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14621 – 121 Street – Pending in #YEG – #YEGRE

Monday, April 2nd, 2018
14621 - 121 Street - Pending in #YEG - #YEGRE

14621 – 121 Street – Pending in #YEG – #YEGRE

 

 

purrfect_properties_edmonton #pending #yegre #remaxhustle #realtorlife #springmarket #realty #callaghan #Caernarvon

Thanks to great work from Shelley Confurious of Professional Realty Group.

 

So happy that these clients can finally move onto their dream home in Calgary.  Deposit is in and now we hurry up and wait.

 

What is Up with the Edmonton Housing Market?

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Don’t Get Too Caught Up in the National Storylines.

Spring Mewsletter 2015 by the Cats Meow at Remax Real Estate

Edmonton Housing Market 2015

Spring 2015 Edmonton Housing Market

I have been wondering how to tell you folks where we’re at for this year; following the news, the stats and all the talk  has led me to do a lot of research into what is really going on in Edmonton and with  specific regards to housing.

‘They’ talk about consumer confusion about our market and I can see why.  Even inside the industry, not very much makes sense to me, everyone has a different statistic and  everyone claims to be right. However, repeatedly I find myself disproving more of what our industry experts ‘quote.’

The fact is, Edmonton saw another year of growth, higher than the average of Canada, and we have higher wages, as well as lower unemployment rates. The condo market saw more than 8% increases than the average for the rest of our country.  We are still poised for growth.  Maybe not leaps and bounds growth as we are used to, but positive growth must not be confused with the word ‘recession.’

As I write this, I have two articles in front of me in opposition of the other, both by headline newspapers, one calling for an excellent spring market and the other calling for a recession. It’s ridiculous what they get away with reporting, all for the sake of content and increased frequency publications.

The Yukon saw a 22% drop in home prices year over year and the local news is reporting a ‘softening’ of the market, due to the fact that the market was inflated over what was stable.  Yet, no one there is running for the hills and home owners are still selling and buying and owners are still making profits.

According to CREA, The Canadian Real Estate Association, of which I am a member; the average home price in Edmonton is still well within the  means of the average family income and average family debt.  Home owners are still listing their homes at higher rates than what they think they can sell for, because that is just how real estate is played.

Real Estate has always been a long term investment that can set you up when you invest your money wisely.  I’m glad to be a part of your past and I look forward to helping you in the future. Now that’s the Cats’ Meow.

Registration Costs for Real Estate in Edmonton, Alberta

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
How much more money will Home Buyers need in Edmonton, Alberta?

How much more money will Home Buyers need in Edmonton, Alberta?

Within the past week there has been a bunch of buzzing news in my industry.  The budget has been a hot topic here in Alberta and mostly it is due to the lack of taxes coming from Oil and Gas.  While I would love to get into a conversation about politics, and have a blame session, and though it is Wine Wednesday (shout out to all the Berries out there) that topic would be better left to my core group of friends, family and those that truly know how I like to joke.  I’ll keep politics out of the Meow Blog.  So back to the budget.

The Alberta 2015 Budget comes with added costs to Albertans and Edmontonians in many ways.  I have heard of many of them through the news, but it was shocking to me when I got an Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) Advisory this week that spoke about the changes for consumers of Real Estate.

As of July 1st, 2015 there will be a 400% increase in the cost of purchasing a home here in Edmonton, or anywhere in Alberta for that matter.

What really tweets me off was the fact that Service Alberta went on record to say that they identified real estate associations among the stakeholders who were consulted on increases to fees related to the transfer of real estate.  The AREA went on record to say:

‘the Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA), the provincial, professional association for Albertas’ 10,000 REALTORS, was not one of the stakeholders consulted on these increases.’  #thingsthatmakeyougohmmm

Here’s a breakdown based on a $500,000 home with a $400,000 mortgage:

Land Title Registration $150 $675
Mortgage Registration $130 $555
TOTAL $280 $1,230

So there you have it, Real Estate fees are on the rise.  The government needs more money from the corporate sector so they are taxing the middle class.  This years budget is all about ‘Sin taxes’.  So buying real estate is now a sin… I bet Moses never saw that one coming.

I have said, and I will continue to say that Edmonton is a great place to live, work and grown equity in your home.  That way, when you retire, you can move to the coast, buy a sailboat and live like a queen.  Now that’s the Cats’ Meow.

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.

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.

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.

😉

KITTY BITS – January 2013 Edmonton MLS Activity

Friday, February 1st, 2013
Kitty Bits  January 2013 Realtors MLS Acitivty in Edmonton

Edmonton Realtors MLS Acitivty Summary for January 2013 – brought to you by Kitty Bits and The CATS MEOW at Re/Max Real Estate.

Here we are in the dead of winter.  Mother nature is taking a break from pollenating flowers in our province and instead she’s filling our mountain peaks and city streets with the blessed white stuff that keeps our water cycle in harmony.  Last week in Edmonton we saw lows in the weather of a freezing Minus 27 degrees (even colder if you count the windchill factor.) Yet with all that cold and snow and with buyers still trying to recover from their Christmas credit card bills we still saw movement in our market.  A little lower than the averages for our province and country, but movement none the less.

THE PRICE RANGE THE MOST HOMES SOLD IN:

$250,000-$299,999 – 140

$200,000-249,999 – 102

$10,000-$99,999 – 96

 

The KITTY BITS above shows some of the more important numbers like

How many homes sold in January in Edmonton.  How many Condos sold in January in Edmonton. How many homes sold over $1 Million?  How many homes are active on the market today?  How many Condos are active on the market today?

What the chart doesn’t show you is that we are deprived of houses to sell.  Normally agents will have quite a few listings at their fingertips to advertize and get SOLD yet we’re all searching for more.  There are about 1000 less properies to sell than normal.  So if you’ve been thinking of selling, in Edmonton, my advice is simple. DON’T WAIT TIL THE SPRING – LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IS.

We need great homes to sell and we need them now.  Our shortage is your benefit.  In the spring, when the saturation hits, prices will go down and so will your profits.  And we all like the word profit, now that’s the Cats Meow in Real Estate.

2012 SOLD Edmonton Real Estate Market Summary – Kitty Bits

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
2012 Edmonton Real Estate Market Summary by The Cats Meow

2012 SOLD Edmonton Real Estate Market Summary-KITTY BITS brought to you by The CATS MEOW in Re/Max Real Estate

More numbers.  It seems that these days all we get to know are the numbers, but they can be so important, can’t they?  Have you ever visited the Canadian Real Estate Associations National Average Price Map?  It shows us exaclty how we are doing with comparison to our sisterly provinces. Which one surprised me the most?  LOL

THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES.

British Columbia 2012 average sales price of house: $498,205,

Alberta  2012 average sales price of house: $363,340, Edmonton 2012 average sales price of house

Saskatchewan 2012 average sales price of house: $284,346,

Manitoba 2012 average sales price of house $249,852,

 

The KITTY BITS above shows some of the more important numbers like

MLS sales in 2012, the average days on market for listings, the average sales price of houses and condos, and just how many homes sold over that lovely $1 Million dollar mark.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post of Kitty Bits and hope to see you back again real soon, now that would be the Cats Meow.

Homebuyers Road Map – Helping You the Homebuyer

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

The Homebuyers’ Road Map is a public information toolkit to help homebuyers make informed decisions and planning when choosing a home. This project is a collaboration between The Canadian Real Estate Association and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada.