condo is a very good investment, up from less than eight in ten (78 per cent) in 2013.

This confidence in the housing market is reflected in Canadians’ buying intentions. Nearly every region in Canada has shown an increase in their likelihood to purchase over the last year. The top factors considered by those who intend to buy this year include the stability of their job situation and manageable debt levels. Confidence in these areas indicates that Canadians are more mindful of their finances than in 2013, which directly impacts the ability to afford home ownership.

In particular, interest in purchasing from the 25-34 age group has increased significantly from one in four (25 per cent) in 2013 to nearly half (41 per cent) of respondents in 2014.

Also notable in the same poll results, is Canadians’ willingness to go it alone when it comes to home buying. Granted, the majority of Canadians (62 per cent) still intend to buy a home with their spouse or partner, but now more than one in four (28 per cent) Canadians intend to buy a home by themselves.

Alberta Highlights: Alberta saw an increase in likelihood of purchasing this year, up from 22 per cent in 2013 to 28 per cent in 2014. Perceived home price increases may also be key for Albertans, as more than half (52 per cent) believe that home prices will continue to rise next year.

British Columbia Highlights – In B.C., the percentage of those who are likely to buy a home has increased slightly, from one-in-five (20 per cent) in 2013 to more than one-in-five (22 per cent) in 2014. With four-in-ten (41 per cent) believing that housing prices will continue to rise next year, it signals that British Columbians want to get in while they feel they can and reinforces the positive investment sentiment.

Kitty Bits – A Thought for Sunday

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Hello Folks,

I found the following and wanted to share it with you. Freud has never made me laugh more.

Enjoy:

“Thus the ego, driven by the id, confined by the super-ego, repulsed by reality, struggles … [in] bringing about harmony among the forces and influences working in and upon it,” and readily “breaks out in anxiety — realistic anxiety regarding the external world, moral anxiety regarding the super-ego, and neurotic anxiety regarding the strength of the passions in the id.”

Namaste.

Jeanine =^..^=

How Big is Real Estate Risk? … An Edmonton Realtors’ look into the 2013 Calgary Flood.

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

A Mitigated Risk.

That’s what they said when they decided to open the gates, knowing the result would be flooded neighbourhoods in Calgary.  They opened the gates anyways.  Within hours, the flash flood turned Emergency, covered homes and land within the city. In moments, people who resided in the area lost their belongings, inside and out of their homes.  You should know, insurance doesn’t cover ‘Acts of God’. A definition often defined by convenience and not circumstance.

My Grandpa owns and lives in one of those unfortunate homes in Bowness. When my cousin told me that she was Kayaking to his house I wasn’t fully appreciative of what that really meant.  A week after residents were allowed to go back into their homes, I went down to take a look at what was going on.

Calgary Flood 2013

A look down Grandpa’s road, complete with Porta potties and Volunteer Workers.

Now, volunteer efforts from supplying water, to cooking food, even to Edmonton Firefighters who showed up on his front step to do the heavy lifting have to be commended.  Thank you to all Edmontonians and Calgarians who ended up helping Joe, we sure do appreciate it.

Water in the basement.  Ha!  This has killed a deal for me in the past.  Small, tiny amounts of water, usually caused by a lack of eaves-trough headers or improper sloping around the home.  95% of all homes we inspect have improper grading. Gardens are recommended to be planted around the home to help with absorption.

Calgary Flood 2013

Even with planters around the home, the water level rose above them. See the line of water above.

 

 

 

Grandpa’s home, did not have one drop of water come into the basement, before last week. Yet in one day, everything and I mean EVERYTHING below ground was wiped out.  Erased.  Gonezo’s.

 

 

Calgary Flood 2013

This was a fully finished basement with sauna, wetbar, snooker room, bedrooms, bathrooms, fireplace, furnace, hot water tank and laundry. All gone.

Calgary Flood 2013

The place the stairwell to the basement used to be. Water went up to the ceiling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what  do you do?  How do you reduce the risk?  I say reduce the risk, because that’s just it… Real Estate Investing has it’s risks and rewards.

– Make sure you have your home owners insurance.

Calgary Flood 2013

The Electrical panel, plumbing lines, hot water tank, furnace, fireplace etc all have to be replaced.

If your home is too high you may be at risk for windstorms, too low and you may be at risk for flood.  The possibilites are endless that you may come into contact with.  So why invest?  Why move foreward with Real Estate?

My Grandpa owned his home for 50 years before this occured.  Even with the costs of repair and replacement, he will still come out ahead when he wants to sell, as he’s been in his real estate game for a long time.

Often, I get asked by clients if they will be able to make a profit in the years ahead on the purchase they are about to make.  Yet, I don’t have the crystal ball they are looking for.  A person moves foreward with Real Estate because they recongnize the risks and they recognize the rewards.  They believe they have more chance of reward than of risk and they are ready to take that calculated risk.  Not a mitigated one.

Keep your insurance up to date people, and don’t buy a few feet from the waters edge.

Now that’s the Cats Meow in Real Estate.

 

Edmonton Real Estate Mobile Search

Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Edmonton Real Estate Quick and Easy Mobile Search

Search the Edmonton market quickly and easily while out on the town.

Search the Edmonton Real Estate Market quickly and easily while out on the town.  View photos and details quickly.  Check the local listings from whereever you are.  Check listings by MLS #.  Check listings by community.  All Free, all easy and all at the click of a button.

www.17807-111Street.com European Elegance in Chambery

Friday, March 15th, 2013

17807-111Street.com EUROPEAN Elegance in Chambery

 

Cherry Gleaming Hardwood in this 3,450 ft2 Total Living Space, 3+1 Bedroom, 3 1/2 Bathroom, 2-Storey in Quiet Chambery. The Gracious Foyer is illuminated by Chandelier Lighting. Be greeted by your Beautiful Formal Dining room.

Columns, Archways, Oversized Windows and Detailing throughout. 20 ft of Granite with Maple and Glass Cabinetry in your Kitchen boasting Stainless Steel appliances.

California Knock Down Ceilings with borders. His and Hers Jacuzzi Ensuite, In-Floor heating on the main and lower levels.

Engineered Hardwood, Bedroom, Jacuzzi Bath, and Wet Bar on the lower level. Drywalled and Insulated Garage with rough-in for heater. No maintenance deck. A Distinctive Home made with Quality in mind.

9ft Ceilings throughout the home, landscaped yard, italian ceramic tile, extended breakfast bar, granite in bathrooms, closets to spare, recessed lighting, stereo system throughout home, iron railings, beautiful staircases, vaulted ceiling bonus room, large mud room, main floor laundry with folding table, wood organizers in oversized closets, 149 gallon hot water tank.

Now that’s the Cats Meow in Real Estate.

 

Built: 2006      Size: 2356.2 ft2 AG

Municipal address: 17807 – 111 street Edmonton, Ab T5X 6J3

Legal Description: Lot: 13 Block: 97 Plan: 0325052

7208-168 Avenue, Schonsee Edmonton House for Sale

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Mls #E3327815, Schonsee Edmonton House for Sale

7208-168 Avenue EDMONTON – Website
Mls #E3327815, Schonsee Edmonton House for Sale

 

Family Spacious 4 Bedroom plus Den, 3 1/2 Bathroom home.  Over 3200 ft2 Living Space in this 2 Storey with Great Room layout, columns and archways. Dreamy chef’s kitchen, Stainless Steel Appliances that include a Fridge/Freezer duo to be admired. Walk-through pantry, main floor Laundry with sink. Generous sized Recreation room and Spacious childrens bedrooms.  Bright bonus room above the heated, oversized Garage. Parking for 6 people on your family driveway.  Jacuzzi ensuite, spacious master bedroom. Landscaped, private yard with large deck and full fencing to keep your children and puppies safe.  Quick access to major traffic routes, shopping and schools. Now that’s the Cats Meow in Real Estate.

The Catch All Room – Is it Your Challenge to an Edmonton Home Sale?

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

What do we do with a Catch All Room?

Catch All Room Before - Cats Meow at Remax Real Estate

Is this a Challenge to the Sale of Your Home? A photo showing a “Catch All” room before alterations.

 by The Cats Meow at Remax Real Estate – Jeanine Boutet 780 916 9739 – chat@edmontonrealestatesells.com

When Selling Your Home, Each Room Needs A Clearly Defined Purpose. Why?

 The Challenge to a Sale: a room filled with furniture, electronic and office equipment, storage items, paintings, silk plants, etc. household items that are wanted but not used and kept out of the line of sight until the room is opened.  The room does not show well, or shows its dimensions and “feels” cramped, like a “whirlwind” or unusable as a functional family living space.

 Only 10% of buyers can visualize the potential of a space.  If you have a room that is not clearly defined with a specific purpose, buyers are left with an uneasy “Hmm, I don’t get this room.  I wonder what it is.”  They don’t see any value in that space for them and their family!

You are selling square feet.  If you have a catch all room it will give buyers a sense that there is not enough space in the home you are selling.  Buyers will not see value in a space that feels small.  They want to believe they are buying more space for their family.  A family that quite possibly is in a space they are quickly growing out of.

Even worse yet, the clutter feels like discontent.  Buyers want to believe that when the buy your home they are bettering their lives, moving up, beginning a fresh new life in a home that will provide for all their needs.   Clutter creates the opposite feeling, even when it is neat and organized.

The Solution: What do we do with a Catch All Room?

Catch all Room after modifications

The Catch All room after modifications, note the window coverings, flooring, wall colors and trim have not been touched. Even the main furniture in the room remains.

1.  We clear the clutter.

2.  We open up the space.

3.  We stage the room giving it purpose and creating a lifestyle!

What does this achieve?

1.  It shows the 90% of the population the value of this space.  How it could function for the buyers and their family.

2.  It shows buyers just how large the room really is!  What are buyers buying?  They are buying Square footage, space, architectural details and the character of your home.

3.  It shows buyers a sense of lifestyle!  What do buyers want to believe?  That if they move into this house, they will become healthier, have a place for the family to get closer, and that they can entertain overnight guests,… if they want to!

So my suggestion is, to get the top dollar for the sale of one of your properties, make sure each room that serves a main purpose looks that way.  Get rid of the clutter, show the dimensions and show that it is easy to live there. Now that’s the Cats Meow in Real Estate.

1109 Chahley Court, MLS #E3322796, Search Cameron Heights Home

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

1109 Chahley Court - Family Home for Sale in Edmonton - MLS #E3322796, Just $495,800.Well hello again, pleased as punch to be sending out to all my peeps some new Real Estate work for you to peruse.  Happily, we’ve secured a new website for some of our sellers.  Welcome to 1109Chahleycourt.com . I’m absolutely delighted by the simplicity and coolness of this new site and has it ever helped us in the SEO rankings for this property. Apparantly, just being the listing agent on this job didn’t get me on the first page of google,  ha ha ha. (much kudos to the guerilla marketing book I just finished reading)  If you get the chance take a boo inside it and let us know what you think.  Now that would be the Cats Meow.

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