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Monday, May 28th, 2018
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Should you Buy a Fixer-Upper or a Move-In Ready Home?

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Shows like HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” have popularized the idea of buying and renovating the worst house on the best block. Homes that need major remodeling, however, aren’t for everyone. Sometimes a move-in ready house is a better option. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of each.

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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.

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.

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.

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Why Live in Hodgson

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The Hodgson neighbourhood was named after John Hodgson (1888-1969) who was the city comptroller and financial commissioner for the City of Edmonton for nearly 40 years.  John Hodgson came to Edmonton from England in 1913, where he had worked as a chartered accountant.  The neighbourhood began to experience the bulk of its residential development in the early 2000s, and the housing mix is split between low and medium density housing forms.  Prior to urban development in the early 2000s the land was used primarily for agricultural purposes, but there were also limited residential uses, a few woodlots and a natural wetland located within the plan area.

Here’s your Guide to Home Buying and Living in Hodgson.

Why is Blatchford in Edmonton considered a cutting edge community?

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Edmonton’s newest community will soon start to take shape, using the land that was formally assigned to the City Center Airport, this new community is billed as a ground breaking departure from other communities in Edmonton. This new community will have an estimated population of 30,000 residents and is expected to create 11,000 places to work for Edmontonians.

Billed as a carbon neutral, The City of Edmonton expects 100% of the power used by this community to come from renewable energy through a district heat and power plant. Containing up to 600 community garden plots, this green community will also contain a large stormwater lake, with natural landscaping on the west side, and a boardwalk on the east side. NAIT is also looking to lay claim to some of the 217 hectare (536 acre) site, with plans for much needed student housing in this new community. With close ties and access to public transit this community aims to connect with the rest of the city through vital links in transportation and its central location with in the city. With this long arduous process that has been ongoing for several years, the master plan for Blatchford was completed in early 2013 with construction slated to begin in 2014, for possible occupancy in late 2016.

This one of a kind community is poised to be one of the most desired communities in The City of Edmonton, and this Realtor is looking forward to seeing the Blatchford community come to fruition.

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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

Red Bull Crashed Ice – Coming to Edmonton in 2015

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The City of Edmonton will play host to the Red Bull Crashed Ice downhill ice cross world championships in 2015, a first in Western Canada.  This is just one of the many world class events that Edmonton has and will continue to have the privilege of hosting.  Red Bull Crashed Ice, or by it’s technical name downhill ice cross, is a fast paced sport that takes place on an ice track approximately 600m (1970 ft) long dropping around 60m (197 ft).  With groups of 4 racers at a time, reaching speeds up to 70 kph, this is a quick high intensity sport not for the faint of heart.  Downhill ice cross has seen a huge increase in popularity since its debut in 2001, with stops in major cities across the globe and world wide television coverage for these events.  As a whole this Realtor sees this as an excellent opportunity for The City of Edmonton to once again show we have what it takes to host a world class event such as this.  Joining the ranks of cities such as, Helsinki, Saint Paul, Moscow, and Quebec City, Edmonton will be thrust into the global spotlight next year.  With a rumoured date for the event to be in March, the official date for the Edmonton event won’t be announced till sometime in September.  The design for the track has not yet been finalized but is expected to be located Louise McKinney Park, winding its way down the hill to the river valley.  With expected crowds, as estimated by the Minister of Tourism Richard Starke, in the 60,000 to 80,000 people range and an economic boost to the City of Champions to be approximately 8 million dollars.  The Red Bull Crashed Ice series regularly brings large crowds and large economic windfalls to the cities it stops in, with Quebec City seeing 100,000 spectators and 10 million dollars in economic return.  With a event of this magnitude one would expect that it must be almost impossible to afford tickets to see this event, but they would be wrong.  Red Bull has historically gone out of their way to ensure that these events are free to the public, as is rumoured to be the case with the upcoming event in Edmonton.  So what better way to get rid of the late winter blues in Edmonton next year then to head down to Louise McKinney Park and watch a world class event for free.  That sounds like a great plan to this Realtor, hope to see you there.

 

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