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How Does a REALTOR® know it is Spring?

Monday, April 2nd, 2018
How does a REALTOR® know it's Spring?

How does a REALTOR® know it’s Spring?

Her last three deals were all #multipleoffers … lol #yegre #remaxhustle #realtorlife

Remax #YEG Market Share – 2017 Year Totals

Sunday, April 1st, 2018
Remax #YEG Market Share - 2017 Year Totals

Remax #YEG Market Share – 2017 Year Totals

Wondering who you should list or buy your home with?  I hope this chart helps you to make an informed decision.  Do the numbers show a good return on your investment as the Seller or Buyer?  Will you have an experienced Agent?

RE/MAX – 975 Members – 43.75% Total Market Share

Royal Lepage – 346 Members – 10.71% Market Share

Realty Executives – 111 Members – 9.22% Market Share

Century 21 – 317 Members – 7.65% Market Share

Maxwell Realty – 496 Members – 5.54% Market Share

Homes & Garden – 224 Members – 1.98% Market Share

Comfree – 14 Members – 1.97% Market Share

Now Real Estate – 106 Members – 1.72% Market Share

2% Realty – 23 Members – 1.35% Market Share

Coldwell Banker – 40 Members 1.29% Market Share

 

Whether buying or selling your home, you have several decisions to make.

Should you work with a REALTOR®? Which real estate company will provide the best value? Which REALTOR® within that company will be best suited to help you through the process?

We reached out to the RE/MAX Influencers: A panel consisting of RE/MAX Sales Associates from throughout Canada. We asked them: Why should a consumer work with RE/MAX when he/she has so many options out there?

The Brand

Chances are, you would have a hard time finding someone who has never heard of “RE/MAX.” With 100,000 Sales Associates in nearly 100 countries worldwide, the RE/MAX name—along with the iconic balloon—represents a professional organization that has become an industry leader.

RE/MAX also advertises through many mediums, including: Television, print, online and physical signs such as NHL rink boards. This high level of exposure will go to work for you when listing your property. Many RE/MAX Sales Associates are also affiliated with the Children’s Miracle Network; therefore, the sale of a RE/MAX Miracle Home will help support your local children’s hospital. According to ComScore, RE/MAX Canada also leads other real estate brands with its significant traffic to remax.ca.

“In an uncertain market, consumers become less speculative. Instead, they rely on proven brands to reinforce their efforts to manage one of their most important investments. They rely on the experience and expertise that has made RE/MAX one of the most recognizable brands in the real estate world.”

Sales Associates

RE/MAX Sales Associates have the experience to get the job done in today’s market.

The vast majority of our membership are full-time agents who are experts in their local communities. They work hard and are committed to help their clients through the home buying or selling process. *RE/MAX agents sell more real estate than any other Canadian brand.

“RE/MAX is often a collection of the top REALTORS® in any given marketplace. RE/MAX also has an international network: This type of network could be where the buyer of my client’s home comes from.”

Training and Support

RE/MAX supports all of its Sales Associates with comprehensive training and ongoing support.

Our affiliates are highly skilled and educated, and they have the latest tools and technology at their fingertips. They are motivated to put this knowledge and experience to work for you!

*Source: MMR Strategy Group study to RE Buyers & Sellers

Another 5 Star Review for this REALTOR

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
Another 5 Star Review for this Edmonton Realtor

Another 5 Star Review for this Edmonton Realtor

Jeanine recently helped us buy our first home in Edmonton and we could not have been more pleased with the process! My partner and I contacted Jeanine initially based on the positive experience I had when I accompanied a friend to look at homes (for her) in Edmonton earlier in 2017. Jeanine came to our first meeting enthusiastic and well prepared, and every interaction we had with her after that was the same. She’s the perfect balance between professionalism and complete honesty which was a real asset given we were first time home buyers.

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Just Reduced in Caernarvon!

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
Caernarvon Keep - 2 Storey Townhome for Sale in Edmonton - Just Reduced

Caernarvon Keep – 2 Storey Townhome for Sale in Edmonton – Just Reduced

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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.

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.