If you have ever sold a house before, you are well aware that it’s not as simple as throwing it on the market and waiting for a sale. Selling a home requires some preparation to ensure you get the most return on your investment while attracting the perfect buyer at the same time.

For this reason, I’ve collected some of my favourite home staging tips that have resulted in above-average closing rates and equal satisfaction between the buyer and seller.

That’s what I call a win-win!

Chris Proctor’s Top 12 Home Staging Tips

1. Make Sure It Looks Great Outside

First impressions are everything and the first thing that turns prospective buyers off is easily a poorly maintained front-yard. This means mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges and even…

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Looking for the hottest up and coming Edmonton real estate for 2014?

Everyone knows that the way to get the best deals is to buy right before an area really takes off. I’m really excited about a few neighbourhoods in the Edmonton area that are seeing tons of redevelopment with extremely reasonable prices.

Whether you’re buying your first home or an investment property, I think you will want to take a look at these neighbourhoods.

Chris Proctor’s Top 5 Up & Coming Edmonton Neighbourhoods

1. Inglewood

There are many reasons more people are being attracted to Inglewood. Several schools, great sized lots and reasonable prices make Inglewood attractive for families. An influx of great cafes and restaurants has also contributed to Inglewood’s…

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Hopefully you had a great holiday and New Year. It looks like there is more good news for the Edmonton real estate market and surrounding areas as the Realtors Association of Edmonton has reported that in December 2013, sales of all residential MLS® property types are up almost 8% from last year. Very impressive!

Compared to the previous year’s 6.2% increase, we are seeing some great progress with signs of a very robust local housing market.

A strong labour force combined with declining mortgage rates and price stability drove higher sales for the Edmonton real estate market in 2013. Value-focused and first time buyers have been gravitating towards the condo market or into slightly higher priced homes due to a shortage of low-priced homes.  

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It looks like the year is off to a great start with a ton of great events in Edmonton coming up and a concert lineup so good that the Edmonton Journal even commented on how the city is becoming a preferred destination for major artists.

For one of the coldest months of the year, there is an amazing selection of Edmonton events in January ranging from a whiskey tasting night to a huge bridal convention that is sure to be extremely helpful for anyone planning a wedding. Don’t miss the concerts at the bottom as there are a few heavy hitters coming to the city this month including Keith Urban, Justin Timberlake, Blue Rodeo and the Barenaked Ladies.

Edmonton Events For January 2014

Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival

January 11 – 12, 2014

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