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Edmonton: Saving the Commissions could Cost You Thousands!

Monday, May 28th, 2018
Saving the Commissions could cost you thousands

Saving the Commissions could cost you thousands

What is the largest single advantage of trying to sell your home yourself?

Saving the commissions payable.  So what is the single greatest advantage of buying a home directly from a seller or for sale by owner?  Saving the commission again. So everyone wants to save on the commissions, but who has the advantage in Edmonton- a Buyer or a Seller? Only 15% of homes currently on the market will sell within the first 90 days in Edmonton.  So clearly, a buyers market.  That being said, is the advantage on the sellers side with only one property to sell, or on the buyers side with multiple properties they could buy and the money to do so?

That’s right, the Buyer has the power.

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The Two Seasons of Edmonton

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

It has long been joked about that there are only two seasons in Edmonton, winter and road construction. With the snow starting to subside and the weather warming up it’s time that Edmontonians brace for the ensuing season of major road construction. The City of Edmonton has some large transportation projects on the books for 2014. So how will these projects effect you?

That all depends on the area of the city you spend your time in. Some of the largest projects are taking place in the cities southeast area, with the addition of an interchange at The QEII and 41 Ave, complete reconstruction of 41 Avenue SW to a four-lane divided urban arterial. The projects planed for this area are in direct relation to the population increase of the sounding area. The south side of the city has continued to see growth over the years, and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. Another project on the south side include, Ellerslie Road between 50 Street and 62 Street being upgraded to four lanes, to accommodate growth and increased traffic from future subdivision developments, this project is a developer project. The advantage to a developer project is that it is paid for by the developer and not by the tax payers. The 102 Avenue over Groat Road Bridge, will also be replaced with expected bridge closure July 1, 2014, with completion anticipated for fall of 2015. 34 Street, 23 Avenue, and 38 Avenue will be widened as part of the City’s Arterial Widening Program, the project will widen the arterial routes from 2 to 4 lanes and increase pedestrian accommodations with completion of missing sidewalks and shared-use paths.

All this construction located with in a small sector of the city may be disruptive to the general public, but the overall improvement to the area will last for decades to come. The planned projects for this area only serve to highlight the increasing demand for this very livable sector of the city. So I guess its short term pain for long term gain, or at least that’s the motto this Realtor is sticking with.

And That’s The Cats’ Meow

Pets in the City

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Are your pets licensed? The City Of Edmonton has started a campaign called ‘Pets in The City’, the aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the licensing requirements for pet owners. Being a responsible owner is much more than just giving your pet adequate care, food, water and shelter. You are also responsible for their actions.

All cats and dogs older then 6 months of age require a valid pet licence and tags from The City of Edmonton. Even your indoor cats need to be licensed as they can slip out open windows or doors from time to time. Having your pet identified with either a microchip or a tattoo is a great way to ensure that you can be contacted in the event your pet goes missing, however these are not replacements for a proper pet licence. So why should you license your pets? It’s the law for one but there are other reasons behind licensing your pets.

Licensed Cats Come Home

Even indoor cats can slip away and become lost in the city, since most cats in Edmonton are not licensed, few unlicensed cats are returned to their homes. Ensuring that your cat wears a valid license, will allow the city to contact you when your cat is found. The license cost for a spayed/neutered cat, is only $20. The cost to you for not having a valid pet licence stands at $250.

They are Safest at Home

Allowing your cat to wander could lead to overturned garbage and irritated neighbours. Far more seriously, your roaming cat could get lost, hurt or even killed. Roaming cats face many dangers, including vehicles, other people’s pets, animal cruelty and wildlife. Keeping your cat indoors, safely confined to your property or walked using a harness and leash will help keep it out of harm’s way. It will also save you money; the fine if your cat is caught on private property is $100.

For more information on pet licences you can contact The City of Edmonton by calling 311 or by emailing your questions to 311@edmonton.ca. Pet licences can also be purchased online through The City of Edmonton’s website edmonton.ca .

And that’s the Cats Meow.

Why should you take time to complete the Edmonton 2014 Census?

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Well it’s that time again, time for The City of Edmonton, as well as many other cities and towns across our vast province, to conduct a new 2014 census of the population. Between the dates of April 10th 2014 and May 10th 2014, you have the opportunity to ‘count yourself in’.

Being a part of the census is easier now then ever before, as technology advances so do the methods for the collection of information. You have options on how you choose to fill out your census survey, either by answering questions when the census workers come to the door or you can now fill out your census form online. The online forums will only be open for a limited time of the census taking window and must be completed by 8:00pm April 27th 2014. So you may ask yourself why would the City of Edmonton what to know about my life, well the answers are many. Census data is used in a number of ways, most importantly to plan capital projects, and enables The City Of Edmonton to anticipate and adapt to change, in the demography of our ever evolving city. Since most grants the City of Edmonton, as well as others, receive are based on the total population of said city, it’s important that you and those living in your household take the time to ensure that you are counted. The last census of our capital city was conducted in 2012, and a quick look back at some recent census data shows a few interesting facts.

When comparing census data for the past two census the City of Edmonton has performed we notice some trend in the ‘Dwelling Unit and Property Status’ numbers. Between 2009 and 2012, the number of dwellings and properties, listed as ‘under construction’ increased by 1590 units, highlighting Edmonton’s ever changing and evolving landscape even after a period of economic decline in most of the country. The 2012 census also saw a decrease in the number of ‘vacant lots’ a drop of 1307 vacant lots were reported in the 2012 census versus the 2009 census, proving that Edmontonians are always looking to capitalize on the land available to them to expand our city, while attempting to limit urban sprawl as much as possible. Overall the numbers returned in this one section of the census painted a very bright future for The City of Edmonton, more buildings occupied and less properties listed as no longer in use. It’s only by conducting a municipal census that we can truly get the full picture of the changes that have happened to The City of Edmonton. If you’re like myself and spend most of your time in our beautiful city the changes over a two year period may not be as evident to you till you see the numbers on paper. With Census data broken down by neighbourhood this is also a very useful tool when looking for that purrfect place to buy. A quick internet search of your potential neighbourhood’s census data, can provide you with a wealth of information on just who your neighbours could be, from the number of children in the area to the number of singles in the area, even going as far as breaking down the number of owned properties versus rented properties. Whether you’re looking for a home for yourself or your family or maybe looking for a great neighbourhood to invest in, census data is a wonderful tool to help asses the potential of any area of our great city.

If at all possible make some time between April 10th 2014 and April 27th 2014, I would suggest you fill out the census forum online, if that’s not an option or you forget to fill your forum out make sure you answer your door when City Census Workers stop by. In order to keep our city moving forward and keep everyone informed make sure you ‘Count Yourself In’, this Realtor will.

And that’s the Cats’ Meow

Come and Find us at The Edmonton Pet Expo this weekend…

Friday, January 18th, 2013

This weekend, January 19 & 20, 2013, Edmonton and the City of Edmonton will host the annual Edmonton Pet Expo in the Expo Center of Northlands.

I hear that Buttercup can handle the board and for an English Bulldog, that is some fancy paw action.

Dockdogs however has really caught my attention.  For those of you that know me well, I have a dockcat; Sailor.  I have seen her jump into the pacific northwest and hang out, swim with the seals, and hop back onto the floating thumbs.  Should be a show worth catching.

Wiener races, Understanding Dog Body Language, Dog Sports and Flyball, Zero Gravity Disc Dog and Petting Zoo with Pony Rides. ( I sure hope there is a baby kangaroo)

Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5

Be sure to pick up winters copy of Edmonton Pet Connect and check out our ad on the Services Page.

 

Edmonton Pet Expo with Jeanine Boutet, The Cats Meow

Find us at the Edmonton Pet Expo, this weekend.

Look for us and come over and say hi, Now that would be the Cats Meow.