March 2016

Found 4 blog entries for March 2016.

If you’re in the market for a home that’s nestled within a neighbourhood bursting with distinctive character and culture, then look no further than Strathcona. This southside community offers a central location that’s perfect for homebuyers who desire quick and easy access to the downtown core, but also crave the characteristics of a mature neighbourhood. Strathcona is known for its world-class festivals that take place year-round, as well as its close proximity to the University of Alberta grounds; however, its balance of both urban qualities and natural elements is what makes the community so attractive. Within a five minute walk, you can find yourself in either North America's largest urban parkland, the River Valley, or sipping a beverage on a

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Two weeks ago I took a look at the real estate market in Edmonton, and there were some very clear month-to-month seasonal improvements moving into spring. Just recently, the Canadian dollar rose back up to .77 cents, which is an all-time high for the year, inflation rate has slowed to 1.7%, and oil is trading back above $40, it's highest since early December. All and all, 2016 is shaping up to be a good year, and a great time to buy a home! So, for your convenience, here's a quick glimpse of the city, and the current homes I have listed, all of which you can view on my featured listings, or by hovering over each star, and then clicking the link. 

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If any of these homes have piqued your

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Tax season is officially upon us, but did you know that there are a number of ways you can maximize your tax return by leveraging your home? Before you file your taxes this year take a look at these seven money saving tips that can make your bank account look a little bit brighter this spring.

1. First-time Home Buyer’s Tax Credit

If you, your spouse, or common-law partner have purchased a qualifying home in 2015, than you are eligible to claim a non-refundable tax credit on a percentage of $5,000. This maximum amount of $5,000 can be split between two individuals as long as neither of the parties involved lived in a home that they owned within four years prior to when the new home was acquired. This tax credit is

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February shows a market holding steady and ripe with listings, but with some hesitance from buyers, who are taking their time to pick their desired homes. Residential inventory ended the month at 6,681 properties for sale in the Edmonton Metropolitan Area, a 16.17% increase from January and a 33.41% increase from February 2015. Sales are up 36.54% since January, but 10.1% lower than February 2015. The average day a house was on the market had a significant month-to-month improvement, with houses selling 14 days sooner than in January, but 9 days slower than February 2015. 

“Sales numbers are increasing consistent with seasonal trends,” REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair Steve Sedgwick explains. “Relative to 2015, potential buyers have more

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Buying your first home is an exciting but also daunting task. While you are trying to find the perfect home for you and your family, you have to worry about the paperwork, technicalities, and legalities. Working with Chris, that part of the home-buying process was taken care of. When my brother and I bought our first home, Chris took the time to explain the process to us step by step, and I felt the process was really simplified. He explained all the details, provided advice as required, and answered all our questions, sometimes before we even asked. He worked around both our fulltime schedules, and was constantly in contact with us, even if it had to be early morning, later in the evening, weekdays, or weekends. What I appreciate the most about Chris is the fact that he is devoted to his clients. The first time I saw my home, we did not actually go in to see it, because there was an offer on it. Chris followed up on it and a couple of days later he let us know that it was back on the market. We put in a competing offer and unfortunately the sellers went with someone else’s offer. Yet again Chris kept us in the loop about this house, and for whatever reason, the sale did not go through. This time around, the sellers accepted our offer, and everything worked out. If it was not for Chris’ diligence and dedication, we might have missed out on what was meant to be ours. It is a beautiful home and I thank Chris so much for his hard work. He helped us find exactly what suited our family. He was always available and easy to get a hold of. He pointed out both pros and cons of each house we looked at, and I appreciated his honesty. It was not just about making a sale, but helping us find what we needed. I would without doubt recommend him to anyone buying a home, whether it is their first home or not, and I will definitely be coming back to Chris if I need to buy or sell a house in the future.

- Nada Nsier – Medical Laboratory Technologist, BSc (MLS)

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